Greatest Rock Songs of the 21st Century


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The Top Ten

In the End - Linkin Park
Awesome song!
The First time I Heard it, it blew me away, Listened to this over and over again! SIMPLY AWESOME!
Had heard it before, not usually really my type of music; while drunk after a cousin's funeral however I heard it and played it over several times. Seemed very fitting, glad I found this site to remember the name of it.
The best song ever. The end.
[Newest]This song will rock your world

2Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
Very good song one of the best rock song in the present century. In the end is not so nice song but is on top AMAZING!
One of the greatest songs musically and lyrically! It didn't get a grammy award for nothing...
I never understood why people liked music I thought it was a huge waste of time and effort that is of course before I heard this song the best song in the universe

3So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold
This is the best rock song... A7x has everything like best guitarist, best vocalist, best bassist, best drummer... So this band is parfect hard rock and heavy metal band of all time... And all of you know the band has a huge fan at present...
It is just awesome
One of the best songs by the best band ever. Should be at the top of the list, no doubt.
[Newest]Why so much linkin park?

4Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
I think it's the best song of all genres, not just rock


5The Diary of Jane - Breaking Benjamin
Best. Alternative. Rock. Song. Ever! , enough said
Such a great song by such an amazingly underrated band
Artist : Breaking Benjamin
Album : Phobia
[Newest]One of the best song I have ever heard...

6Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
You know how groups of people around the world song this song. It's become an anthem. Only the best songs become anthems and I don't see another song on this list become one.


The fact that linkin park get near or even above this song just makes me feel ill. It's an incredible song.
Both are very unique Linkin Park being Nu Metal Fusing Hip Hop with Metal. Everyone wins here.
What an amazing song, the issue is not many people know that it is by the white stripes or what its name is they just know the riff
[Newest]This song is way better than nightmare..

7Numb - Linkin Park
The best song not just by linkin park but any other band or a ever made artist it's better than in the end or any other rock song ever made this song has a deep meaning an we can all relate to it simply the best song deserves to be at the top
I agree this song is the best song ever made if a person doesn't like this song then I have to say he's definitely
This is simply the greatest SONG of the 21st century.. PERIOD!
[Newest]Meteora was the perfect album, because it was both heavy and soft at same time. love this song

8Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold
What is this?! This list is utter bull!
How can this song not be in the top 10?!?! UNBELIEVABLE!
Who plays a better solo than Synester Gates does in this song? Nobody! This song is amazing and has such heart! It belongs up with the best!


Best and the most catchy song ever


9American Idiot - Green Day
How is this not number one? OR AT LEAST IN THE TOP 5?!?
Far too good to be down here!
This is the best song of Green Day

10The Pretender - Foo Fighters
This list doesn't do justice to the 21st century's rock so far. I like Green Day and Linkin Park, but they are overrepresented along with many others.
Perfect guitar, perfect drums, perfect lyrics

The Contenders

11New Divide - Linkin Park
What the hell this song should be number 1. This song is supperb. Chester has the greatest voice. The special special effects are very good. This song has a meaning. This song is supperb just listen to it
Great special effects by mr. Hahn and chester at his best. In this song he goes to the highest pitch possible... The guitar part is very good... The robotic tabs after the second chorus sounds awesome.
In this list it is no.3 This site is fake. Greatest and best song of all time
This is the best song of is all time best. Chester at his best.
[Newest]How come there's so much Linkin Park song on this list

12Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
This song has so much complexity to it, yet is structured perfectly. The lyrics and the meaning behind them (whatever you may portray that meaning to be) are beautiful. It's one of those songs that can be played over and over and over again and you never get tired of it because it's so complex that you feel you discover something new about it each time. It is an extremely stirring/powerful anthem that tells that even in the hardest of times there is always hope and there is always a reason to keep going.
This song holds so much significance for so many people just listen to it once and you'll be hooked.
Will someone explain how nickelback is better than this?

13Headstrong - Trapt
Come on! This song deserves to be higher up! Like, no. 5 or higher!

14Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down
It shouldn't be top ten. You don't vote for a song because you think it deserves 10 you vote if you think it deserved #1. people didn't vote for the #3 song because the thought it deserved number three, they thought it deserved number 1
This has gotta be number 1 come on guys get it together
Much better than seven nation army, should be top 10

15Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold
How the hell is this song not on the list... Man such an amazing song... Deadly music... Wow drums... Completely overdrive and electrifying... Vote guys!
Avenged sevenfold are THE best rock band. They're the next Metallica.
Just loved the scenario. Music is scary.

16Jade - X Japan

17Last Nite - The Strokes
(em português - Brasil)A melhor de todas.
Fantastic song it defines the decade and generation and shows the 2000s had some of the best music ever.

18Yellow - Coldplay

19Knights of Cydonia - Muse
I'm linkin park fan but this song is better than in the end m
How are Linkin Park in the top ten. Seriously? What happened to music.
Time has come to make things right. And this song will be n° 1

20It's My Life - Bon Jovi

21Best of You - Foo Fighters

22Blackbird - Alter Bridge
This is a true musical masterpiece. Just listen to it with headphones on with full concentration. Everything is perfect. Not just the solo. The instruments complement the vocals and everything is of such a high level. This song could easily be up there with the likes of "Master Of Puppets" or "Hallowed Be Thy Name".

When the solo comes in, this song took me to other places but maybe that's just me. There is something more about this song than other music. Sometimes there is just that one song that just reaches higher levels than others. This is one of those songs.

This will never be number one, unless Alter Bridge gets popular with the mainstream public, but I doubt that.
The only reason this isn't first is because it ain't mainstream

23Bodies - Drowning Pool

24Tears Don't Fall - Bullet for My Valentine
This song is amongst the best metal songs. And surely deserves to be on the list of best modern rock songs.
I love this song! It should be top ten.
This song should be on 1st rank..
It is the BEST..
Wonderful Lyrics..
Beautifully Published..
And I love this song.. !

25Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers

26Evil Angel - Breaking Benjamin

27Killing Loneliness - HIM

28You Know You're Right - Nirvana
Kurt Cobain killed himself well before the 21st century. What's a Nirvana song doing here?


Kurt Cobain killed himself well before the 21st century. What's a Nirvana song doing here?


Couldn't make it as a wise man, couldn't cut it as a poor man stealing...


29How You Remind Me - Nickelback
What is this wonderful song doing down here?!
This is one of the greatest rock songs!

30Bat Country - Avenged Sevenfold

31Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park

32No Matter What - Papa Roach

33Monsoon - Tokio Hotel

34Psychosocial - Slipknot
Purely Psycho. The music will make you bang your head, not literally but metaphorically.

35Papercut - Linkin Park

36Broken Wings - Alter Bridge
Why is Creed more popular than Alter Bridge? They're, essentially, the same bands but AB has a better lead singer in Myles Kennedy who actually let's Mark Tremonti sing occasionally. Alter Bridge's songs make much more sense and Mark's solos for AB are much better than his for Creed. Most importantly, Myles hasn't done a bunch of stupid things as Scott Stapp did. Therefore, AB should be more popular. Regardless, Alter Bridge is the 2nd best rock band of the 21st century, 2nd only to Shinedown.
Alter Bridge needs more songs on this list. Like every song they've ever recorded. I mean, seriously, the band that according to a 2011 poll has the #1 guitar solo of all time (Blackbird) is only #29 on this list?! Come on.
It should be in top 10. Amazing intro, good lyrics plus mike's voice. Very neat composition.

37A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds to Mars

38Stockholm Syndrome - Muse

39Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold
Absolutely the best song out there. Amazing solo by the one and only Synyster Gates.

