Greatest Classic Rock Songs


The Top Ten

1 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...

There is just no words for it. Nothing has ever come close. You wouldn't think that the greatest rock song of all time would start with flutes, but it builds up and up. Then the drums start cashing in and before you know it along comes Jimmy Page's fine work of art...the solo. It gets me every time. Every note is hitting the sweet spot again and again. The whole song just builds up toward that finale.

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2 Bohemian 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.

The first time I heard Bohemian Rhapsody I was a teenager and it has remained my most favorite song and I am now 57 years old it is by far the best song ever in my opinion Hotel California is great but there is none greater than Queen We Love You Freddie Mercury

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3 Hotel California - The Eagles

This should be number 2 behind stairway to heaven... Really good old song by the legendary eagles!

My #1 by far!

Satanic worshipers

Real Classical Rock. One of d best Rock song ever. It's awesomely amazing. Should be in top 3.

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4 Baba O'Riley - The Who

Baba O'Riley is way better than Hotel California in my opinion.
This song is just more memorable, catchy and has more feel into it! Roger Daltrey's unique vocal range and screams (especially in Won't Get Fooled Again), Pete Townshend's and John Entwistle's intricate, electrifying bass playing that gives you goosebumbs with Keith Moon, the mad, wild genius killing it on the drums being the driving forces of this amazing band, make The Who one of the Top 10 Greatest Rock Bands of All Time, for me at least, with Who's Next being in my Top 10 Greatest Rock Albums of All Time!

Simply a great song with great emotions

Of course!

Awesome song, awesome band!
RIP John and Keith, you guys are not forgotten

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5 Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones was the greatest band in it's time...leaving out the Beatles. The Stones had the greatest song - Satisfaction. But the Beatles was a greater band but, were they really Rock and Roll?

How did this song climb so high?

Old but gold - trysanto


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6 Free 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! - Jonuskong

Should be number 1

Everything about this track is perfect. Simple.

Number 1

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7 Carry on Wayward Son - Kansas

Kansas and Boston band are best music - trysanto

everything about it is so good: the chorus, the riff. its just the perfect song

Best song ever...not even close!

This is the best, clean vocals of steve walsh make it Excellent

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8 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

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.

Part of a story and hard to split it from album, a nice set of headphones must be used to appreciate the sound of the sliding on the guitars strings

This song has more of a meaning than "Hotel California". This song is literally the greatest rock song of all time.

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.

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9 A Day in the Life - The Beatles

I don't like overuse of the term "classic rock", but this song definitely qualifies, a twisted piece of psychedelic art rock which is ridiculously brilliant. - JoLeKosovo

A best song must be elected in the context of the time it was written, This beats them all

Lol I'm just listening to this right now. - Misfire

Great Song! Best Band ever!

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10 Wish 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.

I've been scrolling through a lot of songs in this top and realized that many of them deserved to be #1. I voted for this one because I think Pink Floyd is definitely the best band ever. They changed music forever and did totally change my life, too.

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. - lasky21

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The Contenders

11 Dream On - Aerosmith

Such a good song! Vocals are amazing and the drums and guitar you can just jam out to anytime!

Dio & Malmsteen cover is the best.

This song could take you away to a happier place

I don't know what it is about it, but every time I listen to it, I feel like everything is OK.

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12 Layla - Derek & The Dominos

Always and forever, Eric Clapton.

That rock solo is by far the best

The best. Period.

This should be top 10

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13 You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC

AC/DC IS classic rock. And this is their best - cowboyskid2

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

There are even greater songs by AC/DC but this one is so cheerful and it makes you wanna find a girl and start dating. How I wish this to be in top 3 at least

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14 Back In Black - AC/DC

This is my favorite song ever

Definition of rock n roll

This songs is the epitome of rock music

I love this song

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15 Thunderstruck - AC/DC

I think "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC is awesome. Its featured in the album "The Razors Edge" by AC/DC. YOU'VE BEEN THUNDERSTRUCK.

Best song ever!

Know how to play it off by heart. Best one ever!

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.

