Greatest Classic Rock Songs by Great Bands


The Top Ten

1 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin

Most memorable drum beat ever

2 A Day In the Life - The Beatles

The true testament to The Beatles' genius: John Lennon and Paul McCartney's combination of great songwriting, a classy production by George Martin, and, not to mention, one of Ringo Starr's best drum performances ever. The best song on Sgt. Pepper, an album of AMAZING songs.

"Woke up! Got outta bed! Dragged a comb across my head. Found my way down stairs and drank a cup. And looking up, I noticed I was late! *Gasp* *Gasp* *Gasp* Found my coat, and grabbed my hat. Made the bus, in seconds flat! Found my way upstairs and had a smoke! When somebody spoke, I went into a dream."
Is my favorite part of this masterpiece. - MontyPython

3 Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
4 Echoes - Pink Floyd

I'm listening to this song right now, so I kinda had to vote for it. Plus it's my favorite Pink Floyd song. - Doom

Arguably the best song by the greatest band of them all...

Easily one of the best progressive rock songs - Ajkloth

The best!

5 Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits

Mark Knopflers licks and solos accompanied with the riff makes this a really great song

6 Baba O'Riley - The Who

Although "Won't Get Fooled Again" is slightly better, this is still a great song, with a cool synthesizer intro and a great performance by the entire band.

One of THE BEST songs I've heard. The Who did an awesome job on this one. Memorable guitar, and name five other rock songs that have a violin solo! Great!

7 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

This song... no words

8 Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
9 Come Together - The Beatles

A classic John groove paired with some interesting (and cryptic) lyrics. Although the Beatles have made better, this song is still a great track.

10 Light My Fire- The Doors

The Contenders

11 Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

Most played Who song, but for good reason: the song is a classic in every sense of the word, with amazing performances by Moon on drums, Entwistle on bass, and Daltrey on vocals. Pete Townshend's greatest composition (and best synth work).

12 Under Pressure - Queen

Really great song. I prefer Baba O'Riley, but voted for this one because it is a great song by TWO great artists, Queen and David Bowie.

13 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits
14 Hotel California - Eagles


15 Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones
16 Telegraph Road - Dire Straits
17 Bluebird- Buffalo Springfield
18 While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles

One of George's strongest songs, although not quite up to the Lennon-McCartney caliber - the band has done better (even on the White Album: see "Dear Prudence"), but this is still a solid effort. Plus, Eric Clapton on guitar!

19 Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top

Living in OK. , and then TX. , have to go with Top. Some of the country stations I listened to in Tx. Would sneak in a Top song occasionally.

20 I'd Love To Change The World- Ten Years After
21 Time - Pink Floyd
22 Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds
23 People Are Strange - The Doors
24 Jump - Van Halen
25 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden
26 Hello, I Love You - The Doors
27 Alone Again, Or - Love
28 Wheel in the Sky - Journey
29 Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) - Journey
30 For What It's Worth- Buffalo Springfield
31 Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane
32 Oye Como Va - Santana
33 Black Magic Woman - Santana
34 Lola - The Kinks

The Kinks' 1970 hit was a classic example of why the band is amazing: great songwriting by Ray Davies, a memorable guitar riff, and funny lyrics inspired by a real incident. The Kinks had many great songs, but this was their best.

35 Behind Blue Eyes - The Who
36 Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh
37 Can't Get Enough - Bad Company
38 Feel Like Making Love - Bad Company
39 Stranglehold - Ted Nugent
40 Runnin' With the Devil - Van Halen
41 Jamie's Crying - Van Halen
42 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
43 Iron Man - Black Sabbath
44 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
45 Dream On - Aerosmith
46 Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
47 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
48 Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull
49 Takin Care of Business - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
50 Green Eyed Lady - Sugarloaf
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Top Remixes

1. A Day In the Life - The Beatles
2. When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin
3. Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
1. Baba O'Riley - The Who
2. Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
3. When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin


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