Lola’s Best of Rock ‘n Roll List (for now)


 I Love Rock and Roll . . . Put Another Dime In The Jukebox Baby

acoustic-guitarI’ve been thinking a lot about music lately. Let me clarify, thinking about music in an analytical way, rather than just an idle way.

This personal music appreciation phase has actually been prompted by my inability to find a notebook. You see, a few years ago I decided to compose my own top 100 rock ‘n roll song list. I would put names of songs and artists down in my notebook as they occurred to me, with my ultimate goal being to arrange the list, thereby forming my own Top Ten for posterity.


But I cannot find the notebook. I’ve been doing a lot of de-cluttering and throwing away, but I haven’t come across the notebook anywhere. I have a feeling that it might be packed up with my office stuff since I kept said notebook pretty handy for those instantaneous recollections from my past.


Anyway, without the notebook, I’ve been re-compiling the list in my head, but I thought that I might offer up some entries in a post to see what other people remember and whether or not there are any big disagreements on entries or placements.


So, without any further ado, here is my work-in-progress of the best rock n roll songs from the last four decades (or so).


born-to-run-cover1.            “Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen

2.            “Cry Baby,” Janis Joplin

3.            “Hotel California,” The Eagles

4.            “Imagine,” John Lennon

5.            “Doctor My Eyes,” Jackson Browne

6.            “Baba O’Reilly, The Who

7.            “Lola,” The Kinks

8.            “Sweet Dreams (are made of this),” Eurythmics

9.            “Whiter Shade of Pale,” Procol Harum

procol-harum-695-l10.        “Brown-eyed Girl,” Van Morrison

11.        “Layla” acoustic, Eric Clapton

12.        “No Woman, No Cry,” Bob Marley and the Wailers

13.        “American Pie,” Don McLean

14.        “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay,” Otis Redding

15.        “When a Man Loves a Woman,” Percy Sledge

16.        “Somebody to Love,” Jefferson Airplane

17.        “Major Tom,” David Bowie

18.        “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” Creedence Clearwater Revival

19.         “Layla,” Derek and the Dominos

20.        “Red House,” Jimmi Hendrix

janis-joplin-cover21.        “Bobby McGee, Janis Joplin

22.        “Star Spangled Banner,” Jimmi Hendrix

23.        “Jungleland,” Bruce Springsteen

24.        “The Long and Winding Road,” The Beatles

25.        “Oh Darlin’” The Beatles

26.        “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison

27.        “With a Little Help From My Friends,” Joe Cocker

28.        “Our House,” Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

29.        “Lawyers, Guns and Money,” Warren Zevon

30.        “Maybe I’m Amazed,” Paul McCartney

31.        “Every Breath You Take,” The Police

32.        “Brown Sugar,” Rolling Stones

33.         “Roundabout,” Yes

moody-blues-days-of-future-passed-cover34.        “Nights in White Satin,” Moody Blues

35.        “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Simon & Garfunkel

36.        “Dark Side of the Moon,” Pink Floyd

37.        “Romeo & Juliet,” Steely Dan

38.        “Allison,” Elvis Costello

39.         “Maggie May,” Rod Stewart

40.        “Fields of Gold,” Sting

41.        Bell Bottom Blues,” Eric Clapton

42.        “Silent Lucidity,” Queensryche

43.        “Cecilia,” Simon & Garfunkel

pinkfloydthemoonjw744.        “Money,” Pink Floyd

45.        “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” Ray Charles

46.        “You Are So Beautiful,” Joe Cocker

47.        “Melissa,” Allman Brothers

48.        “Can’t Always Get What You Want,” Rolling Stones

49.        “Light My Fire,” The Doors

50.        “Respect,” Aretha Franklin

51.        “Stairway to Heaven,” Led Zeppelin

led_zeppelin_-_led_zeppelin_iv-front52.        “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” Marvin Gaye

