Greatest Hard Rock Songs

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The Top Ten

Back In Black - AC/DC
ACDC are the gods of music Angus Young the god of guitar Brian johnsen god of singing Phil Rudd god of drums Cliff god of bass and Malcom god of writing music they are the greatest musicians! ROCK ON ACDC!
Back In Black is just one of those songs that makes you bang your head
this song is pure hard rock!!


Back in Black for the win! Best rock song ever and probably my favourite AC/DC song. I love pretty much everything from AC/DC, but Back in Black is just kick ass :D! Amazing instrumental and great singing! I love listening to this song!
[Newest]How many god damn nine year olds are on the internet? This is the most overrated song of all time! Has anyone else noticed that all of they're songs sound the same! What about Hendrix, what about, Zeppelin?

2Livin' On Prayer
Little bit good song... They made some good tunes which developed them
This is the epitome of great American rock songs. It has stood the test of time and will always rock. A true classic.


It's like a national anthem... Most of the people in the world know the lyrics...
[Newest]It's the best song ever. It's just perfect.

3Sweet Child O' Mine
This is just the song that made me fall in love for rock music.. Beautiful lyrics, incredible sound and killer solo makes it a major masterpiece in the history of hard rock.
SCOM RULEZZ, once of the best hard rock songs, with powerful Slash Riff, and sing Axl.
Is probably my favorite song of all time, actually now I hate it because when I first herd it, I listened to it so much that I sick of it now, still the most epic song, especially with that guitar solo and intro
[Newest]Always makes me turn the volume way up! Slash is great!

4Stairway to Heaven
Can't explain this legendary song in words. Ledzepplin rocks to the core m/
Just an amazing song - brings a tear into my eye every sin
Both hard rock and an anthem at the same time.
Song builds to a climax beautifully.
[Newest]Complex and awesome song. Everyone should know it!

5Bohemian Rhapsody
This isn't hard rock! It's soft rock mixed with opera.


bohemian rhapsody! wow this song is very cool! everytime I hear this song it feels like I'm floating in the air.. queen really rocks!
This is the living epitome of hard rock and desrves to be higher on this list. It is a perfect blend of many musical elements and it is very inspiring.
[Newest]Although I don't consider it a Hard Rock song it's a very good song, with an amazing guitar solo

6Second Heartbeat - Avenged Sevenfold
This is one of the best songs by Avenged Sevenfold! The solo by Gates is just amazing, and of course the lyrics... And the chorus!
... This is just awesome...
It's one of the best song of avenged sevenfold indeed... ! Ii mean the song is amazing! The aggressive punk rock feel with the screaming and the rhythm and the SOLO! Damn that's a solo!
Well, This is not Hard Rock...
This is a metalcore song...

7Fade To Black
This song is one of the greatest ever song of METALLICA!
the lyrics are just awesome. And the guitar solo is the best that I've ever heard nothing can beat this!
how do these guys create such music?
Every thing in the song is awesome, the lyrics the guitar, the F GUITAR SOLO, how did bon jovi beat that
Metallica defines hard rock and metal... This song, master of puppets and enter, how do they make such music? Kirk Hammett especially rocks with that guitar shredding! Rock on Metallica!
For me it's the the best slow made any of the hard rock band, and the best ever rock band, what a great song

8Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses
This song is an essention of hard rock.
Top of this list is bad...
Back in Black - ok.
Bohemian Rapsody ISN'T HARD ROCK... I love queen
But it doesn't deserve this place.
Sweet Child O mine - ok, but
Stairway to heaven... I don't think that this is hard rock.
It's more likely rock ballad
Next three are ok but Iron Man IS DOOM METAL SONG... And this
Is a list of best hard rock - not metal songs.
For Whom the bell tolls - the same... Metallica is a Thrash Metal
Band... Only few of they're songs are hard rock... For Whom The Bell
Tolls doesn't count to them. Whole Lotta Love is ok but Fade to Black
Is another Thrash metal song. It's a ballad but not a hard rock.
We Are The Champions isn't Hard Rock song... It hasn't even a guitar solo!
That was enough about songs... Above the Welcome to The Jungle...
That's why I think this must be in first three.
I can't believe I'm not voting for a Disturbed song, but this song KICKS ASS. It's not my favorite song, but my favorite song isn't on this list high enough to really count (read: it's not on the first page and I didn't bother to go to page two), and this song deserves more credit than it has. So I'm gonna go ahead and vote for it.
Welcome to the jungle should definitely be number 1 but a lot of these aren't even hard rock. Personally I prefer Fade to black to this as I am a huge Metallica fan, but Metallica are Heavy metal, not hard rock. Top 5 should be:
Welcome to the jungle
Back in black (ACDC)
Stairway to heaven (Led Zeppelin)
Even flow (Pearl Jam)
And Smoke on the water (Deep purple)
I know Pearl jam are classed as a Grunge band but they sound a lot more like a hard rock band, I'm pretty sure many others would agree
[Newest]Best song of all time, I think this must be in first three with back in black and breaking the law (Judas priest)

