200 Legendary Rock and Roll Songs Countdown Results

June 720214:00 pm - July 5202111:30 pm

You VOTED – now you can sit back and enjoy the results. Which of THESE essential songs was voted #1?

Countdown Times To Listen:

  • INITIAL AIRING: Fri 7/2: 4pm-Midnight; Sat 7/3: 10am-6pm’ish
  • ENCORE: Sun 7/4: 10a-7p; Mon 7/5: 6a-3pm’ish

MMR Staff Picks

Each weekday at 4pm, Jaxon is your guide for MMR’s Essential 200.

Featuring a block of the songs that influenced, elevated, and changed rock n’ roll.

These are the big songs and the not-so-obvious songs that every rock fan should know.

See the entire list in the galleries below. Each song with a few words on why the songs are essential to your record collection.

Listen at 4pm each weekday in June for Jaxon to feature portions of this expansive list, with a complete recap of the essentials over 4th of July weekend. 

Voting has ended (deadline Wed 6/30/21) – see the voting / countdown results below starting 7pm on Sat 7/3.

Browse the Essential 200 Galleries:





MMR’s Essential 200: Presented By Meineke




VOTING RESULTS – MMR’s ESSENTIAL 200 – as voted by YOU!  

1 “‘Heroes’”  David Bowie
2 “Rock & Roll”  The Velvet Underground
3 “Tom Sawyer”  Rush
4 “The Chain” Fleetwood Mac
5 “For Whom The Bell Tolls”  Metallica
6 “Don’t Stop Believin’” Journey
7 “Creep”  Radiohead
8 “Cinnamon Girl” Neil Young & Crazy Horse
9 “State of Shock” Mick Jagger ft Tina Turner
10 “Personal Jesus”  Depeche Mode
11 “Rooster”  Alice in Chains
12 “Man on the Silver Mountain”  Rainbow
13 “Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)” The Hollies
14 “Surrender” Cheap Trick
15 “Hound Dog”  Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton 
16 “I Am the Highway”  Audioslave
17 “Spirit In The Sky”  Norman Greenbaum
18 “Kickstart My Heart”  Motley Crue
19 “Where The Streets Have No Name” U2
20 “Money for Nothing”  Dire Straits
21 “Life in the Fast Lane”  Eagles
22 “Good Golly Miss Molly”   Little Richard
23 “Rock and Roll All Nite” KISS
24 “Don’t Fear the Reaper”  Blue Oyster Cult
25 “Animal”  Def Leppard
26 “The Joker”  Steve Miller Band
27 “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” Poison
28 “I Feel Free”  Cream
29 “Reelin’ In the Years” Steely Dan
30 “Pride and Joy”  SRV & Double Trouble
31 “Longview”  Green Day
32 “Crazy On You”  Heart
33 “Back In The Saddle” Aerosmith
34 “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’”  Judas Priest
35 “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” Elton John
36 “Born To Be Wild”  Steppenwolf
37 “Fly Away”  Lenny Kravitz
38 “Come As You Are” Nirvana
39 “All The Young Dudes” Mott the Hoople
40 “Old Man”  Neil Young
41 “Mountain Song”  Jane’s Addiction
42 “American Girl”  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 
43 “Good Times Bad Times” Led Zeppelin
44 “A Day in the Life” The Beatles
45 “With A Little Help From My Friends”  Joe Cocker
46 “London Calling” The Clash
47 “Wanted Dead or Alive”  Bon Jovi
48 “I Wanna Rock”  Twisted Sister
49 “Big Bottom” Spinal Tap
50 “Even Flow”  Pearl Jam
51 “Fox On the Run”  The Sweet
52 “Supermassive Black Hole”  Muse
53 “In the Midnight Hour”  Wilson Pickett
54 “Buddy Holly”  Weezer
55 “Crazy Train”  Ozzy Osbourne
56 “Psycho Killer”  Talking Heads
57 “Love Removal Machine”  The Cult
58 “Blow” Ed Sheeran w/Stapleton, Mars
59 “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” Crosby, Stills  Nash & Young
60 “Whiskey In The Jar”  Thin Lizzy
61 “Fortunate Son”  Creedence Clearwater Revival
62 “Live and Let Die”  Paul McCartney & Wings
63 “Bullet with Butterfly Wings”  Smashing Pumpkins
64 “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” Rock Hall Induction Ceremony 2004: Prince, Dhani Harrison, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty
65 “You Got It”  Roy Orbison
66 “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”  James Brown
67 “S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)”  The Glorious Sons
68 “The Thrill Is Gone” B.B. King
69 “Paradise By the Dashboard Light”  Meat Loaf
70 “Do Ya”  Electric Light Orchestra
71 “House of the Rising Sun” The Animals
72 “Stay With Me”  Faces
73 “Tears In Heaven”  Eric Clapton
74 “Roll With The Changes”  REO Speedwagon
75 “Raining Blood” Slayer
76 “Smoke On The Water” Deep Purple
77 “Rock You Like a Hurricane”  Scorpions
78 “Freeway Jam”  Jeff Beck
79 “More Than A Feeling” Boston
80 “Sunshine Superman” Donovan
81 “Scar Tissue” Red Hot Chili Peppers
82 “Blue Suede Shoes” Carl Perkins
83 “Everlong” Foo Fighters
84 “The Sound of Silence”  Simon and Garfunkel
