Greatest Classic Rock Songs

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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...

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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.

This song is the full package, while defiling the laws of music and genre, it is still an embodiment of musical mastery, the perfect cross over song. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin has no place above this rock jam. Tonyiyke says so

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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!

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

The Greatest Song Of All Time. There is no denying this fact. And secondly He Jude was not sung well try to understand and listen properly to understand that Beatles were no singers.

It's definitely my personal favorite

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4 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

If people could have been up close and seen this song played live, they would easily vote this song #1. I have seen Jimmy l've do his solo and although iconic and legendary, it pales in comparison to Alan Collins and Gary Rossington's live performance to Freebird's guitar lead. What few people know is that they played those simultaneously and seamlessly giving the sound of what most people believe as one lead guitar playing. If you listen closely you can here two distinct guitars from the beginning and about midway through they split into their own tracks. Had I not witnessed this first hand standing less than 10 feet away with Ronnie Van Zant standing between them I would have continued to believe it was one guitar lead with another playing rhythm. It was an awesome concert back in 1975 Brussels, Belgium on their world tour.

Beautiful song, the epitome of classic rock - RedStripedd

Seen them in 1976 & 1987. The best live band ever.

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5 Baba O'Riley - The Who

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

This song sends chills. If freedom had a sound, it's the opening keyboards.

Should be number 1. It has everything epic going on in it.

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6 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.

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.

This has to be in top 10.. Its not only Pink Floyd's best song, its also the greatest song in the world.. Listen to the solo, its made in heaven.. All respect to Gilmour

It should be at at least no. 3...its just so calm and mellow. You can just sleep onto it. Its just so classical and emotional

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7 Carry on Wayward Son - Kansas

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

This... I just. I don't even know what to say about the gorgeous song. I love it so much. The vocals, the guitar, the LYRICS... Ugh. It's amazing and it's one of my favorites.

This song will never get old. Although there are many songs on this list that I also love. This is the song which first popped into my brain when I first thought of great classic rock. It perfectly encompasses that intangeble sound of awesome 70's hard rock. It truely is a flawless gem, which makes me feel stuff in my... Uh emotions.

No doubt the best Rock song ever recorded, hands down.

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8 Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones

How did this song climb so high?

This Song Is Simply The Best!

Awesome song even better live.

This song is great easily Rolling Stones best

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9 A Day in the Life - The Beatles

Greatest song ever. Easily the best Beatles song, and if it's the best song of the greatest and most inspirational band out there, then it's got to top the chart. Even ROlling Stone magazine says it's number one!

WHY, I repeat WHY is this song on rank 64? It is possibly the best beatles song and one of the best songs ever made.

American Pie is the best song of all time, but I picked this one because it's the most significant song of all time. The last true John-Paul collaboration, and the peak of the Beatles career.

One of the best

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10 Hey Jude - The Beatles

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

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

I think that this song is the best I liked too much and the Beatles are a awesome band

This is the best classic rock song.amazing music - casuit20

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The Newcomers

? Scenes from an Italian Restaurant - Billy Joel
? The Battle of Evermore - Led Zeppelin

The Contenders

11 Back In Black - AC/DC

Classic rock in A nutshell. Perfect guitars solid drums and brian johnson in top form.

A pure classic in rock history, starts off in classic AC/DC fashion continues with timeless hard rock vocals, and that classic guitar riff that people who don't even though what this song is knows, this is definitely a top ten pick for rock songs, without a doubt (although stairway is definitely better than this). Great contender for top three I feel, although all of these songs are great.

One of the best songs AC/DC ever wrote, next to Highway to Hell. I cannot watch any music show without hearing the famous guitar riff.

It's AC/DC, *the* classic rock band everyone knows. Top 10!

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

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

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.

The guitar riff is great but that's about all the song has going for it.

Should be in 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

AC/DC is classic. Definitely at least top 10.

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14 Dream On - Aerosmith

I love this song - no matter how many times I hear it, I do not stop enjoying it. The guitar and voice are amazing.

Dream On should be voted up way higher! I can't believe the best song ever is rated down THIS low. Aerosmith is the beat and undoubtedly should this be raised higher.

This song just speaks to you on so many volumes and really defines what a rock song is. Todays music is all about telling your story and a fantasy you want to live in. But what dream on does best is it's a sing that has a different meaning from each and every perspective. This is when music was not about me but we.

Should be in top 3

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15 Paradise City - Guns N Roses

Better than sweet child o mine and welcome to the jungle and the favorite guns n roses song of slash - ronluna

The song that introduced me to music as I know it today. Gn'R at it's best. Great guitar work by Izzy and Slash.

This song made me want to live where the grass is green and the girls are pretty

Slash is the greatest guitar player of all time any one with fingers can play nirvana

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16 Thunderstruck - AC/DC

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.

How is this so far down? This has to be on par with the already mentioned Back in Black. Where is Highway to Hell etc? Vote this bad boy right up there!

From the start of the song, you can already recognize Angus Young and his famous guitar rift play. It is a rock and roll landmark and should be higher than just the top 20

Best ever

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17 Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

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

LOVE THIS SONG

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18 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.

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

I love this song

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19 More Than a Feeling - Boston

Seriously? Forty-seven? Why is this song at 47? This song belongs in the top 10. Amazing vocals, an unforgettable chorus, a memorable guitar solo, terrific all-around performance, and everything else required for a song for the ages. Why this song clocks in at 47 simply defies belief.

Legendary song. I turn up some music to start my day, and get lost in a familiar song. I close my eyes, and I slip away...

This is probably one of the first songs I can remember ever hearing. It's a great memory of my childhood. The guitar solo doesn't hurt either

Best song ever!

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20 Imagine - John Lennon

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.

Very good simple sounding piano with striking lyrics

How is this WONDERFUL SONG at so low position! I am a die hard fan of Led Zeppelin, but Imagine deserves the first place

Just a phenomenal song

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