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200 Greatest Rock Anthems of the 60s and 70s

Updated on September 5, 2017

The 60s and 70s took musical exploration to dizzy heights. Rock music spread its wings globally and inspired a multitude. This article is a showcase of the best rock anthems of the 60s and 70s.

Rock music became a global phenomena in the 60s and since has gone onto become one of the most popular genres in music. The folk movement helped rock music branch in various avatars bringing a rich diverse sound in rock contexts. Many protest songs and anti war songs in the folk genre became anthems in their own right.


Rock Anthems: The 60s and 70s

In music, the term ‘anthem’ is associated with a song that is uplifting or has a profound effect on people. The 60s and 70s set the ball rolling for rock music. A number of bands emerged with an amalgamation of diverse musical influences. The free-form music expression of jam bands became a monumental part of hippie culture in the 60s. A number of rock songs written in the 60s and 70s have gone onto become popular rock anthems.


The reason why rock music of the 60s and 70s is inspiring is attributed to the fact that musicians from different genres came together and brought a rich diversity of musical styles and influences. This collaboration of musicians from diverse genres gave unique identity to songs that became ‘epic’ with listeners. The heavy metal sound emerged in the late 60s and became hugely popular in the 70s. The hard hitting sound of heavy metal captivated youth globally. The new beginnings of the 70s heavy metal opened pathways for new subgenres in heavy metal.


Music concerts and music festivals became exceedingly popular with youth in the 60s and 70s. The decades are associated with being quintessential decades in live performances in rock history. The electrifying stage performance of bands and artists at various music festivals is considered the epitome of ‘spectacular’. A number of 60s and 70s bootleg recordings that were released in later decades have gone onto become cult hits. Collectors are willing to pay a fortune for rare records of the 60s and 70s. Songs from various rock genres and subgenres have become rock anthems.

If you like rock music of the 60s and 70s, you will have a say. Feel free to express yourself in the comments section.

The lines below bring to life an epic list of cult hits of the 60s and 70s.


