Greatest Classic Rock Songs


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The Top Ten

Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
It's a musical masterpiece and the solo is awesome. I can't stop listening to it.
Shut your eyes and turn up the volume. This song is the greatest piece of music ever made
Rock on led zeppelin
There's no competition
I would say Bohemian Rhapsody would be a distant second
And Bohemian Rhapsody is a GREAT song
So I don't know what it makes this song then
Probably will have to invent a new adjective
Yeah.. The best nothing beats it.. No rock song can ever reach the height of its greatness...
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2Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Freddie Mercury on the vocals, amazing lyrics, and it's Queen... Come on guys why is this not number 1?
How this isn't the top of the list just baffles me. This is definitely the best, better than barracuda and smoke on the water. Now Stairway to Heaven could contend, but this would still win.
Best song because it pushes the limits of rock music yet stays within the Universe Of Universal Beauty. Whereas stairway... Is great but not that unique. Thus Queen wins.
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3Hotel California - The Eagles
This should be number 2 behind stairway to heaven... Really good old song by the legendary eagles!
Real Classical Rock. One of d best Rock song ever. It's awesomely amazing. Should be in top 3.
The Greatest Song Of All Time. There is no denying this fact. And secondly He Jude was not sung well try to understand and listen properly to understand that beatles were no singers.
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4Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
Smoke on the water has to be the most known song ever created.. Everyone knows the riff.. Its on the dodge commerical. Barracuda is the worst song I have ever heard. What arr you people smokin'?


RITCHIE BLACKMOORE IS THE BEST GUITARIST! Jimmy page himself said that : how much harder I play guitar.. Ritchie will be always a step ahead" I feel though the solo of stairway to heaven is amazing.. Smoke on the water deserves to be at number 1... And next of course stairway to heaven at NO 2...

When you think rock anthem, the first notes in Smoke On The Water are the ones who come to the mind of 90% of the population. You really have to think hard to come up with anything else. The beginning hit of Jealous Lover by Rainbow is a close second... You can't even describe it.. Blackmore is king.
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5Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
good memories, my dad showed me all the classicsa dn this was one of my personal favorites
Very entertaining can put me in a good mood to do something fun. Good vocalist and music
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6Barracuda - Heart
Heart needs to be inducted into the rock hall of fame. Why have they not yet been added? Seriously, you have Ann's crazy awesome voice and Nancy's amazing guitar skills... Need I say more?
Classic rock riff - how can you not include it!
HOW DOES THIS SONG AND THIS BAND NOT GET MORE RECOGNITION?! They are some of the hardest rocking women in the industry. Some of the first to rip a guitar! Come on man!
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7Runaway - Bon Jovi
Perfectly one of the few best rock ballads... The guitar is excellent in tune, versatility, and riffs. Congrats to the band.
Absolute the first! This song has my life inside. Bon Jovi for ever! Paola S.
Yes! The best classic rock song of all time! The first song from Bon Jovi and I'm so glad it was written.
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8Baba O'Riley - The Who
Awesome song, awesome band!
RIP John and Keith, you guys are not forgotten
This song sends chills. If freedom had a sound, it's the opening keyboards.
Should be number 1. It has everything epic going on in it.
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9You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
AC/DC IS classic rock. And this is their best


This or back in black or highway to hell or something AC/DC should be at least top 3, but only because stairway and bo rap are almost impossible too beat otherwise it is definitely the best
No barred hold.. This is awesome song ever. Should be in no. 2 behind stairway to heaven eventhough the duration of the song is shorter compared to stairway to heaven
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10Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Love this song... Obviously whoever wrote this list plays too much guitar hero 3... Barracuda? Rock you like a hurricane? Their just background songs!


