Top 5 greatest rock n' roll songs of all time

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    Top 5 greatest rock n' roll songs of all time

    What's your top 5 greatest rock n' roll songs of all time (In your opinion that is)??

    This is my list.

    5. Stairway To Heaven- Led Zeppelin


    4. Epic- Faith No More


    3. One- Metallica


    2. Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen


    1. November Rain- Guns N' Roses

    I know a lot will disagree with my list but that's the fun of it we can discuss and debate , So what's your list???
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    Tough task to narrow the five greatest rock songs but I can think of some ones I would include for discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dolamite View Post
    Tough task to narrow the five greatest rock songs but I can think of some ones I would include for discussion.
    Agree to many great songs. But if I had to, here it goes.

    1) The Unforegiven- Metallica

    2) Tumblin Down- John Cougar Mellencamp

    3) Highway to Hell-AC/DC

    4) Detroit Rock City-Kiss

    5) We Are The Champions-We will Rock You-Queen

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    Man I couldn't pick just five. I'm a huge Led Zep fan so I can dig "Stairway to Heaven". I think something from the Rolling Stones would have to go on mine as well, maybe "Give me Shelter" or "Sympathy for the Devil".
    I would have to try to fit something from Black Sabbath, Queen, Kiss, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith and alot of others I can't decide. I personally hate AC/DC and don't listen to much Metallica, but they have some songs that would have to be mentioned as well.

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    These lists are always fluid for me; might change tomorrow.

    In no particular order, I'll go with Layla, Stairway to Heaven, Won't Get Fooled Again, A Day in the Life, and Satisfaction/Gimme Shelter/Sympathy For the Devil (so sue me).

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    Not sure about the 5 but "Back in Black" is way up on my list.

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    I could likely give a different list every day, but here's mine today.

    5) Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
    4) Baba O'Riley - The Who
    3) In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
    2) Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
    1) Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

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    I'll give it a whirl.

    "Like A Rolling Stone"-Bob Dylan
    "Be My Baby"-Ronettes
    "God Only Knows"-Beach Boys
    "Hey Jude"-The Beatles
    "All Along The Watchtower"-Jimi Hendrix

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    Impossible to narrow it down to five, but here are five that absolutely have to be in the discussion:

    1. "Johnny B Goode" by Chuck Berry. It's a great song that never gets old, but even more importantly if it weren't for Chuck Berry we probably wouldn't have much to talk about.

    2a."I Can't Get No (Satisfaction)" by the Rolling Stones. This song defines the Stones. Keith Richards has made his living turning blues riffs into rock songs, and that's exactly what he did here, while popularizing distortion effects on guitars to boot. Mick Jagger adds his ear for pop and turns this one into a timeless hit. I think that could describe every Stones song since then.

    2b. "Tumbling Dice" by the Rolling Stones. One of my favorite Stones' songs of all time. This song has a groove and soul to it that just makes you want to pour a drink.

    3. "When the Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin. It's the quintessential Led Zeppelin: a thunderous interpretation of a traditional blues song with a haunting and powerful melody that drives it through the end. I don't think it's power has been matched since its recording in 1970.

    4a. "A Day in the Life" by the Beatles. Arguably one of their best songs, if not their best. It's got everything that makes the Beatles the Beatles. It's avant-garde and incredibly catchy at the same time.

    4b. "Hey Jude" by the Beatles. For as simple of song as it is, it very well could be one of the best songs ever written.

    5. "Bold As Love" - Jimi Hendrix. This could have been one of many, but it's a personal favorite.

    5b. "All Along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix. Bob Dylan had to find his way on the list somehow.

    An extra for a modern addition:

    "Black" by Pearl Jam. The music evokes the same feeling the distraught lyrics are conveying. It slowly builds, from a sunny beginning to the eruption of a powerful and bleak ending. It's almost exhausting to listen to, in a good way.

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    A lot of Hendrix fans on here , I personally think is music is good just not top 5 , Maybe All Along The Watchtower would be in my top 10 idk I'm still thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southeast_bell View Post
    What's your top 5 greatest rock n' roll songs of all time (In your opinion that is)??

    This is my list.

    5. Stairway To Heaven- Led Zeppelin


    4. Epic- Faith No More


    3. One- Metallica


    2. Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen


    1. November Rain- Guns N' Roses

    I know a lot will disagree with my list but that's the fun of it we can discuss and debate , So what's your list???
    Your #1 is my #1--and not just rock songs. For as big a moron as Axl Rose is, that 9-minute epic revealed that the man does have some brilliance inside that head. We just don't get to see it much. Then again, I'm a sucker for a rock song--particularly a ballad--coupled with an orchestra. It's why I would also add Queensryche's "Silent Lucidity" to this list.

    My personal top five would be:

    1) November Rain- Guns 'n' Roses
    2) Silent Lucidity- Queensryche
    3) Yellow Ledbetter- Pearl Jam
    4) Dream On- Aerosmith
    5) Stairway To Heaven- Led Zeppelin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Habib View Post
    "Black" by Pearl Jam. The music evokes the same feeling the distraught lyrics are conveying. It slowly builds, from a sunny beginning to the eruption of a powerful and bleak ending. It's almost exhausting to listen to, in a good way.
    Did you ever hear the MTV Unplugged version of the song? Outstanding. For me, Eddie Vedder & Axl Rose are of the same mold--idiots, but brilliant at the same time.

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    Layla would definitely be in my top 5.

    As would Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

    I would put the Boss with Born to Run in my top 5.

    Purple Haze by Jimi Hendricks.

    Stairway to Heaven would probably be #1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Parker View Post
    Did you ever hear the MTV Unplugged version of the song? Outstanding. For me, Eddie Vedder & Axl Rose are of the same mold--idiots, but brilliant at the same time.
    In the age of autotune it's remarkable they used to play music like that on MTV as recently as the 90s. It's an incredible performance.

    Quote Originally Posted by strongopenyon View Post
    Layla would definitely be in my top 5.

    I would put the Boss with Born to Run in my top 5..
    Can't argue with those!

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    5: My Generation...The Who
    4: White Room...Cream
    3: When the Levee Breaks..Led Zeppelin
    2: Magic Carpet Ride...Steppenwolf
    1: Heartbreak Hotel...Elvis Presley

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