500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Norman Greenbaum, 'Spirit in the Sky'

341. Norman Greenbaum, 'Spirit in the Sky'

Writer: Greenbaum
Producer: Erik Jacobsen
Released: Feb. '70, Reprise
15 weeks; No. 3

"I’m just some Jewish musician who really dug gospel music," Greenbaum said. "I decided there was a larger Jesus gospel market out there than a Jehovah one." The crunchy guitar sound came when a friend built a small fuzzbox right into the body of Greenbaum’s Fender Telecaster.

Appears on: Spirit in the Sky (Varese)

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