questionswhat are your top 3 favorite classic rock songs?

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well "classic" would depend on your age - for me it would be Metalica - One, Pantera - Walk, and Pantera - This Love

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Working Man Rush
Rage Renegades of Funk
Crazy B*tch Buckcherry

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2112 - Rush
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix version
Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf

that's as of today ;-)

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@dreamyvelvet: No offense, but is a 6-year old song really "classic" rock? I like the other two though...

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Highway to Hell - ACDC
Heavy Metal - Sammy Hagar
Sweet Child O' Mine - GNR

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1. Baba O' Reily- The Who
2. Blitzkrieg Bop- The Ramones
3. Bad Reputation- Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

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Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Detroit Rock City - Kiss
Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin

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In no order
1. Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones
2. 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson
3. Long Distance Runaround - Yes

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@captainsuperdawg: Funny thing, the bassist for Joan Jett actually played with my friends band 2 months ago for a couple of weeks while their bassist was recovering from something. He played it real "Rock Concert Stage" on a little barroom stage.

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Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
CCR - Hey, Tonight
The Who - Squeeze Box

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It was REALLY hard to whittle it down to three, but I'll go with:

Black Betty - Ram Jam
Everybody Wants You - Billy Squier
Lunatic Fringe - Red Rider

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Paint It Black - Rolling Stones
Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix
Take the Money and Run - Steve Miller Band

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@wingnutzero: billy squire!!! had forgotten about him - best music to get ur butt going in the morning - am adding it to my playlist now ;9)

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Wow. Lunatic Fringe. Heh. There's one I haven't heard in a while. Did Red Rider ever really do anything else?

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Some really fantastic answers! Giving me a lot to add to my sansas.

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I'll interpret "classic rock" as late '60s-'70s. Narrowing it down to three will be tough, but here goes:

1.) Voodoo Child (Slight Return) -- Jimi Hendrix [Hands down THE classic rock anthem. Pure, raw, unbridled energy. Jimi taps into an ethereal realm on this one.]
2.) Bohemian Rhapsody -- Queen [Layer upon layer of awesomeness. Nobody could touch Freddy Mercury's tenor.]
3.) Crossroads -- Cream [What can you say? An unabashed, wild, virtuosic cover of the Robert Johnson blues classic. Clapton = god.]

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I suppose since I started this I should add mine. I wanted to avoid it at first to leave it as open as possible. Like most, I have a really hard time narrowing this down and on any day the list will change some based on my mood. However, here are 3 that consistently stay near the top.

1) Mississippi Queen by Mountain. To me this is hands down the sound of classic rock. It's hard, it's fast, it's not trying to mean anything. It's just in your face rock. And it's about a girl. It's rock and roll!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFhM1XZsh6o

2) Highway Star - Deep Purple. Again, it's hard and fast and nuts-to-the-wall rock. Plus it's about a car AND a girl. And it has both a keyboard and a guitar solo. Pure win.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg3o-fL4GC0

3) So hard to pick between Hendrix, Zeppelin, Who, Stones... so I went with one of my earliest favs - Crosstown Traffic by Hendrix. Song opens up right in your face and keeps going. Classic.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUCNsZXCd58

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Great Question!

In No real order:
All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople
Blinded by the Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy

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@wingnutzero: Best answers by far. "Black Betty" is a great tune that doesn't get the appreciation it deserves.