What is your top 10 OF ALL TIME Rock Song list, best Album?

Huntn

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This question boggles my mind. It IS very subjective. I don't care if you have 10 songs or not or more. I don't care if you list more than one favorite album. It's something I have to think about, but maybe other inputs will jog my memory.



My initial reaction is that Abbey Road is the greatest single album ever made. It starts slow with Come Together and Something, then builds to an incredible crescendo to the end. It's like an incredible journey.

For best songs, I want to blurt out in no particular order:
*Welcome to the Jungle
*Rock You Like a Hurricane
*Sweet Emotion
*The Wind Cries Mary
*Here Comes the Sun
*Bohemian Rapsody
*Black Dog
*Helter Skelter
*Summertime Blues
*I Love Rock'n Roll
*Radar Love

There are tons of other songs here that I could swap out with this list. I realize I'm dating myself. :p

Two Top 100 Rock Song links: RockSongs.com Top 100 and VH1 Top 100.

I'll mention one other song I had never heard until I played Guitar Hero, Less Talk, More Rokk by Freezepop, maybe not top 10 material, but this is an incredible Guitar Hero song. :D
 
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rdowns

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Way too hard to whittle the list down to 10.

I agree, I think Abbey Road is one of the greatest albums ever made.

If I were forced to name my favorite song ever, I'd go with Whole Lotta Love.
 
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Melrose

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For me, 'best album' goes beyond my personal taste - it has to be also perhaps a little iconic.

For that reason, I'd put them, in this order,









...if I could go outside of Rock, I'd also throw in Armin van Buuren '10 Years'. Most of my favourite albums are non-Rock. I have very generic Rock taste. :p

Best songs: I Can See Clearly Now, Jimmy Cliff; Where the Streets Have No Name, U2; New Gold Dream, Simple Minds; Blackened Blue Eyes, The Charlatans; Little Wing, Jimi Hendrix


I could go on for hours, and it really largely depends on my mood. :)
 

Intel Inside

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Hmm, My top 9 albums

Pink Floyd - Dark side of the moon


PJ Harvey - Rid of me


Nirvana - In Utero


Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland


Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow


Fleetwood Mac - Rumors


Dont ban me for this one!
Pixies - Surfer Rosa


Crosby Stills & Nash - Crosby Stills & Nash


The Beatles - Abbey Road
 
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dXTC

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Dont ban me for this one!

(picture of Pixies album)
I wouldn't ban you for that.
I would, however, have banned you for this at one time:

Why? Well, I had a dorm roommate in college that played Rumours and CSNY's So Far albums on repeat, while arranging the butts of his chain-smoked cigarettes upright around his bed like votive candles. Take all your hippie/slacker stereotypes and roll 'em up into one, and you, like, had this guy, maaan-- voice and everything. I came into the room one evening and -- remember, this is a small dorm room-- I literally couldn't see the opposite wall because of the smoke. :eek:

That roommate assignment was thankfully cut short when he was escorted off campus. I only wish I were making this up.

Good thing I can appreciate the overall musical artistry in that album, or I'd probably have flashbacks.

EDIT: Now, back to the subject at hand. I must admit I'm not a huge fan of the rock genre; my tastes tend to lean toward electronic/dance genres. Nevertheless, there are a small handful of rock albums I do like, partially because of the inclusion of synthesizers. Here are two that I have in my collection...

Emerson Lake & Palmer: Trilogy


ZZ Top: Afterburner
 
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SuperCachetes

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No way I could boil it down to songs, but for ten albums (not in any order):


You already know this one.


Led Zeppelin IV


You already know this one, too.


The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street


The Clash - London Calling


My Bloody Valentine - Loveless


Television - Marquee Moon


New Order - Substance

What, a middle-aged, middle-class white guy is going to be the first to drop some hip-hop? ;)


N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton

And I have to throw in one "heavy." Either:


Metallica - Master Of Puppets

or


Slayer - Reign In Blood

Honorable mentions to OK Computer, Siamese Dream, Joshua Tree, Music For The Masses, Doolittle, and a whole slew of other 80's/90's/00's future classics.
 
