Can You Complete These Classic Rock Lyrics?


By: Olivia Cantor

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About This Quiz

Classic rock is a genre that defined an era, becoming timeless through generations. Do you know these hit classic rock tunes? Open up the quiz and test yourself out while rocking to the grooves!

The genre of classic rock is very much identified with the songs developed during the '70s. But essentially, classic rock encompasses songs of the earlier rock genres or rock-and-roll offshoots that were released in albums and got good radio airplay. In short, these are the popular rock tunes that blasted from the radios and later boomboxes, with each generation adding a distinct style and feel to the songs of their era. That's because music experts count classic rock as songs that were developed from the 1960s all the way to the 1980s. And if there are similar sounds that popped up during the 1990s and beyond, then it can be classified as being influenced by the classic rock genre.

Classic rock songs were mostly written and performed by rock bands. But there have been a few instances where solo artists also created classics. Some of these songs became anthems of specific generations. And today's professionals -- who grew up listening to such songs -- are reviving or rebooting these classic rock songs when they include it in commercial jingles, TV or movie soundtracks. Then, a whole new generation gets introduced to these timeless classics.

So are you feeling the beat yet? Then come on and rock on with this cool quiz!

"On a dark desert__, cool wind in my hair"

"On a dark desert highway" is how the Eagles' classic hit "Hotel California” opens. This song gets performed as a cover now, all over the globe, wherever there's an acoustic band act onstage.


"Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the ___?"

Scaramouche is a fictional character that's like a clown type. In "Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen asks if this character can do the Fandango dance.


"Drove my ___ to the levee but the levee was dry"

Don McLean's “American Pie” sings of how he "drove the Chevy to the levee." This classic was released back in 1971, but Madonna remade this into a dance tune back in 2000.


"I don't need to fight/ To prove I'm__"

The Who's "Baba O’Riley” has a great opening riff then proceeds to great lyrics. "I don't need to fight/To prove I'm right" is a sentiment of the times when they wrote it.


"Get your motor __ / Head out on the highway"

Steppenwolf's opening lyrics to “Born To Be Wild” must have been sung by all the teenage rebels of the world. "Get your motor runnin'" is also the motto of the motorcycle-riding adventurers of the hippie generation.


"Girl, we couldn't get much __"

The Doors' 1967 hit “Light My Fire” was almost watered down when the group was asked to perform on TV. But instead of editing out the word "higher" which refers to recreational drug use, they still sang it!


"There's a lady who's sure/ All that glitters is __"

Led Zeppelin's classic song "Stairway to Heaven” sings of a lady who's sure that all that glitters is gold. You should hear the guitar work on this one!


"And this bird you cannot __."

"Free Bird” is a song by Lynyrd Skynyrd. The 1973 hit sings of how his girl can't change him, because he's as free as a bird now.


"I got a black magic __ / Got me so blind I can't see"

Santana's “Black Magic Woman" was released in 1970. Many of today's rockers have been influenced by this song, and by Carlos Santana himself.


"__ on the water, a fire in the sky"

Deep Purple's opening riff on “Smoke On The Water" is a heavily sampled hook. Hiphop artists and other rock musicians use this sample hook in their songs, like what Boogie Down Productions and Derek B did.


"We will, we will __ you!"

Did you know that "We Will Rock You” is a favorite Queen song to be included and remade in movies and TV? Pepsi even did a commercial where this song was being performed by Beyonce, Britney Spears and Pink!


"She told me to __ this way"

Aerosmith's "Walk This Way” was a 1975 rock hit. But Run-DMC gave it new life when they rapped it up back in 1986, even teaming up with Aerosmith for the performance!


"Our only goal will be the __ shore"

The opening of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song” is another favorite of Hollywood films for spoofing. Jack Black used it in School of Rock, as well as the makers of Shrek in Shrek 3.


You'd have me down, down, down on my __ / Now wouldn't you, Barracuda?

