For the fourth installment in the lists of top ten songs, I have chosen the best songs of classic rock or the bands known for introducing electric guitars and heavy rock to the world. The origins of classic rock could go all the way back to Chuck Berry, one of the original wizards of the electric guitar, but the thriving years of classic rock ranged from the 1960’s to possibly the early 80’s.
The pinnacle of classic rock could be summed up with one word – woodstock, and at woodstock, one man, the master of the electric guitar, soars above the rest – Jimi Hendrix. Jimi performed an insanely original take on the “Star Spangled Banner” and of course his most famous song – “Purple Haze.” Hailing from Seattle, WA, Hendrix may be the only American on this list, while the others reign from Great Britain like Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Who, and more. Between Queen and Led Zeppelin, there are more songs on countless karaoke lists than almost all the other bands on the list combined. My favorite classic song for karaoke is Black Dog by Led Zeppelin. First you have to lose your voice before you can sing this song, but it’s worth it.
1. Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix
2. Stairway to Heaven/Black Dog/Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
3.Sunshine of Your Love – Cream
4. Hotel California – The Eagles
5. Bohemian Rhapsody/Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
6. Tom Sawyer – Rush
7. Lola/You Really Got Me – The Kinks
8. Light My Fire/Break on Through – The Doors
9. Baba O’Riley – The Who
10. Franklin’s Tower – Grateful Dead
Next top ten songs: Progressive Rock