Best Songs About Rock 'n' Roll


Any song, rock or otherwise, that talks, screams, gyrates or in any way comments on the genre of Rock 'n' Roll. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

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Rock 'n' Roll - Led Zeppelin
Been a long time since I...

2 Guitars and a screamin' lead singer. What else could you want. Direct and rockin'

Plain out rock and roll at the core
Its been a long time
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2I Love Rock 'N Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
The best song of 1982


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3Takin' Care of Business - Bachman-Turner Overdrive Listen to sample

4We Will Rock You - Queen Listen to sample

5Rock N' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution - AC/DC

6Rock You Like a Hurricane - The Scorpions Listen to sample

7It's A Long Way To The Top - AC/DC
Anthemic from start to finish and pure rock brilliance to put bagpipes right along side the instrument of rock 'n roll. It crunches and it soars while still remaining true to rock n roll roots.

GREAT! I love AC/DC. I love the bagpipes in this song also. Awesome!
Any rock song that has a bagpipe solo is awesome.
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8Rock and Roll All Nite - KISS
One of the only bands on this list that is still rocking out in arenas today. Rock and Roll all Night is the anthem to all partys anywhere
kiss rocks
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9Rockin' in the Free World - Neil Young Listen to sample

10Let There Be Rock - AC/DC
Love this song. Its my favorite of all AC/DC songs


The Contenders

11I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister Listen to sample

12For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC

13Rock and Roll Music - Chuck Berry

Chuck started it all and the Beatles covered it nicely.

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14Rockin' All Over the World - Status Quo Listen to sample

15So You Want To Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star - The Byrds

Petty does a nice live cover of this classic song.

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16Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

Talkin' 'bout perceptions. So easy to be a musician. Ask anyone...

Why is it that whenever a song is sung in First Person, and it APPEARS it is the opinion of the singer or writer, there is a lot of controversy? This one and 'Short People' by Randy Newman got a lot of flack for its content. Both are about prejudice as seen from the bigot's view.

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17Truckin' - Grateful Dead

Probably the reason the Dead let their fans video tape and tape record their music/shows is that no one would have remembered them unless they were archived somehow. Ah, to have been there...or was I?

18Play Guitar - John Mellencamp

He says it direct, "Forgit all that macho s*** and learn how to play guitar". He could not have written a more basic rock 'n' roll song than this one. Mellencamp even injects a bit of the 'ole garage band into the piece. I never git tired of listening to this one. Lotsa fun.

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19Beelzeboss - Tenacious D Listen to sample

20Rock 'n' Roll High School - The Ramones Listen to sample

21American Pie - Don McLean
Though "coded" in most cases, this song mentions The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Dylan, The Stones, Chuck Berry, Janis Joplin, The Byrds, Alan Freed, Phil Spector, of course Buddy Holly, and several more.
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22There's Only One Way to Rock - Sammy Hagar Listen to sample

23I Was a Punk Before You Were a Punk - The Tubes

A funny song from THE Rock Satirists whose stage show was intense, sexy, sensual (especially with Re Styles) and with an acrid taste to it. This song from their live album, "What Do You Want From Live" gores all the punks who were basically low-lifes that burned out quickly (i.e., no talent and lots of personal problems). Skewered and served up with relish.

24Long Live Rock 'n Roll - Rainbow Listen to sample

25Rock of Ages - Def Leppard

26Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? - The Ramones
Rock music doesn't deserve to be generic, don't you agree?
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27Rockaway Beach - The Ramones Listen to sample

28Eagle Rock - Daddy Cool Listen to sample

29Rock n Roll N***** - Patti Smith Listen to sample

30Rock and Roll Band - Boston Listen to sample

31Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution - AC/DC
A power ballad from AC/DC. but it's a tribute to rock and roll
Heavy decibels are playing on my guitar
We got vibrations comin' up from the floor
We're just listening' to the rock
That's givin' too much noise
Are you deaf you wanna hear some more
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32It's Only Rock 'n' Roll - The Rolling Stones
But I like ithah...

The playfulness that Jagger puts into the vocals is almost contradictory to Rock yet along side the 2 guitar attack and rhythm section of Watts and Wyman this song say loud and clear... I like it tah...

Wicked vocals, fun song
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33Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll - Ian Dury and the Blockheads

Lotsa of fun (like rock and roll), sounds dirty (like rock 'n' roll), makes fun of and is rock 'n' roll.

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34A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy - The Kinks

Always expect Ray Davies to serve up something different when commenting on any subject. Not back beat here, just a good solid song.

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