Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Top 100 Classic Rock Songs of All Time

Originally posted 4/8/2010. Updated 1/27/2019.

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This originated as a post on Dave’s Music Database Facebook page and was updated in April 2012 as a response to Ultimate Classic Rock’s Top 100 Classic Rock Songs list (which employed the maddening criteria that each act could only have one entry on the list). The DMDB list is the result of aggregating 29 best-of lists focused on classic rock songs.

1. “Stairway to Heaven” Led Zeppelin (1971)
2. “Hotel California” Eagles (1977)
3. “Layla” Derek & The Dominos (1971)
4. “Bohemian Rhapsody” Queen (1975)
5. “Free Bird” Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)
6. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” The Rolling Stones (1965)
7. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” The Who (1971)
8. “Dream On” Aerosmith (1973)
9. “Comfortably Numb” Pink Floyd (1979)
10. “More Than a Feeling” Boston (1976)

11. “Sweet Home Alabama” Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)
12. “Smoke on the Water” Deep Purple (1973)
13. “Purple Haze” The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
14. “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” Pink Floyd (1979)
15. “Baba O’Riley” The Who (1971)
16. “Whole Lotta Love” Led Zeppelin (1969)
17. “Sweet Emotion” Aerosmith (1975)
18. “You Shook Me All Night Long” AC/DC (1980)
19. “Born to Be Wild” Steppenwolf (1968)
20. “Kashmir” Led Zeppelin (1975)

21. “Imagine” John Lennon (1971)
22. “Light My Fire” The Doors (1967)
23. “Sympathy for the Devil” The Rolling Stones (1968)
24. “Money” Pink Floyd (1973)
25. “Carry on Wayward Son” Kansas (1976)
26. “All Along the Watchtower” The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)
27. “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions” Queen (1977)
28. “Hey Jude” The Beatles (1968)
29. “Born to Run” Bruce Springsteen (1975)
30. “Like a Rolling Stone” Bob Dylan (1965)

31. “Back in Black” AC/DC (1980)
32. “Don’t Fear the Reaper” Blue Oyster Cult (1976)
33. “Wish You Were Here” Pink Floyd (1975)
34. “Time” Pink Floyd (1973)
35. “Rock and Roll” Led Zeppelin (1972)
36. “All Right Now” Free (1970)
37. “Black Dog” Led Zeppelin (1971)
38. “Sultans of Swing” Dire Straits (1979)
39. “Magic Carpet Ride” Steppenwolf (1968)
40. “Sunshine of Your Love” Cream (1968)

41. “Tom Sawyer” Rush (1981)
42. “Brown-Eyed Girl” Van Morrison (1967)
43. “Walk This Way” Aerosmith (1976)
44. “Gimme Shelter” The Rolling Stones (1969)
45. “Maggie May” Rod Stewart (1971)
46. “Rock and Roll All Nite” Kiss (1975)
47. “Go Your Own Way” Fleetwood Mac (1977)
48. “Roxanne” The Police (1979)
49. “Paranoid” Black Sabbath (1970)
50. “American Woman” The Guess Who (1970)

51. “White Room” Cream (1968)
52. “Lola” The Kinks (1970)
53. “Barracuda” Heart (1977)
54. “La Grange” ZZ Top (1974)
55. “My Generation” The Who (1965)
56. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” The Rolling Stones (1969)
57. “Cocaine” Eric Clapton (1977)
58. “Crazy Train” Ozzy Osbourne (1980)
59. “The Joker” Steve Miller Band (1973)
60. “Let It Be” The Beatles (1970)

61. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” The Rolling Stones (1968)
62. “Dust in the Wind” Kansas (1978)
63. “Don’t Stop Believin’” Journey (1981)
64. “American Pie” Don McLean (1971)
65. “Come Together” The Beatles (1969)
66. “Foreplay/Longtime (1977)
67. “A Day in the Life” The Beatles (1967)
68. “For What It’s Worth” Buffalo Springfield (1967)
69. “L.A. Woman” The Doors (1971)
70. “Over the Hills and Far Away” Led Zeppelin (1973)

71. “Behind Blue Eyes” The Who (1971)
72. “Radar Love” Golden Earring (1973)
73. “Honky Tonk Women” The Rolling Stones (1969)
74. “Brown Sugar” The Rolling Stones (1971)
75. “Space Oddity” David Bowie (1969)
76. “The House of the Rising Sun” The Animals (1964)
77. “Highway to Hell” AC/DC (1979)
78. “Black Magic Woman” Santana (1970)
79. “Paint It, Black” The Rolling Stones (1966)
80. “Roundabout” Yes (1972)

81. “Blinded by the Light” Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (1976)
82. “The Boys Are Back in Town” Thin Lizzy (1976)
83. “Revolution” The Beatles (1968)
84. “Ramble On” Led Zeppelin (1969)
85. “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1974)
86. “Hey Joe” The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1966)
87. “You Really Got Me” The Kinks (1964)
88. “Brain Damage/Eclipse” Pink Floyd (1973)
89. “Bad Company” Bad Company (1974)
90. “Foxey Lady” The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)

91. “Piece of My Heart” Big Brother & The Holding Company (1968)
92. “Nights in White Satin” The Moody Blues (1967)
93. “Rocky Mountain Way” Joe Walsh (1973)
94. “Slow Ride” Foghat (1975)
95. “Feel Like Making Love” Bad Company (1975)
96. “Riders on the Storm” The Doors (1971)
97. “Crazy on You” Heart (1976)
98. “Who Are You? ” The Who (1978)
99. “Fortunate Son” Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
100. “Start Me Up” The Rolling Stones (1981)


Resources and Related Links:
  • Are You on Something Classic Rock Top 500 (date?)