53.        “Another Brick in the Wall,” Pink Floyd

54.        “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen

55.        “Losing My Religion,” REM

56.        “Sultans of Swing,” Dire Straits

57.        “I Can See Clearly Now,” Johnny Nash

58.        “Desperado,” The Eagles

59.        “I’m The Only One,” Melissa Etheridge

blues-brothers60.        “Purple Rain,” Prince

61.        “Soul Man,” Blues Brothers

62.        “Walk on the Wild Side,” Lou Reed

63.        “Big Yellow Taxi,” Joni Mitchell

64.        Kashmir,” Led Zeppelin

65.        “Life’s Been Good To Me So Far,” Joe Walsh

66.        “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” Bonnie Raitt

csny-deja-vu-cover67.        “Southern Cross,” Crosby, Stills & Nash

68.        “I Feel Good” (I Got You), James Brown

69.        “Freebird,” Lynrd Skynrd

70.        “Over and Over,” Fleetwood Mac

71.        “Unchained Melody,” The Righteous Brothers

72.        “Low Rider,” War

73.        “Everybody Hurts,” REM

74.        “Daughter,” Pearl Jam

fleetwood-mac-rumours75.        “Go Your Own Way,” Fleetwood Mac

76.        “Mama Told Me Not To Come,” Three Dog Night

77.        “Proud Mary/Rollin on the River,” Ike & Tina Turner

78.        California Dreamin’” The Mamas and the Papas

79.        “Time is on My Side,” Rolling Stones

80.        “Who Do You Love?” George Thorogood and The Destroyers

81.        “Joker,” Steve Miller Band

82.        “Sunshine of Your Love,” Cream

83.        “War,” Edwin Starr

84.        “Black Magic Woman,” Santana

85.        “Night Moves,” Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

86.        “Dream On,” Aerosmith

87.        “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” The Temptations

roliling-stones-album-cover88.        “Wild Horses,” Rolling Stone

89.        “Can’t Hurry Love,” The Supremes

90.        “My Girl,” The Temptations

91.        “Legs,” ZZ Top

92.        “Landslide,” Stevie Nicks

93.        “Glycerine,” Bush

94.        “Born to be Wild,” Steppenwolf

95.        “Uncle John’s Band,” Grateful Dead

96.        “Sunday, Bloody Sunday,” U2

97.        Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” Elton John hootie-and-the-blowfish

98.        “White Room,” Cream

99.         “Long December,” Counting Crows

100.    “American Woman,” The Guess Who

101.    “God Was One of Us,” Joan Osborne

102.    “Let Her Cry,” Hootie and the Blowfish

103.    “All Right Now,” Free

104.    “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It,” REM

105.    “Shine,” Collective Soul

106.    “Iris,” Goo Goo Dolls

nirvana-300107.    “Better Man, Pearl Jam

108.    “Walk of Life,” Dire Straits

109.    “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana

110.    “Jeremy,” Pearl Jam

111.    “Horse With No Name,” America

112.    “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” The Band

113.    “That’s All,” Genesis

114.    “House of the Rising Son,” The Animals

115.    “In-a-gooda-da-vida,” Iron Butterfly


Of course, one of the truly great things about vinyl was looking at the album cover for the first time. Album covers went from just basic pictures of the artists to bold creations full of symbolism and decidedly risqué images. I’ll close now with what has often been called the best album art in history: The Beatles: Sergeant Peppers’ Lonely Hearts Club Band.

So that’s my list. It has 115 entries because I have some artists listed two or three times, so in the Lola system of counting, those listings only count as one, which results in my top 100 (approximately) Rock and Roll songs and artists, spanning about four decades (have to leave room for hedging).
In the meantime, please feel free to drop me a line as to how you feel about my choices and the order in wich they are listed. More later. Peace.





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12 thoughts on “Lola’s Best of Rock ‘n Roll List (for now)

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  2. Great list! Let me start by saying I’m a total music geek, and have spent a lot of time studying music (both formally and informally). I just did a list of my Top 100 movies that everyone should see, and I caught heat from a couple of my choices. Making these kind lists are never easy and everyone always has an opinion on it.

