Not everyone (anyone) agreed with VH1′s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs. Let’s see what happens when they talk about folks with guitars. Before we dig in, though, it’s helpful to understand what they’ve counted as “hard rock,” so keep in mind that the five-part television version was hosted by Bret Michaels and that Winger, along with Skid Row, Scorpions, Ratt, and, of course, Poison made the list. As did … Buckcherry.

100 Sammy Hagar – “I Can’t Drive 55″
99 Grand Funk Railroad – “We’re An American Bandv
98 Buckcherry – “Lit Up”
97 The Edgar Winter Group – “Frankenstein”
96 Kansas – “Carry On Wayward Son”
95 Creed – “Higher”
94 The Darkness – “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”
93 Autograph – “Turn Up The Radio”
92 Night Ranger – “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”
91 Smashing Pumpkins – “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”
90 Jethro Tull – “Aqualung”
89 Andrew W.K. – “Party Hard”
88 Alice In Chains – “Would?”
87 Winger – “Seventeen”
86 Marilyn Manson – “The Beautiful People”
85 Velvet Revolver – “Slither”
84 W.A.S.P. – “I Wanna Be Somebody”
83 Evanescence – “Bring Me To Life”
82 Rainbow – “Since You Been Gone”
81 Black Sabbath – “Heaven And Hell”
80 Journey – “Any Way You Want It”
79 Billy Idol – “Rebel Yell”
78 Bad Company – “Feel Like Making Love”
77 Soundgarden – “Black Hole Sun”
76 Lita Ford – “Kiss Me Deadly”
75 The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”
74 The Cult – “Love Removal Machine”
73 Thin Lizzy – “Jailbreak”
72 Pat Benetar – “Heartbreaker”
71 Jane’s Addiction – “Mountain Song”
70 Foreigner – “Hot Blooded”
69 Living Colour – “Cult Of Personality”
68 White Zombie – “More Human Than Human”
67 ZZ Top – “Tush”
66 Europe – “The Final Countdown”
65 MC5 – “Kick Out the Jams”
64 Rollins Band – “Liar”
63 Survivor – “Eye Of The Tiger”
62 Dokken – “Breaking The Chains”
61 Ratt – “Round And Round”
60 Skid Row – “18 And Life”
59 Billy Squier – “The Stroke”
58 Stone Temple Pilots – “Interstate Love Song”
57 The Kinks – “You Really Got Me”
56 Warrant – “Cherry Pie”
55 Blue Oyster Cult – “Don’t Fear The Reaper”
54 Faith No More – “Epic”
53 Steppenwolf – “Born To Be Wild”
52 The Runaways – “Cherry Bomb”
51 Megadeth – “Peace Sells”
50 Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Give It Away”
49 The Stooges – “Search And Destroy”
48 Korn – “Freak On A Leash”
47 Kid Rock – “Bawitdaba”
46 Anthrax – “Madhouse”
45 Foghat – “Slow Ride”
44 Cream – “Sunshine Of Your Love”
43 Dio – “Holy Diver”
42 The Clash – “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”
41 Quiet Riot – “Cum On Feel The Noize”
40 Poison – “Talk Dirty To Me”
39 Boston – “More Than A Feeling”
38 Queen – “Stone Cold Crazy”
37 The Who – “My Generation”
36 Van Halen – “Hot For Teacher”
33 Alice Cooper – “School’s Out”
34 Heart – “Barracuda”
33 Green Day – “Basket Case”
32 Ted Nugent – “Cat Scratch Fever”
31 AC/DC – “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”
30 Pearl Jam – “Even Flow”
29 Joan Jett – “Bad Reputation”
28 Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
27 Whitesnake – “Still Of The Night”
26 Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Free Bird”
25 The Ramones – “Blitzkrieg Bop”
24 Iron Butterfly – “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”
23 Ozzy Osbourne – “Crazy Train”
22 Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Hey Joe”
21 Led Zeppelin – “Kashmir”
20 Bon Jovi – “You Give Love A Bad Name”
19 Rush – “Tom Sawyer”
18 Scorpions – “Rock You Like A Hurricane”
17 Twisted Sister – “I Wanna Rock”
16 Kiss – “Rock And Roll All Nite”
15 Motley Crue – “Dr. Feelgood”
14 Iron Maiden – “Run To The Hills”
13 Def Leppard – “Photograph”
12 Judas Priest – “Breaking The Law”
11 Deep Purple – “Smoke On The Water”
10 Motorhead – “Ace Of Spades”
09 Van Halen – “Runnin With The Devil”
08 Aerosmith – “Walk This Way”
07 Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
06 The Who – “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
05 Metallica – “Enter Sandman”
04 Black Sabbath – “Paranoid”
03 Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love”
02 AC/DC – “Back In Black”
01 Guns N’ Roses – “Welcome To The Jungle”

