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2005-08-06 09:07:53 AM  
Anything by Britney Spears. She's awesome.
2005-08-06 09:29:58 AM  
Change = Impact x popularity so I'd say of these 'things' below few are even worth considering. I was into Music when Dylan was becoming popular but he was never as popular throughout all the US, compared to Simon and Garfunkel, for example. Elvis was wildly popular, but Heartbreak Hotel doesn't really have much of a societal or political impact, does it ?

I could keep railing on all these, but to make a long post short, Satisfaction is the only entry in the top 10 that's worth considering, based on its unusual expression of a dark mood iattractive and successful African-Americanadio music, and its widespread popularity in the mainstream pop-40 genre.

For TV show - let's see - "Roots" was watched by everyone and had something to say even if the history was a little fuzzy; nobody watched the Prisoner, except my mom.

If you saw this list of things and had to pick whether it was a set of things that changed the world, or a set of things that are over-hyped...

1. Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
2. Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel
3. The Beatles - She Loves You
4. The Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
5. A Clockwork Orange
6. The Godfather and The Godfather II
7. David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
8. Taxi Driver
9. Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks
10. The Prisoner
2005-08-06 09:33:50 AM  
How could anyone forget "The Ding Dong Song" by Gunther and the Sunshine Girls?

/oh you touch my tralala
//mmm, my ding ding dong
2005-08-06 09:52:04 AM  
Taxi Driver changed the world, if only for the Jodie Foster- Hinckley thing.
2005-08-06 09:57:56 AM  
you can't label any song as one that "changed the world", but for me, it was that classic house tune "the bomb" by Bucketheads, or "Charly" by Prodigy.

/dance music changed my life.
2005-08-06 10:06:03 AM  
'The Prisoner' hands down the best TV series that I have ever seen and it is a particularly sad state of affairs to realise that something like that (just so strange and opaque) wouldn't get made today.
2005-08-06 10:17:25 AM  
not J. Geils, but The Greg Khin Band.

/uh-huh-uh uh-huh-uh-uh-huh
/thanks, thisispete, for posting Mizzou's fight song
2005-08-06 10:26:02 AM  
Yes, I can see how Dylan's song encouraging the rich to be less selfish and indulgent has really changed the world. It's practically a farking utopia now, isn't it?

It takes self-indulgent pop stars to think they make meaningful change. Woodstock heralded the end of the age of aquarius and ushered in the 'Me' decade. Thanks Dylan, you've really wrought meaningful change.
2005-08-06 10:41:53 AM  
2005-08-06 10:42:45 AM  
Bob Dylan's music makes me "change my pants"; I shiat myself because it's so terrible.
2005-08-06 10:53:24 AM  
Now, you may join the Elks, my friend,
And I may join the Shriners;
And other men may carry cards
As members of the Diners.

Still others wear a golden key
Or small Greek letter pin;
But I have learned there's one great club
That all of us are in.

There is a Brotherhood of Man,
A Benevolent Brotherhood of Man,
A noble tie that binds
All human hearts and minds
Into one Brotherhood of Man.

Your lifelong membership is free.
Keep agivin' each brother all you can.
Oh aren't you proud to be
In that fraternity,
The great big Brotherhood of Man?

2005-08-06 10:53:38 AM  
You all are reading too much into the Changed the World term. I think they mean the world of pop culture. That the medium is different after said song.

Like they said, "Velvet Underground didn't sell many records. But those that bought one often went on to start their own bands." So the influence spreads.

I think it unfair to try and name one song. If you look at the top ten of 1962 and compared it to the top ten of 1967 you will notice a big change in song styles, composition and instrumentation. More than can be credited to one song.

}I would like to take this time to say that I think Lou Reed is an A$$hole. I know a guy in radio who had the misfortune to be in the same room with the man about 5 years ago. He said he was very difficult to be around.
}}Hey Lou if you don't like giving interviews . . . DON"T!
}}}Slashes are sooo last week
2005-08-06 10:54:21 AM  
"I Got A Brand New Pair Of Roller Skates" by Melanie.

