So, there are all these lists out there, but I can’t find a list of best rock anthems. Curious or what? Radio DJ’s, critics and the like use the term casually, but no one’s bothered to assemble a list. Interesting.
Wikipedia says an anthem is a song of celebration, usually acting as a symbol for a distinct group of people. With that as a reference, we could easily come up with a few rock anthems, right?
Like: Won’t Get Fooled Again, Stairway to Heaven, We Will Rock You,
Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2, Born in the U.S.A., Imagine, Sunday Bloody Sunday
Or, if you soften the definition to say people easily identify with the song, you could add: Won’t Back Down, Hotel California, Smoke on the Water, Woodstock,
Bohemian Raphsody, Hey Jude, All You Need Is Love
Or maybe the song just gets your juices flowing, like: Armageddon It, Layla, Southern Man, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Solsbury Hill, Born to Be Wild, American Woman
Or … it just feels like an anthem, say: My Sweet Lord, Free Falling, Let It Be, or pretty much anything by Rush
Hmmm … that wasn’t easy. Maybe the ‘identify’ bit makes such a list too personal; you could build your own list but couldn’t expect anyone else to agree.
Anyway, for my money, the song that should top the list is Won’t Get Fooled Again. It kicks you in the butt, fills you with a “ya, dammit!” attitude, and entertains you with some of the most powerful rock ever recorded. If that isn’t an anthem, I don’t know what is.