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The greatest Rock n Roll song is...

Discussion in 'Music' started by David Hobbes, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. David Hobbes

    David Hobbes Stunt Coordinator

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    Johnny B Goode...

    from Wikipedia...summing up why Johnny B Goode is the greatest song...


    The song's impact on the rock 'n' roll world is immeasurable. Virtually every guitarist learns to play it early and its riffs and memorable guitar licks show up in the recordings of many of them later in their careers.

    For example, legions of guitarists rubbed their fingers raw trying to duplicate the startlingly original note-bending sounds of the intro to "Johnny B. Goode," which expanded on the techniques of blues musicians who were still warming to electric guitars. Yet the Beach Boys' signature song, "Fun Fun Fun", recorded in 1964, begins with that intro, copied so effortlessly and flawlessly by the studio musician Glen Campbell that it generates not a bit of tension. Berry's style is a standard in every rock and roll guitarist's repertoire. This song, arguably, had much to do with the establishment of the guitar as the lead instrument in rock and roll, rather than the piano or the tenor saxophone, both of which had been in the running since the emergence of the genre.
     
  2. Craig S

    Craig S Producer

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    Amen. As Bob Seger said
     
  3. Aaron Silverman

    Aaron Silverman Executive Producer

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    . . .completely subjective! [​IMG]

    You can make a good case for Johnny B. Goode being the most influential rock song, though.
     
  4. andrew markworthy

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    I seriously doubt if any song can lay claim to being the most influential. It's like trying to decide whether it's the flour, eggs or sugar that's the most influential ingredient in a cake mix.

    For example, imagine the state of rock and roll without the key songs of Robert Johnson, Buddy Holly, Leiber and Stoller, Jerry Lee Lewis, etc, etc. Chuck Berry pioneered one rather raucous type of rock and roll, but, with all due respect, it would be a musically limited form if it had stayed within the confines of CB's songwriting ambit. Also consider the profound effect that Buddy Holly, George Martin and Phil Spector had on song production.
     
  5. Keith Paynter

    Keith Paynter Screenwriter

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    ...not yet written... [​IMG]

    ...and until you can get every music critic/fan/buyer to agree, I would continue to hold that opinion.
     
  6. Jonathan Peterson

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    "Stairway to Heaven" was the song that sprang to mind when I read this topics title.
     
  7. Russell G

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    i thought "Like A Rolling Stone", just startling original as a single.

    Can't argue with chuck though, like carl perkins, buddy holly, little richard... [​IMG]

    He was the man.
     
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    ElevSkyMovie Supporting Actor

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    Tiptoe through the Tulips. [​IMG]
     
  9. Jim Rakowiecki

    Jim Rakowiecki Stunt Coordinator

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    The greatest Rock song in the world is the song I'm going to listen to next.
     
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    ??? yeesh.
     
  11. PhilBoy

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    'Brown Sugar'.

    "Go cosave she bown for coddon feels......."
     

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