Top Ten Greatest Melodic Rock Songs


The Top Ten

1 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

This song deserves to be in #1! Pink Floyd was one of the greatest bands ever on this planet... This song is just perfect *-* the lyrics... The melody... The vocals... The instrumental, and, specially, the guitar (dude, that guitar solo rocks! ), and this song is still one of the greatest hits on 2012!

One of the all time greats of any genre. Period. But a list of the "top" melodic rock songs of all time and not ONE Boston song? No way!

Amazing amazing guitar track.. Especially the guitar outro in Pulse2.

Deserves to be the 4th on the list.. of course! - JimmyzzzX

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2 The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian

I love folk ekekekekkeek

3 Dream On - Aerosmith

Definitely - AliciaMae

Great but where's Carry On Wayward Son? - Beatlesboy9

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4 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

This song just takes my blues away..

This music really beautiful

Awesome Song. Metallica again and always.

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5 Still Got the Blues - Gary Moore

This is a beautiful rock/blues song. Lots of feeling in it.

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6 Rainbow Eyes - Rainbow

Such a melody! Something you won't find in any other Rainbow song. - JimmyzzzX

Most melodious of them all!

@JimmyzzzX - This is one of a kind song but I swear one can find incredible melodies in EVERY Rainbow song! Just scroll down - there are lots of song samples. - Metal_Treasure

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7 Born to Lose - UFO

These guys were the best of their time, but for very hard fast rock. Michael Schenker, need I say more?

Oh.. My.. It's so nice



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8 Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits

'Through these fields of destruction.. Baptisms of fire.' A great song, melody, and perfect lyrics. My all time favorite from Straits. - Beatlesboy9

Try also Mark Knopfler's "What it is" or "Darling pretty" - superb!

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9 Here I Go Again - Whitesnake

I know every word to this song, it's awesome - Ajkloth

Better on the Saints and Sinners album

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10 Air Born - Camel

So good to see camel on this list

Nice and short not too indulgent.

I love camel. I don t hear this group until 1 month ago. Then I listen Drafted and Stationary Traveller. It s wonderful group.



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The Contenders

11 High Flyer - UFO

Such a nice soft song by the greatest hard rock band ever. - JimmyzzzX

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12 Afterglow - Genesis



13 You're the Voice - John Farnham UListen to Sample
14 Martian Landscape - UFO

No words... Only melody and imagination! - JimmyzzzX

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15 The Last Song - X Japan

Awesome song! Yoshiki Hayashi you are the best songwriter! Thank you for your amazing songs!

16 Faint - Linkin Park

Linkin park is the best, come on,

This song is not melodic rock, it's rap rock/ hard rock :P

Awesome Song

Linkin park no chance. listen to their current songs. it's 2014. I lost intrest in them. sorry

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17 Wind of Change - Scorpions

One of the best melodic voices in rock, ever. The Scorpions are so easily overlooked for the amazing array of great songs they blessed us with. One of my favourites, The Good die young featuring Tarja. Beautiful.


It deserves to be #1

I love Pink floyd,toto,metallica,nirvana,eric clapton,led zappelin and phil collins & So hard to choose 1 between this and top melodic songs like comfortably numb,Hold the line,layla,Nothing else matters
but I choose this and layla,

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18 Can't Let You Go - Rainbow UListen to Sample
19 Blood On the Rooftops - Genesis

This should be on the top 10. Great acoustic guitar by Steve Hackett

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21 Lunar Sea - Camel

Just listen to it and you'll understand why it is so significant! - JimmyzzzX

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22 Under Pressure - Queen

The melody sang by David Bowie at the end is the single greatest melody of all time.

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23 Fortuneteller - Deep Purple

Great underrated song! - Brobusky

One of the numerous Deep Purple hidden gems. - Metal_Treasure

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24 Is This Love - Whitesnake UListen to Sample
25 Love Hurts - Nazareth UListen to Sample
26 Astronomy - Blue Oyster Cult

From some enchanted evening, amazing guitar riff.

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27 Sidewinder - Avenged Sevenfold

Heavy melody with brilliant song structure.

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28 Carnival of Rust - Poets of the Fall

How come this song is not even on the list? Deserves to be at least among the top ten!

One of the greatest of any modern rock bands by far! - alexinkiev

What?! This song Deserves to be in top 5! Amazing lyrics and Mysterious vocal...LOVE POETS of THE FALL

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29 The Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana

Talking about melody, this song deserves better.

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31 You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC

One of the best by ac dc

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32 Jessica - The Allman Brothers

How can you not add this song when speaking melodies? It's should be at the top

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33 Wicked Game - Chris Isaak

I'm from Estonia. great song! that's all

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34 Wishful Sinful - The Doors

For melodic and the doors I'd go with touch me

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35 Hotel California - The Eagles

Definitely should be top 10.

Can't believe this list

Should be number 1.

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36 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

How is this in the new comers what

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37 What's Your Game - 101 South

Superb song.. Looking for similar type of songs please suggest

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38 Empty Rooms - Gary Moore UListen to Sample
39 Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold

The chorus <3
Really awesome song

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40 23 - Jimmy Eat World

7 and a half minutes of absolute brilliance!

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41 Band On the Run - Wings & Paul McCartney UListen to Sample
42 Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers UListen to Sample
43 Dust In the Wind - Kansas UListen to Sample
44 How Can We Be Lovers - Michael Bolton UListen to Sample
45 Promises - Megadeth UListen to Sample
46 Love of My Life - Queen

One of the most poignant songs in rock history, written for Mercury's long time girlfriend Mary Austin when he came out to her in 1975

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47 Echoes - Camel

Just listen to this. It flows more smoothly than water!

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48 Let Her Go - Passenger

Grate song it is!

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49 Snuff - Slipknot UListen to Sample
50 I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner UListen to Sample
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List Stats

1,000 votes
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7 years, 213 days old

Top Remixes

1. Born to Lose - UFO
2. Air Born - Camel
3. Afterglow - Genesis
1. High Flyer - UFO
2. Born to Lose - UFO
3. Close to the Edge - Yes
1. The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian
2. Dream On - Aerosmith
3. Still Got the Blues - Gary Moore


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