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 way too poppy to be considered rock. They try to tell us that this is rock, but they sold their souls for this crap.

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2 Surrounded by Silence - Design the Skyline

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

Vocals: ew
Instrumentation: too much going on
Lyrics: FOREST! VINES OF LIFE! WOAH! MORE EMO GARBAGE!

yeah this is horrible - djpenquin999

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 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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5 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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6 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.

7 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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8 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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9 Photograph - Nickelback
10 By and Down - A Perfect Circle

Excuse me? Why is this here?

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

what

The Newcomers

? 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

? Got Me Runnin' Round - Nickelback

The Contenders

11 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

12 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!

What? The one who put this is in the dark

I don't like this song.

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

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14 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

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15 Lips of an Angel - Hinder

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

16 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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17 I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
18 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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19 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.

20 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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1. American Bad Ass - Kid Rock
2. We Built This City - Starship
3. Photograph - Nickelback
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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. We Built This City - Starship
2. We Did It Again - Metallica
3. The View - Metallica & Lou Reed
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