Best Ever Rock Songs


By Dom Nozzi

The following are the top 100 kick-ass songs in rock music history.

Burn, by Deep Purple

Welcome to the Jungle, by Guns and Roses

Blue Moanin,’ by BTO

Stairway to Heaven, by Led Zeppelin

Green-Eyed Lady, by Sugarloaf

Mother Freedom, by Bread

Clap for the Wolfman, by The Guess Who

Break Down the Barricades, by Toronto

Train Kept a Rollin’, by Aerosmith

Freebird, by Lynyrd Skynryd

Black Betty, by Ram Jam

Sin City, by AC/DC with Bonn Scott

Thunderstruck, by AC/DC with Brian Johnson

School’s Out, by Alice Cooper

Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, by Bad Company

I Want to Fly Away, by Lenny Kravitz

Rebel Yell, by Billy Idol

Girls, Girls, Girls, by Motley Crue

Rock and Roll Hootchie Coo, by Rick Derringer

Don’t Let Him Go, REO Speedwagon

Smokin’ in the Boys Room, Brownsville Station

Run to You, by Bryan Adams

Falling in Love, by The Scorpians

Radar Love, by The James Gang

Barracuda, by Heart

Hot on the Wheels of Love, by April Wine

Ballroom Blitz, by Sweet

Bang a Gong, by T. Rex

I Don’t Know, by Ozzy Osbourne

Over the Mountain, by Ozzy Osbourne

Don’t Call Us, by Sugarloaf

Road to Nowhere, by Talking Heads

Burning Down the House, by Talking Heads

Head First, by The Babys

Can’t Explain, by The Who

I Need to Know, by Tom Petty

Perfect Strangers, by Deep Purple

My Woman From Tokyo, by Deep Purple

Run to the Hills, by Iron Maiden

Detroit Rock City, by Kiss

Rock and Roll Singer, by AC/DCimages6

Crazy Train, by Ozzy Osbourne

Metal Health, by Quiet Riot

Aqualung, by Jethro Tull

I’d Love to Change the World, by 10 Years After

Honky Tonk Woman, by The Rolling Stones

Bloody Well Right, by Supertramp

Good Lovin’ Gone Bad, by Bad Company

Born to Be Wild, by Steppenwolf

Tush, by ZZ Top

Boys Are Back in Town, by Thin Lizzy

Magic Carpet Ride, by Steppenwolf

Burning Down the House, by Talking Heads

People Are Strange, by The Doors

I’ve Just Seen a Face, by The Beatles

Jail Break, by Thin Lizzy

No More Mr. Nice Guy, by Alice Cooper

Sunday Bloody Sunday, by U2

Don’t Tell Me You Love Me, by Night Ranger

Heard It on the X, by ZZ Top

Highway Star, by Deep Purple

Cocaine, by Eric Clapton

Miss America, by Styx

White Punks on Dope, by The Tubes

All Right Now, by Free

We’re an American Band, by Grand Funk Railroad

No Sugar Tonight, by The Guess Who

Locomotive Breath, by Jethro Tull

Mama Kin, by Aerosmith

Teacher, by Jethro Tull

Sweet Home Alabama, by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Green Grass and High Tides, by The Outlaws

Love Hurts, by Nazareth

Miss Misery, by Nazareth

Cinnamon Girl, by Neil Young

Snortin’ Whisky, Drinkin’ Cocaine, by Pat Travers

I Just Want to Celebrate, by Rare Earth

Under the Gun, by Aldo Nova

I’ll Drink to You, by Duke Jupiter

Coo Coo Coo Blues, by The Good Rats

Tasty, by The Good Rats

Strange Dreams, by Frank Marino

Will Follow You There, by Queen City Kids

Monte Carlo, by Mott

Stone Cold, by Rainbow

The Kid is Hot Tonight, by Loverboy

Turn It On, by Genesis

Wanna Be a Rock n Roll Star, by Eddie Money

I Like to Rock, by April Wine

Ah! Leah!, by Donnie Iris

ETI, by Blue Oyster Cult

Lorelei, by Styx

Hand Me Down World, by The Guess Who

Aeroplane, by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Rock the Cradle of Love, by Billy Idol

For What It’s Worth, by Buffalo Springfield

Devil Woman, by Cliff Richard

Round and Round, by Ratt

Knocking at Your Back Door, by Deep Purple

Immigrant Song, by Led Zeppelin

Season of the Witch, by Donovan

I urge you to email me ( or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.


Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.


About Dom Nozzi

Urban designer, Complete Streets instructor, smart growth specialist, town planner, walkable & bikeable streets & trails specialist, writer, editor, speaker, world adventurer, skier, kayaker, SCUBA diver, bicyclist, hiker, dancer, book reader, urbanist. Make my own beer, wine, pasta, bread. Live by the motto that it is the things we do NOT do that we later regret. Life is too short to not live it to the fullest.
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