How Good Was The Year (in music) - 1969?

Earlier this week 1988 stormed to second place in the overall standings with a whopping 8.93 as we reached the 60% completion mark of the scope of this series. Today we are winding the dial even further back as we now ask you to consider 1969 in the sunshine.

A reminder of the premise of the thread

After a number of days of posting and reminiscing, we’ll be rating the music of the year out of ten, based on the albums, singles, gigs, whatever that stand out for you that year, and voting for our favourite nominated albums and songs.

Everyone can nominate one album and one song from the year which will then be collated into side-polls two days before the thread closes - please make it clear when you post a nomination for the poll (as opposed to just posting clips or lists of songs and albums you like, which are very welcome).

Leaderboard
Rank Year Rating Top Album Top Song
Rank Year Rating Top Album Top Song
1 1991 8.98 Slint - Spiderland Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
2 1988 8.93 Pixies - Surfer Rosa Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat
3 1997 8.6 Radiohead - OK Computer The Beta Band - Dry The Rain
4 1967 8.48 Love - Forever Changes Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Some Velvet Morning
5 1995 8.45 Radiohead - The Bends The Smashing Pumpkins - 1975
6 1977 8.41 Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express Donna Summer - I Feel Love
7 1992 8.29 Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted Pulp - Babies
7 2013 8.29 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Jubilee Street
9 2019 8.14 Self Esteem - Compliments Please Big Thief - Not
10 1975 8.13 Neil Young - Tonight’s the Night / Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Cortez the Killer
10 2007 8.13 LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver / Radiohead - In Rainbows LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends / M.I.A. - Paper Planes
12 2004 8.1 Madvillain - Madvillainy / Arcade Fire - Funeral The Walkmen - The Rat
12 2001 8.1 The Strokes - Is This It Roots Manuva - Witness (1 Hope) / Mogwai - My Father My King
14 1981 8.06 The Cure - Faith New Order - Ceremony
14 2002 8.06 Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge
16 1979 7.96 Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures Joy Division - Transmission
17 1982 7.76 The Cure - Pornography / Kate Bush - The Dreaming Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding / The Associates - Party Fears Two
18 2014 7.69 FKA Twigs - LP1 FKA Twigs - Two Weeks
19 2010 7.66 Kanye West - MBDTF / Joanna Newsom - Have One One Me / Beach House - Teen Dream Robyn - Dancing On My Own
20 1970 7.61 Neil Young - After the Goldrush Curtis Mayfield - Move on Up
21 1972 7.53 Can - Ebe Gamyasi Stevie Wonder - Superstition
22 1990 7.47 Sonic Youth - Goo The Cure - Pictures of You
22 1976 7.47 David Bowie - Station to Station Bob Dylan - Hurricane
24 1986 7.42 Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
25 2005 7.39 Sufjan Stevens - Illinois Amerie - 1 Thing
26 1965 7.38 The Beatles - Rubber Soul Frank Wilson - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
27 2017 7.36 Protomartyr - Relatives in Descent Kendrick Lamar - Humble
28 1987 7.32 Sonic Youth - Sister The Cure - Just Like Heaven
29 1999 7.3 Mogwai - Come On Die Young Björk - All Is Full Of Love
30 2006 7.28 J Dilla - Donuts TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me
31 2009 7.1 Fever Ray - Fever Ray Animal Collective - My Girls
32 1974 6.95 Neil Young - On The Beach Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - The Bottle
33 1963 6.57 Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan The Ronettes - Be My Baby
34 1985 6.53 Tom Waits - Rain Dogs Prince and the Revolution - Raspberry Beret
35 1962 6 Howlin’ Wolf - Howlin’ Wolf Dick Dale - Misirlou
36 1961 5.16 John Coltrane - My Favourite Things Roy Orbison - Crying

1969 was the year man first set foot on the moon, the Troubles in Northern Ireland escalated with the battle of Bogside and the subsequent deployment of British troops, 460,000 people attended Woodstock Festival, the Beatles played their last concert and John Lennon and Yoko Ono married and proceeded to honeymoon with a “Bed-In” for peace.

We said goodbye to Judy Garland, Rocky Marciano, Jack Kerouac and Boris Karloff, and hello to Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Ice Cube, Jennifer Lopez, Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Dave Grohl, Peter Dinklage and Michael Schumacher.

But how good was the music?

You have roughly one week to nominate one album and one song which will then go into a poll along with a number rating poll for year overall out of 10, which will close a few days later.

Some lists for inspiration:

Best Albums of 1969 : Best Ever Albums
https://rateyourmusic.com/charts/top/album/1969/
100 Greatest Albums of 1969
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/ratings/6-highest-rated/1969/1
The 30 Best Albums of 1969 - Paste Magazine
100 Greatest Songs From 1969
Acclaimed Music - The Top Songs from 1969

Nominations will be tallied here as the week goes on:

Album Nominations

Song Nominations

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nice

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Another ridiculous year with Nashville Skyline, Everyone knows this is nowhere, The gilded palace of sin, The Velvet Underground, Five leaves left…

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Just the three genre-defining albums by Fairport Convention in 1969

Fairport Convention - What We Did on Our Holidays

Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking

Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief

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Townes Van Zandt - S/T

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Scott Walker - Scott 4

8 Likes

The Kinks - Arthur

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TWO killer Gal Costa albums (both self titled)

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More incredible Brazilian music from 69

Jorge Ben - S/T

Yusef Lateef - Detroit

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Suffice to say 1969 was an insanely great year for music but I’ll take a break soon

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The Band - The Band

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Unbelievable year, packed with so, so, so many classic albums and songs, plus the emergence of many new genres that dominated the 70s.

Not just album of the year, I would suggest one of the best albums ever, and it’s my nominated album of 1969: Abbey Road - The Beatles

Beatles_-_Abbey_Road

Nominated Song - I Want To Take You Higher - Sly And The Family Stone

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Oof could end up being my nomination in a very contested field

Miles Davis - In a Silent Way

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Changed my mind already. Nominate album:

Frank Zappa - Hot Rats

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Album: Pharaoh Sanders - Karma

Song: The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog

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Honourable mentions:

King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
Miles Davis - In A Silent Way
Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul
Fairport Convention - Liege And Lief
The Velvet Underground - S/T
Can - Monster Movie
The Beatles - Abbey Road

Nominate song:

Can - Yoo Doo Right

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Song: White Noise - Love Without Sound

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Album: John Cameron - Kes (soundtrack)

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Another huge year.

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