Top Ten Most Inspirational Rock Songs

I chose these songs based on, obviously, how inspirational they are to me. I use the term inspirational to describe songs that make me feel glad, make me want to do something good, or help me carry on through the troubles of life.

The Top Ten

1 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

this song really is inspiring... as what the title goes, if only we don't stop believing.. then for sure, we will not go wrong... thanks to the composer of this song.. I'm sure you've touch a lot of lives since this was aired..

I love that song. I love journey overall. I think this is a really inspirational song. Wanna hear a story? OK, so I'm in band in my school. I was at open rehearsal for clarinet day. Our instructors for clarinet day are Summer and Andrew. I was frustrated with the tonguing so andrew told me don't stop believin, like the song. So, me and Amanda (My friend) was all like I love that song! This was friday and I just love that moment! It's so inspirational!

It tells the facts of life that people will fail, and people will succeed. But in the midst of failure or accomplishment, it emphasizes perseverance. That's why I Love this song.

The title just screams "inspirational". It's a well-known song that's almost impossible to dislike. Its well written lyrics about persevering through the toughest of times are enough to make a man cry.

2 Dream On - Aerosmith

It has to be at number 1. I can't stop hearing it! Sing for the laughter, Sing for the tear, Sing with me now as if it's just for today, May be tomorrow the good LORD will take you away

Dream on. A phrase repeated over and over by parents, teachers, and friends alike. Aerosmith took that phrase and created an amazingly inspirational and emotional work of art.

The greatest power ballad EVER. This song inspired me to learn guitar, and reminded me to DREAM ON.

Don't know why it's not number 1 like for real I'm 12 and I love this song before EVERY football or basketball game I listen to this to get me motivated for the game.

3 Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day

Its something unpredictable but in the end is right I hope you vote this song to top 1

Honest and straight lyric

This isn't a inspirational song. It's a giant f you song to someone

Well it what you pay to people feeling down. Something unpredictable but in the end it's right.

4 I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty

I grew up to this song, pure brilliance

Lyrics are amazing and true.

Been there for me since it came out in the 80s! Still gets me there*

One of the all time greats

5 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

Just love this song still! Super inspirational especially when watching with Rocky in the background! Makes me feel like I could do anything, as the lyrics can be taken so many ways, not just for sport competition but also for emotional 'rivals'. Love!

No song can motivate people to fight their hardships in life than this very true motivational song...according to me this is the first and best motivational song ever...this song given in stallone's rocky has the ability to change anyone's heart from coward to courageous to battle his awful life with true inner spirit

This song gives you the power to not be afraid of fighting for what you believe in, and this is a quality the world is in dire need of.

Although many would argue the placement of this song, this is my own opinion. That said, this song is freakin' awesome. Not many other songs make you feel like you can take on the whole world like this one does.

6 We Are the Champions - Queen

When life brings pushes you down you get up and keep going, we are the champions. One of the most powerful songs

We are the champions, my friends *period*.

Super inspirational for any sport teams!

Queen is the best

7 It's My Life - Bon Jovi

This should be in top 10.. This song describes how to pursue what our heart desires.. Really inspirational.

Great song, should be #1

It's my life, it's now or never!

8 We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister

Don't let anyone push you around. This song makes me feel like I can stand up to anyone. If you don't feel like that after listening to this, then... I don't know. But you should feel like that.


9 Out In the Fields - Gary Moore & Phil Lynott
10 The Final Countdown - Europe

Come on, this is number 6? The tune is amazing, much better then the same boom boom pow of queen's we will rock you. Awesome song people.

This song inspires one to action and adventure. Plus, it's pretty freakin' awesome to rock out to.

Quite inpiring, boosts up our spirits

The Contenders

11 I Want It All - Queen

Queen the name says it all.

12 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

One of the best songs ever written with some of the best instrumentation ever

How is that at only #8? It informs us that there are two paths we can take and that we can change the road we're on. It tells us to go our own way.

Anti-commercial message (though it has made them rather a lot of money)

Best song of all time.

13 Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas

I liked that one although I don't listen to this kind of music..

