Rock and Roll seems to be a dying genre these days with pop, rap and EDM (Electronic Dance Music) dominating the charts. The days of classic rock seem to have passed us by, yet we still celebrate the innovative and revolutionary sounds that echoed through the mid-to-end of the last century.
For those who want to take a trip down memory lane or if you just want to discover new legendary music look no further. These are rock songs that you should listen to within the perspective that they do not sound like anything that came before them, classics with some incredible guitar solos.
So blast your speakers and let’s rock on!
Jimi Hendrix – Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire
Arguably one of the best guitar players of all time, Jimi Hendrix rocked the late 60s and created music that stands alone, and is just as relevant today as it was back then. Purple Haze is one of the songs that he is most known for, but Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire will have you on your feet rocking out and swinging from side to side.
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Long As I Can See the Light
One of the most popular bands of the late 60s and early 70s, CCR is American folk rock at its best with hits that are now woven into the fabric of our culture such as Bad Moon Rising and Who’ll Stop the Rain. This song however will take you back to a time when bell bottoms and platforms were cool and songs about a revolution had heart.
Neil Young – Hurricane
Seen above with Joni Mitchell, Neil Young was the sound of the 70s, his folk rock guitar play was flawless. Heart of Gold released in 1971 is his most popular hit, but the guitar rifts of Hurricane will simply blow you away. Close your eyes when listening to this song and feel the guitar solos that are sprinkled throughout this song. You will get goose bumps listening to Young’s guitar mastery.
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Simple Man
We all love Sweet Home Alabama, it’s the anthem of an entire state, but Lynyrd Skynyrd brought us this poignant coming of age anthem in 1973, that is unpretentious, simple, melodic rock. Also check out Tuesday’s Gone and Free Bird, classic 70s sounds of the spirit of freedom.
Bob Seger – Against the Wind
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band created unforgettable music, Night Moves, Old Time Rock and Roll, are timeless hits, but Against the Wind, released in 1980s is a rock ballad of change that will ride into your soul with its poignant lyrics, “wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then”.