Worst Rock Songs of All Time

The Top Ten

1 We Built This City - Starship We Built This City - Starship

While I won't burst in anger when I hear this song, I can't help but notice the song calling out "corporation games" while being one of the most corporate-sounding songs of all time. And does the synth-heavy arrangement sound like a theme song for any rock-and-roll event ("we built this city for rock and roll")? Or some poorly-produced corporate or public service video in the 1980s?

Are you kidding? I like that song!

Who put Aerials on here. Say what you like but Aerials is my favourite System of a Down song, so much meaning. This song however, sucks more than Tulisa's mouth! It's so bad, lack of inspiration, lack of quality and a disgrace to rock music!

Come one this song is great. it was on the muppets.

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2 Knives and Pens - Black Veil Brides Knives and Pens - Black Veil Brides

Seriously stairway to heaven on this list

Stairway to Heaven is the 9th worst rock song of all time?... I hate my generation. It's like what The Who said, "Why don't you all just f-f-f-fade away! " - MontyPython

Usually I don't like black veil brides. But this song is really good

Amazing I love this song bvb for life

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3 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Who the hell decided to add this song it is great and will be remembered for a long time unlike anything Justin beiber or adele have ever created

To put the best rock song ever on this list is madness

Madness? THIS. IS. SPARTA! But in all seriousness, why is THIS song, of all songs, on here? I could think of a MILLION other songs that are worse than this one! - ladybug375

If you have a look on the list for greatest rock songs of all time you'll see this song there. This was one of the best songs ever made, it should be no where near this list.

Best song ever! What are You THINKING?

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4 Surrounded by Silence - Design the Skyline V 1 Comment
5 Something In Your Mouth - Nickelback Something In Your Mouth - Nickelback

First of all worst band ever terrible song and second of all who put stairway to heaven on this list it's the best song of all time

I don't hate Nickelback, I just enjoy hating them. As for this song, while it has a solid and pretty catchy riff, the lyrics are so sleazy I can't listen to the whole thing without cringing. Just no, Chad. No.

This song is easily their worst and WAY worse than Rockstar. It's disgusting and terrible, just listen to it. I'm surprised that Rockstar isn't in the top ten, however.

WORST! And stairway to heaven is number 1 on the best rock songs list, so this makes no sense

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6 Higher - Creed Higher - Creed

Absolutely abysmal. Hearing Scott Stapp try and scream his way through this sludgy C-list post-grunge instrumentation with some of the most meaningless nonsense I've heard in my life is an outright chore. My vote would go to Hinder's Lips of An Angel, but I saw this first. - WonkeyDude98

This song was good until the radio played it literally six times in a single day and then it got very annoying.

Not gonna lie, I once loved this song...

What?! Creed shouldn't be on this list! You people clearly have crappy music tastes.

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7 The View - Metallica & Lou Reed The View - Metallica & Lou Reed

A big disappointment for both artists involved. - djpenquin999

8 Tonight, Tonight - Hot Chelle Rae Tonight, Tonight - Hot Chelle Rae

Uh, a good majority of the songs on the list aren't even rock songs. Any-who, I've never a song so overplayed, so dull, so unbearable than this.

This crap doesn't even count as rock. And who the hell put Stairway To Heaven on this list!? It's not only the greatest rock song of all time, but also one of the greatest songs of all time, period.

I feel bad that this shows up before the smashing pumpkin's classic

This band's first album was an awesome mix of Weezer, Blink-182, and RHCP. This album sounds like a generic boy band instead of the once great rock band.

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9 American Bad Ass - Kid Rock American Bad Ass - Kid Rock

Bawithaba is way worse than this song in my opinion, because it repeats over and over and over. This one isn't entirely too bad, although the sampling of Metallica's Sad but True over rap doesn't quite work out well. - NuMetalManiak

10 Lips of an Angel - Hinder Lips of an Angel - Hinder

Calling this a song is too far of a draft. - Swellow

The Newcomers

? Cheat on Me - Metallica Cheat on Me - Metallica
? It's on Like Donkey Kong - Blood on the Dance Floor It's on Like Donkey Kong - Blood on the Dance Floor

The Contenders

11 Ready, Set, Go! - Tokio Hotel Ready, Set, Go! - Tokio Hotel

Well first of all Tokio Hotel SUCKS.

