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Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs (25-1)
All Time Top 500
"Drumroll, please. Ladies and gentlemen, I present the 25 greatest rock songs ever written according to a 2004 "Rolling Stone" magazine poll. Now, on with the show."
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One of the most technically accomplished, yet emotionally stirring, songs recorded in the 1960s is "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys. I was often surprised that Brian Wilson relinquished lead vocal duties to someone else on a song of this importance, but he did. Who was the lead vocalist on this song?
"People Get Ready" is one of the greatest R&B songs ever written in my humble opinion. Curtis Mayfield's lyrics were of particular importance due to the civil rights events of the era. The song lyrics were a call to faith that resolution was on the horizon. The song ends with this lyric, which had always put things in perspective for me of the events of that time:
"All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin'
You don't need no ticket, just thank the lord"
The song was so inspirational to the civil rights that Chicago area churches actually incorporated the song into their music program along with other hymns and faith songs.
Curtis Mayfield wrote the song while performing as a member of which Chicago soul singing group?
John Lennon said that "In My Life" was the first serious song he ever composed. The song was an introspective biography of people he had encountered over the course of his young life. The song has often been cited as one of The Beatles best recordings. If you wanted to hear this song again, or maybe for the first time, which album would you want to dust off and drop the needle on?
Song number 22 is "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes. This Phil Spector produced song was once claimed by Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys to be "the greatest pop record ever made". What is the name of the lead singer, and namesake to the group who is responsible for this tune (before she became Mrs. Spector that is)?
"Born to Run" is a great staple of any live show performed by Bruce Springsteen. The first night he played it live, who was he opening up for?
"Let it Be" is one of the most famous songs released by The Beatles. It was released on their 1970 album by the same name. Since Paul McCartney was playing the piano on the song, who took over for him and played the bass guitar during the song's recording?
Hearing the song "Hound Dog" will forever conjure images of Elvis Presley, but it was one "Big Momma" Thornton (Willie Mae Thornton) who recorded the song first. Which awesome song writers penned this classic?
Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Chuck Berry took the old fiddle tune "Ida Red", added a little Chuck Berry magic to it and came up with the song here at number 18. What did he name his classic tune?
Johnny B. Goode
One of Jimi Hendrix's most popular songs is "Purple Haze", released on the "Are You Experienced?" album in 1967. This was one of Hendrix's most often played songs in concert and there are literally hundreds of live versions in circulation. Question is, did he play this song at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair?
A question for the audiophiles in the crowd. Which Beatles song was the first recorded with high-tech (at the time anyway) four track recording equipment?
I Want to Hold Your Hand
I am the Walrus
The song "London Calling" by The Clash is featured at number 15 on this list. The cover for the single features a young couple sitting in the floor with several albums scattered about them. Which artist did not have an album pictured on the "London Calling" single cover?
"Blowin' in the Wind" is the classic song released by Bob Dylan in 1963. Which album included this Dylan standard?
Blonde on Blonde
Bringing it all Back Home
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited
The song "Yesterday", by The Beatles, is quite possibly the most often covered song of all time. With over 3,000 recorded versions of the song, it is certainly on top of the "Guinness Book of World Records" list of covered songs. Which pop singer got the ball rolling and made the first cover of this song, only ten months after the initial release of the song?
"A Change is Gonna Come" was released in late 1964 as part of the Civil Rights Movement. The song was written as a response to the Bob Dylan classic "Blowin' in the Wind". Which artist wrote and recorded this classic piece of work?
Which song found Pete Townshend hoping he died before he got old?
Won't Get Fooled Again
I'm a Boy
With this song's release in July of 1959, Ray Charles got his first Top Ten Single on the US Billboard Hot 100. Which song began a streak of 11 top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100?
Night Time is the Right Time
What'd I Say
Georgia on My Mind
I Can't Stop Loving You
Butch Vig produced Nirvana's album "Nevermind" which contained the song at number nine on our list, "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Which band did Vig go on to put together with two other record producers and a vocalist?
My Bloody Valentine
The last Beatles hit on the list is "Hey Jude". It only seems fitting that this would be the song that remained at the number one spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 longer than any other Beatles tune. How many weeks did this song stay at the top of the chart?
"Johnny B. Goode" is the somewhat biographical song written and recorded by Chuck Berry in the winter of 1958. This song has been heralded as the the very first rock and roll song ever written, but of course that is taking on one of the greatest arguments in all of popular music. When Mr. Berry was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, he included this song to be performed live. Which band got an assist for performing alongside Chuck Berry on the night of his induction?
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
Huey Lewis and the News
"Good Vibrations", by The Beach Boys, was the most expensive single ever recorded at the time of its 1966 release on the "Pet Sounds" album.
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has the highest ranking song on this list by a female with her song "Respect". Many people may think this is an original Franklin composition due to the way she commands the performance when she sings it. However, it was a man who wrote this song. Who was it?
Marvin Gaye cracks the top five of this list with his call to world peace, "What's Going On". The song was primarily written by Renaldo "Obie" Benson, although Al Cleveland and Marvin Gaye were given song writing credits as well. Cleveland was a songwriter for Motown at the time Benson hired him to help finish the song. Who was the originally intended singer for this song before timing issues prevented it from happening?
John Lennon's most precious gift to the world was his song "Imagine". The song was released in 1971 off the album by the same name. Who did John bring in to help produce his masterpiece?
The Rolling Stones had their first US Billboard Hot 100 number one hit with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction". The track was produced by their ostentatious manager at the time. What was his name?
Andrew Loog Oldham
You can call it what you will, but it only seems fitting that a magazine like "Rolling Stone" would pick a song titled "Like a Rolling Stone" as their number one song of all time. Bob Dylan wrote the beginnings of the song after playing a segment of a song called "Lost Highway". In that song, there is a line which begins:
"I'm a rolling stone, I'm alone and lost
For a life of sin I've paid the cost".
Who was the writer of "Lost Highway", the song which is owed at least some debt as an inspiration to the song which would become the ultimate song written by the ultimate songwriter in American history?
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