Five best rock songs of all time

This came up in conversation recently. I had been on the treadmill and one of my top 5 came on and I was thinking about how different it is to rock out on the treadmill to a song like that versus the others on the play list. Later that week at a bar, I talked about it with some friends while a very mediocre Lynyrd Skynyrd band played (I would like those few hours back, please). So let me frame the question.

What are your 5 top rock songs of all time? Yours, not everyone else's. I'm not necessarily looking for the best technically. Just your favorites; the ones that make you rock out. Where you are all air guitaring and stuff. And I am limiting the question to the rock genre. I buzzer will sound of your song isn't rock.

Comments (84)

  1. LetsKillDave says:

    What’s the matter, the list from "High Fidelity" doesn’t qualify? πŸ™‚

  2. Keith Patrick says:

    1. The Mars Volta – "Cassandra Gemini", especially track II

    2. Tool – "Lateralus"

    3. Pearl Jam – "Black, Red, Yellow" (very Stone-ish)

    4. Tool – "Ticks and Leeches" by virtue of the drum intro & solo

    5. Soundgarden  – "Mailman"

  3. Programmerman says:

    Boston’s entire first album. But, since you said five, we’ll go ahead and trim it down to the two best songs from that album: "More Than a Feeling" and "Foreplay/Long Time." And a few other songs, but those are the (rock) ones that get me going the most right now.

  4. Steinkamp says:

    Wow – lots of pressure so I will just go top of mind –

    AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long

    GNR – Welcome to the Jungle

    THE POLICE – Don’t Stand So Close To Me

    U2 – Pride

    Van Halen – Little Guitars

    If you want the true top five I will have to think for a while….

  5. HeatherLeigh says:

    LetsKillDave – the movie? Can’t say that I have seen it. I know; there’s a whole category of pop culture I am missing because there’s a certain kind of humor I just don’t get. I don’t get a lot of jokes because of that.

    Keith Patrick – Wow! I don’t think I know any of those! No Zeppelin or anything? Please tell me that you aren’t too young to know who Led Zeppelin is. That would make me very sad and very old.

    Programmerman – So you are in to the softer side of rock. Those kinds of songs are the soundtrack to my childhood.

    Steinkamp – I know, right? And this is how I know we are the same age.

  6. HeatherLeigh says:

    OK, here are mine:

    Led Zeppelin – Black Dog

    Guns N Roses – Welcome to the Jungle

    Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil

    Ozzy – Crazy Train

    Rush – Tom Sawyer

    Honorable mention: Metallica – Enter Sandman. Whick really didn’t make the list because I could think of 6 top rock songs, but not ten so I had to go with 5.

  7. Phil Weber says:

    So hard to limit it to five! Here are mine:

    You Wreck Me – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    Reeling in the Years – Steely Dan

    Juke Box Hero – Foreigner

    Panama – Van Halen

    Rocky Mountain Way – Joe Walsh

  8. Phil Weber says:

    Wait… I want to change my vote! Add:

    Barracuda – Heart

    and remove… I don’t know, Joe Walsh I guess.

  9. HeatherLeigh says:

    Phil, you are having the same problem I had! It’s kind of like potato chips, well except that you can’t eat your favorite songs.

  10. Keith Patrick says:

    Heather: I’m 32, so I know Zeppelin. I just don’t like them; I used to spend a lot of time in pool halls, which burned me out on them. Plus I don’t like much pre-80s music other than the Stones (I’m named after Keith Richards) and Pink Floyd. Sad but true πŸ™‚

    Most people either don’t know who TMV is or don’t like them, plus "Cassandra Gemini" is 1/2 hour long, so it requires patience.  "Black, Red, Yellow" is a PJ b-side, but c’mon, "Mailman" is on Superunknown!  I thought everyone had that album.

    They’re all on Youtube in some form or another, though ("Carrie Gemini" is a pretty cool video format for CG)

  11. Matt Rolak says:

    Hmm…  ‘rock’ is a hard one for me to define but I’ll take my own stab anyhow:

    – AC/DC – Hell’s Bells

    – Metallica – One

    – Dave Matthews – Watchtower (yes, Dave’s version not Jimi…  sad but true for me at least)

    – Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run

    – Billy Joel – Pressure

  12. Bill Wagner says:

    Derek & the Dominos – Layla

    Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love

    Kid Rock – Bawitdaba

    Rush – Tom Sawyer

    Grateful Dead – Turn on your Lovelight (from Live Dead)

  13. HeatherLeigh says:

    Nice! I am liking these lists!