That song almost made me straight.
2005-08-06 10:59:24 AM  
Roots was propaganda.
2005-08-06 11:00:13 AM  
Once upon a time
It was in Albuquerque, New Mexico
There were these girls that worked at the college
The were really cool...
(They thought so anyway)
The would be delighted to tell you how suave they where
At the drop of a hat

There was three of 'em:
One of them thought she was a Beauty Queen...
The other one was a Walking Blow-Job
And then there was this skinny girl...

Oh well...
Some of the guys in the band got together
With the girls from the college
They were having a good time...
(We were in Alburquerque for a couple of days)
But these girls thought they were Hot shiat
'N wouldn't pooch the guys in the band
On the first day, so...
A couple of the guys in the band
Who were desparate for THAT KIND OF ACTION
Kept workin' on 'em for two days
(Which is a waste of farkin' time anyway...)
So, anyway...
But if that's your idea of a good time, what the hey?

Send those pants up here!
Here's some more!
Okay, good-good!
Traditional cotton...oh, how sweet!
HERE! Work these!

We're in Albuquerque, New Mexico...
A couple of the guys in the band, who shall go nameless
Because their girlfriends might find out
Decided they were gonna work the wall on these girls
From the college
So, one was the first night
When they were still trying to 'get it in there'
(Ya know what I mean? Huh-huh-huh-huh...)
The skinny girl, she says to one of the guys in the band
She says, well, to several of the guys in the band
And one of the T-shirt guys too...
At two o'clock in the morning at the pool at the hotel
That's right, your heard right,
Two o'clock in the morning, pool at the hotel...
It was so fun...
But the water was very, very cold!
So they go out there and the girl who was really skinny
'N' probably totally insensitive to climatic changes
Took all of her garments off and she jumped in the pool
And she says, "HEY GUYS! COME ON IN!"
Well, one of them did...
The other one was too smart for that shiat
So him and the T-shirt guy say by the edge of the pool
And when the girl who was really skinny
(And insensitive to climatic changes)
Took off her clothes and jumped in the pool
She threw her pants over there by the little table

Well, one of the guys in the band picked up het panties
(He told me later the stuff in the bottom
Was like punching an eclair...)
Anyhow...there was nothing else to do...
It was Alburquerque, New Mexico
It's two o'clock in the morning...
They're not going to get any nooky anyway...
So this one guy and the T-shirt guy
Started sniffing the girl's panties...
They were sniffing the fudge and sniffing the glue...
Sniffing every 'thing' that adhered to these
Delightful little morsels
(Some of you might think this is weird...
No wonder. It's not exactly normal, but
What the fark?)
So, they're snorting it...
(Hey! It's the twentieth century...
Whatever you can do to have a good time, let's get on with it,
So long as it doesn't cause a murder...)

So they're snorting the pants
'N' then they put them on their heads...
They were having a good time...
The girl was in the water...she didn't even see
What was going on with her underpants...
They were wearing the pants
It looked just like a tiny little party hat...
Their ears were sticking out the was so fun
Later on they discovered,
This would make a great way of life for them...
They would go from town to town, looking for panties
They would take the panties after they were hung up
On the clothes line
Later on they would take 'em back in the dressing room
They would play with them...
They would fetish the underpants...
They would snort every little morsel attached
To the underpants...and then...they would feel that

And so you can see,
That what we're doing here on stage
Is part of a Great American Tradition
The tradition of the

/can we stop posting lyrics
2005-08-06 11:02:48 AM  

nothing's gonna change my clothes
ever, anymore
2005-08-06 11:08:47 AM  
I always thought the song that unified the world was "God Gave Rock and Roll to You" by The Wyld Stallions!!!
2005-08-06 11:12:29 AM  
Some day, people are going to realize that "A Clockwork Orange" was a terrible movie. Then, they are finally going to stop putting it on lists like this. Sure, you might enjoy watching it. But, I dare you to read the book, and then try to enjoy the film like you once did.
2005-08-06 11:23:00 AM  
Wow.. Did anything that was recorded while I was alive make the list, because all I see is a bunch of "greatest generation" masterbation going on.
2005-08-06 11:31:10 AM  

I would agree that the bohemian tide (at the time) behind the beat movement was fashion, but do you really think the lives and the non-prosey prose of people like ginsberg and snyder were that crass and egoistic?