Axl’s been doing well with lists.

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Comments (630)
  1. My dad is currently searching for a corner to die in after seeing Evanescence beat out Jethro Tull.
    Seriously, guys?
    In VH1s defense, this was voted on by the viewers. So shame on us?

    • Brothersport  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

      Not exactly. This is VH1 staff’s list- they don’t leave countdowns like this in the hands of viewers (if for no other reason than label politics), but ask for “help” on the website to make it seem populist

    • They should not have chosen Runt o the Hills by Iron Maiden, it is no where near their best song, they have sooo many great that destroy Run to the Hills. Also who ever voted for Welcome to the Jungle to be number one needs to be hit in the face with a shovel. Also why the fuck did Megadeth only get 51 on the list? They destroy most of the bands on this list. And then there is the fact that they chose Enter Sandman, i mean, Rock Band much? Back in Black or one of the many greats by Zeppelin should have been number 1.

      • mel  |   Posted on Jan 7th, 2009 0

        I agree “hit in the face with a shovel”!

      • Sean  |   Posted on Mar 16th, 2009 0

        I know
        whoever says Twisted Sister beats Megadeth has to be kicked in the balls
        and why did they pick Peace Sells?
        they should have picked train of consequences or kill the king man

        • SXD  |   Posted on Jul 8th, 2009 0

          they prolly didnt choose em cuz there not popular singles dumbass…thats the point of this list

        • Rigo  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2009 0

          the list wasnt which is the greatest band…
          the point of this list was “The 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs” and there are a shit load of bands that get lucky and only have one great song… the point wasnt which band makes better music or which band has been out longer.

          and everyone in the top 15 with the exception of nirvana had great hard rock songs other then the ones where listed on this list

          and the one thing that would make this list better is if they just dont pick singles, put other songs from the bands. Like GNR Nightrain or Mr brownstone, metalicas seek and destroy or 4 horsemen, megadeths tornado of souls or kick the chair, there could have been more Aerosmith and zepplin and thats just some that i could think of.

          • ashleigh  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

            i can believe they put back in black above metallica, and all megadeath could be the first half of the songs, and guns n roses could have took the last half including no.1.

          • NoName  |   Posted on Dec 18th, 2009 0

            I agree completely with Rigo.

            Oh, and another point. TRUE ROCK’N'ROLL FANS DON’T TALK SHIT ABOUT ROCK BANDS THAT MANAGED TO SCORE A HIGHER PLACE THAN THEIR FAVOURITE BAND.

            Ugh, there, I said it. So since when did Rock N Roll become so… Ugh, fuck it.

            All this ego and hate is really not what this was suppose to about. Everyone has their own opinion.

          • black sbath so awesome they qualify 2 time Xb

      • Abel  |   Posted on Mar 24th, 2009 -3

        Too right mate, Megadeth owns most of this list, along with what you listed, Guns N’ Roses is a bunch of shit they don’t have anywhere near the longevity of Megadeth, AC/DC, or Led Zeppelin, they suck.

        • juulian  |   Posted on May 23rd, 2009 +1

          you suck, AC/DC and GN’R is the best ;)

        • djjabbua  |   Posted on Jun 10th, 2009 -1

          Most of these list suck. Welcome to the jungle number 1? they can go F()@K themselves. And why aren’t’ there any songs by queens of the stone age, and why is megadeth 51, and why is acdc # 2? that band deserves a 99 sort of place on this list!!!

