5 Songs to sum up rock.


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06-23-2010, 06:15 PM
If a stranger who has never heard rock music asked you to show him 5 songs to represent the entire genre what would you choose?

I've not answered because I haven't figured it out yet.

06-23-2010, 06:26 PM
damn that's bloody hard..






06-23-2010, 06:29 PM
1.led zep- stairway
2.nirvana-smells like teen spirit
3.elvis-jailhouse rock
4.balck sabbath-paranoid
5.metallica-master of puppets

if i could only pick 5 I guess that would be it(this thread would be better if we could pick 10) LOL

06-23-2010, 06:45 PM
1. Led Zeppelin - Whole lotta love
2. Toto - Hold the line
3. Free - All right now
4. Deep purple - Smoke on the water
5. Dire straits - Sultan of swing

06-23-2010, 06:56 PM
back in black, eruption, time, war pigs, and xanadu

the good, the instrumental, and proggy.

it really cant be done in 5 songs. maybe 25 or 30

06-23-2010, 07:04 PM
1. stairway to heaven-led zeppelin
2. Baba O'Reily- the who
3. sorrow- bad religion
4. smells like teen spirit- nirvana
5. one- metallica

06-23-2010, 07:12 PM
Go to town and show ten, I'm interested in the selection rather than quantity. (No more than ten please, anyone can list 30 songs.)


Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Babe Im Gonna Leave You- Led Zep
Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles
Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses
Like a Rolling Stone - Bobby D

06-23-2010, 08:02 PM
Ok, I've thought about it for nearly 2 hours, and I think I'm close:

Deep Purple-Smoke On The Water
AC/DC-Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution
Iron Maiden-Number Of The Beast
Led Zeppelin-Stairway To Heaven
Black Sabbath-Iron Man

06-23-2010, 11:25 PM
Ok, I've thought about it for nearly 2 hours, and I think I'm close:

Led Zeppelin-Stairway Of Heaven



I'd say

1. Cocaine - Eric Clapton
2. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
3. Fortunate Son - CCR
4. Stranglehold - Ted Nugent
5. Strange Kind of Woman - Deep Purple
6. Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

06-24-2010, 01:03 AM
I think everyone`s trying to fit into the classic rock forum here. In my opinion, much more aspects of rock n roll have been developed since the 80`s ended :).

Pink Floyd - Time (full band, prog soundscape)
Alkaline Trio - Radio (simplicity & emotion)
Weezer - Only in Dreams (epicness)
The Decemberists - Grace Cathedral Hill (beauty)
Queens of the Stone Age - Song for the Dead (heaviness)

of course, the same list could be made in a million different ways.

Yes - Roundabout
Wilco - Jesus, etc.
Brand New - Limousine (MS Rebridge)
Sex & Candy - Marcy Playground (Jesus, etc. has got us covered for beauty :p: )
Rage Against the Machine - Sleep Now in the Fire

06-24-2010, 01:25 AM
Child In Time - Deep Purple
Black Dog- Led Zepp
Highway to Hell - AC/DC
Stargazer - Rainbow
Round and Round - Ratt

06-24-2010, 01:35 AM
Define "rock".

P.S.- dillon1022, there's an edit button for a reason.

06-24-2010, 01:40 AM
^ I didn't even notice it until ru experienced quoted me.

06-24-2010, 09:49 PM
2.imagine By John Lennon
3.my Generation
4.whole Lotta Love
5.johnny B Goode

06-25-2010, 01:05 AM
Define "rock"

band-driven youth music from 1950s-present. But really that's your call, sweetheart.

06-25-2010, 01:41 AM
^^Well aren't you funny. My point is that simply saying "rock" is WAY too broad a term to be defined in five (ten? fifteen?) songs.

06-25-2010, 06:29 AM
1. Led Zeppelin - Whole lotta love
2. Toto - Hold the line
3. Free - All right now
4. Deep purple - Smoke on the water
5. Dire straits - Sultan of swing

Most likely this.

