500 Greatest Songs of All Time
George Harrison, 'My Sweet Lord'
Producers: Harrison, Phil Spector
Released: Nov. '70, Apple
14 weeks; No. 1
The first hit for an ex-Beatle, it features Harrison's teardrop slide licks and a melody virtually identical to the Chiffons' "He's So Fine." After a lawsuit, Harrison had to pay $587,000 to his former manager Allen Klein, who then owned the rights to "He's So Fine." "It made me so paranoid about writing," Harrison said. "I thought, 'I don't even want to touch the guitar, in case I'm touching somebody's note.'"
Appears on: All Things Must Pass (Capitol)