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The Top 100 Rock Songs of all time can be debated endlessly. I thought I would come up with my own list, based on life experiences of over 40 years of listening to music and rating sounds that struck a chord in my heart. I have listened to tens of thousands of tunes over the years and will try to do justice to the gold nuggets that are out there. Each song that we rate favorably has one or more of the following four qualities:

1) They contain a pleasing melody or harmony

2) They have a catchy beat

3) The lyrics have meaning to us

4) They trigger memories from our past

There are many top 100 lists that are put together strictly by the number of weeks the song spent at #1 or by the number of sales that it had. The following list has nothing to do with commercial rating systems. It is my own personal list of the Top 100 Rock Songs.

1. Hey Jude - the Beatles

2. Immortality - Celine Dion and the Bee Gees

3. Brown Sugar - the Rolling Stones

4. Nantucket Sleighride - Mountain

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5. Rag Doll - Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons

6. Barracuda - Heart

7. I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield

8. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel

9. What Have I Done to Deserve This - the Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield

10. Badge - Cream

11. Get Back - the Beatles

12. Celluloid Heroes - the Kinks

13. Layla - Derek and the Dominoes (with Eric Clapton)

14. Funk #49 - the James Gang (with Joe Walsh)

15. River Deep Mountain High - the Supremes and 4 Tops

16. Gloria - Laura Branigan

17. Stop Draggin My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty

18. Day After Day - the Pretenders

19. Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds

20. A Day In the Life - the Beatles

21. Lola - the Kinks

22. Call Me When Your Sober - Evanescence

23. Someday(Aug. 29, 1968) - Chicago

24. White Rabbit - the Jefferson Airplane

25. The Story in Your Eyes - the Moody Blues

26. Highway Star - Deep Purple

27. To Sir With Love - Lulu

28. Let It Be - The Beatles

29. Deja Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

30. He's So Fine - The Chiffons

31. Rocks Off - the Rolling Stones

32. Heroes - David Bowie

33. Let's Spend the Night Together - The Rolling Stones

34. Stop! In the Name of Love - The Supremes

35. Bernadette - The Four Tops

36. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys

37. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin

38. Vertigo - U2

39. Don't Look Back - Boston

40. All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople

41. Every Mothers Son - Traffic

42. Your Love - the Outfield

43. Breakfast In America - Supertramp

44. Edge of Seventeen - Stevie Nicks

45. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix

46. Beautiful Day - U2

47. Radio Ga Ga - Queen

48. Message In A Bottle - the Police

49. Mr. Tambourine Man - the Byrds

50. Words of Love - the Mamas & Papas

51. I Know a Place - Petula Clark

52. Ship Of Fools - the Doors

53. Friday on My Mind - the Easybeats

54. Breathe Your Name - Sixpence None the Richer

55. Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers

56. Out of Touch - Hall and Oates

57. Peace Frog - the Doors

58. I Can't Get it Out Of My Head - Electric Light Orchestra

59. Powerman - the Kinks

60. S.O.S - Abba

61. Mainline Florida - Eric Clapton

62. Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

63. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

64. Woodstock - Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

65. A Christmas Song - Jethro Tull

66. Stand Back - Stevie Nicks

67. Live to Tell - Madonna

68. Tonight It's You - Cheap Trick

69. You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling - the Righteous Brothers

70. Eli's Coming - Three Dog Night

71. Be My Baby - The Ronettes (featuring Ronnie Spector)

72. Heroes & Villains - The Beachboys

73. Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me - Elton John

74. Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little More) - The Doobie Brothers

75. Do You Know What I Mean? - the Turtles

76. Tusk - Fleetwood Mac

77. Anyway You Want It - the Dave Clark Five

78. Jailbreak - AC/DC

79. Summer In the City - the Lovin Spoonful

80. Where the Streets Have No Name - U2

81. Starship Trooper - Yes

82. Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty

83. Bad Company - Bad Company

84. Ball Of Confusion - The Temptations

85. House of the Rising Sun - the Animals

86. Brandy - Looking Glass

87. Soul Survivor - The Rolling Stones

88. We Can Work it Out - The Beatles

89. Armageddon It - Def Leppard

90. You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - Bachman, Turner Overdrive

91. Susan - The Buckinghams

92. Panama - Van Halen

93, Gloria - U2

94. Midnight Man - the James Gang (with Joe Walsh)

95. Pigs - Pink Floyd

96. It's the Same Old Song - The Four Tops

97. Crimson And Clover - Tommy James & the Shondells

98. Atlantis - Donovan

99. Run With the Pack - Bad Company

100. Beat it - Michael Jackson

This concludes my own personal list of the Top 100 Rock Songs.

