I have three choices. (I Can't Get No)Satisfaction, Like A Rolling Stone, Johnny B. Goode! I'm leaning towards "Satisfaction".
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!
So hard to choose Sam
I think JOHNNY B GOODE has to be there. Such a classic and covered so many times.
Can't leave Elvis out if we're talking Rock n' Roll, the King has to be there so I'd plump for JAILHOUSE ROCK.
For a third choice how about Eddie Cochran's C'MON EVERYBODY. That riff was really influential.
1. God of Thunder--KISS
4. All I Wanna Do Is Love You--Michael Sweet
(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone by the Monkees. That or, "Money Honey" by Elvis. That or, "Flying Saucer Rock n Roll" by Billy Lee Riley. That or,... Alright, let me just stop now.
Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
Send Her My Love - Journey
Separate Ways - Journey
I'm going to say...Barracuda by Heart. Although, that's just today. Tomorrow I'll change my mind entirely.
Whole Lotta Love, Stairway To Heaven and Kashmir would have an all out battle for being the best Zeppelin song as far as I'm concerned. It would be hard for me to chose between those three records!
I'm inclined to agree.
Or maybe House of the Rising Sun...
I love that album Born To Run but I find myself playing the last song featured on that album "Jungleland" over and over again!
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. ..
But you got my point!
Thunder Road is the best song on that record....
I think it's too hard to pick one. There are so many great R&R songs.
There are some great ones already posted.
I'll add ~
Sympathy for the Devil/Stones
Comfortably Numb/Pink Floyd
Walk This Way/Aerosmith
Like a Rolling Stone/Dylan
Get It On (Bang a Gong) by T.Rex. Such a delightfully nonsensical song!
I have 10 of them. But none are true rock and roll. Besides, I've already plastered the lyrics to all of them all over these forums multiple times. Nice guy that I am, I won't do it yet again.
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.
High Fidelity is one of my fave book/movie combos, so I need to do a Top5:
In chronological order, of course. (I answered this thread a few months ago but felt i didnt put enough thought into it)
1. Heroin by The Velvet Underground
2. You Never Give Me Your Money by The Beatles
3. Mine All Mine by Van Halen
4. High Hopes by The Havalinas
5. The Bends by Radiohead
I have other favorites, but these are the ones that can be effectively classified as rocknroll
"Tom Sawyer" Rush
"Free Bird" Lynard Skynard
"Feels Like the First Time" Foreigner
"Rock You Like a Hurricane" Scorpions...Come to mind.
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