Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll

Speaking of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as we were back there (I know, it was quite a while ago, apologies for my desertion) with the news of the Hollies’ eventual induction next month, I noticed that the Museum has an exhibition deliciously entitled “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”. Get that.

Which got me thinking of answers to two questions:

1) Are there any David Gilmour/Pink Floyd songs in there (and if there aren’t, should there be)?
2) Have any of the songs written and recorded in, say, the last 30 years really influenced the way popular music has evolved?

Take a look at the list of 500, as chosen by a gaggle of curatorial staff at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum with a little help from rock critics and historians, or perhaps don’t just yet, because other than your thoughts on what has been listed, I’d like to know which songs you would select without first being influenced by what the exhibit values most highly.

I’m sure that we could come up with a decent list of 500 between us, so please list as many or as few as you wish, but please do bear in mind that these are songs that have shaped Rock and Roll, influencing and inspiring others to take up instruments, be they of the writing or the musical sort, and to get creative. Therefore, they almost all will have to have been popular, if not hugely commercially-successful (but many of them are most likely to have been worldwide hits, rightly or wrongly). And, of course, you don’t have to like them; you just have to acknowledge their influence, even if it is somewhat grudgingly.

All musicians and all genres. Songs only, not albums, please. If you think of an artist that absolutely deserves inclusion, but cannot decide on a song, do list him or her and perhaps others can chime in with suggestions for most deserving entry.

Looking forward to what you come up with.

Here are a few to get us started, which you may or may not agree with:

– Beach Boys, ‘Good Vibrations’
– Bill Haley & His Comets, ‘Rock Around the Clock’
– Sam Cooke, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’
– Carl Perkins, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’
– Queen, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Now we just need another 495…

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

55 thoughts on “Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”

  1. Looks like a pretty good list, but I’ve jotted down a few I thought should’ve made the cut (IMHO).

    Bob Dylan – To Make You Feel My Love
    The BEATles – Let it Be
    Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire
    Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
    Ricky Nelson – Garden Party
    Pink Floyd – Echoes
    Pink Floyd – Coming Back To Life
    Ringo Starr – With A Little Help From My Friends
    REO Speedwagon – Roll With The Changes
    Supertramp – Logical Song
    Alan Parsons Project – (The System Of) Dr Tarr & Prof Feather

    Alan Parsons’ Edgar Allen Poe stuff is fantastic.

    Bruce

  2. These are my thoughts prior to looking at the list:

    Elvis Presley “Hound Dog,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes” brought rock & roll to white people.

    The Kingsmen “Louie Louie” (showed how music can be fun even if the musicianship isn’t really there).

    The Coasters “Charlie Brown,” “Yackety Yak” for their harmonies.

    The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” for the light, upbeat subject of the lyrics in the middle of the turbulent 1960s.

    James Brown, who gave us Motown.

    The Beatles, who started the British Invasion.

  3. My thoughts after looking at the list:

    DEVO? FUNKADELLIC? HUSKER DU? These are not the bands that I think of as shaping rock and roll. Until I stop to think about it. Devo was at the forefront of the New Wave movement, and Funkadellic/Parliament is the band you think of when you think about funk. And without The Bee Gees, disco might not have become so mainstream.

    I guess I think about the shaping of rock and roll as the music that came at the start, the music that defined rock and roll in its early days. But on reflection, it seems that without later bands and their innovations, we’d still be listening to music that sounds like Chuck Berry. And even though I don’t like Joy Division, I have to concede that the 80s would have turned out very different without them: they certainly did change things.

  4. Interesting list. I think the PF songs they chose, whilst not being wholly representative of their own work (two RW songs, one SB), are better suited to a list of songs that shaped rock and roll than say, Shine On or Echoes, purely because of their wider popularity. Even those who don’t like Pink Floyd will recognise ABITW than say Have a Cigar or Time. I think they are also important because they aren’t the most original of songs, they have merely built on an existing framework.

    If you look at the rest of the list, most of the songs appearing after the initial era of rock and roll – the 50s and 60s – are built on the stepping stones of that era. Even punk. That we knew though.

