Icons were born in the 1970s. As the foundations for a new sense of aesthetics and personal freedom were laid in the 1960s, people were experiencing more and more extremes with their sound, appearance, and personality in general. There was punk in London, with The Sex Pistols and the Clash leading a tribe of leather-clad, pierced young upstarts pointing two fingers at the establishment. In New York, there was the CBGB scene of unattainable, carefree cool. From somewhere out of space came David Bowie and Marc Bolan, two otherworldly angels at the forefront of glam rock. The '70s didn't do things by halves; Relive the magic with the top 100 tracks of the decade. Words: Dan Martin, Matthew Horton, Priya Elan, Tim Chester.
100. Funkadelic - "A Nation Under The Beat"
„Here's a way to dance my constriction' sings the best-known song by George Clinton's sci-fi funk collective. The act of dancing is literally being used as a vehicle for social change, a population begging to dance their way to freedom. Much more fun than a decent popular protest song, frankly.
99. The Suitors – „Brass In Pocket“
Chrissie Hynde's best calling card as she approaches, leather jacket, snarling lips, possibly holding a tambourine to kill the mood, but still super cool. Rarely has such a simple song sounded so seductive, but the less said about the waitress's video, the better.
98. James Brown - "Get up (I feel like a) sex machine"
Songs about sex are rarely this sexy, falling along the lines of weird or gross. But "Sex Machine" pulses and pushes positively, keeping you in the moment and in the mood, and eventually building to a happy ending.
97. Bob Marley & The Wailers - "No Woman, No Scream"
Bob in his prime, reminiscing about his impoverished past in the ghettos of Trench Town, Jamaica. He asks his girlfriend not to cry with the promise that things will get better, and his mesmerizing charm makes him one of the most popular in Bob's back catalogue.
96. Kate Bush - "Sturmhöhe"
Calm, flawless and concerned, no one should underestimate how shocking it was when the teenage Bush was born to this haunting piano melodrama of his own creation. Introducing herself as the tragic heroine Cathy of Emily Bronte's gothic romance is perhaps why so few pop songs draw on the classic romance that they need to do it justice.
95 Siouxsie and the Banshees - "Hong Kong Garden"
Siouxsie Sioux turned out to be much more than a scene from punk's infamous "Bromley Contingent." This mix of daylight with oriental overtones proved that she had the personality and musical muscle to build a career that would outlast the scene from which she emerged. It was quickly recognized as a classic.
94 The Slits - "Typical Girls"
The upbeat, catchy tune of the ultimate female power of the punk rock scene. Ari Up makes a simple, direct yet devastating attack on the perceived attitude towards femininity while offering a deliciously naughty alternative.
93 doses - "Ah, sim"
Over the course of the 1970s, the Cologne krautrock pioneers developed more expressive and extreme forms of jazz-influenced sounds. His third album, Tago Mago, has been described as his most extreme, but has stood the test of time as one of his most popular. However, it is slightly less catchy than Ash's theme of the same name.
92 Public Image Ltd - 'Public Image'
In which the former Johnny Rotten did the then unthinkable and reinvented himself in an outfit as flashy as the Sex Pistols. A more musically mature post-punk but not without his trademark brash, here was a harrowing assault on what he saw as Malcolm McLaren's exploitation of him.
91 The Beatles - "The Long and Winding Road"
The Beatles reach the '70s in the shoes of their careers, and we find McCartney in his McCartney-esque way for the band's swan song. Looking back on one of the most moving journeys in music history, Macca sounds corny and worn, a man finding peace, and the song is one of the hottest and most confusing of the decade.
Madness 90 – "One Step Further"
Originally a B-side by Jamaican artist Prince Buster, "One Step Beyond" became a hit for Madness, who, as pioneers of the British ska scene, turned it into a whirlwind jam. It remains a favorite bubbly festival to this day.
89 The Specials - "A Message for You, Rudy"
It wasn't just unemployed darkness in ghost towns on the trail of the Specials. Their groundbreaking 1967 version of Dandy Livingstone's Rocksteady proved they liked to indulge in their more upbeat side, and as one of the lead songs on their 1979 debut album, it was a turning point for the burgeoning 2Tone label.
