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200 Greatest Heavy Metal Songs and Rock Songs to Cheer You Up When You Feel Down

Updated on August 31, 2017

Every now and then we get the blues. And that’s when you need a dose of heavy metal songs and rock songs to cheer you up. Here’s a list the best metal anthems to uplift and energize your spirit.

There are times in life when nothing seems to go your way. You put in an effort in everything you do and yet you find yourself at the receiving end of life. If you feel this way, you are not alone. When you feel depressed, low, or down and out, a great way to cheer yourself up is by listening to rock music. While many may not consider heavy metal songs solace for a tired mind and body, the truth is a loud form of music expression awakens your mind’s eye to a new perspective. Riff based songs and songs with a catchy chorus or melody have the power to change your mood. When you are stressed out listening to high decibel songs could be your best bet.


Heavy Metal Songs and Rock Songs to Beat Stress and Elevate Energy levels

Rock songs are known to give you an adrenaline rush .That surge of energy you get when you listen to a favorite rock anthem is the focal point of channelizing energy the right way. When you are stressed the process of thought speed increases significantly. You keep mounting flashbacks of past moments in your mind and try and analyze things. In times like these that best way to divert your mind is through music, rock music in particular. Listening to good old heavy metal songs is a great way of beating stress. When you actually get down to listening to rock songs you feel pumped up. The depleted energy levels are magically resurrected to new heights when you listen to metal.


You may have had a bad day at work, you may have had a bitter breakup, or you may be dealing with grief, whatever situation you are faced with… a session of heavy metal can lift your spirits and cheer you up. While inner healing is associated with therapeutic music or music for healing, rock music helps change your mood with its hard and heavy instrumentation. Listening to rock songs instill hope and confidence and bring about a euphoric feeling. You are likely to feel more energized, powerful and happy after a session of heavy metal songs rather than a session of love songs or easy listening songs.


You can opt for songs from different rock genres when you feel down. Lyrical motivation can be sought from different types of rock songs. You can also listen to songs that have signature riffs that are elevating and inspiring. There is no specific time to listen to heavy metal songs to cheer self, anytime is a good time to de-stress with rock music. When you’re down, play it loud…and the burden of clouds will disappear.

The space below showcases a list of the best rock songs from diverse rock genres to cheer you up.

