The 300 Greatest Rock Songs – But I’m Only Going to Mention 100

I stumbled across this and could not believe what I was reading.  Digital Dream Door has posted a list of the 300 greatest rock songs.  Now, in fairness, they do lead with this disclaimer: “These Rock Music songs are meant to be taken as a basic starting point for a greatest songs discussion.  All these Rock Music songs are crucial to know for full appreciation of the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll music.”

However, while reading, this is what I could not believe: A Day In The Life by the Beatles was ranked SEVENTH!  Seventh… One of the greatest songs on one of the greatest albums by one of the greatest bands (have I adequately displayed my bias?). 

I’m so weird about the Beatles that all through high school I tried to work a Beatles quote into almost every paper I had to write – even science!Well, at least DDD met their goal of causing discussion (at least by me).  What do you think?

The List (click to see the full list – if you go to the site you can listen to each song):

1. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
2. Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
3. Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
4. Respect – Aretha Franklin
5. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
6. Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
7. A Day In The Life – Beatles
8. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
9. Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
10. What’d I Say – Ray Charles
11. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown
12. Won’t Get Fooled Again – Who
13. All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
14. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
15. Imagine – John Lennon
16. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
17. Layla – Derek & the Dominos
18. Light My Fire – Doors
19. I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
20. Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd
21. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Jerry Lee Lewis
22. When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
23. Hey Jude – Beatles
24. Hotel California – Eagles
25. Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets
26. You Really Got Me – Kinks
27. American Pie – Don McLean
28. Tutti Frutti – Little Richard
29. Baba O’Riley – The Who
30. Sympathy For The Devil – Rolling Stones
31. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
32. Louie Louie – The Kingsmen
33. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
34. Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
35. Yesterday – The Beatles
36. My Generation – The Who
37. Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
38. Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley
39. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
40. Shake, Rattle & Roll – Big Joe Turner
41. Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix
42. Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
43. In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
44. Time – Pink Floyd
45. Oh Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
46. Sunshine Of Your Love – Cream
47. Walk This Way – Aerosmith
48. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
49. A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harum
50. What’s Goin’ On – Marvin Gaye
51. Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
52. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
53. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
54. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
55. Good Golly, Miss Molly – Little Richard
56. Everyday People – Sly & The Family Stone
57. Roundabout – Yes
58. Bye Bye Love – The Everly Brothers
59. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
60. Sixty Minute Man – The Dominoes
61. Voodoo Child (slight return) – Jimi Hendrix
62. November Rain – Guns N’ Roses
63. One Nation Under A Groove – Funkadelic
64. The House Of The Rising Sun – Animals
65. Mr. Tambourine Man – Byrds
66. Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
67. Please, Please, Please – James Brown
68. Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
69. Somebody To Love – Jefferson Airplane
70. Dust In The Wind – Kansas
71. Slow Ride – Foghat
72. Crossroads – Cream
73. Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
74. With Or Without You – U2
75. More Than A Feeling – Boston
76. We Will Rock You – Queen
77. Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
78. 21st Century Schizoid Man – King Crimson
79. Mystery Train – Elvis Presley
80. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby, Stills and Nash
81. Show Me The Way – Peter Frampton
82. Where Did Our Love Go – Supremes
83. My My Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue) – Neil Young
84. Money – Pink Floyd
85. Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
86. Master of Puppets – Metallica
87. Stand! – Sly & The Family Stone
88. Sultans Of Swing – Dire Straits
89. That’ll Be The Day – Buddy Holly & The Crickets
90. Dream On – Aerosmith
91. Maybellene – Chuck Berry
92. Every Breath You Take – Police
93. Jesus Christ Pose – Soundgarden
94. For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
95. All Day And All Of The Night – Kinks
96. Tom Sawyer – Rush
97. Tangled Up In Blue – Bob Dylan
98. Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
99. Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
100. All Right Now – Free


15 responses to “The 300 Greatest Rock Songs – But I’m Only Going to Mention 100

  1. What? “Tears in Heaven” at number 51?

    More importantly – a CRITICAL omission. “Be My Little Baby” (Ronettes) was the introduction of the Phil Spector “Wall of Sound” — MAJOR influence for “Pet Sounds” (Beach Boys), as well as The Beatles… How that can NOT be on the list is a mystery to me… (sigh)

    Good call. Or Pride by U2 at #287, but Todd Rundgren at #286? It’s a mad world.

