If Mick Jagger’s hair had been shorter, the whole face of the earth would have changed.

When we mentioned to the poet Marcus Bales we were putting this list together, he immediately assumed a pejorative intent; yes, “hippie” has come to mean a term of censor, even in music—but we assured him our research was sincere.

Categories are safe, even when they dissolve into others.  We know what “hippie songs” are, even as they expand like a stain.  And what is amazing is how great and various and popular this list of hippie songs is.  In a thousand years from now, when we look back at this era, all of our popular music will be seen for what it really is: hippie music.

The 1960s, as one would expect, features prominently, a time which, artistically, happily resembled the great Romantic era in poetry: sensual, but not overly so, intellectual, but not overly so, and perhaps because indulgence was miraculously tempered by a certain unstated restraint, popular.  It sounds crazy to say the 1960s featured conservatism and restraint, but it did. Now that we’ve traveled through post-modernism, we know how conservative the lyric is, and the 60s were lyric.  Tradition had yet to be toppled.

Only a few really like chaos, and when chaos threatens, lyric structure and common sense fight back in all sorts of hidden, wonderful ways. Shelley’s spring is never far behind. Tender, conservative feelings survive in the frenzy, even as rebellion gets the headlines.  In an early interview, the Beatles made the astute observation that in England, kids hated what their parents symbolized, but not their parents, whereas in America, it was the other way around.  The cliches of the 60s are just that: cliches, and should not be used to bash what was a spectacular confluence of events and sensibilities.  There are movements which are self-consciously internationalist: one country fawns over another nation’s art, like the rich American ladies who in 1905 suddenly hankered for Japanese vases and haiku.  But in the ’60s, England and America, two great nations, both gave and took, equally, appreciably, in a healthy, natural, intense, rivalry of shouting, stomping, feeling, and sharing.

So how is it that “hippie,” a demeaned, belittled, mocked, obsolete, term, symbolized by long, unwashed hair, drug derangement, and artsy-fartsy, pie-in-the-sky ideals, translates into such significant and wonderful music, as seen in this list of undeniably great songs—greater than any similar list of popular songs one might compile?  Who knows?  But there must be a lesson here, somewhere.  Perhaps it’s this: art responds to popular focus, popular sincerity, popular desire and material accident (length of hair, for instance); art cannot be intellectualized into greatness.

Two more observations before we present the list: John Lennon wrote more good ‘hippie songs’ than anyone, and yet, in person, he was the opposite of a ‘hippie’ in so many ways: a bully as a kid who routinely made fun of ‘spastics,’ John was too sarcastic and mean to care for anything ‘hippie.’  John was recruited into the ‘hippie movement’ almost against his will by various forces, and, proving how complex and powerful the whole ‘hippie’ sensibility is, John’s extremely complex working-class/art school/inner turmoil/ life became a fountain of ‘hippie music.’

There were divisions and fears in the 60s, as well as money to be made, and this surely fueled music being made in the safety of recording studios.  The quality of songs on this list does not translate into a ‘hippie’ era that was nice.  When George Harrison first met his producer, he told him he didn’t like his tie.  George famously had a bad experience when he visited hippies in California. In the words of his sister-in-law:

We were expecting Haight-Ashbury to be special, a creative and artistic place, filled with Beautiful People, but it was horrible – full of ghastly drop-outs, bums and spotty youths, all out of their brains. Everybody looked stoned – even mothers and babies – and they were so close behind us they were treading on the backs of our heels. It got to the point where we couldn’t stop for fear of being trampled. Then somebody said, ‘Let’s go to Hippie Hill,’ and we crossed the grass, our retinue facing us, as if we were on stage. They looked as us expectantly – as if George was some kind of Messiah.

Laugh—along with John—or sneer—along with George—as you will, but all these very different songs are very much ‘hippie,’ (in feel, as well as idea) and, improbably, are many of the loveliest, most significant, and most enjoyable songs ever recorded.

1. Imagine -John Lennon
2. Here Comes the Sun  -The Beatles
3. Woodstock -Joni Mitchell
4. Going Up the Country -Canned Heat
5. I’d Love to Change the World   -Ten Years After
6. If I Had A Hammer  -The Weavers
7. Live For Today -Grass Roots
8. Suzanne  -Leonard Cohen
9. Hurdy Gurdy Man  -Donovan
10. In a gadda da vida  -Iron Butterfly
11. That’s The Way  -Led Zeppelin
12. Tiny Dancer  -Elton John
13. Heart of Gold  -Neil Young
14. All You Need Is Love  -The Beatles
15. Mr. Tambourine Man  -Bob Dylan
16. Knights in White Satin  -Moody Blues
17. Get Together -The Youngbloods
18. We Are Young  -Fun
19. Ohio  -Crosby Stills Nash & Young
20. Wild World  -Cat Stevens
21. Feelin’ Groovy  -Simon and Garfunkle
22. The Wind Cries Mary  -Jimi Hendrix
23. This Land Is Your Land  -Woody Guthrie
24. Alice’s Restaurant  -Arlo Guthrie
25. Eve of Destruction  -Barry McGuire
26. Creeque Alley  -Mamas & Papas
27. What Have They Done To My Song, Ma   -Melanie
28. Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In   -The Fifth Dimension
29. White Rabbit   -The Jefferson Airplane
30. Walk Right In   -The Rooftop Singers
31. I Love The Flower Girl  -The Cowsills
32. Crimson and Clover   -Tommy James and the Shondells
33. Incense and Peppermints  -Strawberry Alarm Clock
34. She’s Not There  -The Zombies
35. Eight Miles High   -The Byrds
36. Light My Fire   -The Doors
37. Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?   -The Beatles
38. Mr. Bojangles  -Jerry Jeff Walker
39. Do You Believe In Magic?  -The Lovin Spoonful
40. Green Tambourine   -The Lemon Pipers
41. I’m Free (from Tommy)  -The Who
42. San Francisco   -Scott McKenzie
43. Spanish Pipedream (Blow Up Your TV)  -John Prine
44. Us and Them  -Pink Floyd
45. Pleasant Valley Sunday   -The Monkees
46. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place  -The Animals
47. For What It’s Worth  -Buffalo Springfield
48. Strawberry Fields Forever  -The Beatles
49. The Sound of Silence  -Simon & Garfunkle
50. I Gave My Love A Cherry  -Doc Watson
51. Georgy Girl  -The Seekers
52. Space Oddity   -David Bowie
53. 99 Red Balloons  -Nena
54. Norwegian Wood  -The Beatles
55. When The Music’s Over  -The Doors
56. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35  -Bob Dylan
57. Instant Karma  -John Lennon
58. Hey Jude  -The Beatles
59. Truckin’   -The Grateful Dead
60. Me and Bobbi McGee  -Janis Joplin
61. Hotel California  -The Eagles
62. Sympathy for the Devil   -The Rolling Stones
63. Almost Cut My Hair   -Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
64. I Feel Just Like A Child  -Devendra Banhart
65. Fortunate Son  -Creedence Clearwater Revival
66. You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)  -White Stripes
67. American Pie  -Don McLean
68. Good Vibrations   -The Beach Boys
69. What The World Needs Now Is Love  -Jackie DeShannon
70. People Are Strange  -The Doors
71. Melissa  -The Allman Brothers Band
72. The Times They Are A Changin’  -Bob Dylan
73. Buffalo Gals  -John Hodges
74. Wonderful World  -Louis Armstrong
75. Lola  -The Kinks
76. Universal Soldier  -Buffy St. Marie
77. Freaker’s Ball  -Dr. Hook
78. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)  -The Electric Prunes
79. Melody Fair  -The Bee Gees
80. Old Man   -Love
81. Brand New Key  -Melanie
82. Stoney End  -Laura Nyro
83. Vincent  -Don McLean
84. Indian Reservation -Paul Revere and the Raiders
85. We’re Only in It for the Money  -Frank Zappa
86. Eleanor Rigby  -The Beatles
87. Hey Ya!   -Outkast
88. Born To Be Wild  -Steppenwolf
89. Rocky Mountain High  -John Denver
90. Young Folks  -Peter Bjorn and John
91. Smells Like Teen Spirit  -Nirvana
92. I Shall Be Released -The Band
93. Lucky Man  -Emerson Lake & Palmer
94. In the Summertime  -Mungo Jerry
95. Piggies  -The Beatles
96. Sunshine of Your Love  -Cream
97. Hesitation Blues  -The Holy Modal Rounders
98. Mother Nature’s Son  -The Beatles
99. A Horse With No Name  -America
100. 21st Century Schizoid Man  -King Crimson


  1. February 13, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Nice observations! I was in my late teens and twenties during the 1960s and I know what you mean, in an intuitive sort of way. So often we have little idea, until observing closely, what past eras were like. The 18th century seems “classic” and well ordered as it usually is portrayed, but, in fact, it was as licentious, gluttonous, and greedy as any other era could be. The art was sublime, but the life was not necessarily so.

    • drew said,

      February 14, 2014 at 4:20 am

      Yes !
      Psychedelic art.

      Sublime is just the word:

      The image is from this excellent book which I bought in France in the 80’s:

      Le phénomène hippie (!)

    • April 3, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      The 18th…billed as ‘the age of Reason’, was as prone to posers, supernatural baloney, as any other…Cagliostro, Casanova, ‘the immortal count of saint germain’ turned up…

    • Anonymous said,

      March 11, 2016 at 7:38 am




      • I.P. Daily said,

        May 20, 2016 at 4:52 pm

        Blind Faith ROCK.
        Pure Hippie religion.
        “In the Presence of the Lord”
        (Just like Satan !)

  2. Surazeus said,

    February 13, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Hippie is from a word in the African Wolof language, the inventors of Jazz in New Orleans.