    As a side benefit, I am definitely going to have some new songs to add to my playlist. I’m never in front of a computer when I hear one of these songs and think "ooh, I should have that!"

  14. Buz says:

    Mine come in no particular order, and will most likely change within minutes. So without further ado:

    1. Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys

    2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles

    3. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

    4. Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

    5. Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison

  15. Adam Bomb says:

    lots of great stuff on all these lists, so here’s 5 that haven’t yet been mentioned that I can confirm do, in fact, rock hard:

    Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal

    Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name Of

    Modest Mouse – Dashboard

    Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way

    Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child

  16. Bruce says:

    Way too many favorites to pick just 5, but here goes:

    Led Zeppelin:  Whole Lotta Love

    Pink Floyd:  Time

    Cream:  Sunshine of your love

    Fleetwood Mac:  Go your own way

    Boston:  Hitch a ride


    Gary Wright:  Dream Weaver

    Steely Dan:  Reelin in the years

    Santana:  Black Magic Woman

    The Beatles:  Come Together

    Derek & the Dominos:  Layla


    The Eagles:  Hotel California

    Argent:  Hold your head up

    Edgar Winter:  Frankenstein

    Emerson, Lake & Palmer:  Lucky Man

    Heart:  Barracuda


  17. Steve Boyko says:

    Did you watch High Fidelity recently? I wonder, with these lists… πŸ™‚

    In no particular order,

    "Stone in Love", Journey

    "Back in Black", AC/DC

    "More Than a Feeling", Boston

    "Closing Time", Semisonic

    "Get Up", Van Halen

    I wanted to put "Love Shack" by the B-52s in there, but I think that is more pop than rock.

  18. Hari says:

    Is metal allowed?

    1.)AC/DC – Hell’s Bells

    2.)Dio – Man on the silver mountain

    3.)The Doors – Light my fire

    4.)Pearl Jam – Black

    5.)Pearl Jam – Alive

  19. John says:

    Smells like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

    Heartbreaker – Zep

    Won’t get Fooled Again – Who

    Facination Street – Cure

    Born to Run – Springsteen


    New Years Day – U2

    Livin on a Prayer – Bon Jovi (yes, I said it)

  20. Todd Klimek says:

    Wow….I had NO IDEA how hard this would be….I’ll try these (I think that anytime one might ask this question the answer would change depending on the mood at the time)….and you’ve now made me slip into my "rocky" side

    Number of the Beast – Iron Maiden

    The Green Manalishi – Judas Priest

    Lights Out – UFO

    Big City Nights – Scorpions

    Communication Breakdown – Zeppelin

  21. HeatherLeigh says:

    Hey Buz – Is "While My GUitar" the Beatles or George Harrison? The only reason that weould even jump out at me is that I don’t like TheBeatles (I know) but I love the work that Harrison and McCartney did afterward. If it is truly the Beatles, I may have to revise my opinion. You’ve got a good lists of rock "classics", I think!

    Adam Bomb – Iggy Pop! Yes!

    Bruce – cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater πŸ™‚ OK, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors is on my shortlist for best album ever. Those are also a bunch of songs from my childhood. Ahhh, childhood.

    Steve Boyko – I swear I didn’t. It was honestly just a debate I was having with myself on the treadmill; the place where my mind wanders if there’s nothing interesting on ESPN or CNN. I’m definitely not a "haha-funny" movie gal. Then I brought it up with a bunch of friends. Sadly, only one of them was my age and knew what I was talking about. And also, one of the radio stations I listen to was blathering on and on about Metallica bc they were just here. Anyhoo, the movie thing may be another good reader participation question. And I love to see "Stone in Love" on your list. I had that Journey album in vinyl! OMG, I can practically smell the vinyl!

