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!

"Number one"

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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

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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 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

8 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

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

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

This song is just ahhh

10 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple

A true Classic piece of art


The Contenders

11 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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12 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
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 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance saved my life. And all their songs have really touching lyrics, and Gerard is the sexiest man on the planet! I My Chemical Romance!

One of the best rock anthems period and also one of the best bands in modern age rock. This band changed my life, I truly wouldn't be the same without them

My Chemical Romance is like, amazing. Nothing can compete with them Great meaning too, powerful song! This song rocks

I used to think this song was overplayed but when it's not shoved up your face, it's one of the greatest modern rock pieces out there.

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17 It's a Long Way to the Top - AC/DC
18 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

19 Born to Be Wild- Steppenwolf
20 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...

21 Thunderstruck - AC/DC
22 Rockin In the Free World - Neil Young

The chorus is fun to sing and the guitar distortion has the right amount to call it a piece of art

23 Juke Box Hero- Foreigner

Was good then still tells a story

24 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses
25 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Awesome song. Almost everybody knows it or at least heard of it. Beautiful

Just a classic

26 Born to Run- Bruce Springsteen

Born to Run encapsulates the American Dream.

27 Sweet Emotion- Aerosmith

This song definitely makes everyone who listens to it feel a sweet emotion. Aerosmith ROCKS! - rockerchic18

28 One - Metallica
29 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

This should at least be in the top 5. I am not sure why it is ranked 30.

30 Holiday - Green Day
31 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

This should definitely be closer to the top

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32 Sympathy for the Devil- Rolling Stones
33 Teenagers - My Chemical Romance
34 Ghost Love Score - Nightwish

Such a great long song. If it were like 3:30 it would be good but over ten minutes is fantastic.

35 Don't Look Back In Anger - Oasis

The anthem of the 90s no doubt


36 Ballroom Blitz - The Sweet

Ballroom Blitz is a real rock anthem! THE SWEET ROCK THE HOUSE!

37 2112 - Rush

Definitely the best Rock Anthem of all time!

38 Any Way You Want It - Journey

You know, the song on the state farm commercials. Yeah it is amazing, journey is a INCREDIBLE band. I'm sad my friend Katie doesn't know about journey. Funny, my name is Katie too.

39 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
40 Master of Puppets - Metallica
41 Ready Steady Go - L'arc~en~Ciel
42 Knights of Cydonia - Muse
43 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
44 I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
45 Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
46 Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
47 You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC

What an AMAZING song from one of the worlds greatest rock bands, you can't resist singing along to that chorus. YOU... SHOOK ME AL NIIGHT LONG. "Back in black", "For those about to rock (we salute you)" and " It's a long way to the top" are also very good anthems from AC/DC

48 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

Turn this song up all the way and the drums will make your flat bunz jiggle in happyness.

49 Ten Thousand Fists - Disturbed
50 Holy Diver - Dio
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Top Remixes (4)

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. Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
2. Don't Stop Believin'- Journey
3. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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