A song can become an 'instant classic' if it really captures a moment in time - eg Three Lions in '96, the obvious ones like Band Aid etc. Those are few and far between, and not on your list.
To earn the classic title the traditional way, the song needs to endure, naturally, and either represent a band (Smells Like Teen Spirit), an era (Puple Haze), a sound (Bohemian Rhapsody), an emotion (Layla)..... It can be anything, but its a connection that sets it on a pedestal above its peers. Newer songs struggle, as time is what gives it its gravitas (that and most stuff nowadays is **** in comparison!), but its faesable if it really captures the heart for something new to be a classic.
Half those songs would struggle to be classics in that artists own back catelogue, not like its the big name songs you've been listening to
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Last edited by cpr; 23-08-2012 at 05:45 PM.