The music of my parents generation didn't rely on digital bass tracks or Auto-Tuning to craft a hit song. Instead, the artists of the seventies and eighties rocked out using the tools they had – electric guitars, drum sets, sweet vocals, and a whole lot of hair. Two great creators of music from that haira... I mean era, were Meat Loaf and Toto.  Today, the very best of albums from both artists are available free on Google Play with each featuring more than a dozen songs. The albums normally would ring up to about twelve bucks apiece, so it's a pretty nice gift from Google.

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You may not have had the same quality of classic rock education I did growing up (I listened to a lot of cassettes in the back seat of the family Suburban on road trips) so I'll forgive you if you don't recognize the names of these artists. To help jog your memory here are a few of the biggest hits of each group.

Meat Loaf

  • Bat Out of Hell
  • I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)
  • Paradise by the Dashboard Light


  • Hold the Line
  • Rosanna
  • Africa

Google is also offering another free album today, Play: Classic Rock. It only includes five songs, two of which are already part of other playlists, so it's not as impressive as the Toto and Meat Loaf albums. But hey, two out of three ain't bad. Click the source links below to add the songs to your collection. Rock on!

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Update: As some readers have pointed out, this may be a US only deal. Let us know in the comments below if it works in any other countries.