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Top 30 Most Influential Classic Rock Songs (part 3 of 3)

This is part 3 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.


22. Tom Sawyer by Rush
We’ve heard that you either love them or hate them, not sure if that’s true or not but this Canadian band exploded onto the scene with their blend of synthesizers and drums in this epic song about a modern day rebel.

23. American Woman by The Guess Who
This song has been covered several times by other famous rock artists for good reason – it’s a classic that blends acoustic blues with hard rock.

24. Piece of My Heart by Janis Joplin
Another member of 27 club, Janis Joplin left her mark on rock music with this little gem that was one of many songs that made psychedelic rock famous.

25. Rocky Mountain Way by Joe Walsh
Though we might have subbed Life’s Been Good in this slot, Joe Walsh’s solo career (remember that cool little band, The Eagles?) was marked with attitude and exceptional instrumentals.

26. Renegade by Styx
Another cool blend of acoustic and hard rock, Renegade propelled Styx to stardom and worked story-telling into the rock world as much as any of the songs here.

27. Somebody to Love by Jefferson Airplane
It’s hard to go wrong with Grace Slick on lead vocals, but Jefferson Airplane made their mark with this influential hit that frequents modern media today.

28. House of the Rising Sun by The Animals
Traditionally a folk song, The Animals amped up and modernized this cautionary tale about a life gone wrong.

29. Hold On Loosely by .38 Special
A song about lost love would not be so effective if not blended with the right instrumentals. While it wasn’t the only stellar release by .38 Special, Hold on Loosely works to make you feel better about losing love.

30. Carry on Wayward Son by Kansas
Kansas also had a huge hit with Dust In The Wind that almost edged out Carry On Wayward Son but this one is a bit more uplifting so it gets the nod.

Honorable Mentions
You just can’t have a top 30 list without a few honorable mentions. These favorites were pretty close but didn’t quite make the cut for one reason or other.

  • Like a Rolling Stone or The Hurricane by Bob Dylan
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
  • Low Rider by War
  • Don’t Bring Me Down by Electric Light Orchestra
  • Show Me The Way by Peter Frampton
  • Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
  • The Joker by The Steve Miller Band

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