          • Jared Jensen  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2009 +1

            You seriously think that GNR doesn’t deserve number 1? The band that, if it wasn’t for pop, would have fucking ruled the world of music for about five years in the later eighties. and ACDC, u think they should be 99? How about their the best god damn rock n roll band of all time. its AC fucking DC dude, u gotta respect ‘em, there so badass with thier blues riffs, and their vocals, and the incredibly solid work of the rhthym, bass, and drummers working together.

          • krc  |   Posted on Nov 1st, 2009 0

            u are such a bitc if you think that Guns ‘N’ Roses dont deserve to be #1 u must be stupid. And if ACDC should be in #99 you should just jump of a building or shoot yourself…. You are sooo stupid GNR and ACDC are the two best bands of all time you bitch

        • Carl  |   Posted on Feb 6th, 2010 0

          Man what is your proiem,those bands are what made ROCK/ROLLwhat it is today.AC/DC still kicking serious ass. Megadeaths kool but were wanna be’s. All there’s sound the same. So GET YOUR SHIT STRAIGHT…..

        • its not ur top 100 list idiot

        • But Megadeth is a trash metal band, not a hard rock band. If you compare a trash metal band to a hard rock band, I really doubt your intelligence. But if you’re not comparing them, then you don’t even know what kind of music the band you are talking about here makes. Both possibilities show that YOU suck, not GN’R.

      • metal thrashing mad  |   Posted on Mar 28th, 2009 +1

        It’s a hard rock list, not a heavy/thrash/speed/power metal list.

        So Maiden, Metallica and Megadeth have nothing to do here.

      • deborah  |   Posted on May 22nd, 2009 0

        Where was Yes? I

      • bob  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2009 0

        so you want to hit, Slash, Ozzy Brett Michels, Zakk Wylde Ted Nugent in the head with a shovel? This is a hard rock list NOT HEAVY METAL. THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE

    • Evan  |   Posted on Jan 7th, 2009 0

      Rage againist the machine?????? Slayer??????? Pantera????? TOOL???? Slipknot????
      System of a down????

      • whoever is the idiot that posted this comment needs to be lit on fire and then punched in the face and then raped by michael jackson b/c how the FUCK COULD YOU THINK THAT THOSE BAND COULD EVER EVEN BE MENTIONED IN THE SAME LIST THAT CONTAINS THE WHO, LED ZEPPLIN, METALLICA, GUNS N ROSES, ACDC, AEROSMITH, VAN HALEN, DEEP PURPLE, KISS, AND IRON MAIDEN YOU STUPID FUCK I SERIOUSLY COULD KILL YOU YOU FUCKING EMO LITTLE BITCH WHY DONT YOU GO CUT URSELF BUT CUT UR THROAT AND BLEED TO DEATH YOU STUPID LITTLE FUCKING BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Rock n rolla  |   Posted on Apr 3rd, 2009 0

          You idiot!!!! tool Emo?!!! what tha fuck are you thinking!!!!!!! seriously, Tool is one of the greatest bands ever, R.A.T.M. have so many good songs !!!!! PAntera as well. The bands you mention are great but some others in the countdown mmmm beting this others I don´t think so

        • christian  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2009 0

          ok the bands u listed r the the shit hands down they r but cum on man rage against the machine and pantara should b on the list now idk like tool so i’m with u there but y is cowboys from hell not on here cuz i saw somthin of the top 10 best metel bands and pantara was 6 and i think seen people like green day on here slipknot should have been cuz there more HARD rock than green day…..and y ant mudvayne on here

          • Slipknot is (I’m only guessing the sub genre) death metal.

          • You have absolutely no idea what death metal is if you think Slipknot would ever be considered a death metal band

          • Rage Against the Machine. F*** off, the only guy even worth the honourable mention is Tom Morello who is incredibly skilled. Frankly though, their songs are so uninspiring. Try listening to the whole of Achilles Last Stand by Led Zeppelin first.

