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The Greatest Rock Single Of All Time

Throughout September 2010 Planet Rock listeners voted for their favourite singles of all time. Here are the results.

And the winner was... ALL RIGHT NOW, the 1970 top 5 (it reached number 2) hit from Free. Easily their most commercial track, the single version was roughly 80 seconds shorter than the album version, and vastly different to the bluesy demo version that's floating around on various reissues. The song was given a new lease of life in 1991 when it was used on a particularly famous Wrigleys Chewing Gum advert, propelling the rereleased and remixed single back into the nation's conscience, and hitting number 8 in the singles charts. And there's absolutely no doubting the song's "single" credentials, as it's remained a radio staple for 40 years - passing 1,000,000 radio plays in the US by 1990, and passing a massive 2,000,000 radio plays in the UK in 2000.

The song that it narrowly beat to top the charts was SWEET CHILD 'O MINE, Guns N Roses' famously game-changing single which propelled the band into a new rock stratosphere, hitting number 1 in the US (their only US number 1 single) and number 6 in the UK charts. Depending on which format of the single you bought, you may have heard the band doing a pretty decent cover of 'Whole Lotta Rosie' on the B-Side.

Here's the top 40:


 

 

RELEASED

B-SIDES

1. ALL RIGHT NOW - FREE

1970 & 1991

Mouthful of Grass / The Hunter

2. SWEET CHILD O' MINE - GUNS N' ROSES

1988

Out To Get Me / Rocket Queen / Whole Lotta Rosie (Live) / It's So Easy (Live) / Move To The City

3. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - QUEEN

1975 & 1991

I'm in Love with My Car (1975) / These Are the Days of Our Lives (1991)

4. PARANOID - BLACK SABBATH

1970

The Wizard / Rat Salad / Snowblind

5. ACE OF SPADES - MOTORHEAD

1980

Dirty Love

6. BLACK KNIGHT - DEEP PURPLE

1970 & 1980

Speed King / Living Wreck

7. LIVIN' ON A PRAYER - BON JOVI

1986

Wild in the Streets / Edge of a Broken Heart

8. RUN TO THE HILLS - IRON MAIDEN

1982

Total Eclipse

9. SILVER MACHINE - HAWKWIND

1972

Seven by Seven

10. VOODOO CHILD (SLIGHT RETURN) - JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE

1970

Hey Joe / All Along the Watchtower

11. THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN - THIN LIZZY

1976 & 1991

Emerald / Jailbreak / Sarah

12. SINCE YOU BEEN GONE - RAINBOW

1979

Bad Girls

13. SPIRIT OF RADIO - RUSH

1980

The Trees / Working Man

14. SMOKE ON THE WATER - DEEP PURPLE

1973

Smoke on the Water (Live)

15. ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER - JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE

1968

Long Hot Summer Night

16. WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE - AC/DC

1977

Dog Eat Dog

17. RADAR LOVE - GOLDEN EARRING

1973

The Song Is Over

18. MORE THAN A FEELING - BOSTON

1976

Smokin'

19. FREEBIRD - LYNYRD SKYNYRD

1972

Sweet Home Alabama / Double Trouble

20. WE WILL ROCK YOU - QUEEN

1977

Double A-Side with We Are The Champions

21. NOVEMBER RAIN - GUNS N' ROSES

1992

Sweet Child O Mine / Patience

22. ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) - PINK FLOYD

1979

Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1) / Another Brick in the Wall (Part 3)

23. HOTEL CALIFORNIA - EAGLES

1977

Pretty Maids All in a Row / The Sad Café

24. TOUCH TOO MUCH - AC/DC

1980

Live Wire (live) / Shot Down in Flames (live)

25. THE TROOPER - IRON MAIDEN

1983

Cross-Eyed Mary

26. SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT - NIRVANA

1991

Drain You / Even in His Youth / Aneurysm

27. HIGHWAY TO HELL - AC/DC

1979

If You Want Blood (You've Got It)

28. SCHOOL'S OUT - ALICE COOPER

1972

Gutter Cat (aka Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets)

29. THE FINAL COUNTDOWN - EUROPE

1986

On Broken Wings

30. PARADISE CITY - GUNS N' ROSES

1988

Used to Love Her / Anything Goes / Sweet Child o' Mine

31. MY GENERATION - THE WHO

1965

Shout and Shimmy

32. DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' - JOURNEY

1982

Open Arms / Who's Crying Now / Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'

33. WHOLE LOTTA LOVE - LED ZEPPELIN

1969* & 1997

Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman) (1969) and Baby Come On Home / Travelling Riverside Blues (1997)

34. SUMMER OF '69 - BRYAN ADAMS

1985

Kids Wanna Rock / The Best Was Yet To Come

35. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE - GUNS N' ROSES

1987

Mr. Brownstone

36. ALL NIGHT LONG - RAINBOW

1980

Weiss Heim

37. DOWN, DOWN - STATUS QUO

1974

Nightride

38. LIKE A ROLLING STONE - BOB DYLAN

1965

Gates of Eden

39. BORN TO RUN - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

1975

Meeting Across The River

40. ONE - METALLICA

1989

For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live) / Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live)

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