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The 5 Most Important Songs in Rock History
« on: April 07, 2017, 07:15:11 PM »
This isn't a thread on what the best or favorite songs are, but what are the most important songs in rock history?

1) LIKE A ROLLING STONE - BOB DYLAN

Before Like A Rolling Stone, artists were singing short sweet love songs, and then Dylan knocked down the door and changed everything. Before Like A Rolling Stone the Beatles were singing "I want to hold your hand". After they were singing "you say you want a revolution". Dylan rewrote the rules for popular music.

"The way that Elvis freed your body, Dylan freed your mind, and showed us that because the music was physical did not mean it was anti-intellect. He had the vision and talent to make a pop song so that it contained the whole world. He invented a new way a pop singer could sound, broke through the limitations of what a recording could achieve, and he changed the face of rock'n'roll for ever." - Bruce Springsteen

"It seemed to go on and on forever. It was just beautiful ... He showed all of us that it was possible to go a little further." - Paul McCartney

2) SATISFACTION - THE ROLLING STONES


Rock n Roll, meet teenage angst. Satisfaction was the blueprint for many rock songs that came after it. Big guitar riff, catchy chorus, and lyrics that teenage guys could relate to.  While Satisfaction was the blueprint, it also remains as one of the very best rock songs ever written.

3) HEARTBREAK HOTEL - ELVIS

Really the song that started it all. Elvis's first hit and the song that helped change popular culture. The end of big bands and crooners and the start of rock n roll.

"It was so animal, so sexual, the first musical arousal I ever had. You could see a twitch in everybody my age. All we knew about the guy was that he was cool, handsome and looked wild." - Robert Plant

"Then, "Since my baby left me"—it was just the sound...That was the first rock and roll I heard." - Keith Richards

"When I first heard "Heartbreak Hotel", I could hardly make out what was being said. It was just the experience of hearing it and having my hair stand on end." - John Lennon

4) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN - LED ZEPPELIN

Not on my list because it is one of the most famous and listened to songs ever, it is on my list because Led Zeppelin proved you did not have to release singles or cut songs down to 4 minutes to obtain huge success. Stairway was never released as a single and clocks in at close to 8 minutes long, yet still may be the most popular song ever recorded.

5) BORN TO RUN - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Tough to settle in on my number 5. I picked Born to Run because at the time of it's release in the mid 70's the 1st wave of rock bands and artists had begun to stall. The Beatles had broken up. Elvis had got fat. The Stones, the Who, and Zeppelin were beginning to get lost in excess. Along came Bruce and knocked the music scene on it's ass with Born to Run and his epic energy filled shows. As Bono once said "Born to Run was the end of the 20 minute drum solo, it was goodbye Haight Ashbury, hello Asbury Park!"



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Re: The 5 Most Important Songs in Rock History
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2017, 07:39:25 PM »
While I agree with your selections, you could definitely make a case for Smells Like Teen Spirit. That song defined the musical scene of the early-90s and is the go-to track when talking about grunge.

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Re: The 5 Most Important Songs in Rock History
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2017, 12:31:25 AM »
Ya. It would have been my number 6. Space Oddity would be 7. Both very important for their era's

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Re: The 5 Most Important Songs in Rock History
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2017, 04:57:39 AM »
I am not really a fan of them but shouldn't any list like this really include a Beatles song - purely from a historical influence perspective?

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Re: The 5 Most Important Songs in Rock History
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2017, 05:06:31 AM »
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I am not really a fan of them but shouldn't any list like this really include a Beatles song - purely from a historical influence perspective?
I was thinking that, too...but what song? Yesterday? Or one of the very first? She Loves You, or I Want To Hold Your Hand?

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Re: The 5 Most Important Songs in Rock History
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2017, 09:29:47 AM »
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I am not really a fan of them but shouldn't any list like this really include a Beatles song - purely from a historical influence perspective?

Your right. Maybe I should change it to a top 10 list. I Want to Hold Your Hand which was the song they played on their first Ed Sullivan appearance was one of the most defining moments in rock. Was really the beginning of Beatlemania and inspired many kids to pick a guitar and form a band.

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Re: The 5 Most Important Songs in Rock History
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2017, 11:09:28 AM »
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I am not really a fan of them but shouldn't any list like this really include a Beatles song - purely from a historical influence perspective?

Your right. Maybe I should change it to a top 10 list. I Want to Hold Your Hand which was the song they played on their first Ed Sullivan appearance was one of the most defining moments in rock. Was really the beginning of Beatlemania and inspired many kids to pick a guitar and form a band.

I'd argue that 5 is a good number and maybe the inclusion of the Springsteen song is maybe the one it might replace in a 5....

