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    This is a really tough question and (arguably) it is next to impossible to come up with ONE song that stands out as being the single greatest rock and roll song of all time. There are so many things to consider to even put ONE song in such a category.

    I guess I base my decision on the importance of the song, the influence the song had on others, the popularity of the song, and whether the song has stood the test of time and holds up as a viable piece of rock and roll music after all these years.

    It's a tough call but if I had to pick ONE Rock and Roll song that truly deserves to be considered the greatest, for all the above things mentioned it would be............

    JOHNNY B GOODE / Chuck Berry

    DAMN, this song is so simple yet it created such a stir when it came out and provoked so much reaction (both negative, from the "old guard" at the time, and positive, from the youth of the day)

    This song had SO MUCH influence on everyone from Elvis Presley, to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, all the way through.. Name a band that has a guitar player in it and I guarantee you will find SOME influnce from this Chuck Berry masterpiece!!

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    IMO Yankee Rose by David Lee Roth is the greatest song of all time! Everything in that song is awesome, great talking guitar intro by Steve Vai, really cool lyrics by Dave, great harmonies, great solo, great bass playing by Billy Sheehan. But most importantly it rocks hard! [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]
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    This is a tough question but I'll be glad to stick my two cents in. For me, it's "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who. Between the keyboards sounds, the 'controlled-recklessness' of Keith Moon on the drums, the vocals by Roger Daltrey, the foundation laid down by John Entwistle and the driving guitar playing of Pete Townshend, this song has it all for me.
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    A lot of people say Stairway to Heaven. I'm sure that I agree. VH1 says it's Satisfaction, and I surely don't agree on that one.

    My personal choice, well, I can't make a decision yet.
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    Originally posted by YankeeRose:
    IMO Yankee Rose by David Lee Roth is the greatest song of all time! Everything in that song is awesome, great talking guitar intro by Steve Vai, really cool lyrics by Dave, great harmonies, great solo, great bass playing by Billy Sheehan. But most importantly it rocks hard! [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]
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    Originally posted by xaminer:
    A lot of people say Stairway to Heaven. I'm sure that I agree. VH1 says it's Satisfaction, and I surely don't agree on that one.

    My personal choice, well, I can't make a decision yet.
    I'd have to go with Satisfaction, even tho I like other songs of their's more. For 1964, it was groundbreaking. And the influences it created for generations are undeniable.

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    Stairway, COME ON! You guys know this is always the #1 song on all those cheezey "Firecracker 500" count downs on the 4th of July on your local rock stations
    Plstrcast everywhere else, Smudge NYC here.. so kiss my arse!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/smudgenyc" target="_blank">http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/smudgenyc</a>

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    Originally posted by Dan Halen:
    You can't beat Stairway To Heaven.
    Yeah as far as rock songs go, this one takes the cake. With Big Bad Bill coming in a close 2nd [img]tongue.gif[/img]
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    You mean to tell me, that on a Van Halen message board, no one has picked "Unchained" yet?!

    Allow me to now correct that most egregious of errors...

    Un-fuckin-CHAINED!!!

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    Originally posted by SMUDGE NYC:
    Stairway, COME ON! You guys know this is always the #1 song on all those cheezey "Firecracker 500" count downs on the 4th of July on your local rock stations
    Nah, I never listen to those countdowns. I remember one year AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long" was #1 here on KSHE 95. Ugh. [img]graemlins/irked.gif[/img]

    I agree, it's something that cannot be decided. Besides my pick, I think Stairway and Johnny B. Goode are also "deserving".
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