We all know that there are tons and tons of rocks songs out there from Black Sabbath to the Guns n’ Roses! But if you had to pick just 20 songs out of them all, out of the tens of thousands of thousands of songs that rewrote history time and again,what would they be? That’s what we are gonna list for you.
Here is a countdown of all the rock songs that have made a mark in the history! These songs are handpicked from every rock sub-genre that was ever made! Here it goes.
22) Amazing – Aerosmith
This song from their 1993 album ‘Get a Trip’ was a power ballad rock song, with Don Henley as the lead vocalist shadowing Steven Tyler in parts of this song, reached #24 on billboard top 100, #3 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and #9 on the Top 40 Mainstream top chart, and #57 in the UK. It was written by Steven Tyler, with assistance from the professional songwriter and former bandmate Richie Supa, and is considered one of Tyler’s best works. It tells about his troubled life and drug abuse after the band broke up.
21) The Final Countdown – Europe.
Probably the greatest hit for this Swedish band,the song was written by Joey Tempest in 1986. The song was the first single from the bands 3rd album, also named The Final Countdown.
The song reached no.1 in top 25 countries including UK, and was certified gold in the United Kingdom in 1986. In the US, the song reached no.8 on the Billboard Top 100 and no.18 on the Billboard Album Rock Charts.
20) Californication – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
This 1999 classic from the bands album Californication was their fourth single and sixth track in the album. The lyrics of the song mainly concentrates on the dark side of Hollywood and export of the culture through the movie industries. The song reached #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA, and #16 on the UK charts, and hit #1 on both US Mainstream Rock Tracks for 2 weeks and US Modern Rock Tracks for 1 week.
The song has remained one of the bands best, most popular and most performed live songs ever.
19) Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard.
This song was written by Joe Elliot in 1987 in their most successful album Hysteria. It was ranked #2 on VH1’s “100 greatest songs of the 80’s” in 2006 and also in U.S Billboard Top 100 on 23rd July 1988. Within an year of release more than 1 million copies of the song were sold.
18) Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
This was the only rock song made by the American metal legends Metallica.The song was released in 1992 as the 3rd from the self titled album Metallica. The song peaked no.11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Charts and Top 10 on many European Charts. The song has been covered 40 times times in live performances and remains one of the best songs ever composed by the band.
17) You Shook Me All Night Long- AC-DC
The song released on 19 August 1980,was one of the Biggest hits from their all time famous album ‘Back In Black’ featuring Brian Johnson as vocalist.”You Shook Me All Night Long” placed at number 10 on VH1’s list of “The 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s” and the Guitar World placed this song at no.80 on the “100 Greatest Guitar Solos of all Time”.
16) Demons – Imagine Dragons
This song was recorded in the years 2001-2012 and released on Jan 28 2013 in their debut album “Night visions”. It spent twelve weeks in the top ten on the Billboard Top 100, only their 2nd song to have stayed that long preceding Radioactive. It has sold over 3 millions copies in the U.S alone as of Jan 2014.
15) War Pigs – Black Sabbath
The opening track of their album ‘Paranoid’, the original title of this song was ‘Walpurgis’. This 7 minute-er written primarily by Tommy was released on 18th September 1970 and it is the second best song of this album.The lyrics of the song was primarily focused on going against war and maintaining world peace. Readers of ‘Guitar World’ ranked the song number 56 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.
14) Heartbreaker – Led Zeppelin
Belonging to the album Led Zeppelin II, this song was written by Robert Plant and Jimmy page, arguably the best guitar-and vocal pair of all time, along with Bonzo’s exquisite drumming, in May 1969, A&R Studios New York. It was ranked as the 16th greatest solo of all time by Guitar World Magazine and “Heartbreaker” was ranked No. 320 in 2004 by Rolling Stone magazine, in their 500 Greatest Rock Songs of All time.
13) Thunderstruck – AC-DC
Written by Angus Young and Malcolm Young, the Young brothers in Jan 1990, the song will take your mind on a 4:52 minutes long joy ride.With Angus’s epic riffs and Scott’s mindblowing vocals makes for an altogether amazing song. It peaked No.5 on Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and was gracefully accepted by the crowd in the 90’s.
12) Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
This song was the most famous song of all the songs composed by Nirvana and rightly so. Kurt Cobain has shown his magic in this little piece of music with his incredible song writing skills. The opening track of the album ‘Never Mind’ was released on September 10th 1991. It reached No.6 on Billboards Hot 100 and won 2 MTV Video music awards.
11) Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
“Like a Rolling Stone” is a 1965 song by the American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, one of the greatest rock figures of all time. The most famous song of the album “Highway 61 Revisited” was released on July 20, 1965. At an auction in 2014, Dylan’s handwritten lyrics to the song fetched $2 million, a world record for a popular music manuscript!
