Creedence Clearwater Revival is undoubtedly one of the most popular groups in American musical history. Although the band stopped recording in 1972, Creedence Clearwater Revival remains a mainstay of commercial rock radio in the 2000’s and their distinctive sound continues to draw new and younger fans to this day. Presented here, is one longtime fan’s compilation of the top ten songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
This spare and somewhat haunting song from 1968’s Creedence Clearwater Revival album and CD features an instantly – recognizable four – note guitar hook that is simultaneously snaky and seductive. Susie Q is a great example of CCR’s ability to convey their message(s) with accessible musical arrangements and few words.
Green River fairly epitomizes Creedence Clearwater Revival’s trademark sound. A very atmospheric song full of imagery, Green River also features a very recognizable lead guitar lick and tight, driving rythym work. John Fogerty’s vocals on this song are powerful and believeable and the lyrics consistently provide a visual experience.
When John Fogerty intones “Take me down where cool waters flow”, “Stoppin’ at the log where catfish bite”, “Barefoot girls dancin’ in the moonlight” and “I can hear the bullfrog callin’ me home”, you almost can’t help but feel like you’re being transported to a bayou location along with him and the other members of the band. This Creedence Clearwater Revival song is from 1969’s Green River album and CD.
A melancholy song that shows a side of the music / entertainment business that is not often alluded to by many other artists, Lodi offers a slice of life with lyrics that can apply to many people’s situations in life. The lyrics in this Creedence Clearwater Revival song speak of riding in on a Greyhound and walking – out if one goes and things getting bad and things getting worse. An easy – going, hummable melody propels this song from 1969’s Green River album and CD.
Another highly – visual song full of southern imagery, Cotton Fields displays Creedence Clearwater Revival’s proclivity for taking somewhat – simple melodies and lyrics and making them entertaining and accessible. You almost can’t help but tap your foot and shimmy when this song from 1969’s Willy & The Poor Boys album and CD is playing. When John Fogerty sings “It was down in Louisiana, just about a mile from Texarkana”, I almost feel like I’m harvesting the cotton crop on board a tractor. The guitar, bass guitar and drum work on this Creedence Clearwater Revival song is smooth, tight and a great complement to Mr Fogerty’s distinctive voice.
Down On The Corner
As with many, if not most of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s songs, Down On The Corner features an instantly – recognizable guitar hook and a very hummable melody that lingers. The overall vibe that is projected by this song is one of happiness and the joy of simple pleasures. The descriptive lyrics in this song speak of a group of musicians playing on a street corner “Early in the evening, just about suppertime”. A tight, driving rythym section that tastefully utilizes cowbell propels this song from 1969’s Willy & The Poor Boys album and CD.
Before You Accuse Me
Projecting a message of being true and non – hypocritical, Before You Accuse Me is an uptempo, bluesy song that features a great backbeat and excellent guitat and tinkling piano – work in the background. With a chorus that says “Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself”, this Creedence Clearwater Revival song offers a slice of morality that truly makes this reviewer think every time he hears it. This song from 1970’s Cosmos Factory album and CD was also later covered by Eric Clapton.
Who’ll Stop The Rain
This Creedence Clearwater Revival song presents an almost mystical sense of imagery with lyrics such as “Long as I remember the rain been comin down. Clouds of mystery pourin’ confusion on the ground”. Definitely one of CCR’s most well – known songs, Who’ll Stop The Rain is from 1970’s Cosmo’s Factory album and CD.
Someday Never Comes
One of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s slower songs that also features an up – tempo chorus, Someday Never Comes offers a revivalist sense of realism tempered by a dose of positive thinking. The lyrics in this song mention not understanding things in life, yet trying to learn to understand. This song is from 1972’s Mardi Gras album and CD.
Born On The Bayou
An almost hypnotic and psychedelic background in this Creedence Clearwater Revival song provides a tableau of bayou magic and backwoods mystery. In this song, John Fogerty sings of “chasin’ down a hoodoo there” and “rollin’ with some cajun queen”. Born On The Bayou is from 1968’s Bayou Country album and CD.
The Midnight Special
From 1969’s Willy & The Poor Boys album and CD, The Midnight Special is a masterful re- working of a traditional folk / blues song. The intro, or beginning of this Creedence Clearwater Revival song is delightful with its sparse guitar chords, which segue into an rollicking version of a well – known musical standard.
Years of experience listening to the artists.