    As for my choices, I’ll go for songs that have at least shaped my musical education, making me pick up various instruments:

    – PF: Great Gig In The Sky, Comfortably Numb
    – Blues Brothers/Cab Calloway: Minnie The Moocher
    – Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
    – Neil Young: Hey Hey, My My, Rocking In The Free World
    – Blur: Song 2
    – Radiohead: Street Spirit, Paranoid Android (I think Radiohead are easily the most important band of the last 10 years, musically speaking)
    – Pixies: Where is My Mind

    Apologies for length. Hope all’s well with everyone.

    Dom
    x x x

  5. Like them or loathe them but I think that

    Neat Neat Neat by The Damned
    White Riot by The Clash
    Anarchy In the UK by The Sex Pistols

    without hesitation changed the world of music.

    I also think that:

    See Emily Play by The Pink Floyd made you view music in a different way.

    However that was more than 30 years ago now.

  6. Good to have you back Fed. Although I don’t post as often as I could, I always follow and notice your absence.

    I agree with your song choices and here are 5 more:

    Wilson Pickett – In the Midnight Hour
    The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever
    Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade of Pale
    Bob Dylan – Blowin’ in the Wind
    Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love

    I haven’t looked at the list yet but imagine there’s more than one Beatles song there. I’d be disappointed if there were less than 5. I’d choose Strawberry Fields Forever, Love Me Do, She Loves You, Eleanor Rigby and Revolution.

    Not sure about David Gilmour/Pink Floyd songs. I’d include Echoes or See Emily Play for being inspirational, but I will be surprised if there’s any from Floyd.

    1. It’s not easy choosing just five Beatles songs, is it? There has to be room to squeeze in ‘I Am the Walrus’, for starters.

  7. I’d like to know what their criteria for ‘Shaped’ was. Don’t think I’d call Madonna Rock and Roll, she’s always seemed more Pop to me. Likewise the only boy band they seem to have included is The Monkees (how could they miss out ‘Daydream Believer’?) by that reckoning Take That should be in there somewhere.

    The Pink Floyd songs they’ve chosen look like ones that a Radio 2 DJ would play if you sent in a request asking for “anything by Pink Floyd”. That said, I think ‘Brick’ is the access point to Pink Floyd for a lot of kids – it was with my boys anyway. And missing out ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ is just a travesty.

    Much as I like ‘Go Your Own Way’, I’d have though ‘Albatross’ would be a better choice but then maybe that’s more ‘iconic’ than ‘shaped’.

    Surprised that only ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was there for Queen, kinda thought ‘We Will Rock You’ would be there too.

  8. Having not yet looked at the list of 500, I thought I would have a go at compiling a list commencing from the year I was born.

    So, from 1955 onwards…

    Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley
    Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
    Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
    Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis
    Love Me Tender – Elvis
    Singing the Blues – Guy Mitchell
    Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry
    Tutti Frutti – Little Richard
    Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
    Oh Boy – Buddy Holly
    That’ll Be The Day – Buddy Holly
    Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
    Move It – Cliff Richard & The Shadows
    Rebel Rouser – Duane Eddy
    La Bamba – Ritchie Valens
    Apache – The Shadows
    Stand by Me – Ben E. King
    Runaway – Del Shannon
    Green Onions – Booker T. & the M.G.s
    Love Me Do – The Beatles
    Only the Lonely – Roy Orbison
    Telstar – The Tornados
    Wonderful Land – The Shadows
    She Loves You – The Beatles
    Wipeout – The Surfaris
    A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
    Do Wah Diddy Diddy – Manfred Mann
    Go Now – Moody Blues
    I Get Around – Beach Boys
    Just One Look – The Hollies
    Not Fade Away – Rolling Stones
    Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
    Shout – Lulu
    The House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
    You Really Got Me – The Kinks
    You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Righteous Brothers
    For Your Love – The Yardbirds
    I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
    In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
    Mr. Tambourine Man – The Byrds
    My Generation – The Who
    Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones

    1. Like it, Ken. Great effort. I know what I’ll be listening to for the next few days.

      If I can fight this sudden urge that I now have to set up my old Sega Master System to play California Games, that is.

