A rock guitarist since the s, Kelley has been a fan of rock, blues and jazz since the s. This list tries to include some of the greatest rock tunes ever, all of which are classics; that is, songs released before the year Also keep in mind it only includes mainstream rock and roll and we all know what that is, right?
55. That’ll Be the Day (1957)
There could be only one, couldn't there? It had to be this, right? Being "banned in guitar shops" doesn't alter the fact that this epic from Zep's fourth album is undeniably better than ANY other song because it somehow manages to cram pretty much every single rock genre into one sprawling eight minute slice of brilliance.
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With a few exceptions, most notably Neil Young , established rock acts have slowed down the pace at which they release new music. Singles have taken an even bigger hit. It's been decades since classic-rock radio played new songs with any regularity, even from the artists whose older tracks still fill their playlists. And the recent vinyl resurgence is primarily focused on LPs, not 45s. Still, the artists on the list continue to believe in the power of great songs. Nearly 20 years after the release of the last of Sleep 's influential '90s albums, the kings of stoned metal returned with The Sciences. Following their breakup, guitarist Matt Pike explored a more aggressive style of music with High on Fire. But after an appropriately slow-building reunion that began in , he and bassist and singer Al Cisneros returned to the studio and delivered an album that solidified and expanded Sleep's legacy. At a relatively compact , the glacial, hypnotic Sabbath -inspired riffing of "Marijuanaut's Theme" makes the perfect entry point. Bob Dylan 's Another Self Portrait , the 10th installment of his Bootleg Series , shined a newer, kinder light on one of his first critically savaged efforts, 's Self Portrait , with outtakes, demos and unreleased tracks from that album and New Morning.