Top Ten Most Important Rock Songs

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

Great song, super popular, probably the most popular in the rock era. Not nearly as important as some of the groundbreaking songs that came earlier. Interestingly it is back in the news, as the estate of Randy California [Spirit] sues LZ because the intro is a pure ripoff of Spirit's "Taurus". Supposedly Randy gave verbal permission, but there is no record of it. The lawyers will be the only ones who win in the end.

Shouldn't be on top. Good song, also influential but not that important. I mean not like that deserves the first spot.

2 Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry Cover Art

I think this song should be numbers one. Without Chucks licks that rest doesn't happen. Great guitarist and entertainer.

There is no way Stairway is more important than this song. Johnny B. Goode is the original rock and roll song

3 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Cover Art

Not important at all

4 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple Cover Art

My number two

5 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Cover Art
6 Back In Black - AC/DC Back In Black - AC/DC Cover Art

The best of the best is with AC/DC!

7 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd Cover Art
8 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys Cover Art
9 Hotel California - The Eagles Hotel California - The Eagles Cover Art
10 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones Cover Art
The Contenders
11 Baba O'Riley - The Who Baba O'Riley - The Who Cover Art
12 Respect - Aretha Franklin Respect - Aretha Franklin Cover Art
13 Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets Cover Art

The song that started it all

14 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd Cover Art
15 Hotel California - Eagles Hotel California - Eagles Cover Art
16 She Loves You - The Beatles She Loves You - The Beatles Cover Art

She Loves You should be in the top 5
Because that song was ahead of its time it skyrocketed the Beatles to cyberspace compared to all the other groups

The most prominent song when the Beatles debuted in American on the Ed Sullivan Show. Easily the single most important moment in rock history, as rock was fading away after its initial surge; Elvis was in the Army and then Hollywood, Buddy Holly died, and Little Richard & Chuck Berry were in big trouble with the law.
Music was moving away from rock, with surf music spinning away from it, and folk music the polar opposite. What we would call AC today, like Tony Bennett and Tom Jones were also prominent, with Frank Sinatra as the elder statesman.
Then suddenly, this musical Tsunami came in, so huge and powerful that it swept away everything that came before it, establishing rock as the dominant music format for the next 4 decades.
Over 50 years later now, and there is still nothing that comes remotely close to the musical importance of what the Fab Four did as they lead the British Invasion.

17 Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley Cover Art

Elvis Presley didn't write his own songs. But his vocal was one of the most unique vocals at that time.

18 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan Cover Art

This song was kind of a landmark in music. Personally, it's one of my favorites.

19 Rockin' In the Free World - Neil Young Rockin' In the Free World - Neil Young Cover Art
20 All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Cover Art
21 We Will Rock You - Queen We Will Rock You - Queen Cover Art

It has got to be this one, surely!

22 Jump - Van Halen Jump - Van Halen Cover Art
23 Love is the Drug - Roxy Music Love is the Drug - Roxy Music Cover Art

This is so good.

24 Rocket 88 - Ike Turner Rocket 88 - Ike Turner Cover Art

If this was technically the first true rock and roll song, then it should be a lot higher. Good Vibrations is good, but it isn't rock

Generally considered to the be the very first rock-n-roll song.

25 Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley Cover Art

First hit by the most important, most popular, and biggest selling solo act in the history of rock.

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