88 Los Kinks – „Lola“
Spending the night flirting with a woman and pursuing a romance that turns out to be a man in a dress might be something most men would try to sweep under the rug. The Kinks' manager Robert Wace was not so lucky, as their ill-fated encounter was immortalized in one of the band's most iconic songs.
87 Roxy Music – „Virginia Plain“
The 70s can be called the decade of glam rock by people who think that glam rock should always be silly. But this opening volley from Bryan Ferry's team showed how it should be done; arrogant and elegant, suave and incredibly sexy.
86 Leonard Cohen - "Chelsea Hotel Nº 2"
In which people recount a sexual encounter in one of the most famous bohemian inns. Reluctantly, Cohen revealed that the lady in question was Janis Joplin, whom he had long regretted, later saying, "An indiscretion I am very sorry and if there is any way to contact the ghost." I'm sorry, I want to apologize for that. Now apologize for committing this indiscretion."
85 Buzzcocks - "Always In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't)"
The sound of caffeine itself as Manchester's punk princes get so caught up in sexual panic and frustration that when they finally let it all out, it explodes into one of the most exciting and lawless singles in all of punk rock. Just amazing.
84 Joni Mitchell - "Big Yellow Cab"
The best hippie song of the decade, as Joni gazes out over the Hawaiian landscape and sees only concrete, her heart sinks. Yet for all the bleakness and doom of the song's theme, the song sounds warm and upbeat. Which was probably out of line. God knows how Joni must be feeling right now.
83 Althea & Donna - 'Uptown-Top-Ranking'
Being a one-hit wonder isn't so bad when your success is so fancy. Jamaican teens Althea and Donna took the charts by surprise thanks to John Peel's mastery by taking number one with this sweet and catchy reggae jam. After that time his work here was done.
82. Giorgio Moroder - "Persecution"
The synth pioneer was ahead of his time when he composed this elegant, pulsing throbber. As the classically influenced theme of Alan Parker's Midnight Express, the soundtrack would win an Oscar.
81. Elegante – „The Freak“
The record's debut team signature tune, thus the best signature tune on the record itself. It's not physically possible to be in the presence of "Le Freak" without dancing on command, which is ironic considering the song is actually about not coming to Studio 54, so throw your own block party anyway. .
80. Blondie - "Either Way"
One of Blondie's best, right down to the simplicity of his nursery rhyme, which leaps with New Wave's giddy swagger. Like most of "Parallel Lines," the sheer pop of it is addictive, so much so that it belies the fact that Debbie Harry is actually acting like a nightmare stalker. And one that you would be foolish to resist.
79. The Jam - 'The Guns of Eton'
In which Paul Weller explains the holy class struggle through the incredible new wave Moddish. As the '70s drew to a close, the divisions in society became more apparent, and the fiery side of The Jam tells a bittersweet tale of how things took a turn for the worse after a fight with some poshies, because in fact, ' all that rugby makes your hair open your chest. David Cameron, without understanding the matter, confessed to loving him.
78 New York Dolls – “Personality crisis”
One of the seeds from which all punk rock should grow from now on. The opening scene of the Dolls' incredible debut, all the nihilism and noise that would make the genre great, was cut down to three and a half minutes and delivered with ultimate sex appeal.
77 John Lennon – “Instant Karma! (We all shine)'
Lennon's third solo single lets his overall message of peace and goodness shine deeper than anywhere else. And is this fast-paced, upbeat anthem uplifting enough that you don't bother wondering what it's like to have karma spinning in your head? Up there with the best songs Lennon ever wrote.
76. The Ones - "Another Girl, Another Planet"
The best pure pop music to come out of the punk movement, period. And probably the most uplifting song about heroin addiction, if that's your thing (which is clearly not a good idea). After the euphoric highs and lows of this song, Peter Perrett went cold turkey so you didn't have to, while drug enthusiasts The Libertines also did a remarkable cover of the song a few decades later.
75. Neil Young - "Heart of Gold"
Criticized by Dylan for sounding too much like him, and then by Young himself for putting him in the middle of the street, "Heart Of Gold" nonetheless shines like a diamond. A supreme anthem for the singer-songwriter genre (James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt sang backing vocals), this was the beauty of country rock incarnate, Young's quavering voice on lilting pedal-steel guitar.
