500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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

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Weezer, 'Buddy Holly'

499. Weezer, 'Buddy Holly'

Writer: Rivers Cuomo
Producer: Ric Ocasek
Released: Aug. '94, DGC
21 weeks; No. 18

In the early 1990s, Cuomo had an awkward girlfriend who was routinely picked on. His efforts to stick up for her inspired Weezer's breakthrough, a track whose bubble-grunge hooks and lines such as "I look just like Buddy Holly/And you're Mary Tyler Moore" helped the band reach a nation of pop-minded suburban punks. It also earned Weezer autographed photos from the real Mary Tyler Moore.

Appears on: Weezer (Geffen)

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