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 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey Cover Art

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!

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.

Very inspiring song, takes you in a different world where anything is possible. The lead vocalist did an amazing job singing it, full of energy and the message is strong and clear 'don't stop believin'

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.

2 Dream On - Aerosmith Dream On - Aerosmith Cover Art

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.

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.

This song just lifts you up and you can't help but feel warm inside when you listen to it's amazing vocals and guitar. I love it.

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

Not only do I absolutely hate Journey - Don't Stop Believin' is the most cliche, corny BS that has ever been released. I don't love Green Day, but the line "For what it's worth, it was worth all the while" is one of my favorite lines ever. I want to boost this song, but I don't think it's the most inspirational song.

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

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

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

4 I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty Cover Art

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

I grew up to this song, pure brilliance

Lyrics are amazing and true.

One of the all time greats

5 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor Eye of the Tiger - Survivor Cover Art

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!

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.

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

Whenever I listen to this song, I just imagine people running determinedly. This would be a great song to run to. It always makes me want to stand up and do something good with my life.

6 We Are the Champions - Queen We Are the Champions - Queen Cover Art

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

Makes you wanna Stride around.
And really, you think BVB crap is better than queen? Wow...

We are the champions, my friends *period*.

Super inspirational for any sport teams!

7 It's My Life - Bon Jovi It's My Life - Bon Jovi Cover Art

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

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

Great song, should be #1

8 We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister Cover Art

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

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 I Want It All - Queen Cover Art

Queen the name says it all.

12 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

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.

Favorite song even though I don't like the first time I listen to it, my ears wasn't prepare for it

Awesome I like the fact that led zeppelin made another motivational song! Just love it!

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

13 Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas Cover Art

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.

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

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

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

14 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd Cover Art

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.

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.

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

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 In the End - Linkin Park Cover Art

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.

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...

This song is maybe not inspirational but is really cool

16 Beautiful Day - U2 Beautiful Day - U2 Cover Art

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

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

17 We Will Rock You - Queen We Will Rock You - Queen Cover Art

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.

come on 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.

This song gets adrenaline pumping! The best song EVER!

18 You're the Voice - John Farnham You're the Voice - John Farnham Cover Art

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

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 Freewill - Rush Cover Art
22 Never Too Late - Three Days Grace Never Too Late - Three Days Grace Cover Art

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.

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

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

In a word thank you T.D. G

23 Come Sail Away - Styx Come Sail Away - Styx Cover Art

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

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.

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