220px-Lynyrdskynyrd#18 – Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Free Bird” – (1973)

“Free Bird” was actually the final track on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s debut album. It’s the band’s signature song (right there with “Sweet Home Alabama”) and stands as one of the definitive songs of classic rock. At an album length of just over nine minutes, live versions regularly exceeded 10 (sometimes 15) – including the one below which is actually from Freebird… The Movie, a concert documentary about the band. The joke with this song is, of course, to yell out “Free Bird!” at concerts as it’s one of the most requested songs ever. The song peaked at #19 on the Hot 100 and has one of the greatest guitar solos of all time.

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