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5 Of The Best Songs Coming Out Of Woodstock?

5 Of The Best Songs Coming Out Of Woodstock?

In case you’re just starting out on your music history journey, Woodstock was a music festival that took place August 15th – 18th back in 1969. The official end date was the 17th, but none of the 400,000 people who showed up at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm left, so they went an extra day!

Think about it, you might have parents or grandparents who attended and have just never told you the stories!  Alum tend to keep it under their hat for obvious reasons: hard to be a parent and a former hippie.

But, if they were there, they attended what Rolling Stone considers one of the 50 Moments That Changed The History of Rock and Roll.  Pretty cool.

It’s interesting that Joni Mitchell, despite declining to perform so she could do The Dick Cavett Show, made bank on the event. Her song “Woodstock” became a major hit for both Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Matthews Southern Comfort.


The Contenders

FRIDAY 8/15/1969
Richie Havens – “Freedom”
Country Joe McDonald – Fish Cheer/”I Feel Like I’m Fixing To Die Rag”
John Sebastian – “Rainbows All Over Your Blues”
Incredible String Band – “This Moment Is Different”
Sweetwater – “Why Oh Why”
Bert Sommer – “Jennifer”
Tim Hardin – “If I Were A Carpenter”
Ravi Shankar – “Raga Manj Kmahaj”
Melanie – “Beautiful People”
Joan Baez – “Drug Store Truck Driving Man”

SATURDAY 8/16/1969
Quill – “Waitin’ For You”
Santana – “Soul Sacrifice”
Canned Heat – “Going Up The Country”
Mountain – “Blood Of The Sun”
Janis Joplin – “Piece Of My Heart”
Sly & The Family Stone – “Dance To The Music”
Grateful Dead – “Mama Tried”
Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Bad Moon Rising”
The Who – “Pinball Wizard”

SUNDAY 8/17/1969
Jefferson Airplane – “Volunteers”
Joe Cocker – “With A Little Help From My Friends”
Country Joe & The Fish – Fish Cheer/”I Feel Like I’m Fixing To Die Rag”
Ten Years After – “I’m Going Home”
The Band – “The Weight”
Blood Sweat And Tears – “Spinning Wheel”
Johnny Winter – “Mean Town Blues”
Crosby, Sills, Nash & Young – “Sea Of Madness”

DAY FOUR 8/18/1969
Paul Butterfield Blues Band – “Driftin’ Blues”
Sha-Na-Na – “At The Hop”
Jimi Hendrix – “Purple Haze”


Top 5


1  Jimi Hendrix  “Purple Haze”



2  Joe Cocker “With A Little Help From My Friends”



3  Santana “Soul Sacrifice”



4  Jefferson Airplane “Volunteers”



5  Janis Joplin “Piece Of My Heart”



BONUS:  Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock”



Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young


Matthews Southern Comfort


Jimi Hendrix “Live At Woodstock”


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