Beautiful song, the epitome of classic rock


The words are so fitting and are powerful. It describes perfectly to something or someone
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The Contenders

11Hey Jude - The Beatles
Are you serious? This song is a masterpiece! Paul McCartney bamboozled any old fashioned rock son.
It's not in no 7.. It's always number 1 song..
I think that this song is the best I liked too much and the Beatles are a awesome band
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12Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones
How did this song climb so high?
This Song Is Simply The Best!
Awesome song even better live.
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13Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
A great song, by Pink Floyd, THE greatest band of all time, bar none. Just listen to the entire Dark Side album, it will literally change how you view music.
Oh come on heart are lame, wish you were here should be on 3rd and heart on 11, I think pink floyd is a perfection, all of their song are great, especially comfortably numb and us and them
Just an all around amazing song. Always will lift you up.


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14Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Because it has a meaning in the song. It's lyrics are a story. And the guitar sounds are one of a kind, and are very easy to rock out to the beat and rhythmic sounds. It's a classic example of rock music.
Best.. Song.. Ever.. I'm a guitarist going to school for music, and I can say with a good amount of education behind it that Gilmour/Floyd has done something that few other guitarist/musicians can do, and this song is proof of that... To this day, he is the only musician to bring me to tears through his playing alone. Listen to the live version off of the pulse tour, best all around solo I've ever listened to.
This has to be in top 10.. Its not only Pink Floyd's best song, its also the greatest song in the world.. Listen to the solo, its made in heaven.. All respect to Gilmour
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15Paradise City - Guns N Roses
Better than sweet child o mine and welcome to the jungle and the favorite guns n roses song of slash


The song that introduced me to music as I know it today. Gn'R at it's best. Great guitar work by Izzy and Slash.
Awesome song...
can be compared with sweet child o mine.
the bes son fo
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16Imagine - John Lennon
Just listen 2 the lyrics. Lennon was a lyrical genius. He could come up with a simple word 2 match McCartney's tune or lyrics 2 write a complete song. I just hope the world realizes the music genius we lost when he was murdered on December 8 1980.
I this song only in the top 10


Very good simple sounding piano with striking lyrics
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17Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
everything about it is so good: the chorus, the riff. its just the perfect song
This... I just. I don't even know what to say about the gorgeous song. I love it so much. The vocals, the guitar, the LYRICS... Ugh. It's amazing and it's one of my favorites.
This song will never get old. Although there are many songs on this list that I also love. This is the song which first popped into my brain when I first thought of great classic rock. It perfectly encompasses that intangeble sound of awesome 70's hard rock. It truely is a flawless gem, which makes me feel stuff in my... Uh emotions.
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18A Day In the Life - The Beatles
American Pie is the best song of all time, but I picked this one because it's the most significant song of all time. The last true John-Paul collaboration, and the peak of the Beatles career.
WHY, I repeat WHY is this song on rank 64? It is possibly the best beatles song and one of the best songs ever made.
greatest song ever. Easily the best Beatles song, and if it's the best song of the greatest and most inspirational band out there, then it's got to top the chart. Even ROlling Stone magazine says it's number one!
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19Time - Pink Floyd
Sure it may not be the best classic rock song but I'm voting for it because it's the best Pink Floyd song. Pink Floyd is a great band and this song is their best. It's the most popular song from the best selling album of all time! The reason why it's such a great song is because the lyrics. The lyrics are the most beautiful thing you'll ever hear. Forget that taylor swift bull! This is a well written song... The best written song of all time. Plus the instrumental in this song is amazing. I give Pink Floyd time to be at least top ten because Stairway to Heaven is a great song. Pink Floyd fan forever
This is the story of my life.
In my opinion it's one of the most beautiful Pink Floyd's song.
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20Back In Black - AC/DC
Classic rock in A nutshell. Perfect guitars solid drums and brian johnson in top form.
Come on this song I just awesome great guitar and just plain great drums, this song has gret riffs and AC/DC is a great band and if this song isn't on the list then obiously highway to hell should
One of the best songs AC/DC ever wrote, next to Highway to Hell. I cannot watch any music show without hearing the famous guitar riff.
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21Dream On - Aerosmith
I freaking love this song - no matter how many times I hear it, I do not stop enjoying it. The guitar and voice are amazing.
Dream On should be voted up way higher! I can't believe the best song ever is rated down THIS low. Aerosmith is the beat and undoubtedly should this be raised higher.
I will always sing along to this song. It is absolutely amazing, especially in its contrast to other songs by Aerosmith. It has great music and astounding lyrics. It's a song that I will always listen to when it comes on, and I think everyone else should, too.
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22More Than a Feeling - Boston
Seriously? Forty-seven? Why is this song at 47? This song belongs in the top 10. Amazing vocals, an unforgettable chorus, a memorable guitar solo, terrific all-around performance, and everything else required for a song for the ages. Why this song clocks in at 47 simply defies belief.
Legendary song. I turn up some music to start my day, and get lost in a familiar song. I close my eyes, and I slip away...
This is probably one of the first songs I can remember ever hearing. It's a great memory of my childhood. The guitar solo doesn't hurt either
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23Layla - Derek & The Dominos
You are kidding, right? How come, this is not in top 10? Just listen to it, it's amazing.
one of the greatest rock songs ever.


