Concord Music Publishing has announced that “Fortunate Son,” written and performed by John Fogerty and recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival, has surpassed 1 billion streams on Spotify today. A global celebration continues. This standout achievement follows another hit, “Have You Ever Seen The Rain,” which Fogarty wrote for Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), which will reach 1 billion streams in March 2023. broke through. Both songs are now part of Spotify’s Billions Club. An exclusive collection of songs including Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings,” and other mega hits from the Concord catalog. “Fortunate Sun” is on Spotify’s “Billions Club” playlist. It currently contains less than 450 of his songs from the hundreds of millions of tracks streamed on the platform.
Fogarty has a lot to celebrate this year. In January 2023, he regained control over his own work and acquired a majority interest in worldwide publishing rights from Concord. Fogerty, who is currently touring the world, and his two sons are playing a catalog of songs that have resonated with fans for more than 50 years. The Guardian, in its review of last month’s sold-out AO Arena show, called it “a triumphant celebration of Creedence Clearwater’s classics.”
Written by John Fogerty and released as an early single in October 1969, “Fortunate Son” was included on CCR’s fourth studio album, Willie and the Poor Boys. rice field. The album, which included other Fogerty-penned hits such as “Down on the Corner” and “Midnight Special”, was released in November 1969 to wide critical acclaim and commercial success. It was a success, peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200. , “Fortunate Son” peaked at #2 on the US charts, and in December 1970 he received an RIAA Gold Disc Award. “Fortunate Sun” includes U2, Pearl Jam, Rise Against, Dropkick Murphys, Cat Power, Santana and Scott Stapp, Bob Seger, Death Cab for Cutie.
“Fortunate Son” was named one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, Pitchfork’s “200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s”, and was added to the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. It has received many accolades, including being registered. culturally and historically significant. The song holds her undeniable place in history as one of the most visceral and high-profile protest songs of the Vietnam War era. Beyond anti-war sentiment, the song is an anthem to the 99%, condensing a critique of elitism and class privilege into his simple but powerful and defiant three words, “It Ain’t Me.” . The song is poignant about the inequalities of class and war, and touches on privilege and lack thereof, a sentiment that remains relevant and relevant today.
“I’m humbled and honored that my song ‘Fortunate Son’ reached 1 billion streams. [on Spotify]. This happened when I finally got the rights to an early song after waiting a lifetime,” says John Fogerty. “I wrote this song to express my anger at the inequality of treatment of people in our culture. We look forward to celebrating.”