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 Post subject: 100 Greatest Rock Anthems
PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:02 am 
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100 Greatest Rock Anthems

Criteria: - A rock anthem is a powerful, celebratory rock song with arena-rock sound often with lyrics celebrating rock music itself and simple sing-a-long choruses, chants, or hooks. These Rock Anthems were chosen for their popularity as a rock anthem, music, lyrics, and originality.

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1. We Will Rock You - Queen
2. My Generation - The Who
3. Rockin' in the Free World - Neil Young
4. All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
5. We Are the Champions - Queen
6. Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
7. Give Peace A Chance - John Lennon
8. Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf
9. Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
10. Rock and Roll Part 2 - Gary Glitter
11. It's Only Rock N' Roll (But I Like It) - Rolling Stones
12. Rock N' Roll All Nite - KISS
13. Cum On Feel The Noize - Slade
14. Old Time Rock n' Roll - Bob Seger
15. Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2 - Pink Floyd
16. Highway to Hell - AC/DC
17. I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
18. We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
19. Shout - Tears for Fears
20. Back in Black - AC/DC
21. Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
22. Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin
23. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
24. Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) - Neil Young
25. Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
26. American Pie - Don McLean
27. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
28. For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC
29. We're An American Band - Grand Funk Railroad
30. Celebration - Kool & the Gang
31. Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
32. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
33. Baba O'Riley - The Who
34. Rockin' All Over The World - John Fogerty
35. Lick It Up - KISS
36. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
37. We Are Family - Sister Sledge
38. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
39. R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. - John Mellencamp
40. Dream On - Aerosmith
41. All Right Now - Free
42. Rock You Like a Hurricane - The Scorpions
43. School's Out - Alice Cooper
44. Rock And Roll Band - Boston
45. Revolution - The Beatles
46. Rock And Roll Heaven - The Righteous Brothers
47. Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
48. Let There Be Rock - AC/DC
49. Radio Ga Ga - Queen
50. Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo - Rick Derringer
51. Dance To The Music - Sly & The Family Stone
52. You've Got Another Thing Comin' - Judas Priest
53. Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
54. Mony Mony - Billy Idol
55. Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
56. Respect - Aretha Franklin
57. Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones
58. Jump - Van Halen
59. Rock 'n' Roll Music - Chuck Berry
60. Blitzkrieg Bop - The Ramones
61. Long Live Rock - The Who
62. Can't Get Enough - Bad Company
63. Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor
64. God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You II - KISS
65. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
66. Wild Thing - X
67. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
68. Rock and Roll is Here to Stay - Danny & the Juniors
69. No More Mr. Nice Guy - Alice Cooper
70. Cherry Pie - Warrant
71. Rock This Town - The Stray Cats
72. What I Like About You - The Romantics
73. Refugee - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
74. Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen
75. You Really Got Me - The Kinks
76. Y.M.C.A. - Village People
77. The Boys Are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy
78. Easy Livin' - Uriah Heep
79. Roll Over, Beethoven - Chuck Berry
80. Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
81. Best - Tina Turner
82. Louie Louie - The Kingsmen
83. Ain't Talkin' About Love - Van Halen
84. I Want You to Want Me - Cheap Trick
85. Shout It Out Load - KISS
86. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
87. Detroit Rock City - KISS
88. Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood
89. London Calling - The Clash
90. Lovin' Every Minute of It - Loverboy
91. Dancing In the Street - Martha & The Vandellas
92. Turn Up The Radio - Autograph
93. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
94. I Can't Drive 55 - Sammy Hagar
95. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
96. Once Bitten, Twice Shy - Great White
97. Rock And Roll Fantasy - Bad Company
98. Suffragette City - David Bowie
99. Fun, Fun, Fun - Beach Boys
100. All Day And All Of The Night - The Kinks

