Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin: This classic is the ultimate jam from quite possibly the greatest rock and rock band in history. Stairway is an epic that builds momentum all the way through. The lyrics are mystical and it's fun to sing along with Robert Plant. By the time the song picks up to full speed Jimmy Page is ripping a monstrous solo that he managed in one take while John Paul Jones and John Bonham are making thunder together in the rhythm section. This song has it all and that is why it has stood the test of time.
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen For obvious reasons this song had to make the list. If stair way was epic then what's the next level after that...Ultra-epic? We're talking layer upon layer of Freddie Mercury vocals and guitars from Brian May like he's conducting an orchestra. Put this one on and re-enact the scene from Wayne's World with your buddies. By the end everyone is rocking out and screaming at the top of their lungs. Truly, a good time...if you got the right friends!
Dream On - Aerosmith Before Steven Tyler was hosting television shows in his spare time, the guy was a rock god. This tune particularly features the incredible vocal range he possessed in his early years. The song builds into a great crescendo by the end as well. If you like guitar playing this song has excellent riffs in the beginning that all players should know. Or just pluck them on air guitar, from the passenger seat mind you.
Enter Sandman - Metallica When Metallica released the Black album it instantly became a hit. This tune might be played out for some but this songs riff and rock rating always deliver. The twin guitar assault of Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield is unstoppable. Mix in the Lars Ulrich's tom work during the intro and you have got the ingredients that lead up to the cathartic slam when the main riff takes over.
Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers The last song is ballad, in a sense. This song introduced many listeners to the Chilis and the incredible guitar playing of John Frusciante. The song is a little somber and moodier but it totally rocks. Tell me you don't sing along with the chorus at the end? Yeah right... You might not have selected the same songs we have. So what tunes would you put on your list? Did any of ours make your cut?
- Auto.com Editorial Staff