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!

AC/DC For ever the Best Rock On Rockeros🎸😈...

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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

Sweet child o' mine is the number 1 there is no comment

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3 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!

I don't think Bohemian Rhapsody is hard rock, but Still an amazing song

Stone cold crazy is hard rock from Queen, but not this.

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4 Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi

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
Sagar

This song makes me cry I love it so heart felt

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5 Fade to Black - Metallica

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 sandman...man, how do they make such music? Kirk Hammett especially rocks with that guitar shredding! Rock on Metallica!

One of the best hard rock/metal songs of all time the only song that beats it is... Achilles Last Stand by Led Zeppelin. Here is my opinion on the top 10,

1. Achilles Last Stand by Led Zeppelin

2. Fade to Black by Metallica

3. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin

4. Sweet Child O Mine by Guns N Roses

5. Smells Like Teens Spirit by Nirvana

6. For Whom The Bell Tolls by Metallica

7. Iron Man by Black Sabath

8. Enter Sandman by Metallica

9. Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N Roses

10. Livin On Prayer by Bon Jovi

I LOVE ACHILLES LAST STAND! I love this list except for Enter Sandman and Livin on a Prayer. Otherwise, AMAZING TOP 5! - rizzo824

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6 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.

The greatest song EVER!

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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 should be first!

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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

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 list isn't really hard rock, there are all types of songs here for some stupid reason. The original list should be like this -
1- Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
2- Back in Black- AC/DC
3- Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
4- Rock you Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
5- Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
6- Born to be Wild - Steppenwolf
7- The Final Countdown - Europe
8- Child in Time - Deep Purple
9 - Love it Loud - Kiss
10 - Thunderstruck - AC/DC
11- Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
12 - Man on a Silver Mountain - Rainbow
13- White Room - Cream
14- Hey Joe- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
15- Pour some Sugar on me - Def Lappard.
See, that's how it should look.

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10 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!

Best ever hard rock songs great perfect the best awesome

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The Newcomers

? Slither - Velvet Revolver

The Contenders

11 Thunderstruck - AC/DC

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.

That intro rif is legendary. - Userguy44

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12 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

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

the best1!

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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 Sabbath🙋

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14 Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Hitting with the intro

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 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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17 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

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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18 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!

19 For Whom the Bell Tolls

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

An awesome song worth replaying aain and again!

Is great...

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

#34? Should be in the top 3

Best of the best

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

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 November Rain - Guns N Roses

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...

25 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

BEST RIFF WITH BRAVE LYRICS
CRAZY FEELING !! - shatti

Hardest rock!

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26 How You Remind Me - Nickelback

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

Sad, Nickleback is in front of Led Zeppelin

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27 Beat It - Michael Jackson

Best hard rock song ever!

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

Great music great guitar solo thanks edy

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 Another One Bites the Dust
30 For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC

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

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

31 All Along the Watchtower
32 Ace of Spades - Motörhead

It's great

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

35 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?

JAM

36 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
37 Dr. Feelgood - Mötley Crüe

Classic kick arse track along with kickstart my heart.

38 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.

39 Die, Die My Darling
40 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.

41 Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

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

42 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
43 Black Night - Deep Purple

Seriously not 17

44 Kashmir

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

Best of the best song

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45 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
46 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

Just BAD ASS!

47 Paradise City

Really gets you into the song!

This one just gets better with time!

48 Dark Side of the Moon

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

50 Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood
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1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
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3. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
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