Greatest Classic Rock Songs


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21 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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22 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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23 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

This is the greatest song ever written and speaks to everyone.

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24 Highway to Hell - AC/DC

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

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

I listen to this while going to church

Should be at 4

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25 Layla - Derek & The Dominos

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. - AndrewLatham

This song is so good there are actually two great versions of it, both almost completely different. How many songs can you say that about? How this isn't in the top 5 is beyond me.

I have this tied for number one with Stairway to Heaven. Freebird is number three.

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26 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?

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!

Heart was deservedly inducted in the Rock Hall of Fame in 2013. Barracuda is a great iconic power guitar song. I don't know why Crazy on You is not on the list with Nancy Wilson's mind boggling guitar intro and Ann's awesome voice.

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27 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.

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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28 Livin On a Prayer - Bon Jovi

What is this doing down here?

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

This song should be in the top's the best Bon Jovi song ever.

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

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29 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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30 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.

Time is pink floyd

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31 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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32 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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33 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 is such a beautiful song I can't believe it is so low.

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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

There are several songs by the Stones that are top ten worthy: Sympothy, Gimme Shelter and Heartbreaker. I think Sympathy is the best choice.

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35 Song for America - Kansas

Kansas are the best

36 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...

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37 Over the Hills and Far Away - Led Zeppelin

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

Great song. Deserves top 20 along with Kashmir

Kashmir should be top ten, or close to it.

Has a nice tone and melody

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38 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!

I saw this one at 98th number on this list and now it's at 35.. it deserves to be in the top 5... Jimi is the greatest guitarist of all the time.. he'll forever be missed.

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39 2112 - Rush

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

It's too long. But at one point, it was my favorite. Now I dislike it over any rush song

Top 15 for sure. This is way to low for this amazing piece.

Brilliant example of a rock suite with a great dystopian story.

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40 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

What, I don't get that this is not top 5 or even top 10 but 63 is way too low for such a great, catchy song, and doesn't give enough credit to nirvana..

It's a good song but its NOT classic rock, anything made after the 1990 cannot be classified as classic rock

This song is heaps better the majority of the songs higher on the list!

Expected top 5 to be honest

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1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. We Will Rock You - Queen
3. Let It Be - The Beatles
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2. Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
3. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
1. Song for America - Kansas
2. Time - Pink Floyd
3. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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