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Rock n Roll through the decades

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    50 years of Rock n' Roll

  • Elvis Preseley - " Jailhouse Rock "

    Elvis Preseley - " Jailhouse Rock "
  • Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin

    Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
    Stairway To Heaven is a very popular song by a famous, and well-loved band Led Zeppelin in the 1950s, they're a UK rock band. Stairway To Heaven was released in 1971 and was one of many smash hits. Led Zeppelin has been a band since 1968.
  • Killer Queen - Queen

    Killer Queen - Queen
    Killer Queen is 3rd out of Queen's 8 smash hits in the '90s, Queen is famous for many songs but thanks to Freddie Mercury who made the band well known. Freddie wrote killer queen to about someone that captivates the audience as they walk into the room, Queen was formed in 1970, also three of the members have unfortunately passed away and one of them was Freddie who suffered from aids but the rest of the member who still live on carrying the legacy of Queen.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

    Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
    Bohemian Rhapsody is #1st out of Queen's top smash hits, Queen is a UK band that was formed in 1970. Bohemian Rhapsody Queen states is about a young male who killed someone and "sold his soul to the devil".
  • T. N. T - ACDC

    T. N. T - ACDC
    T. N. T by ACDC is a 3rd ranked top smash of all time for this band. The song's title is a reference to the explosive chemical TNT. A slightly modified line from the song, "Lock up your daughters", was used as the title of AC/DC's first headlining tour of Great Britain in 1976 after the band's move from Melbourne, Australia, to London, earlier that year.
  • Am i ever gonna see your face again? - the angles

    Am i ever gonna see your face again? - the angles
    Am i ever gonna see your face again? by the angels is No. 1 on there top 10 list, the back story to the song what most people don't know is the tragic tale behind The Angels classic “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again”. Speaking from a Sydney hospital where he was recovering from treatment for a brain tumour, Angels frontman Doc Neeson said the song was actually about grief and loss.
  • April Sun In Cuba - Dragon

    April Sun In Cuba - Dragon
    The members of rock band Dragon lived the stereotypical rock 'n' roll lifestyle. After finding success in Australia from 1976, they overindulged in drugs and alcohol, trashed hotel rooms and crashed cars. Two band members died from drug overdoses, including Paul Hewson, who co-wrote 'April Sun in Cuba' (1977) with singer Marc Hunter. The song reached number two on the Australian music charts and number nine in New Zealand.
  • We Will Rock You - Queen

    We Will Rock You  - Queen
    Queen's we will rock you and we are the champions were made around the same time, both of these songs were made because queen saw after they did a gig at a pub in 1977 that at the end of the show the crowd started to sing the famous and classic football anthem You'll never walk alone and Queen was astonished so they wrote both these songs to get the crowd on tour to contribute and join in.
  • Don't Stop Me Now - Queen

    Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
    Freddie Mercury wrote Don't stop me now for Queen's 1978 jazz album, the song begins with Mercury's piano playing with the rest of the band following in, The song is also about a man intent on having a wild night out in any and every way he can think of and inviting the rest of us to come along for the ride.
  • Old Time Rock n' Roll - Bob Seger

    Old Time Rock n' Roll - Bob Seger
    Old Time Rock n' Roll by Bob Seger was a later addition to his album sessions, Released as a single in March 1979, this song was in most of Seger's live shows as part of a line of smash hits and top singles and it took on a whole other life onstage as google states
  • Highway To Hell - ACDC

    Highway To Hell - ACDC
    "Highway to Hell" was the nickname for the Canning Highway in Australia. It runs from where lead singer Bon Scott lived in Fremantle and ends at a pub/bar called The Raffles, which was a big rock 'n roll drinking hole in the '70 and its ACDC's #6 song for their smash hits
  • I See Red - Split Enz

    I See Red - Split Enz
  • Good Times - Jimmy Barnes

    Good Times - Jimmy Barnes
    Jimmy Barnes a former member of cold chisel song good times is #5 in his top smash singles
  • Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd

    Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd
    Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd was written by Roger Waters, and its backstory is how he views school and formal education, which were framed during his time at Cmabridgeshie School For Boys, the bricks in the wall are meant to represent events in his life which pushed to build this proverbial wall around him and "another brick in the wall " was meant to revolve around his school teacher making it seem as another problem to add to his list.
  • You ShooK Me All Night Long - ACDC

