500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Neil Young, 'Heart of Gold'

Writer: Young
Producers: Elliot Mazer, Young
Released: Feb '72, Reprise
14 weeks; No. 1

Before he started Harvest, in 1971, Young suffered a slipped disc and spent two years in and out of hospitals: "I couldn’t physically play an electric guitar," he told Rolling Stone. So he cut a collection of mellow tracks while he was in Nashville to appearon Johnny Cash’s variety show, with a crew of local session players. The yearning "Heart of Gold" is Young’s only Number One hit.

Appears on: Harvest (Warner Bros.)

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