9. 'I Am a Rock'
When Simon and Garfunkel's 1964 debut album Wednesday Morning, 3 AM tanked, Paul Simon headed to England alone and began recording and gigging as a solo artist. "I Am a Rock" – the tale of an emotionally shattered man who hides away from the world – was first released on The Paul Simon Songbook in England in 1965.
Right around that time, folk rock was exploding in America. Columbia producer Tom Wilson took Simon and Garfunkel's acoustic "The Sound of Silence" and added in a band, the exact same day he produced "Like a Rolling Stone" for Bob Dylan. It became a big hit and Simon headed home from England to reunite with Garfunkel. They cut "I Am a Rock" for the second album, Sounds of Silence, and it hit Number Three on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the start of the band's incredible six-year run.