Label: Capitol
Year: 1977

Why?: Kraftwerk's song about the Trans Europ Express spread it's influence to a number of genres, from hip-hop to dance music

While a song about a trasnit line would be the last place we'd imagine creative influence coming from, there's something about the mechanical funk of Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express," which has been sampled by everyone from Afrika Bambaata to Paul Oakenfold. The legendary Grandmaster Flash said it's a record that "mixes itself," joking that he could drop a needle on the record, go to the bathroom, and not worry about the club slowing down. No need to cut it, and so inspiring.