The Most Beautiful Songs of the Rock and Roll Era

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The Top Ten

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Should be WAY higher. One of the greatest songs of the 20th and 21st Centuries. VERY beautiful too.
The fact that this masterpiece is FIFTEEN spots under Unholy ' Confessions makes me want to throw up.
Sould be on top. The most beautiful rock song. Is far above any other rock song and its sung by Freddie, here is his soul, his pain, his questions and his doubts. And above all. It's his unmatched voice.
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2Love of My Life - Queen
Brings tears to my eyes evertime I hear Freddie Mercury sing this... so heartfelt and beautiful.
So beautiful, I've never heard such an emotional love song in my life before, oh and by the way, why isn't king crimon's "Moonchild" #1 on this list? Its the symbol of beautiful!
Simply amazing, especially live versions.
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3Alone - Heart
A perfect song, given life by a perfect voice.


This is the number song - LOL
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4Somebody to Love - Queen Listen to sample

5Save Me - Queen Listen to sample

6Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Simply the best rock and roll song of all times! Most requested song in radio history. One of the most amazing guitar solos in history. Sexy vocals and a dynamite package.
Alone by heart doesn't come even close to this song... This is the best song ever. This song is developped, long and beautiful. Yep.
Its live at new york is too unbelievable to be called a song. Period
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7We Will Rock You - Queen Listen to sample

8Another One Bites the Dust - Queen Listen to sample

9Open Arms - Journey
Steve Perry captures the feeling of lonliness, and conveys the emotion well.
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10Teo Torriatte (Let Us All Cling Together) - Queen
most beautiful song Queen ever wrote period exclamation point the end.!


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The Contenders

11You Are Not Alone - Michael Jackson
The most beautiful song ever... Micheal sings it with such emotion and love in his heart. He is so into it... love you MJ xo
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12Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix Listen to sample

13November Rain - Guns N' Roses
This GnR song is awesome! It has so much power, passion, and technique. Its such a beautiful song! Every time I listen to this song, I can't help but smile.. :) And Im only like 12 years old. :D Best GnR song. m/


the song and the video is perfect. it suits each other


not one of the best ever, THE best ever... from the piano solo to the guitar solo, we are blessed to have this song!!!
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14Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day
it has 2 meanings... both of them love and lost! billie joe is talking about his father being dying which was a heartbreaking thing for him, and the video which is about the army. I love it because of the 2 meanings of the song.. it is the most beautiful song ever... <3!
Man oh man what a song. Just wanna know where is time of your life and hare to concentrate by the peppers
I love this song. I cry everytime when I hear this music.
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15Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
What the hell?! This song should easily be way higher on this list! I think this should be at the top 20.


Why isn't this in top ten?
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16Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Though I think Heart's "Alone" should be close to the number one spot... "Time After Time"... Is honestly a breathtaking tune & probably one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. It envokes such strong emotion & it's one of those songs that future artist should never attempt to cover. Such a timeless classic. And this is coming from a 24 year old guy laugh out loud


Cindy Lauper is really good. "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" is a perfect song to dance to and "Time After Time" is a song to dream to.
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17Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix
Great song writing from the most innovative guitarist ever.
Never really was much of a fan of jimi hendrix, but this song was great.


I love little wing
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18The Kill - 30 Seconds to Mars
It is an amazing song.
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19Every Breath You Take - The Police
Beautiful song and extremely sinister


IMHO - should be # 1!!! Yeah! Delicious!


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20No-One But You (Only the Good Die Young) - Queen

21Layla - Derek and the Dominos
The light-heavy blend of guitars and piano take you away on a cloud.
This is my daddy's favourite song.
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22God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
This is a great song, by Brian Wilson for his own Mother. Sir Paul McCartney agrees with me on this, having said it is the most beautiful song ever written. And dear Paul know what he is talking about.
So so SO heart-warming and beautiful. This makes me smile and cry. Just gorgeous. I'm off to listen to it...


