Top Ten Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll

Songs that you think were the most influential in shaping rock and roll.

The Top Ten

1 Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley

Probably most influential rock song ever. - zxm

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2 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan UListen to Sample
3 Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry

This song is THE most important song in rock music by the most important artist in rock. The only rock song sent into space.

This song started it all. Without it, a lot of music we listen to today wouldn't exist. - mmarce445

To say this song "started it all" shows a lack of historical knowledge of the evolution of rock 'n' roll from blues and rockabilly. There were many other players involved. To further say that "a lot of the music we listen to today wouldn't exist" is a huge assumption, not supported by history or the laws of probability.

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4 Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis UListen to Sample
5 Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard UListen to Sample
6 Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & the Comets UListen to Sample
7 I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles

Historical significance. Their first number one hit in the US, leading the "British Invasion" and enabling future influence. - Billyv

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8 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones UListen to Sample
9 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

I once took guitar lessons. One day we got off topic and started talking about classic rock. I remember him specifically rattling off a list of songs that shaped rock n roll. I remember him saying that this was the most important

Three years later, I realize he was right

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10 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

The ‘rock’ songs we know are all a derivative form of THE rock n’ roll. This list is about the songs which influenced other musicians to shape rock n’ roll or other rock songs into what it is now. - Undistinguished

Several songs on this list are not rock 'n' roll, and don't see where this one or Bohemian Rhapsody or anything by Neil Young "shaped" anything.

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12 Tutti Frutti - Little Richard

How is this song at #16 is beyond my understanding. It's one of the top songs that shaped RNR - Metal_Treasure

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13 Hotel California - Eagles UListen to Sample
14 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream UListen to Sample
15 Help! - The Beatles UListen to Sample
16 Rockin’ in the Free World - Neil Young UListen to Sample
17 Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix UListen to Sample
18 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen UListen to Sample
19 More Than a Feeling - Boston UListen to Sample
20 Light My Fire - The Doors UListen to Sample
21 I Love Rock 'N' Roll - Joan Jett UListen to Sample
22 Another Brick In the Wall Pt 2 - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
23 Beat It - Michael Jackson

Are you serious? Did " beat it " shaped Rock and Roll? Ridiculous! And more ridiculous to put this on the top 20!

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24 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
25 Back in Black - AC/DC UListen to Sample
26 One - Metallica UListen to Sample
27 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses UListen to Sample
28 Every Breath You Take - The Police UListen to Sample
29 Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith UListen to Sample
30 Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams UListen to Sample
31 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd UListen to Sample
32 Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival UListen to Sample
33 Paranoid - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample
34 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye UListen to Sample
35 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2 UListen to Sample
36 Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie UListen to Sample
37 American Pie - Don McLean UListen to Sample
38 My Generation - The Who UListen to Sample
39 Imagine - John Lennon UListen to Sample
40 Rock and Roll All Nite - KISS UListen to Sample
41 California Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas UListen to Sample
42 Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers UListen to Sample
43 I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash UListen to Sample
44 London Calling - The Clash UListen to Sample
45 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel UListen to Sample
46 Love and Happiness - Al Green UListen to Sample
47 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits UListen to Sample
48 No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley & The Wailers UListen to Sample
49 Anarchy in the U.K. - The Sex Pistols UListen to Sample
50 Float On - Modest Mouse UListen to Sample
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List Stats

100 votes
67 listings
2 years, 181 days old

Top Remixes

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
2. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
3. Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
1. Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & the Comets
2. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
3. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
1. Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
2. Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
3. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley


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