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100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs of the 80s and 90s

Updated on February 23, 2018

The blistering sound of distorted guitars encompassed with high pitched voices set to the backdrop of thunderous drums, bass and keyboards describes hard rock in a picture perfect way. A wave of hard rock bands emerged in the 80s bringing fresh musical soundscapes that enamored rock fans. The tight knit hard rock sound spread globally becoming an independent musical entity in the realms of rock. A new sense of musical freedom prevailed with hard rock songs in the 80s and early 90s. Glam metal bands and hair metal bands started being associated with the Hard rock scene. The term Hard Rock was used as an umbrella term to describe a brand of metal music in the realms of rock. Hard rock songs in the 80s and 90s had a raw sounding polished feel making them accessible in mainstream.


Hard Rock Songs and Hard Rock Bands of the 80s and 90s

Some hard rock bands were promoted in a big way on music television channels in the 80s, MTV in particular. Thanks to music radio channels, hard rock songs reached a wide audience globally. The intensity and passion associated with hard rock became a rage globally. Hard rock bands toured extensively along with AOR acts. A number of hard rock band performed songs from their albums at sellout venues. Screaming fans at hard rock concerts were testimony to the fact that hard rock had emerged powerful in the 80s. Record labels were quick to sign up new and upcoming bands in this genre. A number of record labels released Greatest Hits and Best of compilations of hard rock bands in the 80s and early 90s.


Every hard rock band released albums with a mix of uptempo tunes and ballads. The brand of hard rock ballads, hard rock love songs and power ballads became hugely popular with youth globally. Hard rock became a music movement among college goers. Hard rock songs, ballads in particular became the signature sound at prom parties. Heavy metal magazines and rock magazines featured columns on hard rock bands and their albums regularly. A number of hard rock songs of the 80s have become anthems among the rock community. The lyrics in hard rock songs are a diverse mix of elements associated with love, breakup, romance, heartache, rebellion, grief, peace, angst, and society,


The hard rock scene seemed invincible up until the grunge revolution took over in the 90s. Suddenly, the hard rock sound was overshadowed by bands in grunge and alternative genres. A number of hard rock bands disbanded in the 90s as recording companies ended their contracts, thus putting to end a spree of magical music. Few hard rock bands who headed in a new musical direction latching onto the grunge and alternative sound did find success and also their share of resentment among die-hard hard rock fans for shifting loyalties towards popular genres. While the hard rock is yet a popular genre among the rock community in present times, the glory days for hard rock were the 80s. Will the hard rock sound of the 80s make a comeback? Let’s hope and pray it does.

The lines below showcase an epic list of hard rock songs, hard rock love song, power ballads, and hard rock ballads of the 80s and 90s