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miguel angel on July 02, 2013:

what about ce ce rider by Eric Burdon . Sorry for my englis is so poor.

Thanks for the list

Alejandro on June 03, 2013:

I sincerely congratulate you for this ranking. It is hard for me to disagree with your choice of most of these songs. In particular, "Panama", "We Can Work It Out", "Your Love" and "What Have I Done to Deserve This" are aswesome tracks.

I find especially interesting the four traits the songs on this ranking have, since they make it easier to discuss the selection you have come up with. I also constructed a list of the 100 greatest rock songs based on seven criteria arranged quantitatively: Let's see how many songs are shared by the two lists.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on March 22, 2013:

George, Thank you for your comment. This list is not set in stone. It was the result of two years of playing my personal favorite songs off against each other. Since I published this list I've had several songs pop up that I forgot about, and several on the list that I've had second thoughts about. Who knows Bohemian Rhapsody might jump up a few spots.

George Greene Jr. from California PA on March 22, 2013:

Bohemian Rhapsody may be arguably the best rock song of all time( I mean who hasn't heard it?) but to have it all the way down at 60 seems an injustice in itself. I would almost say if you asked someone to rank it in their lists (even if they had already thought one out without being told any songs) and they were asked what no Bohemian Rhapsody? They would adjust their list somewhere in the top 10(or at least top 20).So i could say its possibly an oversight on your part(but hey it's YOUR LIST and I respect that!

I will need to go thru your list and find some of the songs I don't recognize and give them a listen.Who knows? I might add them to my radio show play list!

Effjay on September 11, 2012:

Nice interesting list. I like Yes' Starship Trooper at 81. Where is Alice in Chains' Man in the Box?

Eduardo on May 10, 2012:

Queen Radio Ga Ga and Queen Bohemian Rhapsody I think are the best Rock songs on this list no one like Freddie Mercury, not a better performer like Freddie Mercury.

Kunal on May 02, 2012:

Nice List! Bob Dylan?

All along the Watchtower is a gem.. Anyway we know its YOUR PERSONAL OPINION.. Anyway Good List!

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on February 01, 2012:

Eduardo, Excellent pick!!

Eduardo on January 31, 2012:

Queen bohemian rhapsody should be number 1 freddie mercury was an intricate vocalists

. on October 06, 2011:

dude i respect the fack that this is your personal opinion sould put some more pink floyd,rolling stones,the who and led zeppelin songs...but still,you've done a realy good work with this

sammyabate on August 20, 2011:

you're welcome!

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on August 20, 2011:

thanks for understanding sammyabate.

sammyabate on August 18, 2011:

This is great, loved reading it. The (majority of) people above me aren't understanding what you were trying to do here, clearly. No one understands what a personal opinion is? But I think this list is great! Thanks for sharing.

Mad Max on August 09, 2011:

Not a very good list. Just saying....

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on July 16, 2011:

mtsi1098, Yes "Rag Doll" is a great song

mtsi1098 on June 14, 2011:

A good list and I have to agree with funmontrealgirl on most of the list. I do like Aerosmith's Rag Doll better though :) thanks

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on March 26, 2011:

TY funmontrealgirl

funmontrealgirl from Montreal on March 22, 2011:

Most of this I agree with.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on January 15, 2011:

thanks kereeves3

Karen from Salem, OR on January 15, 2011:

I gotta say, I understand that this is just your personal opinion, and I still love it! But for those of you bashing his list because there isn't any "Lynard Skynard"... just thought you should know it's spelled "Lynyrd Skynyrd." Great Hub, hglick!