    Hipi means eyes wide open, to be fully aware.

    • powersjq said,

      February 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Fascinating. The OED indicates that “hippie” ultimately derives from the adjective “hep,” which is of “unknown origin.” But it’s not like the OED knows everything. Do we have any lexical evidence that it’s from Wolof, or just the (partially compelling) circumstance that they sound alike?

      • Diane Roberts Powell said,

        February 14, 2014 at 12:13 am

        Of “unknown origin,”…I’ll go with the jazz guys using that word from an African word. Jazz musicians were the originators of almost all of the Beat and Hippie terminology. I believe “hep” could mean “hip,”
        as in hep cat.

        • Surazeus said,

          February 17, 2014 at 10:12 pm

          Yes, hep was the root of hippie meaning awareness, and cat was a Wolof word that means person. Thus hepcat was an aware person, who knew all that was going on.

            • powersjq said,

              February 20, 2014 at 1:50 am

              From the article cited above: “Some etymologists reject [the notion that hip, hep, and hepcat were derived from Wolof] however, tracing the origin of this putative etymology to David Dalby, a scholar of African Languages who tentatively suggested the idea in the 1960s, and some have even adopted the denigration ‘to cry Wolof’as a general dismissal or belittlement of etymologies they believe to be based on ‘superficial similarities’ rather than documented attribution.”

              So the derivation from Wolof is plausible, but undocumented.

  3. drew said,

    February 14, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Great list – but I think you go too far into the 70’s.

    I was hearing more truly psychedelic sounds –
    early Pink Floyd (ever heard Piper at the Gates of Dawn?)

    What about Grace Slick and the Great Society 1965-66 ?
    The latter captures the creative explosion of hippie culture before it turned into the burned-out Hashbury described by George Harrison (great quote !) – or at least that is how I understand it. I was really a late 70’s early 80’s kid who grew up romanticizing the whole 60’s trip from a distance and trying to learn about it after the fact.

    “Gimme Shelter”‘ (the song) could be on there – it’s a great documentary too…

    Just personal favorites really.

  4. Diane Roberts Powell said,

    February 14, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Arlo Guthrie is a Republican now. His poor daddy must be spinning around in his grave.

    Do NOT get me started on Ted Nugent! He claims he was never a hippie–give me a break. And that song, “Journey to the Center of the Mind;” well, it was obviously about psychedelics, not Jewish mysticism. Of course, I remember the lyrics, “The times are high, and so am I. Got me a rock and roll band. It’s a free for all.” He wants us to believe that he never fired one up? I don’t even know how many kids he has strewn across the country, and he doesn’t either. Yet, he gets on his high horse about people not taking care of their kids.

    I used to think that all those people were great. Most of them probably were. But I think of John Phillips, and what he did to his daughter, and I want to vomit.

    I used to think that Frank Zappa was funny as hell. I was watching an old documentary about him not too long ago. He had naked people running around in his house and his kids were always dirty looking and naked. What the hell? As an adult, one of his kids has said that she remembers, often waking up, in the middle of the night, to some naked guy crouched in the corner.

    • thomasbrady said,

      February 14, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      It was a Dem president who dropped the bombs on Japan. It was a Dem president who dumped most of the napalm on Vietnam. It was Dem presidents in power during Pol Pot and Rwanda and Khomeni taking over Iran. You know what? Someone can be a Republican if they want. It’s none of my business who someone votes for or what they believe in. There’s so many so-called enlightened people in this country who make a big stink about politics in an ignorant manner. Let it be, man.

      • drew said,

        February 15, 2014 at 2:00 am

        This is such a candid and refreshing take on history. Thank you for saying this.

        I am a fairly right-wing Independent voter who is constantly labelled erroneously by libs who have no idea what my values are about.

        In fact they always assume that I am a Rush Limbaugh-listening registered Republican… duh.

        Hey – Let It Be didn’t even make your list, did it?

        • Anonymous said,

          February 16, 2014 at 2:56 am

          Google “Southern Strategy Lee Atwater” .

        • Paul Kay said,

          April 7, 2019 at 8:06 pm

          Speaking of REFRESHING, Republicans (including Trump) have a new spin on stealing elections that takes the tactic of purging minority voters from voter rolls to a brand new level – across 29 states – it’s called “Crosscheck” and it’s in the millions! The scam that they are pushing or accusing these voters of, is voting many times in several states – which is ludicrous and a felony, yet no one is ever investigated or charged with a crime – it’s just an excuse for voter suppression. (It is very racist, very illegal YET made legal! IMHO). AND nobody’s talking about it – neither party or the main stream media, go figure?!* Except BBC reporter and investigative journalist Greg Palast. Check out his movie “Best Democracy Money Can Buy” (available on Amazon Prime video). Watch this trailer:

          *Possibly because it’s really one party rule – Republican and Republican-lite – and both along with the media being corporate owned. Basically DC reeks in corruption, and monies in politics. (Except those few, mainly progressive congressmen, who take no corporate donations or PAC money)

          • Desdi said,

            April 7, 2019 at 9:16 pm

            Could be, Paul.
            Maybe it’s ALL Corporate Globalist Kabuki…

            But there is still a lot of Trump Derangement Syndrome out there.
            Thanks for commenting.

      • Anonymous said,

        February 16, 2014 at 2:55 am

        And the Republicans, with Lindbergh as their chief figurehead (a lifelong anti-semite, he’d also been deluded by a carefully staged tour or Germany, during which he was fooled by the rows of faked planes on various airfields into thinking that the Nazis were too powerful to resist), did everything they could to keep us out of World War II.

        By the way, most military historians agree that dropping the bombs saved both the US and Japan at least another year of all-out war. (Go look up the information on the planned “Operation Olympic” some time.) Even with the hindsight knowledge of radiation’s effects – a knowledge no one at the time possessed – Japan wound up being better off than if the war, and the devastating conventional bombing (much of which Japan had already sustained) had continued. Its industrial machine would be repaired via the same Democratic president that bombed it, with such success that Japan would in a few decades become an economic superpower with far more influence than its pro-war leaders of the 1930s could have dreamed of attaining.

        • drew said,

          February 16, 2014 at 3:11 am

          I was blissfully unaware of Lee Atwater’s most famous quote (or alleged quote) until I ran across it in connection with Martin Bashir’s demented claim that Republican criticisms of the IRS are “racist.” Bashir explained that everything Republicans do or say is racist, regardless of whether there is any apparent connection to race.

          From: “What Did Lee Atwater Really Say?” (powerline

          Hmmmmmmm. Can we get back to Hippie music please?

          Is the commentary on WWII a veiled reference to the Deep Purple songs “Burn” and “My Woman From Tokyo” ?
          (which, being proto-metal, do NOT deserve to make the top 100 list above but nonetheless totally ROCK…)

        • Diane Roberts Powell said,

          February 16, 2014 at 3:21 am

          Lindbergh was a fascist pig who didn’t need to be fooled by any Krauts into becoming a Nazi, because he already was one. Of course, the military leaders planned and plotted, about dropping the bomb on Japan, before they did it. They also planned and plotted for the US to get into a first strike war with Russia, before they had the capability to launch that many on us. They also did a lot of planning and plotting on launching a first strike, even after the Soviets were able to retaliate equally against us, because that’s what sobs like that do. No one knew about it at the time. No one was voting for those policies. It’s all about the fascist military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about.

          • February 16, 2014 at 3:41 am

            A-yep. Or what in the nineteenth century was called “manifest destiny”.

            Anyone looking at a map of the United States circa 1840 knew full well it was on its way to superpower status – a fact which did not sit well with the two superpowers of the time, England and France, who actually both encouraged the start of the Civil War in the hope that North and South would rough each other up so much that even if the union were restored it would be too weak to be a threat to either Britain or France. (The jackpot for Britain and France would of course have been a decade-long war followed by the permanent establishment of two separate, weak, and rival nations, constantly at odds.)

            But both England and France were already too late. By the time the 1860s rolled around, both North and South had such strong military forces – the invasion of Mexico and various other actions having provided abundant training opportunities, to put it delicately – that either army alone could have beaten the British Army in head-to-head matchups. The British Navy still reigned supreme, but even that would no longer be the case in few decades.

        • William R Miller said,

          February 16, 2018 at 1:24 am

          Yes get back to the music
          I need to know if anyone remember any music say around 74/75 or so that was instrumental but there was like a poem in the back ground.. used to listen in between pink Floyd etc when I was coming down….yes my drug days.. sorry…..
          Please email me.. ty

          • noochinator said,

            February 16, 2018 at 2:20 pm

            Wow — as a devoted scholar of 1970s pop cultcha, I have noted this thrown gauntlet — I will work on it…

          • noochinator said,

            February 16, 2018 at 2:24 pm

            Perhaps “Atlantis” by Donovan?

          • noochinator said,

            February 17, 2018 at 12:03 am

            Maybe this one, “Deteriorata” ?

          • Desdi said,

            April 24, 2018 at 2:13 pm

            I know EXACTLY what it was.
            Please assume full lotus position and still your mind. Harmonize ida and pingala currents and let your heart chakra open like a blossom. TAT TVAM ASI.

            तत्त्वमस्यादिवाक्येन स्वात्मा हि प्रतिपादितः ।
            नेति नेति श्रुतिर्ब्रूयादनृतं पाञ्चभौतिकम्

    • Rick Hurst said,

      July 3, 2020 at 7:04 am

      n 2018, Guthrie contacted publication Urban Milwaukee to clarify his political stance. He stated “I am not a Republican,” and expressed deep disagreement with the Trump administration’s views and policies on immigration. Guthrie further clarified, “I left the party years ago and do not identify myself with either party these days. I strongly urge my fellow Americans to stop the current trend of guilt by association, and look beyond the party names and affiliations, and work for candidates whose policies are more closely aligned with their own, whatever they may be. … I don’t pretend to be right all the time, and sometimes I’ve gone so far as to change my mind from time to time.”