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U2 - One (YouTube click)
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Damien Rice - Volcano (YouTube)
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The Black Keys - Grown So Ugly (YouTube)
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Jack Johnson - Cookie Jar (YouTube)
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Muse - New Born (YouTube)
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Ratatat (featuring Kanye West) - Diamonds (YouTube)
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Radiohead - Just (YouTube) <-- highly recommend watching this to the end
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Manu Chao - Mr. Bobby (Live) (YouTube)
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Jack Johnson - Crying Shame (YouTube)
10.
Nelly Furtado - Somebody to Love (YouTube)

Top Album:
Stone Roses - Second Coming (ran out of images I can include in my post!)
 

Apple OC

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Led Zeppelin - Song Remains the Same
Pink Floyd - The Wall
The Rolling Stones - Love You Live
The Beatles - The White Album
Stevie Ray Vaughan ...
Lenny Kravitz ...
Eric Clapton ...
Bob Marley ...
Black Sabbath ...
The Tragically Hip ...
 

dmr727

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All of my obvious choices have been shown already - Dark Side of the Moon, CSN&Y, Zeppelin IV, Exile On Main Street. But I'll add another to the mix:



As far as favorite song - Little Wing. I have several versions from various artists, and they're all fantastic. It's just a killer song. I probably like Hendrix's or SRV's versions the best.
 

Naimfan

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Top Ten Rock Albums:

The Velvet Underground and Nico
The Beatles: Abbey Road
The Ramones: Ramones
REM: Murmur
U2: The Joshua Tree
Husker Du: Flip Your Wig
Yes: Fragile
Bruce Springsteen: Born To Run
Talking Heads: 77
The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses
 

Scepticalscribe

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A number of posters have mentioned a number of my own favourites, thus, some of my choices have already featured. These include:

The Beatles: The "White" Album, and Abbey Road (both have aged extremely well);

Pink Floyd: The Division Bell (amazing album) and the inevitable Dark Side of The Moon. The Ramones are brilliant, too.

Other albums which have not featured, but which I love, are:

Arthur Lee: Love Forever Changes (timeless).

Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells.

Other favourites (though hardly rock) are Pink Martini "Sympathique", (and their next album "Hang On Little Tomato").

And also, an absolute classic (though, again, hardly rock) was The Buena Vista Social Club.

I'm sure that others will occur to me, and, in truth, what I choose to listen to will often depend on my mood, so it is not always (or often) rock music, for I like classical, trad, jazz, and folk as well as rock.

Cheers
 

iJohnHenry

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And also, an absolute classic (though, again, hardly rock) was The Buena Vista Social Club.
I agree with many of your choices, including Mike, but for an historical album, this one cannot be beat.

It is a little galling to admit, but Ry Cooder did the World a great service by highlighting this group of mucho-talented old men.
 

SuperCachetes

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Nice choice. The Shep Pettibone remix of "Bizarre Love Triangle" as featured on that release gets my vote for best remix, any artist, any genre, ever.
Damn. Did the OP say "rock?" Sorry, my top 10 pushed the boundaries a little. ;)

I was strictly a hair-metal headbanger until I heard Substance. That, combined with Black Celebration and The Innocents convinced me that keyboards could be "okay." :)
 

dXTC

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Damn. Did the OP say "rock?" Sorry, my top 10 pushed the boundaries a little. ;)

I was strictly a hair-metal headbanger until I heard Substance. That, combined with Black Celebration and The Innocents convinced me that keyboards could be "okay." :)
This is why I haven't published my personal Top 10 here; they're more along the lines of the albums you've mentioned. It's fair to say that I strongly prefer electronic music in its various forms and genres; I submit my numerous entries in the "What are you listening to part 2" thread as evidence.

However, I do listen to the occasional guitar-driven rock track from time to time, as I stated earlier in this thread.
 

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The Killers- Sam's Town
Bruce Springsteen- Magic
The Last Shadow Puppets- The Age of the Understatement
Little Man Tate- About What You Know