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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2017, 02:21:26 PM »
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I am not really a fan of them but shouldn't any list like this really include a Beatles song - purely from a historical influence perspective?

Your right. Maybe I should change it to a top 10 list. I Want to Hold Your Hand which was the song they played on their first Ed Sullivan appearance was one of the most defining moments in rock. Was really the beginning of Beatlemania and inspired many kids to pick a guitar and form a band.

I'd argue that 5 is a good number and maybe the inclusion of the Springsteen song is maybe the one it might replace in a 5....
I'd replace The Stones before I'd replace Bruce.

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Re: The 5 Most Important Songs in Rock History
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2017, 04:03:03 PM »
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I am not really a fan of them but shouldn't any list like this really include a Beatles song - purely from a historical influence perspective?

Your right. Maybe I should change it to a top 10 list. I Want to Hold Your Hand which was the song they played on their first Ed Sullivan appearance was one of the most defining moments in rock. Was really the beginning of Beatlemania and inspired many kids to pick a guitar and form a band.

I'd argue that 5 is a good number and maybe the inclusion of the Springsteen song is maybe the one it might replace in a 5....
I'd replace The Stones before I'd replace Bruce.
I disagree. Satisfaction brought a new attitude to rock-n-roll and is probably the first song that challenged commercialism to chart as highly as it did.

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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2017, 06:25:53 PM »
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I am not really a fan of them but shouldn't any list like this really include a Beatles song - purely from a historical influence perspective?

Your right. Maybe I should change it to a top 10 list. I Want to Hold Your Hand which was the song they played on their first Ed Sullivan appearance was one of the most defining moments in rock. Was really the beginning of Beatlemania and inspired many kids to pick a guitar and form a band.

I'd argue that 5 is a good number and maybe the inclusion of the Springsteen song is maybe the one it might replace in a 5....
I'd replace The Stones before I'd replace Bruce.
I disagree. Satisfaction brought a new attitude to rock-n-roll and is probably the first song that challenged commercialism to chart as highly as it did.
hmmmm...maybe...

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Re: The 5 Most Important Songs in Rock History
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2017, 06:36:42 PM »
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I am not really a fan of them but shouldn't any list like this really include a Beatles song - purely from a historical influence perspective?

Your right. Maybe I should change it to a top 10 list. I Want to Hold Your Hand which was the song they played on their first Ed Sullivan appearance was one of the most defining moments in rock. Was really the beginning of Beatlemania and inspired many kids to pick a guitar and form a band.

I'd argue that 5 is a good number and maybe the inclusion of the Springsteen song is maybe the one it might replace in a 5....
I'd replace The Stones before I'd replace Bruce.
I disagree. Satisfaction brought a new attitude to rock-n-roll and is probably the first song that challenged commercialism to chart as highly as it did.

Yup, it was really the first "teenage angst" type song. What set it apart though is it's the template for so many rock songs that came after it. Moat artists up to that point were about the singing melody. Satisfaction was about that big Richards riff. Without Satisfaction, probably no Sweet Emotion, Whole Lotta Love, Smoke on the Water, etc....

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Re: The 5 Most Important Songs in Rock History
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2017, 07:27:46 PM »
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I am not really a fan of them but shouldn't any list like this really include a Beatles song - purely from a historical influence perspective?

Your right. Maybe I should change it to a top 10 list. I Want to Hold Your Hand which was the song they played on their first Ed Sullivan appearance was one of the most defining moments in rock. Was really the beginning of Beatlemania and inspired many kids to pick a guitar and form a band.

I'd argue that 5 is a good number and maybe the inclusion of the Springsteen song is maybe the one it might replace in a 5....
I'd replace The Stones before I'd replace Bruce.
I disagree. Satisfaction brought a new attitude to rock-n-roll and is probably the first song that challenged commercialism to chart as highly as it did.

Yup, it was really the first "teenage angst" type song. What set it apart though is it's the template for so many rock songs that came after it. Moat artists up to that point were about the singing melody. Satisfaction was about that big Richards riff. Without Satisfaction, probably no Sweet Emotion, Whole Lotta Love, Smoke on the Water, etc....
Exactly. That song created the whole badass rock-n-roll image, like you said. It perfectly fits the mantra of a rock song.

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Re: The 5 Most Important Songs in Rock History
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2017, 02:36:30 PM »
"Tomorrow Never Knows" or "A Day in the Life" by The Beatles.

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Re: The 5 Most Important Songs in Rock History
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2017, 02:50:29 PM »
Anarchy in the UK by the Sex Pistols is surely a contender? Completely changed everything for an entire, and subsequent future, generations.

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« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2017, 12:41:59 AM »
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