Given that 1969 was the year of Woodstock, it's surprising that this entry in Billboard's hits series bears virtually no hint of psychedelia -- instead, Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1969
focuses on everything from soulful pop (the 5th Dimension
's "Wedding Bell Blues") to surf (the Ventures
' "Hawaii Five-O") to easy listening (Henry Mancini
's "Love Theme from "Romeo & Juliet""); many of the songs here are classics, but as a portrait of the era's true musical spirit, it's shamefully inaccurate.