The Rock & Pop Hooks Hall of Fame

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1. The First Second

“Jailhouse Rock,” Elvis Presley [SS]
“A Hard Day’s Night,” The Beatles [SS]

2. Motif
“Pretty Woman,” Roy Orbison [SS]
“Satisfaction,” The Rolling Stones [SS]
“Day Tripper,” The Beatles [SS]
“Purple Haze,” Jimi Hendrix Experience [SS]
“Sunshine of Your Love,” Cream [SS]
“Jumping Jack Flash,” The Rolling Stones [SS]
“Open My Eyes,” Nazz [SS]
“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” Iron Butterly [SS]
“Funk 49,” The James Gang [SS]
“Layla,” Derek and the Dominoes [SS]
“Chicago,” Sufjan Stevens [RS]
“Everything Means Nothing To Me,” Elliott Smith [RS]
“The Court of the Crimson King,” King Crimson [RS]

3. Guitar part
“Sunshine of Your Love,” Cream (Eric Clapton) [SS]
“Green River,” Creedence Clearwater Revival (John Fogerty) [SS]
“Stormy Monday,” The Allman Brothers (Duane Allman) [SS]
“Reeling in the Years,” Steely Dan (Elliot Randall) [SS]
“My Old School,” Steely Dan (Jeff Baxter) [SS]
“Yesterday’s Gone,” Fleetwood Mac (Lindsey Buckingham) [SS]
“Hotel California,” The Eagles (Don Felder & Joe Walsh) [SS]
“Peg,” Steely Dan (Jay Graydon) [SS]
“De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,” The Police (Andy Summers) [SS]
“Sultans of Swing,” Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler) [SS]
“Overture” (from 2112), Rush (Alex Lifeson) [RS]
“Way of Life,” Gentle Giant (Gary Green) [RS]

4. Bass part
“The Other Side of This Life” (live), Jefferson Airplane (Jack Casady) [SS]
“Oh I Wept,” Free (Andy Fraser) [SS]
“Start Me Up,” The Rolling Stones (Bill Wyman) [SS]
“I Will Possess Your Heart,” Death Cab for Cutie (Nicholas Harmer) [RS]
“Roundabout,” Yes (Chris Squire) [RS]

5. Keyboard part
“Time of the Season,” The Zombies (Rod Argent) [SS]
“Locomotive Breath” by Jethro Tull (John Evans) [RS]
“Glad” by Traffic (Steve Winwood) [RS]
“Everything in Its Right Place,” Radiohead (Thom Yorke) [RS]
“Philosophy,” Ben Folds Five (Ben Folds) [RS]
“Hoedown,” Emerson, Lake, and Palmer (Keith Emerson) [RS]
“Fifth of a Fifth,” Genesis (Tony Banks) [RS]
“Piano Man,” Billy Joel [RS]
“Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” Elton John [RS]
“Martha My Dear,” The Beatles (Paul McCartney) [RS]

6. Percussion part
“I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” Marvin Gaye (Norman Whitfield, producer) [SS]
“Lonely Too Long,” Young Rascals (Dino Danelli) [SS]
“Nothing is Easy,” Jethro Tull (Clive Bunker) [SS]
“Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover,” Paul Simon (Steve Gadd) [SS]
“We Laugh Indoors,” Death Cab for Cutie (Jason McGerr) [RS]
“Happiness is a Warm Gun” (for the amazing syncopation and dual meter), The Beatles (Ringo Starr) [RS]
“A Day in the Life,” The Beatles (Ringo Starr) [RS]
“Tom Sawyer,” Rush (Neil Pert) [RS]

7. Vocal part
“Twist and Shout,” The Beatles (John Lennon) [SS]
“My Generation,” The Who (Roger Daltrey) [SS]
“Sympathy for the Devil,” The Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger) [SS]
“Respect,” Aretha Franklin [SS]
“I Will Dare,” The Replacements (Paul Westerberg) [SS]
“21st Century Schizoid Man,” King Crimson (Greg Lake) [RS]
“Inside a Boy,” My Brightest Diamond (Shara Worden) [RS]

