What Are Some of the Best Classic Rock Songs?


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Some of the best classic rock songs of all time are "Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones, "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey and "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith. Each song achieved critical and commercial success.

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"Gimme Shelter," released in 1969, opened The Rolling Stones' album "Let It Bleed." Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote the song, which Jagger says refers to the end of the world. The group added a guest vocalist on the song, Merry Clayton, after a producer suggested it needed a female's voice. After recording her vocals and returning home, Clayton suffered a miscarriage, possibly caused by exertion from singing.

"Don't Stop Believin'" was released on Journey's 1981 album "Escape." Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry and Neal Schon wrote the track, which has a structure different from many popular songs. Instead of a chorus repeated multiple times, the chorus for "Don't Stop Believin'" only occurs once towards the end of the song. Several films and television shows, including "Monster," "Rock of Ages" and "The Sopranos,? featured the song on their soundtracks.

Released in 1975, ?Sweet Emotion? is a track on Aerosmith's album "Toys in the Attic." Steven Tyler wrote the song, motivated in part by his frustrations with the band's drug use, which was causing tension within the group.

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