Now this is a reall challenge. If you look back over the 50 year history of songs there have been so many critical moments, albums and tracks that have served as milestones or turning points.
How to try and isolate the Ten most significant songs ?
1. Robert Johnson: Crossroads
Recorded only 29 songs but the central myth of rock, selling his soul to the devil as a warning to fans through the ages !
2. Elvis: Heartbreak Hotel
The first teenage-craze star
3. Chuck Berry: Johnny B Goode
The birth of the electric guitar at the front not the back of the rock and roll sound.
4. The Byrds: Eight Miles High
The first psychedelic masterpiece: raga rock for the masses !
5. The Beatles: Day in The Life
Consistently voted as the best off Sgt Peppers which is consistently voted as the best album
6. The Who
The first punk song ? No Who no Clash !
7. Jimi Hendrix: Purple Haze
Blues and psychedelia set on fire, taking Chuck Berry's legacy into the stratosphere
8. The Ramones: Sheena is a Punk Rocker
Maybe not the first punk band, but they keep the myth of punk alive to this day.
9. Black Sabbath: Sweet Leaf
The only song to spawn two genres; Stoner Rock and Grunge, sludge metal at it's finest
10. Kraftwerk: Autobahn
At the height of punk they invented Techno, maybe you don't think this is a good thing but they are a force for rock to reckon with !
Disagree ? Let me know.