Most Underrated Hard Rock Songs of the 80s

Some of the lesser known, but ultimately harder rockin songs of 80s.

The Top Ten

1 Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) - Journey Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) - Journey

Steve perry has probably the greatest voice ever. So beautiful, so full of feeling, and this song just plain rocks! And the ending is the best ever!

Best Journey song ever, doesn't get the credit it deserves like Lights and Don't Stop Believing.

Steve Perry will be always remembered as one of the most powerful voices in rock music. His vocal texture is so unique.

A rock song that I can actually make out the lyrics. The golden voice helps

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2 Dreams - Van Halen Dreams - Van Halen

I would Say This Song is a bit to Overrated... Other songs like Jump, Panama, Hot For Teacher... All are overrated... Even know there my favorite songs... The real underrated would be When its love... Dreams over powered that song! But Dreams is so overrated in 5150! - VanHalen

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3 Perfect Strangers - Deep Purple Perfect Strangers - Deep Purple
4 Can't Let You Go - Rainbow Can't Let You Go - Rainbow
5 Rock N' Roll Children - Dio Rock N' Roll Children - Dio

One of Dio's lesser known hits, but it rly kicks @$$.

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6 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses

this song is always overshadowed by sweet child o mine I think welcome to the jungle is way better

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7 Let It Rock - Bon Jovi Let It Rock - Bon Jovi

" Let it rock! Let it go! You can't stop the fire burning out of control! " Yes. one of my favorite bon jovi songs! Bon Jovi rocks on forever!

Can't believe it's so underrated! People must recognise this song!

8 Crying in the Rain - Whitesnake Crying in the Rain - Whitesnake

My husband Daz Bash rocks this on the drums! One of our favorites

9 Urgent - Foreigner Urgent - Foreigner
10 Lick It Up - KISS Lick It Up - KISS

The best KISS song ever! Rocking riffs, grooving bass, cool drums and wonderful vocals, this is the coolest KISS song ever to be recorded, performed and loved!

People alwyz say 80s KISS suks. go 70s KISS. but if you listen 2 this song, it rly shows that they still rocked in the 80s, makeup or not.

Admittedly NOT a big KISS fan - but this song rocks. One of my top 5 favorites from the band.

The Newcomers

? I Surrender - Rainbow I Surrender - Rainbow
? Children of the Night - Survivor Children of the Night - Survivor

You really don't know what you're missing until you hear this. From 1982.

The Contenders

11 Bang Your Head (Metal Health) - Quiet Riot Bang Your Head (Metal Health) - Quiet Riot

People always talk about how come on feel the noize is their best song, but I really think this song is just a better song to jam out to. the way the wailing vocals grow more powerful as the song reaches its chorus just really build the mood of this fast-paced song.

If you want the Ultimate UNDERRATED Quiet Riot song.. listen to Thunderbird.

I've played it on Guitar hero Rock the 80's! So cool!

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12 Drop Dead Legs - Van Halen Drop Dead Legs - Van Halen

Definitely underrated. In my opinion, has a pretty good riff. Great VH song! - matty925

13 Slow An' Easy - Whitesnake Slow An' Easy - Whitesnake
14 We Like It Loud - Rough Cutt We Like It Loud - Rough Cutt

An awesome song from a very unknown band. Rough Cutt wuz basically all of the very first members of Ratt, & this song RLY RLY kicks @$$

15 Nightrain - Guns N' Roses Nightrain - Guns N' Roses

Now THIS is a real underrated song. Paradise City, Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child O' Mine, and others are very good, but this song is almost as good, if not better. Also, Mr. Brownstone is a great one. - matty925

From gnrs only good album this song is really sticking out with the energy that it sends - love it and want more people to love it too instead of saying: "yeah, but sweet child o mine is the best"...

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16 Diary of a Madman - Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman - Ozzy Osbourne

Wow, this song is so eerie, yet very hard-rockin. This song rly shows the talents of Randy Rhoades (R. I. P. ). its a shame this is one of Ozzy's lesser known hits.

17 Breakin' All The Rules - Ozzy Osbourne Breakin' All The Rules - Ozzy Osbourne

Such a catchy opening riff from the amazing guitarist Zakk Wylde

An awesome song!! Surely deserves to be at the top.

18 Bark At the Moon - Ozzy Osbourne Bark At the Moon - Ozzy Osbourne

Great song. that's really all I can say. go ozzy!

Underrated. Over the mountain is super underrated

19 Rock You - Helix Rock You - Helix
20 Def Leppard - Excitable

I love it. It funks, it rocks and it's not as simple as one would think. My favorite. Definitely tune of ALL.

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1. Perfect Strangers - Deep Purple
2. Can't Let You Go - Rainbow
3. Crying in the Rain - Whitesnake
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