Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Rock songs of all time 2017, Any list of the top ten best rock songs of all time is bound to spur arguments and debate. And this list is not going to be any different. What makes a great rock song is utterly indefinable. A rock song either is great or it is not and if it is great to you, chances are it will be great to someone you love. Just as likely, however, is the chance that if a rock song is great to you, it will be utterly despised by a significant portion of the rest of the population. With that in mind, the best that can be hoped for is that this list of the top ten best rock songs of all time exposes you to maybe one or two or even three great pieces of music you have never heard before and that at least one of them is an artistic achievement you find satisfying.
- 10. Hound Dog: Elvis Presley
- 9. Pinball Wizard: The Who
- 8. Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2): Pink Floyd
- 7. Kashmir: Led Zeppelin
- 6. Help!: The Beatles
- 5. Bohemian Rhapsody: Queen
- 4. Love Will Tear Us Apart: Joy Division
- 3. Suspicious Eyes: The Rakes
- 2. Jessie’s Girl: Rick Springfield
- 1. Natural’s Not In It: Gang of Four
Here we present the list of top 10 best Rock songs of all time 2017.
10. Hound Dog: Elvis Presley
There is no getting around the truth: rockabilly is one of the most infectious genres of rock music that has ever existed and will ever exist. Even if you do not necessarily consider yourself a fan of the genre, a great rockabilly performance will soon be urging you to get and dance. You just can’t not want to get on your feet and do a little jive or shimmy when that big guitar sound kicks in. One can imagine there are plenty of truly dreadful rockabilly songs out there, but usually a bad rockabilly tune is still more fun to listen to than the best song from any other country music genre. And when it comes to the cream of the crop, well, it just hardly gets any better. Elvis Presley’s version of “Hound Dog” is the cream of the crop. Some will argue in favor of “Blue Suede Shoes” and some will even argue in favor of Carl Perkins’ original version, but those people are wrong. Elvis belting out “Hound Dog” is without question one example of the top ten best rock songs of all time.
9. Pinball Wizard: The Who
The Who’s Tommy is, for many, the ultimate concept album. Those who believe this tend to be the fan who insists that a concept album must tell a story. Not all of them do, of course, and for that reason some of them produce great individual rock songs capable of standing apart and alone from the overall album. If your idea of a concept album is one peopled with characters that tells a fairly straightforward linear narrative with an actual plot and conclusion, then Tommy has to be your icon of conceptual music. The weirdest thing about the album is that the one song that seems like it should be incapable of standing alone and apart from the album is actually the one song most capable of standing on its own as a great rock song. “Pinball Wizard” tells a story that is thematically essential to the concept album’s storyline, but is also such a sublime and supreme example of the art of the rock single that it transcends that story. The fact that almost alone among all the songs on that album, “Pinball Wizard” has been played at nearly every Who concert ever given speaks to its singularity.
8. Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2): Pink Floyd
The ultimate example of the autobiographical concept album—as opposed to the strictly narrative—has to be Pink Floyd’s The Wall, of course. That is an album that could only have been made by people who had reached the rarest of all levels in the world of rock music: the bona fide legend. A better example from the perspective of an autobiographical concept album being a personal confessional rather than as a psychedelick Broadway production is Jackson Browne’s Running on Empty, but Pink Floyd’s The Wall screams at the listener that it is a concept album about what it’s like to be a rock star. Brown’s album, by contrast, is a quiet whisper in your ear among a room filled with people about the very same concept. What Brown’s album lacks, of course, is anything nearly as terrifying as “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2).” What person who ever lived in a developed country with a solid educational system constructed upon a firm foundation of standardizing minds to suck out all rebellious creativity can listen to this song without nodding appreciatively? It sums up the academic process in a nutshell, like all the best rock songs should
7. Kashmir: Led Zeppelin
No way that song (you know which one) by Zeppelin makes this list. “Kashmir” may well be the least “rock and roll” song to choose from the extensive and versatile discography of classic rock’s most iconoclastic band. So, since they are classic rock’s most iconoclastic band, it only seems to make sense to choose their most iconoclastic song to include in a list of the ten best examples of rock of all time.
