There’s some music that will always stand the test of time. Even after the lights go out, the curtains close, and the band breaks up, great music will live on. Classic rock is the quintessential genre for celebrating the past and listening to the music that has inspired the present.
Now, these aren’t all of the classic rock tees you should own, but a select few that any rocker should be honored to wear. These five shirts are as essential as the albums and artists they derive from, and deserve to be displayed for everyone to see.
The Who–On Target
Not many musicians can create songs as timeless as “My Generation,” “Baba O’Riley,” or “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” But for The Who, these are just some of the incredible tracks they have released throughout their long and successful career.
The Who are currently celebrating their 50th anniversary with “The Who Hits 50 Tour.” So what’s the perfect way for you to celebrate this grand occasion? There’s no other suitable candidate to show your love for Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, and the rest of The Who than with their classic target logo tee.
Rolling Stones–Classic Tongue
Depending on who you ask, The Rolling Stones are considered the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band of all-time. There’s no doubt that Mick Jagger and company are a centerpiece of rock music and pop culture. They are legends of the genre and have inspired generations of musicians. The craziest thing about The Rolling Stones is that they are still together after over fifty years.
The tongue logo first appeared on the 1971 album sleeve of Sticky Fingers, but quickly became the bands signature symbol. Like Dark Side of the Moon, the tongue logo is so recognizable that it doesn’t need to say The Rolling Stones anywhere on the shirt for people to identify it. It’s the perfect tee to show your love for the band, classic rock, and pop culture.
At the time of its release, Boston’s 1976 self-titled album was the fastest selling debut album by an American group, featuring three Top 40 hits, including “More Than a Feeling,” “Something About Your,” and “Foreplay/Long Time.” Another memorable aspect of the release was the incredible album artwork.
Featuring three guitar-shaped spaceships leaving an exploding planet, Boston’s debut album artwork is easily one of the most recognizable in classic rock. This year marks the 40th anniversary of its release, so now is the perfect time to pick up this classic tee.
Led Zeppelin Tour Tee
Unlike most of the bands on this list, Led Zeppelin did not have a long career together, but they undoubtedly had a very successful and beloved one. When Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham formed Led Zeppelin in 1968, they had no idea how influential their music would become. During their twelve years together, Led Zeppelin made nine studio albums that sold hundreds of millions of copies, which has made them the second-best-selling band in the country.
The famous “Swan Song” symbol was used for the band’s record label, Swan Song Records, which they formed in 1973. This shirt is made to look like an original tour tee, which features the band’s name in their signature font, the Swan Song Records logo, and “United States of America 1977” at the bottom. Whether you’re listening to Physical Graffiti on vinyl, or seeing a Led Zeppelin tribute band, this tee is perfect for any occasion.
Pink Floyd–Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is not only one of the most influential and beloved albums of all time, it also holds the record for most weeks spent on the Billboard 200. The album was on the charts for 741 weeks, or over 14 years! It is without question an iconic image that is still recognized by millions around the world, even over 40 years after its release.
Although Pink Floyd had a number of amazing album covers throughout their career, Dark Side of the Moon‘s prism artwork is easily their most well-known. It’s a simplistic design that is both modern and classic.