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!


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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

the best!

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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

I just wish the person who put this on here would have spelled it right - Himalayansalt

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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, 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

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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.

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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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 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!

Possibly my favorite Zeppelin song.

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10 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.

This is best of the best

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11 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

People saying this is Grunge and Hard rock, cool it down.
Grunge is part of Alternate Rock music that evolved in the 90s.
And Alternate Rock music is hard rock and rock music.
So, better research before claiming anything. Grunge is rock.

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12 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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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 - 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

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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

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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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