Ranking Update 21.0 – Creedence Clearwater Revival

John Fogerty and his former team bring me some mixed feelings. Obviously, in 2007 I thought of CCR as a top 30 band with plenty of 5-star hits. Before I went through and calculated their current score, I had a feeling they would stay the same or drop in rank.

Why? I don’t exactly know.

Unlike some of the other artists I reviewed (Queen, Elton John, and Boston), I don’t get the same happy feeling when I think of CCR. It’s not that I don’t like their music – I obviously do – but it doesn’t bring me the pure positive vibes as some of the other artists. Maybe it’s because they don’t rock as hard. They also don’t soft rock as soft (yes, that does sound silly – but who cares?).

Creedence Clearwater Revival jumping a total of 7 spots was a surprise to me. I knew that CSNY and Boston had severe drop-offs, so maybe jumping a few spots was possible. It was still a bit of a shocker to see CCR beat out America and The Guess Who. This was likely because CCR was consistent and really didn’t put out too many late album stinkers.

I’m not mad about their rank. This is where the math comes in. They were more consistent and had less noise tracks than some of the competition. They didn’t continue touring and making albums past their prime.

They might not have a top 20 hit (song) when I finish all of my rankings, but they probably have 2 or 3 in the top 100.

We still have a long way to go before I start doing those ranks.

Read my full artist breakdown of Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Next Artist: Tool (Check out TodCast Podcast for reasoning).

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