Greatest Hard Rock Songs

The Top Ten
Back in Black - AC/DC Back in Black - AC/DC Cover Art

Back in Black is the second best selling album of ALL TIME (mind you, it should have been first). What makes it the best is the simplicity, the vocals are real, the drums are drums, the bass is a bass and the guitars don't use silly effects like talkbox or weird whining pedals. as Angus once said, 'we just play good hard rock 'n' roll'. Hats off to AC DC.

Always have loved AC/DC, and this song has always been the face of the band to me, with its iconic intro, amazing lyrics, and just always has been the meaning of rock and roll to me. Greatest band and song ever!

The vocals in this song are just madness. It sounds like The Devil himself is belting out hard rocking' awesomeness. This is easily the best hard rock song of all time and one of the best songs of all time.

How many god damn nine year olds are on the internet? This is the most overrated song of all time! Has anyone else noticed that all of they're songs sound the same! What about Hendrix, what about, Zeppelin?

Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

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.

My favourite song of all time. One of the only hard rock songs that also sounds great on piano. And the guitar solo is the best I've ever heard.

I love every song on this list, although I'm not sure Bohemian Rhapsody and Stairway to Heaven count as Hard Rock, still great songs though.

For me the greatest song EVER. Axl's voice is stunning and Slash's solo is the best of all time.

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Cover Art

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.

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

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

Although I don't consider it a Hard Rock song it's a very good song, with an amazing guitar solo

Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses Cover Art

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.

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.

Welcome to the jungle should definitely be number 1 but a lot of these aren't even hard rock. Personally I prefer Fade to black to this as I am a huge Metallica fan, but Metallica are Heavy metal, not hard rock. Top 5 should be:
Welcome to the jungle
Back in black (ACDC)
Stairway to heaven (Led Zeppelin)
Even flow (Pearl Jam)
And Smoke on the water (Deep purple)
I know Pearl Jam are classed as a Grunge band but they sound a lot more like a hard rock band, I'm pretty sure many others would agree

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.

Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi Cover Art

A great song has to have a great beat and meaningful strong lyrics This song has both. Everyone knows this song and is a staple to every situation that we may have. A classic indeed.

One of the best songs ever. It has a really catchy tune, especially at the start and the lyrics are extremely meaningful. Much better than the other songs on this list by a mile

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

Everyone can relate to Tommy and Gina. We've all been down on our luck and with a little faith, we make it through! Love, love, love this song and this band!

Fade to Black - Metallica Fade to Black - Metallica Cover Art

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

What's wrong with you you've put one of the greatest song in the history of music behind such a god dammed song. Seriously bonjovi ahead of THE GODS OF METAL Metallica. You've gone completely mad.

Livin' on a prayer? Really? Are you kidding me... It's nothing compared to Fade to Black... I really want to see Jon Bon Jovi or Sambora play the solos in Fade to Black...

Hey man, these people have gone mad or what? Huh, putting "living on a prayer" before "fade to black", who are Jon Bon Jovi and Sambora copared to Hetfield and Hamnet, these folks are crazy. Man they are Metallica

Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

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.

She'll get their she knows, and the stories are untold, and she's buying a stairway to Heaven.

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

Best song of all time, intense, pure and complex at the same time.

Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf Cover Art

The song belongs to Steppenwolf, not Metallica idiot ass

Best hard rock song I ever heard

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

Wild song I tell ya

Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple Cover Art

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.

Dated now but still has to be in any top 5 rock lists. Live Richie Blackmore solos are amazing on this song

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

Thunderstruck - AC/DC Thunderstruck - AC/DC Cover Art

Thunderstruck is like the most hard rock songs ever. I mean, the guy plays it with one hand in the air, what's more do you need?

Back in Black will always be #1, but this song is pretty incredible. Angus and Malcom are rock geniuses

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

How is this song not even in the top 5, angus young guitar solo is amazing

The Contenders
Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

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!

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

Is this the one where he's like "All of my love. All our love, for you now"?

Immigrant song is missing here, but this song is up there for sure

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Cover Art

This is stupid, it shouldn't be on the list at all, Nirvana sucks, it is not hard rock, it is Grunge, and it's very easy, these guys are not professional. I could play this song on my own. Sing/Guitar/Drums. I can't even sing. I can't play drums. But I can do this song. It's stupid. NIRVANA SUCKS!

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.

I always liked 90s rock better than 80s or before. This song is very original and has a nice progressive sound. I can't even begin to name all the 90s bands I like but this song stands out to me.

Along with "Whole Lotta Love" this cut exemplifies the power of colliding riffs, thick bass and driving percussion.

Iron Man - Black Sabbath Iron Man - Black Sabbath Cover Art

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!

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.

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

Every time you listen you found it awesome

Highway To Hell Highway To Hell Cover Art

An awful lot of psychedelic rock, heavy metal, and even grunge songs on this list.
Anyway, I think this is the all-time best hard rock song.

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

All I can say is wow...

Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Cover Art

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".

Hitting with the intro

Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin  Cover Art

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.

Enter Sandman - Metallica Enter Sandman - Metallica Cover Art

Seriously? 18th? Are you kidding me? This song should be in top 5. Amazing music.. Haven't you people heard the live version from 1991 monsters of rock?

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

Hey! This song is a heavy metal, not rock

Who cares just deal with it

Second Heartbeat - Avenged Sevenfold Second Heartbeat - Avenged Sevenfold Cover Art

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!

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...

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

Best song ever... it should be a number 1

Crazy Train Crazy Train Cover Art

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!

For Whom the Bell Tolls For Whom the Bell Tolls Cover Art

Cliff Burton's opening bass line is true art.

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

An awesome song worth replaying aain and again!

Dr. Feelgood - Mötley Crüe Dr. Feelgood - Mötley Crüe Cover Art

Classic kick arse track along with kickstart my heart.

Best song I’ve ever heard!

a great arena rock song

No One Like You No One Like You Cover Art

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

Detroit Rock City - KISS Detroit Rock City - KISS Cover Art

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

Best song ever. Should be in top 10 for sure

The Kings of Rock

Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who Cover Art

#34? Should be in the top 3

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

Best of the best

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

Another Brick In The Wall Another Brick In The Wall Cover Art

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.

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