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on December 12, 2010:

m. tariq - That's great. We all have songs that have special meanings to us.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on December 12, 2010:

Angelllite, I believe that you are correct. Wikipedia says " "Hey Jude" is a song by the English rock band The Beatles. Credited to Lennon/McCartney, the ballad evolved from "Hey Jules", a song Paul McCartney wrote to comfort John Lennon's son Julian during his parents' divorce"

m.tariq veerdasad on December 12, 2010:

I LOVE "The Graduation Song" by Vitamin C. This is what we played during my graduation party in 2000. Along with the song, "Butterfly Kisses" at our (my twin sis and I) graduation party for the family.

Angelllite from United States on July 12, 2010:

What a great idea to come up with your own list! A lot of my personal favorites were on there. Wasn't "Hey Jude" written for Julian Lennon when his parents were splitting up? My favorite Beatle song is "Anna". I'm sure I won't get many votes on that one!

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on June 24, 2010:

Twangster, I commented above to Leland Jansen who expressed similar concerns about Celine Dion and the BeeGees. Also, I lovedddd Jimi Hendrix music, but my personal favorite from him was "Voodoo Child Slight Return" from "Electric Ladyland" If I listed my top 200 many of his other hits would be listed. Once again, THIS is an OPINION piece.

Twangster on June 24, 2010:

Some good stuff in the list hglick but i'm a little confused. How can you place Dusty Springfield, Celine Dion and the Bee Gees in a top 100 'Rock' songs list? All good tracks but not really Rock in my opinion.

I'm sad the iconic Jimi Hendrix version of Dylan's All Along the Watchtower didn't make the list. One of the few covers ever recorded that bettered the original and says everything about the era.

Here are a few more Classic Rock memories for your perusal

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on June 19, 2010:

Thank You Keelsif, I guess there are still some of us out there LOL

Keelsif on June 18, 2010:

I strongly agree with this list. Being an old soul trapped in a young body, I enjoy seeing that I hold the same opinion as those who were actually around to enjoy the epic times of Rock & Roll. The Beatles are my absolute favorite, so I was pleased to see them take 1st. Great list.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on June 05, 2010:

Oh Yes Lisa, most of them are great songs. I'm not a giant Ringo fan, so I'm not crazy about Octopus' garden, and I think Yellow Submarine was wayyyyy overrated. It's a great kids song though. There were a few Ringo songs I liked, "Don't Pass me By" from the White Album, and "Act Naturally" from Yesterday and Today.

Lisa on June 04, 2010:

"Have you heard the songs I reconnected to you?" I obviously mean recommended, it's Firefox's fault.

Lisa on June 04, 2010:

OK, I'm sorry. I respect your opinion.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on June 04, 2010:


Thank you for the music lesson. I know every Beatle song. I was 12 years old when I heard the Beatles 1st big hit "I Want to Hold Your Hand", in my 6th grade cafeteria. I heard every big hit they came out with on the radio, as soon as they were released. I proceeded in purchasing every big Beatle album that ever came out, since then, in addition to many 45 RPM's like "Hey Jude". It just so happens that "Hey Jude" holds a place in my heart because of nostalgia, and since this is an "OPINION PIECE" I can list it as my #1 classic rock song ever. Your dislike for "Hey Jude" can be compiled in your list of "Worst Beatle Songs of all time", If you'd like. Of course you will be in the minority, but you have the right to publish the blog as your own opinion piece.

Lisa on June 04, 2010:

Of course, I have heard it. Hey Jude is an overhyped, overrated, overplayed and boring song. But I don't hate it because it's famous, (I like some famous Beatles songs), I hate it because it's a horrible song. Have an open mind and you will hopefully see that there are rock songs ten times better than Hey Jude, both from the Beatles and others. Don't listen to others saying Hey Jude is the best song ever.

The melody is mediocre and the instruments does nothing special.

The end is just "Naa-na-na-nananana, nananana. Hey Jude!" 100 times. I have nothing against repetition, but it has to be done right.

You should also listen to the lyrics, I think it's actually about heroin (that just makes me hate the song a little less, even though I don't do heroin)

Have you heard the songs I reconnected to you?

