THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
716-Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force-Planet Rock.
1982-Number 53 single.
Best Bit-At 0.31.In 1982 Rap was still in it’s infancy, note the song is called ‘Planet Rock,’ rather than ‘Planet Rap.’
‘Planet Rock’ wasn’t the first Rap song to be a hit, but unlike those that came before, this one included synthesizers, and sampling.It was Tom Silverman the owner of ‘Tommy Boy’ records who brought Afrika Bambaataa, and Arthur Baker (see also best songs 825) together, the other two involved with the making of this groundbreaking track were co-writer John Robie, who played synthesizers, and Emcee G.L.O.B.E., who wrote the lyrics about having fun, and getting the most out of life.
The song is heavily influenced by artists such as Kraftwerk (see also best songs 41,) The Yellow Magic Orchestra, and Gary Numan (see also best songs 177-232 and 772,) and would go a long way to creating a whole new genre of music that was to become known as ‘Electro,’ ‘Planet Rock’ is based on two songs by the German band Kraftwerk,’Trans-Europe Express,’ and ‘Numbers,’ but wasn’t sampled directly, it was reproduced by John Robie on a synthesizer.Although Kraftwerk didn’t receive writing credits, they did come to an agreement over royalties. Another track which was sampled was the synthesizer arrangement from the 1972 cover of ‘Theme From For a Few Dollars More,’ by the group Babe Ruth.’
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