The Most Beautiful Songs of the Rock and Roll Era

The Top Ten

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

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

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. And Jimmy Page's solo was voted the greatest rock solo of all time. And the way that Robert Plant ends the song just sends a chill down your spine. By far the best rock song in the history of rock.

Its live at new york is too unbelievable to be called a song. Period

Was listening to the song and wanted to see it's rightful place on a list of beautiful rock songs. This list serves this truly beautiful poetic song justice. Rock on!

2 Alone - Heart

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

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

A perfect song, given life by a perfect voice.

This is the number song - LOL

3 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

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

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

Why isn't this in top ten?

Very beautiful song

4 Black - Pearl Jam Black - Pearl Jam Cover Art

The last verse of this song is the most heart breaking and emotional beautiful piece of song I have experienced

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

One of the most beautiful songs ever written.

Every time the last verse comes on, I think of the beauty of the end

5 Let It Be - The Beatles Let It Be - The Beatles Cover Art

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

This song gets me through hard times
Whenever I feel like I'm losing everything, I think to myself "mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be"

In my life, I use this a way to remember that things turn out okay in the end

And yes I realize I accidentally used two Beatles song titles in that last sentence

6 Landslide - Fleetwood Mac Landslide - Fleetwood Mac Cover Art

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

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

Brings tears to my eyes evertime I hear Freddie Mercury sing this... so heartfelt and beautiful.

Simply amazing, especially live versions.

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

So beautiful, I've never heard such an emotional love song in my life before, oh and by the way, why isn't king crimon's "Moonchild" #1 on this list? Its the symbol of beautiful!

9 Open Arms - Journey Open Arms - Journey Cover Art

Steve Perry captures the feeling of lonliness, and conveys the emotion well.

So angelic... truly touching

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

Mann love this song absolutely my favorite song. This should definitely be higher

This GnR song is awesome! It has so much power, passion, and technique. Its such a beautiful song! Every time I listen to this song, I can't help but smile.. :) And Im only like 12 years old. :D Best GnR song. m/

not one of the best ever, THE best ever... from the piano solo to the guitar solo, we are blessed to have this song!!!

the song and the video is perfect. it suits each other

The Contenders

11 You are Not Alone - Michael Jackson You are Not Alone - Michael Jackson Cover Art

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

The most beautiful song ever... Micheal sings it with such emotion and love in his heart. He is so into it... love you MJ xo

This is pop not rock n roll!

12 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Cover Art

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

Should be right up there with Stairway to Heaven. The amount of musical skill required to perform this song is second to none.

Most beautiful song of ALL TIME, not only the rock and roll era. Far more beautiful, imaginative and inspirational than Stairway to Heaven.

Should be WAY higher. One of the greatest songs of the 20th and 21st Centuries. VERY beautiful too.

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

Man oh man what a song. Just wanna know where is time of your life and hare to concentrate by the peppers

I love this song. I cry everytime when I hear this music.

Beautiful and very touching song.

It has 2 meanings... both of them love and lost! billie joe is talking about his father being dying which was a heartbreaking thing for him, and the video which is about the army. I love it because of the 2 meanings of the song.. it is the most beautiful song ever... <3!

15 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley Cover Art

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

The Buckley version is just another one of over 400 covers of this great song. By far the best is the original by Leonard Cohen.

I'm, always moved emotionally by this song!

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 DaVinci started with several layers below.

16 Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper Cover Art

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

Cindy Lauper is really good. "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" is a perfect song to dance to and "Time After Time" is a song to dream to.

17 With or Without You - U2 With or Without You - U2 Cover Art

The most beautiful song I know, besides Unchained Melody and Wish You Were Here. It is a rock song with so much emotion and so much 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.

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

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. Bonos voice is unique and beautiful. This song leaves me in amazement. Just listen, don't sing with it.

18 Somebody to Love - Queen Somebody to Love - Queen Cover Art

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

19 Save Me - Queen Save Me - Queen Cover Art

I'm obsessed with queen

Does anyone here like Queen? 😖

20 After the Gold Rush - Neil Young After the Gold Rush - Neil Young Cover Art
21 California Girls - The Beach Boys California Girls - The Beach Boys Cover Art
22 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 know what he is talking about.

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

23 Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix Cover Art

Great song writing from the most innovative guitarist ever.

Never really was much of a fan of jimi hendrix, but this song was great.

I love little wing

24 Yesterday - The Beatles Yesterday - The Beatles Cover Art

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!

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!

25 Nutshell - Alice In Chains
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