August 5, 2005

"Like a Rolling Stone" vs. "Heartbreak Hotel."

Two great singles battle it out: which most changed the world?

See the Uncut magazine survey where music, movies, and books (of the last half century) were all in the running. Music claimed the top four slots and you have to go all the way to #19 to get to the first book, which tells you more about who the magazine surveyed than anything else. The book, by the way, is "On the Road." The top movie is "A Clockwork Orange." I wonder how far down the list you have to go to get to something done by a woman.

In any case, I'm not sure how "Heartbreak Hotel" changed the world, but it's interesting to see that opinion has crystallized that it's Elvis's greatest single. I always love hearing it. Even just hearing the guitar solo. Quite perfect.

6 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Well, in answer to "how far down the list?" -- "Heartbreak Hotel" was written by a woman, Mae Axton.

Sissy Willis said...

Howard Husock thinks it's The Kingston Trio's rendition of Pete Seeger's "Where have all the flowers gone." Check out his City Journal piece:

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Sissy Willis said...

That's weird. My link went to the Cotillion. Should go here:

Sissy Willis

Dirty Harry said...

Sinatra changed the world.

What's the matter with you people? Has the world gone mad?

Goesh said...

I note the absence of Purple Haze from the list....

Meade said...

dirty harry is right - Sinatra changed the world and gave swingin lovers their songs - right up til dooby-dooby-doo.

Then Dylan asked how does it feel. The world was on its own and left with no direction home.

Swingin lovers were out; the summer of love was in.

Madness ensued, the music died, and it was left up to us to take a sad song and make it better.