8. Horn part
“My Old School,” Steely Dan [SS]
“Penny Lane,” The Beatles [SS]
“The Last Balloon,” XTC [SS]
“The National Anthem,” Radiohead [RS]

9. Some unusual instrument
“Under My Thumb,” The Rolling Stones (marimba by Brian Jones) [SS]
“Apples,” My Brightest Diamond (Shara Worden on muted Marimba) [RS]

10. Na na la la fa fa
“Land of 1,000 Dances,” Chris Kenner [SS]
“Hey Jude,” The Beatles [SS]
“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” The Band [SS]
“Psycho Killer,” Talking Heads [SS]

11. Chords
“I Want to Hold Your Hand,” The Beatles [SS]
“If I Fell,” The Beatles [SS]
“Love is a Beautiful Thing,” The Young Rascals [SS]
“Friday on My Mind,” The Easybeats [SS]
“Light My Fire,” The Doors [SS]
“Incense and Peppermints,” The Strawberry Alarm Clock [SS]
“The Dock of the Bay,” Otis Redding [SS]
“My Old School,” Steely Dan [SS]
“Another Satellite,” XTC [SS]

12. Harmonies, group singing effects
“I Get Around,” The Beach Boys [SS]
“Good Vibrations,” The Beach Boys [SS]
“Won’t You Try,” Jefferson Airplane [SS]
“You May Think,” The Association [SS]
“Windy,” The Association [SS]
“Brown Sugar,” The Rolling Stones [SS]
“California Dreaming,” The Mamas and the Papas [RS]
“I’ve Seen All Good People,” Yes [RS]

13. Cacaphony
“Eight Miles High,” The Byrds [SS]
“A Day in the Life,” The Beatles [JC]
” Moonchild,” King Crimson [RS]
“Let’s Go Crazy,” Prince and the Revolution [SS]
“Information Overload,” Living Colour [SS]

14. Rhythm riffs
“You Really Got Me,” The Kinks [SS]
“Ticket to Ride,” The Beatles [SS]
“Respect,” Aretha Franklin [SS]
“Fire,” The Jimi Hendrix Experience [SS]
“Magic Carpet Ride,” Steppenwolf [SS]
“Honky Tonk Women,” The Rolling Stones [SS]
“Stand,” Sly and the Family Stone [SS]
“Sweet Home Alabama,” Lynyrd Skynyrd [SS]
“1999,” Prince [SS]

15. Atmosphere
“Mechanical World,” Spirit (Lou Adler, producer) [SS]
“Hello It’s Me,” Todd Rundgren (Todd Rundgren, producer) [SS]
“La Grange,” Z Z Top (Bill Ham, producer) [SS]
“Trouble Child,” Joni Mitchell (Joni Mitchell, producer) [SS]
“Lowdown,” Boz Scaggs (Joe Wissert, producer) [SS]
“Dreams,” Fleetwood Mac (Fleetwood Mac with Richard Dashut and Ken Caillat, producers) [SS]
” Dogs,” Pink Floyd (Pink Floyd, producer) [JC]

16. Words
“Highway 61 Revisited,” Bob Dylan (Bob Dylan) [SS]
“Along Comes Mary,” The Association (Tandyn Almer) [SS]
“Sympathy for the Devil,” The Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger & Keith Richards) [SS]
“Rocky Raccoon,” The Beatles (John Lennon & Paul McCartney) [SS]
“Third-Rate Romance,” The Amazing Rhythm Aces (Russell Smith) [SS]
“Saturday in the Park,” Chicago (Robert Lamm) [RS]
Animals (whole album), Pink Floyd (Roger Waters & David Gilmour) [JC]


[JC] John Conway
[RS] Rob Stephens
[SS] Steve Smith