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    Top 12 ROCK songs?

    Of course, I'm inspired by yes123's thread which I find amusing. Now however, only Rock songs have to be here. Thus, no prog-rock, no heavy-rock stuff like Deep Purple or Uriah Heep, no glam-rock, no blues-rock, no psychedelia, no ballads and so on, just pure, groovy 'Rock'!
    Here's my list, in no particular order:

    The Rolling Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience "Hey Joe"
    The Kinks "Brainwashed"
    Small Faces "Brown Man Do"
    The Who "Slip Kid"
    Bruce Springsteen "Badlands"
    Ron Wood "I Can Feel The Fire"
    Derek & The Dominos "Layla" (short version)
    Fleetwood Mac "The Chain"
    Fanny "Blind Alley"
    Faces "Bad 'N' Ruin"
    The Doors "L.A. Woman"
    Last edited by RichardGioaf.; 05-12-2022 at 06:31 PM.

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    I don't think I could do it without bending or breaking the rules. Besides some of the stuff on your list is heavy rock, blues rock and psychedelia.
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    Hey Joe isn't blues-rock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Man View Post
    I don't think I could do it without bending or breaking the rules. Besides some of the stuff on your list is heavy rock, blues rock and psychedelia.
    Rock is heavy, but heavy-rock / metal is something else, as I guess you know.

    Oh and "L.A. Woman" is not psychedelia to these ears.



    Quote Originally Posted by 3LockBox View Post
    Hey Joe isn't blues-rock?
    I'm aware that Rock was originated from R&B, but when I mentioned blues-rock I had in mind that hybrid music genre that combines the bluesy improvisations over the 12-bar blues with a rock-style extended jam, i.e. songs like Jimi Hendrix' ''Come On (Part 1)'', The Electric Flag "Killing Floor", Allman Brothers Band's "Southbound", etc.

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    Any such list that omits "Won't Get Fooled Again" is suspect right off.

    And when it omits WGFA but includes "Slip Kid"? Well, at least it wasn't "Don't Let Go the Coat" or something.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    Any such list that omits "Won't Get Fooled Again" is suspect right off.

    And when it omits WGFA but includes "Slip Kid"? Well, at least it wasn't "Don't Let Go the Coat" or something.....
    "Slip Kid" is probably the most overlooked top tier Who tune, and that's one of the two reasons why I listed that one. The other is that I personally love "Slip Kid" better than the studio version of WGFA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    Any such list that omits "Won't Get Fooled Again" is suspect right off.

    And when it omits WGFA but includes "Slip Kid"? Well, at least it wasn't "Don't Let Go the Coat" or something.....
    I like Don't Let Go The Coat. But yeah, Won't Get Fooled Again and Who Are You are top-10 worthy songs for sure.

    This is quickly turning into a thread about songs I don't want to listen to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    Any such list that omits "Won't Get Fooled Again" is suspect right off.

    And when it omits WGFA but includes "Slip Kid"? Well, at least it wasn't "Don't Let Go the Coat" or something.....
    It would have been better if it was called "Don't Let Go The Goat." These days goat could have a different meaning if it was GOAT but I suppose that's besides the point. Of course I'm joking around anyway. I actually like DLGTC though. There's even a rather interesting prog rock (or at least proggish) version of the song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz_IigmOz_A
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    Does any of these pass muster? Just rambling:

    Stuck In The Middle - Steelers Wheel
    Fly At Night - Chilliwack
    Couldn't Get It Right - Climax Blues Band
    Go For A Soda - Kim Mitchell
    Mama Let Him Play - Doucette
    Say Hello - April Wine
    Let It Ride - The Guess Who
    Lunatic Fringe - Red Rider
    The Boys Are Back inTown - Thin Lizzy
    Black Betty - Ram Jam
    Blue Sky Mine - Midnight Oil
    The Original Sin - INXS

    Not really my "12 greatest" but trying to participate in a thread with tight parameters

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3LockBox View Post
    Who Are You
    I think that "The Real Me" is slightly better than that CSI tune.

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    I agree;"The Real Me" is miles and miles ahead of "Who Are You" (which is itself pretty darn good) -- it has some of Entwhistle's most savage bass playing of his entire (studio) career, and it's right up front and center.