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16 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones

Achievements of Bohemian Rhapsody: Made the Billboard Top 40 three times, climaxed progressive rock, got a really good movie named after it
Achievements of Stairway to Heaven: Is considered Led Zeppelin's best song even though it was never released as a single, spat progressive rock out of its womb, clearing the path for BoRhap, produced one of the greatest guitar solos in history.
Achievements of Satisfaction: Made highly distorted electric lead guitars a mainstream phenomenon, popularized blues rock, drew the blueprints of hard rock, topped both the US and UK charts despite basically being banned from most legal radio stations, shot the Stones into popularity, gave rock its signature sex appeal, created the sexy frontman persona that many rock bands have used, made about five thousand girls faint, could be perfectly recreated live, and opened the doors for the careers of Led Zeppelin, the Yardbirds, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, and basically every other blues rock act that came after ...more

This is better then paint it black. It's a great song with a great riff.

One of if not the best rock and roll songs of all time

Not only is it a better song than Paint It Black, it's way catchier and better-crafted than Don Henley's morose and bloated Steely Dan knockoff, Hotel Can-I-Bore-Ya.

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17 Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

One of the best albums ever!

I should've expected Stairway to be #1, but this at #19? This has everything, a drum solo, a synthesizer solo, and THE most recognizable scream in rock and roll history.

I will never understand why this song is so disrespected and put at a disgraceful number 71. This song has by far been one of the greatest Classic Rock has ever seen

One of the best. This is a great song that closes off a great album. It was one of the first classic rock songs I really liked and Roger Daltry's scream will be forever etched in my mind as well as the drum solo, the synth solo and everything else that makes this song amazing to me. - jarjar36

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18 More Than a Feeling - Boston

Boston and their first album are amazing. The writing, the harmonies, the GUITARS make this the classic of CLASSIC rock.

Love this music. More feeling! - trysanto

This song should be at a higher place on this list.

From 1976 to 2018, the most CONSISTENTLY played classic rock song of all-time. The variety of radio stations I've heard this song on is legendary. The number of stations I listen to that play this song on a daily basis,well...

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19 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

I think something that makes me love this song even more is that this was originally planned to be a random filler song for Sabbath. - Skylanderlord3


Paranoid, a masterpiece subjective to the spontaneous product of the human mind; did you know that Paranoid was created as a 'filler'? Here's what Geezer Butler said... The Song 'Paranoid' was written as an afterthought. We basically needed a 3 minute filler for the album, and Tony came up with the riff. I quickly did the lyrics, and Ozzy was reading them as he was singing. " Remarkable.

How is this song at 26? "Paranoid" was one of the first songs that got me listening to rock & metal back in middle school. This song is a legendary masterpiece. - maarilynmaanson

Well to start off I want to say this is an absolutely beautiful great remarkable Timeless endless classic. The vocals the guitar the instrumental is just timeless this is truly a beautiful song. And this is my first time listening to Black Sabbath, I totally enjoyed this ageless classic. - Jon713

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20 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

The best text, the most realistic story, the most exciting rhythm, the precision of orchestral interpretation, the most exciting solo voice, the most virtuous solo guitar. The number one rock anthem.

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'? - superguy35

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...

Yes, but a good musician always praises other musicians above him. - zxm

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.

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21 All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

This and VooDoo child slight return...all time best!

This song should be top 5 no doubt..

How can you turn a brilliant Dylan song into something that is a work of art in its own right?

Others have tried, but not like this - ever!

This Song was not expected to be in the 70s... it should be in the top 20s...

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22 Over the Hills and Far Away - Led Zeppelin

The song that hooked me on a lifetime love of Led Zeppelin.

Kashmir should be top ten, or close to it.

Best song ever made...all bands are below Zeppelin.

Great song. Deserves top 20 along with Kashmir

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23 Barracuda - Heart

Heart needs to be inducted into the rock hall of fame. Why have they not yet been added? Seriously, you have Ann's crazy awesome voice and Nancy's amazing guitar skills... Need I say more?

Great Rock Song. Yeah! - Gatoverde

Classic rock riff - how can you not include it!

HOW DOES THIS SONG AND THIS BAND NOT GET MORE RECOGNITION?! They are some of the hardest rocking women in the industry. Some of the first to rip a guitar! Come on man!

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24 Livin On a Prayer - Bon Jovi

The classic, never gets old

The number one song ever

My favourite rock song...we should get this to top...

I'm glad this song is high up, but it should at least be in the top 10. Best song of all time!