38? Really? Give me a break. Top 10 at least.


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24Tom Sawyer - Rush
I can't believe three guys provide this sound. I think this song and whole album are very under rated. Great group, great song, Tremendous band
If you don't like tom sawyer, I don't hate you. I just pity your extreme ignorance. Tom Sawyer is the BEST song in the world, even including hard rock (which it is) and metal.
Modern day warrior mean mean stride
Today's Tom Sawyer mean mean pride
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25(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
I thinks that the roling stones have the best rock songs of the history
Satisfaction, jumping jack flash, star me up and more all of them so good
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26Let It Be - The Beatles
just one word: "classic" (that will never get old from 1 generation to the other)


It totally rocks and it gives me a peaceful feeling while modern music gives me a head ache
Because I said so that's why
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27Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
I will never understand why this song is so disrespected and put at a disgraceful number 71. This song has by far been one of the greatest Classic Rock has ever seen
One of the best. This is a great song that closes off a great album. It was one of the first classic rock songs I really liked and Roger Daltry's scream will be forever etched in my mind as well as the drum solo, the synth solo and everything else that makes this song amazing to me.


I should've expected Stairway to be #1, but this at #19? This has everything, a drum solo, a synthesizer solo, and THE most recognizable scream in rock and roll history.
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28Photograph - Def Leppard
Shares joy, emotion and a canorous song, that makes me wanna leave the ground.
The best band ever... I love definitely leppard
Best band ever, nothing less of that.

29Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Paranoid, a masterpiece subjective to the spontaneous product of the human mind; did you know that Paranoid was created as a 'filler'? Here's what Geezer Butler said... The Song 'Paranoid' was written as an afterthought. We basically needed a 3 minute filler for the album, and Tony came up with the riff. I quickly did the lyrics, and Ozzy was reading them as he was singing. " Remarkable.
Paranoid is Europe's Free Bird. Classic song by the originator of "heavy metal" guitar-Tony Iommi. Must play song for classic rock cover bands. Long live Black Sabbath.

30Song for America - Kansas
Kansas are the best
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31Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

32Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones most eclectic song is also their best, with the best lyrics, too.
Rolling stones forever an awesome band.
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33Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
The catchiest song ever. Sounds greatly I cream myself every time I hear this song.
The best southern rock song ever written
Best guitar riff EVER! Should be in the top 10.
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34Dogs - Pink Floyd
The rhythm transitions and the solos are marvelous; plus the lyrics are profound.. Long live Pink Floyd
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35Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
When you hear the song you feel power. Greatest band and riff ever. This song creates a exotic atmosphere, lyrics are so good.. And the drums are so magnificent, it's like a song dedicated to god.
The best song ever written bar none. This is because of how epic it is and how vast it is without ever getting boring. It is way better than Stairway to Heaven and any true Zeppelin fan will tell you that.
Just epic, you can't overcome the greatness of this song. The coolest drums, the melodies that run through this whole piece of great song. A celestial hymn from the greatest band of all time..
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36Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
Do I Ryan need to explain why this song needs to be ranked higher? One of the best songs to ever capture the feel of the Vietnam war era angst without ever saying that's what it was. It applies to every tragedy. One of the best songs ever released. Lets vote it up there.

