Best Rock Songs


The Top Ten

1 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

I like this list. Many people do not agree with a few songs near the top. To me that means that this list displays the varying opinions of what "good rock" is. Personally, I don't think Numb should be no. 2 (I like other Linkin Park songs better) but I think that it proves that there is much variety in this genre. I agree with the popular opinion that Stairway to Heaven is the best rock song ever. It is an interesting song. It is lengthy, and of very good quality.

Best in history, most famous and well known by everyone.
This song made all-in-all music history.

Greatest ever, bar none.

Best and most beautiful song ever!

V 13 Comments
2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Come on! Numb over Bohemian RHAPSODY! What is wrong with this list? Stairway yes, I love Zeppelin, but Linkin Park? Really? Queen is rockier than Linkin Park or Evanense (don't care if I misspelled! )

Also, Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who should be here!

this is just brilliant... bohemian raphsody all the way!

One of my favorite Queen songs, still listen to it this day.


V 10 Comments
3 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

One thing that points out the most from this song is its energy. The riff makes you want to jump crazy when you play it!

Anyone who thinks someone is a poser for listening to this track are the real poser. Nirvana is great and really rocks. All Nirvana tracks are good in their own way. Rock is the best.

Smells like teen spirit is #1
This has to be on the top!

My favourite Song.

V 13 Comments
4 Numb - Linkin Park

Wow, I just voted for this song and it suddenly went to the top place. Aside from that, this song is amazing. Linkin Park never really came to do this sort of music again after 'Meteora'. Because of this I seriously considered voting for Evanescence' 'Bring Me To Life', but then I remembered that the same thing happened to them. Ben Moody left and the music changed. I think the music industry has died; that might seem harsh, but I haven't found music from after 2007 that I really enjoyed.

Ok the comments on this song just piss me off, like seriously do you guys listen to songs from your asses or what, the reason this song is in such high place on this list is because of how mainstream it is, and of course because it's modern, other than that the song is mediocre at best and certainly doesn't even deserve to be in the top 30. Get your stuff straight and listen to bands like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, these were real bands who made real music, music that influenced generations after them, but did Linkin Park have any sort of significance or influence in the music industry, hell no.

One of the best ones I've ever witnessed, god blessed us with an awesome band like LP, thank you LP for this masterpiece!

Best song - prasadkumawat

V 40 Comments
5 Second Time Around - Blue Cheer

Just because it has the same fell as another does not mean it cannot be greater. If they all came out first like around the same time you can still say they have the same feel as them if they did. I made my comment like this since if I use the same one that was on another list it may not get posted since they do not want to approve the same comment over and over again for anyone. Are you even knowing what you are talking about! - BlueFuse

Just because it has the same fell as another does not mean it cannot be greater. If they all came out first like around the same time you can still say they have the same fell as them if they did. I made my comment like this since if I use the same one that was on another list it may not get posted since they do not want to approve the same comment over and over again for anyone. Are you even knowing what you are talking about! - BlueFuse

There's been greater. - isaaonrtdmtr

Are you kidding me! I can take neutral and negative things of Blue Cheer. I was replying to your comment because I do not want more people to not try Blue Cheer because of comments like yours. So, I am trying to leave good comments about Blue Cheer and reply to comments like yours. I wanted to do something for music. What is the since of talking about music or any music artist if I cannot reply to comments! - BlueFuse

Wow! - zxm

6 Hey Jude - Beatles

At least should be above stairway to heaven.
Beatles are the best. Ha

Good Song but this is not rock.This is Classical Music.Or kind of Acoustic Pop - SuperBABY

7 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

Has been one of my favorites for almost 12 years now. Anyway how is Nickelback ANYWHERE NEAR the top 10? How is it anywhere near the top 1000 for that matter? One of the most disappointing bands ever compared to its popularity. Amazed to see that one of their songs has over 100 mil views. Just doesn't compare to the hits.

From Slash's brilliant riffs to Axl's voice and lyrics... This song deserver to be top.

This song has been the worlds favorite for a time! Come on! Make it to number one!

How come this is not the number one?

V 6 Comments
8 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
9 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

Looking at the list and finding Comfortably Numb at 19, I find this list irrelevant.

Why is this not in the top 5?

Best song of all time.

Shorter but impressive 1st solo, but truly UNBELIEVABLE outro solo!

V 1 Comment
10 Hotel California - Eagles

No. 16? Nah. This deserves to be among the top 5. Just listen to the song and you will know why.

A addictive and mesmerizing songs. Metaphorical lyrics, and one of the best riffs I ve heard. Deserves to be at the top

The Newcomers

? Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
? More Than a Feeling - Boston

The Contenders

11 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

This song is very great, but it seems a little bit overrated!