101. Enter Sandman - Metallica
102. Rock n' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution - AC/DC
103. Girls Girls Girls - Motley Crue
104. All Star - Smashmouth
105. Right Now - Van Halen
106. Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh
107. Invincible - Pat Benatar
108. Desire - U2
109. It's A Long Way To the Top - AC/DC
110. Kick Out The Jams - MC5
111. Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
112. Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash
113. Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane
114. Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf
115. Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young
116. Ballroom Blitz - Sweet
117. Saturday Night - Bay City Rollers
118. Alive - Pearl Jam
119. Nobody But Me - The Human Beinz
120. Run To The Hills - Iron Maiden
121. Shotgun - Jr. Walker & The All Stars
122. Rock And Roll Girls - John Fogerty
123. Panama - Van Halen
124. United - Judas Priest
125. Rock The Nation - Montrose
126. If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher
127. Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar
128. Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
129. Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
130. Rock And Roll Strategy - .38 Special
131. Wooly Bully - Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs
132. Jane - Starship
133. Living After Midnight - Judas Priest
134. Blowin' Free - Wishbone Ash
135. Sister Christian - Night Ranger
136. Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
137. Kiss Me Deadly - Lita Ford
138. Corduroy - Pearl Jam
139. Sub-Pop Rock City - Soundgarden
140. We Can Be Together - Jefferson Airplane
141. Song 2 - Blur
142. Land of 1000 Dances - Cannibal And The Headhunters
143. Clash City Rockers - The Clash
144. Bad Bad Boy - Nazareth
145. Runnin' With the Devil - Van Halen
146. Rock And Roll - Mitch Ryder
147. Rock and Roll Woman - Buffalo Springfield
148. Boom, Boom (Out Go The Lights) - Pat Travers
149. Rock 'n Roller - Bay City Rollers
150. Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll - Blue Oyster Cult


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Anthems
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:46 am 
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I'd put We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions together at the #1.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Anthems
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D.J. wrote:
I'd put We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions together at the #1.


Yeah, giving each one a separate slot in the top five seems ridiculously excessive. Not that "ridiculously excessive" doesn't go well with that record. :biggrin:


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Anthems
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I won't deny it's overplayed, but having no You Shook Me All Night Long is an instant cred killer. I might actually argue it should be higher than Highway To Hell (which I greatly prefer).


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Anthems
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Quote:
92. Turn Up The Radio - Autograph
93. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Anthems
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Old Time Rock n' Roll is fucking horrible.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Anthems
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That might as well be the definition of "dinosaur rock".


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Anthems
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Rock Anthems

01. Wipe Out by The Surfaris
02. Wild Thing by The Troggs
03. Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf
04. Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzy
05. American Woman by The Guess Who


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Anthems
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Not sure why CCR's "Fortunate Son" is here? The lyrics dont celebrate rock at all, it's an anti-war song and it's not even really short or anthemic.

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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Anthems
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Negative Creep wrote:
Not sure why CCR's "Fortunate Son" is here? The lyrics dont celebrate rock at all, it's an anti-war song and it's not even really short or anthemic.

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Take another look at the list and tell me how many of these songs celebrate rock. And what does its length have to do with it? It's a short song in my book.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Anthems
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Yes, I don't think length is a consideration, and even if it were, "Fortunate Son" is 2:20, shorter than most of the songs on the list. And being about rock helps, but it's clear that it's not a requirement. The list also seems to make room for lyrics that make a strong, general statement about something. So I think it's fine for "Fortunate Son" to be on the list, but it's the only CCR song on the list, and probably not the first I'd include. I'd say "Travelin' Band" and "Up Around the Bend", and maybe also "Proud Mary", better fit the list's definition of anthem.

The song I don't get being included is "Lick It Up" by KISS, especially at such a high position (#35). I don't think it's especially anthemic, and not especially important either. Look at the songs that immediately follow it.

I think the following songs could all be on the list. I tried to roughly order them based on how important and how anthemic I think they are:

I Get Around – Beach Boys
Say It Loud - I’m Black and I’m Proud – James Brown
Surfin’ U.S.A. – Beach Boys
Back in the U.S.A. – Chuck Berry
Quarter to Three – Gary U.S. Bonds
1999 – Prince
War – Edwin Starr
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Twistin’ the Night Away – Sam Cooke
Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu – Huey “Piano” Smith & the Clowns
Sheena Is a Punk Rocker – Ramones
Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
Disco Inferno – Trammps
All Around the World – Little Richard
School Day – Chuck Berry
Living in America – James Brown
Rip It Up – Little Richard
Roadrunner – Modern Lovers
I Love Music – O’Jays
Turn the Beat Around – Vicki Sue Robinson
Reelin' and Rockin' - Chuck Berry
Little Queenie - Chuck Berry
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love – Solomon Burke
Wild Night – Van Morrison
We Built This City – Starship
Soul Man – Sam & Dave

Most of Stevie Wonder's singles from 1972-76 are also possibilities. There are 4 Chuck Berry songs above, and 3 already on the list, which would be a lot in all, but Chuck really had a knack for writing anthems.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Anthems
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Does Shout by The Isley Brothers qualify?


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Anthems
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"Shout" certainly is celebratory. I think's more anthemic than some of what's on the list.


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