Keith’s Playlists: Rock ‘n’ Roll Is In the Words (aka Best "Rock ‘n’ Roll" Songs)

These are not the best rock ‘n’ roll songs, but the best songs with the words “rock and roll” in them somewhere. The earliest track here is from 1935 and the latest from 2013!

What else would you include? (And note there are three obvious ones I left out: “We Built This City” by Starship as it’s one of the worst songs ever written; “The Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Huey Lewis and the News (nice guys but I can’t stand their music); “Rock and Roll” by Gary Glitter partly because its use at sporting events has killed the song for me, and partly because Glitter is a scumbag.)

  • “If It Feels Good, Do It” by Sloan
  • “Gotta Have Rock and Roll” by Heartless Bastards
  • “Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin
  • “Rock and Roll Music” by Chuck Berry
  • “Get Rhythm in Your Feet (and Music In Your Soul)” by The Benny Goodman Orchestra with Helen Ward – From all the way back in 1935, one of the first big hits to use the words “rock and roll”
  • “Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio?” by The Ramones
  • “I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • “We’re Gonna Rock” by Wild Bill Moore – Another oldie, from the late-1940s, a rough gem with honking saxes taking the role that electric guitar solos would later assume in rock ‘n’ music
  • “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me” by Billy Joel and “That’s Damn Rock & Roll” by Eric Church – Two very different artists from two different eras but I lump them together here as the gist of both songs is similar: the music
  • “Rock and Roll All Nite” by KISS
  • “Rock & Roll Band” by Boston
  • “Rock and Roll” by The Velvet Underground
  • “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger – My parents’ all-time favorite song!
  • “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” by Rick Derringer – I prefer this version to the Johnny Winter original
  • “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)” by The Rolling Stones


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