What is it that makes a great classic rock song so great? Is it the guitars? Is it the vocals? The drums? The bass? Actually, the answer is a collective "yes" to all of the above and you’re about to find out why.

Rick Beato is a musician/producer who has released a series of videos where he breaks down some of the most iconic rock songs ever and explains why they have become an essential part of music history.

With the ability to extract and isolate each instrument from the tracks Beato examines the songs verse by verse, chord by chord and instrument by instrument to demonstrate how the whole of a classic song becomes even greater than the sum of its amazing parts.

So far Beato has covered legendary tracks from several i95 artists like The Police, Boston, Steely Dan, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Van Halen, Toto, Tom Petty, Soundgarden, Metallica, Alice in Chains, Rush and Stone Temple Pilots. Let's check out some of them now...

Steely Dan "Kid Charlemagne":


Boston "Hitch A Ride":


Van Halen "Runnin' With The Devil":


The Police "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic":


Tom Petty "I Won't Back Down":


Here is a bio of Beato taken from his website rickbeato.com:
Rick Beato is a musician, teacher, and father of three. Rick has worked as a writer/producer with various bands in the rock and country genres. Two albums that he produced for NeedtoBreathe – “The Outsiders” (2009) and “The Reckoning” (2012) – won Dove Awards in the Best Rock/Contemporary category. He co-wrote “Carolina” with Parmalee in 2013, which climbed to number 1 on the Billboard’s Country Music Chart.

He is certified to teach grades K-12 and holds a bachelor’s in music from Ithaca College and a master’s in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory of Music. He is presently a member of the Board of Directors at The GLOBE Academy dual-language immersion charter school in Atlanta, GA.

To view every episode of "What Makes This Song Great?" go HERE.

To see more of Beato’s music video series check out his YouTube page HERE.



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