Worst Rock Songs of All Time

The Top Ten

1 We Built This City - Starship

The worst

Are you kidding? I like that song!


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?

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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

Horrible poser metal crap.. And seriously Stairway on this list? This song should be number one on this list

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3 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.

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4 Surrounded by Silence - Design the Skyline

More boring than bad

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".

I never heard this before but it doest sound like I'm missing out on anything

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

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5 American Bad Ass - Kid Rock

Great song,great artist...I've seen him multiple times and he gives his all EVERY time...

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.


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

Terrible, terrible.

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

Somebody idiot insert this song here

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

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7 Highway to Hell - Marilyn Manson

I honestly think that AC/DC did it better. Who agrees with me?

AC/DC's was a lot better, and this one sucks.

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

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8 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

Nickelback isn't that bad actually. Forget this. (Calls for Scorpion)
Scorpion: GET OVER HERE! - Mattblue66

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9 Nookie - Limp Bizkit

Worst Limp Bizkit song. Break stuff is so much better. - I80

I somewhat like this song - christangrant

What is a nookie?!

How? Nookie is a great song.

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10 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

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The Newcomers

? Cowboy - Kid Rock

Good thing he improved. - I80

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The Contenders

11 Nightlife - Green Day UListen to Sample
12 Tonight, Tonight - Hot Chelle Rae

Still better than most of todays music. To be honest, this is very catchy. - Userguy44

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.

Its teenybopper crap. Not rock.

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13 Something in Your Mouth - Nickelback

Yeah, the lyrics are pretty horrible, but the instrumentals on this song are fantastic. From a purely musical standpoint, this song is fantastic outstanding. - Pagepage21

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

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

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14 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

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

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

I don't like this song.

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15 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.

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17 By and Down - A Perfect Circle

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

Excuse me? Why is this here?


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18 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 -_-

No. - Userguy44

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20 Wild Honey Pie - The Beatles

OK, this song was pretty bad, even by Paul McCartney.

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21 American Idiot - Green Day

Which idiot added this awesome song in this list?

An American idiot put this song here

Billy Joe is the American Idiot.

This is a great song why is it on here.

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22 Revolution 9 - The Beatles

Turn me on, dead man! - ReturnOfScorpio

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.

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23 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.

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

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

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25 Rockstar - Nickelback

I hate this song so much...

Most OVERhated rock song of all time - christangrant

One word: TERRIBLE! - LoveMusicLoveLife

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

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26 Higher - Creed

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.

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

Great song from a band that was said to be terrible. One of the decent songs that came out during the early 2000's

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27 Addicted - Saving Abel

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

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29 Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds - The Flaming Lips

Isn’t this a Beatles song? - Userguy44

Miley Cyrus is in it. Enough said.

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30 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

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31 Gomper - The Rolling Stones UListen to Sample
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33 Magic - Coldplay

Not their best, but not their worst either. - Userguy44

Anything by Coldplay fits this list.

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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34 Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's

Not rock and not bad in my opinion. - Userguy44

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!

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35 Crocodile Rock - Elton John

This song is decent, should not be on here - Adamdennxxx

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

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36 Footloose - Kenny Loggins


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37 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.

One of my favorite songs, also it's a mix of pop and rock - Adamdennxxx

Not rock. - Userguy44

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

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38 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.

I actually like this song. It's Tonic's best song. - NickelodeonYesAddminNo

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39 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

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40 We Did It Again - Metallica

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

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41 Addicted - Simple Plan UListen to Sample
42 Mind Gardens - The Byrds UListen to Sample
43 Empire - Asking Alexandria UListen to Sample
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45 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

Honestly, Maroon 5 isn't rock. This song should be higher on the list, because Stairway to Heaven should not be here. !

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46 Goodbye Agony - Black Veil Brides

I love this song why the hell is it on here

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

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

Ruined the original Ghostbusters song

This exists... - christangrant

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48 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Chester bennington could knock down and kill Kurt with his screaming and singing in glad no linkin park songs are in here,who here agrees with me?

Kurt probably would have agreed with this being on the list since he hates this song.


This isn't a bad song but it is overrated. Alice In chains- man in the box is way more powerful then smells like sprit. - Sabbath

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49 She Hates Me - Puddle of Mudd

Oh, that was a bad song! And I love POM. - ReturnOfScorpio

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

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50 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses

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

Lol no. - Userguy44

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Top Remixes (22)

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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