Despite of its emergence in the 1970s, rock music still enchants the souls of many rock music lovers. The first half of the decade mainly appreciated Deep Purple, Nazareth and Blue Oyster Cult where as the later half witnessed the rocking performance of Aerosmith, Kiss and AC/DC.
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The many sub genres of rock music confuses us and at times makes it difficult to differentiate them. A few of the classic and excellent pieces of rock music that transformed rock along with the entire music industry are presented in the following list.
Top Rock Songs Of All Times:
1. Rock around the Clock
This 1955 Bill Haley and His Comets song was issued in the rock and roll era. In the late fifties and through the sixties, Rock and roll dominated the US and so even though it was not the first rock song ever; it is definitely one of the revolutionary songs.
2. Hound Dog
Performed by Elvis Presley in the year 1956, it was contributed to his nickname, the king. This version of Elvis’s song has sold over 10 million copies across the globe. Originally recorded by the Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton in 1952, it is a twelve bar blues song.
This song had been recorded almost more than 250 times since it debut. And undoubtedly, the best version of this song was the one recorded by Elvis Presley in 1956. It was also considered as an emblem of the rock and roll revolution. It was also a number one on the US pop and the pop charts in 1956. It topped the pop charts for 11 consistent weeks and this was a recorded for 36 years.
3. Let it be
A song from the last studio album “Let It Be” by the Beatles was released in the year 1970. This album was launched just before the group proclaimed their breakup. Most of its recording was done in January 1969 and it was supposed to be released before the release of the Abbey Road.
Some critics argue that Abbey Road should be considered the band’s final album before the break up and not Let It Be. It was supposed to be released as Get Back but Beatles were unhappy with it so a new version was created by Phil SPector in 1970 and finally released as Let It Be.
4. Highway to Hell
Australian hard rock band AC/DC released this fifth international studio album “Highway to Hell” on 27 July 1979. The featured song Highway to Hell and many others in the album have become fan favourites and regular songs in their list. This album was AC/DC’s first album to break the US Top 100. This also lead the band to enter the top ranks of the hard rock acts.
5. Killing In the Name
American rap metal band’s “Killing In the Name” song from the Raged Against the Machine album was released in November 1992. The song topped with the 25th rank in the United Kingdom. This song was highly recognised as the band’s signature song and is also known for the use of strong language in the song.
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Recently, in 2009, this song was focus of a reputed Facebook campaign in order to prevent The X Factor winner’s song from reaching the Christmas number one in the UK for fifth consecutive year.
6. Stairway to Heaven
Launched in late 1971 by English rock band Led Zeppelin, is undoubtedly the greatest rock songs of all time. The unique thing about this song is that the tempo and the volume of the song increases as the song progresses. There is electric instrumentation introduced in the song after the recorders completes a slow acoustic based folk song.
This is true that not everyone will agree to the top 6 rock songs of all times, but when one talks about the folks about guitars, you will definitely see these songs somewhere in the list. And if you like this list, help spread the word about us.