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

My head can't stop banging when this song is on! Raw energy coming out of this one!

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!

yeah baby

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2 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

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

I personally think this is the best but I don't think that the hard rock genre is defined enough I mean queen and Metallica guns n roses and Bon jovi I think hard rock is just a very thin line between rock and metal seriously just scrolled down the list Michael Jackson beat it just no ridiculous how that song isn't rock let alone hard rock I'd give it at most pop rock I'm leaving now and never returning till the day this genre is better defined goodbye

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3 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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

No matter what the genre, Bohemian Rhapsody is the best rock song of all time... bar none.

Bohemian Rhapsody is the greatest song of all time but it's not hard rock. We Will Rock You would be my choice.

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!

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4 Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi

Not hard rock. - Userguy44

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

This song makes me cry I love it so heart felt

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

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5 Fade to Black - Metallica

My favorite Metallica song

It's metal not hard rock. - Userguy44

Alryt this is a great song but its not supposed to be on this list metallicas a metal band

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?

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6 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses

Guns N' Roses put the "hard" in hard rock.

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.

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7 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.

This is probably the most iconic piece of rock ever to be created. With Page's amazing guitar riffs and Plant's voice, this song is truly amazing.

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8 Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf

The song belongs to Steppenwolf, not Metallica idiot ass

Wild song I tell ya

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

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9 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple

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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10 Thunderstruck - AC/DC

How is this not higher up? Should be in the top 5. The riff is literally LEGENDARY.

That intro rif is legendary. - Userguy44

Best hard rock song

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

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The Contenders

11 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

The live performance in the 6th album is the best ever!

Best ever hard rock songs great perfect the best awesome

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!

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12 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana


Dude it is Grunge.. Not Hard Rock

the best1!

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.

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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

One of hard rock's greatest

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14 Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

People need to start respecting Hendrix. Purple Haze at 14? This song, as well as the rest of "Are You Experienced? " put the "hard" in "hard rock". - AlexZoraj

The best!

Hitting with the intro

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15 Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin

Very good song!

Great song, but I will call it more punk rock than hard rock. hard rock is okay. cause this song isn't pure hard rock or punk. but more punkish than hard rock. especially for the riffs. - zxm

16 Enter Sandman - Metallica

Hey! This song is a heavy metal, not rock

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

Who cares just deal with it

The song harder of rock

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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...

Great song hands down

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18 For Whom the Bell Tolls

Cliff Burton's opening bass line is true art.

Is great...

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

An awesome song worth replaying aain and again!

19 Crazy Train

Dude this song ruled the roost when ozzy released "the blizzard of ozz" I am so surprised that it is at 29! Can you imagine? Ozzy Osbourne's one of the greatest hits... Man-top ten at least!

20 No One Like You

One of the best hard rock songs of the early 80's. A simple strong riff from Rudolph Schenker. The thrilling gigantic solo of Mr. Matthias Jabs. The perfect catchy melody and the unmistakable vocals of Klaus Meine. A rhythm section which is hard as a rock(F. Bucholtz - H. Rarebel). And of course the excellent production of the master Dieter Dierks. Scorpions at one of their career's high moments. It should be much higher on this list

21 Detroit Rock City - KISS

Kiss is best band in the world. Still kicking ass.

Best song ever. Should be in top 10 for sure

22 Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

Best song ever. Pure POWER.

Best of the best

#34? Should be in the top 3

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

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23 Another Brick In The Wall

Start's off a little weak, but soon builds curiosity and momentum into an earth shattering orchestra of layers that will leave everyone smiling at the end. - mrcompton734

24 Highway To Hell

When I think of a hard rock riff that I want to play in my head, its always this one. Its just THE classic riff. And if you crank up the opening bars, I defy anyone hearing it not to get a buzz through their bones.

Best song of all time - shatti

Hardest rock!

CRAZY FEELING !! - shatti

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25 Another One Bites the Dust

Not hard rock. - Userguy44

This one is not hard rock, it is a combination of funk and classic rock. Why are there so many songs that aren't hard rock?

26 Beat It - Michael Jackson

Not really hard rock. - Userguy44

Best hard rock song ever!

