When you’re done voting for the future of your community today, come on back here and vote in our Best Rock Song. Ever. Poll. Why? What better way to celebrate the announcement that the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Lord’s own mix tape, will be released at the end of this month in its original cassette tape form. As Star Lord would say: You’re welcome.
Back in college I remember getting harassed by a neighbor for making a mix tape. His logic? “An album is a work of art, meant to be heard as a whole.” Yeah, right. Flash forward to the 21st century. It’s not so easy to find someone who doesn’t have all their faves on their iPod or similar digital device.
So what songs are on your mix tape? How about a Best Rock Ever tape? Can we all just agree on at least one song to make the cut?
In honor of Guardians of the Galaxy going Old School with its to-be-released cassette tape and this thing today called Election Day, we offer up this poll to find the single Best Rock Song. Ever. Did we include all the best songs to choose from?
Mix tapes are personal things and say as much about a person as their favorite movies or books. I came across my own mix tape from the late 1980s this weekend. Titled on the cassette “EVERYTHING,” it has A-ha’s “Take on Me,” Phil Collins’ “Sussudio,” Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al,” The Travelling Wilburys’ “Poor House,” George Harrison’s “I Got My Mind Set on You,” Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Billy Joel’s “My Life,” The Beach Boys’ “Kokomo,” America’s “Horse With No Name,” Toto’s “Africa,” and the Eagles’ “Take it Easy.”
Most “best of” lists on the Web carve up their lists by decade or some other division. For today’s Best Rock Song. Ever. Poll, we simply pulled out a few dozen of the best tunes by big singers and big bands, from Chuck Berry to Daft Punk. We also included some songs we wouldn’t think would make the cut just to give them a shot at the prize. So groan, wince, or roll your eyebrows as you’d like. If you don’t like these picks, add your own in the comments. We dare you.
Vote early and often (actually just once, please). If our Best Bond Girl poll is any indication, we’re thinking our reader base will pick one of the classic rock tunes to take #1.