  9. Continued

    Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bob Dylan
    The Last Time – The Rolling Stones
    Ticket To Ride – The Beatles
    Yesterday- The Beatles
    All Or Nothing – The Small Faces
    Eight Miles High – The Byrds
    Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
    I Feel Free – Cream
    Keep On Running – Spencer Davis Group
    Nowhere Man – The Beatles
    Paperback Writer – The Beatles
    Stop, Stop, Stop – The Hollies
    Substitute – The Who
    Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
    19th Nervous Breakdown – The Rolling Stones
    Arnold Layne – Pink Floyd
    A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procul Harum
    Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
    Flowers In The Rain – The Move
    Hello, Goodbye – The Beatles
    Hole in My Shoe – Traffic
    Itchycoo Park – The Small Faces
    Light My Fire – The Doors
    Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles
    Relections – Diana Ross & The Supremes
    San Francisco – Scott McKenzie
    See Emily Play – Pink Floyd
    All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
    Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
    Dance To The Music – Sly & The Family Stone
    Days – The Kinks
    Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
    Lady Madonna – The Beatles
    Lazy Sunday – The Small Faces
    Sunshine of Your Love – Cream
    The Hurdy Gurdy Man – Donovan
    White Room – Cream
    With a Little Help from My Friends – Joe Cocker
    Albatross – Fleetwood Mac
    Honky Tonk Women – The Rolling Stones
    Lay Lady Lay – Bob Dylan
    Oh Well – Fleetwood Mac
    Pinball Wizard – The Who
    Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Something – The Beatles

  10. Continued

    Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
    Black Magic Woman – Santana
    Black Night – Deep Purple
    Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
    Lola – The Kinks
    Paranoid – Black Sabbath
    Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
    The Green Manalishi – Fleetwood Mac
    Voodoo Chile – Jimi Hendrix
    Woodstock – Matthews Southern Comfort
    25 or 6 to 4 – Chicago

    I’m up to a 100 already and have only got to 1970.

    Strewth, this is fecking hard work…

    1. KenF,

      Thanks for your hard work, you’ve got a great list.

      I was kinda hoping you’d get to the end of 1971.

      Not having looked at the official list yet either, your birth and start year of 1955 was really starting to shape things.

      Just to add an Australian flavor, I’d like to throw in Johnny O’Keefe’s Shout and The Easybeats’ Friday On My Mind.

      Another good topic FEd.

      Now to that list.

    2. I’m up to a 100 already and have only got to 1970.

      That’s rather worrying. 400 songs from 1970-2010?

      I think we need another 100 from 1955-1970 – at least. Here are a few that haven’t been mentioned at the time of writing:

      Blue Velvet – Bobby Vinton
      For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
      Hold On, I’m Comin’ – Sam and Dave
      It’s Over – Roy Orbison
      Mister Sandman – The Chordettes
      Say It Loud: I’m Black and I’m Proud – James Brown
      (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
      Smokestack Lightning – Howlin’ Wolf
      The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan
      White Christmas – Bing Crosby

    3. FEd,

      I see you added White Christmas but you didn’t add Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives… :)) :))

      Thanks.

      Andrew

  11. Deliberately not looking at the list, I find it very difficult to list songs that ‘shaped Rock & Roll’. Not sure what ‘shaped’ really means and not even sure what kind of ‘Rock & Roll’ they are talking about. Early Rock & Roll of the 50s/60s? or any sort of Rock & Roll such as progressive/punk/metal/grunge/etc…?

    Some examples for me, tous genres mélangés (=?) and in no chronological order:

    – ‘Layla’, Derek & The Dominoes
    – ‘Hey Joe’, Jimi Hendrix
    – ‘Satisfaction’ – ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ and many other songs by the Rolling Stones
    – ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, Bob Dylan
    – ‘London Calling’, The Clash
    – ‘Smoke On The Water’, Deep Purple
    – ‘Kashmir’, Led Zeppelin
    – ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, Nirvana
    – ‘Jump’, Van Halen
    – ‘Cocaïne’, Eric Clapton
    – ‘Born To Be Wild’, Steppenwolf
    – ‘One’, Metallica
    – ‘Antisocial’, Trust
    – ‘Money’, Pink Floyd (even if it’s not at all my favourite PF song)

    Oh, there are too many; and I’m sorry, I’m not very original…

    Now I’ll have a look at the list. 😉

  12. I’ve just read the list and noticed Gerry and the Pacemakers – How Do You Do It? I don’t know it but there is a more inspirational and popular song by them, no? 😛

    I wish you good luck for Thursday, but, please, wish me good luck too, tonight… Oh la la… Poor Lyon, they are not at all favourites…

    1. I don’t know it but there is a more inspirational and popular song by them, no? 😛

      😉 I can think of one.

