Best Songs About Rock 'n' Roll


Any song, rock or otherwise, that talks, screams, gyrates or in any way comments on the genre of Rock 'n' Roll. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Rock 'n' Roll - Led Zeppelin
Been a long time since I...

2 Guitars and a screamin' lead singer. What else could you want. Direct and rockin'

Plain out rock and roll at the core
Its been a long time
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2I Love Rock 'N Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Probably the best song of 1982


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3Takin' Care of Business - Bachman-Turner Overdrive Listen to sample

4We Will Rock You - Queen Listen to sample

5Rock N' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution - AC/DC
This is a great song... And ac/dc are the gods of rock n roll.. !

6Rock You Like a Hurricane - The Scorpions Listen to sample

7Rock and Roll All Nite - KISS
One of the only bands on this list that is still rocking out in arenas today. Rock and Roll all Night is the anthem to all partys anywhere
kiss rocks
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8It's A Long Way To The Top - AC/DC
Anthemic from start to finish and pure rock brilliance to put bagpipes right along side the instrument of rock 'n roll. It crunches and it soars while still remaining true to rock n roll roots.

GREAT! I love AC/DC. I love the bagpipes in this song also. Awesome!
Any rock song that has a bagpipe solo is awesome.
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9Rockin' in the Free World - Neil Young Listen to sample

10Let There Be Rock - AC/DC
Love this song. Its my favorite of all AC/DC songs


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11I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister Listen to sample

12Rock and Roll Music - Chuck Berry
Chuck started it all and the Beatles covered it nicely.

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13For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC

14So You Want To Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star - The Byrds
Petty does a nice live cover of this classic song.

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15Rockin' All Over the World - Status Quo Listen to sample

16Money for Nothing - Dire Straits
Talkin' 'bout perceptions. So easy to be a musician. Ask anyone...

Why is it that whenever a song is sung in First Person, and it APPEARS it is the opinion of the singer or writer, there is a lot of controversy? This one and 'Short People' by Randy Newman got a lot of flack for its content. Both are about prejudice as seen from the bigot's view.

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17Truckin' - Grateful Dead
Probably the reason the Dead let their fans video tape and tape record their music/shows is that no one would have remembered them unless they were archived somehow. Ah, to have been there...or was I?

18Play Guitar - John Mellencamp
He says it direct, "Forgit all that macho s*** and learn how to play guitar". He could not have written a more basic rock 'n' roll song than this one. Mellencamp even injects a bit of the 'ole garage band into the piece. I never git tired of listening to this one. Lotsa fun.

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19Beelzeboss - Tenacious D Listen to sample

20Rock 'n' Roll High School - The Ramones Listen to sample

21American Pie - Don McLean
Though "coded" in most cases, this song mentions The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Dylan, The Stones, Chuck Berry, Janis Joplin, The Byrds, Alan Freed, Phil Spector, of course Buddy Holly, and several more.
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22There's Only One Way to Rock - Sammy Hagar Listen to sample

23I Was a Punk Before You Were a Punk - The Tubes
A funny song from THE Rock Satirists whose stage show was intense, sexy, sensual (especially with Re Styles) and with an acrid taste to it. This song from their live album, "What Do You Want From Live" gores all the punks who were basically low-lifes that burned out quickly (i.e., no talent and lots of personal problems). Skewered and served up with relish.

24Long Live Rock 'n Roll - Rainbow Listen to sample

25Rock of Ages - Def Leppard

26Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? - The Ramones
Rock music doesn't deserve to be generic, don't you agree?
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27Rockaway Beach - The Ramones Listen to sample

28Eagle Rock - Daddy Cool Listen to sample

29Rock n Roll N***** - Patti Smith Listen to sample

30Rock and Roll Band - Boston Listen to sample

31Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution - AC/DC
A power ballad from AC/DC. but it's a tribute to rock and roll
Heavy decibels are playing on my guitar
We got vibrations comin' up from the floor
We're just listening' to the rock
That's givin' too much noise
Are you deaf you wanna hear some more
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32Detroit Rock City - Kiss Listen to sample

33Forever - Skid Row Listen to sample

34Thunderstruck - AC/DC Listen to sample

35Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult Listen to sample

36Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi Listen to sample

37Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry Listen to sample

38Somebody Save Me - Cinderella Listen to sample

39Have You Ever Seen the Rain? - Creedence Clearwater Revival Listen to sample

40Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple Listen to sample

41Dream Warrior - Dokken Listen to sample

42Faroeste Caboclo - LegiĆ£o Urbana Listen to sample

43Rock the Night - Europe Listen to sample

44Paradise City - Guns N' Roses Listen to sample

45You've Got Another Thing Coming - Judas Priest Listen to sample

46Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin Listen to sample

47Black Dog - Led Zeppelin Listen to sample

48Me Against the World - Lizzy Borden Listen to sample

49Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd Listen to sample

50Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd Listen to sample

51Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd Listen to sample

52Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crue Listen to sample

53Talk Dirty to Me - Poison Listen to sample

54Spread Your Wings - Queen Listen to sample

55Eyes of the Stranger - Queensryche Listen to sample

56Round and Round - Ratt Listen to sample

57Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones Listen to sample

58Tom Sawyer - Rush Listen to sample

59Black Out - Scorpions Listen to sample

60Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row Listen to sample

61Free - Stryper Listen to sample

62The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy Listen to sample

63Hot for Teacher - Van Halen Listen to sample

64Cherry Pie - Warrant Listen to sample

65Wild Child - W.A.S.P. Listen to sample

66Love Ain't No Stranger - Whitesnake Listen to sample

67Hells Bells - AC/DC Listen to sample

68Aqualung - Jethro Tull Listen to sample

69Don't Stop Believin' - Journey Listen to sample

70Love Gun - Kiss Listen to sample

71I Love It Loud - Kiss Listen to sample

72Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

73Cum On Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot Listen to sample

74Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf Listen to sample

75We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister Listen to sample

76Rock' N' Roll - Skrillex Listen to sample

77Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
This is song is all time best rock n roll number... How can it be so low in the list... !
The king is just flawless in this number!
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78Burning Love - Elvis Presley
The best 'rock n roll'song of elvis. A BILLBOARD and UK top ten chart topper.
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79A Little Less Conversation - Elvis Presley
An awesome super duper song the king is flawless. Please vote this song.
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80Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger Listen to sample

81It's Only Rock 'n' Roll - The Rolling Stones
But I like ithah...

The playfulness that Jagger puts into the vocals is almost contradictory to Rock yet along side the 2 guitar attack and rhythm section of Watts and Wyman this song say loud and clear... I like it tah...

Wicked vocals, fun song
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82Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll - Ian Dury and the Blockheads
Lotsa of fun (like rock and roll), sounds dirty (like rock 'n' roll), makes fun of and is rock 'n' roll.

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83A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy - The Kinks
Always expect Ray Davies to serve up something different when commenting on any subject. Not back beat here, just a good solid song.

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Updated Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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