    I didn't mean to dis "Slip Kid" so much; it's one of the best Who songs post-Quadrophenia. At this point Pete began keeping a lot of his best material for his solo albums, sigh.... WGFA (aside from being the best hard rock song evah) was in the way of an example. For most of the bands on that list (saving Faces, Small Faces, and Ron Wood, none of whom I know as well as I probably should) I can think of at least three songs more deserving of that slot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    Any such list that omits "Won't Get Fooled Again" is suspect right off.

    And when it omits WGFA but includes "Slip Kid"? Well, at least it wasn't "Don't Let Go the Coat" or something.....
    What's your issue with Slip Kid? It's a great, underrated song. If I was gonna put something by The WHo on such a list, it would probably be that.

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    See previous post...
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    I'll start, don't know if I get to 12.

    Bap - Kristalnaach
    U2 - New years day
    Motions - Wasted words
    John Cale - Fear
    Velvet Underground - Waiting for my man
    Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Father of day

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    Love 'em or hate 'em, KISS' Rock and Roll All Nite belongs on any list.
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    If the emphasis is meant to be on 'rock' with nothing else getting in the way, then:

    Elvis Presley- Mystery Train
    Jerry Lee Lewis- Great Balls Of Fire
    Carl Perkins- Blue Suede Shoes
    Gene Vincent- Be Bop A Lula
    Eddie Cochran- Summertime Blues
    Little Richard- Lucille
    Chuck Berry- Promised Land
    Lonnie Mack- Wham! (included because it's a personal favourite guitar instrumental, should be better known)
    The Rolling Stones- Honky Tonk Women
    CCR- Bad Moon Rising
    The Faces- Stay With Me
    Led Zeppelin- Rock And Roll

    For me, you have to go back to the source material, and I also chose a few 60s/70s tracks which are in a similar vein. I could/should have included 'Get Back' and 'Born To Run' as well, really.

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    ^^^Now that -- despite my personal animosity to Zeppelin -- is a list I can really respect.
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    Today it would be...

    Sympathy for the Devil- Rolling Stones
    Don't Let Me Down- The Beatles
    Massacre- Thin Lizzy
    This Kids- UFO
    We'll Burn the Sky- Scorpions
    Achilles Last Stand- Led Zeppelin
    In From the Storm- Jimi Hendrix
    The Punk & The Godfather- The Who
    Nobody's Fault- Aerosmith
    Public Animal #9- Alice Cooper Group
    Every Picture Tells a Story- Rod Stewart
    Box of Rain- Grateful Dead

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    ^^^Now that -- despite my personal animosity to Zeppelin -- is a list I can really respect.
    Now you can say you have something in common with Pete Townshend.
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    ^^^
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    A list of top ROCK songs without "Stepping STONE"? Hmm...


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    Driver's Seat ~ Sniff 'N' The Tears
    Sentimental Lady ~ Fleetwood Mac
    I Am The Warrior ~ Scandal (Patty Smyth)
    Africa ~ Toto
    Down Under ~ Men At Work
    Forever Autumn ~ Justin Hayward
    Vida La Vida ~ Coldplay
    Riders On The Storm ~ The Doors
    All Along The Watchtower ~ Jimi Hendrix
    More Than This ~ Roxy Music
    Sarah ~ Fleetwood Mac
    God Only Knows ~ The Beach Boys

    (posted by a sentimental rock song lover, no apologies needed)

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    ^Very good list. I'm not sure I know that Coldplay song though so I'll have to check it out.

    I don't think I could narrow it down to just 12 songs not to mention trying to figure out what is just plain old "rock."
    You can't take a photograph of Uzis on a street corner.

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    Sod your stinking rules! Rock doesn't play by rules! Top 12 Rock songs? That would look something like this:

    The Byrds: Eight Miles High
    Queen: Long Away
    The Who: Armenia City In The Skies
    The Monkees: Circle Sky
    Jimi Hendrix Experience: Bold As Love
    Kiss: Strutter
    Uriah Heep: Circle Of Hands
    Lynyrd Skynyrd: Saturday Night Special
    Deep Purple: Our Lady
    Pink Floyd: Point Me At The Sky
    Rolling Stones: Get Off Of My Cloud
    Hawkwind: Silver Machine

    And that's the bottom line, because Silver Shoes said so! (drops mic and walks out of the ring)

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    Won't Get Fooled Again
    Like A Rolling Stone
    Born To Run
    Johnny B. Goode
    London Calling
    She Loves You
    Voodoo Chile
    All Day And All Of The Night
    Long Tall Sally
    I Wanna Be Sedated
    Street Fighting Man
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