      1-0. Well done, Lyon. You could have scored more, too.

  13. Songs that shaped rock and roll. I think back to a local radio station event where they would pick a weekend and just play songs from four bands all weekend long. It was called a Zeppelin-Stones-Beatles-Who weekend. So that is all you would hear all weekend. You can certainly say that these four bands certainly shaped rock and roll. So I will start by picking a song from each.

    Zeppelin – Rock and Roll
    Stones – Satisfaction
    Beatles – I Want to Hold Your Hand
    Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again

    Each of these songs helped inspire people to pick up a guitar or start playing an instrument with the end goal of being a rock star. But of course you can point to many songs in their vast catalog of music that shaped rock n roll.

    And speaking of artists shaping rock n roll. Take a look at this article of a venue that helped many artists with their shaping that is now for sale. Maybe David would like to add this studio to his current one as another option. He certainly has some history with it.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  14. Looks like this could take more thought, but I would like to add:

    Elvis–Hound Dog, Don’t Be Cruel

    The Shangri-las –Remember (Walkin’ In The Sand)

    Elton–Funeral for a Friend, Love Lies Bleeding, Brown Dirt Cowboy, Friends

    Queen–Who Wants to Live Forever

    Platters–Twilight Time (I think that is the name)

    Tommy Edwards–It’s All In The Game

    Johnny Mathis–Twelfth of Never, Chances Are

    Tom Jones–It’s Not Unusual, What’s New Pussycat

    Buddy Holly–Peggy Sue

    Hmm… need to do more thinking.

    Jan

  15. The Beatles –Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever

    good call although I altered it slightly as it was a double A side. 😉

  16. Songs that shaped Rock and Roll… not sure what “shaped” means but if it nods towards how a song influenced others then:

    Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen
    Beatles – Love Me Do
    Pink Floyd – Money
    Animals – House of the Rising Sun
    Wilson Pickett – In the Midnight Hour
    Procul Harum – A Whiter Shade of Pale
    Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
    Stones – Satisfaction
    Bowie – Space Oddity
    Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone
    Eagles – Hotel California
    Clash – London Calling
    Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
    Kraftwerk – Autobahn
    Troggs – Wild Thing
    Ventures – Walk Don’t Run
    Who – My Generation
    Fleetwood Mac – Albatross
    Springsteen – Born in the USA
    S and G – Bridge over Troubled Water
    Santana – Black Magic Woman

    and of course the Fed’s favourite band… :!

    Status Quo – Caroline which inspired me to pick up a guitar and play instead of the numpties who played air guitar… how embarrassing!

    Individual artists who influenced people without naming a song:

    Wilko Johnson for his guitar style
    Mick Green for influencing Wilko Johnson
    Ian Dury just for being Ian Dury
    John Lennon for trying to give peace a chance
    Long John Baldry one of the best blues singers out of the UK

  17. This beats watching The Brits any time.

    Can it be true that EMI are so short of Money (will anyone include it on their list) that they have put Abbey Road Studios up for sale? Yet another death nail in the creative process in making quality music.

    Dylan – Times Are A-Changin’: Voice of reason
    Bowie – Starman: Rock Theatre/Image/The Future
    Led Zep – Whole Lotta Love: The Big Bang
    Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild
    King Crimson – 20th Century Schizoid Man: Prog Rock
    Who – My Generation: Teenage Angst
    Black Sabbath – Paranoid: Thrash Metal
    Hendrix – Hey Joe: Guitar God
    Shadows – Apache: The Strat arrives
    Beach Boys – California Girls: Surfs Up
    Velvet Underground – Waiting For the Man: Not Surf Music
    Stones – Gimme Shelter: End of the Hippie Dream
    Supremes – Baby Love: Girl Bands
    Monkees – I’m A Believer: Boy Bands
    Kraftwerk – Autobahn: Cold, Clinical Synth

  18. Seriously

    IRON MAN by Black Sabbath, the song INVENTED “Heavy Metal”
    MONEY by Pink Floyd, an ‘underground’ band has a TOP 20 Hit

    …and yes, Rock Around The Clock, which really brought “rock n roll” to the mainstream.

