Wednesday Question: Songs That Changed The World

For better or worse, some songs changed the course of history. Post your nominations and place your votes here, and we'll post the results on Friday.

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Music has the power to change the world - and you're about to prove that.

There have been some wildly influential bands over the decades, but often their greatest success came from releasing a certain song at a particular moment in time.

Often by coincidence, they resonated with culture in a way they couldn't at any other time in history, and inspired an entire generations. Sometimes they have a negative effect, even when the artist never intended it. Either way, the world was never the same again.

This week's question is:

What songs have changed the world more than any other?

Stuck for ideas? How about the anti - monarchy anthem "God Save The Queen" by the Sex Pistols which inspired British teenagers to revolt against the upper classes; Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" which became a call-to-arms for the independent music scene and nudged the major labels to invest in underground artists through the early 90s; John Lennon's "Imagine" which echoes through the decades and questions our relationship with God and each other.

You'll be hard pressed to find niche tracks for this question, but if you can make a case for a relatively unknown classic that you can justify as having a indirect influence on the world, go for it.

Post your nominations in the comments, and remember to upvote anything you agree with. We'll stack up the results and post them on Friday.

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    Johnny B. Goode-Chuck Berry
    The entire time I was reading all these comments, I just kept thinking to myself why no one had mentioned Johnny B. Goode haha. +1
    Colors is your avatar, and you picked Johhny B. Goode. You win all the prizes sir.
    The song that started it all, without Robert Johnson there would be no rock music. Period.
    I am not sure how well my second choice will go down on UG, but here goes it... Miles Davis - So What Ask pretty much anyone who listens to Jazz "what got you into the genre?" and the majority will say Miles Davis... Or Cowboy Bebop. A Kind of Blue is widely regarded as the greatest album of all time by critics and introduced a huge number of people to Jazz music, So What being the most famous track off of the album.
    Without this album there would be far less 'Help Understanding Modes' threads on the forums. I'm gonna throw in Giant Steps by Coltrane because it tore harmony a new one
    ^ Fantastic album I agree, my favorite Coltrane album is A Love Supreme but I would probably have Giant Steps close second.
    I don't remeber from which song/artist I started listening to jazz. : d Ontopic: Over The Rainbow
    It was definitely Miles Davis for me, all the way. As far as jazz went, there was no other artist I found nearly as interesting.
    if peeing your pants is cool, then consider me miles davis lol (billy madison, anyone?)
    Glass Prisoner
    Crossroads - Robert Johnson
    Don't know how people didn't upvote this more, it basically paved the way for modern music.
    As far as "songs that changed the world" this is it right here. This song is the blueprint for basically every rock song.
    Sadly I don't think a lot of people know how much of a game changer this song was. But if I had to make the list then this would definitely be number #1
    Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
    Also, Velvet Underground - Venus in Furs and Glenn Branca - Lesson No. 1
    Little Walter - Juke You might not know who he is, but he changed the face of popular music. With Juke he had the first (and so far only) instrumental harmonica song to reach the top of the charts. It was also the first song to use distortion, which every single guitar player in the world has used at some point in time.
    Good mention, too. Sadly, the retards commenting here are angry 12-year olds that think that only Led Zeppelin and Hendrix changed the world in music (see the multiple dislikes for the two posts above).
    One of the songs that influenced most of the artists that wrote the "mainstays" on this list. Very important to the advancement of what was to become the dominate form of music on the planet, rock n roll. Good suggestion, wish it actually got some up votes.
    A song totally deserving of this list, I do not understand why you got so many thumbs down, I'm guessing this is due to the plebs in the comments that think Dream Theater and Dethklok are important to musical history.
    Another Brick in the Wall
    Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
    Elvis - Jailhouse Rock (One of the first Rock n Roll songs) Chuck berry - Rock n Roll Music (Made rock n roll a genre, also covered by The Beatles) The Beatles - She Loves You (Beggeing of Beatle-Mania) Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the wall (Still played to this day, no . 1 anthem for rebellion) MJ - Thriller (Made MJ a house hold name) Nirvana - SLTS (Change Rock music as we knew it) Gangman Style - Made us re-affirm that music is now just a bunch of horrible cr@p