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23Unholy Confessions - Avenged Sevenfold
Everyone should listen this song... Its lyric is awesome... And its guitar riffs and drum work is just awesome... Check this out man
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24Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
There is a reason why this song has been remade over and over again, and there is a reason why not a single remake has come close to surpassing this version. It is an amazing song paired with the perfect voice to give it wings.
I once heard someone sing it as beautifully as the Righteous Brothers. It was just an unknown black man who was singing it along with the piano in my dorm. He didn't know anyone was listening. I instantly fell in love with the guy.
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25Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
The lyrics are so beautiful
Wish You Were Here in 27th? Are you OK?


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26Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Well it should be Top 10 it was my cousins Wedding song


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27Finale - L'arc~en~ciel
one of the darkest song and saddest song, very beautiful intro, chorus, very deep lyrics - it is not just very simple japanese song, a very perfect song for the movie The Ring 00


28The Unforgiven - Metallica
Amazing Masterpiece, why is it all the way the hell down here?!?!?!?
Should Be in the top 5, maybe even the! st Place


The best Metallica song ever and one of the best songs written of any genre. Should be at least in the top ten


"Simply one of the most soul-peircing songs ever written.


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29Tonight, Tonight - Smashing Pumpkins
This song has so much emotion/power, just undiscribeble
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30Yesterday - The Beatles
This is my 3rd favorite song of all time. I was going to vote for You are not Alone by MJ but I just had to make sure Yesterday was here! This has to be number 1!
This absolutely deserves to be higher - was gonna vote for "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen for the same reason but this is historically significant as well.
One of the best songs ever written! Everything about this song is wonderful!
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31Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Beautiful lyrics written by Leonard Cohen. The only song I love that I don't sing along with. I'm in awe every time I hear it.
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32Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi
Not in the top 10... that's bogus! Everyone knows these guys are the best.


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33Never My Love - The Association Listen to sample

34Here, There and Everywhere - The Beatles Listen to sample

35Paradise City - Guns N Roses Listen to sample

36With or Without You - U2
The most beautiful song I know, besides Unchained Melody and Wish You Were Here. It is a rock song with so much emotion and so much beauty, it gets me every time. Especially if you listen to the Rattle and Hum live version, it is breathtaking. Deserves to be way higher.
Love U2 and this song is amazing, inspiring and uplifting. I love how it starts off soft and gets louder. Another great song by U2 is One. Bonos voice is unique and beautiful. This song leaves me in amazement. Just listen, don't sing with it.
Discussion begins here with Hotel California and also Hey Jude. These are rock songs.


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37Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley Listen to sample

38Theme From Mahogany - Diana Ross Listen to sample

39Dumb - Nirvana
Most beautiful song ever in the history of PUNK!


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40Heaven - Bryan Adams Listen to sample

41Water Runs Dry - Boyz II Men
Unlike many of the other "boy bands" that have popped up over the years, these guys were extremely talented. Water Runs Dry is proof of that.
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42Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
The beginning of the song is amazingly beautiful in every right.
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43Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson Listen to sample

44Let There Be Love - Oasis Listen to sample

45Perfect - The Smashing Pumpkins
Hehe everytime i hear this song it puts me in a carefree mood
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46Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
This song could save your life.
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47When Love & Hate Collide - Def Leppard

48My December - Linkin Park
This song is my favourite song from LP. song is very very beautifull. should be in top 10. song has beautiful music work from band and heart touching voice from chester and mike.
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49Fix You - Coldplay Listen to sample

50Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls Listen to sample

51I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) - Meat Loaf Listen to sample

52Hurt - Johnny Cash Listen to sample

53From Yesterday - 30 Seconds to Mars Listen to sample

54Kings and Queens - 30 Seconds to Mars Listen to sample

55Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell Listen to sample

56Echoes - Pink Floyd
And no one sings me lullabies
And no one makes me close my eyes
So I throw the windows wide
And call to you across skies
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57Over the Hills and Far Away - Led Zeppelin
This is a very touching song, indeed. This song is sadly underrated in my opinion. This song moves me in a way that Stairway to Heaven never does. I wish more people realized how good this song is.


