Greatest Hard Rock Songs

The Top Ten

1 Back in Black - AC/DC

Back In Black is just one of those songs that makes you bang your head
this song is pure hard rock!! - OzzyVanHalen

ACDC are the gods of music Angus Young the god of guitar Brian johnsen god of singing Phil Rudd god of drums Cliff god of bass and Malcom god of writing music they are the greatest musicians! ROCK ON ACDC!

Back in Black for the win! Best rock song ever and probably my favourite AC/DC song. I love pretty much everything from AC/DC, but Back in Black is just kick ass :D! Amazing instrumental and great singing! I love listening to this song!

Rock and roll hard driving and primal. It's also got a danceable beat.

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2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

This isn't hard rock! It's soft rock mixed with opera. - Alpha101

bohemian rhapsody! wow this song is very cool! everytime I hear this song it feels like I'm floating in the air.. queen really rocks!

This is the living epitome of hard rock and desrves to be higher on this list. It is a perfect blend of many musical elements and it is very inspiring.

Best song period.

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3 Sweet Child O' Mine

This is just the song that made me fall in love for rock music.. Beautiful lyrics, incredible sound and killer solo makes it a major masterpiece in the history of hard rock.

SCOM RULEZZ, once of the best hard rock songs, with powerful Slash Riff, and sing Axl.

Is probably my favorite song of all time, actually now I hate it because when I first herd it, I listened to it so much that I sick of it now, still the most epic song, especially with that guitar solo and intro

No way it should be on top haven't u all heard this song great intro great bass by duff axle killin it by vocal and most important slash s great solo love it should be number 1

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4 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Can't explain this legendary song in words. Ledzepplin rocks to the core m/

Just an amazing song - brings a tear into my eye every sin

Both hard rock and an anthem at the same time.
Song builds to a climax beautifully.

Greatest song of all time. Don't forget that guitar solo

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5 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses

This song is an essention of hard rock.
Top of this list is bad...
Back in Black - ok.
Bohemian Rapsody ISN'T HARD ROCK... I love queen
But it doesn't deserve this place.
Sweet Child O mine - ok, but
Stairway to heaven... I don't think that this is hard rock.
It's more likely rock ballad
Next three are ok but Iron Man IS DOOM METAL SONG... And this
Is a list of best hard rock - not metal songs.
For Whom the bell tolls - the same... Metallica is a Thrash Metal
Band... Only few of they're songs are hard rock... For Whom The Bell
Tolls doesn't count to them. Whole Lotta Love is ok but Fade to Black
Is another Thrash metal song. It's a ballad but not a hard rock.
We Are The Champions isn't Hard Rock song... It hasn't even a guitar solo!
That was enough about songs... Above the Welcome to The Jungle...
That's why I think this must be in first three.

I can't believe I'm not voting for a Disturbed song, but this song KICKS ASS. It's not my favorite song, but my favorite song isn't on this list high enough to really count (read: it's not on the first page and I didn't bother to go to page two), and this song deserves more credit than it has. So I'm gonna go ahead and vote for it.

How the heck is this not #1, one of the best riffs of all time, an iconic voice at its best, and the perfect pacing and timing. And lets not forget that this song is in fact hard rock, not meaning to be mean to Led Zeppelin, but Stairway to heaven is not a hard rock song.

Okay... first off, you've gotta understand that HARD ROCK is not Boh. Rhapsody or Stairway to Heaven or Fade to Black (although they're amazing songs, I personally can't get enough of Bohemian Rhapsody), they're classical rock, original rock, except for Fade to Black. That's metal. Welcome to the Jungle is REAL hard rock. Guns N Roses are all about hard rock. Get your genres right. I think Welcome to the Jungle should be at the top, if not second, because youcan't compete wih AC/DC.

P.S Boh Rhapsody does have hard rock, but the entire song is pretty much an amazing ballad.

P.P.S Sweet Child O' Mine isn't really hard rock either.

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6 Fade To Black

This song is one of the greatest ever song of METALLICA!
the lyrics are just awesome. And the guitar solo is the best that I've ever heard nothing can beat this!
how do these guys create such music?

Every thing in the song is awesome, the lyrics the guitar, the F GUITAR SOLO, how did bon jovi beat that

Metallica defines hard rock and metal... This song, master of puppets and enter, how do they make such music? Kirk Hammett especially rocks with that guitar shredding! Rock on Metallica!

I'm 41 years old and from the day I heard this song, it has been my favorite song. That was in roughly 1987 or so when I first heard it.

