4. The Kinks - 'You Really Got Me'
When the Kinks were recording "You Really Got Me" in July of 1964, guitarist Dave Davies didn't like his guitar tone. Out of frustration, he sliced the speaker cone of his guitar amplifier with a razor blade. The result was the famous distortion that forever changed rock & roll. The Who did their best to ape the sound on their first few singles, resulting in "I Can't Explain." Unlike some British Invasion bands that crapped out after a few great songs, the Kinks kept it going for three decades. There are constant rumors of a reunion, but so far nothing has happened.