Chairborne Ranger Music Store -- Essential Music for the Vietnam Generation

Chairborne Ranger, along with The Mansker Chronicles, is proud to be in association with I've collected on this page a number of CDs that I consider essential for understanding the music of the Vietnam War. So sit back, relax, and let your mind run free with the music of a generation.

I've also collected the Billboard Top 100 Songs for the Vietnam Years; the top 100 for each year, 1964 to 1972. Check them out and come back here -- almost all of them are available through

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cd cover Vietnam: Songs from a Divided House
Two CD set with everything from White Rabbit to Wooly Bully, with an intersperse of spoken word tracks. Recommended.
cd cover Vietnam: A Musical Retrospective
With an opening by Adrian Cronauer (Good Morning Vietnam), this collection has kind of an odd mix, from the Beach Boys to Canned Heat. Worth a listen.
cd cover Good Morning Vietnam: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Recreates a slice of AFVN in the early days, with Robin Williams as the legendary Adrian Cronauer. A very interesting mix of songs. Recommended.
cd cover Forrest Gump Soundtrack
Two CD set, with extra tracks. A wide variety of music styles and songs spanning the entire Vietnam period plus, from Hound Dog to Fortunate Son to Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head. Highly recommended.
cd cover Big Chill Soundtrack
15th Anniversary Edition. That notable track is still missing: You Can't Always Get What You Want; however, the rest of the songs from the movie are there, from I Heard it Through the Grapevine to A Whiter Shade of Pale. Highly recommended.
cd cover More Songs from the Big Chill Soundtrack
Another great compilation from the movie, all remastered tracks, from Creedence's Bad Moon Rising to the Spencer Davis Group's Gimme Some Lovin'. Highly recommended.
cd cover Creedence Clearwater Revival-- Chronicle Vol 1
Twenty tracks from the band that defined sixties rock and roll. Proud Mary, Fortunate Son, Run Through the Jungle and all the rest from the 1968-70 period. Highly recommended.
cd cover Creedence Clearwater Revival-- Chronicle Vol 2
Twenty more tracks, mostly album songs that were never released as singles. Born on the Bayou, Midnight Special, Pagan Baby and more. Highly recommended.
cd cover Best of the Animals
Here it is, the anthem for everyone who ever served in Vietnam: We Gotta Get Out of This Place. It's here along with House of the Rising Sun, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, more.
cd cover Yardbirds: Greatest Hits Vol 1, 1964-66
This CD has tracks by three of the greatest guitarists in rock history--Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, all of whom cut their teeth in the Yardbirds. Highly recommended.
cd cover Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Whenever I think about the music I heard in Vietnam, I think of this album. Not only one of the most influential albums ever made, it is also a thrill to listen to even now. Relive the symbolism of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, experience again that great "final chord" on Day in the Life.
cd cover Magical Mystery Tour
Along with Sergeant Pepper (they both came out in 1967), this Beatles album also makes me recall the year I spent in Vietnam. Listen again to Fool on the Hill, stroll down Penny Lane, and lose yourself in Strawberry Fields Forever.
cd cover #1 Hits of the Sixties
A Polygram compilation that has the advantage of being cheap! (only $6.98). From Leader of the Pack to You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin', the 10 tracks on this CD will take you back.
cd cover Greatest Hits of the Sixties
Two CD set, a total of 40 tracks. Blood Sweat & Tears, Van Morrison, The Byrds, and more. Recommended.
cd cover Electric Sixties
The very best of the hard rockin' sixties bands: Cream's Sunshine of Your Love, Steppenwolf's Magic Carpet Ride, the Electric Prunes' Too Much to Dream... sit back, relax and rock on, dude. Highly recommended.
cd cover Baby Boomer Classics: Dance Sixties
The best dance music from the sixties: Land of 1000 Dances, Devil with a Blue Dress, Higher and Higher, more. Recommended
cd cover Daytrippers: 50 Classic Tracks from the Sixties
Three CD set of great music: 25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago), Red House (Hendrix), Green Tambourine (Lemon Pipers) and much more. And the price is right for a boxed set: $22.98
cd cover Soul Shots: 60's Soul Classics
Eighteen tracks of funk! James Brown, Lou Rawls, The Delphonics, Dyke & the Blazers, more. Recommended.
cd cover Psychedelic Pop
Groovy, man! White Rabbit, Eight Miles High, Too Much to Dream, Incense and Peppermints, more. Recommended
cd cover Psychedlic 60s
Double Groovy! In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly, The Pusher by Steppenwolf, Pushin' Too Hard from the Seeds, more.
cd cover Cruisin' 1965
One of the great things about the Cruisin' series (aside from the story that contunally unfolds on each subsequent album cover) is the inclusion of contemporary jingles, commercials, etc. Plus this one has 12 tracks from the year 1965 -- Wooly Bully, The In Crowd, Downtown and more.
cd cover Cruisin' 1966
Ten hits from 1966 -- Wipe Out, California Dreamin', Psychotic Reaction, more.
cd cover Cruisin' 1967
Another ten from 1967 -- Judy in Disguise, Happy Together, We Ain't got Nothin' Yet, more.
cd cover Cruisin' 1968
Eleven tracks, including Magic Carpet Ride, Midnight Confessions, and two versions of I Heard it Through the Grapevine (Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye).
cd cover Cruisin' 1969
Eleven tracks, including Tequila, Abraham, Martin & John, My Cherie Amour, and more.
cd cover Cruisin' 1970
Eleven tracks, including one-hit wonder Norman Greenbaum and his Spirit in the Sky; also Green-Eyed Lady, Drowning in the Sea of Love, more.
cd cover The Seventies Generation: 1970
Ten tracks, with Ride Captain Ride, Come and Get it, Arizona, Hitchin' a Ride, I Just Can't Help Believin', more.
cd cover The Seventies Generation: 1971
Ten tracks, including One Toke Over the Line, I Just Want to Celebrate, Don't Pull Your Love, more.