Greatest Rock Songs of the 21st Century


The Top Ten

1 In the End - Linkin Park

Awesome song!
The First time I Heard it, it blew me away, Listened to this over and over again! SIMPLY AWESOME!

Had heard it before, not usually really my type of music; while drunk after a cousin's funeral however I heard it and played it over several times. Seemed very fitting, glad I found this site to remember the name of it.

Love Chester's voice. People need to stop hating on artists like Linkin Park, these guys have actual talent. Instead they listen to atrocious songs and artists.

Definitely one of the best songs that came out out of the early millenium. This song is why Linkin Park is among the best bands of this century. R.I.P Chester - TrashBagbabes

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2 Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day

Very good song one of the best rock song in the present century. In the end is not so nice song but is on top AMAZING!

An inspiring song. The world has become a very complex place where every one is required to struggle in order to achieve the summit of greatness. Hence, this song tells us of the fact that its our struggle, only we can complete it. No one can spoon-feed you always. You have to learn to be self-dependent.

One of the greatest songs musically and lyrically! It didn't get a grammy award for nothing...

It sounds like a ribbon of perfection... The opening, the lyrics, the general vibe! It's moving and meaningful, and sounds incredible!

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3 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence

I think it's the best song of all genres, not just rock - shatti

Amy Lee and Ben Moody are the great job. Best song ever.

When the best female rock voice Ame Lee combines with best rock band Linkin Park, "bring me to life" is created. One of the bests.
My top 5 are
1. Linkin Park-In the end
2. Linkin Park-Numb
3. Linkin Park-New divide
4. Evanescence-Bring me to life
5. Alter Bridge-Black Bird


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4 Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

I don't think it's the best song on this list but it's the only song on the list that both is near the top and so could get to the top in the future and that deserves to come anywhere near the top (apart from Boulevard of broken dreams, but 7NA edges it for me). It's a shame that there's a disproportionate representation of nu-metal pop-punk emo garbage in comparison to indie and alternative rock because the people voting on this poll are (mostly) the sort of degenerates that listen to Linkin Park et al. Songs like "No one knows" and "Reptilia" are far better than every song on this top ten and aren't even on the list. Glad that this song is third though, because while I believe that it is overrated and there are better garage rock songs on the list like "Take me out" (which is down at 56), at least garage/indie rock has some representation.

What an amazing song, the issue is not many people know that it is by the white stripes or what its name is they just know the riff

You know how groups of people around the world song this song. It's become an anthem. Only the best songs become anthems and I don't see another song on this list become one. - MEparandriod

Good song

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5 So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold

This is the best rock song... A7x has everything like best guitarist, best vocalist, best bassist, best drummer... So this band is parfect hard rock and heavy metal band of all time... And all of you know the band has a huge fan at present...

One of the best songs by the best band ever. Should be at the top of the list, no doubt.

It is just awesome

I’m listening to it now

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6 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

This song is an incredibly powerful and emotional anthem. An iconic song from an iconic album. I've always felt like I wanted to scream along with Gerard and surrender to the euphoric sensation this track creates. My Chemical Romance has been extremely influential to millions and I think they deserve a lot more recognition to the amazing music and messages they have shared. This album was one hell of a process for the band. This was made after Gerard got sober so I think it's obvious how his artistic talents came out. Although their music had a darker image and lyrics, they represent the light in the darkness as they literally fought their own demons, creating absolute beauty in death. I recently read a fantastic biography about the bands career. All the boys from the band have gone on to continue producing music which is the best result after they broke up. Gerard has also been writing and illustrating comics, which has been his childhood dream! My Chemical Romance is still so ...more - Rock-a-Roonie

This song has so much complexity to it, yet is structured perfectly. The lyrics and the meaning behind them (whatever you may portray that meaning to be) are beautiful. It's one of those songs that can be played over and over and over again and you never get tired of it because it's so complex that you feel you discover something new about it each time. It is an extremely stirring/powerful anthem that tells that even in the hardest of times there is always hope and there is always a reason to keep going.

As with new divide a brilliant use of electric guitars that simply isn't seen nowadays. The part where he screeches the same verse down the microphone again is fairly stupid but aside from that this song is simply brilliant in every way. When it comes to my funeral I ain't havin' none of this "always look on the bright side of life" crap. All my friends and family will know that "though I'm dead and gone believe me. My memory will carry on! " And so will this brilliant inspiring song for generations to come. Though "My Chemical Romance" will soon be "broken and defeated" too their weary fans march on!

