500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll

March 9, 2018
500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll

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While spending some time browsing the web today, I stumbled across a list of songs that shaped the rock genre.

According to multiple reports, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's former museum curator James Henke compiled the list with the input from the museum's staff and other music experts.

The list, which has since grown from 500 songs to 660, contains songs dating back all the way to the 1920s. You'll find artists like The Rolling Stones, Elvis, The Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen and, obviously, so many more.

Check the list out for yourself:

  • AC/DC, “Highway to Hell”
  • The Animals, “We Gotta Get Out of This Place”
  • Beach Boys, “California Girls”
  • Beach Boys, “God Only Knows”
  • The Beastie Boys, “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)”
  • The Beatles, “Help!”
  • The Beatles, “Hey Jude”
  • The Beatles, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
  • The Beatles, “Norwegian Wood”
  • The Beatles, “Strawberry Fields Forever”
  • The Beatles, “Yesterday”
  • The Big Bopper, “Chantilly Lace”
  • Black Sabbath, “Iron Man”
  • The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man”
  • Johnny Cash, “I Walk the Line”
  • Chubby Checker, “The Twist”
  • Eddie Cochran, “Summertime Blues”
  • Joe Cocker, “With a Little Help From My Friends”
  • The Contours, “Do You Love Me”
  • Cream, “Sunshine of Your Love”
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Fortunate Son”
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Proud Mary”
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, “Ohio”
  • Derek and the Dominos, “Layla”
  • Dion and the Belmonts, “A Teenager in Love”
  • Duran Duran, “Hungry Like the Wolf”
  • Bob Dylan, “Blowin' in the Wind”
  • Bob Dylan, “Like a Rolling Stone”
  • The Eagles, “Take It Easy”
  • Eurythmics, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”
  • The Everly Brothers, “Bye Bye Love”
  • The Flamingos, “I Only Have Eyes for You”
  • Fleetwood Mac, “Go Your Own Way”
  • Aretha Franklin, “Respect”
  • Free, “All Right Now”
  • The Bobby Fuller Four, “I Fought the Law”
  • Guns N' Roses, “Welcome to the Jungle”
  • Bill Haley and His Comets, “(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock”
  • Jimi Hendrix, “All Along the Watchtower”
  • Buddy Holly, “Peggy Sue”
  • Buddy Holly and The Crickets, “That'll Be the Day”
  • Tommy James and the Shondells, “Hanky Panky”
  • Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody to Love”
  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, “I Love Rock 'n' Roll”
  • Billy Joel, “Just the Way You Are”
  • The Kinks, “Lola”
  • Kiss, “Rock and Roll All Nite”
  • John Lennon, “Instant Karma (We All Shine On)”
  • Jerry Lee Lewis, “Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On”
  • Paul McCartney, “Maybe I'm Amazed”
  • Barry McGuire, “Eve of Destruction”
  • Don McLean, “American Pie”
  • John Cougar Mellencamp, “Authority Song”
  • The Miracles, “You've Really Got a Hold on Me”
  • The Monkees, “I'm a Believer”
  • Van Morrison, “Brown Eyed Girl”
  • Van Morrison, “Moondance”
  • The Penguins, “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)”
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “American Girl”
  • Wilson Pickett, “In the Midnight Hour”
  • Pink Floyd, “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2”
  • Elvis Presley, “Jailhouse Rock”
  • Elvis Presley, “Suspicious Minds”
  • Public Enemy, “Fight the Power”
  • Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Otis Redding, “(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay”
  • The Rolling Stones, “Honky Tonk Women”
  • The Rolling Stones, “Miss You”
  • Sister Sledge, “We Are Family”
  • Sly and the Family Stone, “Dance to the Music”
  • Huey “Piano” Smith & His Clowns, “Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie-Woogie Flu”
  • Bruce Springsteen, “Dancing in the Dark”
  • The Standells, “Dirty Water”
  • Edwin Starr, “War”
  • Steely Dan, “Reelin' in the Years”
  • Steppenwolf, “Born to Be Wild”
  • Rod Stewart, “Maggie May”
  • The Temptations, “My Girl”
  • The Temptations, “Papa Was a Rollin' Stone”
  • U2, “I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For”
  • Ritchie Valens, “La Bamba”
  • Van Halen, “Jump”
  • The Who, “Baba O'Riley”
  • The Who, “My Generation”

That wast just a preview of all the great rock songs included in this exceptional list. Check out the list in its entirety here.