  5. drew said,

    February 14, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Ah yes –
    remember those intrepid musical stoners whose slogan was “Zappa is God”?
    I wonder if Dweezil and Moon Unit feel that way.

    I love listening to Ted N. shoot his mouth off ! I think he’s cool.

  6. drew said,

    February 14, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Some hippie prophecy still speaks today:

    Turn around go back down – back the way you came
    Can’t you see that flash of fire, ten times brighter than the day
    And behold: a mighty city broken in the dust again
    Oh God the pride of man broken in the dust again

    Turn around go back down – back the way you came
    Babylon is laid to waste, Egypt’s buried in her shame
    Their mighty men are all beaten down –
    their kings are fallen in the waste
    Oh God the pride of man broken in the dust again

    Turn around go back down – back the way you came
    Terror is on every side, though our leaders are dismayed
    For those who place their faith in fire
    in fire their faith shall be repaid
    Oh God – the pride of man broken in the dust again…

    Turn around, go back down go back the way you came
    And shout a warning to the nation that the sword of God is raised
    Yes – Babylon, that mighty city, rich in treasure, wide in fame
    Oh God – pride of man broken in the dust again…

    And it shall cause your towers to fall –
    make of you a pyre of flame
    Oh you who dwell on many waters: rich in treasure, wide in fame
    You bow unto your – your god of gold
    Your pride of might shall be thy shame
    For only God can lead His people back onto the earth again
    Oh God – pride of man broken in the dust again…

    Thy holy mountain be restored –
    have mercy on thy people… Thy people, Lord

  7. drew said,

    February 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Why do my video embeds never work here? Any ideas?
    Do you all use “embed” or simply paste the URL to get a YouTube in here?

    • noochinator said,

      February 14, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      Drew, all I do is paste in the URL, and it seems to work. I fixed your Quicksilver link above….

      • drew said,

        February 15, 2014 at 1:32 am

        Thanks. I was using embed code…

  8. drew said,

    February 14, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I feel like a fool – constantly checking to see if there will be some scintillating discussion of HIPPIEDOM on this thread – but so far nothing.

    Dang – what are y’all doing, shoveling your driveways or something?

    And PLEASE don’t bring Kant and Derrida into this one!

    • Katie said,

      December 5, 2014 at 7:17 am

      It would be nice for some actual hippie discussions to go on here, all these Republican posers are laughable trying to be all peace and love.

      • thomasbrady said,

        December 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm

        Katie, maybe you could show us what an “actual hippie discussion” looks like.

        Because, after all, as George Harrison discovered when he visited California in the late 60s, American hippies scared the crap out of him.

        • Andrew said,

          April 21, 2016 at 1:39 am

          RE: “actual hippie discussion”:
          the participants too high to make much sense but VERY intense at the time. Replayed in 2016 still does not make much sense…

      • Vive la Republique ! said,

        December 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm

        We are flattered that you, as a certified Hippie expert and non Republican non-poser, would deign to visit this humble website.

      • Robert Caleb Potter said,

        March 15, 2020 at 2:31 am

        The song Hair by the Cowsills needs to be included in any list of Hippie songs right?

        • thomasbrady said,

          March 15, 2020 at 12:42 pm

          Do I know this song, Hair? Cowsills? Has this anything to do with the musical, Hair?

        • March 15, 2020 at 4:27 pm

          Not a bad song. The Cowsills — a “real” version of the Partridge Family. Some of the worst teeth in rock&roll. Apparently, braces had yet to be invented.

          • thomasbrady said,

            March 18, 2020 at 1:15 am

            The Rain, the Park, And Other Things (“I love the flower girl”) is nice—but you’re right, those teeth! Braces did exist back then. Lovely song, though…

          • thomasbrady said,

            March 18, 2020 at 1:20 am

            Who remembers Tiny Tim?

            He was the best.

            • March 18, 2020 at 6:20 pm

              Too lazy to Google it, but I believe he was married on Johnny Carson’s show. (I think) I was watching it at the time, but I was stoned, so I’m not sure. It may have been a hallucination.

            • maryangeladouglas said,

              March 19, 2020 at 1:08 pm

              Yes, I do: Tip Toe Through The Tulips sung in a high pitched voice like a Mad Hatter to the ukulele. And his televised wedding to a Miss Vickie, can’t remember on whose show.. Things were all a little mad back then. Not that they’re not now.

              • thomasbrady said,

                March 19, 2020 at 10:30 pm

                He did get married on a talk show! I think it was Johnny Carson…

  9. thomasbrady said,

    February 14, 2014 at 9:05 pm


    I do know “Pipers at the Gates of Dawn.” Syd Barret was the songwriter, went crazy from drugs, and then the other band members, most of whom were architecture students, stepped in and became songwriters, and everything they wrote was about crazy (absent) Syd and it all translated into the best-selling record of all time. They were using the same recording studio as the Beatles, and I believe there was an overlap behind-the-scenes.

    Supposedly Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead was a CIA drug experiment.

    And there’s great stuff on many 60s rock star with parents high up in the military industrial complex: Stephen Stills, Frank Zappa, Jim Morrison, etc

    Aldous Huxley certainly was in California at the time, spreading LSD about.

    I always thought ‘hippie’ came from ‘hip’ as in “I’m so hip.” A lot of it did come out of the beatnik era. But a lot of it had a Romantic era, pre-Raphaelite flavor, too.

    The 60s has to be the greatest ‘conspiracy’ decade as well.

    You wade into the 60s, you’ll never come out.

    Perhaps it’s best just to listen to the songs…

    • Diane Roberts Powell said,

      February 14, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      You are right about the CIA being involved in spreading LSD around, through certain “pretend” hippies. Leary was CIA, and even admitted it. Ken Kesey first did LSD under the CIA’s MKULTRA program, and was supplied by guys who were CIA when he was doing his acid trips around the country. I doubt seriously that the CIA creeps who were cooking up all of that sneaky crap were true liberals, for what it’s worth. It is pure fascist ideology. The main problem with liberals, and progressives, in this country, is their cheery denial about the fascist elements controlling our government and media. Eisenhower gave his parting speech about the military industrial complex, and the dangers it posed to our democracy, just before he left office. And he was a Republican and a former general.

      And Tom, please, Arlo Guthrie has every right to vote for who he wants, but I have a right to be disgusted about it. And Drew, you love the way Nugent mouths off, and you think he makes sense?

      Where the hell is Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum? That should be number one. And War Pigs by Black Sabbath should have made the list.

    • drew said,

      February 15, 2014 at 2:30 am

      That’s the part of the Hippie culture that I love – the beatific Pre-Raphaelite part of it. Not the Hog Farming nasty unwashed doin’ it in the road part.

    • February 16, 2014 at 3:22 am

      The ironic thing about the Dead is that Robert Hunter, not Garcia, was their chief songwriter – and their best one too.

      Thinking of Garcia leads me to think of a photo taken of him and Mountain Girl (birth cert name Carolyn Something-or-Other if I recall correctly) by none other than Hunter Stockton Thompson, who was in addition to being a talented writer a very good photographer.

      • drew said,

        February 16, 2014 at 4:14 am

        I love the songs “Box of Rain” and “Eyes of the World” – surprised there is only one GD song on the list.

  10. thomasbrady said,

    February 14, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Spirit in the Sky is a good one. Cherokee Nation by Paul Revere and the Raiders is another one I missed…

    • drew said,

      February 15, 2014 at 1:54 am

      Norman Greenbaum. Yes – I thought of that one too.
      You stole my thunder, Diane! War Pigs ! Yes.
      Now I want to have a beer with you. Excellent commentary, all you said.

      As far as conspiracies – there is a lot out there about intelligence agencies flooding the youth movement with acid to keep them grooving to music instead of actually becoming revolutionary…
      I have always wanted to read this book:

      Have any of you read it?

      I hear they also flood the ghettos with heroin during hot summers of civil unrest.

      Huxley’s account of his first trip is classic, Tom – I love the moment when he stepped outside, took a look at the street and cracked up laughing after realizing that “man created cars in his own image”.
      And by just listening to the songs, one enters into the conspiracy, I believe.

      Diane – I guess I like Ted N. because he is outspokenly conservative but in a crazy and fun way. He makes sense what – 80 % of the time?
      Well maybe 73 %…no actually make that 89.6 %…

    • Diane Roberts Powell said,

      February 23, 2014 at 5:06 am

      I can’t get Norman Greenbaum, and his song Spirit in the Sky off my mind.

      I’m going to try to link to three videos on youtube. I’m a bit of a Luddite about this kind of thing though. The first is a video of him playing the song. The second shows Greenbaum performing live in France, and the third is a recent interview of him at his home in California. Yes, he looks older, but he doesn’t look like he’s got one foot in the grave, like so many other formers singers from that era.

  11. Diane Roberts Powell said,

    February 15, 2014 at 2:05 am

    I have read excerpts from that book, and have been meaning to order it. I just flat ass don’t believe that Ted Nugent never even tried pot (which he claims). That’s pure BS. I also don’t like that he has fathered kids, that he has refused to pay for, and then has the sheer audacity to complain about welfare mothers. It’s like Gingrich preaching about family values after he left his wife, while she was in the hospital with cancer. Or when Gingrich complained about pregnant teen mothers, when his mother got pregnant with him when she was a teen.

    • drew said,

      February 15, 2014 at 2:37 am

      I was not aware that Ted had deadbeat dad issues. Who knew?

      I never really listened to his music much – beyond the ubiquitous “Cat Scratch Fever”…
      I heard him on conservative radio talk shows since the 1990’s.

