Top 50 Classic Rock Songs of All Time!

Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven

Top 50 Classic Rock Songs of All Time!

Artist / Song / Year

1. Led Zeppelin / Stairway To Heaven / 1971

2. The Rolling Stones / (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction / 1965

3. Eagles / Hotel California / 1976

4. Queen / Bohemian Rhapsody / 1975

5. John Lennon / Imagine / 1971

6. The Doors / Light My Fire / 1967

7. Derek & The Dominos / Layla / 1970

8. Bob Dylan / Like A Rolling Stone / 1965

9. Steppenwolf / Born To Be Wild / 1968

10. Don McLean / American Pie / 1971

11. Police / Every Breath You Take / 1983

12. The Beatles / Hey Jude / 1968

13. Bruce Springsteen / Born To Run / 1975

14. The Rolling Stones / Brown Sugar / 1971

15. Aerosmith / Dream On / 1973

16. The Rolling Stones / Jumpin’ Jack Flash / 1968

17. Jimi Hendrix / Purple Haze / 1967

18. Jimi Hendrix / All Along The Watchtower / 1968

19. The Rolling Stones / Sympathy For The Devil / 1968

20. Van Morrison / Brown Eyed Girl / 1967

21. The Beatles / Yesterday / 1965

22. Creedence Clearwater Revival / Proud Mary / 1969

23. Lynyrd Skynyrd / Free Bird / 1973

24. The Who / My Generation / 1965

25. The Animals / House Of The Rising Sun / 1964

26. The Beatles / Day In The Life / 1967

27. Queen / We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions / 1977

28. The Rolling Stones / Honky Tonk Women / 1969

29. Buffalo Springfield / For What It’s Worth / 1967

30. Aerosmith / Walk This Way / 1975

31. The Beatles / Let It Be / 1970

32. The Who / Won’t Get Fooled Again / 1971

33. Boston / More Than A Feeling / 1976

34. Rod Stewart / Maggie May / 1971

35. The Beatles / I Want To Hold Your Hand / 1963

36. Fleetwood Mac / Go Your Own Way / 1977

37. The Beatles / Strawberry Fields Forever / 1967

38. Police / Roxanne / 1978

39. The Beatles / Come Together / 1969

40. Led Zeppelin / Whole Lotta Love / 1969

41. Lynyrd Skynyrd / Sweet Home Alabama / 1974

42. Elton John / Your Song / 1970

43. Pink Floyd / Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2 / 1979

44. Aretha Franklin / Respect / 1967

45. Led Zeppelin / Rock & Roll / 1971

46. Beach Boys / Good Vibrations / 1966

47. Kinks / You Really Got Me / 1964

48. Moody Blues / Nights In White Satin / 1972

49. The Beatles / Revolution / 1968

50. Pink Floyd / Money / 1973

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84 Responses

  1. Neillan says:

    I think Free Bird should be in at least the top fifteen

  2. Anonimo says:

    Agree just a little, the n1 was fine but where are pink floyd, the clash songs.

  3. veda says:

    Don’t Stop Believin’ by the best voice on the planet…EVER. EVER. EVER. :)This song should be in the top 10. Period.

  4. Scott says:

    Where is AC/DC in this list…its absolutely absurd not to put “Highway to Hell” on this list..

  5. tim says:

    back in black? dirty deeds? highway to hell? Back in Black only sold more albums than either of the others on this list excepting the Eagles and Zeppelin.

  6. Joseph says:

    What about yung lost scorpions david bowie the who

  7. Zack Fitz says:


  8. Jacob says:

    You forgot Copperhead Road, Jack and Diane, Rock You Like a Hurricanne, Jukebox Hero, I Love Rock and Roll, Bad Reputation, Hey You, Hey Jude, Thunderstruck, Welcome to the Jungle, Don’t Stop Believin’, Janie’s Got a Gun, Freewill, Tom Sawyer, The Joker, Behind Blue Eyes, Pinball Wizard, Seven Bridges Road, Fight For Your Right, Lola, Every Rose Has Its Thorn, A Horse With No Name, Wanted Dead or Alive, No One Like You, Good Times Roll, Shake It Up, My Best Friend’s Girl, Paradise City, Paranoid, Bark at the Moon, Sweet Child of Mine, Saturday Night Special, Gimme Three Steps, Hells Bells, Shooting Star, Bad Company, Crazy Train, Comfortably Numb, Killer Queen, You Give Love a Bad Name, Cheap Sunglasses, Call Me the Breeze, Come Sail Away, Legs, Mama I’m Coming Home, Money Talks, Mr. Roboto, Sharp Dressed Man, Tube Snake Boogie, Tush, Voodoo Lake, We Ain’t Much Different, You Shook Me All Night Long, La Grange, Another One Bites the Dust, and Back in Black.

  9. ash says:

    where the hell is comfortably numb,, time,, echoes, hey you,, high hopes by pink floyd,, at least they should be in top 5………….

  10. Chase says:

    Yeah there are multiple other pink floyd songs that should be before another brick in the wall, and Time should be top 5 minimum.

    And the fact that there is no Rush makes me shit bricks.

  11. om says:

    where is metallica??

  12. Mo O'Neill says:

    one thing i dont understand is where is Styx, Rush, Steve Miller Band, all of these bands should have songs in the top 15

  13. partha pratim says:

    where is eric clapton? layla, cocaine,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and many more…..

