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The 100 Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time: #1. Sticky Fingers (1 Viewer)

14. Boston- Boston (1976)

Classic rock radio hits: the entire album


What an extraordinary record. And it just occurred to me that I rank this as the greatest debut album of all time, beating out Led Zeppelin and The Cars for that honor.

Unfortunately this band would never reach such heights again. The song “Don’t Look Back” from their second effort is awesome and would fit right in on the first record; the rest of the second album is weaker material and doesn’t. The less said about the third album the better. But their debut effort has stood the test of time.

More Than a Feeling
What a start. An explosion of epic, good feeling rock and roll. Anthemic and iconic.

Peace of Mind
Great guitar, great melody, and even better lyrics. So good.

Foreplay/Long Time
The third song on side 1 has always left me wondering if this isn’t the single best side 1 on a rock album ever. It’s certainly up there. Like most people reading this I’m guessing, I’ve heard this magnum opus so many times in my life that I know every note by heart, and yet it still gets to me every time- that triumphant guitar that begins “Long Time” is so sublime…and so is the rest of it.

Rock and Roll Band
More greatness and this might be Delp’s best vocals.

Smokin’
And this one is probably the hardest rocking song on the album. More great guitar here.

Hitch a Ride
For many years my favorite song on the record. Love the acoustic elements and the melody.

Something About You
For a while I considered leaving this off the list of classic rock radio hits because I heard it less than the other 7 songs here. But I DID hear it from time to time so I decided to leave it in.

Let Me Take You Home Tonight
A gorgeous love song ends this amazing record. But not for me; I’m going back to “More Than a Feeling” so I can hear the whole thing again.

Went back and listened to the whole album again - my god there’s not a bad song on there. Or, more accurately, every song is good to great to all-timer. Not sure you can say that about just about any other album in the countdown so far (IMO).
 
12. Bruce Springsteen- Born to Run (1975)

Classic rock radio hits: Born to Run, Thunder Road, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Jungleland, Backstreets, She’s the One

Consistent with my radio experience. I don't like Springsteen. I do like Backstreets and Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.
 
12. Bruce Springsteen- Born to Run (1975)

Classic rock radio hits: Born to Run, Thunder Road, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Jungleland, Backstreets, She’s the One

Consistent with my radio experience. I don't like Springsteen. I do like Backstreets and Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.
I feel exactly the same, although for me it's Jungleland for me. Really the only Springsteen song I truly enjoy.
 
14. Boston- Boston (1976)

Classic rock radio hits: the entire album


What an extraordinary record. And it just occurred to me that I rank this as the greatest debut album of all time, beating out Led Zeppelin and The Cars for that honor.

Unfortunately this band would never reach such heights again. The song “Don’t Look Back” from their second effort is awesome and would fit right in on the first record; the rest of the second album is weaker material and doesn’t. The less said about the third album the better. But their debut effort has stood the test of time.

More Than a Feeling
What a start. An explosion of epic, good feeling rock and roll. Anthemic and iconic.

Peace of Mind
Great guitar, great melody, and even better lyrics. So good.

Foreplay/Long Time
The third song on side 1 has always left me wondering if this isn’t the single best side 1 on a rock album ever. It’s certainly up there. Like most people reading this I’m guessing, I’ve heard this magnum opus so many times in my life that I know every note by heart, and yet it still gets to me every time- that triumphant guitar that begins “Long Time” is so sublime…and so is the rest of it.

Rock and Roll Band
More greatness and this might be Delp’s best vocals.

Smokin’
And this one is probably the hardest rocking song on the album. More great guitar here.

Hitch a Ride
For many years my favorite song on the record. Love the acoustic elements and the melody.

Something About You
For a while I considered leaving this off the list of classic rock radio hits because I heard it less than the other 7 songs here. But I DID hear it from time to time so I decided to leave it in.

Let Me Take You Home Tonight
A gorgeous love song ends this amazing record. But not for me; I’m going back to “More Than a Feeling” so I can hear the whole thing again.

Went back and listened to the whole album again - my god there’s not a bad song on there. Or, more accurately, every song is good to great to all-timer. Not sure you can say that about just about any other album in the countdown so far (IMO).

I would say the same things about Van Halen, Are You Experienced, and Back In Black, which is a reason I posted previously that I thought all of those were underranked in Tim's list.

