Worst Rock Songs of All Time

The Top Ten

1 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!

This is a great song! We built this city on rooock and roooll

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2 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.

Should be number 1. - 445956

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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 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

Worst song ever. HORRIBLE

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5 American Bad Ass - Kid Rock

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

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

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

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

Somebody idiot insert this song here

7 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


That's all that needs to be said.

8 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 -_-

I love this song! - Elijah_Cook

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9 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

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

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


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10 Photograph - Nickelback

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

LOOk aT this GrAAf - Elijah_Cook

Worst song

The Newcomers

? Shout at the Devil - Motley Crue
? Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler

The Contenders

11 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

12 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.


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13 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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14 By and Down - A Perfect Circle

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

Excuse me? Why is this here?


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

I don't like this song.

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

Best song of 2013. - Elijah_Cook

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16 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

17 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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18 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

19 Beans - Nirvana
20 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

Just horrible. The lyrics are as lame and pretentious as the worst of Robert Plant's hippie-dippy, Tolkienesque drivel. The song itself is forgettable, unless you happened to have been inundated with it, which was inevitable for anyone who worked in a public place while it was a "hit".

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21 Wild Honey Pie - The Beatles
22 Downtown Train - Rod Stewart
23 Rockstar - Nickelback

I hate this song so much...

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

Most OVERhated rock song of all time - christangrant

Ok for some reason Stairway to heaven by Led Zeppelin, the greatest band ever, is higher than this piece of crap on a worst rock songs list - InsertCleverName

24 Gomper - The Rolling Stones
25 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!

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26 My World - Guns N' Roses

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

27 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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28 Video Games - Blackout Band
29 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.

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30 Never Never - Korn

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

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31 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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32 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

33 We Did It Again - Metallica
34 Mind Gardens - The Byrds
35 Footloose - Kenny Loggins
36 Goodbye Agony - Black Veil Brides

I love this song why the hell is it on here

37 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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38 The Mortician's Daughter - Black Veil Brides

Knives and Pens was awful but this is even worse at least Knives and Pens had a core guitar riff though it sounds like a weak version of Unholy Confessions by Avenged Sevenfold but this song is even worse why? Because get this... IT'S A ACOUSTIC SONG which means the focus of the song is the awful vocals of Andy Biserak which my god the vocals here make me want to vomit they are so bad. I have no idea why people think this is good as much as I dislike Tears Don't Fall by Bullet For My Valentine that song is great when compared to this awful monstrosity. Oh and the acoutstic guitar riff is just boring, bland and forgettable so yeah this song has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. - christangrant

39 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

She Hates Me? More like... I Hate This Song!

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40 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

41 Last Salmon Man - Primus
42 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses
43 Breaking Their Hold - Avenged Sevenfold

The worst song on STST its just short and has got god awful screams - christangrant

44 Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit

Limp Bizkit should stop doing cover songs (or any type of song for that matter), because I haven't found one song by them that's actually... You know... Good.

This isn't even the worst song off that titanic abortion they call Results May Vary. - WonkeyDude98

Why did hey disrespect the Who and Pink Floyd as well with their stupid covers

One of the worst covers ever - christangrant

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45 Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) - My Chemical Romance

My chemical romance Shouldn't be here.

No My Chemical Romance song should we on a list that has the word "worst" in it

"My Chemical Romance" makes me sick.

46 Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds - The Flaming Lips

Miley Cyrus is in it. Enough said.

47 I Used to Have a Best Friend (But Then He Gave Me an STD) - Asking Alexandria
48 Adventures - Kid Cudi
49 Frustration - Lou Reed & Metallica
50 Wango Tango - Ted Nugent
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Top Remixes (16)

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. 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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