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...
[Newest]This should be thunderstruck
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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.
[Newest]Don't get me wrong, Stairway to Heaven is a great song, but Bohemian Rhapsody trumps all other rock songs by a long shot. This is by far the most unique and daring compositions Queen, or any band for that matter, has ever produced. The lyrics, vocals, and instrumental are far superior to Stairway to Heaven. It should definitely be #1.
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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.
[Newest]This song brings me into a hypnotic state...

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!


Beautiful song, the epitome of classic rock


The words are so fitting and are powerful. It describes perfectly to something or someone
[Newest]I like the outro solo a lot!

5Baba 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.
[Newest]This is a great song from a GREAT album, Who's Next...

6Smoke 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.
[Newest]Best song ever made by deep purple very good drumbeat, guitars were tuned, instrumental part was very nice

7Wish 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.


[Newest]Epic. That's the meaning of this song.

8Comfortably 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
[Newest]GIlmour's solo in comfortably numb is the best I've ever heard in terms of pacing, songwriting and pure musical genius. This should be above Smoke on the Water.

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
[Newest]The lyrics never fails to amazes me.

10Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones
How did this song climb so high?
This Song Is Simply The Best!
Awesome song even better live.
[Newest]How is this better than Gimme Shelter

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11Rock 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
[Newest]Stuff macho is made of!

12(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
This is one of the amazing songs I've ever heard!
Greatest riff of all time.
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
[Newest]I can't get no! (Guitar riff) Satisfaction!


13Carry 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.
[Newest]Great song beat and instrumental rhythm

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
[Newest]It's funny, this is always the first Beatles song mentioned in a list of all time best songs, but when the list is best Beatles songs, it hardly ever makes the top five. Weird.

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.
This song made me want to live where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
[Newest]Where the girls are green and the grass is pretty 😂 great band

16Back 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.
[Newest]Sad about Bon Scott death.

17Runaway - 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.
[Newest]Runaway is the red headed step child compared to the polished Dead or Alive. If Bon Jovi has to be on the list. Dead or Alive is clearly their best song.

18Thunderstruck - 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!
Amazing song! It is so crazy!
[Newest]Who made this list? Brian Johnson and Angus Young?

19A 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!
[Newest]Absolutely stunning! Everything about it is genius!

20Dream 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.
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.
[Newest]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.

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