The Most Beautiful Songs of the Rock and Roll Era

The Top Ten

1 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

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

I love this song. and I've always loved it.

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2 Alone - Heart

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

This is the number song - LOL

A perfect song, given life by a perfect voice. - jerryw08

This song is beautiful.

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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. - johnpaularguelles

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

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

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5 Let It Be - The Beatles

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

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. - bzsuzsi0128

One of the best love song of all time.

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9 Open Arms - Journey

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

10 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

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/ - rockerchic18

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 - ronluna


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The Contenders

11 You are Not Alone - Michael Jackson

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

12 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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

The fact that this masterpiece is FIFTEEN spots under Unholy ' Confessions makes me want to throw up.

Easily among the best songs of all time, second only to Stairway to Heaven.

Easily the best piece ever. Rock elements embodied in choir (4 SATB parts melody) - a total breakthrough.

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

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. - Green_Day

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

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!

16 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 & 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 - ModernMusicIsAcancer

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

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. - klander4

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

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

I'm obsessed with queen

Does anyone here like Queen? 😖 - Billyv

20 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... - Britgirl

21 California Girls - The Beach Boys
22 After the Gold Rush - Neil Young
23 Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix

Great song writing from the most innovative guitarist ever.

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

I love little wing

24 Yesterday - The Beatles

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
26 Every Breath You Take - The Police

Beautiful song and extremely sinister - MinistryMonster

IMHO - should be # 1!!! Yeah! Delicious! - ColdNordicGirl

27 The Kill - 30 Seconds to Mars

It is an amazing song.

If you truly listen to this song and hear and understand the lyrics, then you can feel the desperation of the meanig and it brought tears to my eyes more than once.

28 Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell
29 We Will Rock You - Queen
30 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
31 Teo Torriatte (Let Us All Cling Together) - Queen

most beautiful song Queen ever wrote period exclamation point the end.! - Queen-aholic

32 Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix
33 Behind Blue Eyes - The Who
34 Every Grain of Sand - Bob Dylan
35 Layla - Derek and the Dominos

The light-heavy blend of guitars and piano take you away on a cloud.

This is my daddy's favourite song.

I love this song

36 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Wish you were here. Better than the Dark Side of the Moon

The lyrics are so beautiful

Wish You Were Here in 27th? Are you OK? - PositronWildhawk

37 Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers

There is a reason why this song has been remade over and over again, and there is a reason why not a single remake has come close to surpassing this version. It is an amazing song paired with the perfect voice to give it wings.

I once heard someone sing it as beautifully as the Righteous Brothers. It was just an unknown black man who was singing it along with the piano in my dorm. He didn't know anyone was listening. I instantly fell in love with the guy.

38 Unholy Confessions - Avenged Sevenfold

Everyone should listen this song... Its lyric is awesome... And its guitar riffs and drum work is just awesome... Check this out man

39 Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

Well it should be Top 10 it was my cousins Wedding song - Greenday

40 Finale - L'arc~en~ciel

one of the darkest song and saddest song, very beautiful intro, chorus, very deep lyrics - it is not just very simple japanese song, a very perfect song for the movie The Ring 00 - ronluna

41 The Unforgiven - Metallica

"Simply one of the most soul-peircing songs ever written. - aman28

The best Metallica song ever and one of the best songs written of any genre. Should be at least in the top ten - Danielsun182

Amazing Masterpiece, why is it all the way the hell down here?!?!?!?
Should Be in the top 5, maybe even the! st Place
ALL HAIL Metallica! Kill 'Em All - Metallicakid_136

42 Tonight, Tonight - Smashing Pumpkins

This song has so much emotion/power, just undiscribeble

43 Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi

Not in the top 10... that's bogus! Everyone knows these guys are the best. - vadnj0

Seriously this is a great song deserves to be in the top ten

44 Here, There and Everywhere - The Beatles

Spoiled facist brat!

your ugly


His cameo made my want to throw my T.V. from the roof.

45 Never My Love - The Association
46 Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
47 Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
48 Dumb - Nirvana

Most beautiful song ever in the history of PUNK! - gberisha

49 Theme from Mahogany - Diana Ross
50 Heaven - Bryan Adams
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List Stats

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Top Remixes

1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
2. Somebody to Love - Queen
3. Save Me - Queen
1. After the Gold Rush - Neil Young
2. California Girls - The Beach Boys
3. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
3. Black - Pearl Jam


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