100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs of the 80s and 90s

  1. Welcome To The Jungle- Guns N Roses
  2. Rock You Like a Hurricane- Scorpions
  3. I Wanna Be Somebody- W.A.S.P.
  4. Eye of the Tiger- Survivor
  5. Here I Go Again- Whitesnake
  6. Cum Feel The Noise- Quiet Riot
  7. Sweet Child O’ Mine- Guns N’ Roses
  8. Painkiller- Judas Priest
  9. Back in Black- AC/DC
  10. Breaking the Law- Judas Priest
  11. Crazy Train- Ozzy Osbourne
  12. The Final Countdown- Europe
  13. I8 and Life- Skid Row
  14. Dr. Feelgood- Motley Crue
  15. Poison- Alice Cooper
  16. I Wanna Rock- Twisted Sister
  17. Rock of Ages- Def Leppard
  18. You Give Love A Bad Name- Bon Jovi
  19. Round and Round- Ratt
  20. Nightrain- Guns N’ Roses
  21. Talk Dirty To Me- Poison
  22. Pour Some Sugar on Me- Def Leppard
  23. Cult of Personality- Living Colour
  24. Seventeen- Winger
  25. Janie’s Got A Gun- Aerosmith
  26. Holy Diver- Dio
  27. Hot for Teacher- Van Halen
  28. Cherry Pie- Warrant
  29. Ace of Spades- Motorhead
  30. Jump- Van Halen
  31. Perfect Strangers- Deep Purple
  32. Rainbow in the Dark- Dio
  33. Livin’ On a Prayer- Bon Jovi
  34. Thunderstruck- AC/DC
  35. Electricland- Bad Company
  36. Paradise City- Guns N’ Roses
  37. Live it Loud- Kiss
  38. No One Like You- Scorpions
  39. Dude (Looks Like a Lady)- Aerosmith
  40. Bark at the Moon- Ozzy Osbourne
  41. Still of the Night- Whitesnake
  42. Runnin’ With The Devil- Van Halen
  43. Metal Health- Quiet Riot
  44. Love In an Elevator- Aerosmith
  45. Rebel Yell- Billy Idol
  46. Fallen Angel- Poison
  47. That’s The Way I Wanna Rock N’ Roll- AC/DC
  48. Lick it Up- Kiss
  49. Rock The Night -Europe
  50. Fool For You Loving- Whitesnake
  51. Kickstart My Heart- Motley Crue
  52. Photograph- Def Leppard
  53. Heart of Steel- Trixter
  54. Cherokee- Europe
  55. Into The Fire- Dokken
  56. Modern Day Cowboy- Tesla
  57. The Price- Twisted Sister
  58. Bad Reputation- Joan Jett
  59. Turn Up the Radio- Autograph
  60. Hysteria- Def Leppard
  61. Girls, Girls, Girls- Motley Crue
  62. Separate Ways- Journey
  63. Rock You- Helix
  64. Die Young- Black Sabbath
  65. Livin’ On The Edge- Aerosmith
  66. Breaking the Chains- Dokken
  67. Youth Gone Wild- Skid Row
  68. Big City Nights- Scorpions
  69. Mr. Crowley- Ozzy Osbourne
  70. For Those About To Rock We Salute- AC/DC
  71. In My Dreams- Dokken
  72. Y&T- Summertime Girls
  73. Street of Dreams- Rainbow
  74. Dream Evil- Dio
  75. Let’s Get Rocked- Def Leppard
  76. We’re Not Gonna Take It- Twisted Sister
  77. Epic- Faith No More
  78. Working for the Weekend- Loverboy
  79. Spotlight Kid- Rainbow
  80. The Wild and the Young- Quiet Riot
  81. 10,000 Lovers (In One)- TNT
  82. Same Ol- Situation (S.O.S)- Motley Crue
  83. Panama- Van Halen
  84. Stone Cold- Rainbow
  85. Don’t Tread on Me- Damn Yankees
  86. Rag Doll- Aerosmith
  87. Everyone’s a Star- TNT
  88. Up All Night - Slaughter
  89. Kiss ME Deadly- Lita Ford
  90. Somebody Save Me- Cinderella
  91. Rocket- Def Leppard
  92. Scared- Dangerous Toys
  93. Screaming in the Night- Krokus
  94. I Surrender- Rainbow
  95. The Stroke- Billy Squier
  96. Simple Man- Junkyard
  97. Lipstick and Leather- Y&T
  98. Rip and Tear- L.A. Guns
  99. Stranger Than Paradise- Sleeze Beez
  100. New Thing- Enuff Z’Nuff