200 Greatest Rock Anthems of the 60s and 70s

  1. Whole Lotta Love- Led Zeppelin (1969)
  2. Like a Rolling Stone- Bob Dylan (1985)
  3. You Really Got Me- The Kinks (1964)
  4. I Want To Hold Your Hand- The Beatles (1964)
  5. The House of the Rising Sun- The Animals (1964)
  6. Space Oddity- David Bowie (1969)
  7. Born to be Wild- Steppenwolf (1968)
  8. The Sound of Silence- Simon and Garfunkel (1964)
  9. My Generation- The Who (1965)
  10. Stairway to Heaven- Led Zeppelin (1971)
  11. Wild Thing- The Troggs (1966)
  12. Come Together- The Beatles (1969)
  13. I’m A Believer- The Monkees (1967)
  14. Smoke on the Water- Deep Purple (1972)
  15. Proud Mary- Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
  16. Somebody To Love- Jefferson Airplane (1967)
  17. Brown Eyed Girl- Van Morrison (1967)
  18. A Whiter Shade of Pale- Procol Harum (1967)
  19. Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen (1971)
  20. She Loves You- The Beatles (1964)
  21. Mr. Tambourine Man- Bob Dylan (1965)
  22. Be My Baby- The Ronettes (1964)
  23. Just Like A Woman - Bob Dylan (1966)
  24. Fortunate Son- Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
  25. Eight Miles High- Byrds (1966)
  26. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction- The Rolling Stones (1965)
  27. Gimme Some Lovin'- Spencer Davis Group (1966)
  28. Light My Fire- The Doors (1967)
  29. Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix (1970)
  30. Ticket To Ride- Beatles (1965)
  31. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida- Iron Butterfly (1968)
  32. Dazed And Confused- Led Zeppelin (1969)
  33. Honky Tonk Women- Rolling Stones (1969)
  34. Bad Moon Rising- Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
  35. Evil Ways- Santana (1969)
  36. We Will Rock You- Queen (1977)
  37. Long Train Runnin’- The Doobie Brothers (1973)
  38. Psychotic Reaction- Count Five (1966)
  39. For Your Love- Yardbirds (1965)
  40. From Me To You- The Beatles (1964)
  41. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd (1975)
  42. She's Not There- The Zombies (1965)
  43. Day Tripper- Beatles (1966)
  44. People are Strange- The Doors (1967)
  45. Magic Carpet Ride- Steppenwolf (1968)
  46. The Times They Are A'Changin'- Bob Dylan (1964)
  47. Summer In The City- Lovin' Spoonful (1966)
  48. Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin (1971)
  49. Can't Buy Me Love- Beatles (1964)
  50. Won’t Get Fooled Again- The Who (1971)
  51. Nights In White Satin- Moody Blues (1967)
  52. California Dreamin'- The Mamas & the Papas (1965)
  53. I Get Around- Beach Boys (1964)
  54. Black Magic Woman- Santana (1970)
  55. We Can Work It Out - Beatles (1965)
  56. The Weight- The Band (1968)
  57. Sweet Home Alabama- Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)
  58. Hotel California- The Eagles (1976)
  59. Sunshine Of Your Love- Cream (1967)
  60. I Can See For Miles- The Who (1967)
  61. Sultans of Swing- Dire Straits (1978)
  62. All The Young Dudes- Mott the Hoople (1972)
  63. Sunny Afternoon- Kinks (1966)
  64. Get Back- Beatles (1970)
  65. For What It’s Worth- Buffalo Springfield (1966)
  66. In My Room - Beach Boys (1963)
  67. Bang a Gong- T Rex (1971)
  68. Free Bird- Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973)
  69. While My Guitar Gently Weeps- Beatles (1968)
  70. American Woman- The Guess Who (1970)
  71. Imagine- John Lennon (1971)
  72. 72. Angie - The Rolling Stones (1973)
  73. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper- Blue Oyster Cult (1976)
  74. Heroin- Velvet Underground (1967)
  75. Subterranean Homesick Blues - Bob Dylan (1965)
  76. All Right Now- Free (1970)
  77. Love Hurts- Nazareth (1975)
  78. Have You Ever Seen The Rain- Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)
  79. Hang On Sloopy- McCoys (1965)
  80. Layla- Derek and the Dominos (1970)
  81. Tell Her No- Zombies (1965)
  82. Highway to Hell- AC/DC (1979)
  83. Paranoid- Black Sabbath (1970)
  84. More Than A Feeling- Boston (1976)
  85. Walk on the Wild Side- Lou Reed (1972)
  86. Roadhouse Blues- The Doors (1970)
  87. Jumpin’ Jack Flash- The Rolling Stones (1969)
  88. Here Comes The Sun- The Beatles (1969)
  89. Dust in the Wind- Kansas (1977)
  90. Good Lovin'- Young Rascals (1966)
  91. Baba O’ Riley- The Who (1971)
  92. Tequila Sunrise- The Eagles (1973)
  93. Listen To The Music- The Doobie Brothers (1976)
  94. Wild Horses- The Rolling Stones (1971)
  95. In My Life- The Beatles (1965)
  96. Old Time Rock N Roll- Bob Seger (1978)
  97. Brown Sugar- The Rolling Stones (1971)
  98. God Only Knows- Beach Boys (1965)
  99. Groovin' - Young Rascals (1967)
  100. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place- The Animals (1968)
