49 Blue Oyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, “Godzilla” and “Burnin’ for You”.
^ Rolling Stone: “Read Lars Ulrich’s Passionate Deep Purple Rock Hall Induction”, published in April 8, 2016. Online: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/read-lars-ulrichs-passionate-deep-purple-rock-hall-induction-20160408
Do I Ryan need to explain why this song needs to be ranked higher? One of the best songs to ever capture the feel of the Vietnam war era angst without ever saying that’s what it was. It applies to every tragedy. One of the best songs ever released. Lets vote it up there.
For instance, the song “Going For The One” was a good song and had moderate success on the radio during that time. YES had a whole host of songs with similar recognition, which is more than most of the bands on this list.
One of the signatures of the genre is the guitar power chord. In technical terms, the power chord is relatively simple: it involves just one main interval, generally the perfect fifth, though an octave may be added as a doubling of the root. When power chords are played on the lower strings at high volumes and with distortion, additional low frequency sounds are created, which add to the “weight of the sound” and create an effect of “overwhelming power”. Although the perfect fifth interval is the most common basis for the power chord, power chords are also based on different intervals such as the minor third, major third, perfect fourth, diminished fifth, or minor sixth. Most power chords are also played with a consistent finger arrangement that can be slid easily up and down the fretboard.
Coined by Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, “downer rock” was one of the earliest terms used to describe this style of music and was applied to acts such as Sabbath and Bloodrock. Classic Rock magazine described the downer rock culture revolving around the use of Quaaludes and the drinking of wine. Later the term would be replaced by “heavy metal”.
The mindset underlying classic rock was regarded by Christgau as politically regressive; he said the music eschewed ironic sensibilities in favor of unintellectual, conventional aesthetics rooted in Victorian era Romanticism, while downplaying the more radical aspects of 1960s counterculture, such as race, African-American music, politics, and pop in the art sense. “Though classic rock draws its inspiration and most of its heroes from the ’60s, it is, of course, a construction of the ’70s”, he wrote in 1991 for Details magazine. “It was invented by prepunk/predisco radio programmers who knew that before they could totally commodify ’60s culture they’d have to rework it—that is, selectively distort it till it threatened no one … In the official rock pantheon the Doors and Led Zeppelin are Great Artists while Chuck Berry and Little Richard are Primitive Forefathers and James Brown and Sly Stone are Something Else.” Regarding the development of classic rock, Christgau points to the compromised socioeconomic security and diminishing collective consciousness of a new generation of listeners in the 1970s and on, who succeeded rock’s early years during baby-boomer economic prosperity in the United States. “Not for nothing did classic rock crown the Doors’ mystagogic middlebrow escapism and Led Zep’s chest-thumping megalomaniac grandeur. Rhetorical self-aggrandizement that made no demands on everyday life was exactly what the times called for.” Shuker attributed the rise of classic-rock radio in part to “the consumer power of the aging post-war ‘baby boomers’ and the appeal of this group to radio advertisers”. In his opinion, classic rock also produced a rock music ideology and discussion of the music that was “heavily gendered”, celebrating “a male homosocial paradigm of musicianship” that “continued to dominate subsequent discourse, not just around rock music, but of popular music more generally.”
There are bands that don’t have a single other band to even come close to them. Led Zeppelin had some of the greatest guitar solos the world has ever seen. Jimmy Page re-defined the way people play the guitar. Robert Plant is the greatest screamer ever. He actually sounds good. John Paul Jones was the fastest bassist trying to keep up with Jimmy when he did a guitar solo. Not many people could do that. And then you’ve got the greatest drummer ever who sat behind a drum kit. His solo in Rock and Roll is one of the greatest I’ve ever heard. And that brings me o my final quote: LED ZEPPELIN RULE!