74. Brian Eno - "Needles in the Camel's Eye"
He would soon veer out of this singer/songwriter territory into more ambient territory, but the opening track, 'Here Come The Warm Jets', was a lush piece of post-Roxy Music solo power. A thunderous, layered Velvet Underground rendition that influenced his Berlin experiments with Bowie and a decade of exploring synths and sounds.
73 XTC - "Make Plans for Nigel"
Of course there was nonigel“. Instead, bassist Colin Molding wrote about his dad trying to get his kid to do his."Haircut and stay in school“. This theme of parental dominance fits perfectly with the song's urgency: part new wave muscle, part ska-esque funk, very British exercise. Beneath XTC's wobbly pop exterior lay one of the most experimental groups of the decade.
72 The Who - "Who are you?"
It is known as "the song of" to a generation of descendantsCSI', but for those unfamiliar with the crime franchise, this track found Pete Townshend contemplating life as a '60s counterculture legend in the face of punk. Regarding a meeting with the Sex Pistols, Townshend had a key moment of self-reflection as his band released a maddening mix of funk and straight rock 'n' roll.
71 Suicide - "Ghost Rider"
A floating slice of no wave from Alan Vega and Martin Rev. The combination of piercing, ecstatic industrial noise and pulse-pounding looping keyboard sounds by the legendary New York scuzz rock duo influenced a generation of dark and brooding gunslingers, including The Horrors and MIA (who sampled their single's theme). "Born Free").
70 Fios - "I am the fly"
A premium piece of amphetamine arched rock art by Wire. His ever-evolving sound was mixed with a Floydian layer of the surreal in the lyrics to create this one-note thump that saw Colin Newman twist his voice in unlikely ways to create a sonic ear he'll never forget.
69 Sparks - "This town ain't big enough for the two of us"
The Mael Brothers' most majestic single hinted at magical realism through The Wild West. Infused with animated drama, Russell and Ron's obsessive drumming grabs your attention like the musical equivalent of a fast-paced disaster movie.
68 The Clash - "(White Man) at Hammersmith Palais"
A brilliant composition that managed to address social unrest and racial tensions through the prism of 1979 punk rock status. The track's bouncy ska showcased the band's stylistic diversity without fear of crossing genre lines, making them a representation more authentic to young Britain than some of his contemporaries.
67 Carly Simon - "You're so vain"
We may never know who it was, but the thoughtful narcissism Simon displayed in the lyrics had an unusual ring to it. Accompanying the sting was the song's offbeat joke, accentuated by a seedy guitar solo, a blurry cowbell, and Jagger's (admittedly tongue-in-cheek) backing vocals.
66 Prince - "I want to be your lover"
Prince's first real hit, "I Wanna Be Your Lover," also featured the first flourishes of his trademark music that would define his megastar status for the next decade. Falsetto vocals and raunchy lyrics were layered over a nodding disco guitar figure to the Bee Gees and Chic. A joyous foretaste of what was to come.
65 George Harrison - "My Sweet Lord"
Harrison's post-Beatles paean to the Hare Krishna religion was imbued with a joyous spirituality that reflected hope not only for a post-Fab Four world, but also for the new decade, even if the hippie dream was over.
64 Big Star - 'September Girls'
Striking at the heart with its energizing chords, soulful lyrics, and sense of quiet romance, the Alex Chilton track is now anything but a memory. It was later overshadowed by Paisley Underground-style bangles, resulting in Chilton receiving the largest royal check of her career from him.
63 Nick Drake – „Rosa Mond“
It's easy to project posthumous meaning onto a track, but "Pink Moon" sounds like a warning of things to come. Stripped of all of his previous production crutches, here Drake is stripped down to elemental basics, purring over the ominous moon that "I'm on my way“. The result is unforgettably sad.
62 Gary Numan – „Autos“
"Cars" was important because it combined Numan's Tubeway Army experiments with a more conventional rock song structure. With a knowing nod to JG Ballard, Numan maintained his high artistic credentials to create a storied pop single that sounded like the future.
61 Patti Smith - "Because the night"
Written for Springsteen's Darkness On The Edge Of Town, it was reworked by The Patti Smith Group to give it a more poetic undertone. The marriage of The Boss' broad rock sensibilities and Smith's eager delivery produced a rarity: a love song with real, visceral heart.
