When I first started this topic I could have very easily picked this song to be the first one featured. Between “Hotel California” and “Free Bird,” it’s really all a matter of preference as to which one usually gets picked as the all time best. There is certainly a case for “Free Bird” to be the all time great. There is a bit of fun history that comes with this song too. When writing the song, the guitar solos that finish the song were added originally to give singer Ronnie Van Zant a chance to rest his voice, as the band was playing several sets per night at clubs at the time. This solo is truly on another level and still to this day is iconic. Like “Hotel California,” it’s very memorable and you can sing along to the solo. I know every time I hear this song, it makes me want to play air drums or air guitar along with it.
Lynyrd Skynyrd- Free Bird (Live in 1977):