      • Diane Roberts Powell said,

        February 16, 2014 at 3:43 am

        Ted is on Beck all the time. A few years ago, I was reading through a blog, written by gay guys who were outing public guys who are gay and hiding it. They named three newsmen, including Anderson Cooper, and Glen Beck, and said they were gay. Cooper has since come out. Makes me wonder about Beck. Ted is too stupid to realize that Beck has a crush on him.

    • Anonymous said,

      February 16, 2014 at 3:08 am

      Ah, Ted. He’s now trying to deny he ever really did dodge the draft via the feces route. Such a kidder, don’t you know.

      • Diane Roberts Powell said,

        February 16, 2014 at 3:38 am

        Dear God? How did I forget about that one? He gave numerous interviews about it too. So now he is taking it all back?

        Sounds like my butthole brother in law. He went to Kent State to protest. Later on, he joined the military, became a lifer, and became a right wing nut. He makes Rush Limbaugh look like a communist. He now claims that he just went to Kent State to “observe.” He has also said, concerning the shootings, “Those kids really had it coming.”
        He was one of those kids. He was just a high school student at the time and had hitched a ride to get there.

  12. drew said,

    February 15, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Another essential San-Fran Freako hippie groove:

  13. February 16, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Funny thing – right around the time this post went up, I’d been thinking how much the Transcendentalists were in many ways proto-hippies, especially Bronson Alcott. (Though all of the Trans, even – or rather especially – Thoreau, would have been horrified by the Haight scene.) The two groups both set the average person’s teeth on edge, for one thing.

  14. drew said,

    February 16, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Yes – the Concord Transcendentalists were definitely proto-hippies.
    One also thinks of the Dandies, Fops and Symbolist decadents of late 19th century Europe – although perhaps they were more like mods and goths than true Hippies. The taxonomies begin to blur and overlap.

  15. thomasbrady said,

    February 16, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Phoenix Woman is absolutely correct when she says Britain and France, as newly allied, imperial nations in the mid19th century, conspired to destroy the U.S. clandestinely during the U.S. Civil War. “A World On Fire” by Amanda Foreman (2011) exhaustively and brilliantly studies the Civil War from a European perspective. The U.S. Civil War was an international conflict and it, not WW I, was the true birth of Modernist sensibilities. England/France, by being neutral, gave incentive to the bloody battles in which North and South sought to gain military legitimacy in the eyes of the world. General Lee was a butcher and General McClellan was a traitor, as the Union army, miles from Richmond early in the war, should have made a very quick end to things.

    Britain gave support to the Confederacy on one hand, and condemned slavery on the other, in the ultimate act of doing whatever it took to foster division in the United States. Emerson was an abolitionist and a Anglophilic zealot: see his “English Traits,” where he argues for the conquering blood superiority of the English race in the 1850s.

    The Poe/Emerson rivalry was an expression of this conflict.

    Poe was a product of the earlier U.S. /France /Russian alliance against the British “Opium Wars” Empire.

    Poe belonged to the Ben Franklin tradition of pure ingenuity and attacked the Transendentalists as dreamy propagandists.

    T.S. Eliot, leader of the Right-wing Modernist reaction, attacked Poe right after he won the Nobel in 1949 (“From Poe to Valery”). The Anglophilic Eliot traces his heritage back to the Anglophilic Emerson.

    T.S. Eliot’s grandfather, William Greenleaf Eliot, knew Emerson and married the sister of a Transcendalist poet, Christopher P. Cranch, whose poem, “Correspondences,” reads similarly to Baudelaire’s later poem by the same name.

    Radical art and poetry came out of France after it became allied with Great Britain.

  16. thomasbrady said,

    February 20, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    As for “going too deep into the 70s,” Drew, I had an epiphany when I made this list and decided that most American popular music is, in fact, “hippie music,” and will be looked at that way, I believe, years later.

    Note I included Nirvana and some more recent pop hits, as well as going back in time with “Buffalo Gals” and “I Gave My Love A Cherry (the Riddle Song”) which is memorably used in “Animal House.”

    I could have done this more, with more effect, but I think you get the idea.

    There are some who would insist that “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is grunge or punk and a different genre; not really.

    Hippie Music is really a very large umbrella, probably the largest one.

    • drew said,

      February 21, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      I thought you meant Buffalo Girls by Malcolm McLaren !

      OK – the original. As hummed in “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
      Yes. Far more poetic and Hippie.


  17. pedant said,

    February 21, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    The accurate title of #31 is “The Rain, the Park & Other Things.”

    • thomasbrady said,

      February 21, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you!


  18. February 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    someone brought up Quicksilver, What About Me is a counter culture anthem and needs included

  19. February 21, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    hmmm while i’m at it, seems to be a derth of brothers on yer list:

    • February 21, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      drat ment to post Winter In America:

      my bad

    • drew said,

      February 21, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      I heard this guy sing/recite live in Colorado in 1985 !

      Whitey’s on the Moon ha ha ha

  20. thomasbrady said,

    February 22, 2014 at 11:46 am


    That’s right, I was thinking of Buffalo Gals as we see it in “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Way before the 60s, even before the beatniks, but totally hippie.

    Yesterday I heard “Hey Jude” performed in the subway by a guy with a guitar and the mood created was one of almost winsome embarrassment, like you want to lower your eyes, you feel bashful and sweet among strangers because the song evokes such powerful feelings of melodic understanding. That’s hippie.

    I relate to this anyway. Melody needs to be primary for me. When the beat is primary, it goes too far over into mass manipulation for me; II don’t like it. You’ll never find me in one of those lemming crowds waving their arms in the air. True hippie music was betrayed when the baseball hat wearing crowd got involved.

    The audience changes, the music changes.

    • drew said,

      February 24, 2014 at 2:44 am

      I agree with you about mass manipulation of lemmings through beats…
      I do, however, find Malcolm McLaren an interesting figure. Duck Rock is a great album. He produced the Sex Pistols and Bow Wow Wow, 2 bands who still occupy a place in my heart as well…

      But all those bands are big on hype and short on melody.

      Ha ha yes – I hate the backward baseball-hat thing.
      I think that identifies them as the enemy in my private culture war.
      So I have to love them.

      • noochinator said,

        July 8, 2015 at 7:27 pm

        Speaking of mass manipulation, here’s an interesting passage on the subject from Elliot Paul’s 1942 book With a Hays Nonny Nonny:

        The first duty of a [movie] critic is to make it clear that any film is or is not “great.” This runs counter to the duty of the publicity department of the studio…..[Let’s look at a hypothetical movie] that may or may not be”great,” according to the final balance sheet. No stone in the U.S. Mint was left unturned in producing it. The stars are wonderful B.O. (which means Box Office and not what you think it does), the theatres are air-cooled, the public has been prepared, practically doped like a race horse. For no matter what the writers, directors, actors, producers, costumers, electricians, cameramen or mistresses do, it is the public that must run around the track. Once having been manufactured, the picture itself sits in the grandstand. Nothing more can be done for it, once it is in the can… Voices from the pine-clad lobster pounds of Maine to the sun-drenched filling stations of California, from the berry pickers’ humble shanty to the realestatenik’s left-over mansion, must murmur “Oh, what the hell. Let’s go to the movies.” Water trickles through faucets, soap makes lather, fresh underwear is taken from dresser drawers. Or, maybe the bulk of the customers go without sartorial preparation. Various means of transportation are employed… Trams, onmibuses, buggies and carryalls, coupés, roadsters and sedans are put into service. Pedestrians tramp, trek and swarm. Shoemakers rejoice. Ice-cream parlors clear the decks of action and reaction. Cleveland and Chicago, it is reported, are on the verge of a civil war for the honor of opening [the movie]…

  21. thomasbrady said,

    February 22, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Gil Scott Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is not hippie. That’s a movement into something else. The hippie sensibility is more optimistic: the revolution will be on TV. We’ll all watch it. And then we’ll go to bed.

    Richie Havens is hippie. He’s intense, but also melancholy.

  22. thomasbrady said,

    February 23, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I would definitely include Spirit in the Sky in the top 100.

  23. thomasbrady said,

    March 17, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    And this one:

  24. Mark Salmon said,

    October 23, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Best 100 hundred Hippie songs —— No. 84. Tom’s Diner -Suzanne Vega — where did that come from — released in 1981 !!!!!!!!

    • thomasbrady said,

      October 24, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Mark, you can have ‘hippie’ beyond the 60s.

  25. thomasbrady said,

    October 24, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    But you know what I’m going to do, Mark? Just for you?

    Replace Tom’s Diner with Indian Reservation by Paul Revere and the Raiders.

  26. Mark Salmon said,

    October 24, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Good choice, thanks. Would have preferred John D. Loudermilk,s version but accept Paul Revere.

  27. Anonymous said,

    November 18, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Why the hell is FUN on this list?!

    • thomasbrady said,

      November 18, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Modern hippie sensibility?

  28. Bart said,

    November 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Is this list a joke? This list should be crowded by San Fransisco Bay Area bands.

    • thomasbrady said,

      November 24, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Bart, Did you grow up there? It has Jefferson Airplane. And the Grateful Dead.

      Suggestions are welcome.

  29. Rob said,

    February 24, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Veteran hippie anarchist band The Astronauts uploaded an older previously unreleased love song (their only love song) called The Lovers here :

    • thomasbrady said,

      February 25, 2015 at 12:15 am

      Thanks, Rob. Reminds me of Syd Barrett.

      • Rob said,

        February 25, 2015 at 1:42 pm

        Mark Astronaut will not be unhappy with Syd Barrett comparisons.
        Thanks for checking it out Thomas!

