Top 10 Best Hard Rock Songs of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Back in Black - AC/DC Back in Black - AC/DC Cover Art

Back in Black is the second best selling album of ALL TIME (mind you, it should have been first). What makes it the best is the simplicity, the vocals are real, the drums are drums, the bass is a bass and the guitars don't use silly effects like talkbox or weird whining pedals. as Angus once said, 'we just play good hard rock 'n' roll'. Hats off to AC DC.

Always have loved AC/DC, and this song has always been the face of the band to me, with its iconic intro, amazing lyrics, and just always has been the meaning of rock and roll to me. Greatest band and song ever!

The vocals in this song are just madness. It sounds like The Devil himself is belting out hard rocking' awesomeness. This is easily the best hard rock song of all time and one of the best songs of all time.

ACDC are the gods of music Angus Young the god of guitar Brian johnsen god of singing Phil Rudd god of drums Cliff god of bass and Malcom god of writing music they are the greatest musicians! ROCK ON ACDC!

2 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

This is just the song that made me fall in love for rock music.. Beautiful lyrics, incredible sound and killer solo makes it a major masterpiece in the history of hard rock.

I love every song on this list, although I'm not sure Bohemian Rhapsody and Stairway to Heaven count as Hard Rock, still great songs though.

My favourite song of all time. One of the only hard rock songs that also sounds great on piano. And the guitar solo is the best I've ever heard.

You know it's not that easy to follow, the exact vocals and guitar riff of it, Axl's voice plus Slash's guitar, added by the other members in bass guitar and heartbeat of the drums, everything here is legendary, and once you here it, it's impossible to rehab your addiction for it

3 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Cover Art

This is the living epitome of hard rock and desrves to be higher on this list. It is a perfect blend of many musical elements and it is very inspiring.

No matter what the genre, Bohemian Rhapsody is the best rock song of all time... bar none.

Many great songs rolled into one.

The greatest song of all time.

4 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses Cover Art

This song is an essention of hard rock.
Top of this list is bad...
Back in Black - ok.
Bohemian Rapsody ISN'T HARD ROCK... I love queen
But it doesn't deserve this place.
Sweet Child O mine - ok, but
Stairway to heaven... I don't think that this is hard rock.
It's more likely rock ballad
Next three are ok but Iron Man IS DOOM METAL SONG... And this
Is a list of best hard rock - not metal songs.
For Whom the bell tolls - the same... Metallica is a Thrash Metal
Band... Only few of they're songs are hard rock... For Whom The Bell
Tolls doesn't count to them. Whole Lotta Love is ok but Fade to Black
Is another Thrash metal song. It's a ballad but not a hard rock.
We Are The Champions isn't Hard Rock song... It hasn't even a guitar solo!
That was enough about songs... Above the Welcome to The Jungle...
That's why I think this must be in first three.

Okay... first off, you've gotta understand that HARD ROCK is not Boh. Rhapsody or Stairway to Heaven or Fade to Black (although they're amazing songs, I personally can't get enough of Bohemian Rhapsody), they're classical rock, original rock, except for Fade to Black. That's metal. Welcome to the Jungle is REAL hard rock. Guns N Roses are all about hard rock. Get your genres right. I think Welcome to the Jungle should be at the top, if not second, because youcan't compete wih AC/DC.

P.S Boh Rhapsody does have hard rock, but the entire song is pretty much an amazing ballad.

P.P.S Sweet Child O' Mine isn't really hard rock either.

I can't believe I'm not voting for a Disturbed song, but this song KICKS ASS. It's not my favorite song, but my favorite song isn't on this list high enough to really count (read: it's not on the first page and I didn't bother to go to page two), and this song deserves more credit than it has. So I'm gonna go ahead and vote for it.

Welcome to the jungle should definitely be number 1 but a lot of these aren't even hard rock. Personally I prefer Fade to black to this as I am a huge Metallica fan, but Metallica are Heavy metal, not hard rock. Top 5 should be:
Welcome to the jungle
Back in black (ACDC)
Stairway to heaven (Led Zeppelin)
Even flow (Pearl Jam)
And Smoke on the water (Deep purple)
I know Pearl Jam are classed as a Grunge band but they sound a lot more like a hard rock band, I'm pretty sure many others would agree

5 Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi Cover Art

A great song has to have a great beat and meaningful strong lyrics This song has both. Everyone knows this song and is a staple to every situation that we may have. A classic indeed.

