Top 100 singles of all time: 76 – Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode

Now an incredible 54 years old, Johnny B Goode is one of the most recognised songs ever recorded. It reached number two in the Billboard charts in March 1958, and has been covered by acts as diverse as AC/DC, Aerosmith, the Beach Boys, The Carpenters, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Prince and The Sex Pistols.

Berry admitted that it was partly autobiographical, and indeed the line “coloured boy” was changed to “country boy” to make it more radio-friendly. The opening riff on Johnny B Goode rips off the opening solo on Louis Jordan’s Ain’t That Just Like a Woman from 1946. Not that anyone minded, so it seems.

I mostly associate the song with Back To The Future.

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