The Big Guns (100 – 11)

Of course, an FM radio station doesn’t decide what are the best songs…you do. This isn’t a chart of the best-selling singles either. Our purpose is to simply compile a list of songs that we think changed the lives of countless people.

So, before revealing the big guns, take note that a) you’ve probably heard all of these before b) if the tune has made it this far, it’s pretty damn good and c) if we left it off, it’s not because we think it sucks.

11 THE BEATLES Hey Jude
12 AC/DC Back in Black

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13 AEROSMITH Dream On
14 LED ZEPPELIN Kashmir
15 THE EAGLES Hotel California
16 THE WHO Baba O’Riley
17 JIMI HENDRIX All Along the Watchtower
18 THE ROLLING STONES You Can’t Always Get What You Want
19 VAN HALEN Eruption/You Really Got Me
20 PINK FLOYD Money
21 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Born to Run
22 THE BEATLES Come Together
23 LED ZEPPELIN Whole Lotta Love
24 AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long
25 BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD For What It’s Worth
26 THE DOORS Riders on the Storm
27 THE ROLLING STONES Sympathy for the Devil
28 THE WHO Behind Blue Eyes
29 HEART Magic Man
30 THE EAGLES Life in the Fast Lane
31 ZZ TOP La Grange
32 DAVID BOWIE Space Oddity

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33 LED ZEPPELIN Black Dog
34 CCR Bad Moon Rising
35 QUEEN Bohemian Rhapsody
36 THE BEATLES While My Guitar Gently Weeps
37 THE ANIMALS House of the Rising Sun
38 KANSAS Carry On Wayward Son
39 RUSH Tom Sawyer
40 LYNYRD SKYNYRD Sweet Home Alabama
41 THE ROLLING STONES Honky Tonk Woman
42 FLEETWOOD MAC The Chain
43 ZZ TOP Tush
44 STEELY DAN Do It Again
45 THE BEATLES Let It Be
46 BLUE OYSTER CULT Don’t Fear the Reaper
47 THE DOORS Break On Through
48 AEROSMITH Sweet Emotion
49 TOM PETTY Breakdown
50 YES I’ve Seen All Good People
51 LED ZEPPELIN Immigrant Song
52 STEPPENWOLF Magic Carpet Ride
53 TEN YEARS AFTER I’d Love to Change the World
54 DIRE STRAITS Money for Nothing
55 STEVE MILLER The Joker
56 SUPERTRAMP The Logical Song

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57 JOURNEY Wheel in the Sky
58 CCR Have You Ever Seen the Rain
59 DON MCLEAN American Pie
60 JOHN LENNON Imagine
61 FREE All Right Now
62 MANFRED MANN Blinded by the Light
63 THE GUESS WHO American Woman
64 NEIL YOUNG Heart of Gold
65 THE POLICE Don’t Stand So Close to Me
66 OZZY OSBOURNE Crazy Train
67 THE EAGLES Peaceful Easy Feeling
68 PHIL COLLINS In the Air Tonight
69 LED ZEPPELIN Ramble On
70 ERIC CLAPTON Cocaine (Live)
71 THE WHO My Generation
72 STYX Come Sail Away
73 THE BEATLES Paperback Writer
74 BLUE OYSTER CULT Burnin’ For You
75 ELTON JOHN Rocket Man
76 SCORPIONS Rock You Like a Hurricane
77 GOLDEN EARRING Twilight Zone
78 THE DOOBIE BROTHERS Black Water
79 PINK FLOYD Time
80 SUPERTRAMP Take the Long Way Home
81 CREAM White Room
82 U2 With or Without You

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83 ZZ TOP Gimme All Your Lovin’
84 THE EAGLES Already Gone
85 THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND Can’t You See
86 FLEETWOOD MAC Gold Dust Woman
87 EDGAR WINTER Frankenstein
88 GUNS N’ ROSES Sweet Child O’ Mine
89 CCR Down on the Corner
90 HEART Crazy On You
91 VAN HALEN Runnin’ With the Devil
92 JETHRO TULL Aqualung
93 AEROSMITH Walk This Way
94 JIMI HENDRIX Hey Joe
95 THE ZOMBIES Time of the Season
96 EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Karn Evil 9

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97 ELTON JOHN Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
98 RUSH Limelight
99 KISS Rock and Roll All Nite
100 THE KINGSMEN Louie Louie

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