    8)

    1. … and so easy to play [Iron Man]. My teenage daughter (g) and son (d) and I jammed on it over the longer weekends around Christmas.

      So shouldn’t the title of the topic have been “Songs that still shape rock and roll”, FEd?

      Regards

      Taki

  19. Hi Fed,

    just got back from London, I’ve had a wonderful time there. I attended a great gig, Jeff Beck is superb… “Nessun Dorma” made me cry, give a listen to it all of you!

    I think that “Time”, “Comfortably Numb”, “Atom Heart Mother” or ” Cluster One” should be listed there… David deserves some of his songs like “Mihalis”, “Cry From The Street”, “Take A Breath” or “The Blue” to be listed as well.

    Then:

    Led Zeppelin – “Over The Hills And Far Away”

    Jimi Hendrix – “Little Wing”

    Eric Clapton – ” Tell The Truth” , “Old Love”

    Dire Straits – “Brothers In Arms” and Mark Knopfler’s “What It Is”

    Jeff Beck – “Beck’s Bolero”

    What about “Beside You” in the homepage Fed? Thank you.

    Goodnight.

  20. Fed, I’ve just noticed that Chuck Berry doesn’t appear on that list, that’s shameful. He invented Rock n’ Roll!

    I don’t know how these people can be considered experts.

    1. Chuck Berry is on the list, 3 times in fact. You have to look under “B” for Berry. They use proper alphabetizing as opposed to iTunes alphabetizing.

      Don’t even know if alphabetizing is a proper word. :))

      Thanks.

      Andrew

  21. Hi FEd,

    Sorry to bother you… I have been a bit behind in things lately.

    For example, I just went to download the rest of the Gdansk bonus tracks and I got the following message:

    Thanks for trying to access the microsite for Live in Gdansk DVD – David Gilmour
    Unfortunately this microsite has now closed

    I have downloaded 11 tracks (Wot’s, SOYCD, Dominoes, The Blue, Take a Breath, WYWH, Coming Back to Life, Find the Cost of Freedom, This Heaven, Wearing the Inside Out and Pocketful of Stones). Is there any way to get the rest of the tracks? Were there only 12 so I’m only missing 1?

    Any information that you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much.

    Cheers, Rob

    1. … actually there were 11 tracks plus Wot’s… and the microsite was active until late December (being curious I had it as one of my opening pages on my browser).

      Taki

    2. Taki – do you happen to know which track I missed out on then? Many thanks in advance…

  22. FEd, maybe the official list should read, I don’t know, but something that has not much to do with shape?

    My thoughts were you shape something near the start. You can change the shape but that’s not the same.

    Kraftwerk – Autobahn Rock & Roll? “The Model” you’d think would be a better choice.

    Midnight Oil – Beds are Burning, no shape. “Surfing on a Spoon” has my vote.

    I agree with 2 of the Pink Floyd songs in regards to shape.

    Cheers.

  23. This has gotten me to thinking about what “Rock & Roll” really is. Should Chic and Muddy Waters even be on this list? What is this musical form that I grew up with, and what doesn’t belong in that category?

    I think that rock is a jumble of influences and styles. It’s not like baroque, which has a narrow definition (complex music played by chamber bands in certain parts of Europe in the 16th century). Rock is an umbrella term that includes genres like punk and new wave. It can include nearly acoustic, lyrical music like “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” as well as entirely electronic arrangements like “Autobahn.”

    One may think that rock is anything that does not go by another genre. Jazz is not rock, although some rock is jazzy. Classical music is not rock, although Sting stole a few bars of Prokofiev for “The Russians.” Rap, hip-hop and R&B are not rock, even if these forms borrow liberally from rock.

    What I am left with, then, is that rock is anything you want it to be, as long as it it is not clearly another kind of music. And even then, rock can borrow from it. It’s an elusive term that will drive you BONKERS until you simply walk away and say, “Let it Be.”

    Which is a rock standard.

  24. Here is one that is not on the list that I can’t understand how she is not represented on this list.

    Janis Joplin – Move Over

    When you look at the artists listed under J, how could you include Joy Division or Jane’s Addiction over Janis?

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    1. Janis is not on the list, but Big Brother & The Holding Company is. So she’s not omitted entirely, but you don’t find her name on the list.

