Negative Creep wrote:
Louie Louie being that high is laughable, imo....
Cool little radio sing-along tune and whatnot, but it wasn't a landmark for rock music at all.
You're wrong. It's an all time classic known by people of all ages, transcending rock and roll. The first modern hit rock record in the US, before any of the British stuff made it here. It's one of the best known songs of all time. There was even an FBI investigation into the lyrics at the time.
Dave Marsh ranks it as the #11 single of all time in his "1,001 Greatest Rock and Soul Singles" book.
It's also the #11 most critically acclaimed song of the 1960s, on acclaimedmusic.net.
1 Bob Dylan Like a Rolling Stone 1965
2 The Rolling Stones (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 1965
3 The Beach Boys Good Vibrations 1966
4 Aretha Franklin Respect 1967
5 Marvin Gaye I Heard It Through the Grapevine 1968
6 Otis Redding (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay 1968
7 The Ronettes Be My Baby 1963
8 The Who My Generation 1965
9 The Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever 1967
10 The Beatles A Day in the Life 1967
11 The Kingsmen Louie Louie
How many other songs have had an album of various versions of the song?