  22. HeatherLeigh says:

    Oh, and also….VH1 had a top hits of the 90s thing going on this weekend and though I only caught bits and pieces, it was pretty awesome. I’m going to find their list online and download some "new" old songs!

  23. Bruce says:

    I can confirm that "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is the Beatles, not a solo project afterward.

  24. HeatherLeigh says:

    Shows what I know. I will try to take it easy on the Beatles then πŸ™‚

  25. Todd Klimek says:

    Vinnie Moore also has a beautiful instrumental version of "Gently Weeps".


  26. Steve Boyko says:

    Even if you’re not a "ha ha funny" movie gal, I think you would like High Fidelity.  It would be in my top 10 movies of all time list, if not the top 5.

    I used to love Journey and especially the "Escape" album that "Stone in Love" is on.  I still do love Journey, but not with the same burning intensity. πŸ˜‰

    I really enjoy reading your blog, BTW.  You have the right mix of personal and professional entries for my taste.

  27. HeatherLeigh says:

    I’m not so sure. McCaughnahey bugs me.  I don’t know how to spell his name and I refuse to look it up on priciple πŸ™‚

    I feel the same about Journey. Good stuff. I may try to look up some vinyl on eBay or something. Would be nice to feel the weight of the vinyl versus the sterile CD case.

    I worry that if I ask people what their top 5 funny movies are, I will realize that all my readers like haha-funny and then I will have to deal with the fact that despite my dislike of haha-funny, I actually might have something in common with haha-funny. If you know what I mean.

    Thanks for the nice words about the blog! I go through ebbs and flows and now I am definitely getting back into it. Right now, I am really enjoying learning about my readers’ taste.

  28. Wine-Oh says:

    1) Thriller- Michael Jackson

    2) Kharma Chamelion- Culture Club

    3) Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen

    4) Piano Man- Billy Joel

    5) Born in the USA- Bruce Springsteen


    -Wake Me Up Before You Go Go- Wham (Just kidding)

    I think the next survey should be the worst songs of the 80s :). Wasnt there a show on VH1 like this?

  29. HeatherLeigh says:

    Were you serious on the top 5? I’m scared!  Yeah, maybe we wil get to the worst songs of the 80s but I am trying to be positive now πŸ™‚

  30. Wine-Oh says:

    Part serious, part being funny. πŸ™‚

  31. crawdad13 says:

    OK, first of all, ROCK songs.

    That means no Culture Club NO Roy Orbison.  Seriously, turning up the volume on those "artists" only makes their music sound worse.  You can’t go all the way to 11.  And even though I liked R.O. in Traveling Willburys, that doesn’t count.

    So for the most ROCKing songs… (here are a bunch…take your pick and feel free to replace your lame songs with one of these)

    You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

    Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol

    Jump – Van Halen

    Lose Yourself – Eminem

    Mandinka – Sinead O’Connor

    Semi-Charmed Life – Thrid Eye Blind

    Sugar High – Coyote Shivers

    Slide – Goo-Goo Dolls

    Photograph – Def Leppard

    My Kind of Lover – Billy Squire

    Basket Case – Green Day

    Let’s Go Crazy – Prince

    We Got The Beat – the Go-Go’s

    Love is Alright Tonight – Rick Springfield

    Can You Help Me – Ape Hangers

    Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes

    If You can’t just let the hair fall in your face and bang your head to these songs, there is something really wrong. (or maybe you weren’t alive in the 80’s…or you did live through the 80’s and now, like me, have much less hair)

    I’m not even saying these songs are great songs, or the best songs by each artist, but they definitely ROCK

    Another great reader-survey type question would be top movie soundtracks of all time…

    Purple Rain

    Empire Records

    Reality Bites

    Hi Fidelity

    8 mile

    Big Chill

    Repo Man

    Stand By Me

  32. HeatherLeigh says:

    Going back to respond to some comments out of order…

    Hari – I like your picks!

    John – don’t be embarrassed by the Bon Jovi. I think that if it wasn’t for the hair and goofy 80s outfits, they would have gotten a lot more respect. And I do indeed that they can rock.

    Todd Klimek – you are even more heavy metal than me! Did you have a blacklight in your room in high school? πŸ™‚ Also, I have never heard of Vinnie Moore.

