Greatest Classic Rock Songs


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21 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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22 Highway to Hell - AC/DC

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

I listen to this while going to church

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


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

This song really rocks. - maarilynmaanson

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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.

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.

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

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 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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26 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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27 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.

Ok this song just makes me think of everything. I don't know why, but the song is so beautiful it gives me all the best memories I've had. Everything is perfect about this song. Pink Floyd will never be forgotten

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28 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!

The way Jimi sings to this song is so alluring. This song kind of defines classic rock. - maarilynmaanson

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29 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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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 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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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 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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34 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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35 Song for America - Kansas

Kansas are the best

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 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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38 Over the Hills and Far Away - Led Zeppelin

Great song. Deserves top 20 along with Kashmir

Kashmir should be top ten, or close to it.

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

Has a nice tone and melody

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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

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

The most well-written song there. Peart is a genius

Number 1 for sure

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40 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

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

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..

Even tough it is not classic rock, it does not need to be classic rock to be in top ten

Are u kidding me how is this song not in top 10

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Top Remixes (79)

1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. We Will Rock You - Queen
3. Let It Be - The Beatles
1. Hotel California - The Eagles
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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