What’s the best rock and roll song of all time?

And now for something completely different.Rockin' out with Muse

Let’s save the questions about the nature of music, it’s relationship to mathematics, how in the world it taps into the depths of the human soul so effectively and universally, how it relates to language and communication and the divine logos, and all the rest of it for another time!

Right now what’s on my mind is a much simpler (but much more difficult?) question of aesthetic ranking: What is the best rock song ever written?

Please help me move towards answering this question of such deep importance for our century.

I may not be widely educated in rock and roll — it wasn’t until college that my roommate introduced me thank goodness to people like Bod Dylan and Jackson Browne and Led Zepplin — but I like it. So that gives me the right, nay dutiy, to provide now, for you, my (totally-subjective) nominees for greatest rock and roll song in the history of the world.

Drum roll, please.

Lead Zepplin

Best Rock and Roll Song of All Time Nominees

Nirvana – Smells like Teen spirit
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Led Zepplin – Stairway to heaven

Radiohead – Karma Police

U2 – Where the Streets Have no name

Foo Fighters – Everlong

The Beatles – Yesterday

The Beatles – Hey Jude

The Beatles – In My Life

Bob Dylan – like a rolling stone

Muse – New Born

Muse – Hysteria

Honorable Mentions

Led Zepplin – Ramble on

Beatles – Hey jude

U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday

Styx – Teenage Wasteland

Radiohead

There you have it. You have my nominations; why not give me yours? I need recommendations for new music to listen to. And who knows, they may even be considered during the 2006 official Nobel Best Rock and Roll Song Prize.

Rock on.

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  • http://www.sarcasmagorical.com Brant

    No mention of Hendrix? tsk tsk :)

    I’ll throw out Hendrix’s version of All along the watchtower, since you’re a Dylan fan. (And since you are a Dylan fan, I hate to say it, but Hendrix does the song much better than Dylan)

    And, me being a drummer, I can’t resist recommending Rush for new things to add to the playlist. The best of Jazz phrasings and musicianship, with all the spirit and energy of rock. I’ll nominate the live version of Freewill or Red Sector A for inclusion in the list.

  • http://mereorthodoxy.com K.B. Enthusiasmos

    Nice. Thanks, Brant.

    I’ll check out some Rush. I’ve heard good things.