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Best Traditional Rock Songs of 2017

Rock music in the age of the Donald Trump Presidency
Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published October 26, 2018

This is part of our series, The Best and Most Important Music of 2017.

What is "Traditional Rock"?

The style of music established by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and countless other bands of the '60s and '70s.  "Rock and Roll" combined Rhythm & Blues, Pop, Country, and Jazz, in the '50s, setting the foundation for the genre.  The next generation took those ideas to the next level that was more differentiated from classic Blues and R&B.   

This list features veterans of those formative years like Roger Waters, Robert Plant, Gregg Allman, and Neil Young, along with up-and-coming bands like The Barr Brothers, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Kevin Morby, and Benjamin Booker.  There is really a lot of great music to be excited about.  This entire list is 122 songs covering 8½ hours.

The full list of the best and most important rock songs of 2017:

  • The Barr Brothers - It Came to Me
  • The Barr Brothers - You Would Have to Lose Your Mind
  • The Barr Brothers - Queens of the Breakers
  • Hurray For The Riff Raff - Living In The City
  • Hurray For The Riff Raff - Rican Beach
  • Kevin Morby - Tin Can
  • Kevin Morby - City Music
  • Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Fear Is Like a Forest
  • Foo Fighters - The Sky Is A Neighborhood
  • Foo Fighters - Sunday Rain
  • Roger Waters - Smell the Roses
  • John Mayer - Helpless
  • John Mayer - Roll it on Home
  • Gov't Mule and Jimmie Vaughan - Burning Point
  • Gov't Mule - Traveling Tune
  • Gregg Allman - My Only True Friend
  • U2 - Lights Of Home
  • Blondie - Long Time
  • The War On Drugs - Pain
  • The War On Drugs - Holding On
  • Robert Plant - New World...
  • Robert Plant - Carry Fire
  • Robert Plant - Carving Up the World Again...a wall and not a fence
  • Greta Van Fleet - Safari Song
  • Greta Van Fleet - Highway Tune
  • Greta Van Fleet - Black Smoke Rising
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Beginner's Luck
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - I'm Sleepin' In
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Mild High Club - You Can Be Your Silhouette
  • Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Already Great
  • Conor Oberst - A Little Uncanny
  • Benjamin Booker - Witness
  • Benjamin Booker - Motivation
  • Craig Finn - Tracking Shots
  • Craig Finn - Be Honest
  • Sheryl Crow - Roller Skate
  • Dan Auerbach - Shine on Me
  • Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Darius Rucker - Love Do What It Do
  • Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Find a Way
  • Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Got Soul
  • Blitzen Trapper - When I'm Dying
  • Blitzen Trapper - Wild and Reckless
  • Ty Segall - Take Care (To Comb Your Hair)
  • Strand of Oaks - Rest of It
  • Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - Flash Eyed
  • Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - Maroon
  • Aaron Keylock - Against The Grain
  • Aaron Keylock - No Matter What The Cost
  • Deer Tick - Don't Hurt
  • Justin Townes Earle - Champagne Corolla
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Cumberland Gap
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Hope the High Road
  • Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors - Fight for Love
  • Liam Gallagher - Wall Of Glass
  • Liam Gallagher - I Get By
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Be Careful What You Wish For
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Keep On Reaching
  • Ray Davies - The Mystery Room
  • Little Barrie - You Won't Stop Us
  • Little Barrie - Produkt
  • Ron Gallo - Young Lady, You're Scaring Me
  • Ron Gallo - Kill the Medicine Man
  • Ryan Adams - Do You Still Love Me?
  • Ryan Adams - Outbound Train
  • Tony Molina - I Don't Want to Know
  • Tony Molina - No One Told He
  • Tony Molina - See Me Fall
  • King Khan - Discreate Disguise
  • King Khan - It's a Lie
  • Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires - Black & White Boys
  • Bob Seger - Busload of Faith
  • Chuck Prophet - Bad Year for Rock and Roll
  • Chuck Prophet - Alex Nieto
  • together PANGEA - Gold Moon
  • Mondo Cozmo - Shine
  • Mondo Cozmo - Thunder
  • Son Volt - Sinking Down
  • Son Volt - Back Against the Wall
  • The String Cheese Incident - Get Tight
  • Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Behold the Seer
  • Los Colognes - The White Whale
  • Korey Dane - Charlie Handsome
  • Delicate Steve - Tattered
  • Delicate Steve - Help
  • Cat Clyde - Sheets of Green
  • BNQT - Real Love
  • BNQT - L.A. On My Mind
  • The Darkness - Solid Gold

