Top Ten Rock Songs That Sound Best Live

The Top Ten

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

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.

This song is 1000 times better live in concert

2 Iron Man - Black Sabbath Iron Man - Black Sabbath Cover Art

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.

3 Spit It Out - Slipknot Spit It Out - Slipknot Cover Art

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.

4 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden Cover Art

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!

5 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC Cover Art

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

6 Ten Thousand Fists - Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists - Disturbed Cover Art

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!

7 Rape Me - Nirvana Rape Me - Nirvana Cover Art

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.

Maybe every Nirvana song could be here.in my opinion they are better live

8 South of Heaven - Slayer South of Heaven - Slayer Cover Art

Must I say anything?

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

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]

The Contenders

11 Victim of Changes - Judas Priest Victim of Changes - Judas Priest Cover Art

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

12 Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

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.

13 Mistreated - Deep Purple Mistreated - Deep Purple Cover Art

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

14 Tornado of Souls - Megadeth Tornado of Souls - Megadeth Cover Art

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

15 Valhalla - Blind Guardian Valhalla - Blind Guardian Cover Art

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)

16 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Cover Art

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

17 Phantasmagoria - Annihilator Phantasmagoria - Annihilator Cover Art

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

18 Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits Cover Art

the best

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