Original Song: Chuck Berry "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956)


Just a really cheap, obvious joke that's not half as clever as they pretend it is: They start out playing Beethoven's “Fifth,” then switch into a completely perfunctory version of the Chuck Berry song (get it, huh huh?), then switch back and forth and stuff—for eight minutes in the long version on Electric Light Orchestra II.

And though ELO were one of the great art-pop bands, here they just sound clumsy: All concept, not much fun. (Dishonorable mention: Judas Priest's “Johnny B. Goode,” a bizarre choice coming from the band whose major innovation was teaching heavy metal the erroneous lesson that it's possible to rock'n'roll with no boogie in your system.)