60 Elvis Costello – „Olivers Army“
The letter could not be more up to date. With political turmoil in Ireland, Palestine and elsewhere, Costello's trail of government-exploited working-class army proletarians seemed certain. Steve Nieve's ABBA-inspired keyboard was the icing on the cake.
59 Curtis Mayfield - "Move Up"
Released from The Impressions, Mayfield's solo debut "Curtis" offered many brilliant moments, but "Move On Up" might have been the best. Uplifting trumpets and vocals were at the heart of a song that empowered a generation entering a new decade filled with hope and jitters.
58 Modern Lovers – “Road Runner”
Written after several encounters with The Velvet Underground's peppered-rock epic "Sister Ray," Jonathan Richman's laconic jerk perfectly mirrored the dry, suburban ennui reflected in the song's lyrics and repetitive riff. A precursor to the slacker rock phenomenon almost 20 years later.
57 Squeeze - "Until the Crossroads"
Inspired by a Ken Loach TV play, Chris Difford's lyrics were brilliant street poetry, a kitchen plate drama that kept pace with the raunchy slang of a soap opera. The great keyboard layout was just as important as the words in making this a new wave classic.
56 The Velvet Underground – „Rock'n'Roll“
Lou Reed could have sung about himself when he said that Ginny's life was "saved by rock 'n' roll." The guitars and bass sound screechy and great, while the normally grumpy Reed sounds like a renaissance as he belts out radio hits and makes everything "right" again. From 'heroin' to this one in four years? Wow.
55 Junior Murvin - "Cops and Robbers"
Junior's falsetto voice and the soft whisper of the instrumental track (produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry) belied the lyrics, which spoke of civil unrest and social tension. No wonder the Clash covered it on their debut album.
54 Elton John - 'Little Dancer'
Bernie Taupin's beautiful lyrics about navigating love on the road with wife-to-be Maxine Feibelman were accompanied by an instrumental that caught John in his heyday as a singer/songwriter and created a soft rock gem that will resonate with generations to come.
53 Thin Lizzy - "The Boys Are Back In Town"
With tense lyrics mixed with Springsteen drama and plenty of hooks (the iconic riff, thumping chorus, Brian Robertson's guitar solo and Scott Gorham on the chorus), this song is filled with the smell of summer grass and memories of beach parties. No wonder Irish rugby teams, denim companies and Bon Jovi have hijacked the route.
52 Reina – „Bohemian Rhapsody“
In a run of classic rock moments, "Bohemian Rhapsody" still stands as Queens' camper and weirdest. A piano song (complete with Brian May's impressive guitar solo) leaps gleefully into a full-blown operatic parody, and the results are legendary.
51 Iggy Pop - "Lust for Life"
"Lust For Life" hums with slum defiance wrapped in a seductive screeching pop arc. No wonder he was later co-optedtrain sightingBowie and Iggy nod to heroin stalwart William Burroughs and dead drug dealers, but beyond the raw hedonism of the song's percussive backbone, the song is as vital as a gospel song.
50 The Cramps - "Human Fly"
Produced by Big Star's Alex Chilton, this was a sordid slice of swamp rock that brought together Poison Ivy's meandering guitar and Lux Interiors' ravenous vocals into a two-minute diamond of gothic rock.
49 The Clash - 'Umsonst Training'
The catchy, breathy "London Calling" shouldn't be there. It was originally intended for an NME Flexidisc, but it never got there; instead, it was placed on The Clash's Masterpiece after the cover was printed, making it an unwanted hidden track. Their CD box now includes it, as do the credits to Garbage's 1996 hit "Stupid Girl."
48 Bob Dylan - "Tangled in Blue"
The first track of Dylan's marriage section, "Blood On The Tracks," is a surreal, biting tale of a soup-and-nuts relationship. Full of details: "Working on a Fishing Boat for a Time / Around Delacroix": none of them make direct reference to his failed marriage to Sara Lowndes, but there is a personal quality to it. And your Bobness also sings very well.
47 Fleetwood Mac - "Dreams"
Simple, beautiful, and aiming a laser at Lindsey Buckingham's guilty conscience, Dreams of Stevie Nicks was written at a time when all the marriages and relationships surrounding the recording of the AOR Rumors phenomenon were in decline. It doesn't do much, but it's fascinating as she pulls away from her and persuades her target to think long and hard about it.What thing you lose“.
