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Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone written by Motown songwriters Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong as a single for Motown act The Undisputed Truth in 1971, is still one of the greatest of all time. Later that year, Whitfield, who also produced the song, took the track and remade it as a 12-minute record for The Temptations. This version of “Papa” was released as a single in early 1972, and peaked at number 63 on the pop charts and number 24 on the R&B charts.

Beginning with an extended instrumental introduction (3:53 in length), each of the song’s three verses is separated by extended musical passages, in which Whitfield brings various instrumental textures in and out of the mix. A solo plucked bass guitar part, backed by hi-hat cymbals drumming, establishes the musical theme, a simple three-note figure; the bass is gradually joined by other instruments, including a blues guitar, wah-wah guitar, Wurlitzer Electric Piano notes, handclaps, horns, and strings; all are tied together by the ever-present bass guitar line and repeating hi-hat rhythm. A very unusual thing about this song is that it uses only one chord throughout the entire song — B-flat minor.

Here is the “ahhs” segment of The Beatles iconic “A Day In The Life” that appeared on their classic 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Produced by George Martin and engineered by Geoff Emerick, there used to be some confusion to who is actually singing here but as told by Emerick in his book Here There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles: “Paul’s vocal was being dropped into the same track that contained John’s lead vocal and there was a very tight drop-out point between the two- between Paul’s ‘went into a dream’ and John’s ‘ahhhh’ that starts the next section.”

When Lukas Graham’s 7 Years hit #1 on the UK Singles Chart, it became the first chart-topper by a Danish act since Aqua’s Turn Back Time in 1998. The music video has received over 230 million views while the lyric video has received over 80 million views as of June 2016. Along with the UK, the song also hit #1 in Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, and Canada.

Steve Miller’s Fly Like an Eagle went to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the week of March 12, 1977, kept from the top spot by “Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)” by Barbra Streisand. The single edit can be found on Greatest Hits (1974–1978). Live and on the radio, it’s usually played in tandem with Space Intro, but the song also segues into Wild Mountain Honey.

Written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s, Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) really made its mark in late 1965 when it was covered by The Byrds. The lyrics, except for the title which is repeated throughout the song, and the final verse of the song, are adapted word-for-word from Chapter 3 of the Book of Ecclesiastes, set to music and recorded in 1962. The recording of the song reputedly took 78 takes, spread over five days of recording and likely created a few Biblical-sized arguments of their own in the studio.

Check out what they used to call “magic” in the studio from Gene Clark, David Crosby, Jim McGuinn.

American Woman by Canadian rock band The Guess Who, was first released in January 1970 on the album of the same name and later in March as a single, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Backed with “No Sugar Tonight,” Billboard ranked it as the No. 3 record of 1970.

Shortly after its release, The Guess Who were invited to play at the White House. Because of its supposed anti-American lyrics, Pat Nixon asked that they not play “American Woman”.

Twenty One Pilots released single “Stressed Out” off their album Blurryface, released in 2015. The track went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The track was recorded at Can Am in Tarzana, California and produced by Mike Elizondo.