Chuck Berry, 1955

Originally called "Ida Red," this song was on the homemade demo tape Berry brought to Chess Records co-founder Leonard Chess, and Chess signed him up after hearing it. During the May 21, 1955 recording session, the title was changed. Though it only made it to the mid 20s on the singles chart, the influence of this song cannot be overstated. It shouldn’t be a mystery why this song is so important. "Maybellene" is the prototypal rock and roll song. It has all the essential elements of rock: women, cars, breaking the rules, and a fantastic guitar solo.