The Rolling Stones, ‘Sympathy for the Devil’

      Writers: Mick Jagger, Keith RichardsProducer: Jimmy Miller Released: Dec. ’68, London Non-single The inspiration for this hellish detour came from Soviet writer Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita, which depicts Satan having his way in 1930s Moscow. Richards struggled to find the right backing for Jagger’s… Continue reading

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Led Zeppelin, ‘Stairway to Heaven’

    Writers: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant Producer: Page Released: Nov. ’71, Atlantic Non-single All epic anthems must measure themselves against “Stairway to Heaven,” the cornerstone of Led Zeppelin IV. The acoustic intro sounds positively Elizabethan, thanks to John Paul Jones’ recorder solo and Plant’s fanciful lyrics, which were partly… Continue reading

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The Beatles, ‘Help!’

    Writers: John Lennon, Paul McCartneyProducer: George Martin Released: July ’65, Capitol13 weeks; No. 1  “Most people think it’s just a fast rock & roll song,” Lennon said. “Subconsciously, I was crying out for help. I didn’t realize it at the time; I just wrote the song because I… Continue reading

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The Beatles, ‘A Day in the Life’

    Writers: John Lennon, Paul McCartney Producer: George MartinReleased: June ’67, CapitolNon-single  “A Day in the Life” was one of the last true Lennon-McCartney collaborations: Lennon wrote the opening and closing sections, and McCartney contributed the “Woke up/Fell out of bed” middle. For the climax, they hired 40 musicians,… Continue reading

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Derek and the Dominos, ‘Layla’

    Writers: Eric Clapton, Jim Gordon Producers: Tom Dowd, the Dominos Released: Nov. ’70, Atco15 weeks; No. 10  Embroiled in a love triangle with George and Patti Boyd Harrison, Clapton took the title for his greatest song from the Persian love story “Layla and Majnoun.” Recorded by the short-lived… Continue reading

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Otis Redding, ‘(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay’

    Writers: Redding, Steve Cropper Producer: Cropper Released: Jan. ’68, Volt16 weeks; No. 1 A few days after his starmaking set at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967, Redding stayed on a houseboat in Sausalito, California, while he played the Fillmore in San Francisco. He wrote the first… Continue reading

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The Beach Boys, ‘God Only Knows’

Writers: Brian Wilson, Tony AsherProducer: Wilson Released: May ’66, Capitol8 weeks; No. 39  “It’s very emotional, always a bit of a choker with me,” said Paul McCartney of this Pet Sounds ballad. The night McCartney and John Lennon first heard Pet Sounds, at a London party, they wrote “Here, There… Continue reading

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The Impressions, ‘People Get Ready’

      Writer: Curtis Mayfield Producer: Johnny Pate Released: Jan. ’65, ABC-Paramount8 weeks; No. 14  “It was warrior music,” said civil rights activist Gordon Sellers. “It was music you listened to while you were preparing to go into battle.” Mayfield wrote the gospel-driven R&B ballad, he said, “in a… Continue reading

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The Beatles, ‘In My Life’

    Writers: John Lennon, Paul McCartney Producer: George MartinReleased: Dec. ’65, CapitolNon-single  “”In My Life’ was, I think, my first real, major piece of work,” John Lennon said. “Up until then it had all been glib and throwaway.” The ballad reflects the serious turn the Beatles took with Rubber… Continue reading

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