Worst Rock Songs of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Surrounded by Silence - Design the Skyline

Songs like this one are why ignorant people hate metal and rock music. This song is so awful, I don't even know how to properly respond to it. It really is that bad. It is definitely worse than Stairway to Heaven, Green Day, and Black Veil Brides. This song is even worse than Nickelback and Creed. Thankfully, this song appears to be an anomaly in their catalog, as their other stuff is more mediocre than bad. Maybe they could start a brand new subgenre called "mediocore".

Words can't explain how disoriented this song is. I am not here to disrespect anyone's opinions but you should listen to this yourself before calling it good just because it's a rock song. - SelfDestruct

This shouldn't count. It's not a song, it's just a bunch of noises that sort of sound like music.

More boring than bad

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2 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!

It's not bad, it's the music video that gets me disturbed. - galaxyfox

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3 Knives and Pens - Black Veil Brides

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

Seriously stairway to heaven on this list

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

I do hate this band, but this song is about the bullying Andy experienced in his childhood, so it is kind of messed up to put this here. - 445956

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4 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

Worst song ever? Another one bites the dust. Great band, horrible song. Worst song song, period.

HE STOLE FROM METALLICA! ENOUGH SAID! >:( - PhoenixAura81

5 The View - Metallica & Lou Reed

A big disappointment for both artists involved. - djpenquin999

How about everything on this album?

Lou Reed drunkenly rambling while Metallica practices for a show.

Also, "I am the table". - The01Bro

"I'AM THE TABLE! "

That's all that needs to be said.

6 Higher - Creed

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

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.

sucks

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7 Photograph - Nickelback

Rockstar is worse than Photograph

Rockstar is competent. Its biting sarcasm gives it a bit of an edge when compared to its contemporaries. - Pagepage21

This song has become a meme for a very good reason, it is just terrible

Worst song

LoOk At ThIs GrApH - galaxyfox

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8 I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith

This is a great, great song in my opinion, but I agree that their earlier classic stuff like "Walk This Way" and "Dream On" are better. - galaxyfox

Anything written by Aerosmith after 1980 could easily make this list.

Somebody idiot insert this song here

I can't believe some people actually like this song. It's so bad it makes any song by Nickleback sound like Stairway to Heaven. - JCHOW

9 Nightlife - Green Day
10 Lips of an Angel - Hinder

This song is an atrocity. I still don't understand how Stairway to Heaven is ahead of this mess.

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

Can,t believe this was actually a hit, and a top 3 one at that. The lead singer sounds like he had a REALLY bad cold, I would compare him to Adam Gontier, but that would be a disgrace. The instrumentation is screamingly awful, with extremely grating and overly simple guitars. the lyrics and the way they are intigrated into the song makes me worried if ANY of these guys are actually sane,

The Contenders

11 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

Its teenybopper crap. Not rock.

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12 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 -_-

Whoever is voting for this should rethink his life. - TheHabsFan

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13 Highway to Hell - Marilyn Manson

This is one of the worst covers of all time - christangrant

This is worse than LB's cover of Behind Blue Eyes its that bad - christangrant

14 Something in Your Mouth - Nickelback

Straight up hate 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.

Worst song from the worst band from the best genre, makes you think

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15 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

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

I don't like this song.

When you think about it really hard... you still don't know what the actual heck any of this song's lyrics mean.

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16 Adventures - Kid Cudi
17 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.

Okae, who even iS TOKIO HOTEL?

This sucks.

18 By and Down - A Perfect Circle

Whoever put A Perfect Circle here must be executed. - OnyxDash

Excuse me? Why is this here?

what

19 Hats Off to (Roy) Harper - Led Zeppelin

This deserves to be up towards the top of the list, not "Stairway to Heaven". I understand that the song was written as a tribute to old delta blues songs but it just sounds too abrasive for me to handle. What was Page thinking when he included this on Led Zeppelin III? He should have put "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do? " on the album instead and left this mess on the cutting room floor.

Is is just awful - christangrant

20 Beans - Nirvana
21 American Idiot - Green Day

Which idiot added this awesome song in this list?

An American idiot put this song here

Hell naw. somebody gon die

Great band started in the 90's

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22 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

This is actually a good song, although some of the lyrics are quite bad. - allamassal

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23 Rockstar - Nickelback

I hate this song so much...

Most OVERhated rock song of all time - christangrant

Rubbish, I dislike this song and is officially demeaning rock 'n' roll. I prefer the other tunes of the artist Nickelback.

As a whole, Nickelback is hot garbage, but this song is actually quite good. It's got perfectly solid instrumentation, and the song's overall sarcastic tone gives it a bit of an edge versus some of its competition. Anyone who legitimately hates this song doesn't have a musical taste that is developed enough to have a solid grasp or opinion on the matter. - Pagepage21

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24 Wild Honey Pie - The Beatles
25 Addicted - Saving Abel

You know that there are better women out there that could blow it better too right? - djpenquin999

26 Downtown Train - Rod Stewart
27 Nookie - Limp Bizkit

I somewhat like this song - christangrant

What is a nookie?!

