# Top 20: Best CCR Songs
These are the CCR songs I prefer most. And though the bottom line is
that the rock music is not getting any better by explainig it, I still decided to
put some words here. No essays but a few lines just to tell some of the reasons why these
pieces were chosen. You may look the other way, why not.
- 1. Who'll Stop the Rain
- I love ballads and this is the great one. Nice intro, strong melody, well
performed. Lyrics are fine too, though a bit of mysterious perhaps. Is it the
Woodstock or more about heavy »rain»?
- 2. Lodi
- Challenges the »Rain» above. Brilliance lyrics and one of the best
melodies from JC. In the seventies this Finnish »iskelmä» guy Jukka
Kuoppamäki raped it and unfortunately that was a common fate for so many Creedence
song at the time.
- 3. Someday Never Comes
- Since my own father left the hotel even not paying the bill, when I was about
three years old, this is obvious. This still makes me weep now and then. But I
learned it fast and I learned it young...
- 4. Born on the Bayou
- Unbelievable »bayou» song and perfect sound world. Glinting riff leads us straight
in the middle of the bayou. It's like sitting on a log in some dark, wetty, warm
jungle. Watch out those snakes and frogs... Ya, this one could be the best CCR song,
- 5. Proud Mary
- One of the best rock riffs of all times. It also was my first touch with CCR music
(cirka 1970), when during our music lesson someone picked out that riff on acoustic
guitar. I was impressed and there was no turning back. At the time we also had
a rather funny english lesson: some guy had this big CCR poster and we hanged up it on
the board. Then of course we asked from our English teacher about the meanings of
these three words. No, she didn't pass the test...
- 6. Green River
- JC longing for his childhood, by the metaphor of course. But the picture is so
living you can easily sit down by the river no matter where you lived as a kid.
Pictures start dashing, all of those hot summer nights with warm rains and clear blue
skies, little boys sitting and fishing. And »barefoot girls» for sure. » If you
get lost come on home to Green River». I know I will.
- 7. Sweet Hitch-Hiker
- Genious intro, just like some Beatles one. Not much of a song, but what a classic
CCR swing. Clifford puts up the performance of his life, holding up the song with
- 8. Fortunate Son
- JC takes a stand. Wild, bitter explosion for all the innocent victims of war. And
some guys always are senator's sons, ain't it so, Bushein?
- 9. Effigy
- This one somehow always excites me. Echoes of Jimi's »Hey Joe». But the
words are confusing trip. »Who is burnin'?» Who is burnin'? I couldn't say.
Perhaps someone some day explains to me, until then I just enjoy the heavy feeling.
- 10. It Came Out of the Sky
- JC goes Berry with a crazy story. Light swinging sound is similar to later 'Hiker'.
One of the first CCR songs I heard as a kid.
- 11. Penthouse Pauper
- Very original JC song with »boasting» lyrics. » You can find the tallest
building/Lord, I'd have me the house on top.» Nah...
- 12. Travelin' Band
- JC meets Chuck (again) and Elvis in Jailhouse. As a teenager I adored John's
strong vocal especially in verse »Here we come again...».
Later it wasn't that impressive. Lack of light swing, perhaps. And the song
ends ruffly; they should have faded it instead.
- 13. Lookin' Out My Back Door
- Nice little country (?) pastiche with hippie nonsence lyrics. The song itself
ain't that great, but the arrangement lifts it up. Clever intro with repeating it and
slowing/speeding up the tempo before the end. Genious!
- 14. Down on the Corner
- Classic shakin' intro and »Willy and the Poor Boys» rocks off. Though,
the first line in notes tells how to do it: »A la calypso»! And thank God
for the sheet music in any case. Young Finnish guy missed half of the lyrics when JC
was dropping it with his Californian style.
- 15. Porterville
- Promising song from the highly underestimated debut album. Convincing vocal from
JC. But I wonder what had happened in Porteville earlier, the guy surely don't wanna
get back there. Or does he? The choir, singing »I don't care!», sounds
somehow desperate. But no, I wouldn't like go to Porterville, chasing all those
- 16. Have You Ever Seen the Rain
- Hit song from Pendulum and one of the early favourites in my youth.
Years have taken its toe, maybe it's the pretty poor arrangement that is disturbing.
I've always thought this song requires heavy and stylish organ sound.
- 17. Hey Tonight
- In Finnish radio in the seventies there was this Saturday evening program called
Nuorten sävellahja. Once on the air was this lady Uma Aaltonen with
her sensual voice: »Ja nyt makeeta musaa: CCR ja 'Hey Tonight'». Oh, my
teenage angst and those C-cassettes!
- 18. Wrote a Song for Everyone
- Strong Fogerty ballad again.
- 19. Bad Moon Rising
- Great song, but slightly worn-out.
- 20. Up Around the Bend
- One of the greatest rock intros ever! Unfortunately it's too good — the
compose badly fails to reach the same level. The result is lost balance. Somehow it
still fits well for opening the »Cosmo's» B-side.