    Wine-Oh, OK. To each his own, of course! ope you don’t mind if I giggle a little bit about the Culture Club πŸ™‚

    Darren Cox – the question was what 5 songs. It’s much harder to pick 5 than to do a whole list (ask Todd Klimek). And Wine-ohs picks count. We can all have different opinions without calling each others picks "lame". For something as trivial and subjective as musical taste, can we try to be nice to each other? I mean, you included Rick Springfield  and the Googoo Dolls and the Go-Gos in your rockin’ list so you know what they say about glass houses. Regardless, I like a lot of the songs in your list, but many aren’t really ones that I would turn the volume up on. BUt oh, Billy Squire…loves me some Billy Squire. You can’t NOT dance around the house when you are playing one of his songs!

  33. Keith Patrick says:

    I like the idea of top movie soundtracks. I’d have to dig through my CDs to job my memory on ones i like. "High Fidelity" is an absolute must, and I’m partial to the soundtrack to "Heat".  I know there’s one in my collection that’s in my pantheon of favorite CDs period (and it isn’t HF), but I’m drawing a blank at the moment.

    Another one I like to ask people is: name 5 bands you like but wouldn’t brag about liking. I’ve got quite a few CDs that go onto my MP3 player (especially for marathon coding sessions), but I NEVER play when someone else is in the car with me.

  34. Buz Smith says:

    Roy is in the Rock n’ Roll HOF…

  35. HeatherLeigh says:

    Keith – guilty secret bands. I have some of those πŸ™‚

    Buz – I am with you. He’s rock royalty. I don’t want to live in a world where the GoGos rock and Roy Orbison doesn’t.

  36. Todd Klimek says:

    Yeah….this Vinnie Moore album was released in 1987.  Here is a link to a sample of "While my guitar gently weeps" on Amazon:

    Wow….I think I’m going to take most of the songs from your participants in this experiment and make a monster play list…..mostly all good stuff!

    Holiday cheers…

    Todd in Chicago

  37. HeatherLeigh says:

    Yeah, me too. Bonus points to whomever creates the playlist somewhere and can link us to it.

  38. Bad_Brad says:

    In no particular order …

    Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne

    Baba O’Reilly – The Who

    Jump – Van Halen

    Seven Bridges Road – The Eagles

    My Hero – Foo Fighters

  39. HeatherLeigh says:

    awww, yeah! That’s good. Foo Fighters were definitely in my top ten. I think I have a crush on Dave Grohl. I know, I’m weird.

  40. Ed Kuryluk says:

    U2 – Desire

    Van Halen – Aftershock

    Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit

    Concrete Blonde – Heal It Up

    Rush – 2112 (I’m a huge fan, and could probably pick about 99 of their songs, so I pick the obvious, although I prefer the live version on Different Stages)

  41. Darren Cox says:

    OK, first, the rock and roll hall of fame is a complete misnomer. They aren’t specifically focused on rock and roll…they are concerned with popular music of any genre. They consider R&B, Country, Rock-a-billy, doo-wop, Motown (I know this isn’t really a genre, but it is closer than R&B) early rap and hip-hop, punk (which is another name for rock from a specific time period) metal, grunge, new wave, alternative (to what?) easy listening, jazz (Miles Davis is in the R-n-R HoF) and everything else that is not opera to be "Rock and Roll."

    Second, let’s be honest, nobody who ever listened to Roy Orbison sing "Oh, Pretty Woman" ever said "WOW, that ROCKS!" I am not saying it isn’t a good song (though I personally think it blows – but to each his or her own) all I’m saying is that while it may "roll" it definitely does NOT rock. (God, I sound like Jack Black…Eww)

    Third, I did not say the go-gos were especially good, only that the song was, in my opinion, a better example of something that gets your blood pumping, than anything by Culture Club or Roy Orbison.

    Finally, as to the guilty pleasures (a topic that I absolutely think is brilliant) here are my top five.

