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Top Classic Rock Songs

Updated on May 6, 2021
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Collected over 300 LPs and over 100 45s of the 60s and 70s classic rock artists Was a very religious classic rock and pop fan

The Top Classic Rock Songs of all time began in the early 1960s when 4 lads from Liverpool came to the US and went on stage in the Ed Sullivan theatre. This rock and roll craze began with the Beatles and the British Invasion that included the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Yardbirds, the Who, Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, the Dave Clark 5 and many more.

In No Particular Order, Some of my top classic rock songs include:

1. Hey Jude - The Beatles

2. Layla - Derek and the Dominos (with Eric Clapton)

3. Celluloid Heroes - the Kinks

4. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

5. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

6. Brown Sugar - the Rolling Stones

7. Let it Be - the Beatles

8. Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

9, Hotel California - the Eagles

10, Barracuda - Heart

11. A Day in the Life - the Beatles

12. Badge - Cream

13. Voodoo Chile(Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix

14. Tell All the People - The Doors

15. The Story in Your Eyes - the Moody Blues

16. Suite Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby, Stills and Nash

17. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane

18. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin

19. Can't Find my Way Home - Blind Faith (with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood)

20. Beautiful Day - U2

21. Nantucket Sleighride - Mountain

22. Living in the Past - Jethro Tull

23. Funk #49 - the James Gang (with Joe Walsh)

24. All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople

25. Can't Get it Out of my Head - ELO

26. Don't Look Back - Boston

27. China Grove - the Doobie Brothers

28. Stop Draggin My Heart Around - (Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty)

29. Panama - Van Halen

30. Peace Frog - the Doors

31. Good Vibrations - the Beach Boys

32. Tragedy - the BeeGees

33. Get Back - the Beatles

34. Back in the USSR - the Beatles

35. Street Fightin' Man - the Rolling Stones

36. I Feel Fine - the Beatles

37. Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen

38. Lola - the Kinks

39. Harmony - Elton John

40. I Only Want to Be with You - Dusty Springfield

41. Close to The Edge - Yes

42. Susan - the Buckinghams

43. The Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin

44. We Can Work it Out - the Beatles

45. Heroes and Villains - the Beach Boys

46. Ramblin' Man - the Allman Brothers

47. Mississippi Queen - Mountain

48. Radio Ga Ga - Queen

49. Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

50. Foreplay/Long Time - Boston

This list is based upon many memories that have been collected in my lifetime of listening to rock and roll.

I grew up listening to the radio or a stereo player nearly every day of my life, sometimes 4 or 5 hours per day. There is a particularly strong emotional connection when it comes to listening to old classic rock love songs like "I only Want to Be With You" by Dusty Springfield. Later in her life she put together a masterpiece with the Pet Shop Boys called "What Have I done to Deserve This"

I never tire of listening to powerful ballads from Bruce Springsteen like Born To Run and Jungleland. Across the ocean, the Kinks also produced their own special ballads like Lola and Celluloid Heroes.

Listening to powerful guitar riffs always struck a chord when I listened to classic rock. Several of my favorite powerful guitar hits included Voodoo Chile by Hendrix, Funk #49 by a very young Joe Walsh of the James Gang (they played at my high school prom) and Layla by Derek and the Dominos (featuring a very young Eric Clapton). Kashmir featuring Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Badge featuring Eric Clapton of Cream and Mississipi Queen featuring Leslie West of Mountain also contained some powerful guitar.

Another characteristic of a strong rock classic was a unique vocal. I especially love the powerful female vocals of Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) in White Rabbit and Annie Wilson (Heart) in Barracuda.

Of course the male leads were also represented very well. Bruce Springsteen (Born to Run and Jungleland), Jim Morrison of the Doors (Tell all the People and Peace Frog) and Freddie Mercury of Queen (Bohemian Rhapsody and Radio GaGa) all had distinct sounds that could be spotted instantly.

Top Classic Rock Songs have a distinct flavor and always bring out strong emotions in the life of people who listened to them. These tunes will live on forever as part of a baby boomer culture that produced some of the best music ever written and performed. Just ask the experts, like Randy Jackson from American Idol.



White Rabbit

Close to the Edge


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