Rockabilly, Rock and Roll, Hot Rods, Drive-Ins, Surf Music, Early Elvis and Sun Records, swing! It’s that classic sound and look of the 1950’s and 60’s that influences the Texas based band “The Vinyl Stripes!” With their skinny ties, Gretsch guitars, slappin standup bass and retro rockin drums, The Vinyl Stripes perform those great classic hits from Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Dick Dale, and other great artist of that era along with new… (more)
The impetus for this song is that Paul McCartney wrote it for Julian, John Lennon’s son, after John had filed for divorce from Cynthia and struck up a romance with Yoko Ono. Paul felt sorry for kids in broken homes, ya know? Funny thing is, John thought the song was about him! Anyway, the single lasts seven minutes, long for the time, and who can forget the four-minute, orchestral coda? By the way, “Hey Jude” was the first single produced by Apple Records; it also stayed at number one on the US charts for nine weeks, topping all other Beatles’ singles; and in 2013 Billboard named it the tenth best song ever.
No way I see the eagles at 13! How is that possible! The Eagles are one of the most well recognized and superbly talented groups of all time! Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, and for a bit Don Felder! All rock and roll legends! So many hits and they shaped modern rock during their time and everyone was down to listen to some Eagles! Man this is a disgrace they are no. 4 maybe even no. 3 behind queen and the Beatles!
When you think rock anthem, the first notes in Smoke On The Water are the ones who come to the mind of 90% of the population. You really have to think hard to come up with anything else. The beginning hit of Jealous Lover by Rainbow is a close second… You can’t even describe it.. Blackmore is king.
29 The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented …read more.
In 1990, a review in Rolling Stone suggested retiring the term “heavy metal” as the genre was “ridiculously vague”. The article stated that the term only fueled “misperceptions of rock & roll bigots who still assume that five bands as different as Ratt, Extreme, Anthrax, Danzig and Mother Love Bone” sound the same.
Every month in Classic Rock our High Hopes feature focusses on new bands we believe have the capability of going on to achieve big and bold things. In the past, we’ve featured Black Stone Cherry, Rival Sons, Airbourne, Cadillac 3, Halestorm, Shinedown, Alter Bridge, Royal Blood and many more.
Classic Rock Playlist: Top 500 of the Greatest Classic Rock Songs: 1969, Vietnam War Protest, Peace, Summer of Love, Woodstock, Sex, Drugs & Rock N`Roll, The Spirit of Rock, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Cannabis Weed, 1970s, Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield, Edwin Starr, The Beatles, Jefferson Airplane, BAD COMPANY, The Band, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Buffalo, My Name Is Earl Music, Chris De Burgh, Peter Gabriel, Bon Jovi, Bob Seger, Kansas, Boston, Montrose, Led Zeppelin, Joe Walsh, Blue Oyster Cult, Budgie, Triumph, Pink Floyd, Black Keys, BTO, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Dirty Trick, Van Halen, Rush, ELF, Tesla, Allman Brothers Band, America, Van Morrison, AC/DC, Electric Light Orchestra, Neil Young – Rockin’ In The Free World, HEART, Grass Roots, Montrose- Bad Motor Scooter, Aerosmith, RUSH, Chris de Burgh – A Spaceman Came Travelling, QUEEN, Peter Frampton, Pat Benatar, UFO, Elton John, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Steely Dan, SteppenWolf, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Led Zeppelin – All of My Love, Buffalo Springfield – For what it’s worth , Vietnam war, Cheap Trick, Kiss, Fleetwood Mac – Go your own way Live 1979, Hotel California… Eagles ( Album 1979 ) Little Richard, Bad Company – Bad Company (studio version) David Bowie, EAGLES, Alice Cooper, Born On The Bayou – Creedence Clearwater Revival, Absolute Steel, Johny Cash, Spooky Tooth, The Chambers Brothers, The Original Castle, Castle Blak, Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill, Bad Company – Simple Man, Paint it Black – Vietnam War, Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers (with Lyric), CREAM, Eric Clapton, Greg Allman, MOUNTAIN, Bruce Hornsby, Frenzy, Vietnam War House of the Rising Sun, Guns N’ Roses Civil War (World War II Saving Private Ryan) Tribute To Classic Rock, Deep Purple – Highway Star, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – I Won’t Back Down, Manfred Mann – Blinded by the Light, Rare Earth, Donovan Mellow Yellow, Little Richard, USA, Canada, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac – The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown), U2 – Pride (In The Name Of Love), Working Class Hero – John Lennon, AC/DC – Shoot To Thrill, Neil Young – Rockin’ In The Free World, One Tin Soldier – The Original Caste [Original], Have Mercy on Me – The Black Keys, Spirit in the Sky Norman Greenbaum, The Mamas & the Papas, Status Quo: Pictures Of Matchstick Men, 1968 less
This song by Aerosmith is included in their album Toys in the Attic which gave the band the breakthrough success they aspired. It still rocks to high heaven, even 40 years after it was first released.
