The twist is the best song ever
It was published on March 13, 2014, the no less than 700th edition of the Musikexpress. And it was tough: we had a prominent jury of tens of musicians such as Lana Del Rey, Mark Lanegan, Danger Mouse, Marteria, Thees Uhlmann, Judith Holofernes, WhoMadeWho as well as authors, journalists and experts from other magazines, daily newspapers and radio stations and record labels asked for their all-time favorite songs. The result of painstaking detailed work was nothing less than a list with the 700 best songs of all time including lyrics for each (!) Of these songs, and we have gradually presented this list to you online at Musikexpress.de/700.
Here is an overview of the individual parts of our "700 best songs of all time":
And here after our places 700 to 651, 650 to 601, 600 to 551, 550 to 501, 500 to 451, 450 to 401, 400 to 351, 350 to 301, 300 to 251 and 250 to 201 come our places 200 to 151 in detail:
200th Blondie - "Heart Of Glass"
"The Disco Song" is called "Heart Of Glass" within the band: Debbie Harry and Chris Stein have been working on the song since 1974, and they hide it somewhere on the second page of the Parallel Lines album. The conscience is so bad that drummer Clem Burke refuses to play the song live. If nothing helps: It goes through the roof.
199. Bikini Kill - "Rebel Girl"
"When she talks, I hear the revolution. In her hips, there's revolution. When she walks, the revolution’s coming. In her kiss, I taste the revolution. (...) They say she’s a dyke, but I know she’s my best friend, yeah! ”Never again should anyone say that rock music cannot make a difference. Even if it's just your ass. And everything that is attached to it is good as it is!
198. The Velvet Underground - "Sweet Jane"
John Cale got out of the fight, Maureen Tucker was pregnant, the Yule brothers joined the band and hugging pop replaced the avant-garde noise experiment. “Sweet Jane” contains a riff of the century, was not a hit, the band was finished and after five years and four albums they left the perfect legacy.
197. Randy Newman - "Political Science"
"No one likes us, I don't know why. Let's drop the big one and see what happens. ”Professional cynic Newman with the ultimate satire on American foreign policy of the seventies, which opponents and critics wanted to erase. The perfect theme for a nice piano ditty with vocals.
196. Father John Misty - "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings"
What should you do next in your career planning when you as a drummer leave the not entirely unsuccessful indiefolk harmonists Fleet Foxes? Suggestion: record a dirty, guitar-heavy slowburner, located somewhere between Ariel Pink and George Harrison, about loving diggers. It worked for Father John Misty, you know.
195. The Beatles - "Tomorrow Never Knows"
John Lennon saves the big bang for the conclusion of Revolver: seagull chants, tapes played backwards, a damned ominous atmosphere and a text that copies from the Tibetan Book of the Dead mark the beginning of the psychedelic era.
194. The Velvet Underground - "White Light / White Heat"
Musically maybe the missing link from Boogie Woogie to Punk or from DooWop to Sonic Youth. Lou Reed describes the tingling sensation throughout the body, the threshold between enlightenment, intoxication and going insane. It's amazing how the song is pop-melodic, life-affirming, cacophonic and driven.
193. Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin - "Je T’Aime ... Moi Non Plus"
It is and remains the "fuck song". With a Hammond organ and sighs, which does not detract from the size of the Serge Gainsbourg. It's about sex, you can hear it, and there is - with the exception of Ravel's “Bolero” perhaps - in the entire history of music not a second piece that has so conclusively transformed eroticism into sound waves.
192. Stevie Wonder - "Sir Duke"
Stevie Wonder's bow to swing king Duke Ellington is essentially disco: with a strutting beat and exuberant brass, at the same time full of childish euphoria and sophisticated elegance. A hundred thousand bumblebees can feel this good in the bum.
191. Nas - "One Love"
"One Love", you've heard that ... right, at Bob Marley's. According to Nas, its THC-laden roots reggae was also a model for this figurehead in terms of uncompromising NY rap. A Tribe Called Quests Q-Tip on the beat and one of the best rappers of all time in top form on the microphone.
