50 Best Songs of Rock N Roll

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  1. kx000 Valued Senior Member

    Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
    Crazy Train - Ozzy Ousborune
    Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
    Get Back - The Beatles
    Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
    Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash
    House Of the Rising Sun - The Animals
    Hurt - Johnny Cash (Nine Inch Nails)
    Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones
    Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
    Patience - Guns N' Roses
    Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
    Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Confortably Numb - Pink Floyd
    Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
    Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
    Highway to Hell - AC/DC
    War Pigs - Black Sabbath
    Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
    Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
    You Really Got Me - The Kinks
    Miss You - Rolling Stones
    All Along The Watch Tower - Jimi Hendrix
    Hey Jude - The Beatles
    Purple Haze - Jimi Hendirx
    Ramble On - Led Zeppeling
    Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC
    Revolution - The Beatles
    Heart Full of Soul - The Yardbirds

    Sort of... im going to bed
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  3. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

    * * * * NOTE FROM THE MODERATOR * * * *

    That's only 29!

    This thread is going to spin out of control in a hurry.

    I suggest that everyone name ten songs and in a week or two (depending on how much action this thread gets) I'll do the statistical reduction and see if there's a clear consensus on which ones are "the best."

    I'll start by picking one from every decade. Not every decade of my life because there was no rock'n'roll in the 1940s, but every decade from the 1950s through the 2010s. Plus three more to make ten. You don't have to follow this formula, it just works for me. As a musician it's very hard to pick favorite songs, so breaking them down by era helps.

    I'm also going to limit my list to songs that other people might be reasonably expected to agree on--or at least remember! There's no point in making this a vanity thread and promoting songs that nobody else has ever heard. I would very much suggest that everyone follow this rule--again to prevent chaos!
    • 1950s: Johnny B. Goode -- Chuck Berry
    • 1960s: My Generation -- The Who (I'm a bassist and Entwistle's faster-than-lightning solo brought our instrument into the limelight)
    • 1960s (one of my three extras): Something -- the Beatles
    • 1970s: Kashmir -- Led Zeppelin
    • 1970s (my second extra): Crazy on You -- Heart
    • 1980s: Enter Sandman -- Metallica
    • 1990s: Possession -- Sarah McLachlan
    • 1990s (my last extra): Interstate Love Song -- Stone Temple Pilots
    • 2000s: Are You Ready -- Creed
    • 2010s: Rolling in the Deep -- Adele (we're only two years into this decade--or one year if you count decades properly--so there aren't a lot to choose from yet)
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  5. toltec Registered Senior Member

    I'll name 10 in no particular order.

    Oh Bondage, Up Yours - XRaySpex
    Where Next Columbus - Crass
    Colony - Joy Division
    Is It Art - The Levellers
    Snelsmore Wood - New Model Army
    Gerbert Ein Nation - Laibach
    Invocation - Killing Joke
    Hassan I Sabha - Hawkwind
    Grendel - Marillion
    Manic Street Preacher - Yes
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  7. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

    There are at least 30 tunes from every 10 years that could easily be considered the "best" of that era. I'll name 10 from the 50's and perhaps later add more from the next ten years.

    Chantilly Lace The Big Booper


    Whole Lotta Shaken Going On Jerry Lee Lewis


    Long Tall Sally Little Richard


    Stagger Lee Llyoyd Price


    Land Of 1000 Dances Wilson Picket


    Peppermint Twist Joey Dee and the Starliters


    And Then He Kissed Me The Crystals


    Runaway Del Shannon


    Blueberry Hill Fats Domino


    Wake Up Little Suzy The Everly Brothers

  8. adoucette Caca Occurs Valued Senior Member

    I like Johnny (met him and June once in Atlanta) but is Johnny Cash really considered Rock and Roll?

  9. decons scrambled egg Registered Senior Member

    Last edited: Nov 18, 2011
  10. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

  11. skaught The field its covered in blood Valued Senior Member

    Hard for me to pick individual songs. I'll do my top ten best albums.

    10: Marilyn Manson: Antichrist Superstar
    9: Marilyn Manson: Mechanical Animals
    8: Nirvana: Nevermind
    7: Nine Inch Nails: The downward spiral
    6: Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine
    5: Pink Floyd: The Wall
    4: Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the moon
    3: Pink Floyd: Wish you were here
    2: Tool: Undertow
    1: Tool: Ænima

    Though I no longer can stand Manson, in the time that those albums came out, I loved them!
  12. leopold Valued Senior Member

    i can think of only 8 that i really like.
    no particular order:
    1. T.N.U.C. - grand funk railroad. the drum solo on this cut is frakken AWESOME.
    2. XYU - smashing pumpkins.
    3. low spark of high heeled boys - traffic/ steve winwood. uncut version.
    4. alices restaurant - arlo guthrie.
    5. in a gadda da vida - iron butterfly.
    6. monster - steppenwolf.
    7. the whale - electric light orchestra. the uncut version.
    8. autobahn - kraftwerk. the uncut version.

