A recent Rock Radio 106.1 (UK) poll compiled the top 500 rock tracks of all time from the votes of thousands of Rock Radio listeners. Fans put Metallica at the top spot with Enter Sandman ahead of AC/DC (Back in Black) and Led Zeppelin (Stairway to Heaven). Other acts to feature prominently are Guns N’ Roses (Sweet Child o’ Mine, November Rain), Motorhead (Ace of Spades), Lynard Skynard (Freebird) and Pink Floyd (Comfortably Numb).
The top 10 looks like this:
1 Enter Sandman – Metallica
2 Back in Black – AC/DC
3 Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
4 Freebird – Lynyrd Skynyrd
5 Sweet Child o’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
6 Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
7 Whole Lotta Rosie – AC/DC
8 Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
9 Ace Of Spades – Motorhead
10 One – Metallica
Although “classic rock” acts feature heavily in the placings, there’s a bit of grunge (Nirvana, placed at position 15 with Smells Like Teen Spirit), metal (Pantera at pos. 94 with Walk), punk (Sex Pistols at #52 with Pretty Vacant) and, dare I say it, “contemporary rock” acts like Muse (pos. 89 with Knights of Cydonia) and the Foo Fighters (#97 with Everlong) in there for good measure.
You can see the full list here… what? No Rammstein?