Best Songs About Rock 'n' Roll


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21 American 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.

22 Money 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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23 Long Live Rock 'N Roll - Rainbow

Absolute hammer of a song!

24 Truckin' - 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? -

25 Play 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. -

26 Beelzeboss - Tenacious D
27 Rock 'n' Roll High School - The Ramones
28 Rock and Roll Band - Boston
29 Thunderstruck - AC/DC
30 Round and Round - Ratt
31 Rock' N' Roll - Skrillex
32 There's Only One Way to Rock - Sammy Hagar
33 I 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. -

34 Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
35 Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? - The Ramones

Rock music doesn't deserve to be generic, don't you agree?

36 Rockaway Beach - The Ramones
37 Eagle Rock - Daddy Cool
38 Rock N Roll N***** - Patti Smith Group
39 Rock 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

40 Detroit Rock City - Kiss
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