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Classic Rock: Gets Better & Better With Time

Updated on October 21, 2013
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Classic = Timeless

In the recent past, a typical Classic rock playlist usually encompassed hits that originated from mostly hard rock hits of the 1960s to the 80s. Hits such as The Who's 1978 hit 'Who Are You' and Bon Jovi's 'Livin' On A Prayer' are just a couple examples of old school hits that have become classic rock anthems.

Even though old school rock music is generally referred to as classic, it would probably be better to specifically certain singles that have - in terms of quality - withstood the test of time. Such hits have overcome the generation barrier that usually develops due to the evolution of music styles.

A good example of the evolution of music is seen through such artists like Madonna and Kylie Minogue. The two became household names through 80's Soul but had to adapt as Soul gave way to Modern pop.

Rock has also evolved over the decades but classic hits like Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing' have not lost their charm.

Classic Rock 10

Classic rock anthem remain eternally effective in provoking emotion from the listener. They are singles that still hit our airwaves to tremendous effect - whether in their original form or remixed. To understand why Classic Rock is still so appealing to this day, here are 10 Classic rock anthems;


10. I Love Rock n Roll - Joan Jett And The Blackhearts

This 1982 hit was one of a couple of cover versions of an original title by the short-lived London-based group called Arrows. Unlike the original, Joan's version become a number 1 hit at the US Billboard Top 100. The song has become one of Rock's most recognized anthems and is ranked 56th on Billboards 100

9. Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood

Released in 1982, the single from George Thorogood and the Destroyers achieved little succes at first. However, the song has established itself as Rock anthem gradually, over the years. One reason being, it has become a favorite of movie and TV producers. For example, the song was in Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

8. Walk This Way - Aerosmith

The original song was from their 1975 album, Toys in the Attic. However, the subsequent cover by rap group Run-D.M.C. marked the resurgence of Aerosmith and the emergence of a new genre of Rock: Rap rock.

7. Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

46th on Billboard's All time rock songs, Livin' on a prayer is considered to be Bon Jovi's signature anthem.

6. Baba O'Riley - The Who

The opening theme to CBS's 3rd installment of the CSI franchise - CSI New York. The Who got their inspiration from the Indian mystic, Maher Baba, and the American classical composer, Terrence Mitchell Riley. The phrase Teenage Wasteland, part of the song's lyrics, has been mistakenly known as the single's title; although, it was supposed working

5. Hold The Line - Toto

The first of many hits by Toto, Hold The Line (1978) peaked at No.5 on the US Billboard charts and helped establish the band in the mainstream.

4. Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor

Written at the request of Sylvester Stallone, Eye of the Tiger became the theme song for Rocky III .

3. Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas

With a mix of fantastic guitar play and even better lyrics, the Kansas hit is a great advert of Classic rock. Moreover, the single has become the official anthem of CW's hit series, Supernatural.

2. The Final Countdown - Europe

16th on Blender's list of Most Awesomely Bad Songs...Ever, the single became Europe's (the Swedish rock group) most successful single to date. The hit has become one of Rock's most recognized song and a great intro tune.

1. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

From the mafia hit series The Sopranos to TV favorite musical, Glee; the Journey hit has over the years, established itself as a timeless work of performance art. Described by some as the 'perfect rock song', Don't Stop Believin' should be in evry true music fan's playlist.

Redefining Classic Rock

Limiting Classic Rock to 60s-80s hits only isn't a feasible long-term option. In 20-50 years time, great modern day rock tunes from the 90s onwards will probably have to be included in a typical Classic playlist. And presently, some of these songs can genuinely be described as classics e.g. The White Stripes' Seven Nation Army (2003). Here is my pick for potential Classic hits for future generations of rock fans:

  1. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
  2. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams - Green Day
  3. Believe - The Bravery
  4. Only If You Run - Julian Plenti
  5. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
  6. We Let Her Down - Chris Isaak
  7. Anna Molly - Incubus
  8. Somebody Told Me - The Killers
  9. Song 2 - Blur
  10. Toxicity - System Of A Down
  11. More Than Fire - Switchfoot
  12. I Will Possess Your Heart - Death Cab For Cutie
  13. Changing - The Airborne Toxic Event
  14. Decode - Paramore
  15. Pyro - Kings of Leon
  16. Dani California - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  17. Where My Mouth Is - Taking Back Sunday
  18. Dirty Harry - Gorillaz
  19. Going Under - Evanescence
  20. Beautiful Day - U2
  21. Life In Technicolor II - Coldplay
  22. I'm With You - Avril Lavigne
  23. Howling For You - The Black Keys
  24. I Miss You - Blink 182
  25. So Cold - Breaking Benjamin
  26. One Last Breath - Creed
  27. Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
  28. The Reason - Hoobastank
  29. Sober - Kelly Clarkson
  30. Breaking The Habit - Linkin Park
  31. Everything You Want - Vertical Horizon
  32. Broken - Lifehouse
  33. I Don't Want To Be - Gavin Degraw
  34. Drops Of Jupiter - Train
  35. Second Chance - Shinedown
  36. She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5
  37. Heavy - Collective Soul
  38. Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
  39. Sing - My Chemical Romance
  40. Halfway Gone - Lifehouse
  41. Resistance - Muse
  42. Chop Suey! - System Of A Down
  43. Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
  44. Sweet Sour - Band of Skulls
  45. Feel Good - Gorillaz
  46. Say It Ain't So - Weezer
  47. Never Let You Go - Third Eye Blind
  48. Sail - Awolnation
  49. Country Song - Seether
  50. Its All Been - Barenaked Ladies

Rock Of All Ages

Over the decades, bands like The Who, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi have produced some of the best music around. Music that is still fun and endearing for us, the music fans. The fact that Classic rock is a viable genre of rock points to these bands having made a lasting impression. Here is a Classic rock playlist for you,

  1. Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
  2. We Will Rock You - Queen
  3. Who Are You - The Who
  4. Faithfully - Journey
  5. Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
  6. Bat Out Of Hell - Meatloaf
  7. Africa - Toto
  8. You Give Love A Bad Name - Bon Jovi
  9. Jump - Van Halen
  10. You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet - Bachman Turner Overdrive
  11. We Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
  12. Bad Reputation - Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
  13. Big Love - Fleetwood Mac
  14. Thunderstruck - AC DC
  15. Black Betty - Spiderbait
  16. Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
  17. Legs - ZZ Top
  18. Its Only Rock N Roll - The Rolling Stones
  19. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
  20. Why Can't This Be Love - Van Halen
  21. November Rain - Guns N Roses
  22. I Hate Myself For Loving You - Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
  23. Hold On - Kansas
  24. Any Way You Want It - Journey
  25. Radio Ga Ga - Queen
  26. Paradise City - Guns N Roses
  27. Poison - Alice Cooper
  28. Iggy Pop - Rich Wild Child
  29. Hotel California - The Eagles
  30. Money For Nothing - Dire Straits
  31. Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones
  32. Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer
  33. Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash
  34. Rockin' All Over The World - Status Quo
  35. Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen
  36. White Wedding - Billy Idol
  37. Punk Rock Song - Bad Religion
  38. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  39. Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top
  40. Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

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