When people first hear about my taste in music, I’m often told I was born in the wrong generation.
While being born around 1950 (as my father was) and experiencing this music fresh in my teens and 20s would’ve been awesome, it’s great that it’s all at my fingertips now.
And while I prefer vinyl over all else, you can never go wrong with an awesome Spotify Playlist. Here are five of the best classic rock ones out there…
Acoustic Classic Rock (user: julesrobinson)
The word ‘acoustic’ doesn’t immediately come to mind when thinking of classic rock, but the era produced a few mainly acoustic acts – such as Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills, and Nash (featured here).
But even Led Zeppelin, one of the most kickass bands ever, stripped things down every now and then. The classic Going To California is here, as is Over The Hills And Far Away and more.
Also included are lesser-known but revered songwriters such as Harry Chapin and Jim Croce, as well as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne and others.
Classic Rock Workout (user: dannyschwartz25)
If you’re heading to the gym, working out at home, or just want something to amp you up, this playlist is for you.
I’ll admit, though, that the presence of songs from the Rocky IV soundtrack is what first attracted me to this playlist. But it’s awesome.
Also included are songs from Queen, Journey, Boston, Van Halen, BTO, Aerosmith and more.
One of the highlights here is the Beastie Boys’ Fight For Your Right, which is technically rap, but has classic rock elements. Just a great inclusion.
Classic Rock Greatest Hits (user: Scott Pruden)
I couldn’t possibly write this article without including a playlist that has tons of songs from the Beatles, and this one has over 60 of them – roughly a quarter of the bands’ catalogue.
The Beatles tracks here run the gamut, from their early Beatlemania days to the much more involved tracks on the Abbey Road LP.
While I’m going on about the Beatles, check out ten of their most under appreciated tracks.
Other highlights of this playlist include plenty of songs from The Band (whose members don’t always get their due), Billy Joel, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison and Badfinger – whose last surviving member, Joey Molland, performed at The Fest For Beatles Fans a few weeks ago in Chicago.
Classic Rock Road Trip (user: Daniel Fanaroff)
When I think of road trips and the summer, The Eagles are the band that comes to mind. And lots of their classics, such as Hotel California, Peaceful Easy Feeling and Tequila Sunrise are included here.
Another one of my favorite tunes – Into The Mystic by Van Morrison – is the first song on this playlist.
Also included here are tracks from Bruce Springsteen (whose storytelling style fits perfectly), AC/DC, The Allman Brothers, Cream, Tom Petty and more.
Classic Rock (user: Filtr Finland)
This article couldn’t possibly be complete without tracks from Jimi Hendrix, whose All Along The Watchtower and Foxey Lady can be found here.
The amazing and oft-overlooked ELO also has three tracks here, including the incredible Mr. Blue Sky.
Rounding this playlist out are songs from Lou Reed, The Romantics and Santana – whose set at Woodstock is one of the best things you’ll ever see.