Little Ditties: 20 Short But Sweet Classic Rock Songs That Leave Us Wanting More

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10. Cheap Trick “Hello There” (1:40)


The song, off of 1977’s In Color, was written by lead guitarist Rick Nielsen and was often used as the set opener for the band’s live shows. Nielsen has said that he wrote the song because the band didn’t always get sound checks in their early days, and he felt that instead of playing a more melodic song to kick off the show, this would be a perfect, raucous opener.
9. The Who “Tommy Can You Hear Me?” (1:36)


Written by Pete Townshend and included on the band’s 1969 rock opera, Tommy, the song describes the protagonist Tommy being captivated by his reflection in a mirror as his parents try to reach him. In 1972, the track became the theme song for The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).