One of the best songs ever. It has a really catchy tune, especially at the start and the lyrics are extremely meaningful. Much better than the other songs on this list by a mile

This is the epitome of great American rock songs. It has stood the test of time and will always rock. A true classic.

Everyone can relate to Tommy and Gina. We've all been down on our luck and with a little faith, we make it through! Love, love, love this song and this band!

6 Fade to Black - Metallica Fade to Black - Metallica Cover Art

Metallica defines hard rock and metal... This song, master of puppets and enter sandman...man, how do they make such music? Kirk Hammett especially rocks with that guitar shredding! Rock on Metallica!

One of the best hard rock/metal songs of all time the only song that beats it is... Achilles Last Stand by Led Zeppelin. Here is my opinion on the top 10,

1. Achilles Last Stand by Led Zeppelin

2. Fade to Black by Metallica

3. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin

4. Sweet Child O Mine by Guns N Roses

5. Smells Like Teens Spirit by Nirvana

6. For Whom The Bell Tolls by Metallica

7. Iron Man by Black Sabath

8. Enter Sandman by Metallica

9. Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N Roses

10. Livin On Prayer by Bon Jovi

Livin' on a prayer? Really? Are you kidding me... It's nothing compared to Fade to Black... I really want to see Jon Bon Jovi or Sambora play the solos in Fade to Black...

This song is one of the greatest ever song of METALLICA!
the lyrics are just awesome. And the guitar solo is the best that I've ever heard nothing can beat this!
how do these guys create such music?

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

This is probably the most iconic piece of rock ever to be created. With Page's amazing guitar riffs and Plant's voice, this song is truly amazing.

She'll get their she knows, and the stories are untold, and she's buying a stairway to Heaven.

Both hard rock and an anthem at the same time.
Song builds to a climax beautifully.

Best song of all time, intense, pure and complex at the same time.

8 Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf Cover Art

Wild song I tell ya

9 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

No. You mean to "all my love", this is where he like... Ahh, I can't explain, nobody can't, listen to it and you will understand, enjoy!

Stairway to heaven is classic rock , this one is the real hard rock!

The riff is the best thing to hear while having an orgasm.

Why is this so low? This is Led Zeppelin at their best!

10 Thunderstruck - AC/DC Thunderstruck - AC/DC Cover Art

Thunderstruck is like the most hard rock songs ever. I mean, the guy plays it with one hand in the air, what's more do you need?

How is this not higher up? Should be in the top 5. The riff is literally LEGENDARY.

Back in Black will always be #1, but this song is pretty incredible. Angus and Malcom are rock geniuses

Sorry But...Brian Johnson is not good. This entry should be Lower.

The Contenders
11 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Cover Art

It is the best song I have ever heard man
I love NIRVANA... Kurt rocks.. This is just the song that made me fall in love for rock music.. Beautiful lyrics, incredible sound and killer solo makes it a major masterpiece in the history of hard rock.

People saying this is Grunge and Hard rock, cool it down.
Grunge is part of Alternate Rock music that evolved in the 90s.
And Alternate Rock music is hard rock and rock music.
So, better research before claiming anything. Grunge is rock.

I always liked 90s rock better than 80s or before. This song is very original and has a nice progressive sound. I can't even begin to name all the 90s bands I like but this song stands out to me.

Along with "Whole Lotta Love" this cut exemplifies the power of colliding riffs, thick bass and driving percussion.

12 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple Cover Art

It's strange how HARD ROCK Deep Purple and Rainbow songs are lower than Metallica or Led Zeppelin. Stairway to Heaven is hard rock song? This song is beautiful and this is rock not hard rock. In terms of hard rock songs like: Smoke on the water, Highway Star, Burn, Man on the silver mountain, Stargazer, Gates of Babylon etc, etc etc should be top 100. And we've got Since you been gone from Rainbow where even Spotlight Kid is more hard rock'ish, Since you been gone is kinda pop with accent of Blackmore's guitar. It's all about popularity not about music it seems.