  30. noochinator said,

    March 3, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Here’s a classic from Cleo Laine’s oeuvre:

  31. C.J. said,

    March 15, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Hey guys, I was following the conversation, and all I hear is I am right and you are wrong. Let me beat my chest till I show everyone how right I am.
    I want to know what happened to allowing each other to be who we are without judgement, and loving your brothers and sisters. Man, we all gotta ticket on this wild ride called life together, why cant we accept and appreciate the fact that we are different, and be happy for it ? If everybody walked talked and thought the same what would we even have to talk about. Embrace your brothers and sisters and love them for their differences instead of condeming them for them and you will find yourself a much happier person. All we need is LOVE ! LOVE is all we need. Peace 🙂

    • Kalvin Von Luther of Saxony said,

      March 16, 2015 at 12:49 am

      Love is all we need…yes.

      – wait a second;

      well, actually LOVE plus Reformed Theology. OK. Better

    • noochinator said,

      March 16, 2015 at 8:23 am

      Or if not love, at least good manners….

      “Manners are love in a cool climate.” —Quentin Crisp

  32. Hatchemoto said,

    March 16, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Creeque ALLEY (not Valley)

    • thomasbrady said,

      March 16, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks! (Fixed)

  33. Andrew said,

    March 28, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Here is a love-offering and prayer for Spring to happen in dreary New England:

    (thank God for Scarriet !)

  34. April 3, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Hippie…by the time the counterculture got to my corner of Mississippi, we were ‘ freaks’… Which I liked. I wanted to change the name to ‘crazed mutant scum’ but it was probably too wordy.

    • maryangeladouglas said,

      March 10, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      March 10 2016

      Thomas Graves/ Brady, Thomas Brady Graves, Don’t know where to put this question but I feel some concern. What happened to March Madness and your delightful poetic sparring back and forth a Scarriet tradition you started, Thomas Graves. Or are you just drifting now? No offense meant just wondering if you are doing what you really want to do or are you kind of enthralled to a debilitating degree. Your essays are cogent. We miss them. There’s nothing else out there like them. Best Regards whatever you do;

      from Mary Angela Douglas

      • thomasbrady said,

        March 10, 2016 at 10:58 pm

        Mary, Thank you, I’m still here. And yes, March Madness is in the works!!

        • maryangeladouglas said,

          March 10, 2016 at 11:30 pm

          Yay! Look forward to it!

  35. Anonymous said,

    April 20, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    I think that people should try to keep the hippies alive man I’m a hippie and I’m still going strong in 2015

    • Hippy Hippy Shake said,

      April 21, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      By now some of them need to be kept alive on respirators…

  36. thomasbrady said,

    April 21, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    John Lennon said he felt old when he was 24 in 1964 as the Beatles achieved world-wide fame. John’s context was Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, an extremely successful Beatles-type band—Noone became their lead singer when he was 15. Rock fame was often a tiny window of time and stars aged terribly fast.

    Hippies flaunted youth, but some people look old in their 20s and some people manage to stay reasonably young for a very long time with a kind of ‘hippie magic….’ good eating, not working oneself to death, music & joy…

  37. jim dougherty said,

    May 9, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    nena and outkast, hippie songs… very funny .

    • jim dougherty said,

      May 9, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      stony end didnt come to us until streisand. 70s…at 17. 75 vincent 72. tommy 70s…. got news, hippies are 60s…. after that… burnouts… nice songs but screwed up to fill up the list….. you need to search a little……you left out so many great ones….

      • Anonymous said,

        December 11, 2015 at 8:07 pm


        • thomasbrady said,

          December 11, 2015 at 10:26 pm

          Really? Confining hippies to the 60s? I can see the rationale. But what’s wrong with seeing how it stays alive through the years?

          • Hippie Lady said,

            March 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm

            Great point there. This post and all these comments have made my day. Even though it seems I’m a couple years behind.

            • thomasbrady said,

              March 10, 2016 at 7:50 pm

              Thanks, Hippie Lady. This piece gets more visits every day! You are not behind!!

  38. DanaKate said,

    May 27, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I always thought Shambala from Three Dog Night would fit.

    • DanaKate said,

      May 27, 2015 at 12:17 am

      And I would have chosen Peace Train by Cat Stevens before Vincent from Don McLean. But I dunno. My dad always told me I was a hippie born just a little late, though I was also a full child of the 70s and 80s.

  39. Lynda said,

    September 6, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Where’s the song “Louie, Louie” and “House of the Rising Sun” on this list? Those should have been there.

  40. thomasbrady said,

    September 6, 2015 at 10:59 am


    I like those. I wouldn’t immediately think of hippie for Rising Sun because it’s an old song which has nothing to do with the hippie era, per se, covered by a working class British Invasion band. I love the organ in that song, the vocals, the song itself, it has so much going for it, which I don’t really think of as ‘hippie.’ Maybe I’m wrong. Louie Louie…people used to always argue about the lyrics and how they were really dirty if you could understand them or heard the right version, etc. That song, too, has a certain down and dirty stridency like Rising Sun. I guess these songs are ‘tough hippie’ songs. Thank you.

  41. Anonymous said,

    December 11, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    This isn’t a good list with outcast on the list and janis joplin should be way closer to the top and it should have piece of my heart as well. Janis Joplin is like the queen of hippies. If she’s not top ten then the whole list is shit

    • thomasbrady said,

      December 11, 2015 at 10:24 pm


      You’re completely right. I should have given more weight to Joplin. Speaking of “weight,” I didn’t leave The Band off the list, did I?

      • Hippie Lady said,

        March 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm

        Btw. I love how everyone who isn’t making their own blog and lost is criticizing you. Not. You did a good job!

  42. russ said,

    December 29, 2015 at 1:41 am

    hippie songs? really? hotel california was issued in 1976. great song but
    “hippy-dom” was long dead…

    • thomasbrady said,

      December 29, 2015 at 2:00 am

      A lot of people feel “hippie” doesn’t extend past the 60s. Really? Doesn’t the spirit live on, at least a little bit? And one could argue, a lot?

  43. Andrew said,

    December 29, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    [For those of you who haven’t been exposed to many underground comics, those three hairy dudes in the car are the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, some of the best-known characters to come out of the hippie comic-book world. ]


    this stuff is too good to not share:

  44. Andrew said,

    December 29, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Not sure why the images did not embed. Sorry about that

  45. Simbatejas said,

    January 10, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    You missed to single greatest, quintessential hippie anthem…considering that you missed the greatest, your entire list is a bit of an epic fail. You also missed the second greatest, as well. Frankly, any tunes that came out after 1970 are hardly hippie anthems. Anyway, the top two are obviously, for number two: Tell All the People, The Doors. For number one, Something in the Air by Thunderclap Newman.

    • Simbatejas said,

      January 10, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      Also, you didn’t even include Turn! Turn! Turn! by The Byrds. I’m really not sure what you were thinking with this list. Sigh….

      • Simbatejas said,

        January 10, 2016 at 11:24 pm

        Also, the fact is that you don’t even know what constitutes a hippie anthem. Just because a song came out in the era, and just because it’s a fantastic song, isn’t the qualification. She’s Not There by The Zombies isn’t a hippie anthem! It’s simply a fantastic rockabilly, rock and roll number. Sigh…

        • Simbatejas said,

          January 10, 2016 at 11:31 pm

          Hotel California? What? The Eagles are/were one of the most brilliant acts of the popular era, but there are not/were not hippies…! They distinctly embody MOR/easy listening/soft rock – they virtually mark the cut off between the hippie era and the easy listening era. Take nothing away from their lyrical content – The Last Resort (and Don’s “Inside Job” from 2000) along with Hotel C. are subversive or anti-establishment, but that doesn’t make them hippie. Sigh….you seem to have no idea what the word “hippie” even signifies. Sigh…BTW you also missed The Weight by The Band.

          • Simbatejas said,

            January 10, 2016 at 11:33 pm

            Louie Armstrong, honestly…Louie was not a hippie. Just because it’s a lovely song about happiness, does not make it a hippie song. Oh I’m getting work up now 🙂 Time to smoke a bowl.

  46. thomasbrady said,

    January 11, 2016 at 2:43 am

    I agree with you about Something In the Air. Good call!

    Tell All The People is a rather obscure Doors song, not one of their best, but yes, a great hippie song.

    I can’t argue with you. You’re right.

    I still think “hippie” isn’t confined to the 60s. But I can see how that argument could be made.

  47. Anonymous said,

    February 16, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Love many of the choices — Zeppelin may be a 60’s band that didn’t come around till hte 70’s (as with Deep Purple) but they ain’t hippie — they’re an electric monkees — and their whole concept was lifted straight off of Iron Buttefly — though, lifting was nothing new to them…..

    • thomasbrady said,

      February 16, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      I guess that’s why this post is so popular—thousands of visits a week—everyone has their own idea of what “hippie” is, especially when it comes to music.

      I should make this point:


      But I love and appreciate the feedback. I do.

      • djsuavey said,

        February 17, 2016 at 5:05 am

        Going to California is obviously a hippie song. Generally speaking the hippie era ends with the death of Jim Morrison. Generally speaking, LA Woman is the last album that you could call a hippie album that came from and belonged to the era, of the era. Hyacinth House is a good hippie tune and Riders on the Storm probably also qualifies. After Riders on the Storm, we are getting into progressive rock and soft rock (Eagles). Hippie songs usually would be concerned with such things as: rebellion; subversion; peace and love; drugs; anti-war; etc. Hence, songs like “Something in the Air” and “Tell All the People” are the quintessence of hippie songs. I would suggest that you might be the first person ever to classify Louis Armstrong as a hippie singer. BTW I am the same person as Simbatejas but Im blowed if I can remember how I logged in last time.