I would also say those things about more recently revealed albums The Cars, Wish You Were Here, Led Zeppelin I, and Born To Run.
 
12. Bruce Springsteen- Born to Run (1975)

Classic rock radio hits: Born to Run, Thunder Road, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Jungleland, Backstreets, She’s the One

Consistent with my radio experience. I don't like Springsteen. I do like Backstreets and Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.
Strange...I know more people in the don't like (take or leave) Springsteen category than like, yet he always ends up high in all time rankings.
 
12. Bruce Springsteen- Born to Run (1975)

Classic rock radio hits: Born to Run, Thunder Road, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Jungleland, Backstreets, She’s the One

Consistent with my radio experience. I don't like Springsteen. I do like Backstreets and Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.
Strange...I know more people in the don't like (take or leave) Springsteen category than like, yet he always ends up high in all time rankings.
I‘m definitely not a Bruce fan, but he’s huge out east. Segar is the midwest version of Bruce.
 
13. Led Zeppelin- Physical Graffiti (1975)

Classic rock radio hits: Kashmir, Houses of the Holy, Trampled Under Foot


Looking at the above list of hits, it seems odd to me that such a revered double album should contain so few songs that actually made the radio. But perhaps my memory is faulty. I’m so familiar with this record that all the tunes feel like hits to me, particularly the highlights of which there are so many. Let’s get to them:

Custard Pie
Great hard rocking blues. Page sure is fascinated with lemons isn’t he? Lone this.

The Rover
Included in my 25 for @Anarchy99 . Always has been one of my favorites by this band. Love the guitar solo.

In My Time of Dying
That guitar is so mesmerizing. It makes the entire song. Epic.

Houses of the Holy
Considered not quite enough for the album with the same name. Really? Maybe they should have included this and gotten rid of the Crunge instead? If so that record might be higher on my list.

Trampled Under Foot
Simple but great rock and roll. Should be played loud.

Kashmir
Any top 5 list of greatest Zeppelin songs would have to include this. Probably higher. If you want to make it #1, I wouldn’t argue (though I have a different choice in mind.) always makes me feel like I’m watching a thriller movie.

In the Light
Of the great Zeppelin classics (and this one, like Kashmir, is pretty high on my list,) this has the slowest beginning and the biggest payoff. It’s so worth the ride.

Bron-Yr-Aur
Gorgeous instrumental. So pretty.

Down by the Seaside
I actually used to skip over this as a young man- way too slow for me. It’s grown on me as I’ve gotten older and now I find it very pleasant.

Ten Years Gone
Splits time with The Rover and In The Light as my very favorite song on this record. Another guitar riff that I absolutely adore.

Night Flight
Maybe this one did get some radio? I just can’t remember. A fine rocker.

The Wanton Song
Opening guitar is very similar to Custard Pie but this isn’t quite as good. For me the weakest tune on the record.

Boogie With Stu
For some reason many critics don’t seem to like this collaboration with keyboardist Ian Stewart. I like it. It’s simple New Orleans style boogie woogie but it sounds good.

Black Country Woman
The Stones weren’t the only British band who mastered acoustic Delta blues. Led Zeppelin could do it just as well as demonstrated here.

Sick Again
The album ends how it began: with a great hard rock blues song. What could be better?
Catching up on this thread, great to see this. my fav Zep album, had 7-8 songs in my top 25 of the zep thread. Sick Again was a surprising add to their later tours. Love The Wanton Song, The Rover, and Sick Again - they sound great loud .
 
Add me to the Bruce-is-not-my-thing category. Never really did it for me. On a good day, maybe I like 5 of his songs. Most days that number is probably 3. I don't love his vocal style . . . to me, he mumbles a lot and doesn't have much range. I'll give him props for being high energy, but his epic songs don't connect with me. I tip my hat that he has mastered his craft and respect him as a musician. I just don't care for him all that much. It happens.
 
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Not a Bruce fan either. My favorite songs of his are Tunnel of Love and Philadelphia, which are post peak Springsteen and not really in the vein of his archetypical style. I really don't enjoy a ton of his work prior to those. That said, this album definitely belongs on this list. Seems like we should be getting one more of his in this countdown, but who knows, we're running out of spots here.
 
Not a Bruce fan either. My favorite songs of his are Tunnel of Love and Philadelphia, which are post peak Springsteen and not really in the vein of his archetypical style. I really don't enjoy a ton of his work prior to those. That said, this album definitely belongs on this list. Seems like we should be getting one more of his in this countdown, but who knows, we're running out of spots here.
If you’re thinking of The River it didn’t make it. It has two songs that made the radio which would qualify it but I didn’t think it was overall strong enough to make the cut.
 
Add me to the Bruce-is-not-my-thing category. Never really did it for me. On a good day, maybe I like 5 of his songs. Most days that number is probably 3. I don't love his vocal style . . . to me, he mumbles a lot and doesn't have much range. I'll give him props for being high energy, but his epic songs don't connect with me. I tip my hat that he has mastered his craft and respect him as a musician. I just don't care for him all that much. It happens.
This is more or less how I feel. The songs I like include Atlantic City, The River, Backstreets, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out and Tunnel of Love.

As far as "why he always ends up high in all time rankings," the critics universally love him.
 
Not a Bruce fan either. My favorite songs of his are Tunnel of Love and Philadelphia, which are post peak Springsteen and not really in the vein of his archetypical style. I really don't enjoy a ton of his work prior to those. That said, this album definitely belongs on this list. Seems like we should be getting one more of his in this countdown, but who knows, we're running out of spots here.
I don't like Robert Plant.
Yeah, I'm in the minority.
My friends all love LZ.
 
Solid record, but I can say with very safe assurance that I wouldn't be a big fan of classic rock if Born to freaking Run was actually the 12th best classic rock album. Not surprised Tim put him this high, as the Boss has always been a critics darling, and, well, we can connect the dots there. Again, solid record, with a couple very good songs, but not much more than that.
 
Solid record, but I can say with very safe assurance that I wouldn't be a big fan of classic rock if Born to freaking Run was actually the 12th best classic rock album. Not surprised Tim put him this high, as the Boss has always been a critics darling, and, well, we can connect the dots there. Again, solid record, with a couple very good songs, but not much more than that.

Millions of people would disagree with you, including me. It's not just Tim.

Like many have said, I'm not a big Bruce fan, but I love this album, and it is very clearly one of the best classic rock albums of all time IMO, and not because critics like it.
 
Solid record, but I can say with very safe assurance that I wouldn't be a big fan of classic rock if Born to freaking Run was actually the 12th best classic rock album. Not surprised Tim put him this high, as the Boss has always been a critics darling, and, well, we can connect the dots there. Again, solid record, with a couple very good songs, but not much more than that.

Millions of people would disagree with you, including me. It's not just Tim.

Like many have said, I'm not a big Bruce fan, but I love this album, and it is very clearly one of the best classic rock albums of all time IMO, and not because critics like it.
Would you put it ahead of the Jimmy, Zep, Floyd, VH, Boston selections?

Was Bruce in the rotation on pop stations? I suspect his crossover drives his high rankings.
 
Not a Bruce fan either. My favorite songs of his are Tunnel of Love and Philadelphia, which are post peak Springsteen and not really in the vein of his archetypical style. I really don't enjoy a ton of his work prior to those. That said, this album definitely belongs on this list. Seems like we should be getting one more of his in this countdown, but who knows, we're running out of spots here.
I don't like Robert Plant.
Yeah, I'm in the minority.
My friends all love LZ.
I totally understand not liking Plant. He tends toward shrill quite often for instance. I still think he's one of the greatest front men of all time, but I get why many don't dig him.
 
Solid record, but I can say with very safe assurance that I wouldn't be a big fan of classic rock if Born to freaking Run was actually the 12th best classic rock album. Not surprised Tim put him this high, as the Boss has always been a critics darling, and, well, we can connect the dots there. Again, solid record, with a couple very good songs, but not much more than that.

Millions of people would disagree with you, including me. It's not just Tim.

Like many have said, I'm not a big Bruce fan, but I love this album, and it is very clearly one of the best classic rock albums of all time IMO, and not because critics like it.

I can’t imagine I wouldn’t have this album on my list but not nearly this high.
 
Not a Bruce fan either. My favorite songs of his are Tunnel of Love and Philadelphia, which are post peak Springsteen and not really in the vein of his archetypical style. I really don't enjoy a ton of his work prior to those. That said, this album definitely belongs on this list. Seems like we should be getting one more of his in this countdown, but who knows, we're running out of spots here.
I don't like Robert Plant.
Yeah, I'm in the minority.
My friends all love LZ.
I totally understand not liking Plant. He tends toward shrill quite often for instance. I still think he's one of the greatest front men of all time, but I get why many don't dig him.
I’m the same way. Plant teeters on the vocal fence for me but I still love Zeppelin. Page and Bonham were so creative with how they played that the music sucks me in every time I throw it on.
 
Solid record, but I can say with very safe assurance that I wouldn't be a big fan of classic rock if Born to freaking Run was actually the 12th best classic rock album. Not surprised Tim put him this high, as the Boss has always been a critics darling, and, well, we can connect the dots there. Again, solid record, with a couple very good songs, but not much more than that.

Millions of people would disagree with you, including me. It's not just Tim.

Like many have said, I'm not a big Bruce fan, but I love this album, and it is very clearly one of the best classic rock albums of all time IMO, and not because critics like it.
Would you put it ahead of the Jimmy, Zep, Floyd, VH, Boston selections?

Was Bruce in the rotation on pop stations? I suspect his crossover drives his high rankings.

IMO:
Led Zeppelin II > Led Zeppelin IV > Led Zeppelin I > Physical Graffiti >= Born To Run > all other Led Zeppelin albums
Wish You Were Here > Dark Side Of The Moon >= Born To Run > all other Pink Floyd albums
Born To Run > all Jimi, Van Halen, and Boston albums
 
Solid record, but I can say with very safe assurance that I wouldn't be a big fan of classic rock if Born to freaking Run was actually the 12th best classic rock album. Not surprised Tim put him this high, as the Boss has always been a critics darling, and, well, we can connect the dots there. Again, solid record, with a couple very good songs, but not much more than that.

Millions of people would disagree with you, including me. It's not just Tim.

Like many have said, I'm not a big Bruce fan, but I love this album, and it is very clearly one of the best classic rock albums of all time IMO, and not because critics like it.
But is it? Based on the criteria in this thread, where albums need to have multiple songs regularly played on classic rock radio, it falls way short. I know stuff like this varies from city to city and station to station, but the title track is the only song from this album I remember hearing with any regularity on the radio. Jungleland (damn good song for sure) was more of a classic tune (meaning one that would get played on the weekly classics show), and Thunder Road would get the occasional play, but I don't remember hearing any of the others Tim mentioned on the radio.

It just seems lacking compared to many classic rock albums that you'd need two hands to count the number of songs played on the radio.
 
12. Bruce Springsteen- Born to Run (1975)

Classic rock radio hits: Born to Run, Thunder Road, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Jungleland, Backstreets, She’s the One


The Boss’s third album is still his best; he’s never topped it. Musically and lyrically the performances here are sheer brilliance.

Thunder Road
Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays. Terrific poetry here. I regard this as Springsteen’s greatest song (though most critics seem to prefer the title track.) Exquisite songwriting.

Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
And another of his best songs. Great rock and roll. The E Street band has rarely sounded better.

Night
A showcase for the great Clarence Clemons, who was arguably the greatest saxophonist in rock history. The song is fine.

Backstreets
Gorgeous piano playing and a beautiful melody. One of this albums many highlights.

Born to Run
Obviously a classic and his signature song (though I like Thunder Road a little better.) But this one defines what Springsteen’s music has always been about: his vision of American freedom and desire. More great sax by Clemons.

Shes The One
A lot of critics really love this one. Great keyboards but for me the song is overall pretty ordinary.

Meeting Across the River
Soft jazz. I could see this song on a Steely Dan record. I like it when I’m in the mood for it (which isn’t always.)

Jungleland
Bruce’s tale about gang violence isn’t just epic, it’s gigantic. A triumph of storytelling.
I was 11 when this record came out and 13 when I bought it. I guess it appears to be cooler to diss this record and the artist. But, I pulled it out during COVID when I set up my turntable again and ....I love this record. I didn't have a full appreciation for this record at 13, but I definitely do now.
 
Solid record, but I can say with very safe assurance that I wouldn't be a big fan of classic rock if Born to freaking Run was actually the 12th best classic rock album. Not surprised Tim put him this high, as the Boss has always been a critics darling, and, well, we can connect the dots there. Again, solid record, with a couple very good songs, but not much more than that.

Millions of people would disagree with you, including me. It's not just Tim.

Like many have said, I'm not a big Bruce fan, but I love this album, and it is very clearly one of the best classic rock albums of all time IMO, and not because critics like it.
But is it? Based on the criteria in this thread, where albums need to have multiple songs regularly played on classic rock radio, it falls way short. I know stuff like this varies from city to city and station to station, but the title track is the only song from this album I remember hearing with any regularity on the radio. Jungleland (damn good song for sure) was more of a classic tune (meaning one that would get played on the weekly classics show), and Thunder Road would get the occasional play, but I don't remember hearing any of the others Tim mentioned on the radio.

It just seems lacking compared to many classic rock albums that you'd need two hands to count the number of songs played on the radio.

Yes, it is. I regularly heard at least 5 songs on classic rock radio when growing up: Born To Run, Thunder Road, Tenth Avenue Freeze Out, Jungleland, and Backstreets. I think all of those songs are great.
 
I don't always agree with Tim's selections, but it's not based on whether my local stations played them as much as his. Similar to the SP, where I'm not going to tell someone in the waiver wire thread that a player isn't available in my particular league and thus shouldn't be mentioned.
 
Solid record, but I can say with very safe assurance that I wouldn't be a big fan of classic rock if Born to freaking Run was actually the 12th best classic rock album. Not surprised Tim put him this high, as the Boss has always been a critics darling, and, well, we can connect the dots there. Again, solid record, with a couple very good songs, but not much more than that.

Millions of people would disagree with you, including me. It's not just Tim.

Like many have said, I'm not a big Bruce fan, but I love this album, and it is very clearly one of the best classic rock albums of all time IMO, and not because critics like it.
But is it? Based on the criteria in this thread, where albums need to have multiple songs regularly played on classic rock radio, it falls way short. I know stuff like this varies from city to city and station to station, but the title track is the only song from this album I remember hearing with any regularity on the radio. Jungleland (damn good song for sure) was more of a classic tune (meaning one that would get played on the weekly classics show), and Thunder Road would get the occasional play, but I don't remember hearing any of the others Tim mentioned on the radio.

It just seems lacking compared to many classic rock albums that you'd need two hands to count the number of songs played on the radio.

Can't believe I'm spending time defending Bruce, as he's not one of my favorites. However, for sure the following we played on classic radio:

She's the One, Thunder Road, Tenth Ave., Born to Run and (rarely) Jungleland

A ton of the earlier albums in this countdown had at most 2-3 that some of us heard. It's definitely a regional thing of sorts but there's no denying this album should be on the list somewhere - I personally think it's too high but this isn't AAA's list so I'm cool with it.
 
Solid record, but I can say with very safe assurance that I wouldn't be a big fan of classic rock if Born to freaking Run was actually the 12th best classic rock album. Not surprised Tim put him this high, as the Boss has always been a critics darling, and, well, we can connect the dots there. Again, solid record, with a couple very good songs, but not much more than that.

Millions of people would disagree with you, including me. It's not just Tim.

Like many have said, I'm not a big Bruce fan, but I love this album, and it is very clearly one of the best classic rock albums of all time IMO, and not because critics like it.
But is it? Based on the criteria in this thread, where albums need to have multiple songs regularly played on classic rock radio, it falls way short. I know stuff like this varies from city to city and station to station, but the title track is the only song from this album I remember hearing with any regularity on the radio. Jungleland (damn good song for sure) was more of a classic tune (meaning one that would get played on the weekly classics show), and Thunder Road would get the occasional play, but I don't remember hearing any of the others Tim mentioned on the radio.

It just seems lacking compared to many classic rock albums that you'd need two hands to count the number of songs played on the radio.

Yes, it is. I regularly heard at least 5 songs on classic rock radio when growing up: Born To Run, Thunder Road, Tenth Avenue Freeze Out, Jungleland, and Backstreets. I think all of those songs are great.
Fair enough. :cool:
Solid record, but I can say with very safe assurance that I wouldn't be a big fan of classic rock if Born to freaking Run was actually the 12th best classic rock album. Not surprised Tim put him this high, as the Boss has always been a critics darling, and, well, we can connect the dots there. Again, solid record, with a couple very good songs, but not much more than that.

Millions of people would disagree with you, including me. It's not just Tim.

Like many have said, I'm not a big Bruce fan, but I love this album, and it is very clearly one of the best classic rock albums of all time IMO, and not because critics like it.
But is it? Based on the criteria in this thread, where albums need to have multiple songs regularly played on classic rock radio, it falls way short. I know stuff like this varies from city to city and station to station, but the title track is the only song from this album I remember hearing with any regularity on the radio. Jungleland (damn good song for sure) was more of a classic tune (meaning one that would get played on the weekly classics show), and Thunder Road would get the occasional play, but I don't remember hearing any of the others Tim mentioned on the radio.

It just seems lacking compared to many classic rock albums that you'd need two hands to count the number of songs played on the radio.

Can't believe I'm spending time defending Bruce, as he's not one of my favorites. However, for sure the following we played on classic radio:

She's the One, Thunder Road, Tenth Ave., Born to Run and (rarely) Jungleland

A ton of the earlier albums in this countdown had at most 2-3 that some of us heard. It's definitely a regional thing of sorts but there's no denying this album should be on the list somewhere - I personally think it's too high but this isn't AAA's list so I'm cool with it.
As I have said before, the order here is largely incidental, but it is fun to discuss order and rankings and if this or that should really be this high or that low. Many love Born to Run. I merely like it. It's all good.
 
Was Bruce in the rotation on pop stations? I suspect his crossover drives his high rankings.

Not talking 1980s classic-rock radio here, but contemporary-to-the-material "hits" radio:

Material from Springsteen's first three albums didn't receive coast-to-coast airplay. Granted, the Northeastern US has some major radio markets, so if you've got to start out as a regional artist ... breaking big up there will get an artist noticed elsewhere before long.

On Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart Springsteen had only two Top 40 singles in the the 1970s, neither of which broke the Top 20. His first Top Ten hit -- and likely his first true pop crossover -- would have to wait until 1980.
 
11. The Rolling Stones- Let It Bleed (1969)

Classic rock radio hits: Gimme Shelter, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Let It Bleed, Midnight Rambler


Most bands would kill to release a record as great as this one. But the Stones were just getting revved up. The introduction of Mick Taylor (though he only appears on two songs here) ushered in their greatest era of music.

This is an outstanding, amazing album and if anyone wants to rank it as the Stones best I won’t argue. Even though I have two other records even higher. But that takes nothing away from this one.

Gimme Shelter
There is something really dark about this song and it’s not just the link to the Altamont tragedy. It just sounds like pitch blackness, a gloom that even the best goth bands could never quite achieve (though not through want of trying ). It’s also one of the greatest classic rock songs of all time, but that might be secondary to the darkness.

Love In Vain
Robert Johnson would have proud. John Lee Hooker WAS proud. If any Stones tune perfectly captured the Mississippi delta era of acoustic blues, this was it.

Country Honk
Honky Tonk Woman as performed by the Carter Family as interpreted by the Stones. Works for me!

Live With Me
Such a great rock song. The definition of a sublime deep cut. Simply outstanding.

Let It Bleed
Still one of the funniest Stones tunes of all time. Yet somehow a heartfelt anthem at the same time. Nicky Hopkins in piano is especially great here.

Midnight Rambler
This blues tune about a serial killer is among The Rolling Stones’ greatest ever songs for sure. I believe Keith Richards has this as the most favorite thing he ever composed. As much as I love this, I might like the live version (from Get Yer Yayas Out!) even more.

You Got the Silver
Underrated classic ballad. Susan Tedeschi, mentioned earlier in the thread, does a splendid cover.

Monkey Man
More darkness. Like Gimme Shelter and Midnight Rambler, this tune can’t help but leave you with a sense of nervousness, given both the performance and subject matter. But of course it’s also incredible rock.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want
After the children stop singing, that guitar is so sublime. It gets me every time. And I think this might be Mick’s best ever vocals.
 
Solid record, but I can say with very safe assurance that I wouldn't be a big fan of classic rock if Born to freaking Run was actually the 12th best classic rock album. Not surprised Tim put him this high, as the Boss has always been a critics darling, and, well, we can connect the dots there. Again, solid record, with a couple very good songs, but not much more than that.
I have always liked some of Bruce’s music but really started to appreciate his music in the last year. I must be getting old! Born to Run is good album but probably 20 spots too high on the list. There have been some heavy hitters listed in the last 10 spots and this album just doesn’t measure up. The title track is great but the rest of the album is just ok. As always, that is only my opinion. People like what they like.
 
11. The Rolling Stones- Let It Bleed (1969)

Classic rock radio hits: Gimme Shelter, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Let It Bleed, Midnight Rambler
Didn't hear "Monkey Man" on the local CR stations in the 1980s and early 1990s, but it started to get airplay about 25 years ago. These days, Classic Vinyl on Sirius XM keeps it in their rotation.
 
11. The Rolling Stones- Let It Bleed (1969)

Classic rock radio hits: Gimme Shelter, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Let It Bleed, Midnight Rambler
Didn't hear "Monkey Man" on the local CR stations in the 1980s and early 1990s, but it started to get airplay about 25 years ago. These days, Classic Vinyl on Sirius XM keeps it in their rotation.
I think MM got a boost from its use in Goodfelllas back in 1990.
 
11. The Rolling Stones- Let It Bleed (1969)

Classic rock radio hits: Gimme Shelter, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Let It Bleed, Midnight Rambler
Didn't hear "Monkey Man" on the local CR stations in the 1980s and early 1990s, but it started to get airplay about 25 years ago. These days, Classic Vinyl on Sirius XM keeps it in their rotation.
I think MM got a boost from its use in Goodfelllas back in 1990.
Yep, I know Monkey Man because of Goodfellas. Good tune.

Gimme Shelter is obviously a monster classic; I put it right next to Paint It Black on my list of favorite songs by the Stones.

I never much cared for You Can't Always Get What You Want.

I don't think I know anything else from Let It Bleed.
 
While we wait, do any of you music gurus want to shoot me a PM of what you think Tim's top 10 are?
Beatles
Stones
Beatles
LZ
Stones
Beatles
LZ
Beatles
Stones
LZ
I feel like you are either correct or very close to being correct. Can't argue that list.

It's a shame some groups didn't make it on the top 100 list, just for the mere fact they didn't put together a 'great album'. Steppenwolf comes to mind. Legendary classic rock band, but no true 'great' album to point to.
 
While we wait, do any of you music gurus want to shoot me a PM of what you think Tim's top 10 are?
Beatles
Stones
Beatles
LZ
Stones
Beatles
LZ
Beatles
Stones
LZ
I feel like you are either correct or very close to being correct. Can't argue that list.

It's a shame some groups didn't make it on the top 100 list, just for the mere fact they didn't put together a 'great album'. Steppenwolf comes to mind. Legendary classic rock band, but no true 'great' album to point to.
That was mostly tongue in cheek since I know there are a couple that should crack the top ten outside of those bands, including what I think is a Tim favorite.
 
While we wait, do any of you music gurus want to shoot me a PM of what you think Tim's top 10 are?
Beatles
Stones
Beatles
LZ
Stones
Beatles
LZ
Beatles
Stones
LZ

Honestly, my top 10 would contain a bunch of Zeppelin and Beatles so no judgement from me. I’ve never put the Stones quite on that tier but I know many do and I’m cool with it because their highs are about as high as the Beatles and LZ. I just don’t think they hit it consistently enough and there’s a lot of songs in their albums that I instantly skip.
 
The fact AC/DC isn't going to crack the top 35 is kinda odd to me. I gotta think LZ, AC/DC, and the Eagles are easily in the most often played hits on classic rock stations. Even more-so than the Beatles.
 
The fact AC/DC isn't going to crack the top 35 is kinda odd to me. I gotta think LZ, AC/DC, and the Eagles are easily in the most often played hits on classic rock stations. Even more-so than the Beatles.
I'm not sure how I would handle the Beatles. I rarely heard them on classic rock and my friends never played them. Last live concert was in 1966. To me they were just a different era.
 
Tim already issued a spoiler in his Let It Bleed post. "This is an outstanding, amazing album and if anyone wants to rank it as the Stones best I won’t argue. Even though I have two other records even higher"
So, we know there are 2 Stones albums in the top 10.
 

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