One of the greatest vocal solos of all time. Just Chilling.
In my humble opinion this is the best Rolling Stones song and they had a lot of great ones!
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37Yesterday - The Beatles
One of the best song ever and the best by THE Beatles!
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38The Final Countdown - Europe
Needs to be WAY higher up! One of the most iconic themes ever made in the history of mankind. Easily deserves a top 5 spot. In my opinion, it is the most recognizable rock song made.
This song is amazing!
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39Surrender - Cheap Trick

Mommy's all right! daddy's all right! They just seem a little weird!

You can never get tired of this song.

You can NOT get tired of this song.


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41Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan at 67? Could think of a few others of his that could be in here too. Great song, great crescendo.
WHAT THE HELL!?! THE MOTHER OF ALL ROCK SONGS AT SUCH A LOWLY POSITION! SHAME ON ALL OF YOU! Stairway of heaven is the only other worthy opponent
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42Help! - The Beatles
The stereo version of this song is Amazing unlike the stage version, so just give it a try.
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43House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
This should be on the list a really great song

I don't know. Maybe vocal ballads do go higher in the rankings.


Always been a great song and still is
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45Belladonna - UFO
This is the most under rated rock band of all time too bad the world hasn't been exposed to them enough.every song they've done should be here...Belladonna is a classic ballad much better then most song here If you haven't heard them get any of their first 7 albums
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46Going to California - Led Zeppelin
12 string song of glory! This song is soft and so good

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48White Room - Cream
Eric Clapton was better before he went all mellow with Layla. His craziest guitar is on this track by Cream.
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49Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
What idiot made this list? Imagine is a rock song now apparently -_-. Also, how did Barracuda make it that high. Yea it has a nice riff, but the solo is HORRIBLE!
One of the best rock songs ever! Just the epicness of Ozzy
No competition, it should be number one ]

Randy rhoads is amazing
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50Carrie - Europe
Love the song, and great vocals by Joey
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51Nightmare - Michael Schenker Group

52Thunderstruck - AC/DC
Thunderstruck is undoubtedly the best AC/DC song. The guitar is CRAZY and the singing is awesome. Every time I hear the guitar, I get the chills.
How is this so far down? This has to be on par with the already mentioned Back in Black. Where is Highway to Hell etc? Vote this bad boy right up there!

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54Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Shouldve been a lot higher
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55Space Oddity - David Bowie
This should be top ten! It's beautiful, chilling, and mysterious and very memorable. List should also include Bang a Gong by T. Rex, Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed, and have London Calling higher
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57Nights in White Satin - The Moody Blues
My all time favorite song since I was a teen. Better press, and marketing would have this song in the top ten of just about everyone. Take a listen, relax and enjoy the trip.
Awesome song! Listened to it recently in the movie Dark Shadows
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58American Woman - The Guess Who Listen to sample

59I Want to Break Free - Queen
Number 1 of all time
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60American Pie - Don McLean

I can't think of a song with a better crafted set of lyrics

Possibly my favorite song


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61La Villa Strangiato - Rush
This song is ' masterpiece. Rush COULD NOT HAVE DONE BETTER to make this song more dynamic. The high-hat, snare and kick drum rhythm shows that Neil Peart can do more with only a four piece kit (although he definitely had a bigger set-up) than most drummers can with an eight piece with 12 zildjian cymbals. Alex Lifeson brings this song to life with intense soloing backed by an elite rhythm section. I'm not even that huge of a Rush fan but I think this piece is incredible. Should be way higher.
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62Smokin' - Boston Listen to sample

63Still In Love With You - Thin Lizzy Listen to sample

64Blaze of Glory - Bon Jovi Listen to sample

65All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
Cannot believe I have to put this one in ~
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66No Sugar Tonight - The Guess Who Listen to sample

67Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Love it! One of the best songs ever...
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68You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones Listen to sample

69Something to Believe In - Poison Listen to sample

70Cum On Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot Listen to sample

71Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
"Excuse me, while I kiss the sky"
#74 do you people have brains this is one of the best songs PERIOD
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72Money - Pink Floyd
The best riff for bass ever created, and it will most likely stay that way for a long, long, time.


