There are loads of rock songs worthy of raising your fist and punching it through the air. Even if you don’t know the words, you’ll probably be banging your head and playing air guitar the moment they come on the radio. Some of these legendary songs have even become somewhat of an anthem — complete with energy and passion. We’ve put together a short list of tunes that have graced our lives (and ears) over the decades.
My Generation — The Who (1965)
This song may as well be considered one of the great rock songs of all time. “My Generation” became a song for the youth of the 60s to glorify, no matter which side of the country you were on! Interestingly enough, it has become one of the most covered songs in rock history. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise; after all, teen angst is intergenerational.
Born to Be Wild — Steppenwolf (1968)
This timeless anthem is one of rebellion and freedom. “Born to Be Wild” was featured in the cult classic, “Easy Rider,” and instantly became famous in biker culture. For some, it is considered a heavy metal song, and that may be because the term “heavy metal” is sung in the song. When we hear it, we imagine the open roads and a cool summer breeze.
American Pie — Don McLean (1971)
There’s a good chance most of you know this song, but don’t know who sings it. McLean never really managed to make his way into becoming a household musical name, but his song about “the day the music died,” is one of the most notable songs of all-time. To this day, the song is considered an influential rock classic, an ode to Americana.
Free Bird — Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)
No matter what kind of music you’re into, “Free Bird” is probably one of your favorite jams. The song is synonymous with Skynyrd and is a real example of freedom. The song is 9:08 minutes on the album version, and every time it comes on, we get emotional — no matter how many times we’ve heard it.
Rock and Roll All Nite — Kiss (1975)
There is no doubt that this is Kiss’s most well-known piece. Whether you’re into punk, pop, or rap, this song is easily recognizable and one you’ll probably sing along to.