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Old 05-23-03, 03:13 PM
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Groundbreaking Songs

I was just listening to the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" which I think is just amazing, extremely different from anything I've heard on the radio lately.

Anyway, that made me think back to some other groundbreaking songs from rock 'n' roll history:
  • Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley and the Comets
    The song that started rock 'n' roll
  • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
    Jump started the music industry, added sex to rock 'n' roll
  • She Loves You - The Beatles
    Began the British Invasion, and of course Beatlemania
  • Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan
    The birth of the singer-songwriter, and the rock artist
  • California Girls - Beach Boys
    Introduced a radically different sound, spawned a whole lifestyle
  • Another One Bites The Dust - Queen
    I remember being a teenager, and sick of sappy disco -- and then this song broke through the barrier
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
    When that first guitar lick played, hair bands everywhere died a merciful death
So what am I forgetting? Or am I totally off-base here?
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Old 05-23-03, 03:22 PM
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Epic - Faith No More, a great song that unfortunately helped set the groundwork for $hitty rap-metal bands like Limp Bizkit.
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Old 05-23-03, 03:33 PM
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How about Nuthin But a G Thang from Dr. Dre?
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Old 05-23-03, 06:18 PM
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"Good Vibrations" - Beach Boys one of the first songs, if not the first, to be played on the radio that was over the 3 minute mark.

"Straight Outta Compton" by N.W.A. introduced a majority of the world to Gangsta Rap.
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Old 05-23-03, 06:28 PM
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Originally posted by Pillowhead
"Good Vibrations" - Beach Boys one of the first songs, if not the first, to be played on the radio that was over the 3 minute mark.
what about Hey Jude? That thing is like 6 or 7 min.
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Old 05-23-03, 06:51 PM
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" Hey Jude " was released following the White Album I believe. The White Album was released in 1968.

"Good Vibrations" was released on the Smiley Smile album which was put out in 1967.
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Old 05-24-03, 12:35 AM
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Billy Joel - Piano Man
Brought piano ballads to the radio, helped usher in the mellow 70s

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One of the more popular early songs from New Wave (there may be a better example, this is all I can think of)

Honorable mentions (should be mentioned, but I can't quite put my finger on their groundbreaking contributions):
Meat Loaf - Paradise By the Dashboard Lights
Eagles - Hotel California
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
Pink Floyd - Money
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Sugar Hill Gang - Rapper's Delight
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"How Soon Is Now?" Smiths
"Blue Monday" New Order
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