Q104.3, one of my favorite classic rock radio stations, has this great annual tradition for Thanksgiving, where they ask their listeners to submit their picks for their 10 favorite rock songs. Then they tabulate all the votes and voila – out comes a list with the 1,043 greatest classic rock songs of all time, ranked in the order of popularity. Q104.3 then plays the entire list from No. 1,043 all the way to No. 1.
1,043 rock songs mean many hours of great rock music. In order to play all these tunes, Q104.3 needs to start the countdown the day before Thanksgiving at 1:00 pm ET and go all the way to Sunday evening – a fantastic listening experience for any rock fan! It’s also a nice break from listening to the 50 or so songs they tend to play all the time – just like most other radio stations do!
As regular listeners know, Q104.3’s DJs are big fans of Led Zeppelin. They frequently play Zeppelin songs and one of their DJs, Carol Miller, has a recurring segment called Get the Led Out – not to be confused with the terrific American Led Zeppelin cover band Let the Led Out.
Q104.3 has done the above list and countdown for many years. From what I understand, each year Stairway to Heaven has been No. 1. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a fan of Led Zeppelin, and there is no doubt Stairway is one of the greatest rock songs to this day. I’m also not suggesting the station’s voting system is somehow rigged. That being said, I think it would be nice if another song would get the top spot this year.
While I find it almost impossible to select the Top 10 songs, following are my picks for this year. And, yes, wouldn’t it be nice to stir up the pot a little?
- Carry On Wayward Son (Kansas)
- Tush (ZZ Top)
- Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin)
- Midnight Rider (The Allman Brothers Band)
- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Beatles)
- Won’t Get Fooled Again (The Who)
- Layla (Derek & The Dominoes)
- Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
- Whiskey, Beer & Wine (Buddy Guy)
- Like a Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan)
You might say, ‘no Rolling Stones?!’ Where’s the Boss?? And how about Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen? I like all of them, and they would be great choices. But you only get to pick 10 songs, which is really hard!
Anyway, this is my list for this year. If you like to submit your own choices, you can do so here. Happy voting but most of all, happy listening!