Here's some other Beatles rock songs, all better than Hey Jude: (Random order)

She Said She Said

It's All too Much

Strawberry Fields Forever

You Never Give Me Your Money

I Me Mine

All My Loving

I'm a Loser

Happiness is a Warm Gun

Yer Blues

A Day in The Life

Blue Jay Way

Let it Be

It's Only a Northern Song

Octopus's Garden (just barely better)

Can't Buy Me Love

Polythene Pam


All You Need is Love

Helter Skelter

Nowhere Man

I'm Only Sleeping

Don't Bother Me

Dear Prudence

Fixing a Hole

Across The Universe

Tomorrow Never Knows

Girl (not sure if the four last songs are really rock though)

Etc, etc, etc, etc, etc. Most of their songs are better than Hey Jude!

If I had to choose, I'd rather listen to Yellow Submarine, because it is shorter.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on June 04, 2010:

Thank you Azwad and Pavan.

Lisa, Thank you for your opinion. However, my opinion might hold some water here. It seems that every top Beatle song list I find, "Hey Jude" is #1 or 2

Hmmm I wonder if you ever heard the song

I did a google search on "Beatles best songs" and check out the number 1 ranked site:

Oh, BTW Lisa your skills at writing a complete sentence seem to be the worst I have ever seen (LOL)

Lisa on June 04, 2010:

Hey Jude is one of the Beatles' worst songs. I Want You or Rain however.

Pavan on May 17, 2010:

Nice List..thnx...

azwad on May 11, 2010:

nice job ! even though i didn't get wat i was looking for i got plenty of other great songs

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on May 11, 2010:

spade, I am wondering why I should place your suggestions on my personal Top 100 list. This IS AN OPINION PIECE AS MENTIONED ABOVE. You are welcome to put together your own list and I will be happy to read it.

spade on May 11, 2010:

this list blows there are a lot of other bands that deserve to be on that list or higher on it eric johnson cliffs of dover i didn't even see stairway to heaven u even went as far as to put pop on a rock list shame on u O.o

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on April 03, 2010:

Thank You d luck

Sorry mahboi it doesn't ring a bell but I'l promise to listen to it

Smalls, take a deep breath and now try reading the first paragraph of this hub

Smalls on April 02, 2010:

Only one AC/DC! No GNR! No Ozzy! No Smoke on the Water! No Stairway to heaven! No Another One Bites the Dust! this is the most suckish list ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mahboi on March 21, 2010:

You need to add Cliffs of Dover by Eric Johnson. Really outstanding song.

d luck on March 14, 2010:

62. Kashmir - Led Zeppelin , is the best. really really great song. btw, nice list.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on January 30, 2010:

Thanks Mojuy, It took several years to put together the list

I hope to come up with an updated version. There are a few tunes that I missed, plus I can't get some new tunes out of my head like Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" Of course the list would then need to be expanded to include pop music.

Mojuy on January 30, 2010:

Great list! It's got a lot of great hits by numerous classic and new bands. I have been reading some of the comments and I agree that they are your opinion. They are also my opinion of top songs too! Good job with the list and looking forewards to seeing another!

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on December 29, 2009:

Jeffrey, much of what Michael Jackson recorded is classic rock.

Shaz, the Who, Joplin and Sabbath all have some great tunes. They just didn't make it to my personal top 100, which is actually a very minute percentage of all of the classic rock that I love.

shazmopolitian on December 29, 2009:

Hey dude,

As much as I am impressed by your top 100,I am a little saddened that such classics from The Who,Janis Joplin and Sabbath have not quite risen to your tastebuds. Im sure nobody's list would be exactly the same....lovin the Turtles tho!!! one of my fave's!!!!!

Jeffrey84 from Chattanooga on December 29, 2009:

"?100 Beat it - Michael Jackson" - it's all about rock or what? I think that MJ some kinda POP singer.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on December 19, 2009:

thanks Barry

Barry on December 19, 2009:

Great stuff. I had a lot of fun checking out this eclectic mix and dowloading a few! Fantastic list. Glad Evanescence made it.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on November 29, 2009:

Tina, I did some rsearch and the only thing I could come up with was:

The song "Killing Time" was originally released by Sweet Savage in 1981 as a B-side to the "Take No Prisoners" single

later on done by Metallica

Tina on November 29, 2009:

I have been racking my brain on who sings this song. I hope someone can tell me who sings it. :) Its (I believe) called "Killing Time" It was maybe in the early 70's but Im thinking more like 78 or so. Heard it on a rock station and want this song bad.

