The Perfect Rocktober Song List

The Perfect Rocktober Song List

The calendar states “October,” but that’s a lie, a fallacy, a myth of epic proportions.  It’s Rocktober, the month of ROCK.  To celebrate this very important month, you must peer down at The Perfect Rocktober Song List.

This list has been carefully curated over 673 years.  Songs have been added, dropped, re-added, abolished for life, and subsequently added once again (there’s always a loophole).  We pray that you consider this the Official Song List of Rocktober(TM).  If you don’t, we’ll find you, throw some quality headphones over your hears, and blast the full Alice Cooper catalog non-stop until you agree to our demands.

Top songs will now be presented.  Please enjoy to the fullest extent of the law.

The Who – “Long Live Rock”

I’m a huge Who fan (in height, not weight; I’ve never been over 165 pounds in wet socks), so it bothers me when they mess up the words to their own songs.  Roger Daltrey NEVER sings the right words live to “Love, Reign, O’er Me.”  Peter Townshend screws up the lyrics here on “Long Live Rock.”  Yet, it IS Rock ‘N’ Roll.  It’s human.

Humans mess up all the time.

There ain’t no (sorry for the double-negative; the implication is the word “isn’t”) autotune used to create these songs.  You won’t see any of these guys lip-synching live in concert.  You’ll just hear the best rock EVER.

Led Zeppelin – “Rock ‘N’ Roll”

How long has it been for you?  For these dudes, it’s been a long time.

AC/DC – “For Those About To Rock”

We salute any rocker who can do it year after year.  Whether you’re a ’60s icon (like Paul McCartney or Mick Jagger) or some dude who never made it past your garage door, you still listen and you still rock.  For all of you, we offer our salute.

Ted Nugent – “Stranglehold”

I thought hard about this one.  The title of the song doesn’t mention Rock and it’s not the most well-known song in the pantheon of Rock.  But it’s arguably Ted Nugent’s best track, and he’s arguably one of the most underrated guitarists of the Rock era.  Great, great track.  Listen and let your body move.

Bob Seger – “Rock ‘N’ Roll Never Forgets”

The cliche would have been to include “Old Time Rock ‘N’ Roll,” but that song is way too overplayed and, honestly, does it really Rock?  Not like the other tracks on this list.  And certainly not like this alternate Seger track, which is pretty powerful in its own right.  Do you agree?

John Cougar Mellencamp – “Play Guitar”

Why is this on the list?  Because of this one line: “Forget about all that macho sh*t and learn how to play guitar.”  ‘Nuff said.

Kiss – “God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You”

Kiss had to be on the list.  You may laugh, but who said Rock ‘N’ Roll was the most serious thang ever?  These guys were Spinal Tap before Spinal Tap existed, yet they were so much more.  Kiss rocked.  In fact, they still do.  They still tour every year and put out new music every year or two.  Give ‘em credit.  They’re one of the most successful Rock bands ever.  Why?  Because of songs like this.

Twisted Sister – “I Wanna Rock”

It was the ’80s.  Dee Snider and the gang sang this and meant it.  We do too.  Happy Rocktober!  And remember to always Rock Sober.

There are more.  Many more.  You must have 1 or 2 or 37 suggestions for songs that should make this list.  C’mon now, give ‘em up!  Comment below.

Dave Philp

About Dave Philp

David Philp knows music. He has tapped into his playing skills, music management education, and years of entertainment industry experience to bring the world YouChoose, LLC – a company that runs live music charity events where audience members choose the songs, pay for their choice, and choose whether or not to actually sing with the band. The mission is to do good and to help people feel good, through music. He’s also an Assistant Professor...