While genres like pop and rap might rule the modern era, classic rock songs still stand the test of time. With powerful guitar riffs, charismatic singers, and striking lyrics, the best classic rock songs can move us in ways that are difficult to define and simply demand to be listened to again and again. Bands like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles produced dozens of classic rock hits, but there are plenty of other bands and songs out there worthy of attention. Even those who aren’t big rock fans can fall in love with these true classics.
Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas
Anyone who happens to enjoy the TV show Supernatural might already be familiar with this classic rock song, which is played to herald the final episode of each season. It was released in 1976 on Kansas’ Leftoverture album and has become arguably their most iconic song.
In fact, Carry On Wayward Son actually helped to catapult Kansas from more of an ‘opener’ band into headliner status. It was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1990 and made it to number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, with its powerful opening vocals and catchy riffs cementing its place in classic rock history.