I'm a young business owner and I find it empowering having my elders as my mentors

This is the theme song to life itself and it literally is the embodiment of not just living a normal life, but a fantastically badass one where you never give up on anything because you're a badass. BOM.

It is truly amazing and captures the amazing embodiment of life. Fantastic!

14 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Free bird... From beginning to end you can hear INSPIRING in those sweet solos... I want this to be played in my graduation, starting slowly, a dance, to end with everyone going wild.

It is the background music to the American history. It touches everyone.

Simply the best from the best band ever, listen to other songs like cheatin woman and I need you genius I love freebird I will leave this world to that song Ronnie, Steve, cassie and Dean R.I.P.

I wonder we're We Rock is by Dio? But Lynrd Skynrd is awesome and Free Bird describes my life

15 In the End - Linkin Park

Um... I don't really get how this is very inspirational, maybe something to bring people back to reality with great big egos, but this somehow has inspired me, and the lyrics are empowering. Again, I don't really know how... when it's talking about how nothing matters... sigh. Great Song, though.

This is the best song of all time. Vote for it.

Linkin Park has saved me from some really dark times. If you listen to their lyrics they mostly convey the bad things in life, and overcoming them

Not just inspiring but it throws the light on the hard world out there. And especially after Chester's death, the song becomes more meaningful...

16 Beautiful Day - U2

This should be number 1. Probably most decorated song ever.

Its really awesome song. Refreshes me every time I hear. Heals a broken heart, Soothes over askew broken wounds...

17 We Will Rock You - Queen

C'mon it's Queen I don't even care the song you know. This inspiration comin' from Queen not the song. And lets face it every person in this world shold know this song cause it talks to everyone. Well thanks Queen for all this beautiful songs.

Sets my blood on fire! Be it any situation, it casts its charm on me every time I hear it. Not to mention, Queen gives positive music to my ears.

This is a classic song played at sports stadiums all over the country. No other song gets a person so fired up for a sports game.

This song gets adrenaline pumping! The best song EVER!

18 You're the Voice - John Farnham

It's an anti-war song but in a broader sense it's a 'make your voice heard' message. Wake up to your own power.

John Farnham touchs deep our soul with this awesome song.

19 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

This song is an ultimate piece of beauty that can instantly lift your mood and make you go get things done in your life!

Come on, greatest rock song ever

Come on you have to be kidding me...the best riff of rock music...enough said

The Best

20 Art of Life - X Japan

This song should be within top 10. The ONLY reason why it isn't is because it is by a Japanese band, X Japan. People, don't be so narrow-minded. I have listened to bands higher up in the list, like linkin park, Green Day, queen etc But take my words: Art of life is THE MOST EPIC SONG I have come across. It is 29 minutes of pure epicness, with an insane 9 min piano solo, 15 min of crazy guitar solos, blazing drums and vocals. If you say that the song is too long- all I can say is I feel sorry for you- for not having enough musical maturity.

Great song amazing lyrics.


TOO LONG! People would be inspired by this song if they weren’t asleep by the song’s end.

21 Freewill - Rush
22 Never Too Late - Three Days Grace

I think this song is really great and I love this band I think this inspires a lot of changes

It's not too late.
It's never too late.

In this world people, where people always go on telling you it is too late, this song in the corner of your heart gives the hope that no, it's not too late. It's never too late. Should be among top 10.

It's never too late to rise above the demons that bring you down.

This is my favorite song ever
Never too late ❤️

23 Come Sail Away - Styx

This song is rumored to be about being abducted by aliens, I personally like to think of it as a song about adventures and dreams. What's more inspirational than adventures and dreams (or being abducted by aliens)?

It starts out very mellow and POW... it becomes a power ballad. absolutely love it.

24 Land of the Free - Gamma Ray
25 Juke Box Hero - Foreigner

Hard to top Don't Stop Believin but how is this not in the top 10? Every time I hear this song I feel like I can do pretty much anything. Just one guitar...

From nothing to a big star. This song really inspires you to action.

26 You're the Best - Joe Esposito

This song makes you feel like... the best! Surprise, surprise. But seriously, this song says it straight: Don't take any crap from anyone or anything, because you're the best... AROUND!