46 Gang of Four - 'Damaged Goods'
The lead track on Gang Of Four's debut EP features a riff that can cut through a particularly hard beam, the more laid-back funk this side of Prince & The Refrigeration, and a sordid little lyric about the end of an adventure that's turned into a bit tedious Jon King and Andy Gill exchange voices with all the soul of George Osborne. Bright.
45 Blondie - "On the Phone"
A very good album opener. Blondie's 1978 classic "Parallel Lines" comes alive with "Hanging On The Phone," a battle song written by Jack Lee in 1973 but first appearing on his band The Nerves' debut EP in 1976. Blondie's is tied. outside, begging and screaming, and it's impossible to ignore Debbie Harry's siren song.
44 Deep Purple - "Smoke on the Water"
A story as legendary as the song's four-note riff, "Smoke On The Water" was inspired by, ahem, smoke billowing across Lake Geneva while Deep Purple was recording in their mobile studio. It came from a Frank Zappa show at the Montreux Casino that caught fire when some idiot lit a sparkler, the fire now forever remembered by incompetent guitarists trying to imitate Ritchie Blackmore's hatchet.
43 Dolly Parton – „Jolene“
Dolly Parton's signature hit limped to No. 60 in the US, but it's still an oddly gleeful plea for the titular stunner to leave Dolly's husband alone, even though she could take him at any moment. No gimmicks here, that's Parton's greatest strength. As bold and unrealistic as she is, she never stops being pure. Later covered by the White Stripes.
42 T. Rex - "Bridge on the move"
There is a rice paper difference between each T. rex reef, isn't there? But who cares when Marc Bolan can capture them as entertainingly as his work in Get It On, a monstrous feat that helped lay the groundwork for T. rex's annexation to Britain's number 1 spot. A 1985 cover of Robert Palmer / Duran Duran / fancy supergroup Power Station for a rag effect.
41 Die Rolling Stones – „Tumbling Dice“
All the grungy flair of "Exile On Main Street" is mixed into this UK Top 5 hit as Keith Richards plays a riff so baggy his pants hang off his ankles and Mick Jagger blabs about "love game“. In fact, Tumbling Dice was around for years before Exile was completed, only after Mick Taylor was eliminated.
40 The Trick - "My Sharona"
Well, it only deserves its spot on Girls Aloud's inspiring second single, "No Good Advice." Otherwise, L.A. band The Knack's debut single is the lone noteworthy note of a 30-year career, a Mike Chapman (of Blondie) production with a spiky riff that accentuates power pop and carries the song still. further away. billboard number 1
39 Bee Gees – 'Stay Alive'
It's unlikely you'll be able to listen to this without seeing the Gibb brothers fearlessly swinging through a construction site or John Travolta strutting down the city runway, but after a few decades, "Stayin' Alive" is one even without the incredible record of iconography. An unprecedented piece of disco drama that almost turned a career into a parody, but hey, they got really rich.
38 Sex Pistols – "Anarchy in the UK"
The Sex Pistols' first single was released weeks after it was signed by an EMI eager to attack if drool flew. Anarchy In The UK was, and is, an incendiary explosion of noise, resentment and fury, a fitting opening and mocking threat to an establishment in ailment. It wasn't long before they were cast on Thames Television's Today show, just in time to berate Bill Grundy.
37 Iggy and the Stooges - "Search and Destroy"
In which we found out that Iggy Pop"a cheetah walking down the street with a heart full of napalm“. To be honest, we had a hunch. The Bowie-sponsored Stooges hid out of thin air when it came to cash, but with a tough, sweaty sound like "Search And Destroy," they showed their cards as punk's crooked uncles.
36 Sly and the Family Stone – „Familienangelegenheit“
A supergroup in the underground, that is, when Stone left the family and hired soul legends Bobby Womack and Billy Preston on Rhodes guitar and piano, respectively. Sly's sister Rose stays behind for some counterpoint vocals, but this is the big man's show: most memorable for its purring lead vocal, less memorable because it was sampled on the 1991 Deacon Blues single "Closing Time."
