The Greatest Rock Lyrics of All Time

Announcing an UnCommon contest.  List your top five greatest Rock and Roll Songs of all time (lyrically speaking that is – Sorry Beelzebob that means no La Villa Strangiata) and you may be honored and gifted at the UnCommon Show one year anniversary party.  Submit your picks in the comment section for this post for a chance to win or to simply be heard.  bon chance

I’ll get you all started:

1. Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen performed by Jeff Buckley (thanks Cleaner)

2. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

3. Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who

4. Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

5. The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel

With apologies to Led Zeppelin my favorite band and Elton John my favorite songwriter (and apparantly Rush Limbaugh’s too)  for not making the top 5.

The Parson

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  5. Aaron Mrozik /

    Ya know, i never read the lyrically speaking part. That would have changed my list quite a bit. I was just thinking of great songs. Queensryche still takes the cake, through in some Judas Priest in there too though since it’s a lyrical thing.

  6. Rich Philgren /

    Red Sector A – Rush
    This is not America – David Bowie
    Nobody’s Hero – Rush
    Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
    Coming Back to Life – Pink Floyd

  7. Dave Steiger /

    I love you, Tank Girl!! I dun raised ya right, too, great pics!

    ;^)

    Cleaner…

  8. ZIG-ZAG /

    Wow Dave….. guess I should have asked my Dad for help on this one…. i wasn’t over the age of 2 when any of those were released. I knew I should have went with moldies… I mean oldies

    8^)

  9. lukehamilton /

    (In no particular order..)

    – Stairway to Heaven, Zepplin
    – Hotel California, Eagles
    – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, U2
    – Comfortably Numb, Floyd
    – Blackbird, Beatles
    * (alternate track) – Baba O’Reilly, The Who

    Brother Stage

  10. TankGirl /

    This was definitely a difficult task, but this is what I chose, like it or not, I don’t care, I’m the instrumental type of music lover…

    Led Zeppelin – Kashmir
    Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion
    Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
    Ben Harper – Ground on Down
    Pearl Jam – Jeremy

    but why’s it have to be best lyrical songs, we can’t forget Soul Sacrifice or YYZ, I mean come on…Cleaner, you better know who this is or I will be very disappointed in you.

  11. Aaron Mrozik /

    There have been some good songs selected. Now if only you would play them on the show instead of this terrible hip hop-pity garbage!!!! Here’s my list, though it really is an impossible list. I love so much music, but off the cuff:

    Queensryche- Is There Anybody Listening (Great song listen to it)

    Rainbow (With Dio of course)- The Wizard

    Pantera- No Good/ Attack The Radical

    Skynyrd- Tuesday’s Gone

    Dire Straits- Sultans of Swing

  12. davesteiger /

    This was no easy task, but after much deliberation the Cleaner has spoken, and these are the 5 lyrically greatest rock songs of all time! My picks, with small samples of their greatness so that none may deny:

    #1 – Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven

    And as we wind on down the road
    Our shadows taller than our soul
    There walks a lady we all know
    Who shines white light and wants to show
    How everything still turns to gold
    And if you listen very hard
    The truth will come to you at last
    When all are one and one is all
    ***To be a rock and not to roll***

    #2 – Pink Floyd – Brain Damage

    The lunatic is in my head
    You raise the blade, you make the change
    You re-arrange me ’till I’m sane
    You lock the door
    And throw away the key
    There’s someone in my head but it’s not me.
    And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear
    You shout and no one seems to hear
    And if the band you’re in starts playing different tunes
    ***I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon***

    #3 – Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run

    In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway American dream
    At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines
    Sprung from cages out on highway 9,
    Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin’ out over the line
    Baby this town rips the bones from your back
    It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
    We gotta get out while were young
    ***`cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run***

    #4 – Hotel California – Eagles

    Last thing I remember, I was
    Running for the door
    I had to find the passage back
    To the place I was before
    ’Relax,’ said the night man,
    We are programmed to receive.
    ***You can checkout any time you like,
    But you can never leave!***

    #5 Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

    Came the last night of sadness
    And it was clear she couldn’t go on
    Then the door was open and the wind appeared
    The candles blew then disappeared
    The curtains flew then he appeared…saying don’t be afraid
    Come on baby…and she had no fear
    And she ran to him…then they started to fly
    They looked backward and said goodbye…she had become like they are
    She had taken his hand…she had become like they are
    ***Come on baby…don’t fear the reaper***

    Honorable Mention – My Generation – The Who (Because the Parson took the best one!)

