55. That’ll Be the Day (1957)
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?
Best classic rock songs of all time
We've already anticipated the questions: "Was the right song chosen to represent each artist or band? But the Red Rocker really hit a nerve with the message of the record's first single, which — aided by a truly entertaining video — quickly made him a household name and bona-fide arena headliner. We're not saying Hagar was directly responsible for the late-'80s national law changes that allowed states to once again set speed limits higher than 55, but it certainly couldn't have hurt. This new level of fame also paved the way for him to join Van Halen in We're guessing record sales from this song have paid for that ticket many times over by now. The now-familiar a capella intro for "Carry On Wayward Son" was the sonic hook that would help Kansas score their first major hit, a feat that was a long time coming for the band. Like many groups in the time period, Kansas toured and recorded relentlessly, supporting three albums that sold modestly despite their growing live following. Once the members heard the initial idea for "Carry On Wayward Son," they knew the songwriting gold that they had on hand and went straight into the recording studio without even pausing to rehearse the track. Next to some of the proggier moments on Leftoverture , "Carry On Wayward Son" feels comparatively restrained and compact, even though it stretches out across nearly five and a half minutes. The story might be slightly turbulent, but the music certainly jams.
Stairway to Heaven. Led Zeppelin. Hey Jude.