Most Overlooked Classic Rock Songs


The Top Ten

1 The Wizard - Uriah Heep

extremely surprised to see uriah heep on this list, and very much so deserved. just check out the first album, songs like "gypsy" and "lady in black" then songs like "look at yourself" (there magnum opus) "july morning" and sadness and grief. the album demons and wizards "easy living" and... and said look at yourself was there best song? I ment "the magicians birthday" the last verse in the magicians birthday is one of the greatest ever written in any genra of music.

Wow! I sure didn't expect to see this as number one, but what a great call! Love this song, and unbelievable vocals by David Byron! In fact the only downside to this is there is no way in hell I could sing it!

Agreed, I love this song, always have. Great acoustic work, great buildup, really explodes when the drums kick in.

I was a huge Heep fan in high school. Good choice for #1. Overlooked band and often maligned. They've made some great music.

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2 Dead On Time - Queen

One of the best riffs and solos in Rock

This song has hands-down one of the best riffs in rock history!

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3 A Quick One, While He's Away - The Who

Great song. The blueprint for Tommy. Genius.

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4 Stone Cold Crazy - Queen

Phenomenal song! Just outrageously frenetic, fast, and stupendous!

This song is widely considered as the first thrash metal song. - Metal_Treasure

Queen at their best Cool guitar!

Amazing song. Played by Matllica also as a tribute to Queen.

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5 Green Grass and High Tides - The Outlaws

I never wanted to listen this song. I though they aren't a good band. But after listening this song, that has become one of my favorite songs. - zxm

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6 High Hopes - Pink Floyd

The solo in this song is hauntingly beautiful

Very few have listened this song. Of course after listening this song their minds change. But this take time to find this song. I never became a floyd fan before listening this song. - zxm

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7 Prelude: Happiness / I'm So Glad - Deep Purple

Lord's organ runs are chilling, Blackmore's guitar is distinctly 'feral magic' - bummo

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8 I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) - The Electric Prunes UListen to Sample
9 Wasn't Born to Follow - The Byrds

I was amazed to see this song on here. It's really underappreciated, even among Byrds fans. - PetSounds

Probably sticks because of EZ Rider - bummo

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The Contenders

11 Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks

I think that this wasn't undervalued when it came out but it didn't stand the test of time when it should have

Overlooked? Sorry, but this was a huge hit when I was young.

Despite it's corny-ness, still get's my attention - bummo

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13 Pictures of Home - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
14 Happenings Ten Years Time Ago - The Yardbirds UListen to Sample
15 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - Genesis

Saw these guys do this in Philly 12/74. Great show! In many ways this record(s) was a signal for Gabriel's exit and a more commercial sound. Good song...The earlier stuff is better.

probably the only Genesis song I ever liked - bummo

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16 Pictures of Matchstick Men - Status Quo

When I look up to the skies I see your eyes, a funny kind of yellow...

Their psichodelic era big hit song.
Posterior hard rock boogie band.
Excellent Frantic four.

Good cover by Oxzy Osbourne.

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17 Stone Cold Fever - Humble Pie

over looked classic frampton/marriot; Steve Marriot considered for Zeppelin and Deep Purple vocals - bummo

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18 The March of the Black Queen - Queen

Ok.If you are looking for an overlooked rock song, this is it! This song really deserves to be higher on this list! At least a top 5. It is fantastic! Just listen to it. It's hard to believe it's only six minutes long, 'cause it feels like a whole long journey. It has everything! Sadly, there are not many people who knows about it...

Simply a perfect rock song. It has everything one could possibly wish for, and even more!
Wish more people knew about it.


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19 Beer Drinkers & Hellraisers - ZZ Top UListen to Sample
20 Xanadu - Rush UListen to Sample
21 Wishing Well - Free

Second favorite song of Free. - zxm

Great song. One of Paul Kossoff's last. Great riff.

