Crosby,_Stills,_Nash_&_Young_-_Deja_Vu#4– Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – “Woodstock” – (1970)

Okay, there’s a lot to say about this one. First off, choosing a song from any CSN or CSNY album is a toughie – even if it is a cover. And this one is: it was originally done by Joni Mitchell but because Joni Mitchell’s voice is ear-grating at best and CSNY perfected vocal harmony better than just about anyone this side of the Beach Boys, we are going with their version.

Then you have what this song means – what it represents. Graham Nash was dating Joni Mitchell and CSNY had just performed at the Woodstock festival (which is an incredible story for another day, but hint: it was their second ever performance as a quartet, which is incredible, even if Neil Young was a complete douche about the whole thing). So Mitchell wrote the song and CSNY took it to #11 in the U.S. The song was used in the credits for the film Woodstock (which, fun fact, Martin Scorsese actually worked on).

So what does it mean? This song is the sum of the 1960s. If you look at Woodstock as the culmination of everything that had been building in a decade, this sums it up. But it does so solemnly: the 1960s were over. This was the 70s. It’s the perfect transition song between two times – even if the spirit of the 60s was alive well into the 70s, the 60s themselves were complete. Not to oversell it, but t’s a huge song.