85 “We Got The Beat” The Go-Go’s
86 “Here I Go Again” Whitesnake
87 “Summertime Blues” Eddie Cochran 
88 “Running On Empty” Jackson Browne
89 “Seven Nation Army”  The White Stripes
90 “Smooth” Santana
91 “Walk This Way”  Run DMC ft. Steven Tyler & Joe Perry
92 “In the Air Tonight”  Phil Collins
93 “White Rabbit” Jefferson Airplane
94 “Nights in White Satin”  The Moody Blues
95 “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway”  Genesis
96 “Layla”  Derek and the Dominos
97 “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” The Rolling Stones
98 “Killing In The Name” Rage Against the Machine
99 “Great Balls of Fire”  Jerry Lee Lewis
100 “The Weight”  The Band
101 “You Really Got Me”  The Kinks
102 “Thunder Kiss ‘65”  White Zombie
103 “Got The Life”  Korn
104 “Turn the Page” (Live)  Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
105 “She Talks to Angels” The Black Crowes
106 “Get Up, Stand Up”  Bob Marley
107 “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)” John Lennon
108 “Can’t Get Enough”  Bad Company
109 “Highway Tune”  Greta Van Fleet
110 “S.O.B.”  Nathaniel Ratliff & The Night Sweats
111 “Good Times Roll” The Cars
112 “Green Onions”  Booker T. and the MG’s
113 “Aqualung” Jethro Tull
114 “Welcome to the Black Parade”  My Chemical Romance
115 “No One Knows” Queens of the Stone Age
116 “Anarchy in the U.K.” Sex Pistols
117 “Outshined”  Soundgarden
118 “Touch Me”  The Doors
119 “Private Eyes”  Hall and Oates
120 “What’d I Say (Parts 1 & 2)”  Ray Charles
121 “She’s Not There”  The Zombies
122 “Take Me Home Tonight”  Eddie Money
123 “Gold On The Ceiling” The Black Keys
124 “Hurt”  Johnny Cash
125 “The Kids Aren’t Alright” The Offspring
126 “Numb”  Linkin Park
127 “Blitzkrieg Bop” The Ramones
128 “Maggie May” Rod Stewart
129 “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)” Quiet Riot
130 “Sharp Dressed Man”  ZZ Top
131 “Closer” Nine Inch Nails
132 “Wild Thing” The Troggs
133 “Paper In Fire”  John Mellencamp
134 “Mississippi Queen” Mountain
135 “Do Your Worst”  Rival Sons
136 “Johnny B. Goode”  Chuck Berry
137 “Ace of Spades” Motorhead
138 “Piece of My Heart” Big Brother & the Holding Company
139 “Lovesong”  The Cure
140 “Slave to the Grind” Skid Row
141 “Jailhouse Rock” Elvis Presley
142 “Joe’s Garage” Frank Zappa
143 “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” Jimi Hendrix Experience
144 “Piano Man”  Billy Joel
145 “Losing My Religion”  R.E.M
146 “Violet”  Hole
147 “China Grove”   The Doobie Brothers
148 “Rock Around the Clock”  Bill Haley and His Comets
149 “Mr. Brightside”  The Killers
150 “Promises In The Dark” Pat Benatar
151 “Free Bird”  Lynyrd Skynyrd
152 “Bohemian Rhapsody” Queen
153 “Brown Eyed Girl” Van Morrison
154 “Could’ve Been Me”  The Struts
155 “Roundabout”  Yes
156 “Under Pressure” Queen & David Bowie
157 “Something to Talk About” Bonnie Raitt
158 “People Have the Power” Patti Smith
159 “Good Vibrations” The Beach Boys
160 “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”  The Darkness
161 “Ohio”  Crosby, Stills  Nash & Young
162 “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)” Styx
163 “More Than This”  Roxy Music
164 “Roxanne”  The Police
165 “Forty Six & 2” Tool
166 “River Deep – Mountain High” Ike & Tina Turner
167 “Midnight Rider” The Allman Brothers Band
168 “Welcome to the Jungle” Guns N’ Roses
169 “Edge of Seventeen” Stevie Nicks
170 “Kick Out the Jams”  MC5
171 “I Hate Myself For Loving You” Joan Jett & the Blackhearts 
172 “For Your Love”  The Yardbirds
173 “Born to Run” Bruce Springsteen & E St. Band
174 “Bo Diddley” Bo Diddley
175 “War Pigs” Black Sabbath
176 “Sledgehammer”  Peter Gabriel
177 “Epic”  Faith No More
178 “Hair of the Dog”  Nazareth
179 “I’m Eighteen”  Alice Cooper
180 “Won’t Get Fooled Again” The Who
181 “25 or 6 to 4” Chicago
182 “Walk”  Pantera
183 “Comfortably Numb” Pink Floyd
184 “Gloria”  Them
185 “Truckin’”  The Grateful Dead
186 “Cult of Personality” Living Colour
187 “No Rain”  Blind Melon
188 “Hells Bells” AC/DC
189 “Interstate Love Song”  Stone Temple Pilots
190 “Right Place Wrong Time” Dr. John
191 “Square Hammer”  Ghost
192 “Radio, Radio”  Elvis Costello & The Attractions
193 “Blinded By The Light”  Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
194 “Runnin’ With The Devil” Van Halen
195 “When Doves Cry”  Prince
196 “Round and Round”  Ratt
197 “The Number of the Beast”  Iron Maiden
198 “When I’m Gone”  Dirty Honey
199 “Sun City”  Artists United Against Apartheid
200 “Time Bomb”  Rancid



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