Do you like classic rock? Well, then this is the article for you. Rock music was said to have originated between the late 1940s and early 1950s, and came from blues. Muddy Waters was said to influence rock, seeing as he was the first to “electrify” blues, specifically with “Delta Blues.” From there, a sub-genre was formed: Classic Rock, which was said to have started around the mid-1960s. But enough about the history. Here’s a list of ten of the best (in my humble opinion) songs that anyone and everyone should have on their playlist. Enjoy.
“The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac
This is a great classic rock song by British-American band Fleetwood Mac. This song is one of their greatest from, in my opinion, their best album: Rumors. This song is the only one credited to all five members and talks about relationships inside the band and about the band collapsing. “The chain” is used as a metaphor that is uniting them but also holding them back. At the end, it is repeated: “Chain, keep us together” which is talking about the band staying together.
“Baby Driver” by Simon & Garfunkel
The meaning of the song “Baby Driver” is very unclear. It is clear, though, that the baby driver is a metaphor for something, but neither Paul Simon nor Art Garfunkel clarified what that was. This song starts off with two guitars playing, really intriguing listeners; what will happen next? It then continues with Simon and Garfunkel beautifully harmonizing their voices to make an amazing song.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
There are many interpretations of what this insanely famous song is about. One is that a boy is pleading in front of an unsympathetic jury after murdering a man. The jury may be a religious group, as pointed by the word ‘Bismillah’, which is the first word of every chapter of Quran. Even though this is what many agree the song is about, it’s loved for its unusual form and four different types of styles in the same song with its beautiful melody.
“Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin
“The black dog was a 19-year-old black Labrador that would go up the garden but not be able to make it back which hung around the recording studios.” Robert Page mentioned this in his intro to “Black Dog” at the Melbourne concert performance of 20th February 1972 at the Kooyong Tennis Courts center. This song is a great song and it constantly goes back and forth through the guitar and vocals and it is just an all around awesome.
“Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys
Ok, so this song is more pop than rock, and a typical love song, but you *need* this song on your classic rock playlist. It’s a great song to relax to, and the melody at the beginning with bass playing is really unusual and beautiful. The other thing that catches the eye (or ear) in the song is the unusual structure of it: Verse, chorus, verse, chorus, episodic digression.1, episodic digression.2, chorus and then coda.
“Hello, Goodbye” by The Beatles
This song is said to be about a relationship that is ending, but there are many speculations. This song is, in my opinion, one of the best Beatles songs out there. It is a very nice song to listen to if you want to relax. This song was written by Paul McCartney and is actually one of the songs that John Lennon is not particularly fond of.
“Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins
“Danger Zone” was the theme song from the movie Top Gun and was only meant to represent the idea of action in a plane and just simple action so it doesn’t really have a meaning other than being about the movie; but it definitely is a good and catchy song. In fact, Top Gun was the best selling soundtrack of 1986 .
“Hotel California” by the Eagles
“Hotel California” is theorized to talk about the music industry and how it controls you. Fans of course have many other theories on what it’s about, but everyone can agree that it’s just a great song. This is a cool song to listen to because of all the mystery behind it, but it’s also catchy and fun to sing along to.
“Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
This song can be interpreted as Anthony Kiedis’ (vocalist of RHCP) struggle to quit using drugs. If you read in his biography you’ll quickly learn that he was a drug user in his teens and he had many attempts to stay clean which all failed. This song is definitely one of the greats and has one of the most recognizable bass lines of all time.
“The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and The News
This song is about how impactful love can be and talks about the advantages and disadvantages of love. Written for the blockbuster film Back to the Future, it’s featured several times in the movie. Because of the movie’s wild success (and because it’s an awesome song), it rose to the top of the music charts in 1985. This is definitely one of Huey Lewis’s greats.