10. The End - The Doors
Any rock fan who has ever dabbled in singing knows that Jim Morrison is his own separate entity. Without knowing one thing about music theory, the frontman for the Doors had a distinct aura about him that channeled some cosmic well of songwriting expertise.
Though most of the Doors' first record saw them wearing their influences on their sleeve from blues rock to jazzier material, "The End" is the song that showed everyone just what kind of group this band was. With just a few basic instrumental foundations, the track is dominated by Morrison's voice, as he takes the listener from a lilting love song into the deepest depths of societal Armageddon. While fans had heard both sides of Morrison's voice, this tune is his greatest vocal showcase by a longshot.
Though much of the middle bit is centered around his spoken word poetry, the song shows the evolution of Morrison's singing ability from a tender balladeer with great control to a ferocious animal who will stop at nothing to get his point across to his audience. There had been many rock innovators throughout the 60's, but it was after hearing "The End" for the first time that you realized just how serious rock had become.