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My Top Five Classic Rock Hits

My top five classic rock hits. I could easily do a top-25, but I know you're busy.

*"Over the Hills and Far Away", Led Zeppelin (1973). "Houses of the Holy" album. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant at their commercial best. It's a tune i hear frequently on the EAGLE and it never gets old to me.

*"The Voice", Moody Blues. (1981). "Long Distance Voyager" album. This peaked at #15 on Billboard. Very mystical. I caught the Moody Blues (by chance) at Caesar's Tahoe while skiing about 13 years ago. Awesome.

*"Love the One You're With" (1970) Stephen Stills solo album. Many think this was an original CS&N hit. Nope. The band did record it on the 4 Way Street album several years later. The line "love the one you're with" was credited as a frequent line said by Billy Preston. A mantra for the free love era. Girlfriend out of town? No problem!

*"Landslide" Stevie Nicks. (1975). "Fleetwood Mac" album. This song was about Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. My rule on this song is it can only be played at night when you have a chance to kick back and listen. Preferably after midnight when you're properly marinated. It sparks a fair amount of retrospective in me. I think about a lot of people i knew and other stuff... mostly good. The band is back in Sacramento July 6th. I saw them in '98 at Sleep Train Amphitheater.

*"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" (1987) U2. "The Joshua Tree" album. Made it to #1. Probably the best album I've ever heard top to bottom. The lyrics of this song were pretty poignant in my life because i wasn't sure I'd ever find anyone I'd want to end up with....or find that great job. I still hadn't found what i was looking for. It was the epitome of lyrics that i could completely feel. I saw U2 at Arco Arena about 20 years ago.

Those are my tops. How about your favorite?

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