35 Gladys Knight and the Pips - "Midnight Train to Georgia"
„Wow!The immortal pips contribution to one of Gladys Knight's most popular songs is the impression of a steam train. The rest of the song's vibrant soul stems from Knight's irresistible devotion to a man whose dreams of stardom came true in Los Angeles and Jim Weatherly's less is more lyric: "I'd rather live in his world than mine without him“. Destructive.
34 Rod Stewart – „Maggie Mayo“
Rod the Mod's first number 1 solo shouldn't even have been an A-side, but it was only a fortnight before he put "Reason To Believe" on the record sleeve. The Mandolin - played by Ray Jackson, not imitating John Peeltop of the bang- was a big factor, but it's Rod's gruff voice and the tough story of a young man mixed with an older woman that give the song its enduring character.
33 Marvin Gaye - "What Happens"
The title track to Marvin Gaye's masterpiece Conscious Soul was nothing short of a game changer. It marked a shocking departure from his more traditional Motown work and gave label boss Berry Gordy hiebee-geebees, but commercially it was a treat. The single reached No. 2 in the US, and the album topped NME's 1985 All-Time Albums chart.
32 Black Sabbath – „Paranoico“
As heavy metal reached the UK Top 5, Sabbath's "Paranoid" cemented itself in the national psyche and became an anthem that Ozzy Osbourne could never shake. For good reason: Ozzy is in good - if incomprehensible - shape, Tony Iommi defines the riff as "beaten" and Geezer Butler and Bill Ward keep the rhythm section galloping. Head down friends.
31 TV – "Marquesina Luna"
The TV didn't have the punk vibe. A 10 minute single? This is the defined short sharp impact. Still, they brought something new to the table with their musical skills and, in particular, the fascinating guitar playing between Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd. First they give each other tense licks, then they're alone, and "Marquee Moon" never gets boring.
30 Al Green - "Let's Celebrate Together"
Produced and written with legendary Memphis soulman Willie Mitchell, Al Green's compelling soul shake reached No. 1 in the US, his only single to do so, and gave Tina Turner her big comeback twelve years later. As with all of Green's music from a classical period, the lazy horns provide the perfect bed for his high falsetto, infusing the music with warmth and lust.
29 Die B52's - 'Rock Lobster'
The song "Rock Lobster," which seemingly pushed John Lennon back into the studio after half a decade of working from home, is a ludicrous record of fish-related nonsense, guitar surfing, and horror movie tics, like crazy pop cramps. . Fred Schneider is the man who sings above all else, but it's the inspired blend of spooky '50s rock and new wave that makes this all the more bizarre.
28 Power Plant - "The Blueprint"
For a song this catchy, "The Model" took years to make an impact, beginning life as an up-tempo pop interlude in 1978's "The Man Machine" before becoming a largely forgotten single by late 1981. , when it suddenly shot up in the UK. charts straight to number 1. Kraftwerk created real music and beat pop stars at their own game.
27 ABBA - "Tanzkonig"
Take it away from weddings, bridal showers, endless Mamma Mia screenings, and raucous karaoke sessions and, well, here you have one of the greatest pop songs of all time. It's hard to shake off the baggage, of course, but you'll soon be swept away by the chirping piano, light rhythms, and graceful fusion of Agnetha and Frida's voices on the single that earned ABBA their only US No. 1. .
26 Lou Reed - "Walk on the Wild Side"
Lou Reed's only true solo hit was written for the fans and loners who frequented Andy Warhol's Factory studio, a paean to hedonism and herd rejection. Produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson, it also has a dazed saxophone solo from Bowie's old teacher Ronnie Ross and that Herbie Flowers bass line that later gave A Tribe Called Quest its only real hit.
25 David Bowie - "Life on Mars?"
It took a few years before it was released as the follow-up single to Ziggymania, but it still had resonance to reach the UK top 3. Its strange origins need to be repeated: Bowie first wrote it to the tune of Claude François's Comme D'Habitude, which eventually became Sinatra's old standard My Way. Progressive rock wizard Rick Wakeman plays a majestic piano.
