THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
405-John Cougar-Jack & Diane.
1982-Number 25 single.
Best Bit-At 0.10.They are probably the most famous musical couple, especially in America,but do you know who sang about these other twosomes? Romeo and Juliet,Bonnie and Clyde,Brenda and Eddie,Tommy and Gina,Judy and Johnny.
At the insistence of his record company he started his career as Johnny Cougar but finally got his own way once successful by adding his real surname Mellencamp.
He is one of the most influential artists in the genres of Folk Rock,Roots Rock and Country Rock,Johnny Cash called Mellencamp ‘One of the best 10 songwriters’ in music.
Jack and Diane is the tale of two American teenagers who take their relationship to levels they are not ready to cope with and they realise that being sixteen and carefree is better than being grown up with life’s responsibilities.
Mellencamp has made a special point of pointing out the importance that the late Mick Ronson made in the overall structure of the song.
‘Jack he sits back,collects his thoughts for a moment scratches his head and does his best James Dean.’
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