500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Chuck Berry, 'Sweet Little Sixteen'
Producers: Leonard and Phil Chess
Released: Jan. '58, Chess
16 weeks; No. 2
"Sixteen" celebrated kids, America, and the power of rock & roll — an ode to an underage rock fan in high-heeled shoes that included a roll call of U.S. cities. The Beach Boys fitted the song with new words and called it "Surfin’ U.S.A."; Berry threatened to sue and won a writing credit.
Appears on: The Anthology (Chess)