Greatest Classic Rock Songs


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1Stairway 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...

These top 3 are all on my favorites playlist. But where's won't get fooled again?

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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.

Rock music is not only about heavy music, its also about variations it uses, story it tells, and Bohemian Rhapsody is like Symphony number 9 of Beethoven (if you know what I mean). So this starts with slow soothing piano solo, amazing vocal, opera like signing patterns, amazing guitar solo, outstanding lyrics, A story which will never get old. This Rhapsody should be number one rock song of all times.

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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.

Too good to be ranked 3.

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4Free 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! - Jonuskong

If people could have been up close and seen this song played live, they would easily vote this song #1. I have seen Jimmy l've do his solo and although iconic and legendary, it pales in comparison to Alan Collins and Gary Rossington's live performance to Freebird's guitar lead. What few people know is that they played those simultaneously and seamlessly giving the sound of what most people believe as one lead guitar playing. If you listen closely you can here two distinct guitars from the beginning and about midway through they split into their own tracks. Had I not witnessed this first hand standing less than 10 feet away with Ronnie Van Zant standing between them I would have continued to believe it was one guitar lead with another playing rhythm. It was an awesome concert back in 1975 Brussels, Belgium on their world tour.

Beautiful song, the epitome of classic rock - RedStripedd

Tough to beat. Has it all in one song. Methodical, medium fast and fast. Very progressive. Everyone knows it and can relate to it. A real classic and timeless tune. Great stuff.

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5Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

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.

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.

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

So good, tells a story, much better than stairway

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6Carry 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.

This gets my vote as the greatest classic rock song of all time. It's so full of power, passion and poignant lyrics. The music stops and turns on a dime then redirects itself. This is one of the few radio songs I never get tired of.

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7Baba 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.

Great song The Who at its best

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8Wish 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. - lasky21

Pink Floyd has many songs and this is a very heart felt sad one. - Music_Lover123

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9You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC

AC/DC IS classic rock. And this is their best - cowboyskid2

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

Love this song and ac/dc

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10Rock 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

Honestly, guys, come on, are all the people who vote on this list Guitar Hero fans. Because this song doesn't deserve a Top 10 placement. It's honestly not that great. Maybe around 99, 98 or so would do it good.

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The Newcomers

?Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC
?Squealer - AC/DC


The Contenders

11(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones

Not only is it a better song than Paint It Black, it's way catchier and better-crafted than Don Henley's morose and bloated Steely Dan knockoff, Hotel Can-I-Bore-Ya.

This is better then paint it black. It's a great song with a great riff.

The guitar riff is great but that's about all the song has going for it.

Should be in top ten, just remove any Pink Floyd song; the Stones are far more talented.

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12Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones

How is this better than Gimme Shelter

The sitar intro is uniquely epic. The lyrics hit home and the beat never goes wrong.

Great song and the lyrics are just as meaningful today as they were 45 years ago

Best song by the Stones no competition

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13Back In Black - AC/DC

Classic rock in A nutshell. Perfect guitars solid drums and brian johnson in top form.

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.

Awesome song. Awesome guitar riffs, solo and vocals which makes you play the song over and over again! It is one of the best AC/DC songs ever and will always be one of the best rock songs of all time.

In my opinion those Pink Floyd songs don't even amount to this song

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14Hey 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

This should always be number 1!

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15A Day In the Life - The Beatles

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!

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.

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.

Greatest song of the rock. - BruceStark

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16Smoke 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'? - superguy35

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...

Yet this list is about the best rock Song - not about the best guitar player or performance. - Billyv

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.

The first song every body learns to play in guitar...

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17Dream On - Aerosmith

I 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.

This song just speaks to you on so many volumes and really defines what a rock song is. Todays music is all about telling your story and a fantasy you want to live in. But what dream on does best is it's a sing that has a different meaning from each and every perspective. This is when music was not about me but we.

Great, just music at its finest

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18Paradise City - Guns N Roses

Better than sweet child o mine and welcome to the jungle and the favorite guns n roses song of slash - ronluna

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.

This song made me want to live where the grass is green and the girls are pretty

Gotta be higher than 18th!

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19Runaway - Bon Jovi

Perfectly one of the few best rock ballads... The guitar is excellent in tune, versatility, and riffs. Congrats to the band.

Yes! The best classic rock song of all time! The first song from Bon Jovi and I'm so glad it was written.

Absolute the first! This song has my life inside. Bon Jovi for ever! Paola S.

I guess Livin on a prayer is the much much better than runaway

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20Thunderstruck - 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!

From the start of the song, you can already recognize Angus Young and his famous guitar rift play. It is a rock and roll landmark and should be higher than just the top 20

A thing I love about ac/dc. Is they all ways have cool intros

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1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. We Will Rock You - Queen
3. Let It Be - The Beatles
1. Hotel California - The Eagles
2. Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
3. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
1. Song for America - Kansas
2. Time - Pink Floyd
3. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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