1. ‘Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)’ by Sly and the Family Stone
Some have pegged ‘Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),’ which landed the cozy No. 1 spot on the soul singles charts for a whopping five weeks, as a portrait of the transition from the ’60s to the ’70s. Others argue that the track is, simply put, a Walt Whitman–style celebration of the self. Whatever the case may be, the song’s instantaneously recognizable slap-bass riff and playful mondegreen of a title help make it one of the most legendary funk tunes of all time.