40Abracadavre - Elena Siegman
We'll never thought I'd see a Call of Duty soundtrack song on here but a very great song indeed

41Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm

42Never Too Late - Three Days Grace

43The Kill (Bury Me) - Thirty Seconds to Mars

44Holiday - Green Day
I love this song! It's so cool and Billy Joe does fantastic vocals, as usual. I really love Green Day, but I think Boulevard of Broken Dreams is a bit too slow.
Love the bass solo. Mike Dirnt is the second best alternative bassist
This song has so much meaning behind it and I believe that it should be higher on the list

45Fluorescent Adolescent - Arctic Monkeys

46Pyramid Song - Radiohead
Absolutely the best song in this list. Radiohead are the best band of the 21st century and they deserve the 1st place. Amazing melodies, very good lyrics and Thom Yorke's great voice

47Rockstar - Nickelback

48Karma Killer - Robbie Williams

49Chop Suey! - System of a Down
This song embodies System of a Down entirely. It has their wit, lyrical power, Serj's amazing vocal range, Daron's crazy riffing, and John and Shavo's ability to keep it all together. Definitely one of the best songs of the century (so far)
Why is this song so low? Really are you kidding me with in the end at number 1? This song should should be in that spot. I can't believe this list

50A Little Piece of Heaven - Avenged Sevenfold

51Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
This should at least be top 10... has the most catchy guitar playing I've ever heard and the whole song is epic
This is the best song on the whole list

52Crawling - Linkin Park
A number 1 song truly

53Hero - Skillet
Hero is the best song that's been released since the year 1990 to 2014. please guys, I'm a rock freak and this song plus the band are just too good... It should b among the top ten
Amazing and relatable song, deserves already top 20

54Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 - The Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips have to be one of the quirkiest bands ever, and this song encapsulates a lot of great things about the band. Is it a love song? Who knows?

55Snow - Red Hot Chilli Peppers

56All These Things That I've Done - The Killers

57Breath - Breaking Benjamin
Should be in top 5.Best song that a I heard in my life.BREATH and BREAKING BENJAMIN are best of all time and forever.

58Crawl - Breaking Benjamin

59Duality - Slipknot

60Time to Pretend - MGMT

61Mein Teil - Rammstein
Sick, yet brilliant. Rammstein's pinnacle is the ultimate blend of damn heavy guitar riffs, powerful vocals and a drumming performance I will remember forever (military march drumming as background sound before the refrain remains the most intriguing beat I' ve ever heard in a rock/metal song).

62Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace
It's bass is amazing! The screams are godlike. Best rock song ever. Linkin Park is good but this represents rock music for me

63Beautiful Day - U2

64Red Stars - The Birthday Massacre

65I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons

66Rope - Foo Fighters

67Uprising - Muse

68I Stand Alone - Godsmack

69Walk - Foo Fighters

70Stay With Me - You Me At Six

71The Ghost of You - My Chemical Romance
This song found it's way into my emotions, and even managed to make me cry. Never has a song done this before. It's a tribute to WWI (or 2 I'm not sure). Either way, it's just outstanding.

72Time Is Running Out - Muse

73What I've Done - Linkin Park

74From the Inside - Linkin Park

75My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark - Fall Out Boy
One of the most vibrant rock sngs till date

76Phoenix from the Flames - Robbie Williams

77All This Things I Hate - Bullet for My Valentine

78So Cold - Breaking Benjamin

79With Arms Wide Open - Creed
This song gives me nostalgia. And the voice can take you away anytime.

80Burning In the Skies - Linkin Park

81All My Life - Foo Fighters

82Fallen Leaves - Billy Talent

83My Immortal - Evanescence

84When You Were Young - The Killers

85Little Black Submarines - Black Keys

86Burn It Down - Linkin Park
Exellent song... It should be rated number 1...

87Nocturne - Pentagram

88Hell to Pay - Deep Purple

89Radio Nowhere - Bruce Springsteen

90Vertigo - U2

91Magnificent - U2

92Apologize - OneRepublic

93Let Me Entertain You - Robbie Williams

94Long Road to Ruin - Foo Fighters

95Welcome to the Masquerade - Thousand Foot Krutch

96Mind's Eye - Wolfmother

97Devil In a Midnight Mass - Billy Talent

98Amaranth - Nightwish

99Restless Heart Syndrome - Green Day

100Mr. Brightside - The Killers

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This list was created 4 years, 34 days ago and has been voted on over 1,000 times. This top ten list contains 163 items, has been remixed 9 times and has been blogged about 1 times.

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