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.
Everybody knows this song


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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.


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3Won't Back Down - Tom Petty Listen to sample

4We 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*.
Makes you wanna Stride around.
And really, you think BVB crap is better than queen? Wow...


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5Good 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.
One of d best Green Day song... A great goodbye song...
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6Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
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.
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..
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7Free 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.
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8We'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.
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9Stairway 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.
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10Eye 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!
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.
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
Must be at top of the list.. No excuses
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The Contenders

11Beautiful 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...
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12In 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
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13We 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!
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15The 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
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16Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Come on, greatest rock song ever

17Art 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.

18You'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!

19Come 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.


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20Juke 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.
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21Never 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.
This is my favorite song ever
Never too late ❤️
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22For 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!

23I 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


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24Not Afraid - Eminem
This is the song that will be at no. One on upcoming days.
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25It's My Life - Bon Jovi
This should be in top 10.. This song describes how to pursue what our heart desires.. Really inspirational.
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26Tears Don't Fall - Bullet for My Valentine Listen to sample

27My Hero - Foo Fighters Listen to sample

28So 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
To the smarta** below, its not a breakup song, its about the reaper, their drummer who died years ago
The fact that black veil brides and bullet for my valentine are ahead of this is very sad.

How is tears don't fall inspirational in any way.

It's just about a breakup
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29Best 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...
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.
Great song it! Graham Colton's best...
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30Saviour - 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
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31Phoenix from the Flames - Robbie Williams Listen to sample

32Smooth Operator - Sade Listen to sample

33The Spirit Carries On - Dream Theater Listen to sample

34Baba 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.
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35The Show Must Go On - Queen Listen to sample

36Closer 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.
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37Hall of Fame - The Script Listen to sample

38Not Listening - Papa Roach Listen to sample

39Metalingus - Alter Bridge Listen to sample

40Bring Me to Life - Evanescence Listen to sample

41Knights of Cydonia - Muse Listen to sample

42Hey Jude - The Beatles
I love this song but I meant to vote for I want to break free (underneath this one) :-(
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43Wonderful Life - Black Listen to sample

44Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
This should be at least in the top 25. Definitely one of the most beautiful rock songs ever written.
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45Don't Stop Me Now - Queen Listen to sample

46Angel - Aerosmith
Very beautiful Rock ballad. Not to mention Inspirational and Deep. Just masterpiece!


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47Knocking at Your Back Door - Deep Purple Listen to sample

48Movin' On - Novecento Listen to sample

49Hold On Tight - ELO Listen to sample

50You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones Listen to sample

51Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park
Great song, gotta vote this one up
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52Wind 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
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53Don't Stop Dancing - Creed
Mindblowing song. It will motivate you to run that extra kilometer. To not give up. Hear it. Truly inspiration.
MAN this is an awesome song. I heard it for the first time from this list. People do hear it. Seriously inspiring
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54Down by the Seaside - Led Zeppelin Listen to sample

55Everything's Not Lost - Coldplay Listen to sample

56Soak Up the Sun - Sheryl Crow Listen to sample

57The Mortician's Daughter - Black Veil Brides
A really good songs...
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58Dreams - Van Halen Listen to sample

59Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Most Inspirational song ever, period. Carry on Wayward Son, Wind of Change, and It's My Life are also great ones
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60I Want to Break Free - Queen Listen to sample

61Lullaby - Nickelback Listen to sample

62Beautiful 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...

63Knives 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
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64Lose Yourself - Eminem
I can't believe its not even on the list!... Easily one of the most inspiring songs...
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65Holiday - Green Day Listen to sample

66Peace Train - Cat Stevens Listen to sample

67Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush Listen to sample

68By Your Side - Sade Listen to sample

69Cherish the Day - Sade Listen to sample

70Tell Me Something - Novecento Listen to sample

71Hold Your Head Up - Argent
Why does EVERYONE forget THIS one?
Listen to it. It's a Top 10!
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72Heroes - David Bowie Listen to sample

73Secret Door - Evanescence Listen to sample

74Silence Is the Enemy - Papa Roach Listen to sample

75My Immortal - Evanescence Listen to sample

76Perfect 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
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77For the Love of God - Steve Vai Listen to sample

78Tender Surrender - Steve Vai Listen to sample

79Whispering a Prayer - Steve Vai Listen to sample

80The Diary of Jane - Breaking Benjamin Listen to sample

81All Apologies - Nirvana
This song is very inspirational by a very talented rock band
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82All These Things That I've Done - The Killers Listen to sample

83Ride On - AC/DC Listen to sample

84Keep Holding On - Falling In Reverse Listen to sample

85In the End - Black Veil Brides Listen to sample

86Born to Lead - Falling In Reverse
Ronnie radke is the best of his generation
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87Layla - Derek and the Dominos Listen to sample

88Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen Listen to sample

89Whipping Post - The Allman Brothers Band Listen to sample

90Minority - Green Day
'One light, one mind, flashing in the dark, blinded by the silence of a thousand broken hearts'
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91Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day Listen to sample

92Spread Your Wings - Queen Listen to sample

93Change for the Better - Journey
Like the song says, " it's my life, make a change for the better."
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94Good Times - Sam Cooke
"let the good times roll" sung by Same cooke, the man who inspired Steve Perry who sang don't stop believin'.
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95Sorry 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."
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96Fallen - Volbeat Listen to sample

97Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
Beautifully important! Also: Let It Be, The Times They Are A Changing, All you Need Is Love, Imagine, A Change Gonna Come, We Shall Over Come, Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth), Blackbird, Peace Train, You've Got A Friend, Get Up Stand Up.


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98Let It Be - The Beatles Listen to sample

99Imagine - John Lennon Listen to sample

100We Shall Overcome - Mahalia Jackson Listen to sample

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