24 AC/DC – „Highway to Hell“
AC/DC's cut-glass Terrahawk caused some consternation upon release, though that title and college student Angus Young's devil horns and tail didn't melt the butter on the album cover, but was actually a coded lament. for tours. . Still, the riff is Keefy's dynamite, and vocalist Bon Scott, who would die a few months later, has just the right satanic shriek.
23 Tubeway Army - "Are 'Friends' Electric?"
Paleface synth pioneer (from Slough) Gary Numan created a sublime concept around his debut hit, a world in which an isolated audience communicates with cyber "friends" - oh god, it happened. The powerful marching riff propelled it to the top of the charts and did the same for the Sugababes a few decades later when Richard X deftly reworked his medley of Adina Howard's "Freak Like Me."
22 Sugarhill Gang – „Delícia do Rapper“
Hip hop's first real breakthrough was surrounded by controversy. Sugar Hill's record label boss Sylvia Robinson co-opted a trio of obscure rappers for this pop crossover, but they've been accused of stealing their rhymes. Still, Chic's "Good Times" theme was a new movement, and has been repeated countless times over the years, and whatever their origin, the Holiday Inn couplets are ridiculous and immortal.
21 Marvin Gaye - "Let's Begin"
After Marvin Gaye dumped all the politically conscious stuff on "What's Going On," "Let's Get It On" went straight to the bar, backed by over a million dates with shaky funk and a pleading voice that just keeps on rocking. . on the verge of embarrassment "Give it up, Marv" if it wasn't so convincing. I bet it worked too.
20 Led Zeppelin - "Stairway to Heaven"
If a classic rock radio station ever polls its listeners, this mix of boisterous hedge bananas and front guitar tends to crash with "Bohemian Rhapsody" near the top. We all love big madness, and if you can get past Robert Plant's ramblings about Whistlers and May Queens, Jimmy Page has an ax fest just for you.
19 Joy Division – „Rundfunk“
Only on Joy Division albums, this intense single, with its pounding beats and deep bass, is perhaps the New Order of their short string of releases. Their drive and thrash reach insane, some would think epileptic, heights before collapsing into silence. Politely covered by Hot Chip for the 2009 War Child album.
18 Ian Dury – „Sexo, drogas y rock and roll“
Released without the Blockheads credits (only saxophonist Davey Payne and guitarist Chas Jankel join Ian Dury), this remains quintessential Dury and Co. bar funk. Ornette Coleman. Dury apologized, but the world couldn't be so angry with a song this edgy.
17 The Rolling Stones – “Brown Sugar”
Perhaps not the most politically correct song of the 1970s, Brown Sugar was written for singer Marsha Hunt, then Mick Jagger's lover and mother of his first child, and flirts with sadism, heroin, oral sex and all. kind of rock music . fun. Beyond any suspicious lyrical content, it's all about a kinetic beat, dirty sax, and an incredibly cold Keith Richards riff.
16 Bruce Springsteen – „Donnerstraße“
The opening track inborn to Run, 'Thunder Road' is one of the Great American Songs, the story of a lucky couple",Pray in vain / For a savior to rise from these streets. Springsteen later described it as "my big invite to my audience", and it remains one of The Boss' most beloved moments, a staple of his live performance to this day.
15 Stevie Wonder - "Superstition"
It's just a matter of that bass line, isn't it? The bassline, which isn't really a bassline at all, is more of a funky exercise on Stevie Wonder's fat-sounding Hohner keyboard. Regardless, "Superstition," originally written for Jeff Beck, doesn't get any less incredible with each passing year and has landed in his desserts with a Billboard Hot 100 No.1. Whether he deserved the Olly Murs cover is an open question.
14 Pink Floyd – “pleasantly deaf”
"Comfortably Numb", from the album The Wall and the film's soundtrack, is a co-composition by Roger Waters and David Gilmour, said to be inspired by Waters' feelings of insanity after being injected with sedatives before a show in Philly. It's as groggy and out of place as it should be, meandering through guitar solos and a beautiful chorus before ending up in the back pocket of the Scissor Sisters.
13 Los matices - 'Teenage Kicks'
I don't know if you know this, but that was John Peel's favorite record. Oh, you know. Anyway, when Feargal Sharkey wasn't running all of British music, he was struggling with that chaotic rush of adolescent emotions that put his Derry band on the map. And he played himself at John Peel's funeral. Oh, you knew that too.
