The 10 top hard rock songs in music get a person’s blood boiling and their head’s banging. Hard rock has been around a long time, rocking fans in the 60s and 70s while glamming it up in the 80s. Eventually grunge took some of the shine off of the hard rock genre but, as it is fair to say that rock and roll is here to stay.
- “Welcome to the Jungle” – Guns N’ Roses was just another metal band until they released “Welcome to the Jungle.” Clint Eastwood used the song in his Dirty Harry movie “The Dead Pool” and ultimately reached No. 7 on the Billboard charts. The song talks about life in the big city and is the first song on the band’s greatest hits album.
- “Back in Black” – AC/DC was already a huge band but faced a crossroads when their lead singer Bon Scott died. The band was in the middle of recording their new album and hired Brian Johnson to replace Scott. The band finished recording “Back in Black” and the title track remains one of the best hard rock songs of all time.
- “Iron Man” – Black Sabbath has seen many lineups but the most popular remains the Ozzy Osbourne iteration. In 1970, the band released their second album “Paranoid” and the second release from the album is the hard rock song “Iron Man.” While the song is about a villain, it became famous almost forty years for the superhero film “Iron Man.”
- “Rock and Roll All Night” – Kiss’ rock anthem remains one of the genre’s most beloved hard rock songs. The song originally appeared on the 1975 album “Dressed to Kill” and was the album’s fifth single. The original release hit No. 57 on the Billboard charts, the band’s highest ranking at that time. A live version of the song hit No. 12 and it is Kiss’ most famous song.
- “Wanted Dead or Alive” – New Jersey rockers, Bon Jovi, hit the big time with their sophomore album “Slippery When Wet.” “Wanted Dead or Alive” is the third single from that album and reached No. 7 on the Billboard charts. The album was the first hard rock album to feature three Top 10 singles.
- “Crazy Train” – Ozzy Osbourne had quite a successful single’s career after leaving Black Sabbath and his first single after leaving was “Crazy Train.” The song reached No. 9 on the Billboard charts and the hard rock song introduced Ozzy as a force to be reckoned with.
- “Hot for Teacher” – Van Halen was riding a wave of success when they released their album “1984.” Little did fans know this would be the last studio album with lead singer David Lee Roth. The album reached No. 2 on the Billboard album charts and “Hot for Teacher” remains one of the most fun hard rock songs of all time. The song starts with an opening Alex Van Halen drum solo and the lyrics feature Roth at his best.
- “Falling to Pieces” – When people think of Faith No More, they usually remember the band’s mainstream hit “Epic.” However, the best hard rock song on the album is the band’s third single, “Falling to Pieces.” The song only hit No. 92 on the Billboard charts but remains a solid hard rock epic from a great band.
- “One” – Metallica has a long line of great hard rock songs but the crème of the crop is “One.” The song comes from the 1989 album “…And Justice for All” and, at over seven minutes in length, is based on the novel “Johnny Got His Gun.” It tells the story of a man who’s body is decimated during World War I, unable to see, smell, speak or hear, but with a mind that won’t quit working.
- “Sympathy for the Devil” – The Rolling Stones recorded this hard rock song for 1968s “Beggars Banquet.” The song talks about The Devil and attributes many of history’s atrocities to him including the European wars, World War II and the assassinations of the Kennedys.
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