Second of all, to the person that put Stairway to Heaven on this list...

We WILL find you.

Yeah! ! !... seriously? ? Stairway to heaven? ? That person was high or somthin. I actually thought I was hallucinating when I saw a led zep song on here. I mean like, who doesn't like Led Zeppelin? ? ? There like the greatest band in history other than tool.

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12 21 Guns - Green Day 21 Guns - Green Day

The only reason why I voted for this song, was so I could announce that having 21 guns in 9th place on a list like this is pathetic!
What kind of a idiot dislikes a song like this?! But if you disagree with me then that's fine, but that's my opinion

Actually seeing this song on such a list really surprises me. Green Day are a talented band and are still popular today.

Why is this even on the list -_-

Why is this here. 21 guns is a great song. - Th3Zm0nst3r

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13 Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

This was a pretty good song. I just don't like how people hate the lyrics. This world is crumbling with more shootings every day. Come on, this is actually a good song.

How can this song even be on this list? Come on, Pumped Up Kicks is an amazing song!

Who the hell makes songs about a school shooting?

Your kidding me right? , this is a good song

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14 Hey, Soul Sister - Train Hey, Soul Sister - Train

This is the most pathetic joke of a list I've ever seen. A lot of the songs on here aren't even rock for starters, and whoever had the bright idea of putting stairway to heaven on here should be unusually tortured. This list is a complete joke.

Annoying the first time you hear it, mind numbing every time after. I've almost damaged my car radio trying to change the station when it came on one time.

It's very annoying but why Stairway to heaven and THE BEATLES. What kind of list is this

Very annoying song because my mom is listen to this song everyday. - 05yusuf09

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15 My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark - Fall Out Boy My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark - Fall Out Boy

No that song is awesome. Whoever came with this list is an idiot. And this isn't a rock song it's a pop rock song

I'm the only person I know who doesn't like this song! - UltraFX

Who the freak put this on the list?! I ' LOVE THIS!

What? The one who put this is in the dark

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16 By and Down - A Perfect Circle By and Down - A Perfect Circle V 2 Comments
17 American Idiot - Green Day American Idiot - Green Day

Which idiot added this awesome song in this list?

An American idiot put this song here

This shouldn't be here nor any song by Green Day

What? Are you crazy or something...did the worms ate your brain.....being voted on the best punk songs and now here...doesn't make any sense

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18 Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's

The only reason I voted for this song is to get stairway to heaven out of this list. You are welcome

I knew a guy. He was my friend. Likable, funny, all-around good guy. Then he started learning guitar. And he grew horribly conceited, selfish, and sung every waking second for the attention of women (That's why he picked up the guitar in the first place).

And this was his anthem.

I hate this song with a passion!

I like this song. The name Delilah reminds me of my childhood for some reason. - Survivor101

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19 Photograph - Nickelback Photograph - Nickelback
20 Revolution 9 - The Beatles Revolution 9 - The Beatles

This isn't rock, its an avant garde piece. It may have been made by a rock SINGER, (john lennon composed it, other Beatles didn't have anything to do with it), but its not rock.

My least favorite Beatles song. Ever since I listened to this song backwards, I stopped listening to this song (Just try, there is a scary hidden message in it)

I like the Beatles and all, and I don't think this should count because it's barely a song as is.

What the heck yall talking about this a great rock song by the Beatles it's one of the best on the White Album but I like the acoustic version better it's called Revolution 1 and it's also on the White Album yall should check it out

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Top Remixes (10)

1. American Bad Ass - Kid Rock
2. We Built This City - Starship
3. Photograph - Nickelback
1. By and Down - A Perfect Circle
2. My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark - Fall Out Boy
3. American Idiot - Green Day
1. Knives and Pens - Black Veil Brides
2. Nookie - Limp Bizkit
3. Tonight, Tonight - Hot Chelle Rae

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