Most Underrated Rock Songs

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The Top Ten

Election Day - Arcadia
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2Quiet Life - Japan Listen to sample

3The More You Live, the More You Love - a Flock of Seagulls Listen to sample

4New Religion - Duran Duran
I prefer Last Chance on the Stairway, but this song is great as well. Everyone knows Rio and Hungry Like the Wolf, but this whole album is amazing.
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5We Are The Champions - Queen
A pretty damn good song and Barracuda is the most OVERrated song.
The greatest rock anthem of all time barracuda is OVERrated not UNDERrated


Queens 2nd greatest song after Bohemian Rhapsody


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6The Sun Always Shines On T.V. - A-ha Listen to sample

7Barracuda - Heart
This song is by no means the "best song ever recorded" it's a simpler version of Achilles Last Stand. This song, and many of the others, have no reason being on this list.
This is the best Rock song ever recored. Go to youtube and see for yourself. (Barracuda 77) will get you there.
Not really rock, but it's good


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8Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
Oh ma god I love New Order
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9Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
This the best song ever but Why is this on here?

Its always in the top 3 of best songs ever and everybody knows this I don't know why this is on here.
Although for some reason you haven't heard it LISTEN.
Stairway is overrated to the point of being underrated, so people generally overlook this song because everyone knows it (the same goes for We Will Rock You). So if you pretend you're listening to it for the first time, you'll be blown away.
This song is start as a slow rock ballad and then get louder and the solo( live version) is one of the best solos of all time and then after the solo it's hard rock part very awesome part this song is a influence on iron maiden's songs.
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10Second Heartbeat - Avenged Sevenfold
Just when you get to the end and are sad it's over, there's one of the most brutal, amazing solos ever to be played.
Wow this is instrumently one of the greatest rock songs ever


Amazing drums through the whole song *foREVer* no one will ever beat jimmy he is and always will be the best drummer ever


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The Contenders

11Fallen Angel - Alphaville
Most Underrated song of 80s.
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12Rio - Duran Duran
He sings about a river. I don't get it. At all.
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13Speed Master - Gackt

14Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
When people ask me what song I am listening to and I say Bohemian Rhapsody, most of them say "What's a 'bohemian rhapsody'? " And that gets me so mad. People don't know the greatest song ever. Isn't that sad to you?!
It gets me surprised.. here in my city almost nobody has heard about this song! this is a masterpiece, how is it possible?
Look at Rolling Stones... Half their list was Beatles and this song was nowhere near the top. It is the best song ever, and that should be recognized by people.
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15Eyes Without a Face - Billy Idol
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16Freak On a Leash - Korn
Everyone always says Blind is their best song yet this is far better and one of the top 10 metal songs ever
Underrated song from and underrated band.


Love this song! Love korn! And amy lee just makes it better
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17Crazy on You - Heart
How are We are the Champions and Stairway underrated? Led Zeppelin is my favorite band, but come on people, it's probably a little overrated. There are better Zeppelin songs. We are the Champions is appropriately rated. This song, however, is simply amazing. The guitar work is superb, and the vocal performance is a tie with Iron Maiden's Hallowed be thy Name for my favorite. Simply put, an amazing, underrated rock song. I would guess the reason is because of the female vocalist (that's why I didn't listen to Heart).
do people know what underrated means? As much as I love Led Zeppelins stairway. It should be in the top 10 best songs not underrated songs. Crazy on You is rarely heard on the radio and is truly an amazing song.
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18Iron Man - Ozzy Osbourne
tony lommi's solo is crazy, fast, and has everything a solo needs. The main riff, everyone has herd it. ask anybody on the street if they had herd the song iron man. Of course they would say yes because this song ROCKSSSSSSSSSSS! m/
this has to be god's creation because this has to be the greatest song to be recorded!
Simply the best Black Sabbath has to offer
No one can die without hearing this song
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19Civil War - Guns N' Roses
What we've got here... Is failure... To communicate.

Or just failure to understand why this isn't higher on the list. Some of the songs here are also overrated. Perfect example: BARRACUDA.
Voting Civil War as it is the only underrated song here! Some people need to read the dictionary, how is Stairway to Heaven and We are the champions underrated?
How the heck are many of the songs above this underrated, Stairway to Heaven is one of the most known and liked songs of all time, My criteria for underrated, Not in top ten songs of all time period
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20Heaven's Drive - L'Arc~en~Ciel
this song is less popular than barracuda, we are the champions, stairway to heaven and bohemian rhapsody because a a japanese song can hardly compete with those american and other western very commercialized songs


its guitar riffs and basslines are amazing with the fast beat of the drums and rocking vocals in alternative style. one of the most requested l'arc songs


a GREAT song that isn't known for much pepole
i think is very underrated, if it were more known, im sure that a lot of people would like it!
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21Highway to Hell - AC/DC
Man this song is great. And Barracuda is OVERrated dumbass


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23Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth
It is annoying that all of the songs listed above are in fact very overrated. Megadeth is a very underrated band and "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" is probably their best song.
Not a single one of these songs is underrated, and some, like Frantic, are just terrible. But this is the best on the list so it wins.
This is the worlds best song! It kills me that it is so underrated.


