Greatest Classic Rock Songs

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The Top Ten

1 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin 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...

Except few songs my favorite songs always change. But this song never changes. Remains one of my favorite songs of all time. - zxm

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2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian 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.

Greatest song vocally. Stairway may have it on instruments but for me this is #1 song

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3 Hotel California - The Eagles Hotel 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.

The only song you can listen as many times as it comes from radio. And at home also..

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4 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd Free 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

I go back and forth between Free Bird and Stairway as my top of all time. I can listen to either over and over, the soft vocals and gripping guitar solos. I think what does Bird for me is the live version, guitar banging away then at about the 9:40/45 mark it's like they seamlessly roll right into a different song; chilling! Can't ever go wrong with Stairway as a top pick though.

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5 Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas Carry 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.

One of my favourite songs the band is not my taste but I still love their music.

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6 Baba O'Riley - The Who Baba 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.

Greatest song ever... this song defined an entire era

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7 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd Comfortably 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

Yea the solo on this song is the best. I totally believe that this is the best rock song of all time. There is not doubt about that!

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8 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd Wish 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

Lyrically, the best song ever. I'm a huge rock purist, and I love all the songs on this list except Free Bird, which sounds cool. This and Bohemian Rhapsody should be number one and two. I love Pink Floyd, in fact I'm listening to Shine On You Crazy Diamond right now!

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9 You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC You 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

Acdc is the best band ever evn although thunderstruck is my favorite song

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10 Back In Black - AC/DC Back 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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The Newcomers

? Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty

Along with Nilsson, the most underestimated artist of the last 50 years. The lyrics are wonderful, the vocals sublime and the sax chorus never bettered

Yes! I was wondering where this song was. Top 50 at least. This song just ROCKS!

Definitely should be top 20! One of the best written tunes of all time!

Simply beautiful song

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? Paranoid Android - Radiohead Paranoid Android - Radiohead

After many years of listening to this, shivers still run down my spine

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The Contenders

11 Hey Jude - The Beatles Hey 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

Hey Jude is the rock song that brok up the sistem. First one to last more than 3 minutes. The best rock song ever

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

When this came out in 1965, I remember that it was the lyrics more than the melody ( which is of course a great melody ) that moved me. This was really a song about the " Them against us " generation. No satisfaction to find in T.V., commercials, radio and yes, no satisfaction in girl action... All American garage bands in 1965-66 were suddenly trying to write lyrics of no satisfyin' subjects. Really a classic song.

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13 Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions

FREAKING AWESOME! THEY HIT THE WORLD STAGE BECAUSE OF THIS AMAZING SONG! ROCK ON!

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

I prefer Wind of Change more though

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14 Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones Paint 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.

After they painted my room black I listened to this song, now its all white again

Best song by the Stones no competition

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15 A Day In the Life - The Beatles A 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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16 Paradise City - Guns N Roses Paradise 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

Amazing song, seen Slash preform this live and it was amazing.

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17 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple Smoke 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...

Yes, but a good musician always praises other musicians above him. - zxm

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.

Smoke on the Water is the most well known song world. You know most Americans are light weight rockers. Deep Purple ruled in most corners of the world. They were the most influential with the most history and the other great bands that came from the Purple tree with the best guitarist in the business. Ritchie s peers will tell you he was the best and influenced more guitarist world wide. And a much longer career than all those other guys. This is a insult to the most known Riff ever.

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18 Runaway - Bon Jovi Runaway - 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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19 Dream On - Aerosmith Dream 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.

Best song ever can't get it out of my head

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20 Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who Won'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

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.

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. - jarjar36

The fact that this song isn't in the top 10 makes me want to get down on my knees and pray we won't get fooled again.

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1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. We Will Rock You - Queen
3. Let It Be - The Beatles
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1. Hotel California - The Eagles
2. Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
3. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
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