  25. Hi FEd,

    Oh, sure there should be “Great Gig in the Sky”, which is for me a masterpiece.

    And here is my list:

    AC/DC – Back in Black
    Aerosmith – Dream On
    Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky
    Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary
    Eric Clapton – After Midnight
    Joe Cocker – With a Little Help from My Friends
    Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits

    PS: about the Brit Awards: Are the winners really the Artists that won the Brit Awards? Frankly I’m in doubt… 😕

    Bye, Hydrea

    1. PS: about the Brit Awards: Are the winners really the Artists that won the Brit Awards? Frankly I’m in doubt… 😕

      In the case of the Album of 30 Years award (Oasis won, by the way), you were only eligible if you had previously won a Brit award for Best Album.

  26. Several songs by The Kinks on that list but not Sunny Afternoon or Waterloo Sunset.

    Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix also missing and never saw Summertime Blues.

    Plus The Who’s Anyhow Anyway Anywhere… the first song to include the use of feedback, if memory serves.

  27. There are so many songs out there that paved the way for rock n roll, but it was the artists who wrote the songs like Buddy Holly, Little Richard, The Drifters, Muddy Waters and so many others that paved the way by writing these songs to bring us this great music called Rock n Roll.

    Thomas

  28. In the UK, definetly Arnold Layne, for Canada it is Money.

    Others are:

    Roll Over Beethoven
    Crying
    Rock and Roll
    Autumn Leaves
    Unchained Melodie
    Fame
    Teenage Wasteland
    And You and I
    It’s Now Or Never

    I left the names out, sorry! 🙂

  29. Difficult topic, really.

    I tried to choose a single track by each artist/band, but sometimes it was so hard to decide, that I couldn’t do it.

    The list includes also some more recent tracks, which left/will leave a legacy, in my opinion.

    Bill Haley & His Comets – Rock Around The Clock
    Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire
    Elvis Presley – Heartbreak Hotel
    The Beatles – Help! / Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
    The Rolling Stones – Satisfaction
    Bob Dylan – Blowin’ In The Wind / All Along The Watchtower
    The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations / Wouldn’t It Be Nice
    Eagles – Hotel California
    Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love
    Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe / Foxy Lady
    Grateful Dead – Dark Star
    The Doors – The End
    The Who – My Generation / Baba O’Riley
    Pink Floyd – Interstellar Overdrive / Shine On You Crazy Diamond
    Genesis – Musical Box
    King Crimson – 21st Century Schizoid Man
    ELP – Tarkus
    David Bowie – Ziggy Sturdust
    Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody / A Kind Of Magic
    Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The UK
    The Stooges – Search And Destroy
    The Clash – London Calling
    The Police – Roxanne
    The Velvet Underground & Nico – All Tomorrow’s Parties
    Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
    Bauhaus – She’s In Parties
    Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven
    Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water
    Black Sabbath – Paranoid
    Iron Maiden – Flight Of Icarus
    Metallica – One
    Pantera – This Love
    Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick
    Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
    Pearl Jam – Alive
    RHCP – Give It Away
    Radiohead – Creep
    Oasis – Wanderwall

  30. Help!

    What am I listening to… is it the Barn Jams??? It’s lovely whatever it is.

    Heather
    (Just before A Great Day for Freedom intro)

  31. I can’t believe that they missed Eruption by Van Halen – changed guitar playing overnight – it influenced a generation of shredders.

  32. Sorry to be late…

    All of my choices are pre-Beatles, because once you get to them, there might be hundreds:

    Bill Haley & the Comets : Rock Around the Clock
    Buddy Holly : That’ll Be the Day
    Elvis : Blue Suede Shoes
    The Platters : Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
    Little Richard : Tutti Fruti
    Jerry Lee Lewis : Great Balls of Fire
    Roy Orbison : Pretty Woman
    The Ventures : Telstar
    Del Shannon : Runaway
    Ricky Nelson : Hello Mary Lou
    Chuck Berry : Maybellene
    Fats Domino : Blueberry Hill
    Gene Vincent : Be Bop a Lula

  33. I think an influential group has to be ‘The Band’. Hard to name their most influential number (trying to resist the temptation to list ‘The Weight’ as my favourite song) but they set a great example for future generations of songwriters. Definite inspiration to me to keep up my singing and guitar work!

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