Greatest Classic Rock Songs

The Top Ten
1 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

Definitely Led Zeppelin's best song. There should be more Zeppelin on the list though. Everything is great about it. John Paul Jones's keyboard playing is beautiful. Jimmy Page made the guitar sound amazing, the way he took the slow beginning and turned it into a waling solo and outro. John Bonham's drums make my heart stop. Robert Plant's vocals are probably the best ever. It's the song to end all songs. The best song in existence. Perfect in every way. They couldn't ever possibly make it any better because it is already a perfect song. And that's all I have to say about that.

Greatest ever. Led Zeppelin combines the greatest aspect of every necessary aspect of rock and roll, from Robert Plant on those wonderful vocals, jimmy page on the astounding guitar, John Bonham on those drums that remind everyone why they're voting for stairway to heaven, and then, John Paul Jones on that low, sweet sounding base. The collaboration is simply unreal. Bohemian Rhapsody may be good, but this song makes me do some serious soul searching. Led Zeppelins Staiway to Heaven should never be beat. All who says otherwise is kidding themselves.

Really amazing songs, maybe even Masterpiece (I think)... Guitars, vocals, all are perfect.. And vocal.. At the beginning calm rock ballad and then (in the end) guitars are heavier and voice of Mr Plant change too.. from soft, sad voice to voice with his oryginally tone (typical for him), with a bit anger.. and these things.. Absolute masterpiece! (And please PLEASE guys... both and Bohemian Rhapsody and Stairway To Heaven are masterpiece... but none of them can compete with each others.. Queen and Led Zeppelin are two, diffrent styles.. in playing on instruments and especially on vocals... come on guys.. ) Everybody have their own taste but don't say that one of them are worse or don't deserve the place in ranking! Thanks. x

MY dAd LoVeS tHiS sOnG sO mUcH lEd ZePpElIn Is HiS fAvOrItE bAnD- and so do I. It is quite the musical masterpiece. There ain't nothing better than it. There really isn't. I want you to tell me ONE song that is not on this list that is better than stairway to heaven. Like I said, nothing beats stairway to heaven, like, legit, nothing. I love the solo, and the somewhat sad intro, but then the heart pumping ending. It really makes my heart sing.

2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Cover Art

The musicality, complexity, the vocals and layering make this not only a true original which no one will ever duplicate, but it makes it a true piece of art. Even if you don't understand classic orchestrations this song makes it current and worth researching the history of music both modern and classic. This song should be number one. Under Pressure should also be in the top ten has it has a feeling and complexity that compare and compliment Bohemian Rhapsody
Just my opinion and I know for that reason it's right

This song (in my opinion) is the best rock song out there. Brian May on guitar giving it that special sound and just the right tone at just the right time really gave this song a major push on the bar of what a guitarist should be like. Freddie Mercury Is one of, if not, the best singer not only in the Rock community, but in the singing community in general. the overall tone of the song is great, pulling all of Queen's styles and crunching it together to make a beautiful song, and it really pushed what a rock band really is.

This is a song with absolutely no chorus, an operatic section, a ballad in the beginning, hard rock in the end. Freddie Mercury is by far the best singer/performer of all time, with his attitude, his ability, and his passion. I'm not trying to knock on stairway, but it is nowhere near as complex or beautiful as Bohemian Rhapsody. Also, the greatest and most important performance ever was done by Queen at the live aid.

Rock music is not only about heavy music, its also about variations it uses, story it tells, and Bohemian Rhapsody is like Symphony number 9 of Beethoven (if you know what I mean). So this starts with slow soothing piano solo, amazing vocal, opera like signing patterns, amazing guitar solo, outstanding lyrics, A story which will never get old. This Rhapsody should be number one rock song of all times.

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

This song is far better than Bohemian Rhapsody. to be honest Bohemian Rhapsody is far overrated as is Queen. The band would have been far less successful if they weren't carried by Freddie Mercury. This song mesmerizing and the guitar solo is incredible. This should be a FAR second to Stairway to Heaven.

From an amazing guitar solo, great guitar and drum chemistry, memorable vocals, great song writing, this is one of the best rock songs of all time, I'd say second to Stairway, Bohemian Rhapsody isn't as well written and neither is Free Bird, so this song should be ahead of them.

Sorry Zep fans, this one is haunting, smokey, sexy, seductive and has the better guitar solo.
And Don Henley is a way better singer than Robert Plant.
Bohemian Rhapsody is just a mess. What the hell is it? Confusion does not lead to greatness.
Hotel California is the greatest song ever.

Most beautiful classic rock song ever. Haunting, mysterious, cool rhythm, poetic lyrics, great solo...
Simply the best.
Chillin on the beach, drink in hand, watching the sunset with this playing. No better than that.

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

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!

Deserves the Number 2 spot. As has been said many a time, the opening keyboards are the sound of freedom. The piano/guitar riff is so great, and the violin solo really caps it all off. The WHO!

I was trying to click to hear what song this is, to find out why this is #5...I've never hear this, and in no way shape or form should "The Who" be on this count down.