Heart's 1977 classic “Barracuda" sings of someone who can have anyone down on their knees. In this one, the women rock it!


"Sweet home __ / Where the skies are so blue"

"Sweet Home Alabama" was a Lynyrd Skynrd hit in 1974. Forrest Gump used this in the film soundtrack, since he's from that state.


"__ __ __, bang the gong, __ __ __"

T. Rex's 1971 hit “Bang A Gong” is still familiar with audiences today. Its "Get it on" hook is indeed an ear-catcher.


"Mama, mama, ain't no __ , no __"

Led Zeppelin's 1975 “Kashmir” opening riff was used as the end music for the final scene in The Matrix. Ain't no denyin' indeed that this song rocks!


"Pour some __ on me"

Def Leppard's 1987 hit “Pour Some Sugar On Me” is an ode to the earlier classic rock songs before this decade. Tom Cruise also sang this in Rock Of Ages, mind you.


"I can't get no__"

The Rolling Stones sung "They can't get no satisfaction” back in 1965. I'm sure they got it now, after how many decades ...


"Why don't you come to your __"

The Eagles invites the “Desperado” one to "come to your senses." Glenn Frey and Don Henley wrote this one back in 1973.


"Come on baby, don't fear the __"

"(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” is a song by the Blue Oyster Cult. The Beautiful South and Wilco did cover versions of this song.


"We're just two lost souls/ Swimming in a __ __."

Pink Floyd's “Wish You Were Here” was released in 1975. But many cover versions existed since then, one of them being Macy Gray and Wyclef Jean's soulful version in a 2005 All Star Jam.


"People livin' in __ / All I want is to have my peace of mind"

Boston's "Peace of Mind" is a classic rock song, hands down a great tune without any "competition" as they sang. It was released in 1976.


"I'm __, darling please, Layla"

Derek and the Dominos originally rocked with the line "I'm begging, darling please." But “Layla” got another whiff of life when co-songwriter Eric Clapton sang it solo and unplugged back in the '90s.


"Come together, __ __, over me"

If you sing "Come Together” someone is bound to sing back "Right now!" and you end up to duet the line "Over me!" Try it!


It's the honky __ women/ Gimme, gimme, gimme the honky__ blues"

The Rolling Stones released "Honky Tonk Women" back in 1969. They can still rock it to this day!


"There must be some kind of way outta here/ Said the joker to the__"

The joker talks to a thief in Jimmy Hendrix's classic "All Along The Watchtower." The guitar genius' rendition became more popular than the original as penned and performed by Bob Dylan.


"She was a fast __ / She kept her motor clean"

“You Shook Me All Night Long” is a rock song by AC/DC. They were singing of how a woman was a fast machine back in 1980.


"Lay your weary __ to rest/ Don't you cry no more"

Lay your weary head to rest, sang Kansas in “Carry On Wayward Son.” The song was released back in 1976.


"Don't stop__ / Hold on to the feelin'"

Journey's "Don’t Stop Believin’" is a favorite rock song used in many TV series. Some of the shows that featured the song are Scrubs, Cold Case, The Sopranos and even Glee.


"The jig is up, the __ is out/ They've finally found me"

The “Renegade” sings of a rebel but the news had him captured. This song is a Styx classic from 1978.


"Some people call me the space __, yeah"

Some call “The Joker” the space cowboy, as sung by the Steve Miller Band. This 1973 hit topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts the following year.


"So let it out and let it in, hey __ , begin"

"Hey Jude” is a classic slow rock tune from The Beatles back in 1968. It was penned by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.


Rumor spreadin' 'round/ In that __ town"

The rumor spreading in a Texas town was from ZZ Top's top hit called "La Grange." It was released in 1973 as part of their album called Tres Hombres.


"I wanna rock and roll all night and __ every day"

"Rock and Roll All Nite" and party every day with this Kiss classic. Gene Simmons' unforgettable voice leads this rocking session!


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