Five Influential Songs That Made History And Are Still Going Strong

Music that shaped and moulded a generation and helped change the way they view the world and themselves are usually unforgettable tunes.

Music enables us to connect with others and ourselves. We are born searching for catchy rhythms and beats. It becomes a significant part of our lives, sometimes without us even realizing it. We all have songs that we link to our happiest memories, and some music are so unique that they define an entire generation. Read on to find out five influential songs that made history and are still going strong.

The Beatles – “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” (1964)

This song certainly kickstarted the glorious era of the music revolution of the 1960s. It offered the opportunity for the Beatles to gain popularity on the other side of the Atlantic, transforming the band from being unknowns into the most prominent sensation that rock’n’roll ever witnessed. The Beatlemania blasted all over the world through this upbeat track.

Elvis Presley – “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956)

The US during the fifties underwent massive, massive changes, starting from cultural, economic, social, and political. During the post-World War II era, the youth searched for new ways to entertain themselves and groove with the music. Soon Elvis Presley emerged as the icon of this decade by compelling everyone to step out and dance to the tunes of his Heartbreak Hotel.

Country Joe and the Fish  — “The Fish Cheer” (1969)

The sixties’ Hippie movement was a medium to reclaim mutual respect, peace, and

love of nature. The military conflicts of the sixties unravelled the humanitarian crisis, and this song was played at Woodstock and sung by thousands of youngsters begging to end the Vietnam War.

Edwin Starr – “War” (1970)

“War”, composed by Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield, openly protested the Vietnam War and highlighted the desire for harmony in the people’s lives. It was the first Motown song that made a political statement with the lyrics, “War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!” This beloved protest song created the anti-war anthem history.

Led Zeppelin — “Black Dog” (1973)

Even though the Vietnam war led to creating a unique counterculture in the US, British rock was rapidly altering the game. Led Zepellin was the first to represent the rise of harmonious chaos and euphoric music. Their music, especially “Black Dog’ compelled the audience to scream, groove, and reach the necessary catharsis to break boundaries.

Shout out to all the songs and artists that made history through their music and inspired future generations!


Satavisha hails from the city of joy, Kolkata. She took up writing as my profession amid the pandemic when the world was at a standstill. Here, she acquired a balance between her passion for writing and sharing various ideas and facts through her stories.
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