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Best Classic Rock Songs

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by moptoptony, May 21, 2003.


  1. What are the best classic rocks songs of all time, in your honest opinion? This doesn't need to be in any order or anything; just list what you feel are the best.

    Bell Bottom Blues - Derek and the Dominos
    Layla - Derek and the Dominos
    Blue Sky - The Allman Brothers Band
    Going to California - Led Zeppelin
    Jessica - The Allman Brothers Band
    Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
    Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
    Truckin' - The Grateful Dead
    Misty Mountain Hop - Led Zeppelin
    Crossroads - Cream
    Four Sticks - Led Zeppelin
    Break On Through - The Doors
    Touch Me, Baby - The Doors
    Over the Hills and Far Away - Led Zeppelin
    China Cat Sunflower (Live) - The Grateful Dead
    Are You Experienced? - Jimi Hendrix
    Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
    Keep On Growing - Derek and the Dominos
    I Looked Away - Derek and the Domions
    Good Times, Bad Times - Led Zeppelin
    You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones
    Little Wing - Derek and the Dominos
    White Room - Cream
    Anyday - Derek and the Dominos
    Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
    Ramble On - Led Zeppelin


    I went a LITTLE overboard, but there it all is. You can obviously tell who I'm bias to...Derek and Led Zeppelin.
     
  2. Prime Mover

    Prime Mover

    Feb 16, 2003
    TN, USA
    Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

    Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

    Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

    That is all I can think of right now.
     
  3. steve miller band- take the money and run
    led zeppelin- acchilles last stand
    the hill-dwellers- the doors
    soul kitchen- the doors
    universal mind- the doors
    the end- the doors
    and anything else by the doors:D
    also...
    pink floyd- money
    the clash- rudie can't fail
    wild night- van morrison
    brown eyed girl- van morrison
    djer'maker(sp?)- led zeppelin
     
  4. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Kick Out th' Jams- MC5
    I'm 18 Alice Cooper
    Baba O'Rielly The Who
     
  5. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    Mickey by Toni Basil


    This was decided in connection with 2000 and Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones won.
     
  6. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    moptoptony-

    First off welcome to Talkbass, second nice selection of songs, third just a quick lesson on OT(Off-Topic forum). OT is for anything non-music related. Even if it be recordings of a band, or bass gear. Heck even if its a bout a gig.

    OT is just a general discussion area on things ...not ....well...musical. SO I'll move this over to recordings and see how it does.

    Welcome!!
     
  7. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody.

    Period.
     
  8. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    DC
    As far as classic rock goes I think Led Zeppelin is at the top of the list.
     
  9. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Anything from the album "Who's Next" by The Who
    Anything from any album by The Beatles

    Green Eyed Lady
     
  10. babecker

    babecker

    Mar 7, 2002
    Sykesville, MD
    Mountain's Mississippi Queen
     
  11. Donkeybass

    Donkeybass

    May 13, 2003
    Odessa, TX
    Rain Song - Zeppelin
    Your Time is Gonna Come - Zeppelin
    This Ol' Cowboy - Marshall Tucker Band (Really a Country/Rock hybrid. I like it)

    I also like the ones already listed by others.

    RT
     
  12. moptoptony

    If the topic is best classic rock songs of all time I would have to agree with many of your selections. I could add many, many more, but I think I would rather limit my selections to classic rock albums that changed our perceptions on how rock music could be made or could sound.

    I have no argument with The Beatles, the RS's, Hendrix, and Zep. Also, Layla, IMHO is one of the greatest rock albums of all time (as I said before, just DON'T live it.) So my additions and reasons would be - in no particular order:


    Buffalo Springfield - specifically "Mr Soul", "Rock and Roll Woman", "Bluebird", "Broken Arrow", "Expecting to Fly" and "In the Hour of Not Quite Rain".

    Reasons: The BS mixed a number of different styles together and were successful at doing so - Rock, Bluegrass, Country, and Folk. They were also one of the first bands to successfully master the mix of acoustic and electric guitars in the studio and live on stage.

    Moody Blues: "Days of Future Passed"

    Reasons: If Sgt Pepper was Rocks first "concept album", Days was the second and the concept holds together much stronger than Sgt Pepper. Days was released within 6 months of Sgt Pepper and the Moodies were working on it before Sgt Pepper was released.

    Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan

    Reasons: Dylan goes electric charging up his folk and social statements.

    CSN's first album and Deja Vu

    Reasons: Three and four part harmonies went beyond the Beach Boys, Hollies and Byrds. Suite Judy Blue Eyes and Country Girl are both in a non traditonal song formats. "Wooden Ships" opening worthy of Debusey (Le Mer).

    The Zappa output in the late 60's including "Weasels Rip My Flesh" - Frank Zappa and the Mothers.

    Reasons: Unusual meters, rhythms, and accents. Zappa composing parts of songs as opposed to merely song writing, i.e. using compositional techniques.

    Pretzel Logic - Steely Dan

    Reasons: The Dan started to fuse jazz with rock. Helped further the "studio musician as artist" tread. Exceptional songwriting!

    "Tonights the Night" by Neil Young

    Reasons: Imagine that you have a very good album in the can waiting to be released. An album that would be something that all your fans want to hear. Your going to make a lot of money....only...only two of your best friends are dead due to smack and you would rather talk about the darker side of rock and roll. So you release an album recorded drunk and out of tune - and tougher, meaner and TRUER than most albums ever recorded. Imagine having the artistic guts to put your career on the line for that......then do it!

    Quadrophenia - The Who

    Reasons: PT uses an old opera trick to good effect - musically reoccurring themes - each of them for a member of the band and each theme part of the psyche of the opera's protangonist. "Tommy" may be Rocks first opera, but IMHO Quadrophenia just blows it away for its strength, substance, and musicianship.

    Court and Spark - Joni Mitchell

    Reasons: Major breakthrough for female singer songwriters. Most of Rock and Pop had been dominated by the boys, but Joni not only kept up with them - she proved to be a major artist in every sense of the word.

    Yes - Yes

    Stravinsky-like meter changes - virtuoso musicianship on every instrument including human voice - expansion of the rock song into symphony-like proportions.

    I could go on and on...and yes this is just all MHO.
     
  13. Gotta through some Jefferson Airplane in here, one of the classic west coast psychedelic bands. Best songs IMO are:

    Somebody to Love
    3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds
    White Rabbit
    Spare Chaynge
     
  14. This is my original list, with some songs that I have added after consideration or just remembering them.

    Bell Bottom Blues - Derek and the Dominos
    Layla - Derek and the Dominos
    Blue Sky - The Allman Brothers Band
    Going to California - Led Zeppelin
    Jessica - The Allman Brothers Band
    Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
    Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
    Truckin' - The Grateful Dead
    Misty Mountain Hop - Led Zeppelin
    Crossroads - Cream
    Four Sticks - Led Zeppelin
    Break On Through - The Doors
    Touch Me, Baby - The Doors
    Over the Hills and Far Away - Led Zeppelin
    China Cat Sunflower (Live) - The Grateful Dead
    Are You Experienced? - Jimi Hendrix
    Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
    Keep On Growing - Derek and the Dominos
    I Looked Away - Derek and the Domions
    Good Times, Bad Times - Led Zeppelin
    You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones
    Little Wing - Derek and the Dominos
    White Room - Cream
    Anyday - Derek and the Dominos
    Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
    Ramble On - Led Zeppelin

    Thorn Tree in the Garden - Derek and the Dominos
    Get Back - The Beatles
    I've Got a Feeling - The Beatles
    Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
    Cocaine - Eric Clapton
    Get Off My Cloud - The Rolling Stones
    Hello, Goodbye - The Beatles
    Hey Jude - The Beatles
    Something - The Beatles
    The Battle of Evermore - Led Zeppelin
    Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
    White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
    Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
    San Francisco Bay Blues - Eric Clapton
    After Midnight - Eric Clapton
    Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad? - Derek and the Dominos
    Kick Out the Jams - MC5
    Borderline - MC5


    I guess that's about the last of 'em. What I really reconsidered were softer songs by bands like Derek and the Dominos and whether or not The Beatles should be included.
     
  15. Bass87,

    "Today" by Marty Balin is an exceptional ballad. I also really liked Volunteers a lot, but its kinda radical.
     
  16. No Blood sweat and tears? They were rockin back when.