Top Ten Rock Songs That Sound Best Live


The Top Ten

1 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Considered to be a work of art by most, this song is mind-blowing live. While being played live, Page has a chance to experiment a little with his guitar, and that makes this song that much better. - Alpha101

This song is 1000 times better live in concert - Ajkloth

2 Iron Man - Black Sabbath

While tis song is absolutely legendary, it is even better when played live. This isn't their best song, but it is their best song to hear live. - Alpha101

3 Spit It Out - Slipknot

Not the biggest Slipknot fan, but this song is amazing when heard live. The original version... Not so much. It's a bore to listen to. - Alpha101

4 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

The original recording sounds great, but the live version is even better. Also, this song requires responses from the audience, which makes it that much better! - Alpha101

5 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC

This song is very fun to chant along with the singer. AC/DC is very lively at their shows, and this song proves it. - Alpha101

6 Ten Thousand Fists - Disturbed

Again, what makes this song so good live is the responses that come from the audience. It's impossible not to chant "ten thousand fists in the air! " during the song! - Alpha101

7 Rape Me - Nirvana

This song is arguably one of the best off of the album. It has a catchy tune, Cobain's gritty vocals, and has a great message. While the original recording is phenomenal, it is much better live. - Alpha101

Maybe every Nirvana song could be my opinion they are better live - FettiMC

8 South of Heaven - Slayer

Must I say anything? - Alpha101

9 Seek & Destroy - Metallica
10 The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian

The live version of this awesome ballad made me a fan of this band - Blind Guardian are known for being great live, with some live versions that are better than the studio versions. Hansi's voice is amazing live, too.

YouTube: Blind Guardian - The Bard's Song (In The Forest) [Imaginations Through the Looking Glass] - Metal_Treasure

The Newcomers

? Lord of the Thighs - Aerosmith
? Same Old Song and Dance - Aerosmith

Love the live version!

The Contenders

11 Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses

Axle's vocals, which are usually very gritty and energetic, are very peaceful and mind-numbing in this song. He even sounds better live, and Slash does (or at least did) his solos even better when in front of a live audience. - Alpha101

12 Mistreated - Deep Purple

Sounds awesome live, especially in front of 500,000 people.
Deep Purple - Mistreated HD 1974 (Live in California) - Metal_Treasure

13 Victim of Changes - Judas Priest

Just YouTube this: JUDAS PRIEST - Victim of Changes! “.. Just Wowww! ” [HDadv] [1080p] 1983 - Metal_Treasure

14 Tornado of Souls - Megadeth

How could I not include this song? It contains one of the best guitar solos in history! - Alpha101

15 Valhalla - Blind Guardian

Just watch this crowd singing the chorus for 4 minutes (4:30-8:10). The chorus is golden of course. Hansi Kürsch tried to finish the song several times. One of the most amazing moments from a live show I've ever seen. Great band, great crowd.
YouTube: Blind Guardian - Valhalla (Imaginations Through the Looking Glass) - Metal_Treasure

16 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Its live version at the Beast Over Hammersmith (1982) is better than the original and is my fave version of this song.
YouTube: Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name (live) uploaded by Shane Lentz - Metal_Treasure

17 Phantasmagoria - Annihilator

Annihilator are known for their riffs and this song is just awesome live because those riffs sound even better.
YouTube: Annihilator | Phantasmagoria | Live At Masters Of Rock DVD uploaded by anniafan - Metal_Treasure

18 Enter Sandman - Metallica
19 Du Riechst So Gut - Rammstein
20 Du Hast - Rammstein
21 Keine Lust - Rammstein
22 Epic - Faith No More
23 Knights of Cydonia - Muse
24 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden
25 Roadhouse Blues - The Doors

Awesome song. Complete Jam Live

26 Hammer to Fall - Queen
27 Shut Up! - Simple Plan
28 Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine
29 Faith - Limp Bizkit
30 Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
31 Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
32 Welcome to My Nightmare - Alice Cooper

I really like the way it sounds in The Nightmare Returns. Too bad they didn't make that into an album like some of his other shows. Many of his songs sounded best, in my opinion, in The Nightmare Returns.

33 The Black Widow - Alice Cooper

The first time I saw Alice Cooper in concert, he opened up with this one. It even had the Vincent Price intro.

34 I Love the Dead - Alice Cooper

The Nightmare Returns has the best version. But that's just my opinion. I really wish he would have made that concert into an album too.

35 Unity - Shinedown

It's empowering when live!

36 Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
37 No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley & the Wailers
38 Break Stuff - Limp Bizkit
39 43 - Mushroomhead
40 We Will Rock You - Queen
41 Whipping Post - The Allman Brothers Band
42 Lift - Radiohead

Originally intended for OK Computer, Lift was scrapped by the band as they felt that it sounded too forced. It was performed around 30 times in 1996, and one of these live performances (recorded at the 1996 Pinkpop Festival) ended up on the bootleg compilation "Towering Above the Rest", becoming a fan favorite. They finally released a finished version on the OKNOTOK reissue of OK Computer in 2017, but many fans still prefer the live rendition from 1996. - Gg2000

43 Go to Hell - Alice Cooper
44 Back in the Saddle - Aerosmith
45 Cold Ethyl - Alice Cooper
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Top Remixes (4)

1. The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
2. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
3. Ten Thousand Fists - Disturbed
1. Spit It Out - Slipknot
2. Du Hast - Rammstein
3. Keine Lust - Rammstein
1. The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian
2. Mistreated - Deep Purple
3. Victim of Changes - Judas Priest

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