500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Creedence Clearwater Revival, 'Bad Moon Rising'
Writer: John Fogerty
Released: April '69, Fantasy
14 weeks; No. 2
"This song is definitely not about astrology," Fogerty once joked. "[It’s] scary, spooky stuff." With violence at home and a war abroad, there was a bad moon on the rise, and CCR effortlessly tapped into the darkening national mood. The song had one of CCR’s catchiest swamp-rock riffs, an homage to Elvis Presley’s guitarist Scotty Moore that Fogerty wrote in high school.
Appears on: Green River (Fantasy)