9Iron Man
Seriously this song or Paranoid should be number 1. Agreed Livin' on a prayer is a good song but definitely not a hard rock song.
Very good song to hear, best of Black Sabbath according to me? Why is Second Heartbeat of Avenged Sevenfold above this? That's beyond hard rock, people, it's heavy metal!
This song just epitomizes Black Sabbath... They're the true gods of metal... Amazing solo and riffs
Every time you listen you found it awesome

10Born To Be Wild
If there is a more iconic song, I don't know it. Right from the simple but sexy guitar to <everybody stops>... "Born to be wailed" line, this song screams Rock and Roll Rules
Wild song I tell ya
The song belongs to Steppenwolf, not Metallica idiot ass

The Contenders

11Smells Like Teen Spirit
It is the best song I have ever heard man
I love NIRVANA... Kurt rocks.. This is just the song that made me fall in love for rock music.. Beautiful lyrics, incredible sound and killer solo makes it a major masterpiece in the history of hard rock.
Dude it is Grunge.. Not Hard Rock
It's GRUNGE but why on hard rock list duhh! - RESPECT

12Enter Sandman
Hey! This song is a heavy metal, not rock
Seriously? 18th? Are you kidding me? This song should be in top 5. Amazing music.. Haven't you people heard the live version from 1991 monsters of rock?

13Smoke On The Water
This should be at no. 1. It's such a great song. Nice vocals, a world famous guitar riff, and a true story written in the lyrics. This is true hard rock. I honestly do not know why such useless songs from other genres are much higher in this list.
How is this only at 63?! I thought it would be in the top 10, or even at number 1!
It's strange how HARD ROCK Deep Purple and Rainbow songs are lower than Metallica or Led Zeppelin. It's shit. Stairway to Heaven is hard rock song? This song is beautiful and this is rock not hard rock. In terms of hard rock songs like: Smoke on the water, Highway Star, Burn, Man on the silver mountain, Stargazer, Gates of Babylon etc, etc etc should be top 100. And we've got Since you been gone from Rainbow where even Spotlight Kid is more hard rock'ish, Since you been gone is kinda pop with accent of Blackmore's guitar. It's all about popularity not about music it seems

14Paradise City
Really gets you into the song!
This one just gets better with time!

15Highway To Hell
Best song of all time


All I can say is wow...

16How You Remind Me
This thing is just ULTIMATE... I simply CANNOT get enough of this song... It's ADDICTING! LEGENDARY stuff... Enough said!
How you remind me is an amazing song. Chad can sing anything and it will still have meaning to it.
Best song every... You can never get too much of this song... Chad's voice is the very soul of hard rock

17Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
Why is this so low? This is Led Zeppelin at their best!
This definitely beats Bon jovi
Really awesome... One of ma favorite song ever... O dopee

18For Whom the Bell Tolls
An awesome song worth replaying aain and again!

19Pour Some Sugar On Me
This song doesn't need any reason to be on One. And for god's sake Metallica is NOT a hard Rock Band.

Bands like bon jovi are simply overrated
How did this happen number 51, not cool definitely Leppard rocks the house, you can do better.


20November Rain - Guns N Roses

the absolutely mind blowing intro riff and the rest of the song makes you head-bang for ten minutes after you listened to it

22Purple Haze

23Detroit Rock City - KISS

24Stranglehold (Ted Nugent)
The top 10, besides the first two, should be renamed the most overrated rock songs of all time. THIS is a rock song. It starts with a killer riff, moves to two verses, then we get a classic Uncle Ted solo that builds to the final verse.

