(by Alessandra Baldini) (ANSA) - NEW YORK, 18 SEP - Rolling Stone shock: in the new 500 songs of all time Aretha Franklin, SamCooke and Public Enemy have ousted Bob Dylan, the RollingStones and John Lennon. The bible of rock updated its historic hit parade for the first time in 17 years and did so in the name of inclusion. The new list was created with the help of 250 musicians, journalists and producers who took into consideration over four thousand songs. Among the 500 chosen, 254, that is more than half, had not been listed in the 2004 edition which saw the future Nobel Prize for Literature, the former Beatle and the band of Mick Jagger in the first three places: all white musicians.
The original list was dominated by rock and soul, now different genres such as hip hop, Latinpop, country, rap, indie rock and reggae have entered the top 500. "A lot has changed since 2004", explains Rolling Stone: "Back then the iPod was relatively new and Billy Eilish was three years old. So it felt right to brush up on the list. The result is a broader and more inclusive view of the pop, a music that continues to rewrite its history with every note ".
The original troika consisted of Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone", "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Stones and "Imagine" by Lennon. Now it's "Respect" leading the way, followed by Public Enemy's "Fight The Power", written at the time of 1989 Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing", and Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Going to Come" which sent, the latter, the pacifist song of Yoko Ono's husband in 19th place unclassified.
Dylan's song remains in fourth place followed by Nirvana's "SmellsLike Teen Spirit". "Satisfaction" has been relegated to 31st place. Seventeen years ago the 1967 version of "Respect" played by the great Aretha came fifth.