12 John Lennon - "Imagina"
Inspired by Yoko Ono's Grapefruit, a collection of poems, Imagine is an old classic, simple but devastating. It wasn't a big hit the first time; In fact, it wasn't even released in the UK four years after the album's release, but after John Lennon's death it became first a paean to Lennon's life and then a universal plea for peace that still resonates today. .
11 talking heads – „psycho killer“
"Psycho Killer," a 92nd US hit, is old Talking Heads sweating with paranoia and limbs flying around the store. David Byrne scrapped his original plans to include descriptions of murder in the lyrics, but that doesn't detract from the music, as tense and almost playful as the best Heads and the springboard for an avalanche of new wave geniuses.
10 Wings – "Runaway Gang"
Widely considered the pinnacle of McCartney's post-Beatles career, the Band On The Run title track demonstrates Macca's talent for writing elaborate yet catchy songs. Written and recorded in Lagos, Nigeria, it's the quirky story of a beat combo escaped from jail, evolving from a dreamy opening to a funky background layered with brass and sunny melodies.
9 Michael Jackson - "Don't Stop Until You've Had Enough"
The real Jacko was born here and charted the future course of soul, pop, R&B and more with visionary producer Quincy Jones. Anyone can guess what all the "power" is about, well, probably Star Wars, but the ecstatically twirling strings and Jackson's trademark sobs and "WowBusinesses are too exciting to worry about anything else.
8 Bruce Springsteen - "Born To Run"
The Boss were looking for "the greatest rock 'n' roll record of all time" and who says they didn't get it? A mix of hints...Take my engines in hand– Clarence Clemons' clunky saxophone and full-on cacophony of the E Street Band's Wall Of Sound, 'Born To Run' is an impressive tour de force that even outlived a cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
7 Blondie - "Glass Heart"
Heart Of Glass had been around since it was a 1975 demo called Once I Had A Love, but Blondie found the courage to release their disco record once they established themselves on the chart scene. For a new wave band that plays with dance, it's a first-time winner. The pulse is accurate, though it seems like a nightmare to take, and Debbie Harry is a natural disco siren.
6 Donna Summer - "I Feel Love"
Donna Summer's second collaboration with Giorgio Moroder, after 1975's endless Love To Love You Baby lust-fest, is a record of insignificance not to be underestimated. So let's not underestimate it. "I Feel Love" is one of the first purely synthetic recordings, the first house record, and the future orgasms of the space age.
5. Os Ramones – „Blitzkrieg Bop“
On one side of New York there was television recording 10 minute new wave compositions, on the other side I had the Ramones doing pop thrash in minutes. "Blitzkrieg Bop" is a punk-clad stick of gum, its breathy guitars swirling around Joey Ramone's slurred vocals as the band sets a template for a punk rock 'n' roll renaissance.
4. David Bowie – "Heroes"
Written by Bowie and Brian Eno, Heroes is a beautiful, howling tribute to love in all its proud defiance, and in particular the kiss between producer Tony Visconti and his secret new girlfriend. Bowie reportedly stayed in the back of the room to create that distant scream in the last third of the song as he fought for space on Robert Fripp's beautifully distorted guitar.
3. The Clash - "London Calling"
The Clash have always had a message to deliver, and what better way than a doe-eyed doomsday warning? EITHER"error nuclear' on Three Mile Island in the US could happen here as well and Joe Strummer wanted us to know it by pointing it out with those pounding guitars and vulpine howls. Ending with a radio signal, this is a world service in times of terror.
2. Fleetwood Mac - "Go your own way"
Written by Lindsey Buckingham about her crumbling relationship with bandmate and friend Stevie Nicks, "Go Your Own Way" channels despair and heartbreak into one of rock music's most memorable choruses. The group's first top 10 hit in the US released the album Rumors, which has since been played by everyone from Boy George to NOFX.
1. Sex Pistols – „God save the queen“
Interestingly, Glen Matlock's final appearance on a Sex Pistols album is somewhat overshadowed by all the other hype that's been floating around. This stinging, biting take on snotty rebellion would have been perfect for the Queen's Silver Jubilee #1, but it was conveniently capped off by Rod Stewart's "I Don't Want To Talk About It." Or was it? For conspiracy theorists. In it.