Dream On by Aerosmith
"Dream On" was written by Aerosmith's lead singer Steven Tyler and released in 1973. It was the band's first real hit, and it led to many more.
#10 Layla by Eric Clapton
10.Layla by Eric Clapton/Derek and the Dominoes
"Layla" (the original version, released in 1972) was written by Eric Clapton about a woman that he was in love with—but who was also the wife of one of his friends. Her name wasn't Layla.
#5 Stairway to Heaven by Led Zepplin
Stairway to Heaven by Led Zepplin
Although this song was released in 1968 and, thus, not technically a song the 70s or 80s, it was a huge hit in the 70s, and is just so iconic that it deserves a place on this list. It was the most requested song in the U.S. in the 70s, even though it was never actually released as a single here.
#8 Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
One of Lynyrd Skynyd's first singles, "Free Bird"'s rise to the top followed much the same tempo as the song itself—it started off slow, but eventually gained enough momentum to reach number nineteen on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1975.
#2 Carry on Wayward Son by Kansas
Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas
An anthem for the prodigal son in all of us, "Carry On Wayward Son" was released in 1976 and made it to the 11th
slot on the Billboard Top 100 chart a year later. It has since been used in many television shows and movies, including (once again) the CW's Supernatural
#1 Renegade by Styx
Renegade by Styx
Topping our list of the Top 10 Classic Rock Songs is none other than "Renegade," the fast-paced, blood-pumping, hard-rocking tale of a man on the run from the law. From the initial soul-shaking acapella to the moment the song ends in a flurry of guitar strumming, you'll be hooked. The gig is up, the noose is hung. They've finally found you.
#3 Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
(Don't Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
Released in 1976, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" was Blue Oyster Cult's biggest hit. Who knew that a diddy about death could make such a great sing-along song?
#4 Lonely is the Night by Billy Squier
Lonely is the Night by Billy Squier (1981)
This song was unappreciated in its own time, and never made it onto the Billboard Top 100 list, but has since gained fame for being a playable track in the Guitar Hero video game series, as well as for being featured in such primetime hit television shows such as the CW's Supernatural.
#6 Back in Black by ACDC
Back in Black by ACDC (1980)
"Back in Black" was written as a tribute to the band's former singer, who passed away. The song brought the band much fame, and was recognized as both VH1's number 4 Greatest Metal Song of All Time, and number 2 Greatest Hard Rock Song of All Time.
#7 Wanted: Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi
Wanted: Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi (1987)
This song was one of two others from Bon Jovi's 1987 album, Slippery When Wet, to reach the Top Ten on the Billboard Top 100 chart. It was the first hard rock album to have three top ten hits.