In the words of the immortal Neil Young, "hey, hey, my, my, rock and roll can never die." If you are a firm believer in these words, then you've happened upon the right quiz. Let's get started to find out how much you really know about classic rock.
The '70s and '80s were two of the most iconic decades in rock and roll, with bands such as The Doors, Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead... and the list goes on and on.
And, as these two decades wore on, the rock got harder, and the hair got bigger. We'll never forget the bands that made these classic rock lyrics the great songs that they are today. Even if you weren't alive in the 1970s and the 1980s, you probably spent some time listening to many of these songs... hey, maybe you had to because your parents had them blaring from the car radio all the time.
So, let's take a trip down memory lane and break out the lyrics of these musical greats to find out if you can really hang with the bands of the '70s and 80s.
How well do you think you'll do?
"We Are The Champions" is one of the most popular rock anthems of all time. It was on Queen's 1977 album "News of the World" and charted all over the world.
"Let It Be" was written by Paul McCartney. It was released in 1970.
"Hotel California" is a song off of the 1977 album of the same name. It won a Grammy in 1978.
"Stairway to Heaven" is an ultimate classic rock anthem. It's off the 1971 album "Led Zeppelin IV."
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" was released in 1982 by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. It was written in 1975 by Alan Merrill of the band The Arrows.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" was written by Freddie Mercury for Queen's 1975 album "A Night At The Opera." This song is one of the most famous rock songs, and many say it pioneered the music video, by having one years before MTV made them the norm.
"Sympathy for the Devil" is an ironic homage to the devil and all of the horrors he's committed over the centuries. It's off the 1968 album "Beggar's Banquet."
"Lola" was a 1970 single by The Kinks. The song was banned in both the U.K. and Australia for detailing an encounter between a young man and transgender woman and using the brand name Coca Cola.
"Call Me" was a No. 1 U.S. hit. It was the theme song for the 1980 movie "American Gigolo."
"Hurricane" was a protest song off of the 1975 Bob Dylan album "Desire." It protests the imprisonment of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, whose controversial imprisonment was considered by many to be based on racial profiling.
"Barracuda" is a 1977 song off of Heart's "Little Queen" album. This song is about the band's anger at their record label for lying about them being in an incestuous lesbian affair for publicity.
"Back In Black" was released in 1980, off of an album of the same name. This famous song is high selling and charted around the world.
"Dream On" is from Aerosmith's 1973 debut album. This song was sampled by Eminem is his 2002 song "Sing for the Moment."
"Iron Man" by Black Sabbath was released in 1970. In it, a time traveler turns to steel and destroys mankind after it doesn't listen to his warnings of oncoming doom.
"The Immigrant Song" was released in 1970 off of the album "Led Zeppelin III." This single about Vikings and Norse myth charted in a few countries.
"Werewolves of London" was a 1978 song co-written and performed by Warren Zevon. The drummer and bassist of Fleetwood Mac play on the track.
"Rhiannon" was a single off of Fleetwood Mac's 1976 self-titled album. The song was written by Stevie Nicks and inspired by the novel "Triad."
"Smoke on the Water" is a 1972 song by Deep Purple. It's considered to be one of the best rock songs of all time.
This 1970 song was written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon for their blues rock project Derek and the Dominoes. It was inspired by an old Arabian love story.
"Love Her Madly" was one of The Doors' biggest hits. It's off their 1971 album "L.A. Woman."
"Welcome to the Jungle" was on Guns N' Roses 1987 debut album "Appetite for Destruction." It's a highly regarded rock hit that the band often plays at concerts.
"Aqualung" was a 1971 song off of Jethro Tull's "Aqualung" album. This was the band's first top 10 album in the US.
"Free Bird" is a 1974 song by Lynyrd Skynyrd. It has been called "the most requested song in the history of rock music."
"Fly Like An Eagle" was a 1976 song by The Steve Miller Band. It sold over one million copies and was even covered by Seal.
"Comfortably Numb" is a song off of Pink Floyd's 1979 album "The Wall." It's widely considered to have some of the best guitar solos of all time.
"Moonage Daydream" was one of many songs to feature the most interplanetary of Bowie's most famous stage personas, Ziggy Stardust.
Sting wrote "Roxanne," a song off of the 1978 Police album "Outlandos d'Amour." It was inspired by the prostitutes of Paris.
"Run Through the Jungle" is a song off of Creedence Clearwater Revivals' 1970 album "Cosmo's Factory." The song is about the dangers of America without proper gun regulations.
ELO, Electric Light Orchestra, released "Mr. Blue Sky" on its 1978 album "Out of the Blue." Songwriter Jeff Lynne said he wrote it after being inspired by a beautiful sunny day in the Swiss Alps.
"London Calling" is a 1979 song off the album of the same name. It's an apocalyptic jam that charted around the world.
Released in 1978, "Rock Lobster by the B-52's charted around the world. It was a hit in Canada.
This 1972 song was performed by Mott the Hoople. It was written by David Bowie and is a highly regarded and influential rock song.
"It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (But I Like It)" was a highly charting glam rock song was released as a single in 1974. David Bowie sang backing vocals on the original track.
"Gold Dust Woman" is a song off of Fleetwood Mac's 1977 album "Rumours." Stevie Nicks confirmed in an interview that "gold dust" was a metaphor for cocaine.
"Just Like Heaven" was released by The Cure in 1987. It was their first hit in the U.S. and has been widely covered.
"Where Is My Mind?" is a track off of The Pixies 1988 debut album "Surfer Rosa." It was written by frontman Francis Black and inspired by his experience scuba diving in the Caribbean.