  2. What a timely post. I’m sitting here watching my husband rock on Guitar Hero. Fun list. I love the Beatles too, although not as much as you obviously do.

    Real Ohio State fans LOVE the Beatles…

  3. I’m going to have to come back to this a little later so I can give it more attention…but, maybe being that I’m a (little) bit younger, I’m shocked and dismayed that I don’t see Pearl Jam in the top 100…or that Nirvana is at #33.

    Talk about pioneers. Those two bands changed rock music….for the better…forever.

    Smells Like Teen Spirit… Neil Young started the whole grunge look, but Nirvana did it better. I thought the same thing when I saw the list, but fixated on the Beatles. And, yes… Pearl Jam? The list was apparently made by someone my age. And they did say the list was about the foundations of rock…(meaning stuff old people like me would remember).

  4. Surprised Spinal Tap’s ‘Lick My Love Pump’ didn’t make it!

    (in a bad British accent) “Yes, but our amplifiers go to 11.” Now, that would have been funny if it was at 11. It’s one of the funniest songs in the Rockumentary. I’m laughing right now thinking of the Stonehenge scene. Thanks.

  5. Depending on your point of view…

    Because of some of my recreationao activities in the 1970s and part of the ’80s I could listen to most of these songs again… for the first time. 🙂

    Been there. Some of the bands actually sounded better than they were as a result.

  6. leavingevangeline… I’ve been wondering… you must be from south Louisiana? Evangeline made bread and all. Have you left Evangeline Parish?

    I thought it was Texas.

  7. Whoever came up with that list seems awfully enamored with the 70s. I’d like to see how that list changes over the next 10 years. Perhaps then U2 will reign supreme. 😉

    Well, I still haven’t found what I’m looking for, with pride (in the name of love), on a Sunday, Bloody Sunday.

  8. You know they are always coming up with these “lists” in the UK for everything. Its so annoying. What on earth are they based on I have to wonder? Some sad geeks sitting around talking about it while stoned out of their heads or what?

    Pink floyd’s Time made the top 100? Give me a break!

    Are you picking on the Brits? Did I read somewhere that you are British?
    Good point about Pink Floyd.

  9. I think a lot of those songs would be in my top 100, but the lack of Radar Love is astonishing.
    I would not have Tom Swayer in my top 100, there are so many better Rush songs. I would nominate Spirit of Radio and Red Barchetta for starters.
    My top 100 would also feature plenty of Hawkwind, but that is just my eccentric tastes.

    Radar Love by Golden Earring – what a great song. You’re right and I had completely forgotten about it. It took me forever to figure out they were singing “Brenda Lee’s coming on strong.”
    How about Rush’s Geddy Lee singing Take Off?

  10. mssc54: Nope not LA. Don is correct in his assesment!

    I was named after “the” Evangeline though…the one made famous by Longfellow.

    We are learning new things all the time. Thanks.

  11. Oh, and where is Radiohead? Green Day? Rage Against the Machine? (One of the best political bands of “my age”.)

    It’s almost as if some of the “newer” bands were tossed in so as not to appear too biased.

    And how on earth is Michael Jackson considered ROCK? (Not in Top 100).

    Waah! I’m going to make a list of my own and I’ll show them! (Not really…I don’t have that kind of focus.)

    Several odd choices, but yes… the king of pop?

  12. Don – I am picking on the Brits… I figure I have the right as I claim Britinla as mine…lol ! I lived there for 20 years and was constantly bombarded with these lists! Especially as he’s a geek!

    I like lists – does that make me geekly too?

  13. No Black Sabbath? Shenanigans, sir! And Tom Sawyer is nowhere NEAR Rush’s best song.

    No kidding – I agree.
    Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

  14. Why is ‘Sultans Of Swing’ at place 88? Unbelievable, it should be much higher in this list. If I watch over the list, I see artists like Big Joe Turner and Foghat above Dire Straits. Dire Straits is one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and their best song is only at place 88. And you’ll have ‘Money For Nothing’, ‘Private Investigations’, ‘Brothers In Arms’, ‘Walk Of Life’ and much, much more songs which should be in this list. Unbelievable… And yeah, ‘Radar Love’ of the Golden Earring (I’m from Holland) should be in the list too, just because it’s a great song and they’re from Holland.

    I agree, I love Sultans of Swing and Radar Love (and I’m not even from Holland).

  15. where 30 second to mars???????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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