What are the few greatest rock songs ever? A matter of personal taste, certainly to a point. The objective standard is that the song have epic sweep. Another criterion: it’s not obscure. Off the top of my head, here are several:
- Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb”
- GNR “November Rain”
- Pearl Jam “Black”
- Lynyrd Skynyrd “Tuesday’s Gone”
- Prince “Purple Rain”
The Rolling Stones or The Who do nothing for me. Like I said, there is the matter of personal taste. As to “Comfortably Numb,” below is David Gilmour’s 2006 live performance in Gdansk, same concert as the video in the previous post. Some things to keep an eye on:
- Gilmour’s four-minute outro.
- Outstanding camera work.
- Richard Wright is there on keyboards as well, shortly before his passing. He sings Roger Waters’ lines in that song.
- The orchestra is conducted by Zbigniew Preisner, same one — Krzysztof Kieślowski’s film score writer on “The Decalogue,” “The Double Life of Veronique,” and the “Three Color Trilogy.”
A triple-crucifix monument appears sometimes in this video. You can see it several times over in the distance over Richard Wright’s shoulder. Also as a close-up. That is a monument at the Gdansk shipyard that the Marxist/atheist Communist authorities in 1980 conceded to permitting. It honors the striking shipyard workers of 1970 on whom police opened fire. The concession, at the time, would have been equivalent to Americans now getting a monument in honor of Whites murdered in black crime.