Most Underrated Hard Rock Songs of the 80s

Some of the lesser known, but ultimately harder rockin songs of 80s.

The Top Ten

1 Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) - Journey

Cursed by being generic 80s hard rock. It sounds just like every other hard rock song that came out at the time. It's a great song but once you've heard all the other hard rock songs of that time it's not much.

Steve perry has probably the greatest voice ever. So beautiful, so full of feeling, and this song just plain rocks! And the ending is the best ever!

Best Journey song ever, doesn't get the credit it deserves like Lights and Don't Stop Believing.

Steve Perry will be always remembered as one of the most powerful voices in rock music. His vocal texture is so unique.

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2 Dreams - Van Halen

I would Say This Song is a bit to Overrated... Other songs like Jump, Panama, Hot For Teacher... All are overrated... Even know there my favorite songs... The real underrated would be When its love... Dreams over powered that song! But Dreams is so overrated in 5150! - VanHalen

The best song off of Van Halen's album 5150

good song from an OK artist

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3 Perfect Strangers - Deep Purple

Love Deep Purple so much. This song sounds pretty different from their past songs, and I don't think it gets the credit it should have

One of the greatest

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4 Rock N' Roll Children - Dio

One of Dio's lesser known hits, but it rly kicks @$$.

The Best music of Dio. Terrific!

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5 Can't Let You Go - Rainbow UListen to Sample
6 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

To me today this song 🎶 is awesome and I have been listening to it for 22 years and I'm 26 years old my birth is 2/28/1993

This isn't even close to underrated. If anything it was over-played. I got sick of it

How is this underrated?

This Song is not underrated at all

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7 Let It Rock - Bon Jovi

" Let it rock! Let it go! You can't stop the fire burning out of control! " Yes. one of my favorite bon jovi songs! Bon Jovi rocks on forever!

I love how this song made it on this list on LUCKY number 7 - DatBoiSquirtle

Can't believe it's so underrated! People must recognise this song!

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8 Crying in the Rain - Whitesnake

My husband Daz Bash rocks this on the drums! One of our favorites

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10 I Surrender - Rainbow UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Lick It Up - Kiss

The best KISS song ever! Rocking riffs, grooving bass, cool drums and wonderful vocals, this is the coolest KISS song ever to be recorded, performed and loved!

People alwyz say 80s KISS suks. go 70s KISS. but if you listen 2 this song, it rly shows that they still rocked in the 80s, makeup or not.

Admittedly NOT a big KISS fan - but this song rocks. One of my top 5 favorites from the band.

Plus it's a great tune

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12 Slow An' Easy - Whitesnake

Great song but I hear it way more than judgement Day, and I think it's better than Slow An’ Easy.

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13 Drop Dead Legs - Van Halen

Definitely underrated. In my opinion, has a pretty good riff. Great VH song! - matty925

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14 Bang Your Head (Metal Health) - Quiet Riot

People always talk about how come on feel the noize is their best song, but I really think this song is just a better song to jam out to. the way the wailing vocals grow more powerful as the song reaches its chorus just really build the mood of this fast-paced song.

If you want the Ultimate UNDERRATED Quiet Riot song.. listen to Thunderbird.

I've played it on Guitar hero Rock the 80's! So cool!

There best song

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15 Nightrain - Guns N' Roses

I agree with this one. Has always been my favorite song off the album!

Now THIS is a real underrated song. Paradise City, Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child O' Mine, and others are very good, but this song is almost as good, if not better. Also, Mr. Brownstone is a great one. - matty925

Probably my 2nd favourite Guns N' Roses song

From gnrs only good album this song is really sticking out with the energy that it sends - love it and want more people to love it too instead of saying: "yeah, but sweet child o mine is the best"...

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16 We Like It Loud - Rough Cutt

An awesome song from a very unknown band. Rough Cutt wuz basically all of the very first members of Ratt, & this song RLY RLY kicks @$$

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17 Diary of a Madman - Ozzy Osbourne

Wow, this song is so eerie, yet very hard-rockin. This song rly shows the talents of Randy Rhoades (R. I. P. ). its a shame this is one of Ozzy's lesser known hits.

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18 Bark at the Moon - Ozzy Osbourne

One of my FAVORITE Ozzy songs! I love this one!

Great song. that's really all I can say. go ozzy!

Underrated. Over the mountain is super underrated

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19 Def Leppard - Excitable

As great as the singles are on Hysteria, some of the best tracks on that album are actually those that were not released. The back half of that album was always my favorite.

I love it. It funks, it rocks and it's not as simple as one would think. My favorite. Definitely tune of ALL.

20 Breakin' All the Rules - Ozzy Osbourne

Such a catchy opening riff from the amazing guitarist Zakk Wylde

An awesome song!! Surely deserves to be at the top.

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21 Shake a Leg - AC/DC

A very underrated song with a great riff, hook & melody.

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23 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Metallica

My second favorite after Orion on this album

Metallica needs more credit 4 this song

Metallic needs more credit 4 this song.

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24 The Last Mile - Cinderella

This song rly kicks @$$. jst listen 2 the light-hearted tone of this hard-rockin tune.

Very underrated blues rock.

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25 Caught in a Mosh - Anthrax

I think this song is a classic - InsertNameHere

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26 Hammer to Fall - Queen UListen to Sample
27 Rip and Tear - L.A. Guns UListen to Sample
28 Rock America - Danger Danger UListen to Sample
29 Heatseeker - AC/DC UListen to Sample
30 Don't Tell Me You Love Me - Night Ranger UListen to Sample
31 Fools Game - Michael Bolton UListen to Sample
32 Shake Your Foundations - AC/DC
33 Read My Body - Kiss UListen to Sample
34 Love Kills - Vinnie Vincent Invasion

Love this song.

35 Hell is Living Without You - Alice Cooper

Hell Is Living Without You is one of the best songs from Alice Cooper in my opinion, I don't see why it doesn't get played on the radio, I mean I've never heard it on the radio. Signed Roxxi Monroe

Different kind if love song.

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37 Children of the Night - Survivor

You really don't know what you're missing until you hear this. From 1982.

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38 Hate - Kiss

Definitely underrated!

one of the most hard song of KISS

if you don't like KISS, listen to that song

If you like KISS, listen to that song too

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39 The Wild and the Young - Quiet Riot UListen to Sample
40 I Still Love You - Kiss UListen to Sample
41 Going Down - Jeff Beck UListen to Sample
42 Give Me All Your Love - Whitesnake

A good tune from the 1987 self-titled album, reminding the Thin Lizzy era, due to former guitarrist John Sykes playing on it.

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43 Too Tough to Die - The Ramones UListen to Sample
44 Cum On Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot
45 Goin' Blind - Kiss UListen to Sample
46 A Million to One - Kiss UListen to Sample
47 Night of the Long Knives - AC/DC
48 Breakout - Bon Jovi UListen to Sample
49 I Want You to Rock Me - Vixen UListen to Sample
50 Spark in the Dark - Alice Cooper UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes

1. Perfect Strangers - Deep Purple
2. Can't Let You Go - Rainbow
3. Crying in the Rain - Whitesnake
1. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) - Journey
2. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
3. Dreams - Van Halen


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