        • christian  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2009 0

          ok the bands u listed r the the shit hands down they r but cum on man rage against the machine and pantara should b on the list now idk like tool so i’m with u there but y is cowboys from hell not on here cuz i saw somthin of the top 10 best metel bands and pantara was 6 and i think seen people like green day on here slipknot should have been cuz there more HARD rock than green day…..and y ant mudvayne on here

        • discohippie_90  |   Posted on May 20th, 2009 0

          That is rude on so many levels…everyone has their own opinion and they are entitled to it. I dont agree with alot of the list either but Im not going to bash people on here because of their opinions.

        • metalman  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

          haha…thats an awsome rant man…good taste in music

        • I can tell your a stuck up prick that thinks that their music is superior. None of those bands are my favorite but you really can’t listen to the bass line of Bulls On Parade or the guitar riff to Cementary Gates and deny that they knew what they were doing. So to idiot, you are rightfully named.

    • Word, except I’m ODing on heroin in my corner. This is the kind of crap I’ve come to expect from VH1, MTV, Rolling Stone and so forth. I love and adore Hendrix but “Hey Joe” is NOT a hard rock song. Purple haze would have been a better choice, if any.

      Evan
      http://www.beyondrace.com

    • Fred  |   Posted on Jan 12th, 2009 0

      umm…maybe magic carpet ride. and definitely more ac/dc and zeppelin. not too good vh1

    • stupid fucking lists  |   Posted on Jan 19th, 2009 -1

      I hate lists. they are always stupid
      see a real hard rock list
      check out led zeppelin, any song they released was harder then gnr. slash sucks. and for anyone who hates this list, i would reccomend not checking out the rolling stone top guitarists. haha. oh boy. fucking 80′s glam and gay metal is not HARD! FUCKERS
      The beatles rock harder then half the people on the list. wtf. Helter SKelter, one of the hardest songs of its time. cant believe sunshine was so like not in the top 20 at least.
      whatever, listen to coltrane. fuckers

      • kevin  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

        Grow up and accept it. IT is hard rock, been to one of their concerts b4? OR have you just gone to a stupid death metal concert with death circles and death walls, yeah that shows real intellegence……. Not. The beatles are you for fucking real?

        • I love pop culture lists even though they inevitably disappoint me. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but if you’re trying to put together a definitive list as VH1 apparently tried to do, then at least get the basics covered as well as including a few of your personal favorites. And ANYONE who has heard The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” and doesn’t have his head up his ass can tell you that it’s one of the true classics of hard rock. Considering it came out in 1968, I think a case could be made that that song (as well as Blue Cheer’s “Vincebus Eruptum” album) actually helped introduce heavy metal to the masses. Believe it or leave it alone, folks!

      • Steve  |   Posted on Mar 1st, 2009 0

        I liked the show. But why anyone gets angry at these lists is beyond me. I guess they only do it because they want something to be angry at. I agree some of the songs weren’t even close to hard rock but people have to grow up and accept these lists for what they are. I mean come on. There are so many different people out there that like different kinds of music and believe some bands deserve to be on it more than others and believe that this song should be #1 over this song etc… There’s no way in hell to please everybody. Could they have made a better list? Absolutely but it’s all for entertainment value. People find what they believe is a huge mistake in a list that’s so wide open because everyone has different viewpoints on different bands and different kinds of music, and then they complain about it. And someone who believes that some band being left out of the list is a tragedy may not be agreed upon by everyone. To sum it up all I’m saying is that you have to accept it for what it is and take it with a grain of salt.

    • Cory From Canada!  |   Posted on Jan 19th, 2009 +1

      Well, also a big rip off is Rush only having one song in the list!
      They should have about 5 at least and all in the top 50 easy!

