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10 of the Best Rock Songs of All Time

Updated on November 3, 2016

Why this list?

Of all the music in the world, how does someone come up with a top ten? Well, for starters it needs to be broken down into categories. I know what most thing...rock can be broken down as well. There are so many different types of rock music, but that will be for another topic, another day. This list is rock in general, and the top ten based on the most popular sites. Look through and see if you agree, disagree or if you have a top ten of your own and feel free to leave a comment! (Keep in mind this is not even my personal top ten. That would be much harder!)

#10- Highway to Hell by ACDC

ACDC is one of the top rock and roll bands of all time by most standards. The song "Highway to Hell" basically sums up the rock and roll attitude. Released in 1979, this song has been covered by quite a few singers, such as Bruce Springsteen and even the cast of Glee, but no one can sound quite like ACDC.


#9- Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd is one of the most recognizable names in classic rock. The album "Dark Side of the Moon" has even been synced with the iconic Wizard of Oz movie in a video called "Dark Side of the Rainbow." One of the most popular songs by Pink Floyd was released on September 12, 1975 (September 13th in the U.S.). That song is called "Wish You Were Here" and is the title track for the bands 1975 album. What makes this song so powerful is the emotional feel it brings to anyone who listens to it.

#8- Free Bird- Lynyrd Skynyrd

One of the top rock bands in the south, even today, Lynyard Skynard has a number of songs that most people know every word to. Free Bird is no exception. Released in 1973, it is often a song that people listen to after a breakup,but it can be enjoyed by anyone, which is why it is at number 8 on the list.


#7-Hey Jude-The Beatles

The Beatles are the top selling band of all time, reaching out across the world with their incredible talents and record-setting albums. A fan of these guys or not, it is certain that you at least know some of the words to their songs. Released in 1969, Hey Jude is one of their most popular songs and is often what people think of when they hear the name of The Beatles.

#6-Sweet Child of Mine by Guns and Roses

As soon as you hear that guitar solo at the very start of the song, you will most likely know right away that it belongs to Sweet Child of Mine. Released in 1987, there were a few covers done that might be recognized (such as Sheryl Crow in 1998), but Guns and Roses really nailed it with their trademark sound. Also on a side note, the song was featured in a part on the movie Stepbrothers that is very funny.

#5 Hotel California-The Eagles

The year 1976 brought us this great Eagles hit, that saw them win a Grammy for Record of the Year. This was the title track for their album and is heard in many movies. The symbolism in the lyrics along with the rhythm are what makes this song worthy of being in the top five best of all time.

#4-Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

It would be impossible to have this list without mentioning the groundbreaking Nirvana. Smells Like Teen Spirit is one of their all-time greatest songs, listed as number 4 among all the great songs in rock and roll history. Introduced in 1991, this song basically summed up how Kurt Cobain and company felt about themselves and their role in the industry. Just listening to this song brings back a lot of memories for anyone growing up in the 90s.

#3-Imagine by John Lennon

It's hard to class such a soft and emotional song with the likes of Highway to Hell and other heavy songs, but this is one of the all-time greatest songs by any standards. Released in 1971, this song speaks volumes to how we as people should long for the world to be. Peaceful, united and without prejudice. You won't have to look far to find a cover of this song, and most people know the words enough to make their own cover if they wanted to.

#2- Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin

Right next to number one is Led Zeppelin with Stairway to Heaven. This was the most requested song in the 1970s, despite having never been released as a single in the United States. This song is one reason why Led Zeppelin is as big as they are today.

And finally....#1...Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen!

This is one of the most quoted and most well known songs in all of history, and there is no wondering why it would be listed as number one. Released in 1975, there have been many covers, such as a recent one in 2016 by Panic at the Disco and even one featuring the combined talents of Sir Elton John and Axel Rose! This feels more like 3 or 4 songs combined into one. These are just a few reasons why this song is listed as the number one rock song of all time! Go can start singing it know you want to.

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