Creedence Clearwater Revival Songs Ranked

Creedence Clearwater Revival (often referred to as Creedence or CCR) was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s which consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty; his brother rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty; bassist Stu Cook; and drummer Doug Clifford. These members had played together since 1959, first as The Blue Velvets and later as The Golliwogs. Their musical style encompassed the roots rock, swamp rock, and blues-rock. They played in a Southern rock style, despite their San Francisco Bay Area origin, with lyrics about bayous, catfish, the Mississippi River, and other popular elements of Southern United States iconography, as well as political and socially conscious lyrics about topics including the Vietnam War. The band performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Upstate New York. Here are all of the Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s songs ranked.

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20. Sweet Hitch-Hiker (The Fillmore West 04-07-71. Live FM Radio Broadcast Concert, 1971)

“I love this song, but great guitar and best drum… The screaming is cool and smoothy. This song contains all sorts of messages and also the greatest part which makes it the best”

19. Hey Tonight (Pendulum (40th Anniversary Edition), 1970)

“Brilliant song to swig back on some whiskey and make memories with friends and family Love CCR! Although it’s not the most know song, this is my favorite from them”

18. Ramble Tamble (Cosmo’s Factory, 1970)

“The solo will get you rambling up high and high.This song has such raw emotion and the sax solo gives me goosebumps every time. At least for me, this is number 1.”

17. Cotton Fields (Willy and the Poor Boys, 1969)

“I absolutely love this by Creedence. Was hard to choose between this and the gem that is Born On The Bayou. Two very different sounds. It all depends what type of mood I’m in at the time. Later today I might come back and vote the other. Who can tell?”

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16. Midnight Special (Willy and the Poor Boys, 1969)

“It was a big gap on this list; just get a look on YouTube you’ll c a video of it with more then 5M views. Now look something like “The Working Man” there’s no video with more then a tenth of that one.”

15. I Put a Spell on You (Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1968)

“Listen to this one, it’s visceral. In every relation that last more then some weeks, there is always some kind of enchantment.”

14. I Heard It Trough the Grapevine (The Singles Collection (eBooklet), 2009)

“This is a true work of art. Amazing guitar solos and Fogerty does a great job of singing at the beginning. A true classic! This should be up way higher.”

13. Suzie Q (Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1968)

“Susie Q is a great song, but you look at the top ten and they’re all great songs, too. I guess you just can’t go wrong with CCR.”

12. Travelin’ Band (Cosmo’s Factory, 1970)

“This and Born on the Bayou are great jam songs. Might be rated higher if Fogerty had written it, but you’ve gotta love their arrangement of it. Really the song that introduced me to CCR”

11. Green River (Green River, 1969)

“Underrated song. Not CCR’s very best, but it has a cool rhythm and should be in top 10 or maybe higher.”

10. Run Through the Jungle (The Sapphires, 1970)

“I just selected a random CCR song when I didn’t knew the band very good. This was the random song I selected and I loved it. It’s been one of my favorites ever since.”

9. Who’ll Stop the Rain (Cosmo’s Factory, 1970)

“Man this song comes on the rock station I listen to, it made me realize how great of a band Creedence was. For such a short lived band they had so many great songs. This would have to be favourite, love John Fogerty’s vocals on this one and the guitar is amazing.”

8. Lookin’ Out My Back Door (Cosmo’s Factory, 1970)

“Such a catchy and anti-depressing song. It should AT LEAST be in the top 10, but I guess 11 is good to, as long as its up there.”

7. Born on the Bayou (Bayou Country, 1969)

“I really do think this song is CCR’s masterpiece. It’s not just Fogerty’s, the drumming and the bass in this song are outstanding. Fogerty is great on every song, but I think the whole band really shines on this one. Also love Who’ll Stop the Rain.”

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6. Up Around the Bend (Cosmo’s Factory, 1970)

“This is the best driving song! Some sweet guitar! Gotta love it! Awesome stuff! My favorite for sure brings back so many memories”

5. Down on the Corner (Willy and the Poor Boys, 1969)

“This is one song which, when I hear it, my smile is instant. It only happens with this band. I’m not joking; I can’t help but smile when I hear a CCR song. They’re amazing.”

4. Proud Mary (Bayou Country, 1968)

“Kind of Surprised, but yeah amazing song, thought that it would be a little higher, but Have You Ever Seen the Rain has so much soul that you really can’t argue that it is killer.”

3. Bad Moon Rising (Green River, 1969)

“I would say the reason that I’m such a big fan of CCR is that I watched ‘The Big Lebowski’. The funny part is that I’m already a huge Slipknot fan.”

2. Fortunate Son (Willy and the Poor Boys, 1969)

“This isn’t just a song, which is extremely good though, but it embodies a cultural phenomenon. This song embodies cultural and demographical change during the sixties and seventies and the anti-Vietnam war protests more than anything else.”

1. Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (Pendulum, 1971)

“Great song – lots of power and soul. Just a cracking great song. Lodi is another favourite as is long as I can see the light. Someday never comes is another classic that deserves a mention”