    • Jomba  |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2009 0

      this list sucks ASS!!! WHOEVER MADE IT IS A IDIOT
      FOR MANY REASONS!
      Megadeth is at 51… why they should be 20 or lower… they kill most bands on this list
      why is Nirvana num 7.. there a good band but they do not deserve that rank…

      Enter sandman is a mediocore song… metallica has way better songs… they could have picked anything from kill em all, justice, lighting, n puppets but no fucking main stream media have 2 ruin it all….

      i cant even believe marilyn manson made it on this list… he sucks… really

      i am also certainly disgusted how bands like greenday, twisted sister, and iron butterfly made higher ranks then MEGADETH, and anthrax

      this is really one of the worst music lists ive ever seen gj VH1 u idiots

    • christian  |   Posted on Nov 18th, 2009 0

      I´m totally agree with you

    • Helen  |   Posted on Nov 28th, 2009 +1

      I agree with El Diablo…How was Creed’s Higher on there and the Number of the Beast not???? This a HARD rock list. Why was Creed even on there? And Crazy Train was #23 after Bon Jovi???

    • ur dad sucks and so does ur mom she is a whore now shut the fuck up

    • Besides, evanescence is FAR better than Jethro tull will ever be

  2. Nirvana in the top ten? There’s a shocker.

    I would go ahead and rage about Evanescence and Andrew WK both beating out Aqualung, but this list is bananas. They should just call this list 100 favorite Guitar Hero songs.

    • zman  |   Posted on Jun 18th, 2009 0

      LED ZEPPELIN STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN NOT THE LIST WHAT THE FUCK ABOUT THE LIVE VERSION OF DAZED AND CONFUSED

  3. DS48  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 +1

    Bawitaba over Search and Destroy? I can’t stop vomiting.

  4. annie onymous  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    i almost threw up when i saw welcome to the jungle was number one.

    • sj  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

      dude first of all guns n roses has to be one of the best bands on the planet. but yes, i think they shouldve gone with “paradise city”

      • katie  |   Posted on Oct 1st, 2009 0

        dude this list effing sucks but they did make a good choice about Nirvana, foo fighters and evanescence but honestly more than half of these songs aren’t even hard rock its just stupid ass guys in leather pants who thing they’re metal just cuz they did drugs and r now complaining about it…boo hoo

    • Jen  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2009 +1

      Yah, fuck you. Welcome to the jungle IS THE BEST SONG ON THE EFFIN PLANET.!
      && GUNS N’ ROSES IS THE MOST KICKASS BAND EVER.!
      Damn, you really wouldnt know good Rock N Roll if it bit you in the ass.
      Thats fuckin pathertic.!

      • lanche19  |   Posted on Dec 31st, 2009 0

        GNR sucks because of Axle Rose.. What a dick head thinking he is a rock & roll singer? Can’t stand the band or their lead singer>>>

        • This is why he is a rock n’ roll singer. And I don’t think you really know what rock n’ roll means if you can’t stand the band or their lead singer.

  5. George Jefferson  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    To allow myself to get stirred up by these bullshit lists is beneath me… I’ll say I knew one thing …Kiss was better with the make-up and actually had really good taste in terms of influences… to listen to the last segment of small faces “I’ll feel much better” is to hear the earliest sound of Kiss. The Move figures into this to whick brings up Cheap Trick,,, give me fucking break Vh1….

  6. so hard rock is anything that uses an electric guitar, right? that’s the only connection I can draw between a couple of these bands

  7. Alternately brainless and interesting. For instance, I didn’t expect Motorhead on the list at all, let alone in the top ten. Way to go, VH1! Oh, uh Give It Away? Boooo on you, VH1!

    Nice to see: Faith No More, MC5, The Stooges (wrong song), “Mountain Song.” “Would?”, “Cult of Personality”
    Curious inclusions: “Hey Joe” (over voodoo chile and countless others???), Blitzkrieg Bop”, “Black Hole Sun”, “Interstate love song”, Green Day
    Shame on you!: Bon Jovi, Creed, Sammy Hagar, Buckcherry, “Free Bird”, The Final Fucking Countdown??!?!?!??

    In sum, it seems like they had no real criteria for what “hard rock” means, and also didn’t do a very good job of choosing the songs, but some people at least had some interesting ideas.

