"O Superman (For Massenet)" by Laurie Anderson made it all the way to #2 on the UK singles charts. To me, that may be the most amazing item in music chart history. This is an eight and a half minute piece of experimentalism that manages to be hypnotic without being boring in its repetition of sounds and (in the video) images. It was influenced by the opera Le Cid, the Tao Te Ching, Herodotus, and the Iranian hostage crisis. And to cap it off, Anderson has been going out with Lou Reed for the better part of a decade. Top that, Beyonce!