What rock song would I place at number one if I were the one voting? Probably "Hey, Hey, My, My" by Neil Young. Perhaps only because of its horribly inaccurate prophecy - "Rock and Roll will never die...", and pretty much the next day disco takes off and ruins popular music for thirty years.
Still, it's what rock is all about. Which is nothing. Rock is about absolutely nothing. And it's sung by people who probably shouldn't be singing. So, Hey Hey My My is rock. There was a really good, but much too clean to be the best ever, but still really good rock song by - oh heck - Train maybe? "Hanging Around". And Barenaked Ladies did a song about having a hangover. So it breaks the rules by being about something, but it's about a hangover so I think that's excusable because they were hungover at the time. Plus, if rock is about something, it's about breaking rules. Anyway, that song is "Hello City." But it's too well performed and much too tight to be real rock. So it's kind of ska. Or something.
What was the question?
Oh yeah! I wouldn't put "Stairway to Heaven" as the best rock song.
You know, "Hello Darlin'" by the Beatles might be a pretty good best rock song. It's got a killer bass line that frankly if you studied it could make a right decent bass player out of you. It's about nothing. And the band got really, really rich. Which probably doesn't mean anything music wise, but it does seem to be a requirement for these lists.
My two cents. And yeah, if you're a Zep fan, I'll take change.
I'm sorry. I've been completely wrong on each of the items above. Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" is the best rock song ever. Yes. There we go. I'm willing to stand behind that. Until I change my mind again.
Granted B chord amnesty by King of the Mutants (Long live the king).
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