    People try to put us d-down (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
    Just because we g-g-get around (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
    Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
    ***Yeah, I hope I die before I get old (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)***

    This is my generation
    ***This is my generation, baby***

    All can now marvel.

  13. Artskoe /

    Top 5 (in no order) R&R Lyrics

    1. Nights in White Satin – Moody Blues
    2. Pinball Wizard – “Tommy” The Who
    3. Colour My World – Chicago
    4. While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Frampton
    5. Bad to The Bone – George Thorogood

  14. Danny /

    Heres my 5. In no particular order and mainly judgeing by lyrics. Wasn’t easy.

    Foo Fighters- Best of you
    Hoobastank- The Reason
    Pearl Jam- Black
    Alice in Chains- Down in a Hole
    Tool- Parabol/Parabola (yea its two songs but really one long one)

    DANNY

  15. Bobswife /

    American Pie – Don McClean
    Cats in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
    Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
    Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
    Pearl Jam – Alive OR Nirvana – Come As You Are

  16. John Kirkwood /

    Cleaner, Why is it that your posts sound like they were lifted from the villains dialogue of a SpeedRacer script?
    Snake Oiler: “My car is going to blow you away Speed; the Mach 5 is an inferior car … and Trixie should wise up and ride with a real driver.”
    Speed: “Try drinking Decaf Snake”

  17. John Kirkwood /

    Cleaner … Warriors (click, click) Come out and Play …

  18. Pawwly /

    Jethro Tull / Skating away

    Well do you ever get the feeling
    That the story´s too damn real and in the present tense?
    Or that everybody´s on the stage
    And it seems like you´re the only person sitting in the audience?

    Clancy Brothers/Moonshiner
    (Metallica certainly wasnt creative enough to write whiskey in the jar… Whos Molly anyhow?)

    I’m a rambler I’m a gambler
    I’m a long ways from home.
    And if you don’t like me well leave me alone.
    I’ll eat when I’m hungry and I’ll drink when I’m dry,
    And if moonshine don’t kill me I’ll live till I die.

  19. ZIG-ZAG /

    Well here goes….

    Pantera – Walk

    Metallica – Sanitarium

    Megadeath – Sweating bullets

    Suicidal Tendencies – Institutionalized

    Overkill – Toxic waltz

    Nope…. no Air Supply, Zeplin, Hendrix, Beatles, Journey,or Joplin.

    I like metal, always have always will.

    Charlie

  20. Katie /

    *Ahem* Cleaner, are we still waiting for your list to be posted?

    -Katie

  21. Katie /

    Ok, I am far from knowledgable on the best rock lyrics of *All Time* but here is my contribution to this great post!

    Live – I Alone
    Metallica – Enter Sandman
    Foo Fighters – Monkey Wrench
    Superchick – Stand in the Rain
    Creed – Hide

    * Bonus
    Pearl Jam – Black
    Everclear – Wonderful

    Due to the obvious generational gap here you guys are probably gonna rip my list to shreds but, nevertheless…. I’ll go first for those under 35.

    -Katie

  22. BeelzeBob /

    1. Freebird – Lynard Skynard

    2. Hotel California – The Eagles

    3. Hey Jude – The Beatles

    4. Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf

    5. Space Oddity (Major Tom) – David Bowie

  23. Dave Steiger /

    Oh, and pardon my dust, Parson, but Leonard Cohen might be somewhat dismayed at your attribution of Jeff Buckley to his seminal masterpiece, but since Cohen is still around (whereas Jeff Buckley isn’t) perhaps you can ask him directly!

    Heh!

    Oh, I’m going to have fun with you, Brother Burly…!!

    Cleaner…

  24. Dave Steiger /

    *Ahem*

    Your #1 pick is *hardly* a “Rock” song, my list is going to blow yours away, my friend. I told you I had a distinct advantage over you!

    ;^)

    Cleaner…

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