This should be at no. 1. It's such a great song. Nice vocals, a world famous guitar riff, and a true story written in the lyrics. This is true hard rock. I honestly do not know why such useless songs from other genres are much higher in this list.

This is the #1 hard rock song ever! don't understand how completely lame song are much higher.

This is the first song every guitarist learns to play.

This ranking is not real

Dated now but still has to be in any top 5 rock lists. Live Richie Blackmore solos are amazing on this song

13 Iron Man - Black Sabbath Iron Man - Black Sabbath Cover Art

Very good song to hear, best of Black Sabbath according to me? Why is Second Heartbeat of Avenged Sevenfold above this? That's beyond hard rock, people, it's heavy metal!

Seriously this song or Paranoid should be number 1. Agreed Livin' on a prayer is a good song but definitely not a hard rock song.

This song just epitomizes Black Sabbath... They're the true gods of metal... Amazing solo and riffs

A really good song

14 Highway To Hell - AC/DC Highway To Hell - AC/DC Cover Art

When I think of a hard rock riff that I want to play in my head, its always this one. Its just THE classic riff. And if you crank up the opening bars, I defy anyone hearing it not to get a buzz through their bones.

An awful lot of psychedelic rock, heavy metal, and even grunge songs on this list.
Anyway, I think this is the all-time best hard rock song.

Best song of all time

All I can say is wow...

15 Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Cover Art

People need to start respecting Hendrix. Purple Haze at 14? This song, as well as the rest of "Are You Experienced? " put the "hard" in "hard rock".

Hitting with the intro

16 Enter Sandman - Metallica Enter Sandman - Metallica Cover Art

Excuse me, but all of Metallica is heavy metal music. NOT hard rock. AC/DC, Guns N Roses, Nirvana, and Van Halen are Hard Rock. There is a VERY big difference between heavy metal and hard rock. please remove all Metallica songs from the list, because they are NOT HARD ROCK!

Seriously? 18th? Are you kidding me? This song should be in top 5. Amazing music.. Haven't you people heard the live version from 1991 monsters of rock?

Metallica step out of tru Heavy metal to make money and this was the result, pure genius should be top 3

The song harder of rock

17 Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin  Cover Art

Very good song!

18 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art

Dude this song ruled the roost when ozzy released "the blizzard of ozz" I am so surprised that it is at 29! Can you imagine? Ozzy Osbourne's one of the greatest hits... Man-top ten at least!

19 Detroit Rock City - KISS Detroit Rock City - KISS Cover Art

Should be way higher up their with the drum and guitar combo absolutely great song.

Kiss is best band in the world. Still kicking ass.

Best song ever. Should be in top 10 for sure

20 Dr. Feelgood - Mötley Crüe Dr. Feelgood - Mötley Crüe Cover Art

Classic kick arse track along with kickstart my heart.

Best song I've ever heard!

21 No One Like You - Scorpions No One Like You - Scorpions Cover Art

One of the best hard rock songs of the early 80's. A simple strong riff from Rudolph Schenker. The thrilling gigantic solo of Mr. Matthias Jabs. The perfect catchy melody and the unmistakable vocals of Klaus Meine. A rhythm section which is hard as a rock(F. Bucholtz - H. Rarebel). And of course the excellent production of the master Dieter Dierks. Scorpions at one of their career's high moments. It should be much higher on this list

22 Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who Cover Art

This one is too low
Not the best hard rock song, but definitely not 74th
And there are lots of songs on this list which are not hard rock

#34? Should be in the top 3

Best of the best

23 Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard Cover Art

This song doesn't need any reason to be on One. And for god's sake Metallica is NOT a hard Rock Band.

Bands like bon jovi are simply overrated

How did this happen number 51, not cool definitely Leppard rocks the house, you can do better.

24 Beat It - Michael Jackson Beat It - Michael Jackson Cover Art

When a pop singer writes a hard rock song.

Best hard rock song ever!

25 November Rain - Guns N' Roses November Rain - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

21! Can't believe my eyes I searched it just to see this song in top ten. Its an aammmazing song axl on piano with soulfull vocal and slash's guitar... I can't express my fellings for the song. You can say this song is my turning point in piano and singing carrie just love this song. The is also very beautifull with a preety bride and handsome groom...

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