“Like A Rolling Stone” Bob Dylan: This was the lead-off track to Dylan’s sixth studio album, Highway 61 Revisited. This song sparked some controversy when it was released amongst Dylan’s fans. His fans were upset about the rock & roll sound of the album, particularly with this track. This song and album were a strong departure from Dylan’s previous folk sound as it had a more rock sounding album. The album was rated fourth best album of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.
“Crazy” Patsy Cline: Come on, we all hate to admit that we may like country music from time to time. This is the first country song that I ever loved! Pasty Cline’s story is one of great tragedy and heartbreak. She died in a plane crash far too soon, but left us with a legacy of great songs. This particular song was written by the great Willie Nelson and is the seventh track of her 1961 release, Pasty Cline Showcase. This song is a standard country song and has been covered thousands of times. Still, Patsy’s version is the best! She is truly a country legend, and who knows, maybe you’ll read more about her in the months to come!
“God Only Knows” The Beach Boys: This song is taken off the 1966 smash hit album, Pet Sounds. Pet Sounds is regarded by many as the best album of all-time. Rolling Stone Magazine named the album as the second greatest album of all-time. “God Only Knows” is the eighth track off this defining album. The song was also ranked as number 25 in Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 500 Songs of All-Time. This song broke a lot of ground for its great production, but it was also one of he the first pop songs to use the word “God.” In keeping with the “Beatles” theme, Sir Paul McCartney often sites this song as being one of his all-time favorites! So if it is good enough for Mr. McCartney, it is good enough for you!
“Piece of My Heart” Big Brother & The Holding Company: Many people confuse this song as being a Janis Joplin song. But that is not the case, although Janis’ is the most famous, it was originally recorded by Erma Franklin. Janis sang the track as part of the group Big Brother & The Holding Company. Their debut album, Cheap Thrills, was ranked #338 of Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 500 Songs of All-Time. This song was also featured by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock & Roll.
A Day In The Life: A Pokadelick Adventure – Kwame And A New Beginning“Ownlee U” Kwame & The New Begining: This Hip-Hop classic was taken of Kwame’s 1990 album, A Day in the Life: A Pokadelick Adventure. There was a time in the late 80s- early 90s when rap began to get a bit silly. The baggy pants, the dance videos, and the outlandish wardrobes. Nonetheless, this was one of my guilty pleasures. Kwame was from Holland, and if you listen close enough, you can hear bis accent!