This is part 2 of 3 for the series on the Top 30 Most Influential Classic Rock Songs.
If you haven’t read (and listened) to the first parts, here’s links to where you can find them.
11. Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Though CCR has a number of other hits that are certainly list-worthy, Fortunate Son made a statement and was representative of a particular difficult time in American history and has been regularly used for protests.
Jim Morrison’s complex lyrics coupled with the musical brilliance of Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore altered the American rock scene in the 1960s and 70s with a number of tunes but Light My Fire became their signature song and claims this spot on the list.
Cool lyrics, catchy beat, and a smooth presentation make Hotel California one of the most notable rock songs of all time. Forget that every member of The Eagles managed to hit with solo careers and appreciate the music they made as a band.
We may get some backlash for choosing Turn the Page over some of the more popular songs but it was one of the earliest hits and molded not only who Bob Seger would become but influenced a number of later rock artists.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers entered the music scene in 1976 and haven’t stopped yet. Their sound is unique, and not just because of Petty’s unusual voice.
Who doesn’t crank up the radio when this song comes on? A blend of uplifting and nostalgic, this tune was never a question on this list.
The recent passing of David Bowie only served to remind us how important he was to rock music. Perhaps Changes would have been a better selection….
Ah, the Allman Brothers, who could ever forget them with their iconic look and blend of southern rock, blues and a lot of rock and roll?
Another brilliant musical mind, Elton John has been around the block and back again as he’s evolved over the years but we cannot forget his raucous wardrobes or his contributions to rock.
Entering the scene in the 1970s behind the stunningly haunting lady vocalist, Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac endured ups and downs and breakups to alter the face of rock bands with their unique style – both physical and melodic.
This was part 2 of our 3 part series of the Top 30 Most Influential Classic Rock Songs, want to see the rest?