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The Top Ten Classic Rock March-ing Songs

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At ease Rock Soldiers, the month of March is here and it’s time turn up the volume for the ten greatest classic rock songs with a marching beat.



10

“Jacob’s Ladder”

Rush

 

 

The title of this Rush classic is a reference from the Bible’s Old Testament, Genesis 28:10-22 where Jacob has a dream about a stairway leading straight to Heaven.

Drummer Neal Peart uses a marching drum beat to paint the picture of a man marching onward and upward, literally.

 

9

“Rock Brigade”

Def Leppard

 

 

Stand at attention and turn the volume up at the 1:50 mark of this old-school Def Leppard classic from 1980. That’s when you’ll hear the Rock Brigade march proudly in honor of their favorite band.

 

8

“Marching To Mars”

Sammy Hagar

 

 

Sammy Hagar is marching to Mars and it may end up being a long strange trip. This title track from Sammy’s first post-Van Halen solo album was co-written by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.

 

7

“Rock Soldiers”

Ace Frehley

 

 

Rock, two, three four! Calling Rock Soldiers!

Ace Frehley lives to tell the story of a near-death accident on this track from Ace’s 1987 solo album ‘Frehley’s Comet’.

 

6

“Let ‘Em In”

Paul McCartney & Wings

 

 

Sir Paul’s having a party and everyone’s invited. Just march right on in. The more the merrier for Paul McCartney on this Wings classic from his 1976 album ‘Wings At The Speed Of Sound”.

 

5

“Ants Marching”

The Dave Matthews Band

 

 

Dave Matthews uses ants marching as a metaphor to explain the monotony of people’s day-to-day lives on this early Dave Matthews Band classic from 1993.

 

4

“Bring The Boys Back Home”

Pink Floyd

 

 

Roger Waters once told Mojo magazine that this military marching track may be the most important of all from Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ saying “The loss of a father is the central prop upon which the whole thing stands.”

 

3

“Rainy Day Women #12 & #35”

Bob Dylan

 

 

From the serious to the silly we go with Bob Dylan’s “Rainy day Women #12 & #35″. This top ten single from 1966 is on every stoner’s iPod even though Dylan has insisted this is not a drug song.

 

2

“Tusk”

Fleetwood Mac

 

 

If you’re going to write a great song to march to why not bring in an actual marching band? That’s just what Fleetwood Mac did as they brought in The University of Southern California marching band on this classic track from ’79.

 

1

“Sunday Bloody Sunday”

U2

 

 

This song is not a rebel song, this song is called “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and it’s the #1 classic rock marching song on this list.

Larry Mullen Jr.’s opening military marching beat is as iconic as the song itself. Bono asks, “How long must we sing this song?” I say, “As long as you want to Bono. As long as you want to.”

 

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