David Hasselhoff’s hit ‘Looking For Freedom’ has been voted as one of the top 10 most “world changing” songs of all time.
The single was judged to rank alongside hits by Public Enemy and Band Aid in a list put together by experts for Time Out magazine.
The Hoff – who became a chart star in Germany – performed the track shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. And it went on to become a symbol of the spread of democracy in eastern Europe.
It was ranked in tenth place for Time Out’s list of 100 songs that changed history, which was topped by Public Enemy’s Fight The Power.
A panel including historians Michael Wood, Bettany Hughes and Dan Cruickshank, alongside promoter Harvey Goldsmith and Suede’s Brett Anderson drew up the top 100.
Public Enemy ‘s Fight the Power came first, followed by Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? which kick-started famine relief in Ethiopia.
Ramy Essam’s Irhal, the anthem of Egyptian protests against President Mubarak, was third, fourth place went to Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come (1964) – and fifth to John Lennon – Imagine (1971). The Sex Pistols were sixth with God Save The Queen.