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25 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

This song is so amazing.

Seriously, the greatest Song ever! You will heaar the first chords of this tune and whammo, you are hit with NIRVANA and there is no other Band that sunds ike them, let alone try hard to sound like them. Totally original and timeless

So nirvana is definitely more on the grunge side but in this particular its very similar to lots of classic rock songs. I do think it should have been higher than 31. like do you know how many people know this song but I agree that it should be one this song.

No classic

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26 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

This song set me in a good mood with it's awesome rhythm.

How in How in How?!?!? #32? Are you guys INSANE? Everything about this song is to it's maximum greatness! It was #1 selling overseas! #1! The beat, vocals, melody... just...are great. Top 20 at least!

Good Beat and very good example of rock, till this day in my opinion still hasnt aged

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27 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

Best Drums best bass best guitar Best vocals best rock group all time Period...

Led Zeppelin are gods of rock.
My opinion may be unpopular but I prefer Kashmir over Bohemian Rhapsody.

Stairway #1
Kashmir #2

Better than Bohemian Rhapsody I'll tell you that

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28 Highway to Hell - AC/DC

I listen to this while going to church

I listen to this when I took bus for school

109!? This is a top 3 song of a top 3 band

Bon Scott's masterpiece before he died, this song is his legacy.

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29 Another Brick In the Wall, Pt. 1 - Pink Floyd

This has to be in the top 10, a song that defines an era... every school kid was singing this and telling their schools to p--- off!

Of course 'The Final Countdown' by Europe beat this out. Really?

A song which defined an era. Should be way up in the list

Why is this song so low?

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30 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

People. The fact that this song is so low is literally devastating. Half of the stuff above this I have never even heard of and when I listened, it got old after two or so songs. I guarantee that if you ask almost anyone (probably from this country) if they heard this song before, 90 percent of them will say yes, and another 90 percent will say they loved it. Can't say the same for the other songs. This song is very underrated and should be higher. - EchoX0

It's indisputable that this is a top 10 song.

Can't make it through the song without singing

Most downloaded song of ALL TIME. Top 10 easy.

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31 La Villa Strangiato - Rush

Beautiful masterpiece

Head and shoulders above anything the Beatles wrote. I'll just let that sink in. For one, this is a 10 minute long INSTRUMENTAL! Most instrumentals don't keep me entertained for a couple of minutes. The drum track is harder than Tom Sawyer and YYZ combined. I can say to some of my friends, "Hey, you can play YYZ, but can you really play La Villa Strangiato? " The guitar performance is one of the best ever, by the most underrated guitarist ever, Alex Lifeson. The bass, as always when we are talking about Geddy Lee, is amazing.

This song is ' masterpiece. Rush COULD NOT HAVE DONE BETTER to make this song more dynamic. The high-hat, snare and kick drum rhythm shows that Neil Peart can do more with only a four piece kit (although he definitely had a bigger set-up) than most drummers can with an eight piece with 12 zildjian cymbals. Alex Lifeson brings this song to life with intense soloing backed by an elite rhythm section. I'm not even that huge of a Rush fan but I think this piece is incredible. Should be way higher.

Nine minutes of everything rock stands for and more.

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33 Hells Bells - AC/DC

It is cool I mean how incredibly

I love playing this intro to this song on my electric. It really introduces you to Brian Johnson's deeper screeching voice and the new face of AC/DC, along with the rest of the Back in Black album.

One of the best Songs ever! Just listen to the amazing Intro and you know what I am talking about...

Too cool for the Beatles

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34 2112 - Rush

Most underrated song I've ever heard - juanjaramillom

And the meak shall inherit the Earth...

This isn't a song. It's an experience.

One of the greatest rock epics. Should be higher definitely. Look it up if you never heard it

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35 Hey Jude - The Beatles

Are you serious? This song is a masterpiece! Paul McCartney bamboozled any old fashioned rock son.

One of the sonds they hade.

What! This should be at least in the top 5!

It's not in no 7.. It's always number 1 song..

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36 Imagine - John Lennon

Juanjaramillom, no this isn't rock. It's a pop ballad. The Beatles were a POP BAND, not a rock band. Obviously, there are people who need their hearing intellect tested.

