Mother - John Lennon (1970)
Once in a lifetime, a piece of art comes along this raw, this piercing, this honest. While in the process of sorting out his life, demons and myth on the Plastic Ono Band album, Lennon made a genuine breakthrough to open up the proceedings. Using Primal Scream Therapy as rock and roll, Lennon attacks his past, building on the piano, bass and drums until he is crying in the fetal position at the end of the track. This is as punk rock as you can get, six years before The Ramones.Never again would he hit this hard or this heartfelt. No one would.