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The most prominent song when the Beatles debuted in American on the Ed Sullivan Show. Easily the single most important moment in rock history, as rock was fading away after its initial surge; Elvis was in the Army and then Hollywood, Buddy Holly died, and Little Richard & Chuck Berry were in big trouble with the law.
Music was moving away from rock, with surf music spinning away from it, and folk music the polar opposite. What we would call AC today, like Tony Bennett and Tom Jones were also prominent, with Frank Sinatra as the elder statesman.
Then suddenly, this musical Tsunami came in, so huge and powerful that it swept away everything that came before it, establishing rock as the dominant music format for the next 4 decades.
Over 50 years later now, and there is still nothing that comes remotely close to the musical importance of what the Fab Four did as they lead the British Invasion.
This song was kind of a landmark in music. Personally, it's one of my favorites. - MontyPython
The first metal song.
Generally considered to the be the very first rock-n-roll song.
First hit by the most important, most popular, and biggest selling solo act in the history of rock.
First big hit for "The Architect of Rock and Roll", though he had been regionally popular in the deep south for several years.
This is the first song purposely featuring a psychedelic sound, predating the other early numbers by more than a year.
Chuck Berry is often called The Father of Rock-n-Roll, and this was his first big hit.
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2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
3. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry