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​​​​​​​Top 10 Classic Rock Songs to Feel Nostalgic

​​​​​​​Top 10 Classic Rock Songs to Feel Nostalgic

Attention, the following compositions can cause you acute nostalgia and make you consider the meaning of life and pressing problems of humanity. Or maybe force you to fulfill your old dream? Anyway, it is up to you.

It is believed that rock music awakens the desire for heroic achievements, has high motivating influence and places everything in order to establish your life position. This is absolutely life-affirming music that provokes the spirit of change! This is the music of the most venerable dreamers, who never agreed to reality, but instead, they made their own efforts to alter it. It inspires, it gives faith in your own strengths and opportunities, and is it bad?

Rock music is a cultural phenomenon that has spawned the so-called "rock n-roll life", a certain style of behavior and a system of vital values, a sort of philosophy. However, having arisen on the basis of different genres of rock music, subcultures sometimes have little resemblance. Rock music has a lot of energy that captures. It can give a person free from the established social principles and stereotypes, from the surrounding reality.

We have collected today the most prominent classic rock music compositions that have been recognized as the best among the best, tested by several generations, and will definitely remain legends for the very long time in the future.

The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever

Movie: Magical Mystery Tour

Released: February 1967

The Doors - Light My Fire

Album: The Doors

Released: ‎April 1967

Guitarist Robbie Krieger, by starting to play in The Doors, did not even think about writing songs himself. But it so happened that he composed their first real hit-track "Light My Fire", which in the spring of 1967 for three weeks headed the Billboard Hot 100 chart and made the band members huge stars. It all started with the fact that one day at the rehearsal, Jim Morrison, who had previously been the author of the group's material, invited his colleagues to go home and write each one a composition. Krieger took the task very seriously and decided that his text would be about the four elements: air, earth, water, and fire. He did not succeed at first, but then he came up with the line "Come on, baby, light my fire". Almost all the words, except one rhyme in the second verse, was written by Robbie, but the whole ensemble worked on the music too. For example, the famous entry was written by Ray Manzarek. Later he said that it arose as a result of pure improvisation.

Black Sabbath "Paranoid"

Album: Paranoid

Released: August 1970

The perception of this composition, Ozzy Osbourne, also defined the sound of the band's Black Sabbath, and the future of hard music. The vocalist, having heard the heavy sounds of the introductory reef, described it as the clumsy steps of a gigantic steel monster. So science fiction became the concept of the album Paranoid, and its central track became the cornerstone in the development of the genre Heavy metal.


Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven

Movie: The Song Remains the Same

Released: November 1971

Bob Dylan- Knockin' on Heaven's Door

Album: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

Released: July 1973

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

Album: A Night at the Opera

Released: October 1975

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen quickly had gained the top of the charts and become a masterpiece of pomp and brilliance. These qualities are traced in half a dozen different forms, which the authors placed in six minutes of the work. In particular, rock, opera, classics and extraterrestrial pop motives are mixed there.


Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Album: Wish You Were Here

Released: September 1975

The lyrics for this melancholic song that Gilmour sings were written before the music, which is unusual for Pink Floyd. For some reason, the song was not performed at concerts for 16 months after the album was released. Roger explained that the song is about the problem of "Jekyll and Hyde", about the relationship with "the other half" of his own schizoid personality. On the one hand, he felt himself a humanist and a socialist, preoccupied with the good of others, but on the other, he was selfish, ambitious and vain. The appeal "Wish You Were Here" is addressed to the better half of yourself, but at the same time is a sad call to Sid Barret, who was far from there.

Eagles - Hotel California

Album: Hotel California

Released: February 1976

Don Felder spoke about how he composed the song, in the autobiographical Heaven and Hell: My Life in The Eagles. He played a 12-string guitar in a rented beach house in Malibu. There was a terrible heat, Felder was lazily sorting through the chords, and suddenly the melody seemed to come from nowhere. Finished the song helped Fry, and Henley worked on the text. The composition was released as a single in February 1977 and immediately became eternal hit.

David Bowie - Heroes

Album: "Heroes"

Released: September 1977

Bowie wrote "Heroes" in co-authorship with Brian Eno. The title of the song is a reference to the track "Hero" of the German band Neu !, the creativity of which they were fond of at that time. David from the very beginning said that he composed "Heroes" after he saw a couple in love near the Berlin Wall. He pictured the touching story of a guy and a girl who can not be together because they live on different sides of the border, and wrote a song about them.

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Album: Nevermind

Released: September 1991

According to the leader of Nirvana, he composed Smells Like Teen Spirit, trying to "write an extremely pop song" in the spirit of Pixies, a band that he really liked. In the initial version, it consisted of a guitar riff and vocal chorus part. The rest of the group did not like the composition, but Kurt insisted that they work on it. As a result of one and a half hours of joint efforts, the final version of Smells Like Teen Spirit appeared. Music critics and fans of the Nirvana group tried to find other interpretations of Smells Like Teen Spirit, and Dave Grohl said that he did not believe in any meaning in it. Kurt often composed lyrics in a few minutes, picking up good rhymes and filling in the blanks with more or less suitable words.


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