500 Greatest Songs of All Time
The Velvet Underground, 'Heroin'
Writer: Lou Reed
Producers: Andy Warhol, Tom Wilson
Released: March '67, Verve
This seven-minute, two-chord track spiked out its territory with lyrics about shooting up until you felt like Jesus' son. "It wasn't pro or con," Reed said. "It was about taking heroin from the point of view of someone taking it. I'm still not sure what was such a big deal. So there's a song called 'Heroin.' So what?" Drummer Moe Tucker disagreed: "I consider it our greatest triumph."
Appears on: The Velvet Underground and Nico (Polydor)