500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Booker T. and the MG's, 'Green Onions'

Writers: Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewis Steinberg, Al Jackson
Producer: Jim Stewart
Released: Oct. '62, Stax
16 weeks; No. 3

The Stax house band had never considered making its own hits until it cooked up this simmering jam in a half-hour before a jingle session. "I said, 'Shit, this is the best damn instrumental I've heard since I don't know when,' " guitarist Cropper recalled. As for the onions, he explained that "we were trying to think of something that was as funky as possible."

Appears on: Green Onions (Atlantic)

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