Greatest Classic Rock Songs by Great Bands


The Top Ten

1 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin

Most memorable drum beat ever

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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

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3 Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones UListen to Sample
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!

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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

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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!

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7 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

This song... no words

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8 Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits UListen to Sample
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.

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10 Light My Fire- The Doors

The Contenders

11 Under Pressure - Queen

I love this song!

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.

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12 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).

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13 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits UListen to Sample
14 Hotel California - Eagles


15 Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones UListen to Sample
16 Telegraph Road - Dire Straits UListen to Sample
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!

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19 Layla - Derek & The Dominos

So underappreciated on this site... - Billyv

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20 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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21 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

This song is number one. its effortlessly timeless.

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22 I'd Love To Change The World- Ten Years After
23 Time - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
24 Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds UListen to Sample
25 People Are Strange - The Doors UListen to Sample
26 Jump - Van Halen UListen to Sample
27 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden UListen to Sample
28 Hello, I Love You - The Doors UListen to Sample
29 Alone Again, Or - Love UListen to Sample
30 Wheel in the Sky - Journey
31 Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) - Journey
32 For What It's Worth- Buffalo Springfield
33 Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane UListen to Sample
34 Oye Como Va - Santana UListen to Sample
35 Black Magic Woman - Santana UListen to Sample
36 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.

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