Previously unreleased, cover songs, and live recordings:

  • Queen - We Will Rock You - Raw Sessions Version
  • Queen - We Are The Champions - Raw Sessions Version
  • The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Take 9 And Speech
  • The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever - Take 7
  • David Bowie - Rebel Rebel - Live
  • David Bowie - Changes - Live
  • David Bowie - Space Oddity - Live
  • The Rolling Stones and Bob Clearmountain - Brown Sugar - Live
  • The Rolling Stones - It's All Over Now - The Joe Loss Pop Show / 1964
  • Grateful Dead - It's All Over Now, Baby Blue - Live at P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 7/29/66
  • Jerry Garcia Band - Deal
  • Paul Simon - 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Live at Hyde Park, London, UK - July 2012
  • Paul Simon - Graceland - Live at Hyde Park, London, UK - July 2012
  • The Magpie Salute - Comin’ Home - Live
  • The Magpie Salute - Fearless - Live
  • Kings of Leon - Waste A Moment - Live
  • Pearl Jam - Alive - Live
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band - Just As Strange - Live
  • Joe Bonamassa - This Train - Live
  • Joe Bonamassa - Get Back My Tomorrow - Live
  • Joe Bonamassa - Love Ain't a Love Song - Live Version
  • Gary Clark Jr. - The Healing - Live
  • Cage The Elephant - Back Against the Wall - Unpeeled
  • Cage The Elephant - Golden Brown - Unpeeled
  • Cage The Elephant - Ain't No Rest for the Wicked - Unpeeled
  • The Wood Brothers - Tried and Tempted - Live
  • The Wood Brothers - Postcards from Hell - Live
  • Dawes - Things Happen (Live From An Evening With Dawes)
  • Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands (Live From An Evening With Dawes)
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Howling At Nothing - Live
  • KIMOCK - Waiting for a Miracle
  • King Crimson - Heroes (Live in Chicago 28 June 2017)
  • The Bros. Landreth - Let 'Em In
  • Drive-By Truckers - What It Means - Live
     

Tell us what you think!

 

 

Here a big timeline of music genres we put together to help categorize all these tracks:

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Aaron Keylock Benjamin Booker Black Joe Lewis Blitzen Trapper Blondie BNQT Bob Seger Cage The Elephant Cat Clyde Chris Robinson Brotherhood Chuck Prophet Conor Oberst Courtney Barnett Craig Finn Dan Auerbach Darius Rucker David Bowie Dawes Deer Tick Delicate Steve Drew Holcomb Drive-By Truckers Foo Fighters Gary Clark Jr. Gov't Mule Grateful Dead Gregg Allman Greta Van Fleet Hurray for the Riff Raff Jason Isbell Jimmie Vaughan Joe Bonamassa John Mayer Justin Townes Earle Kevin Morby King Crimson King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard King Khan Kings of Leon Korey Dane Kurt Vile Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires Liam Gallagher Little Barrie Los Colognes Lukas Nelson and Promise of The Real Mild High Club Mondo Cozmo Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Neil Young Neil Young + The Promise Of Real Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Paul Simon Pearl Jam Queen Ray Davies Robert Plant Robert Randolph Roger Waters Ron Gallo Ryan Adams Sheryl Crow Son Volt Steve Kimock Strand of Oaks Tedeschi Trucks Band The Barr Brothers The Beatles The Bros. Landreth The Darkness The Magpie Salute The Rolling Stones The String Cheese Incident The War on Drugs The Wood Brothers together PANGEA Tony Molina Ty Segall U2
genres
Blues Rock Rock
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