    Date and method of list creation unknown. Looks more like an individual’s list with songs that aren’t typically defined as “classic rock,” such as the Stooges, Ramones, Velvet Underground, etc.

  • CFMI’s 500 (2007)

  • CHRX’s Classic 600 (12/93)

    Vancouver radio station countdown. Only top 14 listed.

  • CKKQ 100.3’s Top 500 Thanksgiving Weekend Countdown (2005)

    Only top 40 listed.

  • Classicrock.about.com Top 500 Rock and Roll Songs (2002)

    Broken link. Different than below list.

  • Classic Rock magazine’s Readers’ poll (Sept./Oct. 1999).

    A list of the top 50 classic rock songs of all time.

  • Classic Rock magazine’s 10 Songs That Changed the Face of Rock (3/00)

    List only.

  • Cranbrook 99.5’s Top 300 (2005)

    Radio station list. Location of radio station and means of compiling list unknown. Only top 40 listed at link above.

  • Digital Dream Door’s 200 Greatest Rock Songs (9/9/05)

    Details of how list was created are unknown. Has links to hear songs.

  • Filescorner.com VA – Top 1000 Classic Rock Songs of All Time (2010)

    Link appears dead now.

  • FIQL’s Top 50 Classic Rock Songs of All Time (1995)

    According to Jacobs Media. Published in Classic Rock book. Assume that FIQL is a radio station that broadcast this list, but don’t know the origins of the list.

  • Guitar World magazine’s 100 Greatest Solos of All-Time (2000)

    This list of the greatest rock guitar solos of all time was compiled by editors of Guitar World magazine. The list gives the song titles and featured guitarists for each. Very classic rock in nature so included here.

  • KCFX 101 The Fox, Kansas City’s Top 1001 Rock Songs (1/08)

    As voted on by listeners. Link broken.

  • KISW FM 99.9, Seattle’s Top 1000 (1994)

    Don’t know how list was generated. Only top 40 listed at above link.

  • Steve Knight. The Top 25 Rock Songs of All-Time are… (5/31/07).

    Looks like just another blogger’s opinions. Details are sketchy on his credentials and background, but it appears he was a former radio DJ. Brief commentaries. Appears to now be a dead link.

  • KYYS, Kansas City, MO.

    A best-of-all-time list from a classic rock station. Date unknown.

  • KZOK 102.5’s Top 1000 Classic Rock Songs (year?)

    Radio station countdown. Location of radio station, when list was done, and method for compiling list unknown.

  • Tim Morse’s Classic Rock Stories: The Stories Behind the Greatest Rock Songs of All Time. New York, NY: St. Martin's Griffin. (1998)

    Stories about 225 classic rock songs from the makers of the songs (singers, songwriters, musicians). Broken into categories in unranked format. Also includes a list of the top 25 classic rock albums.

  • Q104.3 New York’s Top 1043 Songs of All Time (2007)

    Radio station countdown. Compiled from listeners’ votes.

  • Q107’s Top 500 (10/12/09)

    Radio station countdown determined by listeners’ votes. Radio station location unknown.

  • Radio Gold’s Top 20 Classic Rock (year?)

    Origin and year of list unknown. Greek-based site.

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Top 10 Songs (year?)

    Broken link. How list was created and when is unknown.

  • Rock Radio’s Top 25 Songs of All Time (11/23/04)

    Los Angeles-based (?) radio station. List determined by listeners’ votes.

  • Rocknworld.com’s Top 100 (2000).

    Lists of the 100 best rock songs and albums of all time, as polled from visitors to the site.

  • Rock-Songs.com Top 500 Rock and Roll Songs (year?)

    Don’t know details about creation or date of list. Has guitar tab links for songs. Annoying list to navigate with only ten songs per page.

  • Rock-Songs.com Top 100 Rock and Roll Songs (year?)

    Don’t know when list was created and site only says that this list was generated from readers’ responses to the “Top 500” list (above). List leans a little toward heavy metal.

  • Ultimate Classic Rock Top 100 Classic Rock Songs (April 2012)

    Top 100 list with the annoying criteria that each act can only have one song on the list. Detailed commentary on each song. Link is actually to the DMDB’s blog post featuring a list of all the songs.

  • WNEW’s Firecracker 500 (1996)

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  2. Q107 is in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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  3. This is one awesome list! I found all my favorites in top 20! Seldom do I see lists that include only the best. I must say Led Zep’s Stairway to Heaven definitely beat the odds. There is so much to say about them but I will leave it to their music-they speak for themselves! Great post!

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