DNA Source Songs by Decade

Here’s a view from our spaceplane high above the earth: DNA Source Songs™ – the most influential Rock songs of all time – broken down by decade and alphabetized. Over the course of Rock-N-Roll’s 60-year lifespan, there have been piles of prolific production in some eras. The fat times. And you will see the lean decades in which Rock bands generated relatively few masterpieces.

This chronological breakdown will track the cyclical nature of Rock-N-Roll music – its ebbs and flows. Looking at DNA Source Songs by decade helps everyone better understand the historical and cultural tides of the world’s greatest musical genre.

Be sure to let us know (and try to be polite) if we’ve missed a song in a particular decade. We’re looking to you to help make this list fully reflect the best Rock-N-Roll has to offer.

    2010s
  1. Hold On (2012)

    Alabama Shakes"
  2. Unbelievers (2013)

    Vampire Weekend"
    2000s
  1. Hate To Say I Told You So (2000)

    The Hives"
  2. Miami 2017 (Live) (2001)

    Billy Joel"
  3. Girl All The Bad Guys Want (2002)

    Bowling For Soup"
  4. The Rising (2002)

    Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band"
  5. Someday (2002)

    The Strokes"
  6. Hey Ya! (2003)

    Outkast"
  7. Seven Nation Army (2003)

    The White Stripes"
  8. California Waiting (2004)

    Kings Of Leon"
  9. Sugar, We’re Goin Down (2005)

    Fall Out Boy"
  10. Wake Me Up When September Ends (2005)

    Green Day"
  11. Rehab (2006)

    Amy Winehouse"
  12. Dashboard (2007)

    Modest Mouse"
  13. Frankie’s Gun (2008)

    The Felice Brothers"
  14. Walking In The Streets (2008)

    Mad Staring Eyes"
  15. Warwick Avenue (2008)

    Duffy"
  16. Beautiful Girls (2009)

    Deer Tick"
    1990s
  1. Enter Sandman (1991)

    Metallica"
  2. Nosferatu Man (1991)

    Slint"
  3. Down In A Hole (1992)

    Alice In Chains"
  4. Isn’t It A Pity (Live In Japan) (1992)

    George Harrison"
  5. My Back Pages (Live) (1992)

    Bob Dylan"
  6. November Rain (1992)

    Guns N' Roses"
  7. Runaway Train (1992)

    Soul Asylum"
  8. I’m The Only One (1993)

    Melissa Etheridge"
  9. Mr. Jones (1993)

    Counting Crows"
  10. Change Your Mind (1994)

    Neil Young"
  11. Late At Night (1994)

    The Subdudes"
  12. The River Knows Your Name (1995)

    John Hiatt"
  13. Aneurysm (1996)

    Nirvana"
  14. Braver Newer World (1996)

    Jimmie Dale Gilmore"
  15. You Get What You Give (1998)

    New Radicals"
  16. Chimes Of Freedom (1999)

    Bob Dylan"
    1980s
  1. Clampdown (1980)

    The Clash"
  2. Hungry Heart (1980)

    Bruce Springsteen"
  3. I Don’t Want To Go Home (Live) (1981)

    Southside Johnny"
  4. The Pretender (1981)

    Gary U.S. Bonds"
  5. Jack & Diane (1982)

    John Cougar Mellencamp"
  6. I’m Going Down (1984)

    Bruce Springsteen"
  7. Downtown Train (1985)

    Tom Waits"
  8. Running To Stand Still (1987)

    U2"
    1970s
  1. Black Magic Woman (1970)

    Santana"
  2. Caravan (1970)

    Van Morrison"
  3. Little Wing (1970)

    Derek And The Dominos"
  4. Only You Know And I Know (1970)

    Dave Mason"
  5. Operator (1970)

    The Grateful Dead"
  6. Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (1971)

    The Rolling Stones"
  7. Dead Flowers (1971)

    The Rolling Stones"
  8. (I Know) I’m Losing You (1971)

    Rod Stewart"
  9. L.A. Woman (1971)

    The Doors"
  10. Lola (1971)

    The Kinks"
  11. Me And Bobby McGee (1971)

    Janis Joplin"
  12. Stairway To Heaven (1971)

    Led Zeppelin"
  13. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (1971)

