Top 50 Classic Rock Songs

So, I was talking about musical journeys in the pub with my friend Tony the other night. If ever there was a bigger fan of music than me, it's Tony. For me it's the usual, 'no music; no life', but for him, and for our perceptions of him, it's clearly, 'no music; no Tony.' I'm not saying he's one-dimensional, he's not, music is just the largest piece in his puzzle. The thing is, it's only a three or four piece puzzle.

Anyway, I've got a few years on Tony, so whereas the formative years in my music education are the '70s and into the early '80s, Tony's more of an '80s through to the '90s kind of a guy. He's got that post-punk, ska, new wave, indie, Smiths, guitar rock, Brit-pop vibe going on. As his starting point, I mean; he's not stuck there or anything. Well, not musically anyway. For me, it's more of a hard rock, glam rock, prog rock, electronica kind of a journey, and I am unashamedly, self-consciously even, stuck in the late '70s.

I guess, generally speaking, we're on the same journey; the quest to soundtrack our lives and the world we live in. I mean, there's the evolution of music; a chronology of change and development, and then there's the evolution of ourselves; our growth, our experience, our lives. And of course, there's the matrix of intertextual connections between the two. Yes, we're on the same journey; maybe we stop off at different stations along the way, explore different regions, but there're plenty of stations past and present, where we've both spent a bit of time. My point is though, that although we're on the same journey, we started from different places, and there's no doubt that that influences the way we see our journey, and the way we see the stations we get off at.

During that conversation, Tony and I agreed that, in the spirit of our continuing journey, maybe we should take each other to our respective 'home' stations and show each other around a little.

That's where this list comes from. It's not meant to be definitive in any sense except that clearly it defines me. It's my Top 50... maybe some of the songs here are in your Top 50 as well... maybe there's a few new places for you to stop off at the next time you venture out:

50.  The Allman Brothers - Whipping Post

49.  The Grateful Dead - Friend of the Devil

48.  ELO - Mr. Blue Sky

47.  Santana - Open Invitation

46.  Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl

45.  Supertramp - Logical Song

44.  The Moody Blues - Ride my See-Saw

43.  Creedance Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son

42.  Crosby, Stills and Nash - Suite Judy Blue Eyes

41.  The Band - The Weight

40.  Bad Company - Burning Sky

39.  Ted Nugent - Flesh and Blood

38.  Fleetwood Mac - The Chain

37.  The Rolling Stones - Wild Horses

36.  Metallica - Enter Sandman

35.  The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Purple Haze

34.  Led Zeppelin - Dazed and Confused

33.  Metallica - To Live is to Die

32.  UFO - Rock Bottom (live version)

31.  Motorhead - Ace of Spades

30.  Mountain - Mississippi Queen

29.  Queen - Brighton Rock (live version)

28.  AC/DC - Beating Around the Bush

27.  Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run

26.  Rush - Subdivisions

25.  Rod Stewart - Maggie May

24.  The Velvet Underground - Waiting for the Man

23.  Guns N' Roses - November Rain

22.  Thin Lizzy - Still in Love With You

21.  Rush - Limelight

20.  Slade - Coz I Luv You

19.  David Bowie - Beauty and the Beast

18.  Whitesnake - Still of the Night

17.  Judas Priest - Victim of Changes (live version)

16.  The Who - Love Reign O'er Me

15.  The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Crosstown Traffic

14.  The Beatles - I Want You (She's So Heavy)

13.  Big Brother and the Holding Company - Piece of my Heart

12.  Black Sabbath - Spiral Architect

11.  Chicago - I'm a Man

10.  Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond

9.    Rush - Tom Sawyer

8.    The Doors - Roadhouse Blues

7.    Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear the Reaper

6.    T. Rex - 20th Century Boy

5.    The Rolling Stones - Midnight Rambler (live version)

4.    The Beatles - Helter Skelter

3.    AC/DC - Riff Raff

2.    Black Sabbath - Symptom of the Universe

1.    Led Zeppelin - Since I've Been Loving You


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