220px-SecondHelpingLynyrdSkynyrd#2 – Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Sweet Home Alabama” – (1974)

There is a lot that can be said about this song. It’s sort of like the anthem for the Deep South. The Confederate Flag has been in the news a lot lately and this is sort of its theme song. It has a really catchy guitar riff and was written as a reply to Neil Young’s “Southern Man” and “Alabama.” Neil Young later agreed that the shots they took at him in this song were deserved. This is a song about a time – it may have been 1974 but the wounds of the 60s were still healing. This is the definitive southern rock song and one of the definitive classic rock songs. Like it or not, you must admit this is a piece of American history.