Saturday Jul 15, 2023

Top 5 Classic Rock Songs w/ Special Guest M&R Rush (EP48)

After three months and hundreds of votes from around the world, the results of the Derringer Discoveries Top 5 Classic Rock Songs ballot have been tallied! To help present the Top 5 Classic Rock Songs, Team Derringer recruited members of M&R Rush, a classic rock band out of Chicago, to join them for this Classic Rock episode.

In the United States, the definition of Classic Rock comprises rock music ranging generally from the mid-1960s through the mid-1990s, primarily focusing on commercially successful blues rock and hard rock popularized in the 1970s Album Oriented Rock format. Do you agree with this definition?

We asked members of M&R Rush, Marty Mardirosian and John McFarland, to weigh in on each of the Top 5 songs and share the story of their band’s formation. We also wanted to know what it was like to play in a popular rock band in Chicago during what is now considered the heart of the Classic Rock era.

Listen in while Paul, Alton, and Laura (Team Derringer) share interesting tidbits about the artists behind each of the Top 5 Classic Rock Songs and share some song snippets you’re sure to recognize. Marty and John also regale us with their connection to another highly popular Classic Rock band from Chicago: Styx.

Do you agree with the Top 5 Classic Rock songs as voted on by the listeners of Derringer Discoveries? Let us know! You can drop us a line at

Team Derringer would like to thank Marty and John from M&R Rush for helping us count down the Top 5 Classic Rock songs. To find out more about Marty, John, or M&R Rush, please visit their website at:

Members of M&R Rush are:

  • Marty Mardirosian – Drums
  • Roger Hirtz - Bass & Vocals
  • Carl Moszur - Keyboards & Vocals
  • John McFarland - Guitar & Vocals
  • Paul Martin - Guitar & Vocals
  • Jeff Luif - Guitar & Vocals

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