288. Joni Mitchell, 'Help Me'
Released: Feb. '74, Asylum
19 weeks; No. 7
"I had attempted to play my music with rock & roll players," Mitchell said in 1979. "They’d laugh, 'Aww, isn’t that cute? She’s trying to tell us how to play.'" It took a jazz group — Tom Scott’s L.A. Express — to realize her biggest hit, a swooning confession of love trouble complete with swirling sax break. One rocker, Prince, loved the song so much he quoted it on "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker."
Appears on: Court and Spark (Elektra)