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Another sabbath classic, and the best metal album!
Every likes iron man war pigs and more but you almost never hear paranoid
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25Holiday - Green Day
I don't understand why people are mentioning greatest rock songs in this list in other categories those songs are already at the top positions I hope that people should mention those songs which are actually underrated because most of the songs above are actually good ones and definitely not underrated but loved by most of the people.
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26Lying from You - Linkin Park
This song is absolutely amazing and I wish more people knew about it because the whole song is brilliant. The music is really good and the lyrics are quite deep and it is one of my favourite songs from Linkin Park, but only Linkin Park fans seem to know this song. I love LP so much but I think songs like this should be more famous than In The End and Numb
This is really an underrated song. ONLY Linkin Park fans know about this song, even though it's so good, the whole world should know about it
So this is 27 and under it is sultans of swing... Wow, the lack of appreciation would be overwhelming if it didn't happen for every great song out there!
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27Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
This song is absolutely brilliant. "We Are the Champions", "Iron Man", and "Stairway to Heaven" are ridiculously overrated. Barracuda simply isn't that great at all.
There are a lot of very highly rated songs on this list. This is one of them... But it is nowhere near as highly rated as it should be.
Which of course makes it... Underrated
I always thinks this is a totaly underrated song, this is one of the best rock songs of the history, the guitar is just amazing and the solos simply badass!
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28Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
Yep pretty underrated in the shadow of stairway to heaven but nevertheless a great song jimmy page is epic
Everybody knows this song. They just don't know it.


I know, this song IS pretty underrated when you think about it.

I love this song
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29Working Class Hero - John Lennon
Green Day version is kickass


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30Frantic - Metallica

I love this song, and all of St. Anger. How is Stairway to Heaven underrated? It is the most overrated song next Barracuda!


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31Working Man - Rush
This is the lost track of all time fantastic guitar work great tune


Most underrated Canadian band ever!
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32Raise Your Hands - Bon Jovi
This is probably my favourite song off of Slippery When Wet. It's really good; you should listen to it!
really underrated!
almost nobody knows that this great song excites...


It's such a shame that no one knows this song!
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33Romeo's Tune - Steve Forbert Listen to sample

34We Will Rock You - Queen
All people know it as is a sports anthem. It's a freaking rock song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
buddy you're a boy make the top 10 yelling in the street telling evryone about it!
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35Citizen Erased - Muse
There are too many songs on this list that aren't even underrated. This on the other hand is the greatest song of all tine and no one knows about it. Starts with heavy riffs, ends with a beautiful piano outro. Simply epic
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36The God That Failed - Metallica

Stairway to Heaven, We are the champions - they're good, but never underrated. In my opinion they're overrated. Don't get me wrong, they are good, butthis list is for underrated, great songs like this one!

This is the only underrated song on this list. Stairway to heaven, We are the champions, Iron man - underrated? Serioulsy? I mean, they are good, but definitely not underrated in my opinion.

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37Are You Ready to Rock? - Miyavi

Hell yeah. I'm so ready to rock!


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38Dominance and Submission - Blue Oyster Cult

Sledgehammer riffs. Intense drama and urgency. Killer guitar solo by Buck Dharma at the end of the song.

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39War Pigs - Black Sabbath
he basically told us our future

40Raining Blood - Slayer

slayer deserves more credit


It´s A Damn Pitty This Song ROCKS! Hell. But Al ya Idiots listen to guns abd roses and metallica, Slayer Is The Real DEal

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41Bat Country - Avenged Sevenfold Listen to sample

42Question! - System of a Down Listen to sample

43Achilles Last Stand - Led Zeppelin
Achilles Last Stand is a highly underrated song, not only among other rock songs, but also among the Led Zeppelin songs. I personally believe that this is their best song ever, ahead of Kashmir and Stairway to Heaven.
Listen to the drums, the bass and the guitar that has been played in this song. You will hardly find any song which has all these instruments played better together.
This one is really underrated! I don't know why everybody is allowed to coment on songs!
This song has to be the underrated song of all tomw! Maybe because of its length no one listens to it. Such a good song. It is actually better than stairway. The drums, bass and damnit the guitar. The way the three are played is just beyond awesome. Listen to the songs guys
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44Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park
This is such an amazing song. Even though a lot of people have heard of it no one really knows how deep the meaning of the song is. LP 4ever.