Love dis song first song I heard from MJ EVER! 1 - jigo

Great music great guitar solo thanks edy

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27 November Rain - Guns N Roses

This song should be on the top 5

21! Can't believe my eyes I searched it just to see this song in top ten. Its an aammmazing song axl on piano with soulfull vocal and slash's guitar... I can't express my fellings for the song. You can say this song is my turning point in piano and singing carrie just love this song. The is also very beautifull with a preety bride and handsome groom...

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28 Pour Some Sugar On Me

This song doesn't need any reason to be on One. And for god's sake Metallica is NOT a hard Rock Band.

Bands like bon jovi are simply overrated

How did this happen number 51, not cool definitely Leppard rocks the house, you can do better. - DLnumber1

Photograph deserves this spot. - JaxLeppard1

This Song Says It All.Its Kick Ass & Always Makes You Smile &Sing Along

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29 How You Remind Me - Nickelback

Post-grunge not hard rock. - Userguy44

How you remind me is an amazing song. Chad can sing anything and it will still have meaning to it.

This song is amazing!

Best song every... You can never get too much of this song... Chad's voice is the very soul of hard rock

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

If this song doesn't move you, I'll pray for your soul then. should at least be top 10!

Gotta be on the top 5 of their best song. Rick on AC/DC

31 All Along the Watchtower
32 Ace of Spades - Motörhead

It's great

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33 Burn It to the Ground

Just listen to it.

34 Baba O'Riley - The Who

I both agree and disagree with somekindo fag uy. Yes it has some classical part. But it's hard rock too. Hard rock is a slower and harder version of average rock music. This song has some distorted power-chord riffs. And the drum beats are also hard rock. The drumming features rapid uses of crash cymbal. It usually indicates of hard rock. John Bonham for example. - zxm

Nope, it's not hard rock. Hard Rock isn't based on classical, but this song totally is. It's art rock!

How about best song of all time? - RecklessGreed

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36 Dr. Feelgood - Mötley Crüe

Best song I’ve ever heard!

Classic kick arse track along with kickstart my heart.

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37 The Final Countdown - Europe

A powerful song all around. It's one of those songs that can't be overplayed, no matter how many times it's played at the end of something.

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38 Die, Die My Darling
39 Barracuda - Heart


This song is essential of hard rock, and also rock n' roll. In my opinion it deserves to 1st place, but in top 5 it have to be.

Great song for a great band, Wilson sister will be in top 10

Kick ass rock song in every way. What's missing?

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40 Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

People seriously think this song is hard rock? - Userguy44

Raw,stark and killer. Jack White nails this down.

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41 Stranglehold - Ted Nugent

The top 10, besides the first two, should be renamed the most overrated rock songs of all time. THIS is a rock song. It starts with a killer riff, moves to two verses, then we get a classic Uncle Ted solo that builds to the final verse.

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42 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi

This is what real music should be like

43 Black Night - Deep Purple

Seriously not 17

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44 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

Again. Not hard rock! - Userguy44

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45 Kashmir

Best of the best song

The vocals are amazing, the riff is amazing, and the song is one of the more complex songs by Led Zeppelin. It takes you yo a far-off land, way better than SLTS.

The best hard rock song of all time.

This song Is definitely what the MLB in the 70's was all about

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46 Paradise City

Really gets you into the song!

This one just gets better with time!

47 Down With the Sickness - Disturbed

Is there another list "Heavy Metal"? Then this is there Number one. Perhaps a lots don't know the name of the band: Disturbed. Hear it and choose it.

This song in particular, like much of Disturbed, just makes me want to beautifully smash things.

Listen to this song once a month, and you'll never need a doctor


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48 Dark Side of the Moon

Not a song and the album isn't even hard rock. - Userguy44

This isn't even a song, It's an album dingus.

Such a geat hard rock song I have it on my runing playlist good for exiting the nerves

49 Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day

Partial hard rock. The first strumming of this song was hard rock, but the faster those become, more punk it became. - zxm

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1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
3. Back in Black - AC/DC
1. Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
2. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
3. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
1. Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
2. Thunderstruck - AC/DC
3. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses

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