        • djsuavey said,

          February 17, 2016 at 5:14 am

          BTB, the end of the hippie era as symbolised by the death of Morrison was precisely what the Illuminati (for want of a better name) who murdered him, wanted. The last thing they wanted was for the hippie era of subversion, anti-war statements, peace and love, drugs, free love and so forth to drag on into the 70s, with the Vietnam War dragging on, with the Illuminati (For want of a better name), CIA, and so forth, trying to put over the hoax Moon landings and bring some new space escapades to the table after the Moon landings hoaxes. A continuation of the hippie era into the 70s would have put considerable strain on the ongoing Vietnam effort and a continuation of the drug taking, free thinking, subversiveness, and so on, of the hippie culture would have presented the Illuminati (for want of a better name), CIA, conservatives, and so forth, with far too much of a challenge in terms of putting over their hoaxes – such as Munich, Apollo, the Space Shuttle program, and their evil warmongering in Vietnam. As it was, even the Eagles were subversive enough – songs like Hotel California were harsh critiques of modern culture, and, indeed, Henley’s 80s anthem, Boys of Summer, is itself a paean for the end of true hippiedom – “I saw a Dead Head sticker on a Cadillac”. Interestingly, in 2000, one year before this same Illuminati/CIA/neoconservative group did 9/11, Henley wrote a song called “Inside Job”: “Everything’s an inside job…Insect politics…Whatever they’re selling you, it’s an inside job”. How did Henley predict 9/11 so uncannily? Henley’s 2000 song Inside Job is one of the most brilliantly prescient pieces of songwriting in the entire history.

          • djsuavey said,

            February 17, 2016 at 5:27 am

            BTB (it’s annoying that there’s no “Edit” function here) I agree it’s too simplistic to say that “hippiedom died with Jim Morrison” because John Lennon (who himself was murdered by the Illuminati, who didn’t want his subversive, free-spirit, “Hey man, I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round, man!”, drop out, blissful, wonderful message dragging on into the 80s, which came, as per the wishes of the Illuminati, to stand for greed, consumerism, commercialism, superficiality, etc. – the Illuminati did not want people like John Lennon messing up their modus operandi for the world) was obviously still recording.quintessential hippie-type music, and various other bands and artists where still flying the flag. But a marked shift towards: hard rock; progressive rock; and soft rock, came about after Morrison’s murder. I’ll try not to think about this any more, or else I might keep adding to my posts (why isn’t there an edit function…oh well).

            • djsuavey said,

              February 17, 2016 at 5:55 am

              Misty Mountain Hop…also a quintessential hippie anthem. I just read your reply, actually 🙂 And looking back at my comments from a few months back, some of my comments were really harsh, and really mean! Sorry about that :)) No offence intended. Now, Tell All the People isn’t really an obscure Doors song. It’s the opening number on the album The Soft Parade which, although not their greatest album, does contain their greatest song – The Soft Parade. And you say “it’s not among their best”, but in fact it is among their best. The tune itself and the production is among their very best, and the lyrics are as hippie as it gets: “Get your guns! The time has come!” The song is by no means an obscure tune. If you want an obscure Doors tune (from the Morrison albums – the post Morrison albums with the exception of American Prayer are pretty obscure, obviously), then there are hardly any to choose from – I can scarcely even think of one single Doors song that could be called obscure. The Doors are one of a tiny handful of bands for whom virtually every single song, bar none, is essential. Wishful Sinful is literally the only Doors song from the Morrison albums that I can think of – any that was, weirdly, released as a single! Tell All the People is certainly not obscure – it is the opening number (for good reason, because it is an outstanding anthem, with a wonderful tune and outstanding production) of The Soft Parade album.

              Now I’ve just gone over your selections again and I have to say with respect that you seem to be trolling, a little bit, at times. Outkast? Lol. No need to comment. Outkast in a list of hippie songs is just ridiculous. And Fun., is just about equally as bizarre and random. And for someone who calls Doors songs obscure, there are an awful lot of obscure selections on your list. And Tiny Dancer, I utterly fail to see what’s hippie about that song. If you felt compelled to include an Elton John number, might I suggest Empty Garden (a song about John Lennon’s death)? Or, possibly Indian Sunset; even though it’s ostensibly about the Wild West, you could read it symbolically in various ways. How about Levon? “And Levon, he wants to go to Venus…leave Levon far behind – take a balloon, and go sailing, while Levon, Levon slowly dies”. Plenty of hippie-esque interpretations possible there. How about “Your Song”? “Rocket Man”? Again, I really struggle to see how Tiny Dancer is a hippie song….Many of these seem to be little more than personal favourites that you have more or less arbitrarily chucked in.

              But as I say, I was really harsh in my earlier posts (as Simba T) and I didn’t mean any offence. “Epic fail” is such a vulgar expression and I shouldn’t have used that phrase, it was uncalled for.

              • djsuavey said,

                February 17, 2016 at 6:02 am

                Sorry, the quote from Levon should read “And Jesus, he wants to go to Venus…etc”,. not “And Levon, he wants to go to Venus”. And as for obscure Doors songs, I think you might just be able to justifiably call Queen of the Highway as an obscure Doors song (from the Morrison albums). RIght now I have really exhausted my comments on this blog. Sorry to go on and on.

      • Hippie Lady said,

        March 10, 2016 at 6:05 pm

        Great response!! ✌🏼️❤️ Maybe a so called “bad list” by judgemental people makes it get more comments and visits therefore it comes up high in the Google search now so that I could find it two plus years later. 😂😂

  48. thomasbrady said,

    February 17, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Thanks. Your definition of hippie is as worthy as mine. I won’t argue with you or define hippie. Your response is hippie. Conspiracy theories are hippie.

    Aesthetically, I think of the Eagles as hippie.

    Tiny Dancer seems very hippie to me: “Jesus Freaks out in the street” Etc

    But maybe this is journalistic hippie and not true hippie.

    Morrison is an interesting focus. Morrison on the beach with Manzarek seems hippie to me. Later Morrison of beers and strip clubs seems less hippie.

    Hippie has a certain carefree innocence for me.

    But again, your view is legitimate.

    • Simbatejas said,

      February 17, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Conspiracy theories aren’t all hippie. For instance, there are two famous conspiracy theories that certainly aren’t hippie: 1. that The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion is a hoax and a conspiracy and 2. that [authentic] crop circles are a hoax and a conspiracy. These two famous conspiracy theories – that are promoted by the very same folk who use the same term pejoratively – are certainly not hippie. There is nothing hippie about claiming that real crop circles are a man made conspiracy! There is nothing hippie about claiming that the authentic Jewish doctrine contained in the Protocols is really a hoax and a conspiracy. So it’s not quite true to say that conspiracy theories are hippie. In a broader sense, it’s not true anyway. Exposing and announcing the true perpetrators of “9/11” i.e. Israel, the CIA, the Neoconservatives in the Bush admin and elsewhere in the US government, parts of the MI5, the British government, the BBC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Mossad, parts of the Saudi secret service, and so forth – is not hippie – it’s just announcing and exposing the truth. In the same way, exposing and announcing the nonsense behind the idiotic Moon landing hoax is not hippie – it’s just an imperative toward truth. As for innocence, there is no greater innocence than the truth. There is no greater sin than deception. Henley said it well in his 2000 song “Inside Job”. That song really is astonishing in its prescience.

      As for Morrison, yes he was a boozer, but he never lost touch with the occult. The expression “stoned immaculate” appeared on one of his very final compositions – so he was very much still in that place. If he had been allowed to live, if Lennon had been allowed to live, if Cobain had been allowed to live, if Tupac had been allowed to live, if Kennedy had been allowed to live, if Lincoln had been allowed to live, if Holly had been allowed to live, instead of murdered at the behest of the Jewluminati (for want of a better term) – the world would be a profoundly different place. These kinds of murders really do change the world (going slightly off track here sorry).

      I don’t think it’s as simple as saying “all opinions are equal”. It’s obviously not like that – some are more valid, some less so. An opinion that says that defines Outkast as hippie is extremely tenuous. Conversely, an opinion that defines Jim Morrison as hippie is much more valid. People say “opinions are like ***holes – everyone has one”, as if to imply that all opinions, like ***holes, are automatically equally valid. But the analogy is nonsense to begin with – not even all ***holes are equal. Some have hemorrhoids, some don’t. Some have fistulas, some don’t. Some are adulterated, some aren’t – and so forth. In the same way, not all opinions are automatically valid. For children, they perhaps are, but for mature people, it’s not so. Thus, someone claiming that Outkast, Fun., and Louis Armstrong are hippies is expressing a really unbelievable opinion. Someone else saying that hippiedom symbolically died with Jim Morrison, albeit that it drifted on via Cat Stevens, Lennon, Harrison, Bron-Y-Aur, etc., is stating an undeniably more sensible opinion.

      Aesthetically, I think it’s hard to maintain that the Eagles are hippie. Heartache Tonight, for instance, is nothing but mainstream, MOR, AOR, soft rock – nothing hippie about it whatsoever. Peaceful Easy Feeling is as soft rock as soft rock gets. What aesthetic of Peaceful Easy Feeling is hippie? It’s the antithesis of hippie – it’s middle of the road soft rock. Hotel California and The Last Resort are lyrically tending toward the ideals of the 60s, but that’s about it. Your definition of hippie is ludicrously broad. Why no Springsteen or Mellencamp on your list? Springsteen and Mellencamp are spiritual offspring of Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Steinbeck. The Ghost of Tom Joad – surely this has more hippie aesthetic than Best of My Love? Why no Costello or Bragg? Why no Pulp or Blur? Why no Billy Joel? Joel’s song Goodnight Saigon is surely more hippie than many of your selections. By your definitions, virtually any artist whatsoever could qualify as hippie.