Probably one of the best songs of any genre. It would be more fitting for it to be on the first place here on this list.

5 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd Cover Art

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.

There is a distinction between greatest recorded song and greatest live song. As someone else said, if you were lucky enough to have seen the original Skynyrd there was NOTHING like Free Bird live! I have seen them all, and while I actually enjoy other bands music more, NOBODY could touch Free Bird live. I saw them when I was 17 for the first time 40 years ago and I have still never seen anything like Free Bird.

I go back and forth between Free Bird and Stairway as my top of all time. I can listen to either over and over, the soft vocals and gripping guitar solos. I think what does Bird for me is the live version, guitar banging away then at about the 9:40/45 mark it's like they seamlessly roll right into a different song; chilling! Can't ever go wrong with Stairway as a top pick though.

Free Bird is one of the most fantastic songs ever written. It's absolute musical genius in my mind and I absolutely love the sliding intro, and the quick solo with that awesome tone. Truly an amazing, beautiful song.

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

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.

How is this song never considered Number 1? It's a masterpiece from that iconic Eric Clapton / Duane Allman guitar lick to Jim Gordon's emotional piano coda!

This is miles better than some of the other above it, top ten come on. Talk about a real gem of a song, especially when played live, and used in the film goodfellas

This is the only guitar riff that somehow makes you feel something... The lyrics are beautiful and the piano part at the end makes this so one of a kind

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

This song just doesn't get old. Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel), Journey from Mariabronn and Miracles out of Nowhere are the same way for Kansas. Kansas of the 70s is just so timeless and beautiful. Most bands have hits that get duller the more you hear them. Kansas' songs only get better. I think its due to an extra layer or two of complexion which makes the songs just too much to completely predict and know too well after repeated listening.

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.

This gets my vote as the greatest classic rock song of all time. It's so full of power, passion and poignant lyrics. The music stops and turns on a dime then redirects itself. This is one of the few radio songs I never get tired of.

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.

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

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!

American Pie is the best song of all time, but I picked this one because it's the most significant song of all time. The last true John-Paul collaboration, and the peak of the Beatles career.

It's the Beatles. They changed rock music from buddy holly and the crickets to the rock music we know and love today. Not only is this one of their best songs but it's also their best album.

An absolute writing and production masterpiece. The verse, the orchestral break, and the bridge. Everything in this song is perfect. This is probably the best John/Paul writing song.

9 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd Cover Art

There is no better written, arranged and performed song in the history of classic rock than Comfortably Numb. It truly is the perfect song. As usual with The Floyd, it is not a song about love, women, sex. It is part of Water's visions of his early life colliding with his visions of his adult life.
And yes, lest we forget Gilmoure's contribution with the greatest guitar solo of all time (twice in the same song). Gilmoure added the Soul to PF's sound. Early and Later Pink Floyd. And even though music writers usually list Hendrix as number 1, Page as no. 2, Clapton as 3 (and they should all be at the top, and I love their music) Gilmour with the most soulful and powerful guitar playing ever could and should be listed at the top of simply, The Greatest Classic Rock Guitar soloist of all time.

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.

I don't mean to hop on the bandwagon, but Comfortably Numb has the greatest guitar solo ever. Apart from that, I love the overall creepiness of this song. It makes you feel like you're in an upside-down world. This song should be Top 5 to be honest. It's not my favorite Pink Floyd song, but I gotta acknowledge its greatness.

Brilliant. Pink Floyd are clearly the best and most progressive band ever, and Dark Side Of The Moon and The Wall are just spectacular, and I'm listening to Shine On You Crazy Diamond right now. A study has also shown that Pink Floyd Fans are patient, very deep and hard thinking, and strong in spirit. Go Pink Floyd!

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

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?

The sitar intro is uniquely epic. The lyrics hit home and the beat never goes wrong.

How did this song climb so high?

I remember first discovering this song. The day I fell in love was that day too (with the song)

The Contenders
11 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd Cover Art

Lyrically, the best song ever. I'm a huge rock purist, and I love all the songs on this list except Free Bird, which sounds cool. This and Bohemian Rhapsody should be number one and two. I love Pink Floyd, in fact I'm listening to Shine On You Crazy Diamond right now!

I will never stop listening to this song,
My father showd me them when I was only 10, and since that time I totally love them!
They are so amzaing, and this is one of the best songs, beacause it has this amazing intro, wich always blows my mind! I cannot stop listen to it, I will love this song forever!

Thank you Pink Floyd for creating this amazing song!

Ps. Sorry for my bad English I'm a German!

I've been scrolling through a lot of songs in this top and realized that many of them deserved to be #1. I voted for this one because I think Pink Floyd is definitely the best band ever. They changed music forever and did totally change my life, too.

THis has got to be the best song out there! It made me cry the first time I listened to it. Whoever else likes this song has good taste. This song is not too long and it is not too short either. It is the one and only perfect song!