    1. Free at last – Soundtrack from the Broadway Musical "Big River"

    2. We are the World – USA for Africa

    3. We’re All in the Same Gang – West Coast Rap All-Stars

    4. Beat Street – Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel (from the 1984 movie soundtrack)

    5. Tie – REO Speedwagon – Everything..all of it ( I have seen them in concert 15 times…Shut up..Quit Laughing!)

    5. Tie – The Nylons – Yup, if you were ever a complete 1980’s era choir geek AND interested in male A Capella groups, then you know what I’m talking about. Sort of like Andy on "The Office."

    I have bared my embarrassing soul…somebody help me please

  42. HeatherLeigh says:

    All you had to say was the REO Speedwagon and the rest makes sense now; especially the GoGos.

    It’s SUBJECTIVE. So the effort disprove someone else’s picks versus justifying your own, I don’t get. Now let’s move on.

    As they say in your #2 embarassing pick above…"we are the world, we are the children"…

  43. Rebekah Koropsak says:

    1) Tool – Forty-Six and 2

    2) Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven

    3) Korn – Thoughtless

    4) Doors – Riders On the Storm

    5) Led Zeppelin – Kashmir

  44. Steve says:

    Hmm, a wide representation of people and their definition of "rock". Mine says it should be big, should be loud, should be timeless.

    Let’s go! (in no particlular order, and subject to change next week/month/year):

    Nirvana – Teen Spirit

    Led Zeppelin – Custard Pie

    Ted Nugent – Dog Eat Dog

    Scorpions – The Zoo

    Pretenders – Space Invaders/The Wait

  45. Bryan Burgmaier says:

    In no particular order and off the top of my head

    1) Back in black AC DC

    2) Another Brick in the Wall part 2 – Pink floyd

    3) One Metallica (you could also sub out for Welcome Home Sanatairum)

    4) Purple Haze – Jimi

    5) Break on Through – The Doors

    with some runners up

    Smells like Teen Spirit


    I wanna Rock – Twisted Sister (you know you love the song)

    Iron Man – Black Sabbath

    and there are many others..

  46. HeatherLeigh says:

    Rebekah – nice list.

    Steve – my criteria are somewhat similar. Mine are that it has to rock, it has a hard edge and no pop. Absolutely none! I know your groups but not the songs, so off I go to look them up πŸ˜‰

    Bryan – now that is some rocking shizz! Talk about the sound track to high school (except for Nirvana, which is the soundtrack to me trying to figure out what the hell to do with my life).

  47. Randy Ellison says:

    It is tough keeping it to five, but here goes. In no particular order…

    Social Distortion – Bad Luck

    AC/DC- Girls Got Rhythm

    Aerosmith- Back In The Saddle Again

    Robert Randolph and the Family Band- Deliver Me

    Pixies- Is She Weird

    Ok, so I cheated.

    First Alternate: Golden Earring – Twilight Zone

    Second Alternate- Queens of the Stone Age- No One Knows

  48. HeatherLeigh says:

    Randy- Back in the Saddle Again is on the soundtrack of my high school years. Lots of Aerosmith, Led Zep and Steve Miller band.

    Am I the only one that has never heard of Robert Randolph? Love Golden Earring (good band, dumb name). I also rock out to Queens of the Stone Age on my workout playlist. It’s really hard to keep my balance on the treadmill when I’m doing a little air guitar to that one.

  49. kurosh says:

    my five song

    MetallicA – FADE TO BLACK

    Neil Young – CortezTheKiller

    The Beach Boys  – God Only Knows

    Jeff Beck – Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers

    Steve Vai – For The Love Of God

  50. shiblee says:

    i like rock n like to rock

    1.with or without u- U2

    2.Stargazer- Rainbow

    3.When the levee breaks- Led Zeppelin

    4.The Duelists- Iron Maiden

    5.devils Dance-Metalica

  51. John says:

    1. guns n roses sweet child of mine

    2. LEd Zep stairway

    3. guns n roses welcome to the jungle

    4. Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil

    5. Acdc Tnt (or back in black)

  52. TexmexMisha says:

    1.  Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen

    2.  Like a Rolling Stone- Bob Dylan

    3.  Welcome to the Jungle- Guns n’ Roses

    4.  Won’t Get Fooled Again- The Who

    5.  Eleanor Rigby- The Beatles

  53. Chantelle says:

    Chances are I have left something out & it will come to me in a week or two πŸ™‚

    Oh, and I’m only 16, so I do apoligize if I appear ignorant to some of these songs on the other lists!