      Hippie is defined by rebellion, “turn on, tune in, drop out”, marijuana, LSD, the sexual revolution, subversion, protest, peace, psychedelia, experimentation, anti-establishment, Flower Power, the 60s, and so forth. There is no way that Louis Armstrong and Outkast fit into the paradigm – no way at all. You’re deluded to say that “oh, any old definition and opinion is just as valid as the next”. This is a very common and very regrettable fallacy.

      Granted, some of those lyrics of Tiny Dancer are tending toward the psychedelic. Musically, it’s pretty MOR, mainstream soft rock though – it has to be said.

      There is more to Morrison on Venice Beach in terms of The Doors’ contribution to hippiedom. They defined and still define psychedelia and the occult in music and popular culture. I think The Doors got closer to the truth than anyone else, including Lennon. I think you can construct the case that the hippie era was about getting close to the truth – and away from the lies evil lies of the Kennedy assassination, the evil warmongering of Vietnam, the evil manipulation of MKUltra, the evil deception of the USS Liberty incident, the evil deception of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, the evils of drug prohibition, and so on and so forth. By the mid to late 70s it wasn’t so much like that. Ecstasy had or was taking over from LSD, and with it disco was replacing the more rebellious and experimental forms of musical expression. Punk and new wave were replacing psychedelia. It would be easy to write a whole book on the topic, and many books have been written. None of those books say that Outkast, Fun and Louis Armstrong, or Best of My Love represent the hippie aesthetic!

  49. Hippie Lady said,

    March 10, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Reblogged this on Hippie Lady Ideas and commented:
    I’m being lazy today and don’t feel like being original. So today I have scoured the Internet and found this gem of a post. Enjoy!

  50. thomasbrady said,

    March 10, 2016 at 7:18 pm


    Thanks. Your message seems authentically “hippie” to me.

    But I will continue to argue that hippie is more subjective than you say.

    For instance, if you grew up in the projects, or in a white, wealthy suburb, aren’t you going to have a different definition of hippie?

    Hippie does have the kind of thing you express, a hyper-knowing, off the radar, sensibility towards evil, secret, status-quo America.

    But I guess I think of Hippies in two ways: 1. the harmless feathered hair hippie of peace and love, and 2. the Hell’s Angel hippie, which is different.

  51. March 31, 2016 at 9:47 pm

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  52. Anonymous said,

    April 22, 2016 at 12:08 am

    ok like what are you all scientologists or something

    • Andrew said,

      April 22, 2016 at 2:27 am

      Prithee sirrah – thou offendest me with such a trifling epithet.
      Scientology – egad. Back off, you simpering cur.
      I am in fact a Calvinist. And if you presume upon my honor any further be warned that I shall smite you with my TULIP.

  53. noochinator said,

    April 22, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Camille Paglia weighs in on Leonard Cohen:

    I love Canada (where fair play is national dogma) and have gone out of my way for decades to evade Canadian journalists’ questions about Leonard Cohen, who has iconic stature for them as a singer, composer, and novelist.

    There can be no doubt about Cohen’s manifest intellect, emotional depth, and productivity. The problem for me is first, the labored, lugubrious monotony of his sepulchral singing style (I feel like I’m trapped with Morticia in a Charles Addams cartoon) and second, the painful over-calculation of his lyrics, which often seem designed for the page rather than for performance. There’s no room for intuition, inspiration, ecstasy, surprise—every promising detail seems buried in rationalist preconception and plodding delivery.

    Leonard Cohen belongs to the Susan Sontag generation of existentialist Big Think—the drearier the better. Sontag’s zany brainstorm for cheering up the shell-shocked citizens of war-torn Sarajevo was to stage Waiting for Godot amid the ruins. Cohen’s version of hip feels like a paralyzing, suffocating stasis. Would a few spoonfuls of syncopation kill him? He clings to words and doesn’t trust music. His verbal overkill parallels the convoluted preciosity of French post-structuralism (he was born in Quebec).

    “Suzanne”, of course, became a late 1960s counterculture classic, but it was because of Judy Collins’ gorgeous, luminous delivery, freed from Cohen’s heavy hand. “Tower of Song” had promise for me, but it’s dithered away in painfully self-conscious cleverness. My favorite Cohen song is “First We Take Manhattan”—I adore anything apocalyptic—but the best thing in it is the rippling Euro-disco beat, borrowed from the school of Giorgio Moroder, my idol.

    I sometimes wonder if there’s a Canadian malady in all this, because I’m always reminded of Cohen when I watch Klute (1971), starring Jane Fonda as a mercurial New York call-girl. The acclaimed Canadian actor Donald Sutherland stands around in that film like a big, moist-eyed mope (Basset Hounds on Broadway ?), as Fonda with her pioneering shag-cut gamely tears up the scenery in one fabulous outfit after another.

    So I’ve come to suspect that Canadians, with their vigorous, jut-jawed frontier past, somehow revere Leonard Cohen for his subtle, soothingly baritone erasure of conventional masculinity. It’s all self-flagellation without the inconvenient Catholic baggage. Whipped cream, anyone?

  54. Anonymous said,

    May 20, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    hello everyone

  55. Anonymous said,

    May 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    u are all some faggy hippies

    • Hombron Camacho III said,

      May 20, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Your rude and bigoted commentary is NOT appreciated here.
      Run along and play with your Right-wing hater friends now, like a good boy.

      (But first, please return the négligée and the Oscar Wilde book you borrowed from me. Thanks, love.)

      • noochinator said,

        May 21, 2016 at 9:57 am

        A négligée, a book by Quentin Crisp, and some strong coffee — memories are made of these…. Speaking of memories, here’s a lovely pop ditty I just heard for the first time in 40 years:

  56. Hate Ashbury said,

    May 20, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    To Hell with Hippies:

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  58. PeaceBro said,

    June 23, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    light my fire is the greatest hippie song of all time!

    • thomasbrady said,

      June 23, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      I think you’re right. The Doors are timeless. 36. is too low for Light My Fire. It should be in the top 10. Yet I think some people would say the Doors are not jingly-jangly enough.

  59. noochinator said,

    June 25, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Here’s a good one that I finally discovered yesterday after searching for’t for some 35 years — “Adventurers” by the band Interview, who were Brits from Hull but sound like Yanks to me:

    When sullen eyes stare across military seas
    And companies vie for her favor
    And a lullaby means put the child to sleep
    And let the earth move in her labors
    On and on, on and on, let her have her say
    All in all, all in all, this is what she’d say:
    “On a day like today I could help you breathe
    On a day like today I could help you see
    All creatures sing!”

    The minute I wake, the second I see
    My daily bread eaten by saviors
    And down the dark lanes another saint runs
    To help the earth move in her labor
    On and on, on and on, patience is her way
    All in all, all in all, this is what she’d say:
    “On a day like today I could feed your fears
    On a day like today I could make you hear
    All creatures sing!”

    The killer has come, by river he came
    To turn all their magic to reason
    And the rains come down and palaces fall
    And nature takes over for seasons
    On and on, on and on, he has had his day
    All in all, all in all, this is what she’d say:
    “On a day like today I could help you see
    On a day like today I could help you be
    Tall, brave and strong!
    On a day like today I could help you see
    On a day like today I could help you be
    Tall, brave and strong!”

    • thomasbrady said,

      June 29, 2016 at 1:59 am

      What do these lyrics mean?

      • noochinator said,

        June 29, 2016 at 10:38 am

        From what I can figger out, it’s an ambivalent paean to an authoritarian leader in the mold of Margaret Thatcher….

  60. noochinator said,

    June 28, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Here’s a pop song that captures the Brexit spirit (i.e., the F.U. to the EU): “European on Me” by The Spider Monkeys:

  61. thomasbrady said,

    August 1, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Here’s me playing a hippie song, sort of:

  62. noochinator said,

    August 3, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Found this lovely passage in Robert Nisbet’s History of the Idea of Progress — to paraphrase him, it was the very fact of the relatively primitive condition of 1950s-1980s America, when compared to our own time, that made possible the pop music that can no longer rise naturally from our own developed stage of history :

    …[Karl] Marx’s Grundrisse, written in 1857-58…has to do with poetry, which Marx loved throughout his life. But, like [Giambattista] Vico, Marx saw the really great poetry of the ages as reflective of a mentality that was born of “the childhood of humanity,” a mentality that has long since been outgrown through the progress of mankind to ever-higher states of consciousness. But is this any reason, Marx asks, for disdaining poetry? Not by any means. Social development is like an individual’s development from childhood to maturity. It is not possible for the man to become the child again. “But can he not find joy in the child’s innocence, and can he not seek to reproduce its truth at a later age? … Why should not the historic childhood of humanity…a stage never to come back, exercise a timeless charm?…The charm of [Greek] art is not in opposition to the undeveloped stage of society’s growth in which is appeared.” On the contrary, it was the very fact of the relatively primitive condition of Greece, when compared to the modern world, that made possible the art that can no longer rise naturally from our own developed stage of history. Progress, in short, need not deny us the opportunity to enjoy and respect works of the imagination which belong to (earlier) stages of growth….

  63. August 27, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Having a lot of fun with this list. I see some classics, some new favorites, and some eye-rollers. Some of these strike me as ‘faux’ hippie (Knights in White Satin, Lucky Man) but I wouldn’t want to see them omitted. My suggestion for #101: Itchypoo Park

    • noochinator said,

      August 27, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      In Scarriet lists, the #101 spot is only slightly less coveted than the #1 !

      101. Itchycoo Park — The Small Faces

      • noochinator said,

        August 27, 2016 at 1:20 pm

        I think this could count as a post-modern hippie addition:

        102. Transdermal Celebration — Ween

  64. thomasbrady said,

    August 27, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Itchycoo Park is a great suggestion. Number 101 it is!!

  65. Anonymous said,

    September 19, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    what about THE GRATEFUL DEAD??

