1. Puff the Magic Dragon, by Peter Paul & Mary
Yes, I know this is a low key non-rocking folk song for kids. Do I give a crap? Not even a little. The simple melodies, harmonies, and song structure are enough to draw anyone in and have them enchanted. The only thing that keeps this song from making me particularly happy though is that the subject matter of the lyrics can get rather sad towards the end. All that aside, it's a song I think everyone needs in their life be they young or old.
2. God Save the Queen, by The Sex Pistols
And now for something completely different. We can always use some rip-roaring anti-establishment rock n' roll ruckus in our lives, right? You can clearly tell that the Sex Pistols didn't care even a little bit about being marketable or friendly presentable faces you could bring home to your parents and nowhere is this more clear than in God Save the Queen. Hell, even if you don't agree with their ideals it's hard not to get swept up and singing "No future... No future... No future for you..." during the chorus. That said, find your inner punk today by giving this a shot.
3. All the Way, by Rival Sons
Haven't loaded up the playlist with some Rival Sons in a while. That is a darn shame. This fuzz tinged classic rock style quartet from Long Beach, CA puts their own spin on 60's/70's hard rock in a way where they don't sound like they are directly copying off of anyone while still giving that same warm grooving feeling that music had. All the Way encompasses that quite well because it is swinging and bluesy but at the same time there isn't a whole lot out there that you could say it sounds like.
4. Check Your Head, by Buckcherry
This has got to be my all time favorite tune from Buckcherry. It's a ballad from their first album Buckcherry, although it still has some rock n' roll balls that one would expect to hear from a Buckcherry song. It definitely has a lot more emotion and life experience packed into it than most of their tunes do, though. It feels like more than just your typical obligatory sensitive cock rock album moment.
5. Hound Dog, by Elvis Presley
Can't go wrong with the King, right? I remember this being one of the first rock n' roll songs I had ever heard as a young child on the radio. My mom would play the oldies station ALL the time and this was some of the first exposure I had ever had to a genre of music that would change my life for the better in a HUGE way. I and countless others out there really do owe a great deal to Elvis Presley. There has never been anyone like him since.