Most Epic Rock Songs


The Top Ten

1 Stargazer - Rainbow

Oh you gotta be kidding me... The list to epic always starts with STARGAZER. It is the most epic song ever written and recorded... The vocals, the riffs, the holy solo, the awesome drum beats.. You name it its all here.. Other songs mentioned here are good but this is whole another level... THIS is how you spell epic.

It took me a little while to fully appreciate this song, but now I know that there is no better song in rock. From start to finish Ronnie James Dio keeps you hooked on the vocals and lyrics, and everything flows incredibly well. It is as epic as it is complex, yet somehow the final two minutes outshine the rest of the song. The orchestra playing behind Dio, who gives the best vocal performance in rock history.

It is both Dio and Blackmore at there peaks. The lyrics are great as well as the vocals.
And the guitar work is excellent. This song is one of the best metal tracks out there.

An incredibly ambitious effort, and they pulled it off. The fact that this is consistently ranked ahead of Man on the Silver Mountain(one of the most played rock songs on radio) is a testament to how great it is!

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2 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden


3 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

Kashmir is the greatest epic of all time, with every part fading in and out seamlessly. It has a magnificent riff and is enchanting when played loudly!

Ageless and hypnotically addictive. Pretty much like all of Led Zeppelin's music... In My Time Of Dying - Physical Graffiti and When The Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin IV also belong high on epic song list.


4 Pull Me Under - Dream Theater

its that epic that in guitar hero wt you play it on a floating ship with eagles pulling it - wolphert

This song has everything kick ass drums, bass, keyboard and face melting fret board finger solos.

5 Burnt Offerings - Iced Earth
6 Child in Time - Deep Purple

The vocals alone make this a classic.

The guitar is magic. - Donut

7 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

How on earth is this not number 1? Bohemian Rhapsody is way more epic than any of these on the list. Just listen to the opera sequence with Freddie's epic vocal range.

Greatest rock song ever. very complex, intense, mysterious, and big. All hail the Queen!

THE most epic rock song ever, no question, end of story...

Should be number one, we all know that.

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8 Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian

Impressive symphonic metal - can't get more epic than this. Outstanding music, vocals and performance in general - one of the most beautiful and powerful pieces I've ever heard. - Metal_Treasure

9 2112 Overture / The Temples of Syrinx - Rush

This song is truly EPIC, almost blew my brains the first time I listened to it. Its Rush at its best. Amazing battery, guitar, vocals, lyrics. Truly amazing song, there's nothing like it.

Arguably the best progressive rock song ever; anyone who has listened to this song knows how epic this song is. I can't believe 2112 didn't crack the top 10.

Can't believe this is 27. Rush is so under-appreciated.

One of the best songs ever, one of the best band ever

10 Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth

The Contenders

11 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Stairway to Heaven is not only one of the best rock songs, but one of the best songs of all time. Believe me, that is most certainly not an overstatement. Anyone who has heard this song knows how mystical the lyrics, Robert Plant's voice, and Jimmy Pages guitar sounds. Not to mention, it has one of the best guitar solos in rock history. I like One (Metallica) and Pull Me Under (Dream Theater) a lot too, but Stairway is just amazing. If you haven't heard it yet, stop reading this and go listen to it.

This Deserves To Be #1
Stairway To Heaven is the most epic masterpiece in rock N roll history
WAY better than Pull Me Under!
- OzzyVanHalen

12 Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden

Great riffs all the way through, fantastic guitar harmony and then 2 stunning guitar solos- I wish it were longer

13 Chance - Savatage
14 One - Metallica


15 Mistreated - Deep Purple

Killer riff, heavy sound, epic and powerful vox. Beware - the intro riff is so powerful that can open your 3rd eye, especially the live version from California Jamming 1974. - Metal_Treasure

16 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

Some people may see this as evil, but truth be told, it's not. Some people probably don't realize this, but this is an anti-war song. In other words, it's letting us know that war and murder is very evil and needs to stop. It's a great but misunderstood song that more than well deserves a spot on this list. And I love Black Sabbath.

I will never understand why this song gets so much attention and credits - it's several notes repeated, Ozzy’s bad throaty singing is contained within a single octave only, and his throat is so tight that hurts my ears.

For these reasons this song doesn't sound epic to me at all (although it's long).
Epic = impressive rich sound, gorgeous songs, perfect performance.

I know that many people will thumb me down but I told the truth - this is one of the most overrated songs ever. - Metal_Treasure

17 Rebellion in Dreamland - Gamma Ray
18 Highway Star - Deep Purple
19 Dance of Death - Iron Maiden

Iron maiden is the god of metal and they proved that by this song and it deserves to be number 1. Of course I'm a die heart fan of this god of metal. Every band must bow their head after this god of metal. Thank you!

All three maiden songs in this list are excellent this one is the best and I wish AFRAID TO SHOOT STRANGERS was in this list too! This songs deserves a higher spot, perhaps 2

20 The Ninth Wave - Blind Guardian

Definition of Epic as of 2015! - Metal_Treasure

21 Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

This is the band you want to listen to if you like epics.

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22 Hotel California - Eagles
23 Livin’ On a Prayer - Bon Jovi
24 Sweet Child O’ Mine - Guns N’ Roses
25 The Revenant Choir - Versailles

I respect that Stairway to heaven is frequently acclaimed to be the greatest but for me Revenant Choir is top. I have to say it is a good list though. - Taloper

26 November Rain - Guns N' Roses
27 The Trooper - Iron Maiden
28 Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce

How is this song not in the top 10?

EPIC! Laugh out loud, love this song, it's so cool! Cool enough to burn me, OWAH

29 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

An anthem for the young generation...

30 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
31 Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne

man just taking the solo in account its extremly epic, but when you hear at 3:20, the songs starts to get extremly epic, and the solo after that, its even more epic, ozzy is epic, randy is epic!

32 Dream On - Aerosmith
33 Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC
34 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

Listen to the second guitar solo and tell me that this isn't the most epic, and best song of all time

At least better than one - Metallica. Come on!

35 The End - The Doors

In eleven minutes The Doors made a song about love, loss, growing up, individuality, darkness while enlightening the world. No one had done it before and no one will ever do it again.

This is an epic itself

36 Octavarium - Dream Theater
37 Echoes - Pink Floyd

Echoes is a simple masterpiece, possibly the greatest work from the Floyd.

Most masterful piece of rock ever

38 Baba O'Riley - The Who
39 Hey Jude - Beatles

Naa na na na na na

40 The Message from Dr. Light - The Megas
41 No Reflection - Marilyn Manson

This song is just awesome! One of his best, in my opinion. This is definitely one of my favorites.

42 Rebirth - Angra

Power metal owns
Try out this music and all of Angra

43 Center of the Universe - Kamelot
44 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

Should be in the top 10 - Metal_Treasure

45 Man In the Box - Alice In Chains
46 Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen
47 Thriller - Michael Jackson

My favorite song by MJ.

48 Rooster - Alice In Chains

I've always loved this one. This is one of their greatest songs, without a doubt. The music video is good too. And it really goes with the song.

49 Operation Ground and Pound - Dragonforce
50 Hot for Teacher - Van Halen
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Top Remixes

1. Stargazer - Rainbow
2. Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian
3. Child in Time - Deep Purple
1. Sweet Child O’ Mine - Guns N’ Roses
2. Hotel California - Eagles
3. Livin’ On a Prayer - Bon Jovi
1. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
2. War Pigs - Black Sabbath
3. Burnt Offerings - Iced Earth


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