Crosby Stills Nash Songs Ranked

Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) are a folk-rock supergroup made up of American singer-songwriters David Crosby and Stephen Stills, and English singer-songwriter Graham Nash. When joined by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young as a fourth member, they are called Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY). They are noted for their intricate vocal harmonies, often tumultuous interpersonal relationships, political activism, and lasting influence on American music and culture. CSN formed in 1968 shortly after Crosby, Stills, and Nash performed together informally in July of that year, discovering they harmonized well. Crosby had been asked to leave The Byrds in late 1967, and Stills’ band Buffalo Springfield had broken up in early 1968; Nash left his band The Hollies in December, and by early 1969 the trio had signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records. Their first album, Crosby, Stills & Nash, was released in May 1969, from which came two Top 40 hits, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” [#21] and “Marrakesh Express” [#28]. In order to tour the album, the trio hired drummer Dallas Taylor and session bassist Greg Reeves, though they still needed a keyboardist; Ahmet Ertegun suggested Neil Young, who had played with Stills in Buffalo Springfield, and after some initial reluctance, the trio agreed, signing him on as a full member. The band, now named Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, started their tour, and played their second gig at Woodstock Festival in the early morning hours of August 18, 1969. The first album with Young, Déjà Vu, reached number one in several international charts in 1970, and remains their best-selling album, going on to sell over 8 million copies with three hit singles. Four singles were released from the album including “Woodstock” [#11], “Teach Your Children” [#16], and “Our House” [#30]. The group’s second tour, which produced the live double album 4 Way Street (1971), was fraught with arguments between Young and Taylor, which resulted in Taylor being replaced by John Barbata, and tensions with Stills, which resulted in his being temporarily dismissed from the band. At the end of the tour, the band split up. The group has since reunited several times, sometimes with and sometimes without Young, and has released eight studio and four live albums. Here are all Crosby Stills Nash songs ranked.

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10. Wasted On The Way (Daylight Again, 1982)

“About looking back on your life and being happy with it but wishing you could start sooner and get to live now instead of wasting time.”

9. Teach Your Children (Crosby, Stills & Nash, 1969)

“What else can I say… this is an acoustic classic and lyrical masterpiece of epic proportions, period… no matter what genre you might favor. Also, a favorite by many to play on acoustic. And for those of you that may not be familiar with these guys, it’s Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young not what’s shown under the title.”

8. Marrakesh Express (Crosby, Stills & Nash, 1969)

“When it comes to “lets hit the road and have some fun”, there is no greater song to use as your anthem than this one! You need it on your music player, Lonesome Traveler!”

7. Southern Cross (Daylight Again, 1982)

“Acoustic guitars are simple, but sweet. Harmonies are amazing. And the lyrics and music tell a story that is touching and powerful. Plus, I just got back from Australia and saw the Southern Cross with my own eyes for the first time”

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6. Long Time Gone (Crosby, Stills & Nash, 1969)

“I remembered to download Crosby, Stills & Nash’s more famous songs like “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” and “Southern Cross,” but I forgot about this one. A great, classic song I could listen to multiple times in a row before ear fatigue sets in. A great song!”

5. Ohio (4 Way Street, 1971)

“This is one of those songs that makes you look back at our historical past to see if we’ve made progress or if we’ll continue to experience pain and injustice. This song ranks as one of the all-time great protest song with the unforgettable line (“Ten soldiers and Nixon coming, we’re finally on our own”) and will more than likely lead you to learn more about Kent State and other famous protests on You Tube.”

4. Helplessly Hoping (Crosby, Stills & Nash, 1969)

“Most of us will never hear such heavenly sounds in person , but with digital technology , wedded to beautiful masculine voices ,Graham Nash , Steven Stills & David Crosby were the multi-talented trio who wrote such great words then sang them to often soothing acoustical instrumentals . Helplessly Hoping was a cut that did not become a hit but complex meanings still keep many great songs off the radio . This song deserves to be heard , studied & enjoyed.”

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3. Déjà Vu (Déjà Vu, 1970)

“This really is a timeless classic. The second album from Crosby, Stills and Nash added the talents of Neil Young to the mix and came up with something that transcends the era it was made in thanks to beautiful close harmonies, sharing solo vocal duties around and peerless musicianship. “

2. Carry On (Carry On, 1991)

“This is a new 1980 re-edit of “Carry On” from CSN&Y’s 1970 Deja Vu Lp. It removes the “Questions” section of the original and adds a guitar solo section which continues in the same upbeat pace as the first half of the track. Info has it that this new section was recorded in 1980, but it sounds like it was recorded in 1970…the guitar sound and soloing in the early 70’s style is re-created pretty authentically.”

1. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (Crosby, Stills & Nash, 1969)

“Love this song. Written by Steven Stills and recorded in 1969 by Crosby, Stills and Nash this is the one song, of many great songs they would record in their long career, that people most associate with CSN. It was Steven’s song to his soon to be ex-girlfriend Judy Collins. It probably has come to be known as one of the greatest break-up songs of all time. And yet this a beautifully done song so such a sad subject.”