  8. joeyt  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    Warrant > The Kinks

  9. oh.  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    Please don’t get too upset at this list. It’s like an e-mail from your grandma listing her 100 favorite LOL Cats. Far too late to the game, she just doesn’t understand the medium, technology, or continence. It’s adorable, quaint, and a little depressing.

  10. My brother and I were sure “Iron Man” was going to be number one. We were even both betting that it would win, so if we lost we would just burn out money. We didn’t actually burn our money, but we’re still pissed/shocked. I mean, “Welcome To The Jungle” is a great song, but I would never say it completely embodies the soul of hard rock. Give me a break, VH1.

    • Bon Jovi  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

      Lesson 1…the game is fixed.

    • metalhead ash  |   Posted on Jan 7th, 2009 0

      Actually I thought it would be number one as well. It was number one on 100 greatest METAL songs. I’m okay with it not being number 1 but I’m definitely not ok with it not even being on the list. And I totally agree with the other comments…quite a number of the songs on the countdown were NOT AT ALL HARD ROCK!!

  11. A few stray observations:
    -I, like many here, am cofused as to what constitutes hard rock. Since when is White Stripes, Nirvana,and Smashing Pumpkins hard rock?
    -Evanescence has no place on this list or any list that contains the words “Best” or “Top”. Amy Lee is just a poor man’s Amanda Palmer.
    -Do The Donnas even make records anymore? Or do they just profesionally appear on VH1 list and I Love the.. shows?

  12. The Clash – “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”…. really?

  13. Popcorn Blizzard  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    This list was clearly compiled by voting done at a retard farm!

  14. Ryan  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    No Bohemian Rhapsody? If there is only one song in the world that I can be allowed to bang my head to, that would be it.

  15. Aspr  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    No Manowar at all in this list.
    Aerosmith and Nirvana are better hard-rock group than Deep Purple, Rainbow, Kiss, Jethro Tull, Scorpions and Iron Maiden?
    they should better write the list of the best porn sites.

  16. Teddy Roosevelt  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    BUCKCHERRY!!!!!!

  17. Steve  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 +1

    any list that has creed in it loses all credibility

  18. Cinderfella  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    This is the best list I have seen in a while!

  19. Kurt  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    No, Stereogum, please, start the new year off right. No more lists…pleeeeeease.

  20. Not bad… at least creed go in there!

    Anyone else notice how shitty most lists are?

  21. Very safe list. Calling 90% of these songs “Hard Rock” is a misnomer (if such a genre even exists), unless that qualification means having long hair and at some point a member of your band shot heroin into their dick.

  22. they didn’t even pick the best clash song.

  23. whhhooops  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    Never thought I’d see a list that includes bands like Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, The Clash, The Who and Jimi Hendrix along with Evanescence, Creed, Ratt, and Buckcherry…

  24. Troy  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    I think these lists are alright, and it is insane to think they could please everyone. So my two cents: Smashing Pumpkins should have been higher and where is NIN?

  25. matt solina  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    No Pantera!? I kept watching and listening to Bret Michaels spout off all his rocker party boy bullshit and no Pantera! Fuck it all.

  26. VH1 showed up too late to the party and subsequently could not nail any drunk chicks, only the ficus in the corner.

  27. tim  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 +1

    This list is shitty.

  28. People questioning how they made this list obviously don’t watch a lot of VH1 (That would be a compliment). This is VH1′s rules for making these types of lists:

    1) “Hard Rock” is defined as every piece of guitar-based music that wouldn’t fall under the category of “Soft Rock”, which by VH1′s definition, means Phil Collins and everyone who could draw comparisons to Phil Collins.
    2) Recognizable to the average VH1 viewer (meaning either a Top 10 hit or a piece of music that is frequently used as a pop culture reference joke on one of the other VH1 programs)
    3) A large chunk of which must come from the 80s, particularly Hair Metal because VH1 refuses to give up the notion that the 80s weren’t both awesome and hilarious, no matter how much evidence to the contrary (The Horribleness of the 80s is to a VH1 viewer what evolution is to a Creationist).

