Greatest Classic Rock Songs

The Top Ten

1 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

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...

The best song of all time! Each part played in the band has a unique flavor, complicated amazing drum rhythms, lightning struck guitar, masterful playing and soul searching passionate vocals...nothing is better than this!

2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Cover Art

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.

I can't believe this song is second, its is a bloody masterpiece words can't explain how inventive this song is and how amazing Freddie Brian, Rodger and John are. Bohemian rhapsody is a definite number one, no question asked.

3 Hotel California - The Eagles Hotel California - The Eagles Cover Art

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

One of the few songs to rival Stairway in terms of sheer epic glory.

Calming and exciting at the same time. The solo is phenomenal.

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

4 Baba O'Riley - The Who Baba O'Riley - The Who Cover Art

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

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!

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.

5 Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones Cover Art

How did this song climb so high?

This Song Is Simply The Best!

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?

Awesome song even better live.

6 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd Cover Art

Love this song... Obviously whoever wrote this list plays too much guitar hero 3... Barracuda? Rock you like a hurricane? Their just background songs!

The energy of Free Bird is amazing, and the 5 minute guitar solo doesn't get old

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.

Absurd, breathtaking, unbelievable. It's a drug I love to get high on

7 Carry on Wayward Son - Kansas Carry on Wayward Son - Kansas Cover Art

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.

My grandkids who range from 7 to 13 get cranked when the acapella intro starts and they sing it word for word at the top of their lungs w Steve, Robbie and me and then scream play it again when it's done. Now that's a great song that can do that w today's kids.

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.

8 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd Cover Art

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.

Best pink Floyd song. Amazing guitar solo from David Gilmour, great lyrics and effects. How is this not top 5?!

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

9 A Day in the Life - The Beatles A Day in the Life - The Beatles Cover Art

Everyone flags this song as the Beatles' best, but I'm shocked that "Tomorrow Never Knows" and "Yesterday" don't appear on this list.

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.

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

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!

10 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd Cover Art

As with most all of my favorite songs, the tune, the rhythm, the combination of musical instruments synchronized / harmonized so intrinsically perfected together to create this distinct intriguing flow of utterly captivating, and pleasing tunes, causing one to immediately stop whatever he/she is doing at the moment, because they want nothing more than to continue listening to this hypnotizing song until the end. Their only thought at that very moment is finding out the name of the song and the artist(s) whose brilliant minds created such a chillingly beautiful song. So obviously I was initially drawn to the tune of the song. Then I purchase the album/cd/ and listen to this one particular song over & over &til I have subconsciously memorized every word. When I am certain of every word in the song, I have to attempt to figure out the meaning of the song. Some songs obviously aren't written by the person/artist(s) who actually sing it. I still love the songs that weren't written by the ...more

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.

The Newcomers

? The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar - Bob Dylan The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar - Bob Dylan Cover Art

The Contenders

11 You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC Cover Art

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

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

Nobody needs THIS ALL NIGHT LONG! If you do, chances are insomnia will be visiting you earlier in life than you planned, or not. Or your family, neighbors,or/and the police( No, not Sting) will be visiting you to get rid of the noise,or move you somewhere else.

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

12 Layla - Derek & The Dominos Layla - Derek & The Dominos Cover Art

Best guitar harmony ever and it's not close. Clapton + Allman = amazing

This is simply the greatest rock and roll song ever. Eric Clapton is literally God. Nobody plays the guitar like he does. Duane Allman on slide is awesome as well. This song embodies rock in a way others wish they could. The B section is incredible and the piano is legendary. enough Said

You are kidding, right? How come, this is not in top 10? Just listen to it, it's amazing.

38? Really? Give me a break. Top 10 at least.

13 Thunderstruck - AC/DC Thunderstruck - AC/DC Cover Art

This song will get you going no matter where you are, what you are doing, or how you are feeling.

I usually listen to it before a hockey game because it pumps me up

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.

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

14 Dream On - Aerosmith Dream On - Aerosmith Cover Art

Amazing echoey vocals from Steven tyler, breathtaking, guitar and piano, this should be in the top 10!

Having been a very big fan of Aerosmith, this song is the anthem of the band!

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.

15 Back In Black - AC/DC Back In Black - AC/DC Cover Art

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.

Awesome song. Awesome guitar riffs, solo and vocals which makes you play the song over and over again! It is one of the best AC/DC songs ever and will always be one of the best rock songs of all time.

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

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.

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.

17 More Than a Feeling - Boston More Than a Feeling - Boston Cover Art

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.

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

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

18 Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who Cover Art

This is the best song from a very long list of songs from The Who. It never gets old and has every element you look for in a notch vocals, great guitar, and premier bass and drums. I love, love this song.

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.

19 Livin On a Prayer - Bon Jovi Livin On a Prayer - Bon Jovi Cover Art

This song is really good I remember playing it on guitar hero world tour as well

What is this doing down here?

This song is legit awesome and Bon Jovi is one of the greatest rock bands of all time! So yeah this is one of the best out there

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

20 Paranoid - Black Sabbath Paranoid - Black Sabbath Cover Art

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.

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

Paranoid is Europe's Free Bird. Classic song by the originator of "heavy metal" guitar-Tony Iommi. Must play song for classic rock cover bands. Long live 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.

21 All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix Cover Art

Although there are better Hendrix songs the emotion and skilful playing in this song really grab you.

Hendrix and Dylan did something special, this song has a powerful appeal.

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...

22 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple Cover Art

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'?

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.

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.

23 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey Don't Stop Believin' - Journey Cover Art

This is quite an emotional song, and can be used to chill or as inspiration.

Literally the most iconic song ever. People who don’t even know what classic rock is know this song.

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.

Journey with Steve Perry really rocked. Just take a look at their live concerts on YouTube. They were the real deal - so much raw talent. Lots of people only know them for their ballads but they had lots of great rocking' songs, too.

24 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin Kashmir - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

More epic mysticism from the mighty Zeppelin. This, too, should be higher on the list.

When you hear the song you feel power. Greatest band and riff ever. This song creates a exotic atmosphere, lyrics are so good.. And the drums are so magnificent, it's like a song dedicated to god.

Just epic, you can't overcome the greatness of this song. The coolest drums, the melodies that run through this whole piece of great song. A celestial hymn from the greatest band of all time..

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

25 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Cover Art

Truly brings together a community of people, the outburst of grunge, the riff is original, vocals are loud and strong, and I couldn't think of a better collective artist

Without debate (except from the nirvana fans who think it's cool to hate on the song) the best grunge song ever.

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.

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

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