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Queen TOPS ‘100 Greatest Rock Songs’ list

British rock group Queen in concert, from left to right; Freddie Mercury (Frederick Bulsara, 1946 – 1991), John Deacon, and Brian May. Original Publication: People Disc – HU0463 (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

The readers of Classic Rock magazine have voted for the “100 Greatest Songs” — with Queen‘s 1975 opus, “Bohemian Rhapsody” coming in at Number One. There weren’t many surprises in the AOR-heavy list, with Led Zeppelin coming in at Number Two with 1971’s “Stairway To Heaven,” and the band placing no less than three tracks in the Top 15.

Coming in at Number Three was Pink Floyd‘s 1979 classic “Comfortably Numb,” Zeppelin back at Number Four with “Kashmir,” and the Top Five rounded out with Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s 1973 extended work-out, “Free Bird.”

The Who squeaked in with “Won’t Get Fooled Again” sitting at the bottom of the Top 10, the Rolling Stones only got as high as Number 14 with “Gimme Shelter,” and the Beatles didn’t placing a single song on the list until “A Day In The Life” came in at Number 20. Among the bands and artists that failed to place a single song in the Top 25 were the Doors, the Allman Brothers Band, Fleetwood Mac, Van Halen, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Bob Seger, U2, Crosby Stills, Nash, & Young, Yes, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

The “Top 25 Greatest Rock Songs” as voted by the readers of Classic Rock magazine

1. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen, 1975
2. “Stairway To Heaven” – Led Zeppelin, 1971
3. “Comfortably Numb” – Pink Floyd, 1979
4. “Kashmir” – Led Zeppelin, 1985
5. “Free Bird” – Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1973
6. “Hotel California” – The Eagles, 1976
7. “Smoke On The Water” – Deep Purple, 1972
8. “Tom Sawyer” – Rush, 1981
9. “Highway To Hell” – AC/DC, 1979
10. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” – The Who, 1971
11. “Whole Lotta Love” – Led Zeppelin, 1979
12. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses, 1987
13. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” – Pink Floyd, 1975
14. “Gimme Shelter” – The Rolling Stones, 1969
15. “All Along The Watchtower” – Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1968
16. “Layla” – Derek & The Dominos, 1970
17. “We Will Rock You” – Queen, 1977
18. “The Boys Are Back In Town” – Thin Lizzy, 1976
19. “War Pigs” – Black Sabbath, 1970
20. “A Day In The Life” – The Beatles, 1967
21. “Whole Lotta Rosie” – AC/DC, 1977
22. “Stargazer” – Rainbow, 1976
23. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult, 1976
24. “More Than A Feeling” – Boston, 1976
25. “Born To Run” – Bruce Springsteen, 1975

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