10) Dream On – Aerosmith
Written by lead vocalist Steven Tyler in their 1973 debut album ‘Aerosmith’, this work of art has been an all-time favorite in the rock-n-roll cult. Released in June 1973, it peaked at number 59 nationally but hit big in the band’s native Boston, where it was the number 1 single of the year on the less commercial top 40 station WBZ-FM.
9) November Rain – Guns N’ Roses
Written by Axle Rose and released in their 1992 album, Use Your Illusion-II, the song is one of the longest songs composed by the band.”November Rain” peaked at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the longest song in history to enter the top ten of that chart. The pre-slash era was inevitably the most successful period for the band and most of the absence of Slash has lest a huge scar on the bands fame.
8) Hotel California – The Eagles
Released in Feb 1997, it was the tittle track of the album with the same name.”Hotel California” topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week in May 1977 and peaked at number 10 on the Easy Listening chart. Billboard ranked it number 19 on its 1977 Pop Singles year-end chart. Three months after its first release, the single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), representing one million copies shipped. The Eagles also won the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year for “Hotel California” at the 20th Grammy Awards in 1978.
7) Sweet Child o’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
The third single from their 1987 debut studio album, Appetite for Destruction, released on August 17th 1988, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the band’s first and only number-one single in the U.S. Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1988. It reached number six on the UK Singles Chart, when re-released in 1989.
6) Baba O’Riley – The Who
This song, also know famously known as ‘Teenage Wasteland’, is the opening track of the English band’s 5th studio album,”Who’s Next”. The song was included in Time magazine’s list of the All-Time 100 Songs.”Baba O’Riley” appears at No. 349 on Rolling Stone ’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time“. The song is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for being one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock And Roll.
5) Back In Black – AC-DC
The title track of the the album by the same name, this song is song one of the most applauded songs of all time. Written by the Young Brothers and Brain Johnson and released on 21 Dec 1980, the song was the bands tribute to its former vocalist Bon Scott. It peaked in the U.S. at No. 37 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1981 and was No. 51 on Billboard’s Top Tracks chart, which debuted in March 1981. “Back in Black” received the RIAA’s Master Ringtone Sales Award (Gold and Platinum) in 2006 and reached 2x Platinum status in 2007. It is considered the greatest hard-rock song of all time.
4) Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
This close to 8- minute long Zepellin song is considered one of the greatest song ever made in the history of rock and roll. The song was composed by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Bonham over a period of 3 years. The album Physical Graffiti, released in the year 1975 was convincingly one of the best pieces of rock n’ roll Hall Of Fame. The song has a sense of psychic feel to it and, boy..didn’t the crowd love it!
3) Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
This 1975 song written and composed solely by Freddie, he showed what a badass legend he was. The guitar solo at 2:35 minute mark and closing in with the Opera at the 3:03 minute mark, the song has a lot to offer. It stayed on top of UK single charts for nine weeks, the song remains The Queen’s most successful song yet. Death of this legend left the music world in utter pain and discomfort.
2) Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin
The penultimate rank also goes to Jimmy Page’s epic guitar riffs! This song is considered as the best song ever composed in the rock n roll cult! The law of unintended consequences applies aptly to this song. Led Zeppelin never expected this song to go viral. The song was also the most played song on the radio and Robert Plant had to ask the radio-people to stop playing the song so many times a day. It was the 4th track of their 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV and was recorded from December 1970 – March 1971.
When the song was played for the first time, the audience booed at them and asked them to play Whole Lotta Love. What happened in days to come was what made Zeppelin legends.
1) Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
Hands down this is the best song ever made in the history of forever. Pink Floyd has outdone itself yet again in this musical ecstasy.With David Gilmour’s unprecedented guitar solos along with Roger Water, the band is without a doubt, the single most remarkable and unparalleled group ever to have walked the face of this earth. The song first appeared on the double-album “The Wall” and was recorded from April to November of 1979 and was released on 23 June 1980.
The song is Pink Floyd’s most famous song, and is renowned especially for its exquisite guitar solos in the middle and at the end of the song. In 2004, the song was ranked number 321 on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 songs of all time. In 2005, it became the last song ever to be performed by Waters, Gilmour, Wright, and Mason together. In 2011, the song was ranked 5th in the BBC Radio 4‘s listeners’ Desert Island Discs choices. The two guitar solos were ranked as the greatest guitar solos of all time.
That’s all for the time being. Hope you like this list about Top Classic Rock songs ever. However if you think there are others that should be included in this list, then please let us know. We will update asap. Thank you and World Peace 🙂