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'Velvet Underground and Nico'

Critics have marveled at how the influence of 'The Velvet Underground and Nico' from 1967 is so remarkably out of proportion with its sales figures.

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'Like a Rolling Stone'

Dylan's electric performance of the song at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival made Joni Mitchell say, "The American folk song has grown up."

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'Great Balls Of Fire'

There was something about this song that was unsettling; Little Richard was fun, Elvis was cool, but Jerry Lee Lewis was frightening.

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