In a singles-driven era for the music industry, our list of the 20 best classic rock songs of 2016 shows how stars who rose to fame in another era can still manage. Artists like David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon and Graham Nash helped define when albums were king, but they still have the ability, all those decades later, to condense it all into an individual moment of brilliance. that springs from our speakers.
Most of these songs – even those from newcomers like the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Airbourne – haven’t exactly reached the top of the singles charts, but that’s more of an indictment of the current industry climate than a big blow to the job. We think the Top 20 Classic Rock Songs of 2016 will stick around for much longer anyway.