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7 Livin' On Prayer

This is the epitome of great American rock songs. It has stood the test of time and will always rock. A true classic. - vadnj0

It's like a national anthem... Most of the people in the world know the lyrics...

Little bit good song... They made some good tunes which developed them

Great song, great bon jovi band!

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8 Born To Be Wild

Wild song I tell ya

The song belongs to Steppenwolf, not Metallica idiot ass

Cultest rock song ever by the king of metal... Metallica

9 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

It's the greatest hard rock songs it's guitar riff and drums is amazing I love this song please vote for it Led Zeppelins greatest song

No. You mean to "all my love", this is where he like... Ahh, I can't explain, nobody can't, listen to it and you will understand, enjoy!

Why is this so low? This is Led Zeppelin at their best!

Stairway is not hard rock, Whole lotta love is the definition of hard rock

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10 Smoke On The Water

This should be at no. 1. It's such a great song. Nice vocals, a world famous guitar riff, and a true story written in the lyrics. This is true hard rock. I honestly do not know why such useless songs from other genres are much higher in this list.

How is this only at 63?! I thought it would be in the top 10, or even at number 1!

Love this song also highway star but its should be around 6 or 7

This is the #1 hard rock song ever! don't understand how completely lame song are much higher.

This is the first song every guitarist learns to play.

This ranking is not real

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The Newcomers

? Night of Passion - The Poodles

Just try this song. It has great chorus. And its hard rock. Unlike many punk, grunge or metal songs listed here. - zxm

? Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix

The Contenders

11 Smells Like Teen Spirit

Dude it is Grunge.. Not Hard Rock

It is the best song I have ever heard man
I love NIRVANA... Kurt rocks.. This is just the song that made me fall in love for rock music.. Beautiful lyrics, incredible sound and killer solo makes it a major masterpiece in the history of hard rock.

It's GRUNGE but why on hard rock list duhh! - RESPECT

1. It is Grunge NOT Hard Rock

2. It shouldn't be on this list and the fact its this high is sickening and shows that the people who vote for this don't know anything about music and only vote because of the songs popularly and not based on the fact that isn't Hard Rock. And this also goes for all the other songs on this list that aren't hard rock

3. This list is one of the most messed up lists I have seen - christangrant

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12 Thunderstruck

the absolutely mind blowing intro riff and the rest of the song makes you head-bang for ten minutes after you listened to it

THUNDERSTRUCK IS THE BEST SONG EVER! The smartest song ever! Nobody could have invented an intro riff like this except the brilliant mind of Angus Young. THIS SHOULD BE NUMBER 1! 1

Quite possibly one of the best songs made till date.

This is best of the best

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13 Iron Man - Black Sabbath

Seriously this song or Paranoid should be number 1. Agreed Livin' on a prayer is a good song but definitely not a hard rock song.

Very good song to hear, best of Black Sabbath according to me? Why is Second Heartbeat of Avenged Sevenfold above this? That's beyond hard rock, people, it's heavy metal!

This song just epitomizes Black Sabbath... They're the true gods of metal... Amazing solo and riffs

Hard Rock riff number 1... same class with Smoke On The Water and Whole Lotta Love riffs. Great respect for SabbathđŸ™‹

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14 Purple Haze

Hitting with the intro

15 Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin V 2 Comments
16 Enter Sandman

Hey! This song is a heavy metal, not rock

This is metal not hard rock (believe it or not)

The song harder of rock

I Saw It Live At The Glastonbury 2015 Music Festival. It Was EPIC! It Deserves #3.Behind "Smells Like Teen Spirit" And "Sweet Child O' Mine"

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17 Second Heartbeat - Avenged Sevenfold

This is one of the best songs by Avenged Sevenfold! The solo by Gates is just amazing, and of course the lyrics... And the chorus!
... This is just awesome...

It's one of the best song of avenged sevenfold indeed... ! Ii mean the song is amazing! The aggressive punk rock feel with the screaming and the rhythm and the SOLO! Damn that's a solo!

Well, This is not Hard Rock...
This is a metalcore song...

Love love love A7X

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18 For Whom the Bell Tolls

Hey, this isn't hard rock. It's metal

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19 Detroit Rock City - KISS
20 Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

#34? Should be in the top 3

One of best sonvs of best rock bands...ever

This one is too low
Not the best hard rock song, but definitely not 74th
And there are lots of songs on this list which are not hard rock - Rocker00

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Top Remixes (19)

1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Sweet Child O' Mine
3. Back in Black - AC/DC
1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
2. Sweet Child O' Mine
3. Livin' On Prayer
1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit
3. Paradise City

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