500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Creedence Clearwater Revival, 'Proud Mary'
Writer: John Fogerty
Released: Jan. '69, Fantasy
14 weeks; No. 2
"It was, like, the first really good song I ever wrote," Fogerty said of "Proud Mary," which began a run of five consecutive Top Three singles for CCR. He wrote the song, later unforgettably covered by Ike and Tina Turner, after his Army discharge: "I was fooling with the chord changes and started singing about the river. I realized, 'Well, maybe if I make it about the boat.' "
Appears on: Bayou Country (Fantasy)