500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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

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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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