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[Notes]

What about better ones? ;-)

Many of these are classics. Many of these could have made it on the Top 100 list. Some of these were at the time very important and still have some relevancy to me. But.

Unfortunately, most of these are overplayed and too obvious. I've had my share. However, I think this additional chart could be useful here.

Top 30:  Other Big Ones
1. Stairway to Heaven
Led Zeppelin  [1971]
2. Whiter Shade of Pale
Procol Harum  [1967]
3. Smoke on the Water
Deep Purple  [1972]
4. Like a Rolling Stone
Bob Dylan  [1965]
5. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
The Band  [1969]
6. White Room
Cream  [1968]
7. Moondance
Van Morrison  [1970]
8. Hotel California
The Eagles  [1976]
9. Sultans of Swing
Dire Straits  [1978]
10. No Woman No Cry
Bob Marley & the Wailers  [1974]
11. Nights in White Satin
The Moody Blues  [1967]
12. Imagine
John Lennon  [1971]
13. Me and Bobby McGee
Janis Joplin  [1971]
14. The House of the Rising Sun
The Animals  [1964]
15. Albatross
Fleetwood Mac  [1969]
16. Witchy Woman
The Eagles  [1972]
17. Bourée
Jethro Tull  [1969]
18. Suzanne
Leonard Cohen  [1968]
19. Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen  [1975]
20. Heart of Gold
Neil Young  [1972]
21. Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen  [1975]
22. Stayin' Alive
The Bee Gees  [1977]
23. When a Man Loves a Woman
Percy Sledge  [1966]
24. You Really Got Me
The Kinks  [1964]
25. Every Breath You Take
Police  [1983]
26. San Francisco
Scott Mckenzie  [1967]
27. Wind of Change
Scorpions  [1991]
28. Lady in Black
Uriah Heep  [1971]
29. All Right Now
Free  [1970]
30. The Moonlight Shadow
Mike Oldfield  [1983]
 


[Charts]

#Top 100: Best International Rock Songs of All-Time

Best rock songs of all-time? It's quite a task. At least some fifty one here could easily be replaced with other good ones. And I've seen similar charts with almost none of these included. Anyway, all these are songs I've been listening through decades and still do.

No Beatles or CCR on this list, for quite obvious reasons: those two probably would have conquered the first half of the list. They have their own charts (take a look on the left sidebar).

 