6. Help!: The Beatles
If it’s great rock songs you are writing about, you have to have a Beatles song. But which one in particular to list among the top ten best rock songs of all time? To each his own, of course, but “Help!” is just too perfect a combination of great music and emotionally resonant lyrical content to ignore.
5. Bohemian Rhapsody: Queen
What can you possibly say about Bohemian Rhapsody that either hasn’t already been said or doesn’t need to be said: It is, quite simply, the single greatest sing-along-song in the history of all music, rock and roll or otherwise.
4. Love Will Tear Us Apart: Joy Division
Powerfully driven along by one of the earliest of Peter Hook’s unforgettable bass line melodies, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” is not just a great rock song, but a wrenching opportunity to play Peeping Tom into what happens to relationship when it is the desire to keep love burning rather than extinguish the flames of desire that tears that connection apart.
3. Suspicious Eyes: The Rakes
Many songs are capable of defining their era alongside other examples. “Suspicious Eyes” takes that accomplishment to a whole new level: it remains alone as the single rock song yet produced that defines the post-911 era of fear, paranoia, suspicion, racism and government-sponsored engendering of spying on innocent people as viable corporate model. Without the terrorist events of 9/11 and the subsequent—and equally terroristic—government exploitation of those events, “Suspicious Eyes” would not exist. The song is a postmodern masterpiece of the fragmentation of modern society and the way that random acts of terror have further delineated the cohesive sense of community that used to define that society. Four different singers take their turns portraying four different characters rising on the London subway. It is the appearance of the final character that stimulates this sad but true penetration into the modern consciousness: a dark-skinned young man with a rucksack on his back. Is he carrying a bomb in that backpack? Or have the conservatives so successfully provoked a sense of instant fear among the populace for the purpose of selling it as a commodity that we will never again look at something as seemingly innocuous as a bag in quite the same way?
2. Jessie’s Girl: Rick Springfield
“Jessie’s Girl” may well be the ultimate example of the crafting of a pop stock. Sure enough, it qualifies as a rock song: that wicked guitar solo belong to no other genre than rock and roll. Everything about “Jessie’s Girl” is memorable; even its most notable lyrics lapse. Seriously, Mr. Springfield, did you really think you could rhyme “moot” with “cute” and nobody would notice? Turns out you did even better: you make that atrocious attempt at a rhyme and everybody noticed, but nobody cared. And why should they? Nothing is perfect in the end and the only single flaw in “Jessie’s Girl” is that ill-equipped attempt to pass off mere assonance and pure rhyme.
1. Natural’s Not In It: Gang of Four
“Natural’s Not In It” is an anti-consumerism dialectical argument posing as a rock song by post-punk pioneers Gang of Four. “Natural’s Not in It” is a record assembled as a sequence of seemingly disconnected slogans, idioms and axioms that eventually amalgamate into meaning through the revelation of a unifying theme. That coherence is achieved through the deconstruction of processes by which capitalist ideology is capable of flourishing by continually reproducing a leisure class constantly craving new distractions. The definitive meaning of the song is that serving a never-ending buffet of wayward distractions and opportunities for leisure will keep the working class preoccupied and gratified enough to avoid the awakening of class consciousness and the subsequent revolution it is bound to stimulate seems an unlikely candidate for the greatest rock song of all time. But there it is.
This list of the top ten rock best rock songs of all time clearly proves that rock greatness has room for a dizzying array of interpretation. Great rock songs are those everybody knows the words to and loves singing along with. Great rock songs are classic singles that do not need the filler of a disappointing album to help them stand out. Great rock songs are those that can transcend the conceptual motif of an album to which it is is irretrievably tied. Great rock songs make can make you think or make you feel or even make you spend little time doing either.