Top Ten Woodstock '69 Performances

Woodstock rocks! but what is the best song? Only Woodstock '69, the first one, the original.

The Top Ten

1 Soul Sacrifice - Santana

The drum set, Santana playing a serpent, and how well it all meshed together. The things of legend.

because they straight up killed that song, they are so intune to each other in that song and that carried over into the crowd, yeah sure a bunch of them were tripping there ass off on acid (they dropped thinking they had plenty of time be for they went on then about 20 min after they where called to perform and were told now or never) by the time they got to soul sacrifice they were peaking lol

Santana was more than awesome and energetic as individual musicians as well as a band playing together. I'm sure most of Santana was doing some serious tripping, but they managed to feed off each other's strengths and bring it all together. At first the audience was surprised by the new sounds they were hearing but with each note they really into the music.The crowd was electrified by their performance because they got to hear beautiful music played by musicians that knew and loved playing together for their audience.

Did you all forget Alvin Lee? This guy performed unbelievably on the guitar, more crank on the guitar than anyone, period. "Going Home" was and is the stellar performance and truly emphasizes how a guitar should be played. Listen to that dude crank, and the perfect feedback of his guitar at the end of the jam!

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2 With a Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker

Oh, how I wish I was at Woodstock...
If I had a time machine, if only, I would use it just to go to Woodstock! And I wouldn't sleep or leave until it's over!

Come on people make this number one. Joe Cocker gave it all! Oh to be able to travel back in time and see this show live

Pure soul. He's so young. Just 24. Just pure Joe Cocker at his best.

One of the best live performances ever

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3 The Star Spangled Banner - Jimi Hendrix

Out of this world rendition

I cant imagine how awesome this would have been live. Just think of the showmanship! The Grateful Dead bombed on this show haha. - fireinside96

Great performance by jimi hendrix who protested against the Vietnam war by imitating the sound of bombs!

how iwish I was there if I had a time machine only one chance id want to be there
- isabell462

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4 Pinball Wizard - The Who

Love the song, love the who. Great performance - THEMASTER

5 White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane

Super song. Thanks for "Fear and loathing in las vegas" where I found him.

6 Piece of My Heart - Janis Joplin


I'm shure that Janis Joplin Performance was the best in Woodstock

Janis is hands down one of the best artists ever in my opinion. She purée her heart and soul into everything word she sang and it's beautiful

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7 We're Not Gonna Take It - The Who

Best rock band ever.

8 Suzy Q - Creedence Clearwater Revival

This song still gets a crowd goin' whenever it's played 42-years later!

John Fogerty et al hit it sound on for what became the haunting call of Woodstock

9 I'm Going Home - Ten Years After

Looking back 46 years after seeing the Woodstock movie at the Trans Lux East movie theater in NYC the 3 acts that stood out most for me then were; 1. Ten Years After; 2. The Who; and 3. Sly and The Family Stone. As a then 15 year old I was blown away by Alvin Lee's guitar playing on "I'm going Home". It's interesting to note that he got such a heavy sound not from a Les Paul or Fender Stratocaster but rather a semi-hollow electric guitar which he tended to favor throughout his career.

Sly and the Family Stone, Santana and Ten Years After definitively had the most energetic sets at Woodstock.

Go watch it on YouTube if you don't believe me.

A career defining performance for this band, they would never top it.

Lightning fast guitar playing, only Hendrix played better guitar at Woodstock

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10 Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane

The Newcomers

? Amazing Journey/Sparks - The Who

Probably the most fiery performance of these two interconnected songs by The Who...Contains all the classic who elements, psychedelic jamming...extensive guitar feedback from Townshend, Entwistles thundering bass, Moon going crazy on the drums, Roger with the tambourines...

The Contenders

11 Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix

Inspired generations to come

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12 Going Up the Country - Canned Heat
13 Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
14 Fish Cheer / Fixin to Die Rag - Country Joe Mcdonald
15 Coming Into Los Angeles - Arlo Guthrie
16 See Me Feel Me - The Who

Greatest band ever.pete was electrifying
Kicking Abby Hoffman offstage would have been a blast to see

Don't forget these guys performed when most people were sleeping

I'm surprised this song is number 16, to me this one of the best perfomances that I would have liked to see in the top 10

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17 Freedom - Richie Havens

He played the longest set this was my favorite. Very passionate.

Because, no explanation needed.

18 Southbound Train - Mountain

My best
Theme for an imaginary western

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20 Evil Ways - Santana UListen to Sample
21 At the Hop - Sha Na Na

You would think that at a hippie festival, 50s music would be laughed at, but the crowd loved it. Not to mention they did this song about 100 BPM faster than the original Danny and the Juniors classic. Hendrix, Sha Na Na, Richie Havens, and Santana rocked the festival.

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22 Turn on Your Lovelight - Grateful Dead
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