    In no order:

    Derek & the Dominoes – Layla

    The Eagles – Hotel California

    Metallica – Enter Sandman

    Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)

    The Who – Baba O’Reilley (or Smoke on the Water – I’m unsure 😐 )

  54. Susan says:

    1.  I Can’t Explain  The Who

    2.  Goodbye Yellow Brick Road  Elton John

    3.  Thunder Road  Bruce Springsteen

    4.  You Really Got Me  The Kinks

    5.  Train in Vain  The Clash

  55. James says:

    Ok, keeping in mind your criteria of "Just your favorites; the ones that make you rock out. Where you are all air guitaring and stuff. And I am limiting the question to the rock genre. I buzzer will sound if your song isn’t rock," here are my all-time top 5 rockers:  (I had to remove "How Deep is your Love" because of your criteria)

    AC/DC: You Shook Me All Night Long

    Eagles: Hotel California

    Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven

    The Who:  Baba O’Riley

    The Rolling Stones: Honkey Tonk Women

  56. Ben says:

    Okay, here are my five favorite rock songs:

    5. Smells Like Teen Spirit-Nirvana (epitome of grunge)

    4. Funeral for a Friend-Elton John (Some might be surprised by this choice, but I think the song has an excellent buildup, as well as a great melody and some memorable licks.)

    3. Bohemian Rhapsody-Queen (Sad, hilarious, weird–this song has it all)

    2. Layla-Derek and the Dominoes (Probably the best guitar lick of all time)

    1. Stairway to Heaven-Led Zeppelin (The prime example of build-up.  The singing gradually crescendos until it reaches a truly memorable climax.)

    Honorable mention goes to:

    Gimme Shelter/I Can’t Get No Satisfaction/Sympathy for the Devil/Paint it Black-The Rolling Stones

    Another Brick in the Wall/Money-Pink Floyd

    Twilight Zone/Radar Love-Golden Earring

    Sunshine of Your Love-Cream

    Of course, I am leaving out many other great rock songs, such as Sultans of Swing and Money for Nothing (both by the Dire Straits), but I hope this list is helpful.

  57. john says:

    #1 welcom to the jungle_guns n’ roses

    #2 back in black_AC/DC

    #3hit me baby one more time_briteny spears

    and thats all i can think of

  58. laura says:

    everybody’s been going old school on these songs so i thought i’d put some newer stuff on my list (even though i love the classics). and i can’t put them into any order but here’s my top five:

    1. give it up – pepper

    2. float – flogging molly

    3. sofa song – the kooks

    4. blue orchid – the white stripes

    5. fall back down – rancid

    runners up:

    tell me baby – red hot chili peppers

    collie man – slightly stoopid

    hey driver – lucky boys conusion

    santeria – sublime

    spare me the details – the offspring

    anna molly – incubus

    naive – the kooks

    i guess i could go on forever but i’ll stop myself here.

  59. chirag says:

    1. comfortably numb – pink floyd

    2. smells like teen spirit – nirvana

    3. stairway to heaven – led zeppelin

    4. (i cant get no)satisfaction – the rolling stones

    5. sweet chile o mine – GnR

  60. Alex says:

    The 5 best rock songs of all time are:

    1)  Rock You Like A Hurricane – The Scorpions

    2)  Back In Black – AC DC

    3)  Cat Scratch Fever – Ted Nugent

    4)  Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin

    5)  Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple

    Other great tracks would include "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath, "Baba O’ Riley" by The Who, "Man On The Silver Mountain" by Rainbow, "Twilight Zone" by Golden Earring, "Sad But True" by Metallica, "Welcome To The Jungle" by Guns N’ Roses, and "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne to name a few.

