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Top 10 Positive and Uplifting Classic Rock Songs of All Time

There are so many great classic rock tunes! How do you narrow them down to the top 10 positive and uplifting classic rock songs of all times? Unfortunately they can’t all make the list.

In fact, here are a few honorable mentions that come to my mind…

  • Here Comes the Sun – George Harrison
  • Dream On – Aerosmith
  • It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
  • Roll With It – Steve Winwood
  • Imagine – John Lennon
  • Believer – Ozzy Osbourne
  • Running Down a Dream – Tom Petty

For now, please enjoy this list, and let me know what you think in the comments below…

10. Don’t Stop (Fleetwood Mac)

The 4th track on Fleetwood Mac’s album Rumours, released in 1977.

“Don’t Stop” reflects Christine McVie’s feelings after her separation from Fleetwood Mac’s bass guitarist, John McVie, after eight years of marriage. “‘Don’t Stop’ was just a feeling. It just seemed to be a pleasant revelation to have that ‘yesterday’s gone’,” she remembers in The Fleetwood Mac Story: Rumours and Lies, “It might have, I guess, been directed more toward John, but I’m just definitely not a pessimist.” (emphasis mine)

Wikipedia

09. Carry On Wayward Son (Kansas)

Edging out Tom Petty’s song Running Down a Dream in an online poll, Carry On Wayward Son is the opening track on Kansas’ album Leftoverture, released in 1976.  

08. Right Now (Van Halen)

The 9th track on Van Halen’s album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, released in 1991.

“The song reflects on living for the moment and not being afraid of making a change.”

Wikipedia

07. Don’t Look Back (Boston)

Don’t Look Back is the title track from Boston’s second studio album, released in 1978

06. I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty)

I Won’t Back Down is the 2nd track on Tom Petty’s album Full Moon Fever, released in 1989. 

05. Good Times Roll (The Cars)

Not bad for a band’s first release. Good Times Roll is the first track on The Cars’ debut album, The Cars, released in 1978.

04. I Just Want to Celebrate (Rare Earth)

I Just Want to Celebrate is the 4th track, or the last track on side A, of Rare Earth’s album One World, released in 1971.

03. Fight the Good Fight (Triumph)

Fight the Good Fight is the 6th track on Triumph’s fifth studio album entitled Allied Forces, released in 1981. 

02. Eye of the Tiger (Survivor)

Eye of the Tiger, the theme song from Rocky III, is the title track from Survivor’s third album, released in 1982.

01. We Are the Champions (Queen)

We Are the Champions is the 2nd track, usually played together with the 1st track We Will Rock You, on Queen’s album News of the World, released in 1977.

Listen to the entire playlist

These top 10 songs, along with more positive classic rock hits are a part of my Positive Classic Rock playlist on YouTube. While you’re there, please take a second to subscribe to my channel. Thanks, and enjoy! 

1 comment

  1. Nostalgia. These songs take me back to my youth. Listened to them when I was in high school. I really liked Tears for Fears and anything Bon Jovi. Then I moved into jazz-fusion, not really understanding what I was listening to, but liking the sound. I was such a Classical music lover playing with the orchestra and all. I didn’t realize then that I would one day have a son who would cover and play most of these styles, having first been inspired by Kenny Loggins, Hall & Oates, and Queen. To think, back then – jazz-fusion coupled with soul… But yea. Now I hear all of it and everything in-between, in my son’s music.

    Thanks for these memories!

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