Top Ten Most Inspirational Rock Songs

I chose these songs based on, obviously, how inspirational they are to me. I use the term inspirational to describe songs that make me feel glad, make me want to do something good, or help me carry on through the troubles of life. 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

Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
this song really is inspiring... as what the title goes, if only we don't stop believing.. then for sure, we will not go wrong... thanks to the composer of this song.. I'm sure you've touch a lot of lives since this was aired..
I love that song. I love journey overall. I think this is a really inspirational song. Wanna hear a story? OK, so I'm in band in my school. I was at open rehearsal for clarinet day. Our instructors for clarinet day are Summer and Andrew. I was frustrated with the tonguing so andrew told me don't stop believin, like the song. So, me and Amanda (My friend) was all like I love that song! This was friday and I just love that moment! It's so inspirational!
It tells the facts of life that people will fail, and people will succeed. But in the midst of failure or accomplishment, it emphasizes perseverance. That's why I Love this song.
[Newest]Definitely. One of the best, most inspirational song ever created by man kind (Aka- Journey :))

2Dream On - Aerosmith
It has to be at number 1. I can't stop hearing it! Sing for the laughter, Sing for the tear, Sing with me now as if it's just for today, May be tomorrow the good LORD will take you away
Dream on. A phrase repeated over and over by parents, teachers, and friends alike. Aerosmith took that phrase and created an amazingly inspirational and emotional work of art.
The greatest power ballad EVER. This song inspired me to learn guitar, and reminded me to DREAM ON.


[Newest]My favorite Aerosmith song

3Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Just love this song still! Super inspirational especially when watching with Rocky in the background! Makes me feel like I could do anything, as the lyrics can be taken so many ways, not just for sport competition but also for emotional 'rivals'. Love!
No song can motivate people to fight their hardships in life than this very true motivational song...according to me this is the first and best motivational song ever...this song given in stallone's rocky has the ability to change anyone's heart from coward to courageous to battle his awful life with true inner spirit
This song gives you the power to not be afraid of fighting for what you believe in, and this is a quality the world is in dire need of.
[Newest]Don't lose the grip on the dreams of the past you must fight just to keep them alive

4Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day
Its something unpredictable but in the end is right I hope you vote this song to top 1
Honest and straight lyric
Not only do I absolutely hate Journey - Don't Stop Beleivin' is the most cliche, corny BS that has ever been released. I don't love Green Day, but the line "For what it's worth, it was worth all the while" is one of my favorite lines ever. I want to boost this song, but I don't think it's the most inspirational song.

5Won't Back Down - Tom Petty
Lyrics are amazing and true.

6We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
Don't let anyone push you around. This song makes me feel like I can stand up to anyone. If you don't feel like that after listening to this, then... I don't know. But you should feel like that.

7We Are the Champions - Queen
When life brings pushes you down you get up and keep going, we are the champions. One of the most powerful songs
We are the champions, my friends *period*.
Queen is the best

8Out In the Fields - Gary Moore and Phil Lynott

9It's My Life - Bon Jovi
This should be in top 10.. This song describes how to pursue what our heart desires.. Really inspirational.

10Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
How is that at only #8? It informs us that there are two paths we can take and that we can change the road we're on. It tells us to go our own way.
Anti-commercial message (though it has made them rather a lot of money)


Best song of all time.
[Newest]You know what's funny? When you listen to this song backwards, it's the complete opposite of the title. Search it up.

The Contenders

11The Final Countdown - Europe
Come on, this is number 6? The tune is amazing, much better then the same boom boom pow of queen's we will rock you. Awesome song people.
This song inspires one to action and adventure. Plus, it's pretty freakin' awesome to rock out to.
Quite inpiring, boosts up our spirits

12I Want It All - Queen

13Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
I'm a young business owner and I find it empowering having my elders as my mentors
I liked that one although I don't listen to this kind of music..
This is the theme song to life itself and it literally is the embodiment of not just living a normal life, but a fantastically badass one where you never give up on anything because you're a badass. BOM.
[Newest]Fantastic song, very inspirational and a great Rock Ballad

14Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Free bird... From beginning to end you can hear INSPIRING in those sweet solos... I want this to be played in my graduation, starting slowly, a dance, to end with everyone going wild.
Simply the best from the best band ever, listen to other songs like cheatin woman and I need you genius I love freebird I will leave this world to that song Ronnie, Steve, cassie and Dean R.I.P.
It is the background music to the American history. It touches everyone.

15In the End - Linkin Park
Um... I don't really get how this is very inspirational, maybe something to bring people back to reality with great big egos, but this somehow has inspired me, and the lyrics are empowering. Again, I don't really know how... when it's talking about how nothing matters... sigh. Great Song, though.
This is the best song of all time. Vote for it.
This song reminds anyone the time of final quest
[Newest]The great songs ever

16We Will Rock You - Queen
C'mon it's Queen I don't even care the song you know. This inspiration comin' from Queen not the song. And lets face it every person in this world shold know this song cause it talks to everyone. Well thanks Queen for all this beautiful songs.
Sets my blood on fire! Be it any situation, it casts its charm on me every time I hear it. Not to mention, Queen gives positive music to my ears.
This is a classic song played at sports stadiums all over the country. No other song gets a person so fired up for a sports game.
[Newest]This song gets adrenaline pumping! The best song EVER!