    hey hey, what about We're Not Gonna Take It?
    Great point. But it is not a world changing song. It has its own share of fame but it simply cannot compare to Another Brick on the Wall
    MJ was already a household name. Thriller made him a legend
    I am not sure about this. The Jackson 5 were quite popular but not as nearly as popular as MK in the thriller era.
    I mean a "household name" isn't something that you can really measure. But he had hits before Thriller as a solo artist and in the Jackson 5, so it's not like he wasn't already a star. I'm not saying Thriller (especially the music video) wasn't influential and didn't change the world. All I'm saying is I don't think that was the thing that made him a household name. I think that already happened. That whole album changed the world.
    Stairway to Heaven-Led Zeppelin
    thumbs down a thousand times! this song is the most overrated thing going...
    Overrated and overplayed are different. Imagine hearing stairway for the first time. Pretend you have no idea where the song is going from the start...the finger-picked guitar with Plant's ridiculous voice, to when the drums come in, to the change into the final verses. Then smash your face into the nearest wall for disrespecting zeppelin!
    You do know that most of the guitar parts for Stairway To Heaven were stolen from another band that Led Zeppelin toured with right? You also know that, although it's a great song, there's nothing particularly revolutionary about it. They didn't bring hard rock to the mainstream (Cream did) and they didn't bring the long form song to the mainstream (most progressive rock bands were doing it at the time) so therefore it didn't change the world, it just became extremely popular. Just cause it's popular does not mean it's revolutionary.
    everyone knows Zeppelin ripped off stairway from the black keys' Little black submarines.
    who gives a ****? Does that change the song in any way, does it make it any less impactful, does it change the popularity or legacy of the song? I personally don't care for the song, I prefer Kashmir or Fool in the Rain over this, but this is still the most important of their songs, so yes, this song.
    I'm still waiting for the day that people will understand that music isn't a cult and therefore you don't need to idolize bands like they're gods or anything. Also, waiting for people to understand that, despite being a great band, Led Zeppelin revolutionized music just as much as Dane Cook revolutionized the stand up comedy shows.
    Agreed, the most overrated song by the most overrated band. The musical landscape would not be any different if Led Zeppelin never existed, same with Queen for that matter.
    >Coming from the guy with the GY!BE avatar. They're all great bands, and they've each influenced countless other artists. Move along.
    honestly, you just described two of the most influential bands in the history of music. nearly every musician dreams of being in a band as successful and connected as Led Zeppelin, same with Queen for that matter. way to go.
    You clearly have no concept of the influence that Led Zeppelin had on rock music. Just stop.
    ^ Just because they are influential does not mean they are not overrated, Radiohead are influential as well (I ****ing love Radiohead) but are ungodly overrated (OK Computer Pitchforkmedia's greatest album? Please, I can name 100 better albums including Kid A). PS. I like both Led Zeppelin and Queen
    no way!!! Radiohead are not overrated, they deserve every single bit of praise they have ever gotten!!! with each album they released they completely revolutionised music! with Amnesiac they created a whole new genre which now just happens to be the most popular genre around... I'll let you guess what that is... honestly, I don't see where they can go form TKOL.
    Yeah, I love Radiohead but up until OK Computer they were indistinguishable from alot of other 90's bands, Kid A is one of my favourite albums but both TKOL and Pablo Honey are bad releases in my opinion. The band gets so much praise that they are very obviously going to be overrated, even GY!BE (my avatar) are overrated because of the amount of praise they get.
    I guarantee almost all the artists and bands you like were influenced directly or indirectly by one of the two
    yeah, Almost every hard rock band's influences that i have seen have said they'd been influenced by Zeppelin. You may not like them, but don't go around spouting angry bull shit, that has absolutely no basis in fact
    Read my comment again, I did not say I dislike either band, in fact I own the first 5 Zeppelin albums. They may have been influential, but if LZ never existed there would of been a band to fill the void (most likely Blue Cheer or a continued Yardbirds). Led Zepplin's musical importance is greatly exagerrated, especially as Can, Frank Zappa, Faust and Soft Machine etc were pretty much reinventing peoples perception of music at the same time Zeppelin were around.
    you just contradicted yourself. your original comment said that Led Zeppelin didn't change the musical landscape whatsoever and here you just said that they were definitely influential...which means that they did, in fact, change the musical landscape very much.