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21 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

Very emotional song. Stairway to heaven gives it a run for its money though

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22 Highway to Hell - AC/DC

I listen to this while going to church

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

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

Should be at 4

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23 Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions

FREAKING AWESOME! THEY HIT THE WORLD STAGE BECAUSE OF THIS AMAZING SONG! ROCK ON!

good memories, my dad showed me all the classicsa dn this was one of my personal favorites

Very entertaining can put me in a good mood to do something fun. Good vocalist and music

2011 version from comeblack album sounds 2ce better - WestWood

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24 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

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

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.

Come on guys, Paranoid is so iconic that I haven't met a single person that doesn't recognize it.

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25 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

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..

The best song ever written bar none. This is because of how epic it is and how vast it is without ever getting boring. It is way better than Stairway to Heaven and any true Zeppelin fan will tell you that.

This song will never end

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26 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

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.

Smoke on the Water is the most well known song world. You know most Americans are light weight rockers. Deep Purple ruled in most corners of the world. They were the most influential with the most history and the other great bands that came from the Purple tree with the best guitarist in the business. Ritchie s peers will tell you he was the best and influenced more guitarist world wide. And a much longer career than all those other guys. This is a insult to the most known Riff ever.

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27 Livin On a Prayer - Bon Jovi

What is this doing down here?

I love this song and am learning to play it for my 21st anniversary as my wife loves it too

It will get number one, we'll make it I swear.

Best song by bon jovi undoubtedly and it needs to be in the top 20's.

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28 Tom Sawyer - Rush

You take Geddy Lee, Easily the best Bassist in the world, mix complex drumming from Neil Peart, put in Alex Lifeson's stellar guitar work, add in some odd time signatures, complex themes, spectacular synthesizers and you got Rush's Tom Sawyer.

I can't believe three guys provide this sound. I think this song and whole album are very under rated. Great group, great song, Tremendous band

If you don't like tom sawyer, I don't hate you. I just pity your extreme ignorance. Tom Sawyer is the BEST song in the world, even including hard rock (which it is) and metal.

I can't believe Tom Sawyer made it this high but I'm happy about it!
I'm NOT happy that Won't Get Fooled Again got pushed down to 28, though.

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29 Time - Pink Floyd

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 is the story of my life.

In my opinion it's one of the most beautiful Pink Floyd's song.

This song is so amazing and emotional! Ughhh I love it, it’s so beautiful!

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30 Let It Be - The Beatles

just one word: "classic" (that will never get old from 1 generation to the other) - dd369

It totally rocks and it gives me a peaceful feeling while modern music gives me a head ache

I know it's little bit down for a song like this. I like everything about this song. In other words it's just perfect

Whisper words of wisdom: this one is classic. - PianoQueen

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31 All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

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...

I am officially out! I give up! #98? Really? You must be kidding me. Again, easily Top-20 or 25 (at minimum)! Come on people!

One of the best songs of any genre. Was an okay song to start with but Hendrix turned it into a masterpiece. The guitar is brilliant as well

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32 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

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.

Can't believe there is no more Journey on this list than there is. I don't think "Don't Stop Believing" is their best song but I would be very hard pressed to pick a favorite out of their vast catalog. Even though I love Pink Floyd, the Stones, Zepp, Queen, and all the others, there's just no way that Queen's "The Show Must Go On" is better than every Journey song!

This definitely needs to be higher, what a great song.

This should be in the top 5 - Singer4Freedom

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33 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

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

34 Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones most eclectic song is also their best, with the best lyrics, too.

Awesome, fast-paced song with a thought-provoking message.

Should not be in the top 10 but definitely worth listening to

hi mom

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35 Runaway - Bon Jovi

Perfectly one of the few best rock ballads... The guitar is excellent in tune, versatility, and riffs. Congrats to the band.

Yes! The best classic rock song of all time! The first song from Bon Jovi and I'm so glad it was written.

Absolute the first! This song has my life inside. Bon Jovi for ever! Paola S.

I love this one! I started singing it once on my bus! That didn't go very well...

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36 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.

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!

HOW IS THIS 96?!? This is the GREATEST song by the GREATEST band of all time and it's at 96?!?! Geez

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37 Song for America - Kansas

Kansas are the best

38 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

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.

You wanna make a rock list? Okay... at least put the cover song of the Grandfather of rock and roll on the list.

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

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

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

This should be top 10, awesome track that grabs me as soon as it starts

Why is this song so low?

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40 Hells Bells - AC/DC

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

Bells hells

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