To compile a list like Top Classic Rock Songs you must first decide on what makes a particular song 'top'. Is it the longest it held the highest position in the charts? Most requested for airplay? Sold most copies?... I don't believe any of these things matter in the slightest. What really matters whether a song stands the test of time. Whether it is still as fantastic 30 years plus later from the day it first came out, and how much influence it had on other music and generations.
Lists can be put together, but for everyone they will be different because different songs will mean different things for everyone, also they won't be in numerical order as it's a matter of opinion to say that certain great songs are any greater than other great songs.
A Collection Of The Top Classic Rock Songs
We shall open with the Godfather and pioneer of Rock and Roll.
CHUCK BERRY - Johnny B. Goode
Recorded in 1958 and still amazing, an example of what a rock and roll song should be.
Continuing on we have the most obvious and pretty standard choice for 'Classic Rock'
LED ZEPPELIN - Stairway To Heaven
This eight minute roller-coaster masterpiece always seems to find itself at the top of the classic rock lists. Other great tracks from Led Zeppelin include Rock and Roll and Whole Lotta Love.
THE ROLLING STONES - Sympathy For The Devil
Or I Can't Get No Satisfaction. So many tracks too choose from the mighty rock legends so we'll include Paint It Black, Brown Sugar and Jumpin' Jack Flash too.
ELVIS PRESLEY - Jailhouse Rock / Hound Dog / Don't Be Cruel
The undisputed King of Rock and Roll boasts a full discography of classic rock songs.
THE BEATLES - Hey Jude, Let It Be
As do another of the most acclaimed acts of all time, the legendary Beatles.
LYNYRD SKNYRD - Free Bird
Southern Rock Kings with many epic songs such as Sweet Home Alabama, Gimme Three Steps and Simple Man. Or the other Southern Rock Kings
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Whipping Post
Amongst many other absolute classic tracks. While we're on the subject of greatest Southern Rock we'll have
THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND - Can't You See
Heading back to British waters with the musical extravaganza which changes from ballad to guitar solo into opera followed by heavy rock we have
QUEEN - Bohemian Rhapsody
We stick with the British theme as a place in Top Classic Rock Songs go's to the first and most influential Heavy Metal Band of all time
BLACK SABBATH - Paranoid / Ironman
Continuing down the list and without all the needless interruption.
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL - Proud Mary / Fortunate Son
BOB SEGER - Old Time Rock And Roll / Turn The Page
THE WHO - My Generation
JIMI HENDRIX - All Along The Watchtower
THE ANIMALS - House Of The Rising Sun
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Born To Run
TED NUGENT - Stranglehold
STEPPENWOLF - Born To Be Wild
THE DOORS - Light My Fire / Break On Through
SURVIVOR - Eye Of The Tiger
BOB DYLAN - Like A Rolling Stone
THE EAGLES - Hotel California
STEVE MILLER BAND - Take The Money And Run
KISS - Detroit Rock City / Crazy Nights
NEIL YOUNG - Rockin' In The Free World / Old Man
ALICE COOPER - Poison / School's Out
BAD COMPANY - Can't Get Enough / Feel Like Makin' Love
The list can go on and on and I am sure I've missed out a few favorites but this is just intended as the top classic rock songs that I think everyone needs to have in their collection.