This is the best

Wow really numb on #2
Dude listen to this song and you'll know what 80s rock is


12 Tom Sawyer - Rush

, stupidly aazingly incredible drum rolls, how is it not at least 3?

' great song, but 2112 should be first in this list, nothing tops that one.


13 Back In Black - AC/DC

AC/DC is such a inspirational band and has pumped out many great hits, including back in black and I think this song has the potential to be the #1rock song of all time!

This song is sick but I think the best rock song is bat out of hell by meatloaf it has to be the most epic song of all time in my opinion

V 1 Comment
14 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica

I love this song because of the nice guitar riffs and great lyrics

15 King Nothing - Metallica

Metallica is my favorite band and this is their best song. Although not all thrash metal is good (although a lot of it is), this makes you wonder how this kind of music could be BAD! ) - jhismyname

16 One - Metallica

Best guitar solo ever, such meanigful and beautiful lyrics - Disturbedpotato

Best at everything.. Guitar,drum,bass,aransement. The best song I've ever heard

17 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence

Favorite rock song, well I don't know if monster by skillet is rock but whatever

Really? What I just lost faith to humanity

This song is awesome!

It's a really gorgeous song!

V 2 Comments
18 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Rolling Stones

Don't know what's wrong with this list, numb as the best ROCK song of all time? Evanesence in the top 10 list when these two bands are not even pure rock? Damn... What's wrong with "rock" or whatever listeners these days?! - Aldark

19 Black Dog - Led Zeppelin

Black dog is the best song ever and Led Zeppelin is the best band ever! - Awesomelionking

20 How You Remind Me - Nickelback

If only Nickelback could make more songs like this... - Elijah_Cook

This song is just AWESOME! How is this not in the top 5. Numb? Come on guys? If someone had some real sense of music, they would put this song on the TOP!
Awesome lyrics and great music, this song has everything in it!

Now, it's not like me to say sorry, but you know, now I'm waiting on a different story.
You'd seriously better know what that meant, or else!

Love nickleback

V 2 Comments
21 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
22 Enter Sandman - Metallica

Not only is this a classic song but it also has the best lyrics

23 Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day

Best song ever - crazysonicfan7

I wish somewhere a bear will find me!
Don't worry, he doesn't actually say that.

Not just the best rock but also the best song ever! It received two grammys and several other awards. Green Day is the best band too!
Greetings from India!


This list sucks! BOBD should be at least in top 5

24 Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
25 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

Iconic bass line and riff. Legendary song.

26 Child in Time - Deep Purple
27 Baba O'Riley - The Who

It should be a lot higher!

28 Basket Case - Green Day
29 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

I am more into metal and harder stuff. But if you stick to rock, I think this song is the right choice to be at least in the top ten list. It has every vibe a good rock song needs and it is unnecessary to write all this down, simply listen to it, but I doubt anyone hasn't yet.

30 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
31 Rock and Roll All Nite - Kiss

Read this list and you'll see how much people know about rock, putting this song at 31. Seriously this song rocks

32 Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park
33 Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold

Just.. A Piece Of Art.. Don't Know Why Isn't On Tens.. But This Is The Most Epic Song Of AX7

Just, Boss

34 Crazy Train - Black Sabbath


35 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

The best riff in the world! One of the best rock songs ever made! Should be top 10

36 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

An amazing song with the best ever drum solo

A song worth the name

37 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
38 Master of Puppets - Metallica

This isn't rock, I love this song but its heavy metal!

master of puppets is best song ever and metallica is best band ever

WOW. Nirvana's good but Metallica's better. They are just epic mon!

Must probably be my favorite Metallica song, and NOT just because it's popular. - LeiaSkywalker

V 2 Comments
39 I Stand Alone - Godsmack
40 Highway To Hell - AC/DC

Highway to Hell Is much better than Linkin Park! Linkin Park isn't even rock - Disturbedpotato

41 Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
42 Panama - Van Halen

Van Halen is the best band ever! And Panama is the best song ever! You do the math

43 Echoes - Pink Floyd
44 Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones
45 The Last Night (Skillet)
46 Stargazer - Rainbow
47 We Will Rock You - Queen

One of the best songs of Queen. No, one of the best songs of rock history! - Disturbedpotato

48 American Idiot - Green Day

This song is 55? Deserves to be first

I don't wanna be an American idiot!

49 2112 - Rush
50 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin
PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Greatest Classic Rock Songs Best Hindi Rock Songs Greatest '90s Rock Songs Greatest Hard Rock Songs Greatest Bengali Metal / Rock Songs

List Stats

2,000 votes
668 listings
7 years, 176 days old

Top Remixes (43)

1. King Nothing - Metallica
2. Tom Sawyer - Rush
3. For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
1. High Hopes - Pink Floyd
2. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
3. Green Grass and High Tides - The Outlaws
1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
3. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

View All 43

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.