How? Nookie is a great song.

28 Gomper - The Rolling Stones
29 My World - Guns N' Roses

Apparently Axl Rose was really high when he made that song...boy, if that isn't obvious! - galaxyfox

This is the worst Rock song I have ever heard the only positive is the fact its only 1 minute long insted of being long and tortureous - christangrant

30 Video Games - Blackout Band
31 Magic - Coldplay

Look, I'm a huge Coldplay fan, and Magic and Violet hill don't deserve to be on this list. But I'll tell you what should be on this list: Paradise and Sky Full of Stars. I love everything that comes from Chris's mind except for those two. The reason behind this is they were both obviously money makers (Chris even admits it, not directly but in a way he did! ). But I feel like every thing else comes straight from (this is gunna sound cheesy) Chris's heart. So replace those two for these two and I'll be good.

It's not their best song, but seriously? Get Coldplay off of this list! This song, along with Violet Hill, are really good!

Anything by Coldplay fits this list.

Coldplay are a piece of sh**

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32 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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33 Crocodile Rock - Elton John

This song is amazing! Why is this here?

This is a good song one off Elton best songs

Hate every single thing about this song. It's just a ripoff of other far superior songs from the '50s

Ugh... throw in Bennie and The Jets as well

34 If You Could Only See - Tonic

This was Tonic's best song, and one of the 90's best as well. Why is this 3 on the worst rock songs?

I just heard this & I truly regret for doing that... I'm voting for this. - Fan_of_Good_Music

This song is flawless... Lyrically and musically. This can't possibly be in the top 10 WORST rock songs EVER... Come on. I could see it not being someone's favorite or even disliking it, but the top 10 worst... Never. Same with Higher by Creed. You either love 'em or hate 'em, but, again, the worst?! Not by a long shot.

Gay

35 Never Never - Korn

I'm not into this song, but the rest of their paradigm shift album is pretty good.

This isn't a rock song really

36 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?

First of all, it's a pop song. But it's a really good song regardless. - Pagepage21

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37 Footloose - Kenny Loggins
38 Judgemental C*** - Kid Cudi
39 We Did It Again - Metallica

Hard to believe that this is a Metallica song. - Userguy44

40 Addicted - Simple Plan
41 Mind Gardens - The Byrds
42 Empire - Asking Alexandria
43 Antifa - Ministry
44 Payphone - Maroon 5

It sounds like someone is hurting Adam Levine when he says "Payphone" in this song. Horrible sound. Horrible lyrics. I wonder how many seconds it took them to write this song?

Why in the living heck is Knives and Pens on this list? It is a respectable song about anti-bullying and not being offended about who you are!

And yeah, Payphone may be catchy but the lyrics are very badly thought up. :/

This isn't rock. Maroon 5 is not rock anymore. They only became all poppy because, I don't know, people love crap like this? I'm TIRED of rap bridges.

Because Maroon 5 is the worst band ever, they are killed the rock music. - 05yusuf09

I want to smash in their heads with a payphone.

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45 Goodbye Agony - Black Veil Brides

I love this song why the hell is it on here

46 Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid) - Fall Out Boy

Ruined the original Ghostbusters song

This cover is sucks (why is Sweet Child O'Mine on 43 place? )

This exists... - christangrant

47 She Hates Me - Puddle of Mudd

Who the hell is this song on this list in fact why are most of these song on this list this song is awesome (sure it's not as good as some of there other songs) but it's still an awesome song none the less - donovanthorn

Stairway to Heaven? Who the hell thought it was a bright idea to put it on this list? The only reason I'm voting this is to get stairway off of this list. Sorry Puddle of Mudd.

Why are all these good songs on here damn this list is awful - Musicking

It's cheesy - Userguy44

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48 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses

You kidding me? This song is a classic! - galaxyfox

Whoever put this song on this list is an idiot! Go listen to Milli Vanilli or something you poser!

Lol no. - Userguy44

49 If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - Sting

Are the people drunk who voted on this list... ? Sting, Led Zeppelin, and even Dani California (RHCP) which is one of their best songs... Why are pop songs even on this list? I thought it was worst rock songs...

I like this song. Some of Sting's solo stuff is pretty good. - matty925

50 Last Salmon Man - Primus
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Top Remixes (18)

1. American Bad Ass - Kid Rock
2. We Built This City - Starship
3. Photograph - Nickelback
Swellow
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
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1. Hats Off to (Roy) Harper - Led Zeppelin
2. I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
3. Wild Honey Pie - The Beatles
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