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The Most Classic Classic Rock Song

How do you define a classic rock song?

Is a classic rock song a song that has successfully weathered the test of time? Or is it a song that was simply incendiary upon its release? Or is it just a song that is really, really, REALLY good?

Well, the Planet Rock listeners have been voting in their thousands and have put together a list of songs that they think best define classic rock.

Perhaps the result of the poll is not altogether surprising - with Led Zeppelin's seminal 1971 epic essentially defining the phrase classic rock in one fell swoop. Its eight minute running time, varying tempo and volume and stunning solo represent pretty much everything great about rock music in one bitesize(ish) nugget of swaggering rock genius.

Robert Plant (and guitar shop employees) may not care for it much, but we do and that's why Stairway is a worthy winner of this particular poll.

Led Zeppelin actually managed to get a massive SEVEN songs in the top 70, narrowly beating Deep Purple to the most songs in the poll. In another impressive showing, AC/DC managed to get five songs into the top 40.

Here's the Top 40.


1. Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin

2. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple

3. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

4. All Right Now - Free

5. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

6. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

7. Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC

8. More Than A Feeling - Boston

9. Paranoid - Black Sabbath

10. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

11. Stargazer - Rainbow

12. Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf

13. Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf

14. Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

15. Back In Black - AC/DC

16. Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

17. Child In Time - Deep Purple

18. Highway to Hell   AC/DC

19. Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin

20. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns n Roses

21. Ace of Spades - Motorhead

22. Let There Be Rock - AC/DC

23. Highway Star - Deep Purple

24. We Will Rock You - Queen

25. Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin

26. The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy

27. Layla - Derek & The Dominoes

28. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin

29. Gypsy - Uriah Heep

30. Hotel California - Eagles

31. All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

32. Since You've Been Gone - Rainbow

33. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix

34. Dazed And Confused - Led Zeppelin

35. Caroline - Status Quo

36. Shine On (You Crazy Diamond) - Pink Floyd

37. For Those About To Rock - AC/DC

38. Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

39. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

40. (Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult


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