The Ten Best Bicentennial Classic Rock Songs
by Jody Haskins July 12, 2016
The bicentennial was a great year for seventies classic rock songs. There were many songs that were released that year that have found a permanent home on the 400 song playlist of classic rock music radio stations all over America.
Some of the best seventies classic rock acts were just hitting their stride in 1976. Seventies classic rock songs were released by classic rockers such as: Ted Nugent, Heart, Queen, KISS, Aerosmith and AC/DC were at the height of their power live and creativity in the studio.
There are very few years as enjoyable as 1976 when it comes to great live shows and albums. So many of these acts had not only great classic rock radio hits but also contained some of the best deep tracks in the history of classic rock and roll music.
For example, there is not a bad song on Aerosmith’s “Rocks” LP or AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds” LP. Classic rock songs released in 1976 have made it onto the permanent set list of so many of our favorite rock and roll heroes.
Top 10 Classic Rock Songs From 1976
- Aerosmith: Back In The Saddle
- AC/DC: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
- Blue Oyster Cult: (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
- Heart: Crazy on You
- Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody
- Nazareth: Hair of The Dog
- KISS: Rock & Roll All Nite
- Thin Lizzy: The Boys Are Back In Town
- The Who: Squeeze Box
- Boston: More Than A Feeling
In conclusion, seventies classic rock songs were reaching their apex in 1976. Studio production quality and live album recording were making great strides around the mid seventies. Peter Frampton and KISS come immediately to mind as some of the best live classic rock albums from 1976 with Alive! and Frampton Comes Alive.
At the same time, studio recording techniques were reaching new heights with fantastic albums like Blue Oyster Cult’s ” Fire of Unknown Origin” and Boston’s Debut album.