Basically the Communist Manifesto - Chance53

Just listen 2 the lyrics. Lennon was a lyrical genius. He could come up with a simple word 2 match McCartney's tune or lyrics 2 write a complete song. I just hope the world realizes the music genius we lost when he was murdered on December 8 1980.

Great song but this isn't Rock - juanjaramillom

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37 Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones

Do I Ryan need to explain why this song needs to be ranked higher? One of the best songs to ever capture the feel of the Vietnam war era angst without ever saying that's what it was. It applies to every tragedy. One of the best songs ever released. Lets vote it up there.

Best rock song ever, except for A Day in the Life. #1 and #2.

70?. That's a crime! Top ten worthy and at very least, beats American Pie.

In my humble opinion this is the best Rolling Stones song and they had a lot of great ones!

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38 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 - Pink Floyd

The wall album is one of the bests albums of rock

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39 Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

"Turn it up", reminds me of KFC and makes Kid Rock tolerable.

I am 67 when this song comes on the radio gets cranked and I relive all the road trips I have been on with the windows down and this song blasting.

The catchiest song ever. Sounds greatly I cream myself every time I hear this song.

This should be in the top 10...such a gem - Excusen

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40 Crazy on You - Heart

It's an amazing song with great sounding guitars and vocals, one of the all time greatest

The best voice in rock history is Ann Wilson

Once you hear Heart, you become addicted to their amazing sound. - maarilynmaanson

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41 Panama - Van Halen

Eddie delivered some of the best guitar riffs I've ever heard in this song.

€śPanama” and Van Halen at #40? No where else in the top ranks?!? “Running with the Devil”, “Unchained”. Anyone on this list, show me more ingenuity and flawless, effortless guitar work!

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42 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

It's a song with a lot of different meanings. If you are going through anything in your life, you can relate to this song.

Imagine is absolutely a rock song. That's John Lennon's genre. Just because you don't have to turn the amps up full blast to play it doesn't mean anything. Yes, there are slow rock songs.

What idiot made this list? Imagine is a rock song now apparently -_-. Also, how did Barracuda make it that high. Yea it has a nice riff, but the solo is HORRIBLE!

"Maybe, it's not to late, to learn how to love, and forget how to hate." This song should represent all hard rock / metal in the top ten.

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43 Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry

In listening to the original R & R classics, nothing comes close to it... Chuck Berry the LEGEND

This song should be in the top 10. It is a rock classic, without this song and without chuck where would rock be today.


Bitch please! We're talking about classic rock, and this song is like the father of rock n' roll! Should be at Top 15

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44 Slow Ride - Foghat

Great classic. One of the staples of the generation and a great song to drive to

Slow ride should be in top 5. It's pure rock and roll, an epic sex and guitar journey.

You would think slow ride would be in top 50

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45 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

Top 15 at least


Why the actual flip is this song not in the top 10, let alone 100?

#117? Straight up idiotic! How, you plebians?

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46 Time - Pink Floyd

So if you go now to YouTube you'll see how many "first time reaction" channels are there now...then look for reactions to "Time"'ll see people crying the first time they listen to this masterpiece. Not even "Bohemian Rhapsody" gets that time of reaction. Just go and see for yourself.

Sure it may not be the best classic rock song but I'm voting for it because it's the best Pink Floyd song. Pink Floyd is a great band and this song is their best. It's the most popular song from the best selling album of all time! The reason why it's such a great song is because the lyrics. The lyrics are the most beautiful thing you'll ever hear. Forget that taylor swift bull! This is a well written song... The best written song of all time. Plus the instrumental in this song is amazing. I give Pink Floyd time to be at least top ten because Stairway to Heaven is a great song. Pink Floyd fan forever

This song is awesome!

Honestly a killing piece of music

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47 Jump - Van Halen

Amazing song that defines rock music!

The Best of the Best

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48 Hold the Line - Toto

Did you know the lead singer is John Williams' son?
(Composer of the music for Star Wars.)

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49 Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love - Van Halen

Cracker song

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50 Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

The fact that this masterpiece isn't even in the top 10 shows what is wrong with modern era

The boss is up there with Dylan and Lennon. This is his best song and best album. Top ten worthy.

Just One competitor... Thunder Road

Not Bruce's best but his most popular Should be number one

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