Top 10 Most Beautiful Songs of the Rock and Roll Era

Think back to those classic rock ballads that give you chills. The ones with soaring guitar solos, powerful vocals, and lyrics that tug straight at your heartstrings. You know what we're talking about - those songs that transport you to another place and time.

Rock music isn't just about rebellion and wild nights. This legendary era also birthed songs of extraordinary beauty, songs with the power to stir our deepest emotions. Songs about love lost and found, tales of longing, and anthems of hope.
The Top Ten
1 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

This song brings tears to my eyes just hearing about it. John Paul Jones' flute playing and John Bonham's drums just make the song sound awesome. Jimmy Page's solo was voted the greatest rock solo of all time. The way that Robert Plant ends the song sends a chill down your spine. By far, it's the best rock song in the history of rock.

Simply the best rock and roll song of all time! Most requested song in radio history. One of the most amazing guitar solos in history. Sexy vocals and a dynamite package.

2 Alone - Heart

Good song. No Orbison on this list makes it silly.

A perfect song, given life by a perfect voice.

One of the songs you fall in love with the first time you listen to them.

3 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

Not only am I currently listening to this song, but it was what prompted me to look up the most beautiful rock songs.

What the hell?! This song should easily be way higher on this list! I think this should be in the top 20.

4 Black - Pearl Jam

Other songs on the list are better, no doubt. What I love most about this piece of music is the keyboard part towards the end of the song.

I know someday you'll have a beautiful life,
I know you'll be a star
In somebody else's sky,
But why,
Why can't it be,
Why can't it be mine!

One of the most beautiful songs ever written.

5 Let It Be - The Beatles

The category is "Most Beautiful Song," not the best hard-rock anthem or ballad. The lyrics of this song are hands down more poetic and prosaic than the others.

6 Landslide - Fleetwood Mac

Beautiful song. Reminds me of my Grandma. We would both sing along to this.

7 Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls
8 Love of My Life - Queen

So beautiful. I've never heard such an emotional love song in my life. By the way, why isn't King Crimson's "Moonchild" number one on this list? It's the symbol of beauty!

Beautiful, amazing, and simple song from the greatest singer of all time.

This song takes the cake. It will be my wedding song one day!

9 Open Arms - Journey

Steve Perry captures the feeling of loneliness and conveys the emotion well.

10 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

Man, I love this song. It's absolutely my favorite. This should definitely be higher.

Axl pours out his heart in this song.

The Contenders
11 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Should be on top. The most beautiful rock song. It's far above any other rock song and is sung by Freddie Mercury. Here is his soul, his pain, his questions, and his doubts. And above all, it's his unmatched voice.

Absolutely legendary! This should be 100 percent at the top. The intricate weaving of instruments and sounds, as well as the blending of two songs, deserves nothing less.

The most beautiful song of all time, not only of the rock and roll era. Far more beautiful, imaginative, and inspirational than Stairway to Heaven.

12 You are Not Alone - Michael Jackson

This song is so gorgeous, and I listen to it all the time. It should definitely be higher on the list!

13 Dream On - Aerosmith
14 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

I love this song. I cry every time I hear this music.

Beautiful and very touching song.

It has two meanings, both of them about love and loss. Billie Joe is talking about the heartbreaking experience of his father's death, and the video is about the army. I love it because of the two meanings of the song. It is the most beautiful song ever. <3!

15 With or Without You - U2

The most beautiful song I know, besides Unchained Melody and Wish You Were Here. It is a rock song with so much emotion and beauty, it gets me every time. Especially if you listen to the Rattle and Hum live version, it is breathtaking. Deserves to be way higher.

I love U2, and this song is amazing, inspiring, and uplifting. I love how it starts off soft and gets louder. Another great song by U2 is One. Bono's voice is unique and beautiful. This song leaves me in amazement. Just listen. Don't sing along.

The discussion begins here with Hotel California and also Hey Jude. These are rock songs.

16 Somebody to Love - Queen

The way Mercury drags his voice on some of the lyrics really shows how extremely talented he was in his way of entertaining.

17 Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper

Though I think Heart's "Alone" should be close to the number one spot, "Time After Time" is honestly a breathtaking tune and probably one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. It evokes such strong emotion, and it's one of those songs that future artists should never attempt to cover. Such a timeless classic. And this is coming from a 24-year-old guy, laugh out loud.

18 Save Me - Queen
19 God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

This is a great song, by Brian Wilson for his own mother. Sir Paul McCartney agrees with me on this, having said it is the most beautiful song ever written. And dear Paul knows what he's talking about.

So, so, SO heartwarming and beautiful. This makes me smile and cry. Just gorgeous. I'm off to listen to it.

20 Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix

I was never really much of a fan of Jimi Hendrix, but this song is great.

Great songwriting from the most innovative guitarist ever.

21 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley's rendition of this Leonard Cohen original is the musical equivalent of the Mona Lisa we recognize today, compared to the sketches that Da Vinci started with several layers below.

Beautiful lyrics written by Leonard Cohen. It's the only song I love that I don't sing along with. I'm in awe every time I hear it.

I'm always moved emotionally by this song!

22 Yesterday - The Beatles

This absolutely deserves to be higher - was gonna vote for "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen for the same reason but this is historically significant as well.

One of the best songs ever written! Everything about this song is wonderful!

This is my 3rd favorite song of all time. I was going to vote for You are not Alone by MJ but I just had to make sure Yesterday was here! This has to be number 1!

23 Nutshell - Alice In Chains
24 After the Gold Rush - Neil Young
25 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
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