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Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

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Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

Do you ever find yourself bored with Top 100 Classic Rock Songs lists that are dominated by the same handful of bands? Well, we've put an interesting twist on the format here at Ultimate Classic Rock -- you'll still find all of the expected legends, from Aerosmith to ZZ Top, as our countdown unfolds over the coming days, but each band only gets one song on our list.

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Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith
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No. 1: Aerosmith, ‘Sweet Emotion’ – Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

'Sweet Emotion' by Aerosmith earns the top spot on our Top 100 Classic Rock Songs list by embodying such an overwhelming portion of the intangible things that make the rest of the songs on our countdown so timeless. It also rocks to high heaven.

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Led Zeppelin
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No. 2: Led Zeppelin, ‘Kashmir’ – Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

Led Zeppelin earn the penultimate spot on our Top 100 Classic Rock Songs list with 'Kashmir,' a stately, epic masterpiece that refuses to acknowledge that rock music should have any uncrossable boundaries.

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Len Trievnor Hulton Archive, Getty Images

No. 3: Rolling Stones, ‘Gimme Shelter’ – Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

With an ominous mood set from the first notes, we know for certain that "the storm is threatening" on the Rolling Stones' haunting and powerful 'Gimme Shelter.' It's 'Apocalypse Now,' in just over four minutes.

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ACDC

No. 4: AC/DC, ‘Back In Black’ – Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

It's a lesser statistic, but somehow it speaks most loudly: AC/DC's 'Back in Black' received the RIAA's Master Ringtone Sales Award (Gold and Platinum) in 2006 and reached 2x Platinum status in 2007.

It's a Top 100 Classic Rock Song that is so omnipresent, so beloved, so kick-ass that millions want it to play every time they get a phone call.

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Beatles
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No. 5: The Beatles, ‘A Day in the Life’ – Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

Of all the acts on our countdown of the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs, none gave us a bigger challenge than the Beatles. Although the decision to only include one song per act allowed for a greater range of bands, it also meant that the entire catalog of the Beatles, the greatest and most diverse in all of rock, had to be boiled down to one -- and only one -- song...

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

No. 6: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, ‘All Along the Watchtower’ – Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

Anyone can cover another artist's song, but few are able to take that song and truly make it their own. In the case of 'All Along The Watchtower,' there is no doubt that Jimi Hendrix most certainly turned the Bob Dylan composition into not only a Hendrix song, but into a true classic.

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Ian Tyas/Hulton Archive, Getty Images

No. 7: Queen, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’– Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

Released in 1975, Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' must be one of the oddest songs to ever become not just a hit, but practically a part of our daily lives.

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Van Halen
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No. 8: Van Halen, ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ – Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

The higher we climb on our Top 100 Classic Rock Songs list, the harder it gets to pick just one song to represent bands such as the mighty Van Halen.

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Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd

No. 9: Pink Floyd, ‘Comfortably Numb’ – Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Roger Waters are almost as famous for their feuding as they are for their music -- and although they were bandmates for nearly two decades, their personality conflicts precluded true collaboration for many of those years. One notable exception: the No. 9 song on our Top 100 Classic Rock Songs list, 'Comfortably Numb.'

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