So beautifully complex. One of the greatest songs ever written. It's a shame that My Chemical Romance gets overlooked because people think they're an emo band for suicidal teens. Truly one of the most talented bands. - MyLocalRoyalVampire

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7 Numb - Linkin Park

The best song not just by Linkin Park but any other band or a ever made artist it's better than in the end or any other rock song ever made this song has a deep meaning an we can all relate to it simply the best song deserves to be at the top

I agree this song is the best song ever made if a person doesn't like this song then I have to say he's definitely

This is simply the greatest SONG of the 21st century.. PERIOD!

Best song in the world...
No Challenge!

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8 American Idiot - Green Day

How is this not number one? OR AT LEAST IN THE TOP 5?!?

Far too good to be down here!

This is the best song of Green Day


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9 The Diary of Jane - Breaking Benjamin

Deepest song meaning you will know of

Such a great song by such an amazingly underrated band

Best. Alternative. Rock. Song. Ever! , enough said

Ok honestly In the end and bring me to life shouldn’t be in the top 3
It should go in this order of the top ten
1. Numb - linkin Park
2. The diary of Jane - breaking Benjamin
3. Boulevard of broken dreams - Green Day
4. The pretender - foo fighters
5. Never too late - three days grace
6. Breath - breaking Benjamin
7. In the end -linkin Park
8. Wake me up when September ends - Green Day
9. Welcome to the black parade -My Chemical Romance
10. Tie:: Kryptonite - 3 doors down, Faint - Linkin Park

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10 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

What is this?! This list is utter bull!
How can this song not be in the top 10?!?! UNBELIEVABLE!

Who plays a better solo than Synester Gates does in this song? Nobody! This song is amazing and has such heart! It belongs up with the best! - RandomGuy18

This song is better than every song that you will seen in this top

One of the greatest songs of all time
Nothing beats it - Disturbedpotato

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The Contenders

11 You Know You're Right - Nirvana

Kurt Cobain killed himself well before the 21st century. What's a Nirvana song doing here? - Songsta41

Even Though Nirvana Was Done In The 20th Century The Content Was Still Going And This Was A New Song On The Greatest Hits Album And It Was A Hit - FettiMC

Couldn't make it as a wise man, couldn't cut it as a poor man stealing... - Songsta41

This son is made in 1994 but left off untill 2002.

12 The Pretender - Foo Fighters

This list doesn't do justice to the 21st century's rock so far. I like Green Day and Linkin Park, but they are overrepresented along with many others.

Perfect guitar, perfect drums, perfect lyrics

13 Headstrong - Trapt

Come on! This song deserves to be higher up! Like, no. 5 or higher!

14 Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold

How the hell is this song not on the list... Man such an amazing song... Deadly music... Wow drums... Completely overdrive and electrifying... Vote guys!

Avenged sevenfold are THE best rock band. They're the next Metallica.

What?! This song should be at least in top 3.. Such an amazing song by A7X.. The true metal song ever

Just loved the scenario. Music is scary.

15 Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down

It shouldn't be top ten. You don't vote for a song because you think it deserves 10 you vote if you think it deserved #1. people didn't vote for the #3 song because the thought it deserved number three, they thought it deserved number 1

This has gotta be number 1 come on guys get it together

Much better than seven nation army, should be top 10

16 Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Few bands that are keeping rock n roll alive.

17 It's My Life - Bon Jovi

Come on This Song Easily Deserves to Be in Top 10 Its By Probably the greatest American Rock Band of all time And This Song also is way more awesome than Songs in top 10 like Headstrong

This song should be in the wall of legend

It is best

18 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian
19 Yellow - Coldplay

This is verry good, but is this really a rock song?

This song just brings about a feeling I cannot express… its still great 17 years on…

20 Chop Suey! - System of a Down

This song embodies System of a Down entirely. It has their wit, lyrical power, Serj's amazing vocal range, Daron's crazy riffing, and John and Shavo's ability to keep it all together. Definitely one of the best songs of the century (so far)

Why is this song so low? Really are you kidding me with in the end at number 1? This song should should be in that spot. I can't believe this list

It's one of the most awesome song of the century, would be in top 10

Great song

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21 Best of You - Foo Fighters
22 New Divide - Linkin Park

The hook is sung very passionately and the use of electric guitars in this song is spectacular enough to leave you speechless. That's two things I highly commend in any rock song. That's not something you see so often nowadays with the pathetic crap by the likes of ariana grande and jennifer Lopez.

