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The Best Rock Songs of All Time
 

I've seen a lot of lists on the Internet of the top songs of all time, but I've noticed something about these lists -- they're all wrong.  Thus, I feel I have a duty to set the record straight.  So here are (in my humble opinion) the best rock* songs of all time.

* Note:  I'm defining "rock" very broadly here.

  1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
  2. Louie Louie - The Kingsmen
  3. Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones
  4. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns 'n' Roses
  5. Baba O'Riley - The Who
  6. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
  7. The Spirit of Radio - Rush
  8. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
  9. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
  10. Imagine - John Lennon
  11. Let it Be - The Beatles
  12. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
  13. Black - Pearl Jam
  14. Foreplay / Longtime - Boston
  15. Slaves and Bulldozers - Soundgarden
  16. Highway to Hell - AC/DC
  17. Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
  18. Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
  19. You've Got Another Thing Coming - Judas Priest
  20. Chloe Dancer / Crown Of Thorns - Mother Love Bone
  21. Radar Love - Golden Earring
  22. Run Run Away - Slade
  23. Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin
  24. The Zoo - Scorpions
  25. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
  26. Dancing Queen - Abba
  27. Get Back - The Beatles
  28. Tom Sawyer - Rush
  29. Blow Up the Outside World - Soundgarden
  30. Misty Mountain Hop - Led Zeppelin
  31. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
  32. All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
  33. Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  34. I Wanna Be Sedated - Ramones
  35. Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
  36. Layla - Eric Clapton
  37. Roundabout - Yes
  38. Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
  39. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
  40. Eruption / You Really Got Me - Van Halen
  41. The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
  42. Nights in White Satin - Moody Blues
  43. Hey Jude - The Beatles
  44. Radio Free Europe - R.E.M.
  45. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
  46. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
  47. Paradise By The Dashboard Light - Meatloaf
  48. Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
  49. Bang on the Drum All Day - Todd Rundgren
  50. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
  51. Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
  52. Closer to the Heart - Rush
  53. California Dreaming - The Mamas and the Papas
  54. Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin
  55. Dancing in the Streets - Van Halen
  56. Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
  57. At the Hop - Danny and the Juniors
  58. Come Sail Away - Styx
  59. Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds
  60. Light My Fire - The Doors
  61. Anarchy in the U.K. - Sex Pistols
  62. Boogie Nights - Heatwave
  63. Yesterday - The Beatles
  64. Paint it Black - The Rolling Stones
  65. Behind Blue Eyes - The Who
  66. Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
  67. You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
  68. Rock & Roll All Night - Kiss
  69. Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden
  70. Rock And Roll Music - Chuck Berry
  71. Ballroom Blitz - Sweet
  72. Twist and Shout - The Beatles
  73. Silent Lucidity - Queensryche
  74. Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen
  75. New York, New York - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  76. Riders on the Storm - The Doors
  77. Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
  78. Blinded by the Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band
  79. Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & The Comets
  80. Come As You Are - Nirvana
  81. Rock and Roll Fantasy - Bad Company
  82. Heard it Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
  83. A Day in the Life - The Beatles
  84. Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
  85. Jungle Love - The Steve Miller Band
  86. Pop Muzik - M
  87. Lunatic Fringe - Red Ryder
  88. My Sharona - The Knack
  89. Soul Meets Body - Death Cab for Cutie
  90. Summer in the City - Lovin' Spoonful
  91. Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In - The 5th Dimension
  92. Lightning Crashes - Live
  93. Until the Ocean - Malfunkshun
  94. The Twist - Chubby Checker
  95. California Uber Alles - The Dead Kennedys
  96. Surfin' U.S.A. - The Beach Boys
  97. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
  98. Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
  99. Aqualung - Juthro Tull
  100. China Grove - Doobie Brothers
  101. Like Suicide - Soundgarden
  102. December 1963 (Oh What a Night) - The Four Seasons
  103. Self Esteem - Offspring
  104. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
  105. Incense and Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock
  106. Break on Through - The Doors
  107. Flirtin' With Disaster - Molly Hatchet
  108. Mirror in the Bathroom - The English Beat
  109. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles
  110. How Soon is Now? - The Smiths
  111. Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
  112. Tequila - The Champs
  113. Let it Ride - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  114. Space Oddity - David Bowie
  115. Hey You - Pink Floyd
