Elvis Presley's 50-year-old classic 'That's All Right' has been named the song that shook the world. The song, which was his first release and which many say gave the world rock'n'roll, was chosen by the experts and musicians as the most influential track yet made.
The Beatles are the highest-ranking British act for the song which cracked the US, 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand', which is at number two in the list for a special edition of Q magazine. 'That's All Right', recorded in 1954, was never actually released as a single in the UK but the Elvis's delivery started his musical career in the US on a high.
American music bible Billboard called the singer "a potent new chanter who comes through with a solid performance" in their review of the track, which he recorded for his mother. Music legend Bob Dylan, who recorded the song himself three times in the Sixties said: "When I first heard Elvis's voice I just knew that nobody was going to be my boss. It was like busting out of jail."
God Save The Queen by The Sex Pistols, a song largely banned by radio stations, came third in the list. The punk classic, a call to arms for disaffected youth, was given a 25-year anniversary makeover last year. The most recent song on the list is 'My Name Is' by Eminem from 1999 which is at 37.
Top ten of Q’s 100 Songs That Changed The World:
1. Elvis Presley – That’s All Right.
2. The Beatles – I Wanna Hold Your Hand.
3. Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen.
4. Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight.
5. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit.
6. Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit.
7. Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone.
8. Run DMC – Walk This Way.
9. New Order – Blue Monday.
10. Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
Source: Ananova / Updated: Jan 13, 2003