    In my book, the top 5 Artists of all time are

    1)  Led Zeppelin (Kashmir, Whole Lotta Love, Stairway To Heaven, etc)

    2)  Metallica (Master Of Puppets, One, Wherever I May Roam etc)

    3) Scorpions (Rock You Like A Hurricane, Big City Nights, The Zoo, No One Like You, Wind of Change etc)

    4) Aerosmith (Back In The Saddle, Walk This Way, Dream On, Last Child, Angel etc)

    5) Ozzy Osbourne (No More Tears, Crazy Train, Shot In The Dark etc)

  61. dugi says:

    1.Deep Purple,

    2.Deep Purple,

    3.Deep Purple,

    4.Deep Purple,

    5.Deep Purple  is  BEST FOREVER !



  62. HeatherLeigh says:


    This does make me wonder where the blog traffic is coming from. I’m betting I’m getting responses from people that are not my regular readers; which it cool with me!

  63. true breed says:

    In no real order, a cool list:

    The Rover ~ Led Zeppelin

    White Unicorn ~ Wolfmother

    Jailbait ~ Wishbone Ash

    Sympathy For The Devil ~ Rolling Stones

    Alive ~ Pearl Jam

    Well, that’s MY top five currently. If I had to be literal, I’d have to say (era to era):

    Johnny B. Goode ~ Chuck Berry (50s)

    Like a Rolling Stone ~ Bob Dylan (60s)

    Stairway to Heaven ~ Led Zeppelin (70s)

    Love Removal Machine ~ The Cult (80s)

    Got Me Wrong ~ Alice In Chains (90s

    If I had a couple more slots, I would most likely include Wind Cries Mary, Throw Down The Sword, Sympathy for The Devil, Drop Dead Legs, and Master of Puppets. Rock on.

  64. Pablo99 says:

    My Top Five :

      1. Hotel California — Eagles

      2. Satisfaction — Rolling Stones

      3. Stairway To Heaven — Led Zepplin

      4. Rosanna — Toto

      5. Tonight Is Gonna Last Forever — Schenker-McAuley

  65. Joshua mull says:

    Wow u guys suck at list making. What about queen with rhapsody. What about stairway to heaven and freebird. ACDC are so over rated they have the same tune in evry song with that scearmy voice.

  66. HeatherLeigh says:

    ok, but u suck at spelling and punctuation. πŸ˜‰

    Just sayin’.

  67. julierice says:

    this site  has made me laaugh out loud-and i hate haha funny movies too,,but what a fun project and harder than it seems- people never cease t amaze me-really, roy orbison-well here’s my list  1. tom sawyer rush 2. heard it from a friend reo speedwagon- one of those embarrasing love at first hear songs- i heeard it on am radio in like second grade and it has never not sounded as good as then 3. teenage moondream by bowie because that whole ziggy stardust record is my alltimee fasvorite rock record 4. american girl tom petty happy happy song number five is the wild card- maybe rise by p.i.l. it’s kinda lame maybe. probably some zeppelin. i dunno- remember rocking out so hard to california uber alles by the dead kennedy’s in like 8th grade guns and roses old chili peppers fugazi who knows.. have fin

  68. Matt Gilbert says:

    Sunshine of your love – Cream (Clapton is awesome cocaine is up there)

    Fortunate Son- CCR (how ccr is not on anyones list amazes me

    Paint it Black- The Rolling Stones

    Holy Diver- DIO

    Dead and Bloated-STP

    There are so many good songs just some of my ever changing Favorites.

  69. Super Sabra says:

    Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day

    Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Mary Jane’s Last Dance

    People Are Strange – The Doors

    Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne

    Tom Petty – I Won’t Back Down

  70. john says:

    1.metallica-master of puppets

    2. ozzy ozbourne-crazy train

    3. 3 inches of blood(newer band)-deadly sinners



  71. A says:

    1. STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN                 LED ZEPPLIN

    2. HERE COMES THE SUN                 THE BEATLES

    3. FREE BIRD                                    LYNYRD SKYNYRD



  72. llll says:

    welcome to the jungle-guns n roses

    livin on a prayer-Bon Jovi

    rainmaker-Iron Maiden

    strike of the ninja-Dragonforce

    back in black-AC DC

    sweet child o mine-Guns and Roses


    crazy train-Ozzy

  73. Dennis says:

    How can Aerosmith not be on any of these lists?

