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#1 Posted by Stepside (558 posts) -

Sup fellas, I'm literally just now getting into classic rock. After being into underground music for so many years I've cornered myself into a few specific genres (Drum n Bass/Trip Hop/Punk/Jazz mostly). Of course I know some Zepplin/Pink Floyd/Beatles tracks here and there, but I'm looking for some help with some new (old) tunes. To give you an idea, the shit I'm starting to dig is stuff like Steve Miller Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Queen.

Any good tracks/albums you guys recommend?

#2 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3053 posts) -

He was pretty great after he left the Nation of Domination, although I'd argue his heel-turn later in his career after fighting Hogan was when he did his best work; his interactions with Hurricane and his little concert were GREAT!

#3 Posted by TooWalrus (13330 posts) -
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#4 Posted by Kedi2 (262 posts) -

Boston's first album is great.

#5 Posted by Brians (1514 posts) -


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#6 Edited by Blackout62 (1499 posts) -
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See that strange old Englishman in the peculiar coat, know him and his work well.

#7 Edited by RandomBullet (58 posts) -
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I'd highly recommend trying out some Jimi Hendrix if you haven't already; great classic rock while leaning heavily towards blues/psychedelic/funk. Try out a track called "Machine Gun"; it's a 12-minute piece and a wholesome demonstration of what Hendrix is about. If you like that track, then you'll definitely dig his other stuff. Albums to get started on: 'Are You Experienced', "Band of Gypsys", "Blues".

#8 Edited by Spoonman671 (5013 posts) -

David Bowie is a swell fellow.

  What do coffee and Eric Clapton have in common?  They both suck without Cream
I don't think Steppenwolf has a lot of great songs, but this is one.
 This is the only Mountain song you need to listen to.
I'll probably be back with more.
#9 Edited by OldGuy (1597 posts) -

Frank Zappa - apostrophe(')
(...the title track is super for Audio Surf, BTW):

#10 Posted by Etaber (167 posts) -

I agree with everything that's been said so far. I've always been partial to Bad Company as well.

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And I agree Queen is an absolutely epic band. Listen to this song and tell me you don't feel like a million bucks. Freddie really was something special.

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And as a bonus the greatest band that never was.

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#11 Edited by InfiniteSpark (337 posts) -

I'll recommend some albums.

  • The Doors - The Doors
  • MC5 - Kick Out the Jams
  • The Who - Who's Next
  • Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
  • T.Rex - Electric Warrior
#12 Posted by HistoryInRust (6599 posts) -

@OldGuy said:

Frank Zappa - apostrophe(')
(...the title track is super for Audio Surf, BTW):

This is an excellent suggestion.

Early Aerosmith is fun. I'd take a look at more Southern Rock too, if you're willing. The Outlaws, the Allman Brothers, Derek Trucks, that sort of thing.

#13 Edited by believer258 (12795 posts) -

Van Halen, Boston, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen, Guns N' Roses (at least their first one), The Who, Journey, and of course AC/DC

Well, at least those are the ones you should probably start with.

EDIT: Bon Jovi (Slippery When Wet, mostly)

#14 Edited by Mr_Skeleton (5195 posts) -

Aside from what was said before try Electric Light Orchestra.

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#15 Posted by Surkov (1017 posts) -

King Crimson

#16 Posted by Stonyman65 (3028 posts) -




Blue Oyster Cult


Frank Zappa

Pink Floyd


The Doors

The Who

Bad Company

and JIMI fuckin' HENDRIX!

#17 Posted by Clinkz (1116 posts) -


It's strange, I was really into classic rock a few years ago. Now I only seek current bands because I love live music... I guess I'm a hipster. Well I guess that's not true, I got into U2 and Oasis (first two albums) recently.

#18 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5881 posts) -
#19 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6420 posts) -

Nirvana and Soundgarden are pretty good.

#20 Posted by SSully (4656 posts) -

The Who's Tommy and Quadrophina are pretty damn fantastic. Quadrophinia is easily one of the best rock albums ever made, and the final song just brings it all home.

#21 Posted by OroJackson (688 posts) -

Deep Purple, especially Machine Head.

#22 Posted by McGhee (6128 posts) -


Turn it up, listen, and be afraid.

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#23 Posted by Stepside (558 posts) -

Some great shit there guys, thanks :)

#24 Posted by BUCK3TM4N (544 posts) -

Rainbow and King Crimson

#25 Posted by ThePhantomnaut (6269 posts) -

King Crimson.

#26 Posted by fox01313 (5175 posts) -

Um how about Alice Cooper or Blue Oyster Cult?

#27 Edited by oldjack327 (140 posts) -

Classic Rock is kind of a huge "genre" because its defined more by time than by any distinct musical link. You get punk, glam rock, hard rock, arena rock, psychedelia, power pop, bubble gum, progressive... yeah. It's probably best to just keep trying different artists until you find something you like.

I'm a big fan of Chuck Berry (that might classify as oldies, but who cares). By taking blues chord progression and playing it in eighth notes as opposed to a shuffle beat, Berry essentially made rock and roll. Plus, Johnny B. Goode just fucking rocks.


Along those same lines, AC/DC is a great blues, hard rock group. Their earlier work they did when original singer Bon Scott was still alive is my favorite.


The Kinks are amazing and under appreciated, and they have a crazy diverse library, with their earlier stuff sounding very garagey/punk, and their later stuff going blues.


Warren Zevon is another amazing under appreciated artist from the 70s. A great song writer with a macabre sense of humor.


