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

2 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
3 Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
4 Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry

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

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

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.

5 Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard
6 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

7 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
8 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
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

10 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.

The Newcomers

? Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & the Comets
? I Love Rock 'N' Roll - Joan Jett

The Contenders

11 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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12 Hotel California - Eagles
13 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
14 Help! - The Beatles
15 Rockin’ in the Free World - Neil Young
16 Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
17 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
18 More Than a Feeling - Boston
19 Light My Fire - The Doors
20 Another Brick In the Wall Pt 2 - Pink Floyd
21 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!

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