Discussing the top classic rock songs of all time is a sure-fire way to liven up any road trip or night out. There are a lot of worthy contenders, infinite opinions and really, no wrong choices.
Thousands of AOL Radio listeners have rated these songs on our Classic Rock Station over the years. Based on this info, we exhibit you the Top 10 Classic Rock songs of all time.
1: Aerosmith, “Sweet Emotion”
This song Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith stands at the top of our list. It’s a style of putting a song together that I still love, which is keeping the basic structure very simple.
Once you get those records, then you can start hanging ornaments off it, like a X-mass tree, to make it something more elaborate and sophisticated.
2: The Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter”
With the gloomy mood set from the first notes of the song, we know for certain that “The Strom is Threatening” on the Rolling Stones and more powerful “Gimme Shelter”.
It is the opening track of the band’s 1969 classic album Let it Bleed. Gimme Shelter snuff out the candle on the ’60s and the “love generation” right along with it.
3: AC/DC, “Back in Black”
The AC/DC “black in black” received the RIAA’s best ringtone sales award in the year 2006 and reached two-times platinum status in the year 2007.
It screams “tough guy” or “badass” or “here comes trouble”, whichever you happen to need. Everyone will admit it when this song comes up on shuffle, and you strut with your head held just a bit higher than normal.
4: Led Zeppelin, “Kashmir”
This song Led Zeppelin earns the spot on our Top 10 Classic Rock Songs list with “Kashmir”. It is an epic masterpiece that refuses to acknowledge that rock music should have any uncrossable boundaries.
It would be exceedingly easy to envision two r three dozen Zeppelin tracks dominating the proceedings, alongside similar tallies from fellow titans such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, etc.
5: The Beatles, “A Day in the Life”
Every Beatles album contains at least one tune that depends on how you feel that day. That’s not even including the non-LP singles that comprised the Past Masters set.
It would be completely justified when these hits “I want to hold your hand”. “She Loves You”, “Revolution” and “Hey Jude”, could be at top of this list.
So, our selection of “A day in the life”, earns this place at No.5. It is also a symbol of all the splendid music the Beatles made throughout their career.
6: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “All Along the Watchtower”
Anyone can cove the other artist’s songs, but only a few are able to take that song and make them true.
In that case, “All Along the Watchtower”, there is no doubt that Jimi Hendrix most certainly turned the Bob Dylan composition into not only a Hendrix song but also a true classic.
7: Van Halen, “Everybody Wants Some!!”
The higher we climb on our Top 10 classic rock songs list, the harder it gets to pick just one song to represent a massive band such as Van Halen. It might be pretty easy for you to understand why “Everybody Wants Some” song if you have attended any one of the group’s concerts in recent years.
8. Black Sabbath, “Paranoid”
Black Sabbath’s second album “Paranoid” was very influential. 1970 LP basically created the template for the heavy metals. And the lack of complication on “Paranoid” makes it that much more effective.
Butler’s lyrics are really straightforward and the song’s protagonist, who moans being unable to find joy or experience happiness. Whether it can be his own shortcomings or a side effect of the romance.
9: Pink Floyd, “Comfortably Numb”
This song is famous for its feuding as they meant for music. Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Roger Waters are bandmates for nearly two decades. One notable exception is the No. 9th song on our Top 10 Classic rock songs list, “Comfortably Numb”.
10. Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
It’s really hard to believe there was a time when the Guns N’Roses weren’t absolutely huge. But in reality, if it weren’ for the second chance, “sweet child O’ Mine” granted them, the world would have missed out a lot of great pieces of music.
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