In a completely different side of classic rock, ELO was producing crazy synth rock with bits of psychedelia and prog rock thrown in.


Probably one of the best bubble gum rock bands from the 60s was The Lovin' Spoonful.


Days of Future Past by the Moody Blues in arguably one of the greatest albums ever made.


And Neil Young's solo career is too hit laden to even be able to give it credit, but here's my favorite "After the Gold Rush"


Anyway, I could go on forever, so I should probably stop now. And if you want a good conventional "classic rock" group, then look up The Who. Their stuff in the 70s was quite good.

#28 Posted by Dalai (7773 posts) -

Nobody mentioned Rush yet so listen to some Rush. 

#29 Posted by SamFo (1640 posts) -

King Crimson I would say are more avant garde, jazz, fusion than classic rock...

Nirvana and Soundgarden as 'classic rock?' Things have changed...

#30 Posted by Ketchupp (679 posts) -

I'd go with any of the British invasion stuff. The Who, The Kinks, Rolling Stones and such.

#31 Posted by DillonWerner (1603 posts) -
  • Styx
  • The Who
  • Rolling Stones
  • Eagles
  • The Doors
  • Credence Clear Water Revival
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • .38 Special
  • Genesis
  • Van Halen
  • Foreigner
  • Blue Oyster Cult
  • Queen
  • The Police

Just Google search "good classic rock" or "good soft rock", you will find ton's of stuff.

#32 Posted by JasonR86 (10005 posts) -


Allman Brothers, Boston, Creedance Clearwater, Stevie Ray Vaughn (he's not really classic rock but has a similar sound), The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, The Eagles, and Santana are all great to start off with and are similar to what you've been listening to. Listen to some of their stuff online and see what you think.

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#35 Posted by Patman99 (1634 posts) -

Although you can never go wrong with The Beatles, Abbey Road specifically, Chicago and Yes are two of my favourite bands of all time. "25 or 6 to 4" and "Saturday in the Park" and great songs!

Also Paul Simon and Otis Redding, while not necessarily Classic Rock are a good for a switch up!

#36 Posted by ARProductions_HMG (30 posts) -

Blue Oyster Cult is another good band, don't know if it was mentioned, and older AC/DC is classic rock.

Bad Company, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rush, Molly Hatchet.

#37 Posted by Vextroid (1459 posts) -

Two sweet songs.

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#38 Posted by Unchained (1091 posts) -

Was already said, but CCR is in-fucking-credible.

#39 Posted by Veektarius (5332 posts) -

I used to listen to a lot of this stuff. Some songs I like by artists I haven't seen mentioned:

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#41 Edited by PenguinDust (12792 posts) -

@Godlyawesomeguy said:

Nirvana and Soundgarden are pretty good.

Hahahahaha....ah, I feel so sad to know that people are now regarding the 90's as "classic rock". I'm not really criticizing, just remarking how the passage of time makes what used to be "modern" now "classic".

Seriously though, a lot of good stuff has been mentioned but I'll add a few more:

  1. Chicago Transit Authority (1969) - Chicago's first album - sample
  2. Everyone Knows This is Nowhere (1969) - Neil Young and Crazy Horse (this is the rockin' side of Young) - sample
  3. Blind Faith (1969) - "super group" formed of Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker & Ric Grech) - sample
  4. John Barleycorn Must Die (1970) - Traffic (Steve Winwood, Dave Mason & others) - sample
  5. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) - Derek and the Dominoes (really Eric Clapton and friends) - sample
  6. Santana [III] (1971) - Carlos Santana and band - sample
  7. At Fillmore East (1971) - The Allman Brothers Band (a live album with amazing guitar solos) - sample
  8. Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972) - David Bowie - sample
  9. Rumors - (1977) Fleetwood Mac - sample
  10. Greetings from Asbury Park (1973) - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - sample
#42 Posted by WickedFather (1694 posts) -

Thin Lizzy.  Get War of the Worlds.  I'd also look into some Prog Rock.  The first 5 or so Queen albums are great.

#43 Posted by bartok (2642 posts) -

Good to see so many Frank Zappa fans.  
Please don't call Nirvana or Sound Garden Classic Rock  just yet.  I know they have been around over 20 years but it makes me feel old at 26.
Anyway I highly recommend The Clash and Talking Heads

#44 Posted by BonOrbitz (2400 posts) -

Due to my age, I consider "classic rock" 60s through about 1983.

U2 (Boy, October, War)

ELO (Greatest Hits, Out of the Blue, Discovery)

The Cars (Greatest Hits, Candy-O)

Journey (Greatest Hits, Escape, Frontiers)

The Doors (Greatest Hits, The Doors)

Fleetwood Mac (Greatest Hits, Rumors, Tusk, Mirage)

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#47 Posted by Elazul (1342 posts) -

Of the bands I haven't seen listed here yet:

Robin Trower:

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Rory Gallagher:

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#48 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6420 posts) -

@PenguinDust said:

@Godlyawesomeguy said:

Nirvana and Soundgarden are pretty good.

Hahahahaha....ah, I feel so sad to know that people are now regarding the 90's as "classic rock". I'm not really criticizing, just remarking how the passage of time makes what used to be "modern" now "classic".

I feel the same way, actually. I was more referencing the bombcast in that post.

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#49 Posted by Example1013 (4855 posts) -

Jerry Lee Lewis

The Beach Boys

Blood, Sweat, and Tears


Jefferson Airplane

The Doors

The Temptations

Grand Funk Railroad

Spencer Davis Group

Grateful Dead

The Animals

#50 Edited by rachelepithet (1594 posts) -