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27 classic rock songs you should listen to in your lifetime

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    Classic rock as a genre is hard to define. 
  
  
    We rounded up some classic songs you may not know but
    should listen to. 
  
  
    "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix is underrated.
  
  
    Classic rock is embodied in "L.A. Woman" by The
    Doors.
  
  
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  Marked by notable guitar riffs
  and lead singers with plenty of undeniable charisma, classic rock
  has long been established as a true American classic. In fact,
  one could argue that classic rock is the staple of American music
  culture.

  Of course, the definition of
  classic rock has been under contention for years, with some
  people arguing a rock song of any genre merely needs to be 25
  years old to be considered a "classic." Meanwhile, others find
  there's a difference between classic rock, punk rock, pop rock,
  alternative rock, and, well, you get the idea.

  While bands like The Rolling
  Stones and The Doors are often considered to be the fathers of
  classic rock, the fluid lines of what defines a "classic" will
  vary depending on the 
  part of the world you're in. For the sake of this article, the
  definition of classic rock is music created 
  between the 1960s and early
  1980s with an emphasis
  on guitar-focused compositions.

  Though we could list only songs
  like "Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones, "Bohemian Rhapsody" by
  Queen, "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin, and quite literally
  any song by The Beatles, these are some other songs you should
  add the following classic rock songs to your
  must-listen-to-playlist ASAP.

  • Classic rock as a genre is hard to define.
  • We rounded up some classic songs you may not know but should listen to.
  • "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix is underrated.
  • Classic rock is embodied in "L.A. Woman" by The Doors.

Marked by notable guitar riffs and lead singers with plenty of undeniable charisma, classic rock has long been established as a true American classic. In fact, one could argue that classic rock is the staple of American music culture.

Of course, the definition of classic rock has been under contention for years, with some people arguing a rock song of any genre merely needs to be 25 years old to be considered a "classic." Meanwhile, others find there's a difference between classic rock, punk rock, pop rock, alternative rock, and, well, you get the idea.

While bands like The Rolling Stones and The Doors are often considered to be the fathers of classic rock, the fluid lines of what defines a "classic" will vary depending on the part of the world you're in. For the sake of this article, the definition of classic rock is music created between the 1960s and early 1980s with an emphasis on guitar-focused compositions.

Though we could list only songs like "Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones, "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin, and quite literally any song by The Beatles, these are some other songs you should add the following classic rock songs to your must-listen-to-playlist ASAP.

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