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100 songs that changed the world.

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by joe2cool, Jan 16, 2003.

  1. joe2cool

    joe2cool Thread Starter

    Feb 7, 2002

    1. That’s All Right – Elvis Presley
    Rock 'n' roll history begins here. "If I could find a white man who had the Negro sound and the Negro feel, I could make a billion dollars." History tells us this was a constant refrain from the mouth of Sun Records boss Sam Phillips, and in 1954 his dream came true. Whether he made a billion dollars is left up to the accountants to determine, but one thing is sure. The singer he found, one Elvis Aaron Presley, changed the face of music forever.

    2. I Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
    The song that broke America. It is one of history's more notable minor quirks that President Kennedy was assassinated on 22 November 1963, one week before the UK release of The Beatles' fifth single. The two events might seem unconnected, yet the role of I Wanna Hold Your Hand in the USA's recovery from this bleak event is unquestionable.

    3. God Save The Queen – The Sex Pistols
    Punk call-to-arms that raised the spectre of civil war. God Save The Queen created a moment quite unlike anything that has happened before or since in the annals of rock.

    4. Rapper’s Delight – Sugarhill Gang
    The record that gave rap to the world - Released in 1979 this was the record that took the new form of music around the world.

    5. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
    The Daddy of grunge. Dave Grohl (of Nirvana, and now The Foo Fighters) said, "A lot of Teen Spirit was derivitive of the Pixies or Sonic Youth. It was just another jam. I didn't think much of it to be honest."

    6. Strange Fruit – Billie Holiday
    The song that helped revolutionise America. One of the most moving and eloquent songs of all time, this song was the start of the Civil Rights movement. Covered numerous times, Billie's version remains the definitive, world-changing version.

    7. Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
    The sonic start of the counter-revolution. "Like A Rolling Stone changed it all," Dylan said in 1965. "I was something I myself could dig."

    8. Walk This Way – Run DMC
    The original rap/rock crossover video. Paving the way for the likes of Limp Bizkit, at the time Aerosmith didn't think it was going to be such a big deal. Aerosmith's Joe Perry said, :To think that we'd be talking about it 15 years later as ground-breaking - we didn't think of it like that at all."

    9. Blue Monday – New Order
    The seven minutes that kick-started UK dance music. While Britain was living under a pale shadow of punk rock this "bold statement," as The Charlatans Tim Burgess called it, came out of seemingly nowhere. "It was daring - it incorporated elements of disco, which no-one liked at the time," Burgess concludes. However, the single went on the be the biggest selling 12" single of all time.

    10. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
    Reinvented the charity single and fed the world. Not everyone's favourite song, it led Morrissey to say, "One can have concern for the people of Ethiopia, but it's another thing to inflict torture on the people of England."

    11. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
    12. Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets
    13. Helter Skelter – The Beatles
    14. The Message – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
    15. You Really Got Me – The Kinks
    16. Autobahn – Kraftwerk
    17. Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees
    18. Telstar – The Tornados
    19. Starman – David Bowie
    20. Think – Aretha Franklin
    21. Give Peace A Chance – Plastic Ono Band
    22. Planet Rock – Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force
    23. Wannabe – Spice Girls
    24. Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
    25. **** Tha Police – NWA
    26. Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles
    27. Rock Island Line – Lonnie Donegan
    28. My Generation – The Who
    29. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
    30. Like A Virgin – Madonna
    31. Imagine – John Lennon
    32. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
    33. He’s A Rebel – The Crystals
    34. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
    35. Money (That’s What I Want) – Barrett Strong
    36. I Feel Love – Donna Summer
    37. My Name Is – Eminem
    38. Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
    39. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
    40. Me So Horny – 2 Live Crew
    41. Maybellene – Chuck Berry
    42. No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley & The Wailers
    43. That’ll Be The Day – The Crickets
    44. Going Underground – The Jam
    45. Kick Out The Jams – The MC5
    46. I Can’t Be Satisfied – Muddy Waters
    47. Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin
    48. Strings Of Life – Rhythim Is Rhythim
    49. Pump Up The Volume – M/A/R/R/S
    50. Candle In The Wind – Elton John
    51. Mr Tambourine Man – The Byrds
    52. Rebel Without A Pause – Public Enemy
    53. Heart Of Glass – Blondie
    54. Cloud Nine – The Temptations
    55. White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
    56. Loaded – Primal Scream
    57. Lover – Les Paul
    58. Purple Haze – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    59. Thriller – Michael Jackson
    60. Cop Killer – Body Count
    61. Sympathy For The Devil – The Rolling Stones
    62. Heroin – The Velvet Underground
    63. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
    64. Rocket 88 – Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats
    65. Say It Loud: I’m Black And I’m Proud – James Brown
    66. Sweet Child O’Mine – Guns N’ Roses
    67. Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) – Soul II Soul
    68. Sign ‘O’ The Times – Prince
    69. Girl You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli
    70. Nelson Mandela – The Special AKA
    71. Interstellar Overdrive – Pink Floyd
    72. What’d I Say – Ray Charles & His Orchestra
    73. This Land Is Your Land – Woody Guthrie
    74. Are "Friends" Electric? – Tubeway Army
    75. Je T’Aime… Moi On Plus – Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin
    76. This Charming Man – The Smiths
    77. Comme D’Habitude – Claude Francois
    78. Live Forever – Oasis
    79. Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
    80. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club
    81. Enter Sandman – Metallica
    82. The End – The Doors
    83. Apache – The Incredible Bongo Band
    84. O Superman – Laurie Anderson
    85. Music Sounds Better With You – Stardust
    86. Waterloo – Abba
    87. People Funny Boy – Lee "Scratch" Perry
    88. Blind – Korn
    89. Fools Gold – The Stone Roses
    90. Last Train To Clarksville – The Monkees
    91. Firestarter – The Prodigy
    92. Rock Your Baby – George McCrae
    93. The Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones
    94. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
    95. Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree - Dawn
    96. There She Goes – The La’s
    97. Rumble – Link Wray & His Ray Men
    98. MacArthur Park – Richard Harris
    99. Creep – Radiohead
    100. Tutti Frutti – Little Richard
    :D ;)

