1. 'The Sound of Silence'
Three months after John F. Kennedy was assassinated, America was beginning to recover and the Beatles were taking the country by storm, but Paul Simon was still in shock. He'd been working on a new song for a couple of weeks and he went into his bathroom to fiddle around with the echo effect in there. The lines "Hello darkness my old friend/ I've come to talk to you again" came to him very quickly and the rest of the song fell into place, though Simon and Garfunkel didn't actually record the song for another 13 months. It was one of the best songs on their debut LP, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., but it didn't sell and the group essentially split. But in 1965, the Byrds scored a huge hit with "Mr. Tambourine Man" and folk rock songs began taking over the charts. Producer Tom Wilson added a band to "The Sound of Silence" without the group even knowing about it, and the song blew up on radio. The excited duo reunited and the rest is history.