Thanks in advance. :)

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on November 28, 2009:

Brandon, Def Leppard is a great group and Armageddon It made it into my top 200.

Brandon on November 28, 2009:

Great hub very well compiled list i may be only 17 but i've listened to a lot of great classics and most very influential to me but my favorite band of all time would be def leppard and not many people place them in any of their lists so thats was the thing that got my highest attention. Great list though hope to see more from you.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on November 23, 2009:

(LOL) yep sorry Danny Susan beat it out for the #91 spot because of it's unique subway sounds

Danny Decay from Winter Park, Florida on November 23, 2009:

"PANAMA" IS ONLY #92!?!?!?


Nice list.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on November 21, 2009:

Thanks Slider, I'll check out your blog

Mike thanks, Yep Moody Blues and TDK are 2 great rock bands

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on November 21, 2009:

Nice list. I enjoyed seeing Moody Blues "Story in Your Eyes", Three Dog Night's "Eli's Coming", and Madonna's "Live to Tell", among others. I'm not sure I could make my own list, so thanks for sharing yours.

slider2010 on November 17, 2009:

I respect your work and added blog to favorites

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on November 14, 2009:

mintinfo, #45 is the greatest Jimi Hendrix song (in my opinion) Rush is ok, but not in my top 100.

For those who can't read, this is the first sentence of this hub

"The Top 100 Rock Songs of all time can be debated endlessly. I thought I would come up with my own list,based on lifetime experiences of over 40 years of listening to music and rating sounds that struck a chord in my heart"

mintinfo on November 14, 2009:

Can't believe no Rush-Tom Sawyer. Jimmi- All along the Watchtower, Bogus list

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on November 12, 2009:

Excellent choice Salsa. Amy Lee of Evanescence possesses an exttremely powerful vocal presence matching many female rock icons of the past like Grace Slick and Ann Wilson. When I first listened to "Call me When Your Sober" I must have replayed it hundreds of times within a few months. It was that powerful a piece.

Salsa Dancing on November 12, 2009:

My favourite is evanascence - call me when you're sober. I like good vocal in songs, and call me has perfect focals, mixed with a nice and soft melody..

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on November 03, 2009:


This is an opinion piece.The Beatles "Yesterday" is not on MY list

Dan on November 03, 2009:

where is Beatles' Yesterday?

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on October 19, 2009:

Kevcc that is also an opinion

KevCC on October 18, 2009:

Please don't cite wikipedia as an "Authority" and expect to be taken seriously.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on October 18, 2009:

Well KevCC you've got a minor point there with LuLu. She however, did tour with the Hollies who were a classic rock band from England. Her music might be considered a softer form of rock or pop.

But the BeeGees and Turtles were both definitely classic rock bands.

From Wikipedia:

The Bee Gees were a singing trio of brothers — Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The group was successful for most of its forty years of recording music, but the trio had two distinct periods of exceptional success: as a harmonic "soft rock" act in the late 1960s and early 1970s,

The Turtles are an American pop and folk rock band led by vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, who became notable for numerous Top 40 hits beginning with their cover version of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" in 1965. The group scored its biggest and best-known hit in 1967 with the song "Happy Together"

KevCC on October 18, 2009:

Not arguing with your personal choices but but seriously, the Beegees were a POP group, Lulu was a POP singer. So were the Turtles but a real class act.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on October 15, 2009:

Rocklet - Thank You for your comments. The key phrase that you correctly mention is "personal opinion". Your response "but some things should be add and others should be out" IS YOUR PERSONAL OPINION. I suggest that you come up with a list and I will respectfully enjoy reading it.

