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The Ten Greatest Classic Rock April “Fool’s” Day Songs

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We’re not foolin’ around with this list. Well, actually, we kind of are.

In celebration of April 1st a.k.a. “April Fool’s Day”, here are the ten greatest classic rock songs with “fool” in the title.


“Ship Of Fools”

Robert Plant



Robert Plant was a bon fide success as a solo artist in 1988. He continued to ride that wave with his fourth solo album ‘Now And Zen’ thanks to the singles “Tall Cool One”, “Heaven Knows” and this elegant ballad.



“What A Fool Believes”

The Doobie Brothers



Disco was ruling the charts in the spring of 1979 when along came The Doobie Brothers with this infectious tune sung by Michael McDonald. McDonald, who also co-wrote the song along with Kenny Loggins, took The Doobie Bros. to the top of the charts and earned the band two Grammys (Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year) with this one.



“Fool To Cry”

The Rolling Stones



The Rolling Stones have recorded some amazing ballads over the years. It’s slow rockers like “Angie” and “Wild Horses” that get the most attention but this precious gem from 1976’s ‘Black and Blue’ album may be their most underrated ballad of them all.



“Fool For The City”




Foghat’s ‘Fool For The City’ was a huge hit for the band in 1975 thanks to the top 20 single “Slow Ride” and this tune which helped define the “Boogie Rock” sound of the mid-70s.



“Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)”




The high-energy synthesizer intro by Dennis DeYoung sets up some beautiful acoustic strumming from Tommy Shaw who also wrote this Styx classic. Relax, take it easy, and enjoy some vintage rock and roll.



“The Fool On The Hill”

The Beatles



Paul McCartney wrote this song about a man who is labeled a fool but it turns out he is actually a wise man. Now who’s the fool? 😉



“Fooled Around And Fell In Love”

Elvin Bishop



Elvin Bishop was known as a bluesman when he surprised everyone including himself with this pop rock hit. Bishop said in an interview once that the song just flowed out of him and “damn near wrote itself”.




Def Leppard



Def Leppard’s collaborations with producer Mutt Lange are legendary. This track from the ‘Pyromania’ album stands as one of the greatest moments in Lep/Lange history. They were most definitely not foolin’ around when they recorded this classic.



“Fool In The Rain”

Led Zeppelin



This may be Led Zeppelin’s most fun song of all while the lyrics are just downright funny. It’s about a man who is supposed to meet a woman on a certain corner. When the woman doesn’t show up, he thinks he’s been stood up. It turns out he was standing on the wrong corner….in the rain! Poor fool.



“Won’t Get Fooled Again”

The Who



This is one of those moments where you’re hearing four amazingly talented musicians firing on all cylinders. Keith Moon is all over this track, manically and maniacally pounding away. John Entwistle rides the time changes effortlessly on the bass, Pete Townshend’s synthesizer work builds to a musical uprising and Roger Daltrey belts out one the most legendary screams in rock history.


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