When you hear a great song, you can think of where you were when you first heard it, the sounds, the smells. It takes the emotions of a moment and holds it for years to come. It transcends time. A great song has all the key elements — melody; emotion; a strong statement that becomes part of the lexicon; and great production.
Listen to the best classic rock songs playlist
There could be only one, couldn't there? It had to be this, right? Being "banned in guitar shops" doesn't alter the fact that this epic from Zep's fourth album is undeniably better than ANY other song because it somehow manages to cram pretty much every single rock genre into one sprawling eight minute slice of brilliance. Oh, and don't forget THAT guitar solo Easily the most subversively ingenious song to ever reach number 1 in the UK charts. This song, above all others, summed up exactly what Queen were whilst changing rock music forever. Perhaps the greatest compliment you can pay Free Bird is that when that fade starts to happen about 30 seconds before the end you simply don't want it to end.
Best classic rock songs of all time
A rock guitarist since the s, Kelley has been a fan of rock, blues and jazz since the s. This list tries to include some of the greatest rock tunes ever, all of which are classics; that is, songs released before the year Also keep in mind it only includes mainstream rock and roll and we all know what that is, right? Moreover, most of these songs were released as singles, so their exposure has been much greater than songs only available on albums. Rock and Roll is the most brutal, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear. In the old days, this was usually the first tune learned by rock guitarists the chords A, D, Em,D.