Got to be Johnny B. Goode! The other two are good rock songs, but JBG epitomizes what rock is: no job but great on guitar!!! I think your other responders forgot that rock and roll originally was 'bad boy rebel' music. Since then it has morphed into 93 different kinds of rock, like acid rock, indy, etc. But rock 'n roll isn't hard rock, it isn't Dylan or other folk type stuff, it is "He's a Rebel', and 'Leader of the Pack', etc.
Johnny B. Goode is definitely one of the songs that epitomizes rock. I think there are some other songs that can carry that claim as well. Like Bill Haley's Rock Around The Clock, Jackie Brenston's Rocket 88, etc. The Stones Satisfaction definitely has that edge and uses the great rock n roll formula of records from the past. It's an anthemic record and possibly possesses the greatest rock riff of all time!
Born To Run happens to be one of those perfect LP's of the time. . not much to skip over and a dew songs lead up to the next . . But since the album calls out Bor n To Run, it gets top billing.. personallmy favorite at the moment from there has to be Thunderroad. ..
Bruce Springsteen is my favorite. He synthesised all the Rock, Soul, Country and Folk that came before him into his own unique sound. Since "Born to Run" is his best song I would have to vote for that one as the best song. Although I'd rather hear "10th Avenue Freeze Out" live.
What are the things you look for when judging who is a great frontman? Live performances, Stage Presents, Showmanship the ability to get a crowd into the music. A persona off an on stage whether it be humble or...
DJ -This is your purview and I love what you are doing here.So, I have a question - Is this not the best Rock and Roll song ever?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2ybQuhQv8gIf not, what is a better song?
Rock in its pure form. Not pop-rock. Not country-rock , nor any other rock. Rock for Rock's sake. You may have an entirely different set of songs in your list. For, there are really 100s of pure rock songs. But...