ROCKlet on October 15, 2009:

mmm i respect your personal opinion but i think u need to check ur mind again.

u didn't mention stairway to heaven & whole lotta love of led &

u didn't mention any song of dire straits and i think sultasn of swing and brothers in arms should be add at least in top 50.

what is more u didn't mention black sabbath(maybe i am wrong i didn't check so well) with crazy train & mr crowley and not to mentione that u didn't add hot for teacher & hotel californis.

anyway dont missunderstand me i think ur list is awesome anyway but some things should be add and others should be out.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on October 14, 2009:

Thanks IMP

"Branch in the spokes" is an Excellent Tune and video

Definitely has a nice sound to it, even on the first listen

IMP Film Co. from London on October 14, 2009:

Dude you RAWK!

Check out our new hub. It's about a friend of ours. Goes by the name of Matteo Scumaci. He's wrote what we believe is the best alternative Christmas Song of all time! It's called 'Branch in the Spokes'.

Hope you enjoy it and rock on brother!

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on October 11, 2009:

Thanks Tony for your comment. Also thanks for understanding that it was a personal opinion list. Many people blindly argue their cases without reading my opening sentences. Sort of like the bills that go through Congress unread "LOL"

tony0724 from san diego calif on October 10, 2009:

I have no doubt that all of us here could alter this list In one way or another with our own pesonal selections . However I really like the wide spectrum of different music , genres and eras that your choices come from and many are favorites of mine as well . That being said I think I would have put "Bohemian Rhapsody a little bit higher In the rankings as It Is one of the all time most recognizeable songs ever ! Good Job though !

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on October 10, 2009:

Thanks Simey

Simon from NJ, USA on October 09, 2009:

Being a huge Rush fan I was dissapointed not to see Tom Sawyer on here - but other than that (and the odd ABBA appearance) - great hub.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on September 13, 2009:

Rocker - I covered Jimi Hendrix with "Voodoo Chile" at #45

"Pigs" from Pink Floyd at #95

Rocker123 on September 12, 2009:

pretty decent list although i think it lacks some key artists like the jimi hendrix experience and pink floyd and even the red hot chili peppers. i know this is your list of your opinion but Evanescence deserves no spot on this list but that is also opinion being that Evanescence is one of my least favorite bands. i like 42. Your love by the outfield..such a great song. i would have also added All the love in the world also by the Outfield. all in all pretty decent list.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on September 02, 2009:

Yes Harvey,

That is what makes us each unique

Most of my friends couln't believe my ommission of many Who and Pink Floyd songs. But many of them made my top 200 and 300 and I didn't want to bore everyone with that big of a list

Harvey Stelman from Illinois on September 02, 2009:

Your list brought back many memories but of course I differ on many. To each his own.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on August 22, 2009:

bengi - I listened to that piece on YouTube. They do a very nice string rendition of the metallica original. What was particularly interesting was the "Glory Flory Hallelujah" drum clip that closed the piece. Thanks for the suggestion

bengi on August 21, 2009:

also if you would like to step a little outside the rock genre for a moment i would have to recommend you listen to a group called the angry string orchestra they did a tribute to metallica a few years back no vocals but it is sure to send that creepy chill down your spine i think you may like this one the name of the album is "Say Your Prayers Little One"

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on August 21, 2009:

bengi - Thank you very much for the kind words. I will see what I can come up with.

bengi on August 21, 2009:

well hglick i am only twenty but am very enthusiastic about music and the list you have compiled has really helped me find song i may never have listened to before so i think that your list is great each song has it's own individual style that is collectively yours so bravo and please do make another list I will be waiting for it

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on August 16, 2009:

Dobner - Thank you for the compliment. My list was devised merely to bring back some of my old memories growing up in the rock and roll era. I'm grateful that there are people like you out there who will appreciate some of the tunes.

dobner from US-Illinois on August 16, 2009:

Any song list with "Pigs," "Peace Frog," and "Nantucket Sleighride" on it is OK by me. I really appreciate how deep and shallow you have dug for this list. That is a compliment - just so you know.


frank dobner

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on August 01, 2009:

King Z -

Bohemian Rhapsody is number 63

Pink Floyd is number 95

Stairway to Heaven is not on my list because when I was making the list (WHICH IS AN OPINION PIECE), I stood by one major rule. When I play the song today, I need to get excited about it, just as I was when I heard it for the first time. Unfortunately "Stairway" doesn't do it for me because I already heard it 1,000,000 times or so. Once again, for those of you who don't bother reading - THIS IS AN OPINION PIECE.

