Only time will really tell whether a song has the power beyond just the gimmicky trends. Outside of the usual schtick of being the hot new thing, you have to have a certain x-factor that puts you over the edge into true greatness. Otherwise, we wouldn't be calling albums like this classic, now would we.
Although rock is still as alive and well as it ever was, these are the albums that are staying evergreen no matter how many road miles they've had over the years. Aside from just being fantastic songs, a lot of the lyrical themes and guitar licks behind these albums haven't aged a day either, becoming the template for what the next generation of rock would be looking like going forward. Same rules apply here for classic rock though: the album has to have been out for at least 30 years and must still hold weight as a powerful piece of art outside of the era that it belonged to.
You could have a million great albums from the disco era of rock, but these are the albums with no misses and without gimmicks that would be tired and cliche after a handful of years. At the inception of rock, people were clowning on this genre for not having the staying power to last beyond a hand full of years, but here we are, backed with the tunes that got us grooving back in the day.
12. Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan
The bluesy guitar player has been gotten glossed over so many times that it's pretty much a cliche at this point. Ever since the days of Hendrix, it feels like every other guitar player feels like they can get by by just getting a fuzz pedal and blasting some BB King riffs that they learned in their garage. It's been played out, guys...and Stevie Ray Vaughan already reached that perfection back in the '80s.
Yeah, as much as it seems like this record existed since the dawn of time, it took until the '80s that we were visited by one of the greatest bluesmen this side of Muddy Waters and Albert King. Fresh off his time as a session musician backing David Bowie on Let's Dance, Stevie turned down the chance to tour with the Thin White Duke to craft this collection of songs, which remain the textbook example of blues rock.
Although every single one of these tunes follow the standard bluesy progression that everyone's tired of, not once does it ever seem boring coming from Stevie, whether it's the loose groove of Pride and Joy or the freight train intensity of something like the instrumental Rude Mood. Stevie may not have had much time with us on this Earth, but what he did give us is something we've been trying to decipher for years.