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22 Trampled Under Foot - Led Zeppelin UListen to Sample
23 The Modern Adventures of Plato, Diogenes and Freud - Blood, Sweat & Tears

Al Kooper considered 'best' by Who rocker Pete Townsend - bummo

I believe Bob Dylan was quite fond of his talents and contributions as well. - Billyv

24 Black Country Rock - David Bowie

Man Who Sold the World album is worth digging out - bummo

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25 Samba Pa Ti - Santana

beastly and epic Santana is the best that guitar is amazing

Santana did so many great instrumentals in his early days. Great choice!

This is a magical piece but I don't think its genre is classic rock. - Metal_Treasure

This is why Carlos Santana is a guitar maestro.

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26 Tangerine - Led Zeppelin UListen to Sample
27 The Sad Cafe - Eagles

This is one of the best songs of the eagles and one of my personal favorites and always goes unnoticed

The best song on "The Long Run". Hey, you guys did a great job on this list. Some awesome deep album cuts!

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28 Lemon Pie - The Strawbs UListen to Sample
29 White Bird - It's a Beautiful Day

The band lost a coin flip for a chance to appear at Woodstock. Santana won

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30 Life's a Gas - T. Rex UListen to Sample
31 Sing Me a Song - Willie Nile UListen to Sample
32 My Woman from Tokyo - Deep Purple
33 Last Chance - Shooting Star UListen to Sample
34 The Damage is Done - Foreigner UListen to Sample
35 Godzilla - Blue Oyster Cult UListen to Sample
36 I'd Love to Change the World - Ten Years After

Yes, this is a very underrated song. Few people have ever heard it.

It was almost 3 or 4 years ago when I discovered Ten Years After and Alvin Lee. I never really cared about this song or any of his songs. But when I listened to them again, I realized how overlooked song is this. Alvin Lee is an awesome guitarists. Very underrated. He is from same years of Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck or George Harrison. But criminally underrated as a guitarist. Forget about his vocals credit. - zxm

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37 Look at the Wood - Paul Kantner / Grace Slick

I can't find Sunfighter album in digital format-wish I could for these two songs - bummo

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38 The Ties that Bind - Bruce Springsteen UListen to Sample
39 Unchained - Van Halen UListen to Sample
40 Can't Seem to Make You Mine - The Seeds

godd sound

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41 In Trance - Scorpions UListen to Sample
42 In the Land of Grey and Pink - Caravan UListen to Sample
43 Night Train - Steve Winwood UListen to Sample
44 You are the Woman - Firefall

Fireball is kind of an overlooked band. Cinderella and Strange Way were both excellent.

Oh god... I thought this was Orleans or Wet Willie or some other mid 70s band. This song is so sweet it makes me sick.

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45 Strangeways - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
46 Doing Alright - Queen

A sort of precursor to the variety of Bohemian Rhapsody. Goes from slow and steady to hard rocking. Just an all around excellent song from their debut album.

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47 Come Up the Years - Jefferson Airplane

Great song, great vocal by Marty Balin. Wonderful guitar work, kinda chilling, gives me goosebumps.

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48 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

What? This is not overlooked. Yeah it is a good song, but it was really popular.

Nothing by Led Zeppelin can be considered "overlooked". - Metal_Treasure

If you want overlooked Led Zeppelin, how about Living Loving Maid?

Ahahah, Stairway To Heaven is not overlooked!
The Lemon Song is overlooked - Rocker00

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49 Gold Nuggets - Pavlov's Dog UListen to Sample
50 Thrasher - Neil Young UListen to Sample
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List Stats

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Top Remixes

1. A Quick One, While He's Away - The Who
2. Dead On Time - Queen
3. Green Grass and High Tides - The Outlaws
1. Prelude: Happiness / I'm So Glad - Deep Purple
2. Stone Cold Crazy - Queen
3. The Wizard - Uriah Heep
1. High Hopes - Pink Floyd
2. Green Grass and High Tides - The Outlaws
3. Wishing Well - Free


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