    Jimi Hendrix Experience"
  14. When The Levee Breaks (1971)

    Led Zeppelin"
  15. Won’t Get Fooled Again (1971)

    The Who"
  16. Doctor My Eyes (1972)

    Jackson Browne"
  17. Don’t Do It (1972)

    The Band"
  18. Lookin’ For A Love (1972)

    J. Geils Band"
  19. Papa Was A Rolling Stone (1972)

    The Temptations"
  20. Can’t You See (1973)

    Marshall Tucker Band"
  21. Cradle Rock (1973)

    Rory Gallagher"
  22. Free Bird (1973)

    Lynyrd Skynyrd"
  23. Funeral For A Friend (1973)

    Elton John"
  24. My Old School (1973)

    Steely Dan"
  25. The Needle And The Spoon (1974)

    Lynyrd Skynyrd"
  26. Sweet Jane (1974)

    Lou Reed"
  27. You’re No Good (1974)

    Linda Ronstadt"
  28. After The Thrill Is Gone (1975)

    The Eagles"
  29. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way (1975)

    Waylon Jennings"
  30. No Woman, No Cry (1975)

    Bob Marley & The Wailers"
  31. Rollin’ In My Dreams (1975)

    Earl Scruggs Review"
  32. Thunder Road (1975)

    Bruce Springsteen"
  33. Crazy On You (1976)

    Heart"
  34. The Fire Down Below (1976)

    Bob Seger / Silver Bullet Band"
  35. American Girl (1977)

    Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers"
  36. Dixie Chicken (1977)

    Little Feat"
  37. Hotel California (1977)

    The Eagles"
  38. I Never Dreamed (1977)

    Lynyrd Skynyrd"
  39. Like A Hurricane (1977)

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse"
  40. The Passenger (1977)

    Iggy Pop"
  41. Red Shoes (1977)

    Elvis Costello"
  42. Because The Night (1978)

    Patti Smith Group"
  43. Just My Imagination (1978)

    The Rolling Stones"
  44. Lawyers, Guns And Money (1978)

    Warren Zevon"
  45. My Best Friend’s Girl (1978)

    The Cars"
  46. The Promised Land (1978)

    Bruce Springsteen"
  47. Wavelength (1978)

    Van Morrison"
  48. London Calling (1979)

    The Clash"
    1960s
  1. Angel Baby (1960)

    Rosie And The Originals"
  2. Hit The Road Jack (1960)

    Ray Charles"
  3. Bristol Stomp (1961)

    The Dovells"
  4. Please Mr. Postman (1961)

    The Marvelettes"
  5. Runaround Sue (1961)

    Dion"
  6. Runaway (1961)

    Del Shannon"
  7. Voodoo Voodoo (1961)

    Lavern Baker"
  8. Be My Baby (1963)

    The Ronettes"
  9. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (1963)

    Darlene Love"
  10. Heat Wave (1963)

    Martha & The Vandellas"
  11. I Only Want To Be With You (1963)

    Dusty Springfield"
  12. She Loves You (1963)

    The Beatles"
  13. Don’t Worry Baby (1964)

    Beach Boys"
  14. Fun Fun Fun (1964)

    Beach Boys"
  15. Hanky Panky (1964)

    Tommy James & The Shondells"
  16. I Get Around (1964)

    Beach Boys"
  17. It’s All Over Now (1964)

    The Rolling Stones"
  18. No Reply (1964)

    The Beatles"
  19. Oh, Pretty Woman (1964)

    Roy Orbison"
  20. The Sound Of Silence (1964)

    Simon & Garfunkel"
  21. Twist And Shout (1964)

    The Beatles"
  22. Wang Dang Doodle (1964)

    Koko Taylor"
  23. Where Did Our Love Go? (1964)

    The Supremes"
  24. You Really Got Me (1964)

    The Kinks"
  25. Ballad Of A Thin Man (1965)

    Bob Dylan"
  26. Going To A Go-Go (1965)

    Smokey Robinson"
  27. Heart Full Of Soul (1965)

    The Yardbirds"
  28. Like A Rolling Stone (1965)

    Bob Dylan"
  29. Satisfaction (1965)

    The Rolling Stones"
  30. Devil With A Blue Dress (1966)

    Mitch Ryder"
  31. Eight Miles High (1966)