17Beautiful Day - U2
This should be number 1. Probably most decorated song ever.
Its really awesome song. Refreshes me every time I hear. Heals a broken heart, Soothes over askew broken wounds...

18You're the Voice - John Farnham
It's an anti-war song but in a broader sense it's a 'make your voice heard' message. Wake up to your own power.


19Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
This song is an ultimate piece of beauty that can instantly lift your mood and make you go get things done in your life!
Come on, greatest rock song ever

20Art of Life - X Japan
This song should be within top 10. The ONLY reason why it isn't is because it is by a Japanese band, X Japan. People, don't be so narrow-minded. I have listened to bands higher up in the list, like linkin park, Green Day, queen etc But take my words: Art of life is THE MOST EPIC SONG I have come across. It is 29 minutes of pure epicness, with an insane 9 min piano solo, 15 min of crazy guitar solos, blazing drums and vocals. If you say that the song is too long- all I can say is I feel sorry for you- for not having enough musical maturity.
Great song amazing lyrics.

21You're the Best - Joe Esposito
This song makes you feel like... the best! Surprise, surprise. But seriously, this song says it straight: Don't take any crap from anyone or anything, because you're the best... AROUND!

22Freewill - Rush

23Come Sail Away - Styx
This song is rumored to be about being abducted by aliens, I personally like to think of it as a song about adventures and dreams. What's more inspirational than adventures and dreams (or being abducted by aliens)?
It starts out very mellow and POW... it becomes a power ballad. absolutely love it.


24Juke Box Hero - Foreigner
Hard to top Don't Stop Believin but how is this not in the top 10? Every time I hear this song I feel like I can do pretty much anything. Just one guitar...
From nothing to a big star. This song really inspires you to action.

25Never Too Late - Three Days Grace
It's not too late.
It's never too late.

In this world people, where people always go on telling you it is too late, this song in the corner of your heart gives the hope that no, it's not too late. It's never too late. Should be among top 10.
It's never too late to rise above the demons that bring you down.
This is my favorite song ever
Never too late ❤️

26Land of the Free - Gamma Ray

27For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC
Being the guitarist I am this song makes me want to hop on stage and ROCK OUT!

28I Have A Dream - ABBA
Goes a bit deeper, doesn't it? But I guess you have to be from Europe to really appreciate this one...
Wonderful lyrics plus phenomenal performance by legends ABBA. I adore this awesome song. Should be much higher


29Tears Don't Fall - Bullet for My Valentine

30My Hero - Foo Fighters

31So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold
This song isn't inspirational in the way a lot of people think of it where its like a "lose yourself" song but more in the way that life is to short to put things aside for the future

Rest in Peace Jimmy

32Best Days - Graham Colton
There are many other songs which seems prtty better than this one but yeah... I think this song deserves to be between the first 20 in this list... The lyrics is just beautiful and it's a really beautiful song... Last year's graduation batch of my school performed it and I myself felt very inspired so I tell you this song is just amazing... As the lyrics
"Don't wait for someone to tell you it's too late
'Cause these are the best day
There always something tomorrow so I say
Let's make the best of tonight
Here's comes the rest of our lives... "
The chorus of the song almost made me cry... It's very beautiful and I must say Graham Colton's did a great job...
Great song it! Graham Colton's best...
Your right this song is really beautiful and thw lyrics of the song is awesome. It's like whatever we say would be nothimg because this song is too amazing. I listen to it every single day and I never get bored. It's very nostalgic. I really search a lot for these kind of music but I guess maybe these kind of songs are pretty rare. This song make me feel very young and infinite so it's pretty much the kind of one ofthe songs of my life to me. Everyone will love it and if ypu haven't heard then you shouldn't waste a sec.
[Newest]Love this song :) the chorus is inspirational...
Graham Colton is very talented :D

33Saviour - Black Veil Brides
Saviour, this is the song that being me to Black Veil Brides.
About six months before I was put off when I first checked them out, but I checked them out again, and ever since Saviour, I just am complexly hooked! Saviour is just such a meaningful and inspirational song beautifully sung. And the screaming at the end makes it just so so much more powerful
This song is just perfect! Makes me cry every time. BVB Army Forever!
I know a lot of people think bvb are "fags" and only wannabe rebel 12 year olds like them, but I'm not at wannabe 12 year old rebel, and I love them. Saviour saved my life, even though it's just a song. It helps me through all the crap in life and is an amazing song

34Phoenix from the Flames - Robbie Williams

35Smooth Operator - Sade

36The Spirit Carries On - Dream Theater

37Baba O'Riley - The Who
It may be just a teenage wasteland, but you better take my hand, we'll travel south cross land, put out the fire and don't look past my shoulder, it'll inspire me any day.

38The Show Must Go On - Queen

39Bring Me to Life - Evanescence

40Closer to the Edge - 30 Seconds to Mars
I Just love this song. Especially the keyboards. Don't forget the voice too. If you want to taste 30 Seconds to Mars, it's definitely a hearing one.
This is one of the songs which always inspires me a lot.
Great lyrics performed nicely.