25I Want It All - Queen

26We Are The Champions

This song is essential of hard rock, and also rock n' roll. In my opinion it deserves to 1st place, but in top 5 it have to be.
Great song for a great band, Wilson sister will be in top 10

28Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin

29American Idiot
I won't say' please vote' cause if you ever heard this song I'm sure you'll vote. (Trust me! )

30No One Like You


32Down With The Sickness
Is there another list "Heavy Metal"? Then this is there Number one. Perhaps a lots don't know the name of the band: Disturbed. Hear it and choose it.

33War Pigs - Black Sabbath
Heavy metal song a decade before metal kicked off


34Kurenai - X Japan
This is unbelievably awesome song. Everyone should listen to it with knowing the meaning of lyrics. Great solo and vocals.

35You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
Start to finish great song with amazing guitar riffs
Seriously? 35? Bah... It deserves to be in top5 at least.

36We Will Rock You

37Misty Mountain Hop

38Dr. Feelgood - Mötley Crüe

39For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC

40Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses
Would it bother you if I said bob dylan wrote this song

41Hells Bells
hell bell has got really cool rock (drums, guitar & bass)


42You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi

43Seven Nation Army

44Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day

45The Trooper
Awesome riffs! Love the guitar playing and the lyrics as well. The starting parts soung like something out of a video game! How the hell does he play that fast!? AwESomE!
Best. Song. Ever. Just simply.

46Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold
Beautiful no other words describe jimmy's vocals leading to an incredible solo that is very fast and cool
This song is amazing...
And the solo in this song is awesome...


I love this song... Is my first Avenged Sevenfold's song ever hear!
Great guitar, great drum (rip the rev :( ), great voice!
Maybe this song can be overcome by bad country and gunslinger

The vocals are amazing, the riff is amazing, and the song is one of the more complex songs by Led Zeppelin. It takes you yo a far-off land, way better than SLTS.

48Crazy Train
Dude this song ruled the roost when ozzy released "the blizzard of ozz" I am so surprised that it is at 29! Can you imagine? Ozzy Osbourne's one of the greatest hits... Man-top ten at least!

49Civil War - Guns N' Roses
My favorite song of all time
Best of ı have ever listen

50My Generation - The Who

51Child In Time - Deep Purple
Most beautiful and sad piece of music I have ever heard. Just listen to Ian Gillan and his magical and operatic voice paired with excellent solos from Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord.
Another gem from Deep Purple. This band is at least for me the best hard rock band, no Led Zeppelin (they are too soft).

52Ready Steady Go - L'Arc~en~Ciel
One of the most known hard rock songs of l'arc~en~ciel


53School's Out
How could the 2nd best Alice cooper song of all time on 51 come on now that was one of his best

54Cum On Feel The Noize - Quiet Riot

55Breakdown - Guns N' Roses

56Beat It
Love dis song first song I heard from MJ EVER! 1


57Eruption / Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love - Van Halen

58Holy Diver
One of the best songs of heavvy metal

59Cowboys From Hell
Amazing Riff! Pantera Forever! Dimebag Rocks! All together run for cover!

60You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Now this is ROCK! Should be way up there With Slow Ride, Just What The Doctor Ordered, Flirtin With Disaster, Stoned Blue

61Nothing Else Matters


63Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

64XXX For You - D'erlanger

65Killing In the Name

66Dead or Alive
greatest acoustic rock song of all time


67Shout At the Devil

68Black Dog

Way too good to be all the way down here.

70All Along the Watchtower

71Over the Hills and Far Away
I don't like some of the lyrics 'friends' wife' but the rest of it is fantastic.

72Another One Bites the Dust


74Rock of Ages

75It's So Easy

76Drink It Down

77Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath

78Show Must Go On
Simply one of the most inspirational songs I've ever heard

79Mama, I'm Coming Home

80Heaven and Hell

81Round And Round

82Bullet With A Name


84The Funeral of Hearts

85Wind of Change - Scorpions

86Rainbow In the Dark

87Good Times, Bad Times

88Cat Scratch Fever

89Metal Health

90I Just Want You

91It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N Roll)

92The Rain Song

93Death On Two Legs


95Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath


97Coming Undone



100Fire In The Sky

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