    • thomasbrady said,

      September 20, 2016 at 2:10 am

      That would be a mighty omission (Truckin’ is 59) though their absence could be defended, since this is a list of songs, not bands, and Grateful Dead was essentially a jam band, not a writer of great songs.

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    • Anonymous said,

      November 18, 2016 at 11:08 am

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      • noochinator said,

        November 18, 2016 at 11:18 am

        Yes, but be sure to attach a passport of your image, not an image of your passport.

  67. Anonymous said,

    November 20, 2016 at 12:22 am

    I’m sane.. Can I still join?

    • thomasbrady said,

      November 20, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Do you know Mungo Jerry?

  68. Howard said,

    January 16, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Missing Fletwood Mac, Jethro Tull, Supertramp and many more with great hippie songs.

  69. thomasbrady said,

    January 16, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Howard. Purists would say only 60s songs.

    Another artist who should be on the list: T.Rex. Cosmic Dancer. Hippie glam at its best.

  70. Tim Roth said,

    April 12, 2017 at 12:02 am

    didn’t read all the comments- maybe it’s been addressed- how about Youngbloods –title unknown- main line of chorus “come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now.” Hippie ethic?

    • thomasbrady said,

      April 12, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks, Tim. I know that song well. How did we miss that one??

      Get Together by the Youngbloods. It’s on the list now! No. 17 I couldn’t leave it off.

      I removed Janis Ian “At Seventeen” to make room for it. “At Seventeen” is a great, sensitive song, but not perhaps a full blown hippie song.

      Thanks again!

  71. maryangeladouglas said,

    April 12, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Dear Tom Brady/Thomas Graves love this list but not why Im writing at the moment. Just want to report here vis a vis your initial experience and kick off from the Harriet Blog that I believe I have been banned I don’t know how long from The Poetry Foundation Face Book page by both the Poetry Foundation and Face Book for making a critical comment about ONE PHRASE in an article on Sylvia Plath’s poetry and I later realized the phrase was from Helen Vendler a poetry critic at Harvard of some estimation. But I felt the distinction was important, that the word to be used in ref. to Sylvia in my opinion (and I said IN MY OPINION) was daemonic and not demonic and that there was such a world of difference in the two words it was not impossible to think that Silvia Plath was being slurred. Well on reflection I thought my comment was probably too severe so I WENT IN MYSELF AND REMOVED THAT. Shortly after that I could no longer access after repeated tries The Poetry Foundation page. This appears unbelievably tyrannical to me but then, haha. SCARRIET knows all about that being the reason it was founded as a protest against this kind of wolfish gate keeping.

    • maryangeladouglas said,

      April 12, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Behold the power of posting on Scarriet. a few seconds after I posted the above comment about seemingly being blocked on Poetry Foundation FB I tried again and lo and behold the gilded rusty gates swung open…Maybe this is coincidence but somehow, I don’t think so.

    • thomasbrady said,

      April 12, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Hi Mary,

      Wise move by the Poetry Foundation. They don’t want a journalism war with Scarriet.

      Helen Vendler is very esteemed. I really don’t know why. 😉


  72. maryangeladouglas said,

    April 12, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I think Helen Vendler has stood up on occasion for the primacy of poetry over other fields in the Humanities programs. I would eseem her for that. Apart from the one phrase quoted in Ben Voight’s article on Sylvia Plath today I don’t know her work. She has written books on poets such as Emily Dickinson and Wallace Stevens. But I just found out about that on Wikipedia. And that she is 83 years old. And my hat is off generally to anyone who is still active at 83 in any field that’s not criminal. I actually like The Poetry Foundation but I don’t cotton to the Harriet blog with or without comments. I like the ARCHIVES of the Poetry Foundation and audio clips and especially the poet biographies. Many of them are very well written and extensive. And of course they shouldn’t fight with Scarriet. Or any other unique and irreplaceable forum on poetry. What would be their point? It shocked me that I could be blocked after removing a comment. That seemed horribly extreme. And it definitely changed seconds after I wrote on Scarriet.

    • thomasbrady said,

      April 13, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      I met Vendler. She giggled when I mentioned Poe. Like most contemporary poetry critics, huge gap in her learning: the colossus, Poe. Not an outright hater of Poe, like Harold Bloom (who I also met and got him to confess he was “intolerant” when it came to Poe). When I worked at a bookstore in Harvard Square we took delight in putting together display windows with a theme and various books, old and new. As an author of a new book, she wasn’t very friendly when approached—her attitude towards our project was “I don’t care.” She’s overly enamored of her pets: Wallace Stevens, Heaney, and Jorie Graham. Did a lot of work on Shakespeare’s Sonnets, and much else, but mostly rather dry, with an occasional micro-observation of interest. Not a real critic. Not a poet. A cheerleader for certain authors in an overly meticulous way. Useful in her way, I suppose. I respect her. But none of her books excite me.

      • maryangeladouglas said,

        April 14, 2017 at 8:59 pm

        I would be scared to giggle at Poe. Very scared. Even if I’d only read The Telltale Heart. A person who can write something like that and more besides is likely to still be haunting us all. I had that feeling about Helen Vendler too. She has her own sphere and is meticulous in that. And that’s saying something in a sloppy age.

        Maybe it all comes together in a kind of jagged mosaic that from afar Shines. I like to think that on some days especially near Easter. 83 years is a long time to still be alive and have a mind at all. I can’t dismiss that, even so. Enamored of her pets. A good detail. I hope you may one day also write kind of personal essays. You give eccentrically wonderful details of things, peoples, movements, experience. The ideal essayist.

        • Anonymous said,

          November 20, 2017 at 3:20 pm

          What can u say one songwriter to another the journey is yours

  73. Laurel Veltman said,

    February 4, 2018 at 3:34 am

    Until Mein Trumpf took power, applying epithets and attributing perverted behavior to the hippie was the last form of bigotry openly permitted. Note that I said ‘openly’.

    We’re being bombarded by carefully crafted, manufactured bigotry.

    The power mongers have been magnificently successful. It’s subtle. I’ve caught it in news magazines, sitcoms, even cartoons. Just a carefully crafted insinuation, a smiling comment, a little joke.

    They’ve given nearly everybody a reason to resent and feel superior to somebody. Whether that reason is fact or fiction matters not one iota. Why?

    The best way for people to get power in our society is by acquiring gobs of money. And the only way to do that is to keep the majority of people at the bottom of the economy.

    The only way poor people can have any influence over their lives is by coming together. The ‘power people’ have feared this since the 60’s. That’s when hippies spreading message of brotherhood and cooperation scared the spit out of them, when the people started realizing that they could change the circumstances of their lives by cooperating to achieve what we can not do individually.

    And “Hippies” is where you’ll find the most universally, and deeply entrenched manufactured bigotry. Just think about what your brain conjures up when you hear the word “Hippies”. Dirty, smelly, lazy, comunist, tree hugger, airhead, slacker, drug addict, sex pervert… you name it. If it’s a slur, it’s been applied… liberally… to hippies for just shy of five decades.

    Mighty convenient, having a group of people everybody loves to feel ‘holier than’, and not even be accused of prejudice.

    Like I said, we scared the spit out of the power mongers back in the 60’s.

    The people will never come together again… especially not if Adolph Trump has anything to say about it.

    And he does.

    • thomasbrady said,

      February 4, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      As Jim Morrison said, “they’ve got the guns, but we’ve got the numbers…”

      But guns always win.

      Hippies are hated because they spoke peace and love and didn’t deliver. The hippies hated LBJ for dropping napalm on women and children and then the hippies grew up and became Bill and Hillary Clinton and FBI and CIA agents and Washington Post editors, and deciding LBJ was fine. Oh but those Republicans… Divide and conquer.

      But the “numbers” will always be controlled by elites, for the elites see people as “numbers,” for that’s how the elites behave like elites.

      Morrison was an elite, or a tool for the elites, which is the same thing. Jim Morrison isn’t the recipe for a stable happy family.

      The Dionysian is not democratic. It’s elitist.

    • Desdi said,

      April 24, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      I sense that you have Trump Derangement Syndrome.

    • Desdi said,

      July 5, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      Hippies have their beatific side.
      Jesus was a clean and righteous hippie, in a way . . .

      It sounds to me like you may have TDS
      (Trump Derangement Syndrome)

  74. jack warszawski said,

    July 4, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    “born to be wild” is at #88????? that makes this article a “joke” 🙂 🙂 🙂

  75. Mr. Woo said,

    July 31, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    My favorite version (cover) of one of my favorite modern day hippy songs:

    • noochinator said,

      August 1, 2018 at 8:09 am

      Thanks, Doctor Woo. Too bad Steely Dan didn’t know how to spell!

      • Desdi said,

        March 20, 2020 at 1:32 pm

        Katy tried
        I was halfway crucified
        I was on the other side
        Of no tomorrow
        You walked in
        And my life began again
        Just when I’d spent the last piaster
        I could borrow
        All night long
        We would sing that stupid song
        And every word we sang
        I knew was true
        Are you with me Doctor Wu
        Are you really just a shadow
        Of the man that I once knew
        Are you crazy are you high
        Or just an ordinary guy
        Have you done all you can do
        Are you with me Doctor

        Don’t seem right
        I’ve been strung out here all night
        I’ve been waiting for the taste
        You said you’d bring to me
        Biscayne Bay
        Where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day
        I went searching for the song
        You used to sing to me
        Katy lies
        You could see it in her eyes
        But imagine my surprise
        When I saw you

        Are you with me Doctor Wu
        Are you really just a shadow
        Of the man that I once knew
        She is lovely yes she’s sly
        And you’re an ordinary guy
        Has she finally got to you
        Can you hear me Doctor

  76. Anonymous said,

    March 24, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Nice thoughtful list; some top tunes there!

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