My favourite led zep song.. I like it better than stairway..
It is indeed underrated
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58Sad Song - D'erlanger

59The Fourth Avenue Cafe - L'Arc~en~Ciel

60Comin' Back to Me - Jefferson Airplane Listen to sample

61Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen Listen to sample

62Black - Pearl Jam Listen to sample

63I Need You - America Listen to sample

64Nowhere Warm - Kate Havnevik
If you haven't heard this song, buy it. It's beautiful.
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65Tuesday Afternoon - Moody Blues
The Moody Blues have many songs like this or even better, The Actor, New Horizons, Nights in White Satin, Driftwood, Never Comes the day, Watching and Waiting. The Tide rushes in, I just think the Moody Blues get no respect sometimes, and I do love many of the bands on this list. Please check out some of these lesser known but great Moody Blues songs.
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66A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds to Mars Listen to sample

67I'll Attack - 30 Seconds to Mars

68In My Life - The Beatles Listen to sample

69If I Fell - The Beatles Listen to sample

70Do This Anymore - Nickelback
Awesome song from the best band out there


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71Always With Me, Always With You - Joe Satriani
Great song, I haven't met one person who doesn't like this song. beautiful song is all I have to say.


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72After The Gold Rush - Neil Young Listen to sample

73Kasou - L'Arc~en~Ciel

74Dust In the Wind - Kansas Listen to sample

75Hey Jude - The Beatles Listen to sample

76Don't Stop Believin' - Journey Listen to sample

77The Wind Cries Mary - Jimi Hendrix Listen to sample

78Let It Be - The Beatles Listen to sample

79Roxanne - The Police Listen to sample

80Space Oddity - David Bowie Listen to sample

81I Had a Dream - Nazareth

82Forever Young - Alphaville Listen to sample

83Amy - Green Day Listen to sample

84Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters - Elton John
Can anyone please tell me, where the hell all the Elton John Songs are? Think of Your Song - the most beautiful love song ever -, Sixty Years On - a composition of thoughts and worries about getting old lonely -, Candle In The Wind, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Sacrifice, Rocket Man, Someone Saved My Life Tonight and at leats 20 more beautiful pieces... At least one of them should be in the Top 15!
Elton's voice and piano playing paired with Davey Johnstones's mandolin create one of the most beautiful melodic combinations of all time.
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85I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend - The Ramones
This is the most beautiful thing I have ever heard.
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86Franco Un-American - NOFX Listen to sample

87Blackbird - The Beatles
The sweetest, most beautiful thing I have ever heard.
yes it truly is a beautiful song. One of my favorites. The Beatles are the best!
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88Don't Bring Me Down - Electric Light Orchestra Listen to sample

89A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harem
Totally agree that this song makes the list. There is something that is just special about this song from the voice to the music.
An incredibly beautiful song that still sends shivers up my spine after forty years.

90Holding Back the Years - Simply Red Listen to sample

91Moon and the Memories - D'erlanger

92The River - Good Charlotte Listen to sample

93Love Hurts - Cher Listen to sample

94The Battle of Evermore - Led Zeppelin Listen to sample

95Cause We've Ended As Lovers - Jeff Beck Listen to sample

96Bron-Yr-Aur - Led Zeppelin Listen to sample

97Piece of My Heart - Janis Joplin Listen to sample

98Bell Bottom Blues - Derek and the Dominoes Listen to sample

99Search and Destroy - Iggy Pop Listen to sample

100Today - Jefferson Airplane Listen to sample

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This list was created 8 years, 284 days ago and has been voted on over 2,000 times. This top ten list contains 212 items, has been remixed 1 times.

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