MOJO’s Top 100 Epic Rock Tracks – April 2004.

Well another day, another list. Straight from the horse’s mouth here is Mojo Magazine’s Top 100 Epic Rock Tracks:

“Heroic, uplifting and over-the-top, these tracks
shamelessly embody all three of these admirable
values. The rules for inclusion are simple: one
entry per band and the notion that the track in
question exemplifies musical adventuring as its
boldest and, in some cases, most foolish.
As Freddie would say, Magnifico-o-o-o!”

01 Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
02 Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven
03 The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
04 Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond
05 The Doors – The End
06 Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
07 The Beatles – A Day In The Life
08 Elvis Presley – An American Trilogy
09 Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell
10 Richard Harris – MacArthur Park
11 The Beach Boys – Heroes and villains
12 Don McClean – American Pie
13 Ike and Tina Turner – River Deep, Mountain High
14 Derek and the Dominos – Layla (Pts 1 & II)
15 Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
16 David Bowie – Space Oddity
17 U2 – Bullet – The Blue Sky
18 ELP – Fanfare For The Common Man
19 John Leyton – Johnny Remember Me
20 Kraftwerk – Autobahn
21 Procul Harum – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
22 Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells
23 King Crimson – The Court Of The Crimson King
24 Radiohead – Paranoid Android
25 Bruce Springsteen – Jungleland
26 The Shangri-Las – Past, Present And Future
27 The Walker Brothers – The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore
28 Yes – The Gates Of Delirium
29 Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick
30 Prince – Purple Rain
31 Wings – Live And Let Die
32 Lynyrd Skynyrd – Freebird
33 Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life
34 The Velvet Underground – Sister Ray
35 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome To The Pleasuredome
36 Can – Mother Sky
37 Oasis – Champagne Supernova
38 Thin Lizzy – Roisin Dubh (Black Rose) Rock Legend
39 The Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)
40 Joy Division – Decades
41 Rush – Xanadu
42 Genesis – Supper’s Ready
43 The Who – Baba O’Reilly
44 Eric Carmen – All By Myself
45 Klaatu – Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Caft
46 Deep Purple – Child In Time
47 Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
48 Freddie Mercury And Montserrat Caballe – Barcelona
49 Alice Cooper – Halo Of Files
50 Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear The Reaper
51 Guns N’Roses – November Rain
52 The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
53 Lou Reed – Street Hassle
54 Ultravox – Vienna
55 The Nice – The Cry Of Eugene
56 Pulp – Common People
57 the Electric Prunes – Holy Are You
58 Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – The Carny
59 Primal Scream – Higher Than The Sun
60 Scott Walker – Such A Small Love
61 Mountain – Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin)
62 Fairport Convention – Tam Lin
63 The Eagles – Journey Of The Sorcerer
64 Gordon Lightfoot – The Wreck Of Edmund Fitzgerald
65 Rainbow – Stargazer
66 Leonard Cohen – Memories
67 The LA’s – The Looking Glass
68 Supertramp – Fool’s Overture
69 The Monkees – Randy Scouse Git
70 Sonic Youth – Tunic (Song For Karen)
71 The Stone Roes – Breaking Into Heaven
72 Roy Harper – The Lord’s Prayer
74 McAlmont & Butler – Yes
75 Greateful Dead – Dark Star
76 Klaus Schulze – Friedrich Nietzsche
77 David McWilliams – The Days Of Pearly Spencer
78 Julian Cope – Safesurfer
79 Buffalo Springfield – Broken Arrow
80 Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-De-Vida
81 Alex Harvey – Isobel Goudie
82 Flowered Up – Weekender
83 David Gates – Suite: Clouds, Rain
84 Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
85 The Bevis Frond – Tangerine Infringement Break
86 Spiritualized – Don’t Just Do Something
87 ELO – Eldorado Overture
88 Spock’s Beard – The Healing Colors Of Sound
89 Iron Maiden- Rime Of The Ancient Mariner
90 Patti Smith – Land
91 Kiss – Odyssey
92 Aphrodite’s Child – The Four Horsemen
93 Metallica – One
94 Dexy’s Midnight Runners – This Is What She’s Like
95 John Miles – Music
96 British Sea Power – Lately
97 Bob Dylan – Hurricane
98 Billy Joel – Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
99 Diamond Head – Am I Evil
100 Damien Rice – Eskimo

This is a tough one to digest so I’m going to give myself a few days. Some I agree with, some I don’t even know so read it and tell me what you think. I know for one that I would never have a list with Billy Joel on it but hey, that’s just me.
Later.

3 Comments

  1. i think its a big mistake to put Iron Maiden’s “rime of the ancient mariner” so low on the list!! its a 13 minute rock fest by the one ultimate metal gods!

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