Bruce Springsteen, ‘Born to Run’

  Writer: Springsteen Producers: Springsteen, Mike Appel Released: Aug. ’75, Columbia 11 weeks; No. 23 This song’s four and a half minutes took three and a half months to cut. Aiming for the impact of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound, Springsteen included strings, glockenspiel, multiple keyboards — and more than… Continue reading

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The Beatles, ‘Let It Be’

    Writers: John Lennon, Paul McCartneyProducer: George Martin Released: March ’70, Apple 14 weeks; No. 1 Inspired by the church-born soul of Aretha Franklin, an anxious Paul McCartney started writing “Let It Be” in 1968, during the contentious sessions for the White Album. His opening lines — “When I… Continue reading

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience, ‘Purple Haze’

    Writer: Hendrix Producer: Chas Chandler Released: March ’67, Reprise 8 weeks; No. 65 It is one of the unforgettable opening riffs in rock: a ferocious, stomping guitar march, scarred with fuzz and built around the dissonant “devil’s interval” of the tritone. And it launched not one but two… Continue reading

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The Beatles, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’

Writers: John Lennon, Paul McCartney Producer: George Martin Released: Dec. ’63, Capitol 15 weeks; no. 1 As a young, struggling beat group, playing grueling gigs at grubby bars, the Beatles had an in-joke to cheer themselves up: declaring that they were going “to the toppermost of the poppermost.” By 1963,… Continue reading

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Bob Dylan, ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’

Writer: Dylan Producer: John Hammond Released: May ’63, Columbia Did not chart In April 1962, at Gerde’s Folk City in New York’s Greenwich Village, 20-year-old Bob Dylan gave a quick speech before playing one of his new songs: “This here ain’t no protest song or anything like that, ‘cause I… Continue reading

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The Beatles, ‘Yesterday’

  Writers: John Lennon, Paul McCartney Producer: George Martin Released: Sept. ’65, Capitol 11 weeks; No. 1 Paul McCartney’s greatest ballad holds a Guinness World Record as the most recorded song of all time; seven years later, there were 1,186 versions by artists as varied as Frank Sinatra, Otis Redding… Continue reading

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Sam Cooke, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’

  Writer: CookeProducers: Hugo Peretti, Luigi CreatoreReleased: Dec. ’64, RCA 7 weeks; No. 31 In 1963, Sam Cooke — America’s first great soul singer and one of the most successful pop acts in the nation, with 18 Top 30 hits since 1957 — heard a song that profoundly inspired and… Continue reading

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The Who, ‘My Generation’

  Writer: Pete TownshendProducer: Shel TalmyReleased: Nov. ’65, Decca5 weeks; No. 74   The Who’s guitarist, Pete Townshend, supposedly wrote “My Generation,” his immortal fuck-off to the elders in his way, on his 20th birthday, May 19th, 1965, while riding a train from London to Southampton for a television appearance.… Continue reading

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John Lennon, ‘Imagine’

  John Lennon wrote “Imagine,” his greatest musical gift to the world, one morning early in 1971 in his bedroom at Tittenhurst Park, his estate in Ascot, England. His wife, Yoko Ono, watched as Lennon sat at the white grand piano now known around the world from films and photographs… Continue reading

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