So here we are. 1004 songs, 67 mixes, 57 blog posts, and 9 months later, it’s the final entry in the “best of…mix tape” project. Quite frankly, I’m exhausted just counting up those totals. Finishing on 1969 was no picnic either, as I had to cut fantastic songs from Townes Van Zant, Marvin Gaye, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Scott Walker and a bunch of others to whittle this mix down the required hour. For once I’m at a loss for words, so enjoy one last time.
Love Man – Otis Redding
One of the my favorite Otis Redding songs, which didn’t appear until two years after his death.
Good Times Bad Times – Led Zeppelin
Without a doubt a pretty killer tune.
Hot Burrito #2 – The Flying Burrito Brothers
You might question including this at the expense of say, Space Oddity by David Bowie, but I’ll stand by its inclusion. Outside of The Velvet Underground the FBBs may be one of the most influential artists on this mix. The entire genre of “country-rock” basically exists due to Gram Parsons.
Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
One of the all-time classic tunes. It was either this or Proud Mary, and that’s not really much of a decision.
Pale Blue Eyes – The Velvet Underground
So many classic tunes from The VU, in so little time.
Let It Bleed – The Rolling Stones
Awesome, blues-y tune? Check. Mick Jagger singing in an affected country accent? Check. That’s the recipe for a top shelf Stones tune, alright.
It’s Your Thing – The Isley Brothers
Love this tune a LOT.
Girl From the North Country – Bob Dylan (and Johnny Cash)
The Dylan-Cash recording sessions are a thing of almost mythical proportions, but sadly this is the only official release that came out of that collaboration. There are multiple bootleg recordings floating around the interwebs though, should you be so inclined to look for them. (Here’s a good place to start.)
I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges
If it’s possible to be lightyears ahead of your time while sounding absolutely OF your time, then this song is it.
Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
A stone classic from one of the true giants of song craft.
Cinnamon Girl – Neil Young
Does this song make any sense? No, not particularly. But it’s awesome nonetheless.
The Boxer – Simon and Garfunkel
Hands down my favorite Simon and Garfunkel song (today).
I Can’t Get Next To You – The Temptations
Another monster track from one of the most underrated acts of the decade.
Pinball Wizard – The Who
Timeless stuff. When you think about it though, a rock opera about a deaf, dumb, and blind kid who plays pinball is a pretty bizarre stuff.
Everyday People – Sly & the Family Stone
So many great songs from Sly. And so many great messages in most of them.
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
A straight up classic. You know it’s good because it made the cut over In the Ghetto, which is AWESOME, as well as being a song that I SLAY at karaoke. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, look out.
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band
Seems like a perfect way to close out the decade, and the mix tapes project.
Here’s the Spotify playlist for your listening/subscribing pleasure.
Which one of your favorites did I miss? (I know, Sweet Caroline.)
And to top it al off, here’s the cumulative best of the 1960s playlist to close everything out.
I think that’s the last mix I’ll make for a while. 67 is enough to be getting on with for now.