Top 10 Songs of All Time

5) Respect by Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Aretha Franklin R-E-S-P-E-C-T

As many may not know, “Respect” was not actually a song originally sung or even written by Aretha Franklin. In fact, “Respect” was sung by Otis Redding in 1965 and had a whole different meaning than Aretha Franklin’s version sung in 1967.

When you listen to the two differences you’ll find that the word “respect” for Otis Redding, generally means sexual attention from his partner when he gets home – this lovely euphemism is something that Aretha Franklin does away with entirely in her cover of the song when she released it. Her version tells about a fabulous and confident woman who demands respect because she knows she deserves it.

4) Hotel California by the Eagles

Don Henley Eagles front man
Don Henley Eagles front man

Released in 1977, “Hotel California” is a lovely rock song that earned the Eagles a Grammy Award for the Record of the Year in 1978 and is also considered to have one of the best guitar solos in it of all time.

The song was released on the album titled “Hotel California” and was apparently first named “Mexican Reggae” by the band. According to Glenn Frey, the song took form through a demo tape that was submitted to them by Don Felder. From there the band immediately took in interest in the demo and built upon it to describe a fabulous story of a tired traveler who takes up accommodation in a hotel.

3) Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin

Led Zepplin
Led Zepplin

Considered one of the greatest rock songs ever, “Stairway to Heaven” is a truly epic song written and played by the famous rock band Led Zeppelin. The song was released with the fourth album from Led Zeppelin (the untitled one), and had a very patchy creation.

According to the members of Led Zeppelin, it was composed and pieced together over a long period of time, with a good portion of the actual lyrics being improvised while the group was playing it through. The song, as you may know, is about a woman essentially getting everything she wanted and was quite cynical, however it does have a very upbeat tempo that actually speeds up as the song progresses!

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