  14. empiremc says:

    The Greatest Song Of All Time = STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN BY LED ZEPPELIN

    02-Hotel California-Eagles
    03-Bohemian Rhapsody-Queen
    04-Like A Rolling Stone-Bob Dylan
    05-Thunder Road-Bruce Springsteen
    07-Born To Run-Bruce springsteen
    08-Brothers In Arms-Dire Straits
    09-All Along The Watchtower-Jimi Hendrix
    10-American Pie-Don McLean
    11-Sympathy For The Devil-The Rolling Stones
    10-American Pie-Don McLean
    12-(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction-The Rolling Stones
    13-Smells Like Teen Spirit-Nirvana
    14-Imagine-John Lennon
    15-Tangled Up In Blue-Bob Dylan
    16-Comfortably Numb-Pink FLoyd
    17-Cortez The Killer-Neil Young
    18-Let It Be-The Beatles
    19-Blowin’ In The Wind-Bob Dylan
    20-Hey Jude-The Beatles
    21-Hallelujah-Leonard Cohen
    22-Layla-Derek And The Dominos
    23-Won’t Get Fooled Again-The Who
    24-Jungleland-Bruce Springsteen
    25-Baba O’Riley-The Who

  15. Johnny says:

    Where is sweet emotion by Aerosmith, and back in black by ACDC?

  16. Peter says:

    What about ’25 or 6 to 4′, ‘I’m a Man’, ‘Make Me Smile’, and just about every other Chicago song?!?!?!

    And how about Electric Light Orchestra??!!

  17. Phil says:


  18. robin says:

    my personal fav are missing
    pink floyd black sabbath AC/DC metallica
    pantera nirvana megadeath audioslave………where are them

  19. Nate says:

    why isn’t free bird #1

  20. Ryan says:

    While I may only be fifteen, I agree with stairway, but a lot of this is subjective to the bloggers taste. I agree that the Beatles and the Stones are overly represented here, but what about Clapton? There’s nothing unless you count Layla. Also, hotel California is classic rock but Nirvana is not. Classic rock is from 1950-1980. Also, no early metal influences like sabbath or AC/DC? Rush? And no freaking van halen? While I’m not saying I could neccesarily do a better job, I could sure as heck do a different list. By best, you should probably look at the artists influence on society and how that respective song of theirs impacted rock music. A few suggestions, add at least “Hot for Teacher” van halen, “Iron Man” black sabbath, “Back in black” AC/DC, “Tom sawyer” Rush, basically any song from appetite for destruction, “Schools out” Alice cooper, and some KISS. Just suggestions remember but also take a look at some modern video games like guitar hero and research why they chose the songs that they chose. Altogether not bad. Maybe rework some of the songs. Cause come on, Fres Bird at 23? Top ten.

  21. Ryan says:

    O and Metallica. Enter Sandman or One. And U2, stuff from Joshua Tree.

  22. Daniel says:

    Personally I dont care too much for the list because I’m not to big on the beattles at all. Their style is more along the lines with the beach boys.bunch a hippies….sorry to offend the heck can I unchained melody be on this list…..dont make no sense.that’s oldies but goodies. Anyway the whole list can be argued over but the fact is ladies and gents…. It all depends on the listener.for me what I dont see on the list is bon jovi.come on people! Bed of roses, wanted dead or alive, you give love a bad name! Or what about gnr paradice city, welcome to the jungle.poison every rose has its thorn, nothing but good time, talk dirty to me. Blue oyster cult don’t fear the reaper. journey don’t stop believing. Phil collins in the air tonighT. Danger zone by kenny loggins.

  23. Tristan says:

    How is AC/DC not in here

  24. Dick B says:

    Nick is 100% right. Any top 50 or 100 or 1000 rock song list that does include the 50’s and 60’s pioneers who paved the way is not worth it’s ink.

  25. Mike says:

    No Green Grass and High Tides? Disqualifies this list.

  26. RAj says:

    ok what bout november rain NO GUNS N ROSES WHAT SO EVER!!!!!

  27. Blahblahblah says:

    I agree with a lot of stuff on this list but some I don’t care for. There should be Just What I Needed by The Cars.

  28. Dude97 says:

    You left off Sunshine of Your Love by Cream.
    What year does classic rock begin and end in your opinion?

  29. Ash says:

    Stairway to heaven really?

  30. Patrotmemory says:

    This is HIS Top 50. You take the time to do this. Post it. Then get your ass-reamed by the trolls.

    At least spell the song and artists correctly: ‘Cause come on, Fres Bird at 23? Top ten.’

    OMG Lynyrd Skynyrd sucked! Many good songs not on his list but so what…

    You could list every song ever recorded and released and still somebody would have a complaint. 99% on the people on the internet: shouldn’t be.

  31. ambrea says:


  32. Tracy says:

    My all time favorite song is Crystal Ball by Styx. There are so many really good classic rock songs, I do think for popularity Stairway to Heaven, Bohemian Rhapsody and Hotel California 1. 2. 3.
    That’s my opinion. Sorry, I liked Kiss in their day but nothing they wrote compares to those!

  33. “Stairway to Heaven” plays out as a kind of spirit quest, a journey into a quasi-mythical, pagan past through music.

  34. bob says:

    Not only should there have been more Beatle songs on the list, they should have been ranked much higher. I see a John Lennon song on the list but where is “My Sweet Lord” and “Band on the Run”? In my opinion it’s a very inaccurate list…….just sayin’

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