On July 1st, 1968, a new record hit shelves called Music From Big Pink. The group was simply called the Band. Music industry insiders knew the musicians from their tours backing Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan, but nobody could have guessed the impact they would have. The simple, back-porch vibe of the music was radically different than everything else that was popular at the time. Eric Clapton later said it was one of his motivations for breaking up Cream, and the Beatles even tried to capture this magic with their ill-fated Let It Be sessions the following year.
The Band were together for just eight years, but during that time, they released a stunning amount of classic songs. We asked our readers to vote on their favorite ones. Click through to see the results.
By ANDY GREENE