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Rock has gone through so many phases ever since Bill Haley & The Comets “invented” rock ‘n’ roll with the top classic rock song “Rock Around The Clock.”It set off a revolution and a new genres which would evolve through critically acclaimed and commercially successful artists such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen and U2 just to name a few. This article explores some of the classic rock songs and bands that shook the world.

Elvis Presley was the first big superstar of rock ‘n’ roll and his reworking of the blues song “Hound Dog” in 1956 changed rock forever. In fact, the song spent an amazing 11 weeks at the top of the US charts only to be replaced by another one of his songs. Billboard Magazine thus ranked it at number 19 on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.

Following Elvis, the song “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” signaled the arrival of the Beatles in America and the start of the British Invasion. With their good looks, crazy chords, and simple yet catchy ballads, they captured the imagination and hearts of the world in the 60s and went on to become arguably the greatest band in music history.

The origins of the hard rock and heavy metal as we know it today can trace its roots to a song in 1964. The hit “You Really Got Me” by the Kinks is considered to be the first true hard rock song which would spin off a new genre of rock.

The end of the 60s saw the emergence of the southern rock/country rock genre led by Creedence Clearwater Revival. “Bad Moon Rising” is a classic song from this genre. CCR became the pioneers of other southern rock bands from 70s such as Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Eagles hit “Hotel California” in 1976 is one of the all time great classic rock songs and continues to be the model to emulate.

Hopefully, this article has provided you with a good rundown of just some of the most influential top classic rock songs of all time.


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