    Under these rules, this list makes perfect sense.

  29. es muy stupido.

  30. PDV  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    Where is Pink Floyd????

  31. ty  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    My eyes actually teared up a bit when i saw welcome to the jungle was number one when there were ten better songs on the list than it

  32. SCORL3Y  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    Hey it’s my impression of Bret Michaels on the countdown show:
    “That song ripped my head off and devoured its innards, and I just might have pissed my pants. You’re gonna love this song, it’s some kick-ass in-your-face kick-ass straight-up rockin’ kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll. Check it out.” *awkward swaying* *anxious stare*

    No surprise with the list quality. Overall, just plain sucky. But I mean admit it, almost all of us find watching these countdowns to be guilty pleasures. Until you reflect upon it and realize that you just wasted 5 hours of your time. Just be thankful “Through the Fire and Flames” wasn’t #1. I almost expected it.

  33. Where is anarchy in the UK?? or Wish by NIN?? I think it was more important for VH1 to included as many different groups as possible.

  34. VanMeter  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    This list sucks ass! I’m fifteen and this shit is embarrassing. Where is Dream Theater, and one fuckin hendrix song? Hell there could even be some godsmack on here and some more metallica and iron maiden

  35. Harold  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    Aldo Nova- Fantasy not on the list, I thought this was supposed to be a list of 100 HARD ROCK songs. This list is a list of 100 Rock Songs plain and simple.

  36. So Korn and Kid Rock are better than the Stooges? Sure VH1, sure.

  37. wheres the RATM?
    rage for life

  38. These lists always have htis & misses. this one proves the point. Welcome to the Jungle # 1??? Please! Ok to include on the list but # 1?
    And they got the wrong Hendrix song- by far. At least they got in Sabbath, the Who and Deep Purple.
    But Poison # 40? Buckcherry included? Well, I guess it had to be so- given who made the list. The Final Countdown makes the list but Cheap Trick’s Surrender doesn’t ? Hello?
    Lots to argue about but what the hell, it’s just a list.

  39. rustymagoo  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 +1

    You know this list blows when it doesn’t have
    -”March of the Pigs” by Nine Inch Nails
    -”Testify” by Rage Against the Machine
    -”Killing in the Name of” by Rage Against the Machine

    I would consider “Communication breakdown” by zep and “paranoid android” by radiohead

    • I can agree with ur suggestions.I would aslo reccomend:

      Meat Loaf-”Bat Out of Hell”
      David Bowie-”Ziggy Stardust”
      Derek & The Dominos-”Layla”
      Bruce Springsteen-”Born To Run” and “Born In The U.S.A”.
      The Clash-”I Fought The Law”
      The Doors-”Light My Fire”
      Tom Petty-”American Girl”

      Wolfmother’s “Woman” would have been a good choice 2.

  40. joe  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    i swear half of these songs are rehashed from their 100 greatest metal songs list. Are they hard rock, or metal? Pick a side, VH1!

  41. Kayla  |   Posted on Jan 6th, 2009 +1

    Hell yeah. ‘Killing in the Name of’ should have made the list.

    Buckcherry? What?

  42. Me  |   Posted on Jan 6th, 2009 0

    93 Autograph – “Turn Up The Radio” – Higher
    86 Marilyn Manson – “The Beautiful People” – 50 Spots Higher, great song
    85 Velvet Revolver – “Slither” – Higher and add Sucker Train Blues
    69 Living Colour – “Cult Of Personality” – Underrated
    51 Megadeth – “Peace Sells” – Prefer Symphony of Destruction
    46 Anthrax – “Madhouse” – Prefer Caught in a Mosh
    41 Quiet Riot – “Cum On Feel The Noize” – Higher for a hard rock anthem
    23 Ozzy Osbourne – “Crazy Train” – Could be #1
    13 Def Leppard – “Photograph” – Top 10
    10 Motorhead – “Ace Of Spades” – Could be #1
    04 Black Sabbath – “Paranoid” – Could be #1

  43. Jeremy  |   Posted on Jan 6th, 2009 0

    VH1 has been trying to bring back hair metal for years now. With the Metal Years documentary and by punishing stupid whores by making them compete for Brett Michaels TV boner. The format is.. 5-8 shit bands.. someone legitimate to make you keep watching.. thinking it will get better. The criterion for Hard Rock is obviously.. from the collective will of Rednecks from my small town watering hole. In a world where “Talk Dirty to Me” is considered to be more rocking than “Search & Destroy” Do you know where you are?..you’re in the jungle baby.. you’re gonna die!