06-25-2010, 07:27 AM
I presume this can only be properly accomplished if all songs are performed live? It would have to be:

Deep Purple - Child In Time
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
Guns n Roses - Estranged
Pearl Jam - Alive

Jazz Funeral
06-25-2010, 10:18 AM
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
Derek and the Dominos - Layla
Led Zeppelin - Achilles Last Stand
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Couldn't Stand the Weather
Pearl Jam - Even Flow

I'm not satisfied with this list. A five song limit is quite the constraint for defining such a long lived and versatile genre. But hell, I tried...

06-25-2010, 04:30 PM
I don't think most bands can be "summed up" in only five songs

06-29-2010, 09:48 AM
The cradle will rock - Van Halen

06-30-2010, 08:56 AM
Black Dog - Led Zeppelin (Tight)
November Rain - Guns N' Roses (Epic)
In The Court Of The Crimson King - King Crimson (Beautiful)
Black Betty - Ram Jam (fun)
Seek & Destroy - Metallica (heavy)

i think with those songs, you'd get a pretty reasonable overview of rock

07-04-2010, 05:13 PM
D: That's The hardest question I've been asked in a long time!


1. Stariway To Heaven- Led Zeppelin
2. Paranoid- Black Sabbath
3. Anarchy in the UK- Sex Pistols
4. Cat Scratch Fever- Ted Nugent
5. Welcome to the Jungle- Guns 'N' Roses

That took a while, but I think those songs all represent rock very well ^.^

07-18-2010, 07:01 AM
1. Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
2. Rock N' Roll - Led Zeppelin
3. War Pigs - Black Sabbath
4. Voodoo Child - Hendrix
5. Highway To Hell - AC/DC

Covers most of the bases. The gut feeling of wanting fame and fortune in Paradise City with a great guitar solo. Big 70's rock with Zeppelin. The heavier side and political influenced rock with Sabbath. Henrdix ; 'nuff said. Highway To Hell it's THE rock n roll anthem. I was gonna throw in Teen Spirit or Jeremy but this list seems to embody what rock means to me!

trevor is ...
07-20-2010, 12:57 PM
no specific order
stairway to heaven - led zeppelin
hey bulldog - the beatles
sunshine of your love - cream
sweet child o mine - gunz n roses
hot for teacher - van halen

i know it sucked but i tried and personally i dont thing enough people listen to hey bulldog

Eternal Flame
07-21-2010, 10:45 PM

07-23-2010, 10:30 AM
Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan - Desperation
Kick out the jams - The MC5 - Rebellion
Happy - The Rolling Stones - Celebration
Let it be - The Beatles - Acceptance
Whole Wide World - Wreckless Eric - Hope

lil PopTart kid
07-26-2010, 09:54 AM
Crossroads - Cream
Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
Sweet Child Of Mine - Guns N Roses
Bubba O'rily - The Who

If I was asked for 10 these are what I would add...

Satisfaction - Stones
Panama - Vanhalen
Helter skelter - Beatles
Voodoo Child - Hendrix
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

07-26-2010, 04:21 PM
voodoo chile (slight return) - Jimi Hendrix Experience
Hot for Teacher - Van Halen
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Money - Pink Floyd
Master of Puppets - Metallica

I don't think this sums up the whole genre but it covers the parts that I'm into the most. But I feel that there are a lot more that have been very important to rock.

07-27-2010, 02:05 PM
black sabbath - paranoid
metallica - enter sandman
nirvana - smells like teen spirit
quiet riot - metal health
led zeppelin - stairway to heaven

09-03-2010, 04:08 PM
Julius Ceasar.
Adolph Hitler.
The Prophet Muhammad.

09-05-2010, 01:55 AM
1. Stairway
2. Hotel California
3. Foreplay/ Long TIme
4. smoke on the water
5. everyother great classic rock song

09-05-2010, 09:36 AM
No particular order,

Led Zeppelin-Black dog

Guns N' Roses-November Rain

Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing

Boston-More than a feeling

The who-Won't get fooled again

09-06-2010, 10:26 PM
1. purple haze
2. voodoo chile
3. message of love
4. power to love
5. third stone from the sun

jimi is like the c ock of rock. if you think about it hes like the 'mediator' that created rock from the blues, so he cant be ignored from this list.. and i agree with his bro when he says that jimi was a prophet, he has taught me more about life than jesus ever will.....so yea, jimi rocks