190. Metronomy - "The Look"
The English Riviera was the ultimate pop moment for the Brighton band. Above all, "The Look" is an expression of this self-image. The “look look” in the chorus is rock ’n’ roll for people who are too cool to sweat on the beach. There is a hot ship off the English Riviera!
189. Radiohead - "Everything In Its Right Place"
The opening track of the experimental, confused and great Radiohead album KID A after the major overhaul. Yorke's voice becomes an instrument, everything old stays in the closet. The madness reigns above all on the stage - keyboard keys have seldom been tortured as beautifully as here.
188th Mazzy Star - "Into Dust"
The heirs of the Paisley Underground (Rain Parade, Dream Syndicate) rely on the magic of calm, quiet tones. Only with guitar, violin and vocals do they transport the listener into a parallel universe of harmony and warmth. It was not until 2009 that “Into Dust” hit the UK charts - thanks to a TV commercial.
187. Brandy - "What About Us?"
The plan to change the music industry with this song may have been a little over-optimistic, but hey, four years after "The Boy Is Mine" Brandy sings over a futuristic beat by Darkchild (you would have thought it only had Timbaland back then given) more self-confident than ever about guys who don't need one.
186. Pink Floyd - "Money"
There is something strange about rock millionaires talking about greed and material consumption. But even if the whole thing was realized with a high level of technical effort: “Money” was created in Roger Waters' gazebo - as a simple blues with a few improvised sound effects. Charming.
185. R.E.M. - "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"
It really did exist: a time when R.E.M. really rocked and wrote real anthems for the Gen X. Listen to the song with the longest track in the band's history - and an obsession for the initials L. B .: Leonard Bernstein, Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce, Lester Bangs. Lichael Bipe at his best!
184. The Faces - "Stay With Me"
Others might be struggling with intellectual prog rock in 1971, The Faces prefer tail-controlled good-time music: Rod Stewart lets us take part in his one-night stand with “Rita”, everything underlaid with rough guitars and a rumbling rhythm. Rock’n’Roll in its purest form.
183. Prince And The Revolution - "Raspberry Beret"
Prince at the height of his art: a wonderfully crazy Gaga text about a first love, a slightly stupid girl who wears the sung-about hat, and when it's warm, not much more clothes. His genre-blasting super radio is perfectly composed, crazy and almost explodes with melodies and sounds.
182. Bruce Springsteen - "Lost In The Flood"
When the boss starts, there is no stopping it. This can already be seen in his early work, which is not very compatible with the stadium, but has concentrated intensity. In this case it's a piano, tortured singing, lyrics full of biblical metaphors, and a band that kicks ass.
181. Oasis - "Wonderwall"
Until then, Oasis were bullies. This is where feeling came into play. The cello was more defining than the loud guitars, the drums resiliently resiliently. Unfortunately, "Wonderwall" was heard too often back then. Today, by far: much better than Travis.
180th Queen - "We Are The Champions"
No rock band has wallowed in unrestrained self-parody with more grandeur than Queen in the song that follows “We Will Rock You” on the News of the World album. On the verge of ridiculousness, Freddie Mercury basks in his own splendor: Since then, there has not been a victory celebration in the world without this song.
179. Led Zeppelin - "Whole Lotta Love"
Led Zeppelin take their blues funeral frenzy to extremes: “You Need Love” by Muddy Waters was so clearly the inspiration for this ode to sexual frenzy that a round sum was agreed out of court in the mid-eighties. The monster riff comes from Jimmy Page alone. And it's about this riff.
178. Neil Young - "Old Man"
"Old man, look at my life, twenty-four and there's so much more ... I've been first and last, look at how the time goes past, but I'm all alone at last, rolling home to you." Age-wise, how only very young men can be with guitars, and accompanied by rock star friends like James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young delivers American poetry that explains the whole of life in three and a half minutes.
177. Dolly Parton - "I Will Always Love You"
The very first lines tear your heart apart: "If I should stay / well, I would only be in your way". An ice cold cut. Not from Dolly Parton's mouth, though. In the quiet country tearjerker about the business separation from her mentor Porter Wagoner, she says goodbye with a grand gesture - the promise of eternal love.
