Much like Time-Life's other series chronicling popular music, volumes in the "Classic Rock" series covered a specific time period, including single years in some volumes and stylistic trends in others. Each volume was issued on a compact disc, cassette or (on volumes issued through 1990) 2-LP vinyl record set. Individual volumes generally contained 22 tracks, and represented the highlighted time period's most popular and noteworthy tracks. Also included was a booklet, containing liner notes written by some of the most respected historians of the genre, photographs of the artists, and information on the songs (writers, performers and peak position on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 chart).
1 The Byrds–Eight Miles High
2 The Mamas And The Papas*–California Dreamin'
3 The Left Banke–Walk Away Renee
4 Sam And Dave*–Hold On! I'm Comin'
5 Donovan–Mellow Yellow
6 The Beach Boys–Wouldn't It Be Nice
7 Tommy James And The Shondells–Hanky Panky
8 The Knickerbockers–Lies
9 The Supremes–My World Is Empty Without You
10 Lou Christie–Lightnin' Strikes
11 The Lovin' Spoonful–Daydream
12 Paul Revere And The Raiders–Hungry
13 The Capitols–Cool Jerk
14 Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels–Devil With A Blue Dress On / Good Golly Miss Molly
15 The Monkees–Last Train To Clarksville
16 The Miracles–Going To A Go-Go
17 The Outsiders –Time Won't Let Me
18 Stevie Wonder–Uptight (Everything's Alright)
19 Los Bravos–Black Is Black
20 Wilson Pickett–Land Of 1000 Dances
21 The Association –Along Comes Mary
22 The Yardbirds–Over Under Sideways Down