This song shows so much musical talent. Not many bands can pull off 7/8 time signature.
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73(Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
Classic! Classic! Classic! You can t denied it... I am a fan of classic rock and this is by far one of the best ever in the genre. I think the name of the band doesn t help people to remember it.
Guys just listen to this song and aim sure you all will change your opinion.. This song deserves to be in top 5 position...
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74Walk This Way - Aerosmith
This is my favorite aerosmith song
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75Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
Perfection! "Pour some sugar on me in the name of love" why odes this song not get more recognition! The guitar, lyrics, the whole feel... Its genius and should be in the top 10
This is not classic rock at all. This is terrible music that I would barely even consider classic pop.
One of the best songs ever
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76Iron Man - Black Sabbath

77Light My Fire - The Doors
This song knocked the Beatles out of the number one spot and the Beatles are quite possibly the greatest band of all time. Pretty good for a first hit song.
This is definitely top ten worthy. The Doors are the most brilliant band of their time. Them and The Beatles are king. The Beatles pioneered music and then The Doors turned it upside down. Light My Fire was a massive hit and it is an amazing song. Long live Jim Morrison.
Kidding me? How this song could be 54 it should be in the first 10
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78Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin Listen to sample

79Moonchild - Rory Gallagher Listen to sample

80Jump Into the Fire - Harry Nilsson Listen to sample

81Round and Round - Ratt Listen to sample

822112 - Rush
One of the greatest rock epics. Should be higher definitely. Look it up if you never heard it
Top 15 for sure. This is way to low for this amazing piece.
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83November Rain - Guns N' Roses
I don't know what idiot didn't put this on here in the first place, but this should definitely be in the top ten. Amazing solos here.
One of the best songs ever
If you want heaven. Then listing this song. Best song ever made by human
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84Rock 'n Roll All Nite - KISS
I believe that this song is a true rock fans national anthem
Why isn't there more KISS!? One of the greatest bands of all time! Didn't put out a bad song, and always went hard
I voted this song just to say "True rock fans" don't listen to KISS, who focus more on their make-up than making real creative music.
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85YYZ - Rush
YYZ is a masterpiece without lyrics. It deserves to be on this list. The amazing instrumentalists really stood up on this song.
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86Send Me an Angel - Scorpions Listen to sample

87Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
This definitely needs to be higher, what a great song.
I see a lack of journey on this list
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88Take it Easy - The Eagles Listen to sample

89Big City Nights - Scorpions Listen to sample

90Soldier of Fortune - Deep Purple
I really can't believe my eyes to see such a beauty so down on the list, guys please listen to this at least once, you may find this to be the best recommendation you have ever got.
This masterpiece must be in the top 20!
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91Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf Listen to sample

92Piano Man - Billy Joel
A great song! Should be higher on the list for sure
This should be # 1 by far
No competition
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93Have You Ever Seen the Rain? - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Love ccr and this song
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94Closer to the Heart - Rush
Best song ever written, I don't care what anyone says
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95Don't Bring Me Down - Electric Light Orchestra Listen to sample

96Midnight Rider - The Allman Brothers Band Listen to sample

97Welcome to the Machine - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

98Same Old Song and Dance - Aerosmith Listen to sample

99Hells Bells - AC/DC
One of the best Songs ever! Just listen to the amazing Intro and you know what I am talking about...

100Behind Blue Eyes - The Who Listen to sample

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