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!

The words escape me to be able to say just how intensely I hate this total piece of crap song.

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2 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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3 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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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 By and Down - A Perfect Circle

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

Excuse me? Why is this here?

what

6 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!

Great song!

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7 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.

sucks

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8 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

9 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 -_-

Don't even get me started this is my all time favorite song I disagree all the way whoever made his list wasnt thinking - rowdybusch18champion

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10 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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The Newcomers

? Dammit - Blink 182

Come on. This is a good song. - The01Bro

? Got Me Runnin' Round - Nickelback

Rockstar, Photograph and Something in Your Mouth are all better than this song is - christangrant

The Contenders

11 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.

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.

That's WHAT SHE SAID

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13 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

WHY IS THIS SO HIGH ON THE LIST? - christangrant

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14 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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15 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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16 Never Never - Korn

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

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17 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.

Deserves to be much higher. I'll never understand what people see in this plagiarized, meaningless mess of a song. I guess it's just nostalgia blind people and high school kids who think they're better than everyone else just because they listen to dadrock. Am I the only person who sees classic rock for what it truly is: the worst music of all time? Whenever someone asks me what music I enjoy I now say "everything except classic rock" lmao! Varied music tastes are the best fam. Classic rock is the only worthless music out there - the only kind of music that has never done anything for the music industry - and so I don't consider the taste of anyone who takes that crap seriously "good" taste. Try having a little variety and listening to REAL music like country, modern rock, R&B, blues, classical, 50's rock (like Elvis, Chuck Berry, etc.) old pop (like Michael Jackson and Prince, not that Bieber crap), and literally anything other that "classic" rock. LOL! :D

This song was NOT PLAGIARIZED for corn's sake! One similar riff that takes a fifth of the song doesn't mean the entire song was a ripoff. - naFrovivuS

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18 We Did It Again - Metallica
19 Beans - Nirvana
20 Goodbye Agony - Black Veil Brides

I love this song why the hell is it on here

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