286. The White Stripes, 'Seven Nation Army'
Writer: Jack White
Released: April '03, V2/Third Man
Jack White used an effects pedal to make his guitar sound like a bass for this howling anthem about rage and paranoia. The result was the greatest riff of the 2000s and a massive, career-changing hit that has been covered by everyone from Metallica to the University of South Alabama marching band. As for the title, "That’s what I called the Salvation Army when I was a kid," White told Rolling Stone.
Appears on: Elephant (V2/Third Man)