Musicians: 60 Minutes of Music! What songs have been most influential to you?

Guitar World used to ask popular guitarists to make a 60-minute playlist with the songs that have influenced them the most. So if you are a musician (especially if you write your own music), what songs have had the most influence on your sound?

They don't have to be in any particular order. The combined length of the songs just has to total 60 minutes (a minute or two more or less is fine). You may include the same artist more than once, if you so choose.

Mine are...
Metallica - Master of Puppets (8:38)
Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark (7:17)
Aerosmith - Dream On (4:25)
Judas Priest - Hellrider (6:24)
Soilwork - Stabbing The Drama (4:34)
Disturbed - Prayer (3:41)
Black Sabbath - Iron Man (5:58)
Alter Bridge - Addicted To Pain (4:17)
Ozzy - Crazy Train (4:55)
Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens - Top Gun Anthem (4:10)
Creed - Higher (5:16, the song that made me want to play guitar)

And with that, my playlist clocks in at about 59 minutes.

What songs have been most influential to you?


Most Helpful Guy

  • Twilight Zone Golden Earring
    Imagine... Revolution John Lennon
    Whole Lotta Love Zeppelin (4+ min. copulation)
    Love Bites Def Leppard
    Keep on Loving You REO Speedwagon
    I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor


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What Guys Said 1

  • I'm not getting into all that time crap but I will say the most influential artist and song that made me pick up a guitar is Steve Howe, Mood For A Day. Other influential guitarists and songs are,
    Steve Howe, Clap
    Steve Howe (as part of Yes), Yours Is No Disgrace
    Jimmy Page (as part of Led Zeppelin) The Song Remains The Same (live)
    Dickey Better (as part of The Allman Brothers) Jessica
    Eric Johnson, Song For George
    Alex Lifeson (as part of Rush), Broons Bane