The Stones started in the business by doing covers of the American artists they admired. But eventually the Stones made their mark in the world through their own original songs such as “(I Can Get No) Satisfaction,” “Paint It Black,” “Get Off My Cloud,” and “Honky Tonk Women,” among others, which became huge chart hits. They have not only endured the changing trends of each decade, they have also integrated some of those trends and musical styles into their own music with so much success. Albums such as Out of Our Heads, Their Satanic Majesties Request, Exile on Main Street, Sticky Fingers, Through the Past Darkly, Some Girls and Tattoo You are just a handful from the Stones’ beloved vast body of work.
The Eagle’s song about the demise and decadence Hollywood show business went triple-platinum in the US alone, as well as selling well around the world. The success of the single helped its album Hotel California lift over 16 million copies. Needless to say, it has also become one of classic rock’s most memorable songs.
Included in Pink Floyd’s rock opera, The Wall, “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” spawned a single that became Pink Floyd’s only number one hit in the US, UK and other countries. Subtitled “Education,” it’s a protest song about the strict schooling in the UK, particularly as it relates to that in boarding schools. Part 2, written by bassist Roger Waters, as well as all the other “parts” of the song, contains a school choir, a searing and poignant guitar solo by David Gilmour and a disco drum beat, of all things. Members of Pink Floyd resisted making this a single, but we’ll all lucky they changed their minds.
I suppose it’s just a generation gap speaking, but I wouldn’t have included most of the 80s songs that you did. I’d have included songs like My Generation, Respect, What I’d Say, and Like A Rolling Stone. This list just goes to show that rock has a lot of classics.
“(They Long to Be) Close to You” “Goodbye to Love” “Please Mr. Postman” “Rainy Days and Mondays” “Sing” “Superstar” “Top of the World” “Touch Me When We’re Dancing” “We’ve Only Just Begun”
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Love is a journey, and if you love someone faithfully, you always be happy. When you love someone, are you faithful to them? Do you love them faithfully? What would you do for them? Released in 1983, this song truly made listeners’ hearts melt when they first heard it.
Frank Patterson, The Irish Rovers, The Fureys & Davey Arthur, Young Dubliners, Dublin City Ramblers, Lúnasa, The Chieftains with Sinead O’Connor, The Dubliners, Altan, Sarah Moore, Sharon Shannon, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Paddy Reilly, Ronnie Drew, Tommy Makem, Luke Kelly, The Wailin’ Jennys, The Chieftains, The Pogues
Written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, this is easily the greatest classic rock song of all time. The song opens with an acoustic-based folk intro and is highlighted by hard-edged rock music courtesy of Page’s intricate guitar work. Despite being never released as a single, it was the most requested song on the radio.
In the early 1990s, thrash achieved breakout success, challenging and redefining the metal mainstream. Metallica’s self-titled 1991 album topped the Billboard chart, as the band established international following. Megadeth’s Countdown to Extinction (1992) debuted at number two, Anthrax and Slayer cracked the top 10, and albums by regional bands such as Testament and Sepultura entered the top 100.
21 Foreigner Foreigner is a British-American hard rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm.
If someone is willing to save a soul, does that mean they love them? What if they have always loved them? Does that mean their love is real? Released in 1987, this epic love ballad proves that classic rock is always going to be played because if you have never heard of this tune, you haven’t heard what love is all about.
DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly, eds. (1992). The Rolling Stone Album Guide: Completely New Reviews : Every Essential Album, Every Essential Artist (3rd ed.). Random House. ISBN 0-679-73729-4.
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Just like every night has it’s dawn, every rose has its thorn. Released in the fall of 1988, this power ballad demonstrates through analogy. The meaning of love can be expressed, but never defined, and this song takes you through just that.
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