My Personal Hall of Fame of 25 Rock Hits

(Don Chance)

This is an evolving list. It will never contain more than 25 songs but I do expect it to change as my interests and tastes change and as I come to like other songs.

(listed alphabetically)

Angie (Rolling Stones): the Stones' best ballad; some great guitar and piano work

Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty): the joy of sax

Black Velvet (Alannah Myles): This tribute to Elvis captures the essence of the Memphis sound of Elvis

Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen): best open road song

The Boys of Summer (Don Henley): Great guitar work

Broken Wings (Mr. Mister): just a great song; enough said; this song resonates deep inside of me

Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd): as the Red Cross says, a classic song

Constant Craving (k.d. laing): some of the best harmony

Crazy for You (Madonna): most sensuous song

Danger Zone (Kenny Loggins): fast and loud but way too short

Hard Habit to Break (Chicago):  a new edition, this beautiful piece has great sequences of two- and three-part vocals

Hotel California (Eagles): bizarre story with great guitar work; especially the acoustic version

I Found Someone (Cher):  her finest work on a great song written by Michael Bolton; also some great hard rock guitar riffs

I'm Not in Love (10cc): great way to tell off an ex

Live to Tell (Madonna): another guy-bashing song but I like it nonetheless

Long, Long Time (Linda Ronstadt): a little sentimentally whiny but the violins are great

Look Away (Chicago):  A great song written by one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Diane Warren, and sung by one of the most versatile musicians, Bill Champlin; however, the current version they're doing in concert is awful

Mainstreet (Bob Seeger): like a piece of Americana; it belongs in the Smithsonian

Maybe I'm Amazed (Wings): best piano rock song

Oh, Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison): maybe the most popular song of all time

Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough (Patty Smyth with Don Henley): A recent addition

Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin): a rock classic; every new guitarist learns this one

Start Me Up (Rolling Stones): Great for booting up your PC

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (Crosby, Stills and Nash): Strange song written by Stills for ex-girlfriend, July Collins; try to figure it out; also this song is probably one of the greatest guitar arrangements in all of music

Waiting for a Girl Like You (Foreigner): Always been crazy about this one; don't know why


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Last updated: April 21, 2011