176. The Beatles - "Hey Jude"
The first number on her own label is the longest single in the world at the time. At minute 2:57 you hear an unabashed “fucking hell”. So far it has not been clarified which Beatle falls out of the role here. A single line of text is sufficient for the last four minutes. This is what efficient songwriting looks like.
175. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Purple Haze"
We had never heard anything like it before: a so-called devil's interval as an atonal intro, plus a heavily overdriven guitar and a beat that alternates between funky syncopation and marching rhythm. New rock music territory, filled with unambiguous drug lyrics. Heavily psychedelic.
174. Dexys Midnight Runners - "There, There My Dear"
That was the song that should make the blood run into our veins, the soul hymn that came from punk and demanded everything: style, attitude, yes hysteria. Kevin Rowland stammered this sentence with the fervor of a working class crooner: "The only way to change things is to shoot men who arrange things."
173. Tom Waits - "Alice"
In his songs Waits always invites you to freak shows, puts marginal figures in society in the spotlight. In the opener of the soundtrack to his play "Alice", he describes the controversial fascination of "Alice in Wonderland" author Lewis Carroll for the underage Alice Liddell. With a smoky bar chanson a waits lures down into the rabbit hole.
172. The Beatles - "Across The Universe"
John Lennon himself considered this piece to be one of his best compositions - the words, he said in 1970, were poetry that actually didn't need a melody. We owe the fact that they did get one, perhaps the most psychedelic lullaby in pop history, between childlike dreaming and ecstasy.
171. Robyn - "Dancing On My Own"
The amazing thing about this song is how Robyn gets along on it without all the trappings of cool, just being herself, just being a star. She sings the didactic piece about loneliness on the dance floor as an up-tempo power ballad, a mixture of Madonna and Mariah. Great sad thing to dance to.
170. Smashing Pumpkins - "Mayonnaise"
Even if “Mayonaise” is overshadowed by “Cherub Rock”, “Today” and “Disarm”, it still contains all the advantages of Corgan's songwriting: long intros / outros, Sabbath riffs, sorry big boy singing and concentrated Drama. “I just want to be me” - rock self-therapy at the highest level.
169. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - "Cortez The Killer"
The tempo is dragging, the guitars sound distorted and minutes pass before the vocals begin. You feel like you are in the middle of a magical jam session, being carried away by a bewitching melody. One almost forgets that the content is about the Spanish conqueror and destroyer of the Aztec empire Hernán Cortés.
168. Bob Dylan - "Simple Twist Of Fate"
In his autobiography “Chronicles Vol. 1”, Bob Dylan is monosyllabic about the genesis and reality of BLOOD ON THE TRACKS: It's not about his life, he was only inspired by the stories of Anton Chekhov. If you believe it ... The love pain in the formidable "Simple Twist Of Fate" still tightens your throat even after listening to it for the umpteenth time.
167. Les Rita Mitsouko - "C‘est Comme Ça"
She is the French Nina Hagen, he is the Parisian counterpart to John Frusciante. Together they form a duo that turns the Grande Nation upside down in the eighties: with fantasy costumes, bizarre videos and fast-paced New Wave pop from the brand "C’est Comme Ça", which still sounds perky.
166. The Cure - "Boys Don't Cry"
Out of nowhere, The Cure presented their first dry, puristic New Wave singles at the end of the 1970s. "Boys Don’t Cry" has this intoxicating mixture of sadness and defiance. A single for the boys that girls in particular have always danced to.
165. U2 - "One"
If there is a U2 song for eternity, that one song in which everything, everything, everything is right, then this is “One” with its personal and universal lyrics and this melody that is melting and still melting. And then Johnny Cash came along and made it "his" song.
164. The La’s - "There She Goes"
The definition of jangle pop: guitar picking is still played today by all indie pop bands in the world to warm up; Dozens of cover versions will have been created in rehearsal rooms - none will keep up with the original which - drug reference or not - is one of the greatest indie anthems of all time.