KING Z 100 on August 01, 2009:

wait wait wait!!

Where's Pink Floyd, Stairway to Heaven and Bohemian Rhapsody?????

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on June 15, 2009:

cormac - Check out my comments above. Most of my personal favorite Who songs are in my top 200.

cormac h on June 15, 2009:

where are any songs of "The Who" like baba o`riley,my generation,wont get fooled again or more

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on May 04, 2009:


You are probably correct. I wouldn't consider the Pet Shop Boys or Celine Dion classic rock acts by themselves, Just as I wouldn't consider Bing Crosby a classic rock act w/o David Bowie. (when they performed a rocked up version of The little Drummer Boy for Xmas)

It all depends upon the combinations.

Dusty Springfield and The Bee Gees are both classic rock legends. Combine them with The PetShop Boys and Celine Dion and you'll see the difference very quickly.

I challenge you to check out their videos on YouTube. Watch them several times if you need to, and you will definitely see what I'm talking about.

Leland Janson from Cheltenham, England. on May 04, 2009:

Right you are. I guess we all have our own take on rock.

Still, the Pet Shop Boys would seriosly cast coubts.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on May 04, 2009:


Thank you for your comment, however we'll agree to disagree.

Celine Dion & The BeeGees (definitely classic rock). Supremes & Four Tops definitely classic rock (motown). Petula Clark was part of the British Invasion (when the term classic rock originated)

Leland Janson from Cheltenham, England. on May 03, 2009:

Just like to point out that your definition of "Rock" seems a little wayward here. There are very few people who would consider anything involving Celine Dion to be rock. Also The Pet Shop Boys are about as far from rock as you're likely to get, especially as they're synthpop, electro and house. Also The Supremes, uh, definitely not rock. The Four Tops, nope, not rock. Petula Clark? Now you're just having a laugh!

I'm not putting down your list, what I am saying is your definition of what constitutes a rock song is not accurate.

Perhaps you should rename this "My Top 100 songs"

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on April 27, 2009:

Jay EG - Many songs by the Who were in my top 200, but I only listed the top 100. Also, It's amazing that you can draw a conclusion about someone's life based on their opinion of music. I wish I had your incredible insight.

Lisa HW  - Thank You for your thoughts.

It was the subway sound in "Susan" that I thought made it unique and different, and drew me to it.

Also, I would love to see your list from the 60's and 70's. It might bring back some more memories.

Lisa HW from Massachusetts on April 20, 2009:

Interesting list. I used to like The Buckinghams (still do, I guess), but I didn't like what they did with the song, Susan, on their album (which was to start playing a lot of really strange music at the end of the song). When I first saw your remark about 40 years of listening, I thought, "me too". Now I'm realizing that I seemed to have stopped listening in the 80's, when my children came along. I've never realized, until reading your list, that I've apparently missed 30 years of music (although I do have my own collection, so I haven't been "music-less" - just out of touch. :) )

... on April 08, 2009:

This is a good list! Anyone's list of best would be different, but i feel like you really chose based on their significance to you, not to everyone else. Even more so because some of my favorite songs that I don't see on other lists are on here. I like seeing your different picks from Yes (Starship Trooper is a great piece of Prog!) and Jethro Tull, and I'm glad you gave regard to Boston's Don't Look Back (It was just as good as any of the first 3 tracks of of their debut!). Cool!

Jay EG on March 30, 2009:

Not a song by The Who?...

What an awful life you had while u grew.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on January 07, 2009:


I will repeat this once again "THIS IS A PERSONAL OPINION PIECE"

I enjoy a great deal of metal music but this is my own personal list of top 100 Classic Rock songs out of tens of thousands of songs I've listened to in my lifetime. I concentrated mainly on the 60's and 70's (when I grew up). This list is ONLY BASED on MY Personal experiences and songs I enjoyed during my growing up years. You are welcome to write your own HUB based on your favorite Classic Rock songs of all times, and I promise that I will not trash your PERSONAL OPINIONS.

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