12 Dream On - Aerosmith Dream On - Aerosmith Cover Art

No matter what people say about other songs, DREAM ON will always be my most favorite song. This is how a true rock song should be! I can't describe how much I love and enjoy this song every time. I have so many songs that are very special to me, but this one is always a bit higher than any other song even if I am not a die hard Aerosmith fan. I am just so thankful to them for creating such a masterpiece!

This song just speaks to you on so many volumes and really defines what a rock song is. Todays music is all about telling your story and a fantasy you want to live in. But what dream on does best is it's a sing that has a different meaning from each and every perspective. This is when music was not about me but we.

I will always sing along to this song. It is absolutely amazing, especially in its contrast to other songs by Aerosmith. It has great music and astounding lyrics. It's a song that I will always listen to when it comes on, and I think everyone else should, too.

Even of the most latest song that currently hitting on the highest in the chart of these recent, these song is a rare kind legend and never will be surpassed, old may be but always refreshing as the time goes by.
Rock on and Dream on!

13 The Final Countdown - Europe The Final Countdown - Europe Cover Art

Needs to be WAY higher up! One of the most iconic themes ever made in the history of mankind. Easily deserves a top 5 spot. In my opinion, it is the most recognizable rock song made.

This should be top 5, no doubt! Incredible solo, incredibly historical, incredible premise. In my opinion, it is like a sung future. Also, Eye of the Tiger by Survivor should be up in top 5.

This song gets me fired up, although it's a cheesy song, it's a classic and I Love it.

"Hello, hello, hello, how low."
Smells like tenn spirit lyrics, fits perfectly.

14 (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

When this came out in 1965, I remember that it was the lyrics more than the melody ( which is of course a great melody ) that moved me. This was really a song about the " Them against us " generation. No satisfaction to find in T.V., commercials, radio and yes, no satisfaction in girl action... All American garage bands in 1965-66 were suddenly trying to write lyrics of no satisfyin' subjects. Really a classic song.

To the man who said that The Stones are more talented than Pink Floyd... that can be proven false, if you compare both the bands' record sales. Pink Floyd has far more sales than The Rolling Stones, and not to mention The Dark Side of The Moon is the 3rd best selling album in the whole world.

I never understood why these idiots became so famous. They're just a rip of the Beatles and this song and Jagger have no musical quality or speciality what so ever.

15 Thunderstruck - AC/DC Thunderstruck - AC/DC Cover Art

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

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

16 Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac Cover Art

The catchiest classic rock song of all time!

Best album of all time - Rumours. Simple.

Rumours one of the top 3 albums ever.

A timeless classic.

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

Boston and Tom totally changed the way people approached music production; even if some critics thought the production was made by computers (had to live through the 70's to understand how different Boston's music was and how far Tom took things from where other bands had thought to go or try different). Note: This was done on their debut release and not like the claimed Guns N' Roses debut release which wasn't their first realease even though the music industry wants to ignore their EP realease earlier.
Both Brian May and Tom were engenius and are not the most technically talented players; but both have produced incredible music. I always preferred people that are more creative than technical. I know Tom taught himself as he was mainly a keyboard player; but I'm not sure about Brian May. Even Hendrix had lessons and played with earlier bands before his solo stuff later on.

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.

Incredible 12 string riff with electric harmonies. Tom Scholz is an absolute genius and Brad Delp is one of the most underrated singers of all time. This song is an absolute classic and is for sure in my top 10.

At least in the top 20. as the years have passed, each time you hear this song, its still one that makes you sing along and play the air guitar. It truly was the 1st LP I ever purchased. and I used to play it on my mickey mouse record player. (remember those? ) lol This band before they split up was truly one of the all time greats!

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

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

One of my favorite songs of all time. Some people say that it's overrated, but I don't think so.

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

How can this be overrated?! This should be in the top 5s. I love you Bon Jovi!

19 The Show Must Go On - Queen The Show Must Go On - Queen Cover Art

This song should be higher than 92. It is the most dramatic, incredible, strong sounding song I've ever heard. They recorded this song when Freddie could barely walk!

Amazing song and vocals. Very emotional, too.

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

This song should be in the Top 10 to be honest. Even though it's 8 minutes long, it stays intriguing the whole time. I Pete Townshend's groovy guitar playing with Keith Moon's fast paced drums are all you need. Roger Daltrey's high pitched screams just add exactly what the song needs to be a legendary song. The fact that Baba O'Riley is in 4th is ridiculous. That song is so overrated and doesn't match the quality of this album-closer.

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.

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 classic...top 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.

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

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.

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.

This song has literally no flaws at all. The famous guitar riff, the unique vocals and the kick ass solo just makes this an incredible rock song and should be in the top 5 at least

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.

22 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen Another One Bites the Dust - Queen Cover Art

How in How in How?!?!? #32? Are you guys INSANE? Everything about this song is to it's maximum greatness! It was #1 selling overseas! #1! The beat, vocals, melody... just...are great. Top 20 at least!

This song set me in a good mood with it's awesome rhythm.

It is a great song

23 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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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

The fact that this song isn't in the top 5 is a disgrace, you get one of the greatest guitar solos of all time, and jimi's psychedelic vocals. simply perfection

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!

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