163. David Bowie - "Changes"
Although not a hit when it comes out, this humorous, catchy song is one of Bowie's best-known - not least because the text reads like a manifesto by the artist, who is constantly reinventing himself. Pathos and humor are charmingly balanced, Bowie called the piece the "parody of a nightclub song".
162. Oasis - "Don't Look Back In Anger"
The song that turns die-hard construction workers and football hools into kitties - to be experienced in a touching way at Oasis concerts for years. As soon as the first piano chords of Noel Gallagher's self-doubt anthem rang out, the otherwise tough fan-boys lay in each other's arms. Incidentally, the fifth single from the second album of the British, their second number 1 ever.
161. Nina Simone - "Wild Is The Wind"
Originally sung by Johnny Mathis in 1957 for the soundtrack of the film of the same name, it was not only David Bowie who later fell in love with Nina Simone's smoky interpretation - and covered it. The contrast between the cool adeptness of his studio band and Bowie's theatricality is nothing short of breathtaking. Simone vs. Bowie: 1: 1.
160. Van Morrison - "And It Stoned Me"
What Van The Man would later call “Caledonia Soul Music” begins right here: On page 1, track 1 of the epoch-making album MOONDANCE, folk and jazz, soul and blues flow together to create something completely new. In “And It Stoned Me”, Morrison wanders through blissful childhood memories, draws pictures of a rural idyll and sings the song of praise of friendship.
159. Fleetwood Mac - "Landslide"
Stevie Nicks was the oldest in her twenties here. But she did not lose her elegance even with such fundamental questions - real love, false life. You can literally see the mountains of Aspen, where she wrote the song, in front of you, in their deep dark white and all their monumental size.
158. The Byrds - "My Back Pages"
Dylan, the best folk songwriter of the 1960s, with a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek text about the versatility of one's own canon of values. And The Byrds, the band whose vocal harmonies reverberate into contemporary pop. Taken together, that makes three minutes of eternal music.
Shortly before the “Live Aid” festival, the big pop and rock acts looked to Africa and were amazed at the misery. Toto, slippery mainstream rockers, mostly got their information from books, magazines and television. A very white look at the black continent: naive, hyper-accessible. One of the best mainstream radio songs ever.
156.? And The Mysterians - "96 Tears"
The debut album is almost through, only then comes the title song "96 Tears" as the finale. The group, which consisted of teenagers when it was founded, probably had no idea that they had written a classic with this song. The lyrics about an unhappy love are simple, but the oily and all-dominating psychedelic organ and a catchy tune make “96 Tears” an event.
155. Elizabeth Cotten - "Freight Train"
In her youth in the early 20th century, Cotten spent days on the railroad tracks in her hometown of Carrboro, North Carolina, watching the trains (trainspotting!). At the age of ten or eleven she wrote this farsighted standard in which a freight train is a metaphor for her life.
154. Talking Heads - "Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)"
The opener of the Talking Heads fourth album is a revelation: Directed by Brian Eno, the New Yorkers mix hectic New Wave with pulsating rhythms à la Fela Kuti. In addition, David Byrne mimes the great political demagogue who recites newspaper headlines (“and the heat goes on”). Courageous and visionary.
153. Bob Dylan - "Highway 61 Revisited"
Highway 61 has been sung about in countless blues songs. Dylan's homage to this mythical street is a rousing up-tempo blues in which God, Abraham, all sorts of semi-silky characters and a police siren play supporting roles. The song was released parallel to the album of the same title as the B-side of the single "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"
152. The Cure - "Disintegration"
In the late eighties, Robert Smith suffered from depression, swallowed too much LSD and no longer wanted to write pop songs. Instead he comes up with manic illusions on the album DISINTEGRATION. Like the title track, which his label regards as “commercial suicide”. An eight-minute musical puking over wrong friends, wrong expectations and - even worse - wrong reception. Current balance: three million albums sold.
151. The Beatles - "Come Together"
We're a rock'n'roll band. Basically, John Lennon is staying out of Abbey Road, but he has to clarify that right at the beginning of the album, with a song that lets the Beatles groove like never before: One and one and one makes three, says Lennon and does himself funny about himself and his colleagues with wild puns.
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