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45Prayer of the Refugee - Rise Against Listen to sample

46Bring Me to Life - Evanescence Listen to sample

47Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin Listen to sample

48Fix You - Coldplay

One of the best songs that I ever heard in my life (I'M NOT JOKING! ) it never gets old plus every time I listen to it I cry over and over and over...

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49Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones
One of the greatest rock songs of all time in my opinion. Amazing lyrics by Jagger and a great guitar solo by Richards.
There are tons of great rock songs, but this one is surprisingly underrated.
Well, it's not even in the top 1000 songs, and I think its #1

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50Come As You Are - Nirvana
Amazing song. Amazing band. Enough said!
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51Epic - Faith No More

This mad song very very underrated so underrated thta they werent even added to this list

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52Kashmir - Led Zeppelin Listen to sample

53Sober - Tool

54Painkiller - Judas Priest Listen to sample

55Karma Killer - Robbie Williams
Actually not a bad rock song - in fact it's pretty good
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56Redundant - Green Day


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57Rain - The Beatles
the beatles finest b-side :D such a classic song! definitely one of my favourite songs of all time :) (voted 461 by rolling stone)
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58You Got Another Thing Coming - Judas Priest Listen to sample

59Knock 'Em Dead Kid - Motley Crue

Mtley Cre is a well known band but was never reconised for this song.


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60This Boy - Franz Ferdinand

This song is just too intense. Two minutes totally wild. Well, Franz Ferdinand at their peak.


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61La Villa Strangiato - Rush Listen to sample

62You Could Be Mine - Guns N' Roses Listen to sample

63Sunrise - Uriah Heep Listen to sample

64Someone Saved My Life Tonight - Elton John Listen to sample

65Cum on Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot Listen to sample

66Lost In Hollywood - System of a Down Listen to sample

67Patience - Guns N Roses Listen to sample

68Rock and Roll, Pt. 2 - Gary Glitter Listen to sample

69Tomorrow - Silverchair

The band was still in High School when this song came out. Awesome tune

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70Slow Ride - Foghat Listen to sample

71Janie's Got a Gun - Aerosmith Listen to sample

72Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath
you've seen right through disorted eyes, and you have to learn that this song is one hell of a song!

73Seed - Korn Listen to sample

74Fire Woman - The Cult
The opening eerie guitar riff made it an instant classic! The singer sings with a deep, soulful and blues voice. But, honestly, it's the eerie guitar riff that I keep wanting to listen too after 20 years of coming out.
I Dig this cult tune, however its not really underrated. A lot of songs here are not actually underrated, like Guns N' Roses whose vocals suck yet are played on every rock station in the world, that's underrated.


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75Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

76Intergalatic - Beastie Boys Listen to sample

77Reelin' in The Years - Steely Dan

the song with some of the best lyrics and guitar work of any song in the 70's that people seem to forget about.

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78Love Removal Machine - The Cult Listen to sample

79It's So Easy - Guns N Roses Listen to sample

80Blue Collar - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
From their 1st album, like nothing else they ever did. Great lyrics, a cool, night club-like sound
Awesome... so is looking' out for #1
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81Ride the Lightning - Metallica

Ride the Lightning and Fade to Black... two of my faves


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82Buck Rogers - Feeder

83Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith Listen to sample

84No Such Luck, Sunny Jim - The Ides of March

People only know "Vehicle". This is way different, and great too.

85High Hopes - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

86Aristocrat's Symphony - Versailles Listen to sample

87Pictures of Matchstick Men - Status Quo Listen to sample

88Road to Nowhere - Ozzy Osbourne

totally unknown song of the album "No more tears"....but if you listen it will become one of ur favorite me...


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89You See Me Crying - Aerosmith

90Knocked Up - Kings of Leon

If you just listen to the song, its brilliant. The song has a great story, the vocals are crazy good, and the drums are right on beat all through the song.


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91I Remember You - Skid Row

Underrated song, underrated band. Reminds me of when I was a young child.


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92She Sells Sancturary - The Cult Listen to sample

93Modern Morbid Prophecies - Dead Poetic Listen to sample

94Am I Evil - Diamond Head
Man this song is seriously underrated it deserves more prestige and is Metallica's most favorite song. AM I EVIL! m//
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95Art of Life - X Japan

96Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Metallica Listen to sample

97Song 3 - Robbie Williams Listen to sample

98Berliner Star - Robbie Williams

99Long Snake Moan - PJ Harvey

Hardly ever played, but a brilliant, energetic fantastic track.

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100Illness Illusion - Gackt Listen to sample

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