This was a pleasant surprise when it cropped up in our inbox. Professor And The Madman are a new band but the members are industry veterans: Alfie Agnew (Adolescents, D.I.), Sean Elliott (D.I., Mind Over Four), Rat Scabies (The Damned) and Paul Gray (The Damned, Eddie & The Hot Rods, UFO). So they’re a total punk band, peddling an aged, possibly low-rent brand of the music they made their with, right?
Classic Rock Playlist: Top 500 of the Greatest Classic Rock Songs: 1969, Vietnam War Protest, Peace, Summer of Love, Woodstock, Sex, Drugs & Rock N`Roll, The Spirit of Rock, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Cannabis Weed, 1970s, Rolling Stones, Cre… more
Give us a listen. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the great songs from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. We’ll even throw in some 90’s for good measure. You’ll hear the great classic rock hits, and we’ll even do some deep diving into the vinyl.
With that said, always feel free to contact us regarding music you’d like to hear on Classic Rock 109. Just head on over to our Facebook page and let us know. If the song is not in our current library, We’ll contact the label, and do our best to get it on the air as aoon as possible.
22 The Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. Ranging from quintet to septet, the band is known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, rock, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, space rock, for live performances …read more.
These guys were basically the first to introduce synthsisers, something that most everyone else has relied on in their music. This band has tested rock time and time again and they have revolutionized it, creating some of the best and most favorite Classic Rock songs of all time. It is even said that Led Zepplin and many other British originated groups and singers, including U2, were influenced by these guys. The band includes one of the greatest guitarist, greatest drummer, and greatest bassist of all time. There is a reason they have been around for nearly fifty years and continue to perform.
Then we come to Freddie Mercury. A legend among legends. Freddie’s voice was so powerful and had a range that most singers only dream of acquiring. He is listed as one of the greatest frontman in history, which is no surprise to anyone who has seen it in person or on video. His death will be mourned for many more years.
Most songs on this list were singles but, at least at first, this one wasn’t. Hey, the Zep didn’t do singles! Yet Atlantic Records released it as a promotional single in 1972. Appearing on Led Zeppelin’s fourth album, “Stairway to Heaven” is a song in three parts, each one increasing in tempo and volume, until the thunderous crescendo, punctuated by guitarist Jimmy Page’s orgasmic trills, and then the tune slowly fades away with an acoustic coda. This breathtaking tune was picked as #3 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Rock Songs compiled in 2000. Incidentally, the rock band Spirit claimed it had created the song’s signature riff, but Spirit lost the copyright infringement lawsuit in 2017.
Mel, it’s all about what you were listening to back in high school or in your dorm room. If the music became part of the soundtrack of your life, you never let it go. For much of that Classic Alternative, exposure was spotty, situational, and market by market. Good to hear from you.
Any of the Beatles song from this list is No. 1 I’m old and don�’t have much time to vote in the web. but in many things is like this. and yes thouse songs are so good, I still tinking Zeppelin songs over value
Sidewalk Prophets, Chris Tomlin, Royal Tailor, Third Day, NEEDTOBREATHE, Mikeschair, Tenth Avenue North, Crowder, The Afters, Newsboys, Matthew West, Big Daddy Weave, Building 429, for KING & COUNTRY, Casting Crowns, MercyMe
This year Brothers Osborne return under their own steam. Their new album is scheduled for release in the spring via Snakefarm Records, and they undertake a headline UK tour in May. “The UK has become one of our favourite places to play,” enthuses John Osborne. “We’re thrilled to be doing our first ever headline tour there in May. Can’t wait!”
When critics say that they blew The Rolling Stones and The Who off stage you’d think people would stop being idiots and accept the genius of their music and Ronnie Van Zants Vocals however a few of these bands are not classic rock. The top ten best rock bands of all time: