Top Ten Most Important Rock SongsFettiMC
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Shouldn't be on top. Good song, also influential but not that important. I mean not like that deserves the first spot. - zxm
Great song, super popular, probably the most popular in the rock era. Not nearly as important as some of the groundbreaking songs that came earlier. Interestingly it is back in the news, as the estate of Randy California [Spirit] sues LZ because the intro is a pure ripoff of Spirit's "Taurus". Supposedly Randy gave verbal permission, but there is no record of it. The lawyers will be the only ones who win in the end.
My number two
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
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.
The first metal song.
First big hit for "The Architect of Rock and Roll", though he had been regionally popular in the deep south for several years.
Buddy Holly was the first music artist who was allowed [he forced the issue] to write, produce, arrange, and play the instruments on his own records. This artistic freedom was crucial throughout the history of rock to keep the music moving forward.
Buddy Holly was the first artist to be allowed [he forced the issue] to write, produce, arrange, sing, and play instruments on his own records. This artistic freedom was crucial to the future of rock-n-roll, as it kept the music fresh and new every time.
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.
The first death metal song.
Rock This Town rejects the '70's disco scene and just rocks. It's Stray Cats biggest hit.
Although I know about the distortion experiment in early 40s but haven't heard any distorted song before this. - zxm
Elvis Presley didn't write his own songs. But his vocal was one of the most unique vocals at that time. - zxm
Best live performance in concert by the Rolling Stones.
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