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.

Keep this where it deserves to be! the top

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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!

BEST ROCK SONG ever written. Stairway To Heaven isn't even within cooee. Queen is the BEST ROCK BAND ever, and Freddie Mercury?... BEST ROCK SINGER of all time!


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3 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

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.

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!

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


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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!

First rock song I ever heard and it's set in my heart forever for the past 10 years as my favourite... Miss you chester

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5 Hey Jude - Beatles

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

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

6 Second Time Around - Blue Cheer

What song rocks harder that is not Heavy metal or influence by Heavy metal! This song really rocks like how Rock is. It has the classic feel from artists like Jimi Hendrix, Cream, The Who and The Rolling Stones. Blue Cheer is very distortion and spacey. That means this one or another Blue Cheer song is the best. Look at my account for proof why Blue Cheer is so great. People always remember that If others can have a different number one music artist than The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix can think Terry Kath from Chicago is a better guitar player than him than I can feel with same with Blue Cheer. - BlueFuse

Has the feel of them but it's greater than them? Are you listening to yourself? - isaaonrtdmtr

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

7 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.

How it's not on the top?...

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8 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
9 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!

Guns n roses being one of the best ever, this is one of ther're best songs

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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

? Rockin in the Free World - Neil Young

This song has an awesome tune. - Userguy44

? Breath - Breaking Benjamin

The Contenders

11 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

They rock long life ACDC


12 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

For me...greatest song ever. I'm 13 yrs old HATE today's music with a passion. Back then you didn't need auto tune to make great songs. This proves that point, especially when he says "YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE?!? YOU IN THE JUNGLE BABY, YOU GONNA DIEEE! " Axl rose is a badass frontman and Guns n Roses are one of the greatest bands of all time

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13 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.


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 tune ever!

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 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 is an amazing song “Read between the lines of what’s f***** up and everything’s alright” are beautiful lyrics, as is the entire chorus and the rest of verse two. Just on incredible song. The entire American Idiot album is just amazing in my opinion.

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18 Black Dog - Led Zeppelin

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

19 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!

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20 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Rolling Stones

I think Queen should switch places with Led Zeppelin in the top 2, but Satisfaction should be at least at number 6, if not higher. It's one of the greatest songs I've ever heard.

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

21 How You Remind Me - Nickelback

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!

Cool song, it gives you an other view of the world
You know what I mean!

Love nickleback

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22 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
23 Enter Sandman - Metallica

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

If you are talking about best rock song these one is the king of rock songs Metallicas greatest creation guitar and drums are amazing..

24 Child in Time - Deep Purple
25 Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
26 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

Iconic bass line and riff. Legendary song.

27 Baba O'Riley - The Who

It should be a lot higher!

28 Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace

So good song should be higher

29 Basket Case - Green Day
30 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.

31 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
32 Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park

Linkin park is one of the best bands this song has to be higher

33 Crazy Train - Black Sabbath

Not by Black Sabbath


34 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

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 We are the Champions - Queen

Does anyone not know this song, it's the most famous song from the most famous band!
Queen are always in my head and in my sleep, I can't escape this awesome band!

37 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

38 We Will Rock You - Queen

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

39 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

An amazing song with the best ever drum solo

A song worth the name

40 I Stand Alone - Godsmack
41 Highway To Hell - AC/DC

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

42 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
43 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
44 Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
45 Panama - Van Halen

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

46 Echoes - Pink Floyd
47 American Idiot - Green Day

This song is 55? Deserves to be first

I don't wanna be an American idiot!

48 Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones

Definitely one of the best rock songs of all time. Without a doubt by one of if not the greatest rock band of all time.

49 Blow Me Away - Breaking Benjamin
50 The Last Night (Skillet)
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1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
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