    1. gish -smashing pumpkins.
    2. appetite for destruction - guns n' roses.
    3. welcome back my friends to the show that never ends - emerson, lake, and palmer.
    4. in a gadda da vida - iron butterfly.
    5. jagged little pill - alanis morissette.
    6. children of the sun - billy thorpe. uncut version.
    7. out of the blue - electric light orchestra.
    8. fragile - yes.
    9. the end - black eyed peas.
    10. billion dollar babies - alice cooper.
    11. the fame monster - lady ga-ga.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2011
  13. madanthonywayne Morning in America Registered Senior Member

    I'm not familiiar with even one of those songs.....
  14. nietzschefan Thread Killer Valued Senior Member

    Rumble - Link Wray - invents powercord inspires legends such as Pete Townsend to pick up guitars.

    Apache - I forget who wrote it - made famous by the Shadows. Yes instrumentals are very important - particularly in early days.

    Baba O'riley The Who Just plain awesome.

    Don't stop Believing Even kids love it these days - this one will last and yes the Original Journey version will stick.

    Stairway to Heaven We are all sick of this song by age 17, however it will still get played 10000 years from now, like a lot of Led Zeppelin songs.

    While My Guitar Gently WeepsThe Beatles Without this song the Beatles would be seriously diminished.

    Roadhouse Blues The Doors I love the Doors and they are the quintessential American 60s band to me. I pick this song over others(I love them all) mostly because it is good and most people like it.

    Smells like teen spirit Nirvana - this song actually got me listening, really listening to music. I was young impressionable and they got me. That is what Rock and roll is all about. There are countless examples of song that do it, this one is mine.

    Bohemian Rhapsody Queen - Queen showcase all it's octaves. The band was so loaded with Talent, super-stardom was assured.

    Echoes Pink Floyd -Everyone has a pet song from the Floyd. Mine is actually One of these days...but that certainly isn't a top rock song...it's just Evil like me. Echoes is. It just is. Listen to it. With earphones...in the dark. This is what is so great about them, everyone can pick out a different favorite song from them. They are the best.
  15. joepistole Deacon Blues Valued Senior Member

  16. BlueBaby Banned Banned

    Not sure about "Best" there are many, but a little of my Kick *** list IMO:

    Can’t You See -Marshall Tucker Band
    Nobody’s Fault but Mine -Zeppelin
    Working Man- Rush
    Take the Long Way Home- Supertramp
    Ain’t That a Shame- Cheap Trick
    Soul Sacrifice- Santana
    Hard Times- Parlor Mob
    Barracuda- Heart
    Spirits in the Night (live)- Springsteen
    Mathar- The Dave Pike Set

  17. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

    We certainly thought so at the time. There was considerable overlap between rock'n'roll and country'n'western in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers, Patsy Cline, Skeeter Davis, Don Gibson, Homer & Jethro, Johnny Horton, Ferlin Husky, Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins, Shep Wooley... names are popping into my head to fast to write them all down, of very popular singers whose records were played on both the rock stations and the country stations.

    After all, rockabilly--a country shuffle with an R&B backbeat, played on instruments that were acceptable to both country audiences and mainstream pop audiences--was one of the main sub-genres of early rock'n'roll. By the late 1950s, the rule on the pop stations seemed to be that they'd play the really popular country songs so long as: there were no fiddles, banjos or steel guitars, and no really thick Southern accents. The country stations seemed to feel that rock music was okay so long as: the singer was white with at least a bit of a Southern accent, the lyrics were accessible and acceptable to rural people, e.g. not about hot rods, surfing and rebellious teens, it wasn't too loud and fast, and had at least one guitar.

    Johnny Cash's breakthrough song, "I Walk The Line," was a monster hit on the rock stations. So were Ferlin Husky's "Gone," Don Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me," Jim Reeves's "He'll Have to Go," Marty Robbins's "El Paso" (probably the biggest hit song of my senior year in high school), Johnny Horton's "Battle of New Orleans" (although old-school guy Vaughn Monroe had a lukewarm cover of it on the radio too, that was one hot song), and virtually everything by the Everly Brothers and Homer & Jethro, who had a parody of "The Battle of New Orleans" running at the same time--did I mention that was one hot song?.

    Most of these songs all had a rock beat--complex syncopation with unwavering and heavily accented upbeats--so they were rock songs.

    The 1960s hadn't happened yet. We didn't have the explosion of a zillion different styles of pop music. There was rockabilly and doo-wop with their twelve-beat, and there was the Little Richard/Chuck Berry school with their eight-beat. To fill the void, there was a whole lotta music on the radio in those days that was simply not rock'n'roll. Old-style swing like Frank Sinatra, modern jazz, Latin stuff, one or two foreign tunes every year like "Die Liechtensteine Polka," lots of orchestral instrumentals ranging from Lawrence Welk to Henry Mancini, and lots of plain old schmaltzy ballads.

    So the songs that broke that old mold with their heavy backbeat were the ones we listened to and the ones we called rock and roll, regardless of whether they were recorded in New York City or Nashville.
  18. Festering Boil Frak Registered Senior Member

    One of my favorite guitar solos ever!!
  19. jonyson Registered Member

    thanks for this informations.......

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