Or were you implying that the societal importance of the beat movement ammounted to fashion? I think I'd agree there, especially from the mouths of hollywood, but that's always been a problem. The beats didn't change the world, but I personally believe that people like them eventually will... thus i have heard
2005-08-06 11:54:52 AM  
doctor ugs:

I'm not the first to say it, and i wont be the last; but, who REALLY fakrING GIVES A shiat what a bunch of rockstars and actors opinions are??

Presumably people who read Uncut, a magazine about rockstars and actors.

Why did you bother to read the article and write a comment?
It makes it seem a lot like you give a shiat.
2005-08-06 11:55:24 AM  
Does the Star Spangled Banner count?
2005-08-06 11:56:08 AM  

I would like to take this time to say that I think Lou Reed is an A$$hole. I know a guy in radio who had the misfortune to be in the same room with the man about 5 years ago. He said he was very difficult to be around.

Might be true, might not be. You didn't meet him yourself. Maybe he was having a bad day.

I know 2 people who met John Cougar Mellencamp separately. One said he was a prick, one said he was a really cool down-to-earth guy.
2005-08-06 11:56:34 AM  
Gotta love Dylan, and to those who "can't understand him", you take it way to far. Anyone whos not deaf can understand if they pay attention.
2005-08-06 11:59:09 AM  

Some day, people are going to realize that "A Clockwork Orange" was a terrible movie. Then, they are finally going to stop putting it on lists like this. Sure, you might enjoy watching it. But, I dare you to read the book, and then try to enjoy the film like you once did.

I very much enjoy both, and I read the book before I saw the movie.

But that's probably just because I realize that films and books are two very different media, and that a movie will never, ever be the same as a novel. Sometimes worse, sometimes better, but always a very different experience.
2005-08-06 12:11:08 PM  

}I would like to take this time to say that I think Lou Reed is an A$$hole. I know a guy in radio who had the misfortune to be in the same room with the man about 5 years ago. He said he was very difficult to be around.

I know a few people in radio who are assholes.
I also know many people who can be difficult to be around, who are not assholes.

}}Hey Lou if you don't like giving interviews . . . DON"T!

If he was under contractual obligation to promote his album, he wouldn't really have much choice.
And if he had already spend a lot of time talking to braindead radio journalists asking him to sing a few lines of "Walk on the Wild Side" for a station promo (which is not unlikely), your friend should probably be glad that Lou Reed was just being "difficult".

}}}Slashes are sooo last week

ps Post scriptums are the new slashes.
2005-08-06 12:16:16 PM  
Arms Longo

What I mean is that outside of purely fundamental texts, the influence of any given book has generally been rather temporary, in the broad scale of things. This, I call fashion.

This is incredibly evident in academia. You need a scorecard to keep up with what purveyor of truth is fashionable or not.

Many various cultures have been built up by the holy books that I mentioned. We cannot say that about any other books, let alone those of the Beat writers.

For the record, I like Kerouac, and think that Ginsberg is a joke.
2005-08-06 12:19:40 PM  

Post scripta, my good man. Post scripta.

ps Professional Latin-nazi
2005-08-06 12:35:22 PM  
I'd have to agree with the list-makers on "She Loves You" being something that changed the world. Not by itself, of course, but the song was strong enough that it put the Beatles over in the US, triggered Beatlemania, which paved the way for thousands of other rock bands to push up the charts, thus ensuring rock music wasn't going to be a fad (it was said, shortly before the Beatles released their first single as the Beatles, that music industry 'experts' figured the guitar-group fad was about burned out). The change in the musical climate also turned into a focal point for social revolution, and Western culture is permanently changed as a result.
2005-08-06 12:50:03 PM  
MONGOLOID by DEVO. It will change your world.
2005-08-06 12:50:18 PM  
Post scripta, of course!
Thank you, kind sir de_Selby

ps Now that's one kind of nazi I can respect.
2005-08-06 01:02:03 PM  

est nihil ...
2005-08-06 01:14:25 PM  
all you lugs have overlooked this little bit of genius:

