Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Art Rock songs of all time 2017, The Art Rock genre started in the late 60s early 70s and was affected by the changing culture all over the world. One of its biggest contributors was Andy Warhol which is world known for his artistic contribution to society.
Here we present the list of top 10 best Art Rock songs of all time 2017.
10. King Crimson “Moon Child”
This song was on King Crimsons debut album. This song is broken into multiple pieces. The first piece is called the dream and is a mellotron-driven song where the second part is called the illusion is a freeform play by all the band members.
09. Kate Bush “Wuthering Heights”
This was Kate’s single debut in the UK during 1978. It reached number one on the Billboard top 100 charts and stayed there for a whopping four weeks. The song has a powerful guitar solo during its recording which helped pushed the song into the Art Rock category. This song in particular was redone in 1989 and has the guitar solo increased in volume.
The song was written by Kate Bush based on a book also titled “Wuthering Heights.” She included words from the book into the lyrics while not infringing on any copyrights. The recording company insisted on Kate’s debut being a different song but with Kate’s persistence and devotion to the song they ended up agreeing on releasing Wuthering Heights. This song rose to the number one position not only in the UK but also in Italy, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.
08. Iggy Pop “The Passenger”
Iggy Pop has always been a music revolutionary and all of his pieces have been very artistic in composition. This song has been used in multiple movies and commercials and shows a unique side of Iggy Pop. Shortly after the release of this song Iggy Pop he was signed into a rehabilitation for heroin addiction. Interesting fact: while in rehabilitation one of his most frequent visitors was David Bowie.
07. Emerson, Lake and Palmer “Lucky Man”
This band was formed in London during 1970 and was known for their progressive art rock style. They became extremely popular during their first year as a band after performing at The Isle of Wight Festival and signing with Atlantic Records. This song in particular is interesting because it was written by Lake when he was only twelve years old.
06. The Velvet Underground “Pale Blue Eyes”
This band is extraordinary and gained momentum over time because it was being managed by Andy Warhol who was known for his modern art. They didn’t gain a lot of popularity during their performance years but later gained popularity for their unique music style and mixing it with avant-garde art. Their personalities were extremely nihilistic and the lyrics were known for being quite provocative. This song is well known for it’s contradictory nature of being both happy and mad at a lover.
05. Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall”
This album/song came out in 1979 is popular for its story telling quality and interesting inventive sounds. This is the highest certified album in the United States and has sold over 11 million copies. The entire album covered a story following a character named Pink. This song successfully reached number on in multiple countries and multiple Billboard Charts.
04. John Lennon “Working Class Hero”
John Lennon after some lengthy therapy with Yoko Ono released his first solo album Plastic Ono Band. This song was featured on it and created a great deal of negative feedback for using the phrase “you’re still fu*king peasants.” This song was intended as a lash back at the social bourgeoisie system and discusses the different social classes. The sound and construction of the song is extremely simple: just John Lennon and an acoustic guitar. It was so offensive that Australia published the album with the expletives censored in both the album sleeve and the song itself.
03. Radiohead “Creep”
This art rock band from England is lead by singer Thom York. This song received great reviews from the moment it was released in 1992. The song received so much praise that fans of Radiohead rarely requested to hear any song other than Creep. The band very quickly created a distaste for the song and during the mid-90s they refused to play it. The song would not be played live again by them until 2016. The song was originally written by Thom York in the mid-80s while at Exeter University. Prince covered this song once at a Coachella concert; the video was recorded by a fan and put on the internet. Prince ended up asking to have it removed and Radiohead requested to keep it up.
02. Frank Zappa “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow Suite”
Frank is well known for his non-conformity and artistic behavior. The suite makes four tracks. The song follows an Eskimo named Nanook. Even though it is four separate songs it is considered one long song because of how the songs introduce themselves into one another and reference back to previous songs in the suite. It is a very complex group of songs that a tell a long story and that’s what makes it the second greatest art rock song in history.
01. David Bowie “Space Oddity”
This song was the first song by David Bowie to make it into the top 5 spots in the UK music charts. The song is about a fictional astronaut named “Major Tom.” It was renowned and acknowledged for its unique composition and lack of musical conformity. It became popular and climbed the charts instantly. Both the public and music critics alike raved about the song. The song has been both referenced and used in many different shows, commercials and movies. It’s most recent usage was in Mr Deeds and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Whether you are a fan of art rock or just like some of the bands on the list or maybe you need something new to listen to; there should be something on this list that will please your ears. The art rock scene started in the 70s and is still going strong today. It has affected rock music over the years as well as the new genre Alternative.