100 Hard Rock Love Songs, Power Ballads and Hard Rock Ballads of the 80s and 90s

  1. Don’t Close Your Eyes- Kix
  2. Love Bites- Def Leppard
  3. Still Loving You- Scorpions
  4. Is This Love- Whitesnake
  5. Open Arms- Journey
  6. Never Say Goodbye- Bon Jovi
  7. Every Rose Has It’s Thorn- Poison
  8. When I See You Smile- Bad English
  9. Love Song- Tesla
  10. Faithfully- Journey
  11. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing- Aerosmith
  12. I Live My Life For You- Firehouse
  13. Don’t Know What You Got (Till IT’s Gone)- Cinderella
  14. The Ballad of Jane- L.A. Guns
  15. I’ll Be There For You- Bon Jovi
  16. Miles Away- Winger
  17. Can’t Stop Loving You- Van Halen
  18. The Flame- Cheap Trick
  19. I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)- Steelheart
  20. Save Your Love- Great White
  21. I Don’t Want To Live Without You- Foreigner
  22. Angel- Aerosmith
  23. Just Between You and Me- April Wine
  24. When It’s Love- Van Halen
  25. I’ll See You In My Dreams- Giant
  26. I Want To Know What Love Is- Foreigner
  27. Anytime- McAuley Schenker Group (MSG)
  28. Nobody’s Fool- Cinderella
  29. Waiting for a Girl Like You- Foreigner
  30. Dreaming (Tell Me)- Yngwie Malmsteen
  31. Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad- Def Leppard
  32. I Won’t Forget You- Poison
  33. That Time of the Year- Vinnie Vincent Invasion
  34. More Than Words Can Say- Alias
  35. All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You- Heart
  36. She’s Gone- Steelheart
  37. Where You Goin’ Now- Damn Yankees
  38. Remember My Name- House of Lords
  39. The Deeper The Love- Whitesnake
  40. Wanted Dead or Alive- Bon Jovi
  41. Love Is On The Way- Saigon Kick
  42. Heartbreak Station- Cinderella
  43. I Believe In You- Stryper
  44. Price of Love- Bad English
  45. Only Time Will Tell- Nelson
  46. Don’t Tell Me You Love Me- Night Ranger
  47. Sentimental Street- Night Ranger
  48. Close My Eyes Forever- Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne
  49. Every Time I Look At You- Kiss
  50. Baby, You’re The Greatest- Enuff Z ‘Nuff
  51. November Rain- Guns N’ Roses
  52. What Love Can Be- Kingdom Come
  53. Home Sweet Home- Motley Crue
  54. Just Take My Heart- Mr. Big
  55. Headed For A Heartbreak- Winger
  56. Burning Heart- Survivor
  57. Love Of A Lifetime- Firehouse
  58. Heaven- Warrant
  59. I Still Think About You- Danger Danger
  60. Heaven In Your Eyes- Loverboy
  61. Elisa- Sheriff
  62. When You Love A Woman- Journey
  63. Bed of Roses- Bon Jovi
  64. Alone Again- Dokken
  65. The Day I Met You- Lilian Axe
  66. When I’m With You- Sherriff
  67. When I Look Into Your Eyes- Firehouse
  68. Too High To Fly- Dokken
  69. When Love and Hate Collide- Def Leppard
  70. Never Ending Nightmare- MSG (McAuley Schenker Group)
  71. Tears Of Fire- Keel
  72. The Best of Times- Styx
  73. What Keeps Me Loving You- XYZ
  74. Too Much Too Young- Little Angels
  75. Wind of Change- Scorpions
  76. (Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection- Nelson
  77. Never Say Goodbye- Bon Jovi
  78. Don’t Let It End- Styx
  79. Fly To The Angels- Slaughter
  80. Reason To Live- Kiss
  81. Find Another Way- Heavens Edge
  82. Don’t Walk Away- Danger Danger
  83. These Dreams- Heart
  84. Wait- White Lion
  85. High Enough- Damn Yankees
  86. Honestly- Stryper
  87. In Your Arms- Little Caesar
  88. Forever- Kiss
  89. Sister Christian- Night Ranger
  90. Show Me The Way- Styx
  91. Love Walked In- Thunder
  92. Send Her My Love- Journey
  93. The Search Is Over- Survivor
  94. Edge of a Broken Heart- Vixen
  95. Carrie- Europe
  96. Something To Say- Harem Scarem
  97. Feels Like Love- Danger Danger
  98. Womankind- Little Angels
  99. Crazy Without You- Sheriff
  100. Edge of a Broken Heart- Vixen

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