They call me Dr. Worm.
Good morning how are you?
I'm Dr. Worm.
I'm interested in things.
I'm not a real doctor...
2005-08-06 01:17:32 PM  

i too have quoted TMBG in this thread ... cheers!
2005-08-06 01:19:44 PM  
I shall lead, says the boy
And indeed he points the way

His feet precede him for he
Has not turned his head

I will come, only wait
Says the man--
Something calls

I shall stay, says the king
I remain
Unimpressed with the world
--let the world come to me

But he watches the boy
His heart heavy with

-Art Bears

/most everything else is shiate
//had to be said
2005-08-06 01:28:31 PM  

est nihil ...

Saving me from further embarrasment ain't no nothing.

Oh, and before this turns into a major threadjack:
"Like a Rolling Stone" is one the greatest rocksongs of all time, but lists like this are always pointless.

ps So how does it feel?
pps How does it feel?
ppps To be on your own
pppps With no direction home
ppppps Like a complete unknown
2005-08-06 01:31:11 PM  

Well I guess I could give the wrong impression by just saying "radio" without more details. This isn't some Clear Channel owned bland station. It is WDET one of the few stations left that have true music variety. The hosts control their own show. They write their own playlists. Each host is a little different, so is the music. Also one of the few stations that play more than Walk on the Wild Side. Check it out, listen live.

That being said, I still think it was unprofessional for Lou to be on air (on air mind you) and give the host a hard time. If he was contractually obligated then he should still make a good public face. It wouldn't have been that hard. It might have sold a few records too. Now, all the young folk who listened that day had no reason to learn more about him.

Not to run on too much. I wanted to spread the word of WDET-FM
2005-08-06 01:48:39 PM  
I'd say that "Blame Canada" should be the top song. It fueled the American-Canadian war!
2005-08-06 01:55:57 PM  
Fair enough, Superskeptic (and that station does indeed look cool), but I still think judging a man on one piece of anecdotal evidence is a bit unfair.

And I'm not saying he's not an asshole, it's quite possible. I gather he tends to be a bit of a grouch around strangers, so maybe that radio appearance was just honest.

Either way, some of his music means so much to me that it's gonna take a lot to make me not like him. I mean, the man is on film calling Scandinavia the worst, most depressing place on earth, and I still like him.
2005-08-06 02:58:38 PM  
Why don't we do it in the road?
No one will be watching us
Why don't we do it in the road?

To be followed by the brilliant lyrics of Wild Honey Pie.

Honey Pie, Honey Pie, Honey Pie, Honey Pie, Honey Pie, Honey Pie, Honey Pie, I love you.

//loves the Beatles
2005-08-06 05:56:26 PM  
I vote for this song:

Or maybe the Mickey Mouse theme song.
2005-08-06 05:59:16 PM

I mean this one. Is there an edit function I'm not seeing?

2005-08-06 06:33:59 PM  
Yakety Axe
2005-08-06 06:56:05 PM  
"That's It For the Other One" - Grateful Dead

World's first truely purposefully psychaedelic superjam complete with depressing slow section and rip-roaring loud section.
2005-08-06 07:12:57 PM  
2005-08-06 09:33:11 PM  

No mention that Bowie is at number 7. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Top 10 list

I'd have to agree on the influence of that one. Literally every youngish person I knew or came into contact with at that time was kicked off the rock mainstream track and into what developed into various alternate musical routes by that record. A few years later the ones who never quite found a new home hopped back on the rock mainline when Born To Run came by.
2005-08-06 10:28:41 PM  
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2005-08-06 11:27:04 PM  
See you on the Island...
2005-08-06 11:39:25 PM  
Dylan is by far imo, the greatest song writer ever. He is also credited by some as influencing the Beatles to write more esoterically as opposed to thier origional, "She loves me yeah yeah" tunes. Dylan also sang out against racism in the early sixties, even though it clearly cost him in record sales.
2005-08-07 12:42:34 AM  

Just so true. "Lay. Lady Lay. Always in my heart.
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