    You ShooK Me All Night Long - ACDC
    Some say the band has been writing the same song - about sex, drinking, and damnation - over and over for the past 40 years. Whatever they did, it worked. Some of the band's top hits include Highway to Hell, You Shook Me All Night Long, Hell's Bells, and Back in Black.
  • Back In Black - ACDC

    Back In Black - ACDC
    With more than 50 million units shifted, it is the biggest selling rock album of all time. it is also the greatest hard rock record ever made. It was the album that turned AC/DC into superstars, what Back In Black represents on a human level, for AC/DC’s greatest success followed their darkest hour: the death of their singer Bon Scott. Most bands would have been broken by such a loss. But with Back In Black - “our tribute to Bon,” as lead guitarist, Angus Young called it
  • Eye Of The Tiger - Survior

    Eye Of The Tiger - Survior
    The title track of Survivor’s third album became the biggest hit song of 1982. Eye Of The Tiger topped the US singles chart for seven straight weeks, and brought the melodic hard rock band from Chicago a Grammy and an Oscar nomination.
  • Should I Stay Or Should I Go? - The Clash

    Should I Stay Or Should I Go? - The Clash
    should I stay or should I go by the clash is a very well known song to many people around the globe, its one of many top hits from this band
  • Here I Go Again - Whitesnake

    Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
    Bernie Marsden co-founded Whitesnake in the late ’70s with former Deep Purple members David Coverdale (vocals) and Jon Lord (keyboards), and the band had a solid following with hard rock fans through the early ’80s. He co-wrote a number of the band’s best songs, including “Fool for Your Loving” and “Walking in the Shadow of the Blues” before leaving the band in 1982. That was “Here I Go Again.
  • Holiday - Green Day

    Holiday - Green Day
    this song is about a guy who left home, He's speaking out loud and acting in vain, but it seems like he's talking himself into believing that running away was the right thing to do, explaining his reasons for discontent to himself. He still feels alone and shunned from society, but it seems he feels a little more self-confidence and happiness out on the road. It's Jesus of Suburbia yelling out and expressing his own dead beliefs onto the world. Like screaming into mid-air.
  • Summer Of 69' - Bryan Adams

    Summer Of 69' - Bryan Adams
    The Summer of '69 is one of the best songs of Bryan Adams from his fourth album, Reckless (1984). It was a very simple song about looking back on the summertime and making love. It was all about his golden memories with his friends.
  • We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister

    We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
    This is the mighty anthem for anyone lashing out at an authority figure and ready to put up a fight. The song is short on specifics, so it can apply to just about any situation where "we" are battling "the powers that be." This all-purpose approach was intentional and gave the song a timeless quality.
  • Working Class Man - Jimmey Barnes, David Nicholas

    Working Class Man - Jimmey Barnes, David Nicholas
    Working-class man: From his working-class origins Jimmy Barnes spoke to a nation. At 16-years-old Jimmy left home and joined a band with a few mates at an apple orchard in Kentucky – that band was Cold Chisel. For eight months the band practised relentlessly just forty minutes out of Armidale. The working-class man song was meant to represent how much effort the band and jimmy Barnes put into his music and work
  • You Give Love A Bad Name - bon jovi

    You Give Love A Bad Name - bon jovi
    That's the scene songwriter Desmond Child walked into when he met up with Bon Jovi and Sambora to try to write a hit. He had a killer title in his back pocket: "You Give Love a Bad Name." Inspiration struck fast, and soon the three had created what would become the band's first chart-topping hit in 1986. Child recalled the "Story Behind the Song" in a conversation with Bart Herbison of Nashville Songwriters Association International.
  • Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

    Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
    Let's pretend for a moment that you're not familiar with Bon Jovi's "Livin' On a Prayer." The 1986 rock anthem a No. 1 hit that went on to become the band's signature song tells the tale of Tommy and Gina, a working-class couple who struggle to make ends meet and vow to "hold on to what we've got."Bandmates Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora also were coming from a scrappy background as they met with their "Prayer" co-writer, master pop smith Desmond Child.
  • Welcome To The Jungle - Guns n' Roses

    Welcome To The Jungle - Guns n' Roses
    This song is about Los Angeles. It exposes the dark side of the city many people encounter when they go there to pursue fame. ... They explained that a famous lyrics from this song originated when Axl Rose spent a night in a Queens schoolyard before joining the band. Said Rose: "This black guy said, 'You're in the jungle!
  • Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns n' Roses

    Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns n' Roses
    Lead singer Axl Rose was listening to the musicians upstairs in his room and was inspired to write lyrics, which he completed by the following afternoon. He based it on his girlfriend Erin Everly, and declared that Lynyrd Skynyrd served as an inspiration "to make sure that we'd got that heartfelt feeling".
  • Run to Paradise - choirboys

    Run to Paradise - choirboys
    Singer Mark Gable, who co-wrote Run To Paradise with the band’s original guitarist, Brad Carr, begs to differ. “It’s not specifically about heroin,” Gable says. “It’s more about misspent youth, the waste I saw in the ’70s on the northern beaches of Sydney. It’s more about being on the dole, surfing instead of working, smoking dope and drinking, ­people getting trashed in pubs on the weekend.”
  • Thunderstruck - ACDC

    Thunderstruck - ACDC
    The opening track from 'The Razor's Edge' (1990) was inspired by a near-death experience. Guitarist Angus Young was travelling in a plane that got caught in a violent thunderstorm. The terror he experienced inspired the song title.
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

    Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
    Supposedly, the name came from graffiti Kathleen Hanna of the band Bikini Kill once wrote on the wall of lead singer Kurt Cobain's hotel room. She wrote “Kurt smells like Teen Spirit” in reference to a deodorant brand that Cobain's girlfriend at the time wore.
  • It's My Life - Bon Jovi

    It's My Life - Bon Jovi
    This was Bon Jovi's first release since 1995. Jon Bon Jovi released a solo album in 1997, It was the first single from the album. The line "For Tommy and Gina, who never backed down," is a reference to their 1986 hit "Livin' On A Prayer," which featured Tommy and Gina as young people trying to get by in tough times. The line "Like Frankie Said, I did it my way" is a reference to Frank Sinatra, who sang "My Way." Sinatra was from New Jersey, just like Bon Jovi.
  • Sk8ter Boi - Avril Lavigne

    Sk8ter Boi - Avril Lavigne
    Most of Avril's songs from this era were about real-life situations culled from her personal experience. In this song, it is apparent that the Sk8er Boi is in fact Avril herself, and she has merely swapped the gender to hide the fact that the Sk8er Boi's experience is hers.
  • In The End - Linkin Park

    In The End - Linkin Park
    “At the time, There was a place that was calling itself a reading centre, to teach you how to read, but all of the books were Scientology books, which is really kind of dark,” he explained. we were working on our show and our songs there. And I decided to stay overnight in that building, and I wrote ‘In The End’. “There’s a weird battle with hopelessness and the ephemeral nature of time and our lives that the song is really about,” - mike shinoda
  • Seven Nation Army - The White Strips

    Seven Nation Army - The White Strips
    The title of the song originates from what Jack White thought the Salvation Army was called when he was a child.“jack didn't have lyrics for it until later on and He was just calling it 'Seven Nation Army' that's what he used to call the Salvation Army when he was a kid.
  • American Idiot - Green Day

    American Idiot - Green Day
    Despite the song taking place during Bush's reign, Armstrong says it wasn't just about the 43rd President, telling The Spin: "I would never think of American Idiot as being about the Bush administration specifically."It’s about the confusion of where we’re at right now.”The track was written under the presidency of George W. Bush, who led America into the Iraq War following the 9/11 terrorist attack.
  • Mr Brightside - The Killers

    Mr Brightside - The Killers
    Brightside” is actually the first song the band ever wrote. The song is inspired by a real-life girlfriend of Brandon Flowers' who cheated on him. In an interview with Q Magazine in 2009, Brandon Flowers elaborated that he caught his girlfriend cheating in the Crown & Anchor Pub in Las Vegas.
  • Boulevard Of Broken Dreams - Green Day

    Boulevard Of Broken Dreams - Green Day
    Armstrong felt the song fit nicely with the album's storyline, which is about "going away and getting the hell out, while at the same time fighting their own inner demons." The song's concept is from a Gottfried Helnwein painting of James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley sitting in an all-night.
  • White Noise - The Living End

    White Noise - The Living End
    The Living End is a prolific band. They have released an album, on average, every two years since their hugely successful self-titled debut in 1998, despite all the ups and downs life has thrown at them including frontman Chris Cheney's involvement in a serious car crash in 2001. However, in 2006, It was now 2008, and Cheney's lack of enthusiasm has been rekindled with White Noise, the Living End's fifth studio album, one that screams â band in transition.'