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Top 8 iconic songs you must listen at least once in your lifetime.

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Music is a piece of art. It goes into your ears and then straight to your head. Music has such a great impact on us. I mean it can literally change our mood. There are many different kinds of music, moods and genres. Although opinions vary on different songs, genres and artists, almost everyone can agree that music, in general, is a source of joy and inspiration. Throughout the years, there have been hundreds of incredibly amazing songs that have influenced American pop culture. But as we all know ‘Old is Gold’, there’s something about the old songs that makes these latest songs look like nothing. Here are top 8 greatest and most iconic songs from different artists arranged as per the year of release from the 1960s, that are very popular even today.

• Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys (1966)

“Good Vibrations” was a huge hit for the Beach Boys in 1966, scoring them No. 1s in both the U.S. and the U.K. as well as many other countries. At the time, it was the most expensive single ever recorded, with a studio bill of $50,000. Brian Wilson composed and produced the song, which was inspired by his fascination with cosmic vibrations — stemming from a moment in his childhood when his mother tried to explain why dogs barked at some people and not others. It’s a classic and highly recommended.

• Hey Jude – The Beatles (1968)

The Beatles are arguably the most famous band of all time, and Hey Jude is one of their most popular songs even today, topping the charts for nine weeks when it was released. The 1960s were a turbulent time in American history, and the song was released around the same time as the protests at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where Americans were intensely divided on their political opinions. Hey Jude’s positive and reassuring message brought people together.

• Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones (1969)

For a song that Keith Richards wrote in 20 minutes, “Gimme Shelter” made a big impression. The opening track to the 1969 Rolling Stones album “Let It Bleed,” it was never released as a single but has been included in many compilation records and has been a staple of the band’s live gigs. During their 50th anniversary tour in 2012, the Rolling Stones sang this song with Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige and Florence Welch.

• Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin (1971)

Many music enthusiasts, especially those into rock recognize “Stairway to Heaven” as the best rock song of all time. The eight-minute song transitions from a slow acoustic ballad to a fast rock song. It has been played on the radio more than three million times, which amounts to more than 45 years if played back-to-back.

• Layla – Eric Clapton (1971)

Eric Clapton was so moved by Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi’s 12th-century book, “The Story of Layla and Majnun” that he wrote “Layla,” which is often hailed as one of the best rock songs of all time. Clapton drew additional inspiration from his own life and his then-unrequited love for Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend and fellow musician George Harrison. Ultimately, it all worked out — Clapton and Boyd eventually got together and were married for almost 10 years.
“It was the heaviest thing going on at the time,” Clapton told Rolling Stone in 1974. “That’s what I wanted to write about most of all.”

• Imagine – John Lennon (1971)

John Lennon’s “Imagine” is literally one of the best songs ever. First released in the U.S. in October 1971 and in the U.K. in October 1975, it was Lennon’s best-selling solo hit.

• Bohemian Rhapsody – QUEEN (1975)

Bohemian Rhapsody was instantly popular when it was released, and although it faced some disapproval from critics, it remains one of the most popular songs ever created to this day. It has been covered by several other bands and has been referenced numerous times in pop culture. The song broke many of the rules of pop and rock songwriting along with opera, and it inspired many artists to take a more experimental approach to songwriting rather than follow a normal structure.

• Smells like Teen Spirit – Nirvana (1991)

Nirvana was one of the biggest bands of the 1990s and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” sparked the rise in popularity of grunge music for the rest of the decade. It reached the top 10 in the charts in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and many European countries. Several bands with a similar grunge style found success throughout the 90s, and many people attribute the success of those bands to Nirvana.