  101. Something- Beatles (1969)
  102. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood- The Animals (1985)
  103. White Rabbit- Jefferson Airplane (1967)
  104. Roxanne - The Police (1978)
  105. You Keep Me Hangin' On- Vanilla Fudge (1967)
  106. Knockin’ On Heavens Doors- Bob Dylan (1973)
  107. We’re An American Band- Grand Funk Railroad (1973)
  108. Piece Of My Heart- Big Brother & the Holding Company (1968)
  109. Happy Together- Turtles (1967)
  110. Riders on the Storm- The Doors (1971)
  111. Foxy Lady- Jimi Hendrix (1970)
  112. Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2- Pink Floyd (1979)
  113. Dream On- Aerosmith (1973)
  114. Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull (1971)
  115. Along Comes Mary- The Association (1966)
  116. Love Me Two Times- The Doors (1967)
  117. Do You Believe In Magic- Lovin' Spoonful (1965)
  118. Roll On Down The Highway- Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1974)
  119. Yesterday- Beatles (1965)
  120. Walk This Way- Aerosmith (1975)
  121. Beth- Kiss (1976)
  122. The Boys Are Back In Town- Thin Lizzy (1976)
  123. Fun, Fun, Fun- Beach Boys (1964)
  124. Sweet Emotion- Aerosmith (1975)
  125. Carry On Wayward Son- Kansas (1976)
  126. Over the Hills and Far Away - Led Zeppelin (1973)
  127. My Sharona - The Knack (1979)
  128. American Pie- Don McLean (1971)
  129. Anarchy In the UK- The Sex Pistols (1977)
  130. Maggie May- Rod Stewart (1971)
  131. I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones (1978)
  132. Take it Easy- The Eagles (1972)
  133. Hello, I Love You- The Doors (1968)
  134. Come Sail Away- Styx (1977)
  135. No Matter What- Badfinger (1970)
  136. Child In Time- Deep Purple (1970)
  137. Takin' Care of Business- Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1973)
  138. Friday On My Mind- Easybeats (1965)
  139. White Room- Cream (1968)
  140. Us and Them- Pink Floyd (1973)
  141. London Calling - The Clash (1979)
  142. A Well Respected Man- Kinks (1965)
  143. Heart of Gold - Neil Young (1972)
  144. Moondance - Van Morrison (1970)
  145. I’d Love To Change The World- Ten Years After (1971)
  146. Knights In White Satin- Moody Blues (1967)
  147. God Save The Queen- Sex Pistols (1977)
  148. One of These Nights - The Eagles (1975)
  149. Pinball Wizard- The Who (1969)
  150. The End- Doors (1967)
  151. Peaceful Easy Feeling- The Eagles (1972)
  152. Soldier of Fortune- Deep Purple (1974)
  153. Money- Pink Floyd (1973)
  154. Can't Get Enough- Bad Company (1974)
  155. Rock and Roll All Nite- Kiss (1975)
  156. Who'll Stop the Rain- Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)
  157. Sympathy For The Devil- Rolling Stones (1968)
  158. Kashmir- Led Zeppelin (1975)
  159. School’s Out- Alice Cooper (1972)
  160. Me and Bobby McGee- Janis Joplin (1970)
  161. Long Cool Woman- The Hollies (1971)
  162. The Joker- Steve Miller Band (1973)
  163. Heroes- David Bowie (1977)
  164. Lust for Life- Iggy Pop (1977)
  165. July Morning- Uriah Heep (1971)
  166. Roundabout- Yes (1971)
  167. Truckin’- The Grateful Dead (1970)
  168. Come Together- Beatles (1969)
  169. Ramblin’ Man- The Allman Brothers Band (1973)
  170. Slow Ride- Foghat (1976)
  171. Radar Love- Golden Earring (1973)
  172. Time- Pink Floyd (1973)
  173. Just What I Needed- The Cars (1978)
  174. Tangled Up In Blue- Bob Dylan (1975)
  175. Who Are You- The Who (1978)
  176. Jailbreak- Thin Lizzy (1976)
  177. Turn, Turn, Turn- Byrds (1965)
  178. You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet- Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1974)
  179. Heart Full Of Soul- Yardbirds (1965)
  180. Wonderful Tonight- Eric Clapton (1977)
  181. Turn the Page- Bob Seger (1973)
  182. Black Dog- Led Zeppelin (1971)
  183. Gimme Shelter- Rolling Stones (1969)
  184. Blitzkrieg Bop- The Ramones (1976)
  185. Oye Como Va- Santana (1970)
  186. I Feel Fine- Beatles (1964)
  187. Surrender- Cheap Trick (1978)
  188. Lady- Styx (1973)
  189. All Day And All Of The Night- Kinks (1967)
  190. The Logical Song- Supertramp (1979)
  191. Go your Won Way- Fleetwood Mac (1977)
  192. You Can't Always Get What You Want- Rolling Stones (1969)
  193. Summertime Blues- Blue Cheer (1968)
  194. Fly Like an Eagle- The Steve Miller Band (1976)
  195. Behind Blue Eyes- The Who (1971)
  196. Old Time Rock 'n' Roll - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (1978)
  197. Aqualung- Jethro Tull (1971)
  198. Black Water- The Doobie Brothers (1974)
  199. Miss You- The Rolling Stones (1978)
  200. Dreams- Fleetwood Mac (1977)

© 2017 Ansel Pereira


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