27 For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC

Being the guitarist I am this song makes me want to hop on stage and ROCK OUT!

28 I Have a Dream - ABBA

Goes a bit deeper, doesn't it? But I guess you have to be from Europe to really appreciate this one...

Wonderful lyrics plus phenomenal performance by legends ABBA. I adore this awesome song. Should be much higher

29 My Hero - Foo Fighters
30 Hall of Fame - The Script
31 The Show Must Go On - Queen

Come on, how is this not motivational.
Freddie was dying when he sang this beautiful song and it motivates that he was able to sing a song of such lyrics when he was too sick to get up.
Inside my heart may be breaking
My make up may be breaking
but my smile still stays on

32 Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

This should be at least in the top 25. Definitely one of the most beautiful rock songs ever written.

33 Tears Don't Fall - Bullet for My Valentine
34 So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold

This song isn't inspirational in the way a lot of people think of it where its like a "lose yourself" song but more in the way that life is to short to put things aside for the future

Rest in Peace Jimmy

To the smarta** below, its not a breakup song, its about the reaper, their drummer who died years ago

The fact that black veil brides and bullet for my valentine are ahead of this is very sad.

How is tears don't fall inspirational in any way.

It's just about a breakup

35 Dreams - Van Halen
36 Phoenix from the Flames - Robbie Williams

You cannot fail to love this song, once heard never forgotten.

Very inspirational - Perfect

37 Baba O'Riley - The Who

It may be just a teenage wasteland, but you better take my hand, we'll travel south cross land, put out the fire and don't look past my shoulder, it'll inspire me any day.

38 Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
39 Hey Jude - The Beatles

I love this song but I meant to vote for I want to break free (underneath this one) :-(

40 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
41 Best Days - Graham Colton

There are many other songs which seems prtty better than this one but yeah... I think this song deserves to be between the first 20 in this list... The lyrics is just beautiful and it's a really beautiful song... Last year's graduation batch of my school performed it and I myself felt very inspired so I tell you this song is just amazing... As the lyrics
"Don't wait for someone to tell you it's too late
'Cause these are the best day
There always something tomorrow so I say
Let's make the best of tonight
Here's comes the rest of our lives... "
The chorus of the song almost made me cry... It's very beautiful and I must say Graham Colton's did a great job...

Great song it! Graham Colton's best...

Love this song :) the chorus is inspirational...
Graham Colton is very talented :D

Your right this song is really beautiful and thw lyrics of the song is awesome. It's like whatever we say would be nothimg because this song is too amazing. I listen to it every single day and I never get bored. It's very nostalgic. I really search a lot for these kind of music but I guess maybe these kind of songs are pretty rare. This song make me feel very young and infinite so it's pretty much the kind of one ofthe songs of my life to me. Everyone will love it and if ypu haven't heard then you shouldn't waste a sec.

42 Knockin' At Your Back Door - Deep Purple
43 Saviour - Black Veil Brides

Saviour, this is the song that being me to Black Veil Brides.
About six months before I was put off when I first checked them out, but I checked them out again, and ever since Saviour, I just am complexly hooked! Saviour is just such a meaningful and inspirational song beautifully sung. And the screaming at the end makes it just so so much more powerful

This song is just perfect! Makes me cry every time. BVB Army Forever!

I know a lot of people think bvb are "fags" and only wannabe rebel 12 year olds like them, but I'm not at wannabe 12 year old rebel, and I love them. Saviour saved my life, even though it's just a song. It helps me through all the crap in life and is an amazing song

44 The Spirit Carries On - Dream Theater
45 Closer to the Edge - 30 Seconds to Mars

I Just love this song. Especially the keyboards. Don't forget the voice too. If you want to taste 30 Seconds to Mars, it's definitely a hearing one.

This is one of the songs which always inspires me a lot.
Great lyrics performed nicely.

46 Knights of Cydonia - Muse
47 Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Most Inspirational song ever, period. Carry on Wayward Son, Wind of Change, and It's My Life are also great ones

48 Coma White - Marilyn Manson
49 Failure - Breaking Benjamin
50 Not Listening - Papa Roach
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