500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, 'Ohio'
Writer: Neil Young
Producers: Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young
Released: June '70, Atlantic
9 weeks; No. 14
On May 4th, 1970, the National Guard killed four protesters at Kent State University in Ohio. Young wrote a fiery indictment of the shootings, and CSNY cut their version of the song just 11 days after the tragedy, then rush-released it, knocking their own "Teach Your Children" off the charts. "David Crosby cried when we finished this take," said Young.
Appears on: Decade (Reprise)