41Hall of Fame - The Script

42Hey Jude - The Beatles
I love this song but I meant to vote for I want to break free (underneath this one) :-(

43Not Listening - Papa Roach

44Metalingus - Alter Bridge

45Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
This should be at least in the top 25. Definitely one of the most beautiful rock songs ever written.

46Knights of Cydonia - Muse

47Dreams - Van Halen

48Wonderful Life - Black

49You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones

50Don't Stop Me Now - Queen

51Angel - Aerosmith
Very beautiful Rock ballad. Not to mention Inspirational and Deep. Just masterpiece!


52Knocking at Your Back Door - Deep Purple

53Movin' On - Novecento

54Hold On Tight - ELO

55Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park
Great song, gotta vote this one up

56Wind of Change - Scorpions
Nice song although it's not too inspiring but it's a really cool song and the lyrics is beautiful...
Rock of all rocks inspiration. Hear it carefully

57Don't Stop Dancing - Creed
MAN this is an awesome song. I heard it for the first time from this list. People do hear it. Seriously inspiring
Mindblowing song. It will motivate you to run that extra kilometer. To not give up. Hear it. Truly inspiration.

58Down by the Seaside - Led Zeppelin

59Everything's Not Lost - Coldplay

60Soak Up the Sun - Sheryl Crow

61The Mortician's Daughter - Black Veil Brides
A really good songs...

62Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Most Inspirational song ever, period. Carry on Wayward Son, Wind of Change, and It's My Life are also great ones

63I Want to Break Free - Queen

64Lullaby - Nickelback

65Beautiful Life - Union J
This song is mainly about how beautiful life and the guitar goes really beautifully...everyone should listen to this song. Today is 28th October and this was actually released in 21st or somethin. So it is obvious that many people did ot listen to this song buy I request everyone to listen to this. This song actually make you realize how beautiful life is. And the "Pick it up pick it up" always gets me. I don't care where this song goes in this list, all I want is people yo feel this modern life in present and get inspired. I hope you do get inspired because it inspired me a lot. I love this song and I can actually feel it from the boroom of my heart and I bet even you will be able to...

66Knives and Pens - Black Veil Brides
The title of this song says it all. The song is all about the battle of choosing to be destructive by using the knife or creative by using the pen to express your feelings. And also it's about just ignoring what the world says is the right and wrong way to live your life!

It's your choice at the end of the day whether you use the knife or the pen, but if you think long and hard, you know what the right answer is. Never the knife.
I agree the pen is more powerful than the sword
But some times you need to use the knife
As an inspirational song this should be near the top

67Holiday - Green Day

68Minority - Green Day
'One light, one mind, flashing in the dark, blinded by the silence of a thousand broken hearts'

69Peace Train - Cat Stevens

70Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie

71The Message from Dr. Light - The Megas

72Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush

73By Your Side - Sade

74Cherish the Day - Sade

75Tell Me Something - Novecento

76Hold Your Head Up - Argent
Why does EVERYONE forget THIS one?
Listen to it. It's a Top 10!

77Heroes - David Bowie

78Secret Door - Evanescence

79Silence Is the Enemy - Papa Roach

80My Immortal - Evanescence

81Perfect Weapon - Black Veil Brides
If you are being bullied, this song is amazing because the message behind it is to tell those who hurt you to go away and leave you alone. That's why sandy screams out LEAVE US ALONE, YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN, because that's the words he wants to drum into your head. Such a beautiful beautiful song. You may be put off by the big roar at the start, but when you've worked out what that roar represents, you'll likely think wow just such a creative song. To me that roar is a big scream of pain (that the ones that hurt him put in him) he's letting out. I just feel it is such a damn amazing amazing creative song. Black Veil Brides, some the songs could come across as maybe seeming a bit Satanic to you, but in my opinion, how the heck can you say they are Satanic when look at the damn beautiful words in the songs. To me, nothing beats them, nothing beats their messages in the songs. I just love them. BVB Army forever baby ;D

82For the Love of God - Steve Vai

83Tender Surrender - Steve Vai

84Whispering a Prayer - Steve Vai

85The Diary of Jane - Breaking Benjamin

86All Apologies - Nirvana
This song is very inspirational by a very talented rock band

87All These Things That I've Done - The Killers

88Ride On - AC/DC

89Keep Holding On - Falling In Reverse

90In the End - Black Veil Brides

91Born to Lead - Falling In Reverse
Ronnie radke is the best of his generation

92Layla - Derek and the Dominos

93Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen

94Whipping Post - The Allman Brothers Band

95Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day

96Spread Your Wings - Queen

97Change for the Better - Journey
Like the song says, " it's my life, make a change for the better."

98Good Times - Sam Cooke
"let the good times roll" sung by Same cooke, the man who inspired Steve Perry who sang don't stop believin'.

99Sorry About Your Parents - Icon for Hire
"I know what it's like staying up all night nursing wounds. Takes more than I have, pick fights with the past, always lose. Oh, don't you know? That's no way to live."

100Fallen - Volbeat

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