What the hell this song should be number 1. This song is supperb. Chester has the greatest voice. The special special effects are very good. This song has a meaning. This song is supperb just listen to it
Great special effects by Mr. Hahn and chester at his best. In this song he goes to the highest pitch possible... The guitar part is very good... The robotic tabs after the second chorus sounds awesome.

In this list it is no.3 This site is fake. Greatest and best song of all time

I'm a huge fan of LP but New Divide is electronic, seriously this song don't deserve to be here

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23 Ghost Love Score - Nightwish

A monument in modern music, like a symphony played over the tunes of a rock song, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra providing the classical elements of this epic Symphonic metal track - and Tarja's voice... oh, Tarja sings like an angel. The different segments of the 10 minute track offer a wide range of moods and styles, fantasy-like, dramatic, slow, calm, wild and threatening, dreamy and more...

(Just wish it wouldn't end with a fade out) - Martin_Canine

24 Evil Angel - Breaking Benjamin
25 Knights of Cydonia - Muse

I'm Linkin Park fan but this song is better than in the end m

There's no need to explain it.

How are Linkin Park in the top ten. Seriously? What happened to music.

This song + man with the harmonica... love it!

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26 Psychosocial - Slipknot

Purely Psycho. The music will make you bang your head, not literally but metaphorically.

27 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian
28 Bat Country - Avenged Sevenfold

This is a completely different rock song man... Amazing solos and damn you can't stop hearing dis track... Heavy, heavier heaviest!

I consider this metal but one of the best rock songs if it is - EliHbk

29 How You Remind Me - Nickelback

It's good yeah yeah yeah but I can understand why people say no no because mainly the only good part of this 2 minute song is the chorus. Apart from that all Kroeger basically says is yeah x3 no x2

What is this wonderful song doing down here?!

This is one of the greatest rock songs!

Couldn't make it as a wise man, couldn't cut it as a poor man stealing... - Songsta41

30 Killing Loneliness - Him
31 Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park

Awesome song.

32 Papercut - Linkin Park
33 Teenagers - My Chemical Romance

I still wonder how people can deny the strong meaning of this song! The lyrics describe so much how popular and rich nowdays teenagers act towards other. A lot of teen can relate to this song about being a kind of 'rejected' cause you're not as mean and rude as some people are in the society today

34 Uprising - Muse
35 Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold

Absolutely the best song out there. Amazing solo by the one and only Synyster Gates.

36 Jade - X Japan
37 Tears Don't Fall - Bullet for My Valentine

This song is amongst the best metal songs. And surely deserves to be on the list of best modern rock songs.

I love this song! It should be top ten.

This song should be on 1st rank..
It is the BEST..
Wonderful Lyrics..
Beautifully Published..
And I love this song.. !

38 Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
39 Last Nite - The Strokes

Fantastic song it defines the decade and generation and shows the 2000s had some of the best music ever.

(em português - Brasil) A melhor de todas.

40 Everybody Loves Me - Onerepublic

Absolutely 1R

41 Bodies - Drowning Pool
42 Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm
43 A Little Piece of Heaven - Avenged Sevenfold

One of the best of a7x

44 Abracadavre - Elena Siegman

We'll never thought I'd see a Call of Duty soundtrack song on here but a very great song indeed

45 Fluorescent Adolescent - Arctic Monkeys

It's a fantastic song, which brilliantly captures the feeling of not wanting to grow up and feeling nostalgic about your riotous adolescence. It reminds me of music from the Britpop era, which is always a plus.

46 Never Too Late - Three Days Grace

It deserves more...At least top 10!


47 Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace

It's bass is amazing! The screams are godlike. Best rock song ever. Linkin Park is good but this represents rock music for me

Artist : Three Days Grace
Album : One-X

48 How to Save a Life - The Fray

46, really, after all the impact on people?

49 Holiday - Green Day

I love this song! It's so cool and Billy Joe does fantastic vocals, as usual. I really love Green Day, but I think Boulevard of Broken Dreams is a bit too slow.

Love the bass solo. Mike Dirnt is the second best alternative bassist

This song has so much meaning behind it and I believe that it should be higher on the list

50 Nobody's Listening - Linkin Park
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Top Remixes (15)

1. Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
2. Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
3. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
1. Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
2. You Know You're Right - Nirvana
3. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
1. Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian
2. And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian
3. Ghost Love Score - Nightwish

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