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.

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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

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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 Newcomers

? Oye Como Va - Santana

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.

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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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