I think it's a great list by the way. I would have "Strawberry Fields Forever" much higher because of the mellotron, the fade-out coda and the arrangment.I'm not opposed to moving it up.......what were you thinking ?
As a whole I like the list a lot and I actually explored a lot of the songs on this list.
I think for it's influence on Brian Wilson, Syd Barrett, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix listen to the title track "Are You Experienced" backward parts and how it was influential on record producers at the time. The fact this radical sound for pop music was a top ten hit in the states is kind of amazing IMO. I think the sound textures on this track sound nothing like it before.
Brian Wilson first heard the song on his car radio whilst driving, and was so affected that he had to stop and listen to it all the way through. He then remarked to his passenger that The Beatles had already reached the sound the Beach Boys had wanted to achieve. Paul Revere & The Raiders were among the most successful US groups during 1966 and 1967, having their own Dick Clark-produced television show, Where the Action Is. Mark Lindsay (singer/saxophonist) heard the song on the radio, bought it, and then listened to it at home with his producer at the time, Terry Melcher. When the song ended Lindsay said, "Now what the fuck are we gonna do?" later saying, "With that single, The Beatles raised the ante as to what a pop record should be".
The Musical Influences of Syd Barrett
'Strawberry Fields Forever'
(single 17 February 1967)
*'Strawberry Fields Forever' marked the way for Barrett in its revolutionary use of poetic images and superb psychedelic arrangement. It was released just ten days before the sessions for 'Arnold Layne', which bears its influence.