  116. Man in the Box - Alice in Chains
  117. Barracuda - Heart
  118. Blackout - The Scorpions
  119. Alive - Pearl Jam
  120. Soul Stripper - AC/DC
  121. Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden
  122. New Year's Day - U2
  123. School's Out - Alice Cooper
  124. Journey to the Center of Your Mind - The Amboy Dukes
  125. La Grange - ZZ Top
  126. Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog
  127. Superstition - Stevie Wonder
  128. Touch Me I'm Sick - Mudhoney
  129. Town Called Malice - The Jam
  130. White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes
  131. All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
  132. Lazy Eye - Silversun Pickups
  133. It's a Long Way to the Top - AC/DC
  134. Wipeout - The Surfaries
  135. Penny Lane - The Beatles
  136. You Really Got Me - The Kinks
  137. Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol
  138. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
  139. Sex and Drugs and Rock & Roll - Ian Durry & The Blockheads
  140. Carry on My Wayward Son - Kansas
  141. Sounds of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
  142. Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
  143. Time Warp - Rock Horror Picture Show Cast
  144. For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
  145. Melt With You - Modern English
  146. Get it On (Bang a Gong) - T. Rex
  147. American Woman - The Guess Who
  148. Otherside - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  149. Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
  150. Suffragette City - David Bowie
  151. Children of the Sun - Billy Thorpe
  152. You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  153. Proud Mary - Credence Clearwater Revival
  154. Gansta's Paradise - Coolio
  155. 5:15 - The Who
  156. Suite Madame Blue - Styx
  157. 19th Nervous Breakdown - The Rolling Stones
  158. Devil With A Blue Dress On - Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
  159. Gloria - Them
  160. Institutionalized - Suicidal Tendencies
  161. Lola - The Kinks
  162. Day Tripper - The Beatles
  163. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
  164. Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads
  165. That's Good - Devo
  166. Heartbreaker / Living Loving Maid - Led Zeppelin
  167. We Are the Champions / We Will Rock You  - Queen
  168. Rock Lobster - B52's
  169. One - Metallica
  170. Favourite Shirt (Boy Meets Girl) - Haircut One Hundred
  171. Earth Angel - The Penguins
  172. Kim the Waitress - Green Pajamas
  173. Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
  174. Slow Ride - Foghat
  175. Cum on Feel the Noise - Quiet Riot
  176. Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
  177. Black Betty - Ram Jam
  178. In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
  179. Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
  180. Pride (In the Name of Love) - U2
  181. Eminence Front - The Who
  182. All Day and All of the Night - The Kinks
  183. Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed
  184. She's Not There - The Zombies
  185. Words & Guitars - Sleater-Kinney
  186. Jane Says - Jane's Addiction
  187. Rock Steady - Whispers
  188. Round & Round - Ratt
  189. Sometime Around Midnight - Airborne Toxic Event
  190. The Man Who Sold The World - Nirvana
  191. Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Suede
  192. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
  193. Waltz # 2 (XO) - Elliot Smith
  194. Dust in the Wind - Kansas
  195. Pictures of Matchstick Men - Camper Van Beethoven
  196. 25 or 6 to 4 - Chicago
  197. Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
  198. The Witch - The Sonics
  199. Johnny Q - The Crazy 8s
  200. Given to Fly - Pearl Jam
  201. Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles
  202. Down with the Sickness - Disturbed
  203. Do Wa Ditty Ditty - Manfred Mann
  204. I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow - The Soggy Bottom Boys (featuring Dan Tyminski)
  205. Crazy on You - Heart
  206. Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
  207. Sail Away - David Gray
  208. Sugar Sugar - The Archies
  209. Teach Your Children Well - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  210. Get Together - The Youngbloods
  211. Hey Ya! - Outkast
  212. Drops of Jupiter - Train
  213. Sober - Tool
  214. Epic - Faith No More
  215. Been Caught Stealing - Jane's Addiction
  216. The Ghost in You - The Psychedelic Furs
  217. Lazy Eye - Silversun Pickups
  218. We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
  219. Whiter Shade of Pale - Procul Harum
  220. Have Love Will Travel - The Sonics
  221. Happy Together - The Turtles
  222. Surrender - Cheap Trick
  223. Young Folks - Peter Bjorn and John
  224. House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
  225. Makin' It - David Naughton
  226. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
  227. Bad - U2
  228. X-15 - Vaporized
  229. Wanna Be Startin' Something - Michael Jackson
  230. Saturday Night - Bay City Rollers
  231. Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
  232. Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  233. Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
  234. The Allies - Emma Peel
  235. I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett
  236. ? and the Mysterians - 96 Tears
  237. Hotel California - The Eagles
  238. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
  239. Whirly Girl - Oxo
  240. I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family
  241. I Don't Like Mondays - The Boomtown Rats
  242. Seattle - Bobby Sherman
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