  2. plschwartz


    Nov 15, 2000
    Good list Joe

    Might I add a few more:
    1. Benny Goodman Swing Swing Swing
    2. Les Paul Multitracking. I think Mr. Sandman was his first
    3. Beach Boys Good Vibrations
    And where the heck is FRANK ZAPPA????
  3. pyritechips

    pyritechips Gone but Never Forgotten

    Jun 2, 2002
    First Name:
    Absolutely plschwartz!

    Who compiled this list? At the risk of offending some people (and quite frankly, I don't care) to include rap on this list and not include Frank Zappa is either a travesty of good taste or plain gross ignorance, or both.

    I still insist that "rap music" is an oxymoron and belongs on no music list. While rap is nothing more that ingnorant snti-social grunting and thumping, Frank Zappa was arguably the most underrated guitarist ever. He was an astute, accomplished musician and also spent the latter part of his career fighting censorship in the entertainment industry, before succumbing to prostate cancer.

    Uncle Frank: R.I.P.

    Rap: go to H***
  4. CyBerAliEn


    Nov 25, 2001
    Sad to see Korn at number 88 with Blind, but atleast they "changed the world" :D

    By the way, Korn is my favorite band!!!

  5. pyritechips

    pyritechips Gone but Never Forgotten

    Jun 2, 2002
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    The title of this thread is music that "changed the world".

    That's a darn hard thing for a song to do and while many of the songs listed are memorable, I fail to see how they "changed" anything.

    P.S. #75 is possibly the sexiest song ever and some may even classufy it as "soft audio porn". Oh well, to each their own! I also got lucky and found it online and now have it burned to CD!:D
  6. CyBerAliEn


    Nov 25, 2001
    I think it has more to do with how the music changed the "music world".
  7. valley


    Nov 16, 2002
    No Simon & Garfunkel :mad:

    Bridge Over Troubled Water....
  8. LANMaster

    LANMaster Banned

    Jan 6, 2003
    Not a single Beatles song listed there.
    I'd say their first #1 hit in the US (Please Please Me) might qualify.
  9. Toddles18


    Jul 18, 2001
    look again lanmaster, #13 and #26

    Pyrite, this list wasn't about the best, it was about the biggest effect. Theres no doubt that Eminem, has had a huge impact on the world. If we're talking pure talent then I'd like to see Dream Theater on the list. Those guys know how to play.
  10. pyritechips

    pyritechips Gone but Never Forgotten

    Jun 2, 2002
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    Tough call. I don't know whether so-called "artists" such as Eminem actually have an impact or just huge sales. Most "music" and performers are ephemeral, forgettable. I think quantity is often confused for quality. Don't tell me Britney Spears is "good" music just because millions of 15 yr olds bought her junk.
  11. Wino


    Nov 30, 2001
    A fine lady, 'Je T’Aime', Ravel's 'Balero', a lot of Pagan Pink Ripple, THC, and.... "Oh! What A Night"!

    Have the Je T’Aime LP - that particular track is a bit scratchy from repeated use.:p

  12. boyoh53


    Nov 28, 2002
    :D A lot of nostalgia packed into that list, I have many things in my head I would love to say, but will refrain. :eek: :cool: ;)
  13. LANMaster

    LANMaster Banned

    Jan 6, 2003
    Woops! Duh. Thanks, I didn't see them.
  14. buck52

    buck52 Banned

    Mar 9, 2001

    Originally posted by Toddles18:
    look again lanmaster, #13 and #26

    Woops! Duh. Thanks, I didn't see them.


    what about #2 :)

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