I TRUCKING HATE Springsteen (sorry). I also can't stand Bob Dylan...(again sorry) U2 is a great band from the 80's I like the first 4 albums but it is not something I would pass on as classic rock. (U2 is NOT Classic Rock) Yes I did forget The Clash. Go ahead and add..
The Clash - London Calling
The Clash - The Clash
Blue Cheer - Vincebum Eruptum
My list is not perfect and it will forget a few artists... I like The Doobie Brothers, Janis Joplin, James Gang, Humble Pie, Small Faces, The Faces, Grand Funk Railroad, George Thorogood, Free, Foghat, Eddie Money, Deep Purple, CCR, Buffalo Springfield, Bob Seger, Blue Oyster Cult, Blackfoot, Billy Thorpe, Joe Walsh, Jefferson Starship, John Mayall, Loverboy, MC5, Nazareth, The Outlaws, Pat Benatar, Pat Travers, Wings, Queen, Rainbow, Reo Speedwagon, Robert Plant, Roxy Music, Ten Years After, Tom Petty, Tommy Bolin, Uriah Heep, The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, Waren Zevon, West, Bruce, and Laing, .38 Special, The Pretenders, King Crimson, Electric Light Orchestra, Billy Squier, The Band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Argent, April Wine, Captain Beefheart.
I like all the above bands but I am not going to go "Hey son listen to this album by REO Speedwagon - REO Speedwagon II" I would say "hey listen to these two tracks on the album "Music Man" and "Golden Country" or "Hey son here is a Greatest Hits of "Grand Funk Railroad" if you find this accessible then I will loan you my copy of "E Pluribus Funk" so you can listen to songs like "I Come Tumblin'" or " People Lets Stop The War" But I would most likely only do this after he had listened to the first 100 albums I listed in my earlier post.
There is nothing wrong with 5 Cheap Trick albums or 3 Styx albums. I love the classic 7 albums from Styx along with their Wooden Nickel label stuff but I named the three big ones that are easily accessible to someone starting out with classic rock. Either the person will hate Styx or they will like them or they will only like a greatest hits album by them. That goes for any of the bands I listed in this specific response post.