  44. William A. Bridges Jr.  |   Posted on Jan 6th, 2009 0

    “Hey Joe” is a good Hendrix song but not his greatest. “Machine Gun” is the real bomb and the guitar solo is one of the best of all time. The radio didn’t play this track often as it is about twelve minutes long. any rocker thats worth his or her salt knows that this is one of the finest guitar driven pieces of its time.

  45. fuckcherry…ugh

  46. crackers  |   Posted on Jan 6th, 2009 0

    Not bad for a Vh1 list, but of all the ZZ Top songs to pick, why pick Tush? There’s always Sharp dressed man or one of those other great songs with great videos.
    Evanescance blows more than a porn star, as does Green Day, and it would be great if Vh1 would come out and finaly admit that they don’t put legitimate songs on in order to give other bands a chance, because there are at least 10 songs I would put on this from Ac/Dc, Zeppelin, Hendrix, and Van Halen (No way in hell Running with the devil is their best song, not even the best off the album)

  47. Abby  |   Posted on Jan 6th, 2009 0

    I don’t know much about “hard rock” but I know that this list was CRAP! What I do know I got from my brother and I know that there were some on there that just weren’t hard rock at all… and some bands/songs missing… NIN??? HELLOOOOO even I the 50s and 60s pop and psychedelic and folky stuff lover knows that one! The entire list just reminded me of stuff my aunt listened to when she was in her late teens and 20s… so pretty much 80s hair bands…. and I’m sorry… Bret Michaels?? Anyone seen the slutty whores on his bus? Thought his first and second crews were bad, this takes the CAKE! You can’t help but watch these whores and wonder how people like that actually exist for real…

  48. vh1 has failed  |   Posted on Jan 6th, 2009 0

    This list was bogus… i mean honestly. if it’s supposed to be a list about HARD ROCK songs… maybe they should limit it to HARD ROCK songs?!?!? many bands on the list are in no way hard rock. Nirvana(grunge) Bon Jovi(pop/rock) Maylin Manson(metal) Iron Maidden(metal) Jimmi Hendrix’s ‘Hey Joe” is blues ZZ Top could be considered country Evanescance is goth metal Green Day is punk Black Hole Sun is in general an odd song Van Halen is glam rock Buckcherry just sux Quiet Riot was a cover of an original hard rock song and Poison is also metal. Metal and hard rock are two diffrent genres and should not be on the same list. Plus (no offense to fans) a lot of the older songs can’t really be put in the same catagory. their just rock. They can’t compare to songs like “Back In Black” or “Crazy train”. And Where The Fuck is PINK FLOYD?????? one of the greatest bands int the world and they don’t make the list??? “Won’t Get fooled Again” should have made top 5 and if we’re talking GREATEST HARD ROCK SONG of all time…. like it or not it should be Deep Purple’s “Smoke On Water”. if only because it has the greatest rift and its so good that everyone knows it from birth. this list was crap and i think they should have another one where REAL PEOPLE vote… not the assholes who work for VH1 and appaently have know idea what hard rock is and what a bands best song is.

  49. chris  |   Posted on Jan 6th, 2009 0

    2% – The amount of shit I give.

  50. chillin  |   Posted on Jan 6th, 2009 0

    this is one of the worst VH1 lists ever i mean welcome to the jungle #1? that isnt even the best song on that album Sweet Child O’mine blows that song away that should b in the top 20 also Iron Man should b the #1 song and crazy train shouldnt b all the way back at 23 that should b in the top 10 it is horrible all around

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