Best Rock Anthems

Songs that will forever be sung to inspire and pump us up!

The Top Ten

1 Don't Stop Believin'- Journey

No one ever sounded better on vocals than Steve Perry in this classic!

Simply the most epic rock anthem ever made!

The best ever song ever sung

Hard for this to be a universal "one size fits all" rock masterpiece due to the Detroit reference (not everyone is from Detroit).
Great song, anyway. Steve Perry is irreplaceable and Neal knows it. That explains the awkward face on Neal at the 2017 awards.

2 We are the Champions- Queen

Can be overplayed a LOT but nothing beats this. It's a CHAMPION song and it came from a CHAMPION BAND performed countless times by a champion man named Freddie Mercury. I don't know if anyone would ever be able to beat what awesomeness this song holds. Oh... And where's WE WILL ROCK YOU?! :/ the number one picked song is a LIE.

Should be higher... Freddie Mercury was the King (uh... Queen) of Rock Anthems... ever see the vids of "Queen" at live concerts? And where is "We Will Rock You"?

This is a song of champions, by champions, for champions. It should be #1 like the champion it is!

Wait why is this no.2? What even is don't stop believin

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3 We Will Rock You - Queen

Most popular song ever. And one of the best. Deserves EASILY top 3

This is one of the most famous songs on this list. - Beautifulsound

A proper rock anthem is a song that could be played at any event to pump up a crowd. I like many of the songs on this list, but only a few of them really meet that criteria. "Rock You" is the quintessential example. Also, there should *really* be some Boston and Styx here!

4 I Love Rock n Roll - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

This is top ten. For sure. Play it for any five year old and they get it.

5 Rock 'n Roll All Nite - KISS

People know this song before they know KISS. It's the greatest rock and roll anthem ever made, should be on top in my opinion. The song is rock and roll, it makes everyone want to "rock and roll all night and party everyday"

KISS is notorious for making epic rock anthems, but not even Beth or Detroit Rock City can top this song, easily the greatest rock and roll song ever written

6 My Generation- The Who

Amazing bass in this awesome song. The Who's generation was simply amazing! I hope that people would vote this as number one!

7 I Was Made For Lovin' You - KISS

People, for whatever reason, hated this song when it first came out. However, KISS didn't care, as Paul Stanley said, "KISS doesn't play by your rules", the band continued to play to song for years in a more heavy rock and roll version. This song should be higher up I think

8 For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC

The most epic song ever. Everything perfect: riffs, drums, bass, vocals and cannons.

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9 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple

A true Classic piece of art


10 Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

Immortal 80's. All kudos in the world to AC/DC, Who, Queen, etc. as reliably good bands, but Bon Jovi knocked this song out the park.

Everone knows the corus and the teltale voicebox opener

The Contenders

11 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
12 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

This song deserves to be number one on this list for the huge effect it had on music and society, the intensity of the music and lyrics, and the catchiness of the tune. A brilliant song for sure!

nirvana was truly the best kurt cobain had the real power in his voice

I grew up to Journey and Queen, and other greats, but Peaked with smells like teen spirit.

The best I ve ever listened to Kurt is simply the best of the best, this song has started is a trendsetter, bringin a lot of kids back to rock from *** music, changed the scene of music and definitely deserves to be on the top. Nirvana is my All Time Greatest. Load upon Guns Brings your freinds...

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13 Shout It Out Loud - Kiss

"Don't let em tell ya that there's too much noise, they're to old to really understand", the culmination of Gene and Paul in lead vocals makes this song fantastic. The song is all most as catchy as rock and roll all nite. I think this song should be in the top ten spot at least

14 The Final Countdown - Europe

This is a great high energy anthem rock song!

15 Free Bird- Lynyrd Skynyrd

If you know it - a comment isn't necessary.

Millenials need to know what real rock is...the sounds of their parents

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16 It's a Long Way to the Top - AC/DC
17 Highway to Hell- AC/DC

The riff is unmistakable! This song started AC/DC's international careers and it was Bon Scott's greatest song! Amazing song!

My favorite song by AC/DC along with Let There Be Rock. Bon Scott had a truely unique voice and will be missed by millions around the world - Danielsun182

18 Born to Be Wild- Steppenwolf
19 Paradise City - Guns N' Roses

The intro in itself speaks wonders. Then, you progress into one of the best heavy metal riffs of all time, with Axl Rose and his classic, one-of-a-kind sound. Then, the end is simply insane, with Axl screaming, Slash shredding, Duff rocking out, Izzy doing his thing, and then Steven beating the crap out of the drums. Easily #1.

Awesome anthem... Even better to see live than on the album...

20 Thunderstruck - AC/DC
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Top Remixes

1. Shout It Out Loud - Kiss
2. Rock 'n Roll All Nite - KISS
3. My Generation- The Who
1. Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
2. Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
3. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
1. We Will Rock You - Queen
2. I Love Rock n Roll - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
3. We are the Champions- Queen



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