It comes as no great revelation for me to say that when it comes to music, tastes very. It is fair to say that there are as many favorite types of music as there are people to hear them. Large numbers of us come together sometimes to favor one or another performer. Many, many of us like some of the classical composers, and The Beatles, and Paul Simon, and other superstars. Many, many of YOU like artists such as Travis Tritt, Pearl Jam, or Taylor Swift. Even, inexplicably, Miley Cyrus has her fans.
All it really comes down to is that when it comes to music, as with many other things, the only opinion that really matters is your own. So in this age of sharing our opinions on social media, and places such as this, I have decided to generate, over time, some lists of the top things that I like. And being a child of the rock and roll era, I am starting with my list of what I feel to be the top Rock and Roll Songs of, at least, my era (Which started before there was R&R, and continues on).
These listings, and (by extension) my beliefs my generate conversation, additional suggestions, indifference, or scorn. I’ll take what comes. Sub-genres such as Soft Rock, and Folk Rock, ect must wait for another time. In no particular order, here is my list of the best of pure Rock and Roll.
Hotel California, The Eagles
My Back Pages (Live- from Bob Dylan’s 30th anniversary, at Madison Square Garden) Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Roger McGuinn
Running On Empty, Jackson Brown
Don’t Look Back, Boston
Journey to the Center of the Mind, The Amboy Dukes (Ted Nugent)
The Night has a Thousand Eyes, Bobby Vee
Runaway, Del Shannon
Somebody To Love, Jefferson Airplane
Pleasant Valley Sunday, The Monkees
Only You Know and I Know, Delaney, and Bonnie, and Friends (I know, it’s kind of blues, but it’s my list)
Up Around the Bend, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Wild Night, Van Morrison
I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock ‘n’ Roll Band), The Moody Blues
Karn Evil 9, (Short Version) Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
Crazy On You, Heart
The Fire Inside, Bob Seger
The Time Warp, The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Such a Woman, Tycoon
Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy, Bad Company
Drivers Seat, Sniff & The Tears
Find Another Fool, Quarterflash
Saturated, Casey Chambers
Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, U2
This list was meant to be (20). I actually ended up with (24). I could have added a few more, and could not figure out what to cut.