1. Black Dog
Led Zeppelin [1971]
2. All Along the Watchtower
Jimi Hendrix [1968]
3. Wishing Well
Free [1972]
4. The River
Bruce Springsteen [1980]
5. Hurricane
Bob Dylan [1976]
6. Love Rustler
Delbert McClinton [1977]
7. Brothers in Arms
Dire Straits [1985]
8. Immigrant Song
Led Zeppelin [1970]
9. Like a Hurricane
Neil Young [1977]
10. Lady Eleanor
Lindisfarne [1972]
11. The Ballad of Lucy Jordan
Marianne Faithfull [1979]
12. Don't Touch Me There
The Tubes [1976]
13. Papa Was a Rolling Stone
The Temptations [1972]
14. It Makes No Difference
The Band [1975]
15. A Soldier of Fortune
Deep Purple [1974]
16. Society's Child
Janis Ian [1967]
17. Street Life
The Crusaders featuring Randy Crawford [1979]
18. The Day Before You Came
Abba [1982]
19. The Man Who Sold the World
David Bowie [1971]
20. Child of Mine
Carole King [1970]
21. I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten
Dusty Springfield [1968]
22. I've Got My Eye on You [live version]
Bette Midler [1983]
23. My Back Pages
The Byrds [1967]
24. Mail Order Annie
Harry Chapin [1974]
25. Child in Time
Deep Purple [1970]
26. Shooting Star
Bad Company [1975]
27. St. James Infirmary
Bobby 'Blue' Bland [1961]
28. Time
Pink Floyd [1973]
29. Across 110th Street
Bobby Womack [1972]
30. Racing in the Street
Bruce Springsteen [1978]
31. Stranger in the City
John Miles [1976]
32. As Strong As Samson
Procol Harum [1974]
33. A Design for Life
Manic Street Preachers [1996]
34. The Weight
The Band [1968]
35. Road to Cairo
Brian Auger Trinity featuring Julie Driscoll [1968]
36. Father of Night, Father of Day
Manfred Mann's Earth Band [1973]
37. London Calling
The Clash [1979]
38. Five Years
David Bowie [1972]
39. Wonderful Life
Black [1987]
40. Grasshopper
Man [1974]
41. Remember Yesterday
John Miles [1976]
42. Bang Bang
Sylvie Vartan [1974]
43. Mom & Dad
Frank Zappa [1968]
44. Cinnamon Girl
Neil Young [1969]
45. Space Oddity
David Bowie [1969]
46. Point Blank
Bruce Springsteen [1980]
47. Going Back
Dusty Springfield [1966]
48. Moonage Daydream
David Bowie [1972]
49. Killer Queen
Queen [1974]
50. The Way I Choose
Bad Company [1974]
51. Smokin' in the Boys Room
Brownsville Station [1973]
52. I'm Crying
The Animals [1964]
53. The Road to Hell
Chris Rea [1989]
54. Ain't No Sunshine
Bill Withers [1971]
55. When a Blind Man Cries
Deep Purple [1972]
56. Duncan
Paul Simon [1971]
57. The House of the Rising Sun
Geordie [1974]
58. Autumn Leaves  [live version]
Eva Cassidy [1996]
59. Chance
Big Country [1983]
60. The Last Thing on My Mind
The Move [1970]
61. Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)
The Stylistics [1975]
62. Atlantic City
Bruce Springsteen [1982]
63. July Morning
Uriah Heep [1971]
64. Lover Lover Lover
Leonard Cohen [1974]
65. Bangla Desh
George Harrison [1971]
66. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Bob Dylan [1973]
67. Little Boy
Geordie [1974]
68. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
The Hollies [1969]
69. Working Class Hero
John Lennon [1970]
70. Everyday
Slade [1973]
71. Epitaph
King Crimson [1969]
72. Heart of Stone
The Rolling Stones [1965]
73. The Blue Cafe
Chris Rea [1998]
74. The Story in Your Eyes
The Moody Blues [1971]
75. In Zaire
Johnny Wakelin [1976]
76. Too Much of Nothing
Peter, Paul & Mary [1967]
77. Silver Machine
Hawkwind [1972]
78. Are You Ready
Pacific Gas & Electric [1972]
79. Crocodile Shoes
Jimmy Nail [1994]
80. Far Far Away
Slade [1974]
81. Look Away
Big Country [1986]
82. Hippy Hippy Shake
The Swinging Blue Jeans [1964]
83. Never Marry a Railroad Man
Shocking Blue [1970]
84. I Love You Much Too Much
Alma Cogan [1964]
85. In a Broken Dream
Python Lee Jackson [1970]
86. Starvings in the Tropics
String Driven Thing [1975]
87. Iron Horse
Christie [1972]
88. Angie
The Rolling Stones [1973]
89. In the Winter
Janis Ian [1975]
90. La Belle Histoire D'Amour
Edith Piaf [1960]
91. Lady Bird
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood [1968]
92. My Girl
Madness [1979]
93. Oh Bondage! Up Yours!
X-Ray Spex [1977]
94. Pleasure and Pain
The Divinyls [1985]
95. She Does It Right
Dr. Feelgood [1975]
96. Black Night
Deep Purple [1970]
97. The Guitar Man
Bread [1972]
98. 'B' Movie
Gil Scott-Heron [1982]
99. Too Hot in the Kitchen
Darts [1977]
100. For the Peace of All Mankind
Albert Hammond [1973]