Classic rock songs isn't just a throwaway term for guitar music of a certain vintage. It's an era, a lifestyle and a sound all its own. To paraphrase one of its great practitioners, classic rock will never die. Even as the '60s and '70s fade further into history, classic rock's greatest contributions still have the power to ger your fist pumping and your feet stomping.
Assembling our list of classic rock's greatest hits was an exercise in exclusion. While rock genres like punk, New Wave, psychedelic and pop are indeed classic, here we're defining "classic rock" as arena-ready, guitar-driven, thunderous compositions from the late '60s through the pre-hair early '80s. Yes, you'll find the likes of Talking Heads, The Police, The Clash and Blondie on classic-rock stations, but you won't find them here. They're classic, but they're not classic rock, no matter what your FM dial says.
Prepare to raise your fists: These are the 28 essential classic rock songs.
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