A rock guitarist since the s, Kelley has been a fan of rock, blues and jazz since the s. This list tries to include some of the greatest rock tunes ever, all of which are classics; that is, songs released before the year Also keep in mind it only includes mainstream rock and roll and we all know what that is, right? Moreover, most of these songs were released as singles, so their exposure has been much greater than songs only available on albums. Rock and Roll is the most brutal, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear. Written and sung by Tom Johnston, one of the founding members of the group, the song, which reached 11 on the Billboard Hot , suggests that world peace could be attained if people just partied and listened to the music. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Becoming very popular at that time, many bands covered it, including The Grateful Dead often playing it in their performances , The Tremeloes and Tommy James and the Shondells.
49. ‘One’ — U2
Best classic rock songs of all time
There could be only one, couldn't there? As you take a glance at the list below you'll probably notice that size definitely counts, with not one of the top ten boasting a running time of less than five minutes in the original album - i. In fact the average running time for the top ten is a massive 7 minutes, 9 seconds! It had to be this, right? Being "banned in guitar shops" doesn't alter the fact that this epic from Zep's fourth album is undeniably better than any other song because it somehow manages to cram pretty much every single rock genre into one sprawling eight minute slice of brilliance, not to mention that Jimmy Page solo When it comes to rock lore, where do you start with this song?
In May , Rolling Stone compiled an update, published in a special issue and in digital form for the iPod and iPad. The list differs from the version, with 26 songs added, all of which are songs from the s except " Juicy " by The Notorious B. The top 25 remained unchanged, but many songs down the list were given different rankings as a result of the inclusion of new songs, causing consecutive shifts among the songs listed in The highest-ranked new entry was Gnarls Barkley 's " Crazy " number