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When most of us bought a 45, we did so for the A-Side, but the B-Side could also hold some glorious treasures, too. 

(One could argue that certain B-Sides were better than their A counterparts, but let’s save that topic for another list.)

While 45s might be more of a niche item in the resurgence of vinyl, let’s look back at these eight iconic tracks that were B-Sides.

Queen – “We Will Rock You”

One of classic rock’s most recognizable songs, “We Will Rock You” was the B-Side to that other ditty from 1977’s News of the World, “We Are The Champions.”

Queen - We Will Rock You (Official Video)

Subscribe to the Official Queen Channel Here Taken from News Of The World, 1977. Queen - 'We Will Rock You' Click here to buy the DVD with this video at the Official Queen Store: The official 'We Will Rock You' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 1'.


Beatles – “Revolution”

Honestly, there could be a whole B-Side list just about The Beatles, but when it came time for pressing this bold classic to a 45, “Hey Jude” scored the A-Side.

The Beatles - Revolution

The Beatles 1 Video Collection is Out Now. Get your copy here: "When you talk about destruction, don't you know that you can count me out" "I did the slow version and I wanted it out as a single: as a statement of The Beatles' position on Vietnam and The Beatles' position on revolution.


Fleetwood Mac – “Silver Springs”

“Silver Springs” was supposed to end up on Fleetwood Mac’s masterpiece Rumours, and the reasons why it didn’t depend on who you ask in the band.  While it ended up originally being the B-Side to “Go Your Own Way,” “Silver Springs” ended up on Fleetwood Mac’s 1997 live album The Dance and was finally released as a proper single.

Fleetwood Mac- Silver Springs

This is in my opinion the best version of the song. Taken from the album- 25 Years: The Chain.


The Righteous Brothers – “Unchained Melody”

Written by Alex North and Hy Zaret in 1955, the Righteous Brothers would release their version ten years later as the B-Side to “Hung on You.” As the classic story goes, when DJs weren’t impressed with “Hung on You,” they checked out a B-Side, and “Unchained Melody” took off.

Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody (High Quality)

this Classic oldie is brought to you by TheBestOldies. we hope you enjoy the song. Keep the oldies alive


Booker T & The MG’s  – “Green Onions”

One of the most influential instrumental tracks ever, “Green Onions” was the B-Side to “Behave Yourself” released in 1962 and has been including in a ridiculous amount of films and TV shows.

Green Onions (1) (MONO Audio)

Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group Green Onions (1) (MONO Audio) · Booker T. & The MG's Green Onions ℗ 1962 Atlantic Records Writer: Al Jackson Jr. Writer: Booker T. Jones Writer: Lewie Steinberg Writer: Steve Cropper Auto-generated by YouTube.


Rolling Stones – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

As previously mentioned with the entry from the Beatles, there could be a B-Side list just about The Rolling Stones, too, so picking just one B-Side track from them was difficult, but we went with “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” which was the B-Side to “Honky Tonk Women,” because it continues to be a setlist mainstay decades later.

You Can't Always Get What You Want

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group You Can't Always Get What You Want · The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed ℗ 1969 ABKCO Music & Records Inc. Released on: 1969-12-05 Producer: Jimmy Miller Composer Lyricist: Mick Jagger Composer Lyricist: Keith Richards Auto-generated by YouTube.


The Beach Boys – “God Only Knows”

It’s hard to believe that one of the most beautiful, iconic songs in the Beach Boys’ catalog was released as a B-Side.  (The A-Side is “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.”)  It would go on to be the first dance to countless newlywed couples and number 25 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The Beach Boys - God only knows

beach boys god only knows

David Bowie – “Suffragette City”

The B-Side to “Starman,” “Suffragette City” was originally offered to Mott The Hoople.  They passed and opted to record “All The Young Dudes,” which is easily one of the best win-win situations in classic rock history.  Wham bam, thank you ma’am, indeed!

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.