Elvis Presley’s half-century old classic That’s All Right has been named the song that shook the world.
The track, the King’s first release which arguably gave the world rock’n’roll, was chosen by 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 gutsy 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 oldest track in the list is the haunting and politically groundbreaking Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday, dating back to 1939. The jazz classic told of the lynchings of black people in southern US states.
Blue Monday’s New Order, which opened the door to dance music for a new audience, is at number nine.
The Beatles have two other tracks in the list of 100 Songs That Changed The World which is published on Wednesday.
The band’s Helter Skelter, often noted as a precursor to heavy metal and the track which reputedly spurred Charles Manson’s bloodbath, is at 13.
And the experimental Tomorrow Never Knows with its backward guitar and trippy lyrics is at 26.
The most recent song on the list is My Name Is by Eminem from 1999 which is at 37.
Other Nineties tracks to make the grade include Elton John’s Candle In The Wind ‘97 at 50, Firestarter by Prodigy from 1996 (91), Wannabe by the Spice Girls from 1996 (23) and Oasis’s 1994 single Live Forever (78).
Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas?, the second biggest selling UK single behind Candle In The Wind is at number ten for reinventing the charity single.
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?