    I love the variety in it, and I have to say having Bowie’s Space Oddity is fantastic, and Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side. Although, I must say that from a grunge perspective that you must be a bigger Pearl Jam fan than Nirvana. Having Daughter (74) and Better Man (107) higher than Smells Like Teen Spirit (109) really solidfies it. Me personally, I would have put Smells Like Teen Spirit higher, but perhaps this might be inspiration to do my own top 100 songs.

    Great post!

    1. Thanks for your great comment. I need to visit to see your Top 100 movies, but I don’t have your url. Would you send it to me? I know that you’ve been here before, but I can’t remember if you are wordpress or blogspot.

      I knew that people would notice how low I put grunge, and that was for a very particular reason. I was really trying to keep my list to what I thought were my most special songs from the 60’s to 80’s. To me, grunge is a product of the late 80’s to 90’s, and that’s why I have so few artists from that time period. Also, I do like Pearl Jam better than Nirvana, don’t really know why, but Daughter and Better Man are two of my favorites, especially Daughter.

      You probably know how hard it was to narrow the list, and I know that technically, I cheated by having 115 songs, but I really had to have some songs in there, and I was going for a lot of variety. Unfortunately/fortunately, some of the artists really justified being mentioned more than once.

      You should use my list as an inspiration to do your own because I would love to see yours and compare entries and rankings. Thanks again for stopping by. Would love to hear more from you.

      1. Yeah, I completely understand what you mean about narrowing the list. I took the easy road and just made the list of the “Top 100 Movies Everyone Should See.” So, they didn’t necessarily have to be the best movies, but what I considered to be important ones.

        As for the blog, the link is I’d love to have you swing by and check out some of the post. I’m definitely going to do my own top 100 songs. Thanks for the creative juices!

      2. Thanks for writing back. That’s a good title for your list. I’ll head on over there and check it out now that I have your link.

  3. Hi Lita,
    Top list! Lola is my all time favourite and a great party song. I have a special ‘road trip’ CD which Prue did for me a few years ago, which has most of these songs and a few others. I make such a sight, cruising down the road, bopping along to the music and the louder the better.LOL
    D wants to buy one of those turntables with the UHB port so we can transfer all our vinyl to disk. Deep Purple, Rodriquez,Daddy Cool, Bob Seger Joe Cocker, etc (we even have Derek & Clive on vinyl but somehow I don’t think that will make it to CD. Not if I have my way anyway!).
    Hugs and thanks for the walk down memory lane.
    Maureen 🙂

    1. Maureen,

      I, too, have a road trip CD compilation that includes many of these songs. When you’re on a long trip, you need good ole rock n roll to keep you company.

      I didn’t really include anyone after the early 90’s because I was trying to keep the classics, but I just had to have a few of the more recent ones. I do like a lot of today’s artists, especially Coldplay, but I didn’t want to make my list contemporary.

  4. What a great list!!! I honestly can’t fathom trying to generate a list like this. I think it would blow my tiny, precious, bald head. I mean, I don’t think I could even pick my “ten favorite Pink Floyd songs” . . . !

    I do love that Layla shows up twice, a’la Derek etc. and then the acoustic version. I haven’t heard either in awhile and may have to dig into some old Clapton now! And that will inevitably lead to From the Cradle (1994), my favorite Clapton to date. And then I’m gone or a week… lost again in the music…

    1. Janson,
      So glad that you could appreciate it. From the Cradle is a wonderful CD, but I was going for more classic Clapton, and since I couldn’t decide between the two versions of “Layla,” I had to put both on the list. Honestly, is there anything better than the riff at the end of the Derek “Layla,” that is, other than Clapton’s soulful acoustic version. Pink Floyd was very hard to whittle down. I love the entire Dark Side of the Moon album, second only to the entire Wall album.

      Now, I just need an mp3 player to load this list for road trips once I finally get my own car. (I just cannot bear to get into Izzie since Eamonn ruined her.) What I have now are compilation CD’s, once brilliantly entitled Road Trip.

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