    The Byrds"
  32. Good Lovin’ (1966)

    The Young Rascals"
  33. I’m Only Sleeping (1966)

    The Beatles"
  34. 96 Tears (1966)

    ? And The Mysterians"
  35. Paint It Black (1966)

    The Rolling Stones"
  36. Secret Agent Man (1966)

    Johnny Rivers"
  37. Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over) (1966)

    The Four Tops"
  38. Substitute (1966)

    The Who"
  39. Visions Of Johanna (1966)

    Bob Dylan"
  40. Wild Thing (1966)

    The Troggs / Jimi Hendrix"
  41. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (1966)

    The Beach Boys"
  42. A Day In The Life (1967)

    The Beatles"
  43. Brown Eyed Girl (1967)

    Van Morrison"
  44. Chain Of Fools (1967)

    Aretha Franklin"
  45. The Dock Of The Bay (1967)

    Otis Redding"
  46. Mr. Soul (1967)

    Buffalo Springfield"
  47. Paper Sun (1967)

    Traffic"
  48. She Has Funny Cars (1967)

    Jefferson Airplane"
  49. Six O’Clock (1967)

    Lovin' Spoonful"
  50. Soul Kitchen (1967)

    The Doors"
  51. Strange Brew (1967)

    Cream"
  52. Sunshine Of Your Love (1967)

    Cream"
  53. Time Has Come Today (1967)

    The Chambers Brothers"
  54. All Along The Watchtower (1968)

    Jimi Hendrix Experience"
  55. Dance To The Music (1968)

    Sly & The Family Stone"
  56. Helter Skelter (1968)

    The Beatles"
  57. Hey Jude (1968)

    The Beatles"
  58. I Am The Walrus (1968)

    The Beatles"
  59. Piece Of My Heart (1968)

    Big Brother & The Holding Company"
  60. Salt Of The Earth (1968)

    The Rolling Stones"
  61. Stoned Soul Picnic (1968)

    Laura Nyro"
  62. Sympathy For The Devil (1968)

    The Rolling Stones"
  63. The Weight (1968)

    The Band"
  64. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (1968)

    The Beatles"
  65. Almost Cut My Hair (1969)

    Crosby Stills Nash & Young"
  66. Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You (1969)

    Led Zeppelin"
  67. Cinnamon Girl (1969)

    Neil Young"
  68. Down By The River (1969)

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse"
  69. Fortunate Son (1969)

    Creedence Clearwater Revival"
  70. Hey Bulldog (1969)

    The Beatles"
  71. Jawbone (1969)

    The Band"
  72. Loan Me A Dime (1969)

    Boz Scaggs"
  73. Look Out Cleveland (1969)

    The Band"
  74. Pinball Wizard (1969)

    The Who"
  75. Space Oddity (Major Tom) (1969)

    David Bowie"
  76. We Should Be Together & Volunteers (1969)

    Jefferson Airplane"
  77. Whipping Post (1969)

    Allman Brothers"
  78. Whole Lotta Love (1969)

    Led Zeppelin"
  79. Wooden Ships (1969)

    Crosby, Stills & Nash"
    1950s
  1. Rock Around The Clock (1954)

    Bill Haley & His Comets"
  2. Tutti-Frutti (1955)

    Little Richard"
  3. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (1955)

    Jerry Lee Lewis"
  4. Be-Bop-A-Lula (1956)

    Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps"
  5. Heartbreak Hotel (1956)

    Elvis Presley"
  6. Hound Dog (1956)

    Elvis Presley"
  7. Matchbox (1956)

    Carl Perkins, Duane Eddy, Mavericks"
  8. Roll Over Beethoven (1956)

    Chuck Berry"
  9. Bye Bye Love (1957)

    The Everly Brothers"
  10. Hey! Bo Diddley (1957)

    Bo Diddley"
  11. I’m Walking (1957)

    Fats Domino"
  12. Peggy Sue (1957)

    Buddy Holly"
  13. Reet Petite (1957)

    Jackie Wilson"
  14. Susie-Q (1957)

    Dale Hawkins"
  15. La Bamba/Donna (1958)

    Ritchie Valens"
  16. She Knows How To Rock Me (1958)

    Carl Perkins"
  17. Summertime Blues (1958)

    Eddie Cochran"