    At least Dream On

  74. Eric In Kalamazoo says:

    Boston – Foreplay/Longtime

    Zep – Stairway to Heaven

    Skynyrd – Freebird

    GNR – Knockin on Heavens Door Live Freddie Mercury Concert Version

    Rush – Tom Sawyer

    Frampton – Do You Feel Like We Do

  75. ... says:

    Glad to see all these Boston fans! Here’s my personal faves(In no particular order);

    Boston: More Than A Feeling, Peace of Mind, Foreplay Longtime, Don’t Look Back

    Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven, Achilles Last Stand

    Yes: Roundabout, Tempus Fugit, Siberian Khatru

    Blue Oyster Cult: (Don’t Fear) The Reaper (I love BOC!)

    Focus: Hocus Pocus

    Rush: 2112 (the full 20-minute version!!!)

    Ted Nugent: Great White Buffalo

    Kansas: Carry On Wayward Son

    I’ll limit myself to 10+Boston, and there are 100’s others I could list, but…

    I’ll probably get busted on Yes, but everything else is awesome rock…

  76. darryl says:

    my top 5 are…

    1. stairway to heaven – led zeppelin

    2. hey jude – the beatles

    3. black dog – led zeppelin

    4. alive – pearl jam

    5. paranoid android – radiohead

  77. melodi says:


    slipknot- vermillion,before i forget

    guns n roses- welcome to the jungle,sweet child

    nirvana- heart shaped box,teen spirit,come as you are, in bloom

    Lynyrd Skynyrd- free bird

    i just got too many lol.

  78. chuk says:

    all of you are out of your mind

    1.) Baba O’reilly-The Who

    2.) Stairway to Heaven-Led Zepplin

    3.) Tom Sawyer- Rush

    4.) Black Dod-Led Zepplin

    5.) Won’t Get Fooled Again-The Who

    thats a good list

  79. Tamastara says:

    1) Going to California – Zeppelin -Live BBC Sessions

    2) Love is alive – Gary Wright

    3) Eminence Font – The Who

    4) Closer – Nine Inch Nails

    5) In the Air Tonight – Genesis

  80. Top Five Rock Songs says:

    no order…

    -We’re not gonna take it  –  Twisted Sister

    -Can’t Stop Lovin’ You –  Van Halen

    -Stairway to Heaven –  Led Zepplin

    -Flirtin’ with Disaster –  Molly Hatchet

    – Misunderstood – Motley Crue

    Thanks to all those who disagree because they think AC/DC is awesome…. even though they suck.

  81. Jarhead says:

    1) Smells Like Teen Spirit- Nirvana

    2) Killing in the Name- Rage Against the Machine

    3) Enter Sandman- Metallica

    4) Spoonman- Soundgarden

    5)Them Bones- Alice in Chains

  82. Rockhound says:

    Lot great rock songs

    Johnny Be Good

    Tuity Fruity

    Wipe Out

    Honkey Tonk Women

    Puple Haze

    Stairway to Heaven


  83. Carbon Copy says:

    What defines a rock song? In my opinion, the beatles are no where near being classed a rock!!(over rated boy band) I am a little confused as to what people actually call a rock song, I suppose during the 70’s it was fairly easy as the likes of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and most of the other British ‘Heavy Metal’ bands only ever played ‘noise’, but as the music has evolved so has the way in which the band tries to sell itself – early Kiss is a far cry from the ballard they calld ‘Beth’ that inspired a whole generation of similiar songs, ‘your all I need’  Motley Crue and ‘carrie’ Europe. So with that in mind I suppose that each individual has a right to give an opinion on what they would class a rock song, but please no more ‘beatles’.

    in no particular order and this list could stretch to around 50+

    Stranglehold – Ted Nuggent

    Stargazer – Rainbow

    I am mine – Pearl Jam

    Man on the Siver Mountain – Rainbow/Dio

    Down payment blues – AC/DC (Bon R.I.P)

    adios me amigo’s

  84. Tom kid says:

    hmm, so many. my current top 5 are:

    1. Hybrid moments – The Misfits (danzig at his best)

    2. Calafornia Sun – The Ramones

    3. Self Esteem – The Offspring

    4. Smells like teen spirit – Nirvana

    5. Ace of Spades – Motorhead

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