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10 Greatest Rock Songs of All Time

March 13, 2009

This is a Cross-post from my Facebook account:

Now for those who, like my Youth Pastor in 1973, think that all rock-and-roll is of the devil, do not read any further. For those of us who love that “african devil beat” and aren’t convicted by Holy Spirit there is anything sinful about it, here is my current top ten.

Just a few explanations. Everyone has their own idea of what a rock song is. Here are my criteria:

1. Beat is everything. Therefore, the beat and the drummer must be important to the song. Jimi Hendrix and Eddy V.H. solos won’t make the cut.
2. Rhythm guitar trumps everything.
3. Pop music doesn’t get included.
4. You must be able to workout on a treadmill going faster than 6 mph to these songs.
5. Everyone smiles when they hear these songs (except my aforementioned Youth Pastor).
6. They are in no particular order, since there really is no way to compare one song to another.

If you feel I have left one out that meets all my criteria, please enlighten me.

10 Greatest Rock Songs of All time

Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple
Taking Care of Business – Bachman Turner Overdrive
China Grove – Doobie Brothers
Vertigo – U2
More than a Feeling – Boston
Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N Roses
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Layla – Derek and the Dominos
I Want You to Want Me – Cheap Trick
Radar Love – either Golden Earring or White Lion

Almost made the cut:

Crocodile Rock – Elton John (too much piano)
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (song has too many slow parts to qualify)

Carry on my Wayward Son – Kansas (drums aren’t noticeable…but may be one of the greatest songs of all time).

Stacy’s Mom – As a favor to my friend Stacy, I left it off.

Now you know.

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