200 Greatest Heavy Metal Songs and Rock Songs to Cheer You up When You Feel Down

  1. Afterlife- Avenged Sevenfold (Metalcore/Heavy Metal)
  2. Enter Sandman- Metallica (Heavy Metal)
  3. Walk- Pantera (Heavy Metal/Groove Metal)
  4. Paranoid- Black Sabbath (Heavy Metal)
  5. Welcome To The Jungle- Guns N’ Roses (Hard Rock)
  6. We Will Rock You- Queen (Rock)
  7. Cowboys From Hell- Pantera (Heavy Metal/Groove Metal)
  8. Ace of Spades- Motorhead (Heavy Metal/Rock)
  9. Hallowed Be Thy Name- Iron Maiden (Heavy Metal)
  10. Crazy Train- Ozzy Osbourne (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)
  11. Poison- Alice Cooper (Hard Rock)
  12. No More Tears- Ozzy Osbourne (Hard Rock)
  13. Seek and Destroy- Metallica (Heavy Metal/Speed Metal)
  14. Painkiller- Judas Priest (Hard Hock/Heavy Metal)
  15. Smells Like Teen Spirit- Nirvana (Alternative/Grunge)
  16. Back In Black- AC/DC (Hard Rock)
  17. Tornado of Souls- Megadeth (Heavy Metal/Speed Metal)
  18. War Pigs- Black Sabbath (Heavy Metal)
  19. Nightmare- Avenged Sevenfold (Heavy Metal/Metalcore)
  20. We’re Not Gonna Take It- Twisted Sister (Heavy Metal/Glam Metal)
  21. Sweet Home Alabama- Lynyrd Skynyrd (Rock/Southern Rock)
  22. Blitzkrieg Bop- The Ramones (Punk Rock)
  23. Come As You Are- Nirvana (Alternative/Grunge)
  24. Raining Blood- Slayer (Thrash/Heavy Metal)
  25. Alive- Pearl Jam (Alternative)
  26. Paradise City- Guns N’ Roses (Hard Rock)
  27. My Generation- The Who (Rock)
  28. Sweet Child O’ Mine- Guns N’ Roses (Hard Rock)
  29. In The End- Linkin Park (Nu Metal/Alternative Metal)
  30. Rock and Roll- Led Zeppelin (Rock)
  31. Highway Star- Deep Purple (Rock
  32. 18 and Life- Skid Row (Hard Rock/Glam Metal)
  33. Born To Be Wild- Steppenwolf (Rock)
  34. We Are The Champions- Queen (Rock)
  35. Feel Like Making Love- Bad Company (Rock)
  36. Hangar 18- Megadeth (Heavy Metal/Speed Metal)
  37. Here I Go Again- Whitesnake (Hard Rock)
  38. Shine- Collective Soul (Rock/Alternative)
  39. Interstate Love Song- Stone Temple Pilots (Grunge/Alternative)
  40. Bulls on Parade- Rage Against The Machine (Rock/Alternative Metal/Rap Metal)
  41. Symphony of Destruction- Megadeth (Heavy Metal)
  42. Livin' On A Prayer- Bon Jovi (Hard Rock)
  43. Iron Man- Black Sabbath (Rock/Heavy Metal)
  44. Smoke On The Water- Deep Purple (Rock)
  45. Holy Diver- Dio (Heavy Metal)
  46. Closer- Nine Inch Nails (Industrial Metal)
  47. Wait and Bleed- Slipknot (Metal/Nu Metal)
  48. Breaking The Law- Judas Priest (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)
  49. Give It Away- Red Hot Chili Peppers (Funk Rock/Funk Metal)
  50. Even Flow- Pearl Jam (Alternative/Grunge)
  51. Chop Suey!- System of a Down (Alternative Metal)
  52. Before I Forget- Slipknot (Metal/Alternative Metal)
  53. Another One Bites the Dust- Queen (Rock)
  54. Head Like A Hole- Nine Inch Nails (Industrial Metal)
  55. Hunger Strike- Temple Of The Dog (Alternative/Grunge)
  56. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2- (Rock/Psychedelic Rock)
  57. The Trooper- Iron Maiden (Heavy Metal)
  58. Chapel of Ghouls- Morbid Angel (Death Metal)
  59. Slaughter of the Soul- At The Gates (Melodic Death Metal)
  60. Eye of the Tiger- Survivor (Rock)
  61. Hammer Smashed Face- Cannibal Corpse (Death Metal)
  62. Rock You Like a Hurricane- Scorpions (Heavy Metal/Hard Rock)
  63. I Love Rock N’ Roll- Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (Rock)
  64. Blackwater Park- Opeth (Black Metal/Progressive Metal)
  65. The Boys Are Back in Town- Thin Lizzy (Rock)
  66. Cemetery Gates- Pantera (Heavy Metal/Groove Metal)
  67. Time- Anthrax (Thrash Metal/Heavy Metal))
  68. Cochise- Audioslave (Alternative/Post Grunge)
  69. Right Now- Van Halen (Hard Rock)
  70. Hail To The King- Avenged Sevenfold (Heavy Metal/Metalcore)
  71. Creep- Radiohead (Alternative Rock)
  72. Rockin' in the Free World- Neil Young (Rock)
  73. How You Remind Me- Nickelback (Rock/Post Grunge)
  74. Jeremy- Pearl Jam (Alternative/Grunge)
  75. Seven Nation Army- The White Stripes (Rock/Alternative)
  76. The Final Countdown- Europe (Rock/Glam Metal)
  77. Angel of Death- Slayer (Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal)
  78. Down With The Sickness- Disturbed (Heavy Metal/Hard Rock/Nu Metal)
  79. You Really Got Me- The Kinks (Rock)
  80. The Accolade- Symphony X (Symphonic Metal)
  81. Solitude- Candlemass (Death Metal)
  82. You've Got Another Thing Comin'- Judas Priest (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)
  83. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd (Rock/Southern Rock)
  84. Basket Case- Green Day (Punk)
  85. What Would You Say- Dave Matthews Band (Rock/Jam Band/Jazz Fusion)
  86. A little Piece of Heaven- Avenged Sevenfold (Heavy Metal/Metalcore)
  87. Kryptonite- 3 Doors Down (Rock/Post Grunge)
  88. Rock n’ Roll All Nite- Kiss (Rock)
  89. Metal Warriors- Manowar (Heavy Metal)
  90. Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones (Rock)
  91. Metalingus- Alter Bridge (Alternative Metal)
  92. It's Only Rock N' Roll (But I Like It)- Rolling Stones (Rock)
  93. I Am The Black Wizards- Emperor (Black Metal)
  94. My Own Prison- Creed (Grunge/Alternative)
  95. Communication Breakdown- Led Zeppelin (Rock/Heavy Metal)
  96. Psychosocial- Slipknot (Heavy Metal/Alternative Metal)
  97. Trenches- Pop Evil (Alternative Metal)
  98. Drive - Incubus (Rock)
  99. Mony Mony- Billy Idol (Rock)
  100. Black Hole Sun- Soundgarden (Alternative/Grunge)
  101. Champagne Supernova- Oasis (Rock)
  102. Ain't Talkin' About Love- Van Halen (Hard Rock)
  103. Freak On A Leash- Korn (Nu Metal)
  104. Bleed- Meshuggah (Extreme Metal)
  105. Awake- Godsmack (Heavy Metal/Post Grunge)
  106. Halo- Machine Head (Heavy Metal/Groove Metal)
  107. Bodies- Drowning Pool (Alternative Metal)
  108. Hall of The Mountain King- Savatage (Heavy Metal)
  109. Blackbird- Alter Bridge (Alternative Metal)
  110. Blackout- Scorpions (Rock/Hard Rock)
  111. Lateralus- Tool (Progressive Metal/Progressive Rock)
  112. In Your Face- Children of Bodom (Extreme Metal)
  113. Buddy Holly- Weezer (Alternative/Indie)
  114. Detroit Rock City- Kiss (Rock/Hard Rock)
  115. Shimmer- Fuel (Rock/Alternative)
  116. Are You Gonna Go My Way?- Lenny Kravitz (Rock)
  117. Pour Some Sugar on Me- Def Leppard (Hard Rock/Glam Metal)
  118. Easy Livin' - Uriah Heep (Rock)
  119. Zombie- The Cranberries (Rock)
  120. Get the Funk Out- Extreme (Hard Rock)
  121. Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane (Rock)
  122. Sign of An Open Eye- Gorgoroth (Black Metal)
  123. Caught In A Mosh- Anthrax (Thrash Metal/Heavy Metal)
  124. Stricken- Disturbed (Post Grunge/Heavy Metal)
  125. Come Out And Play- The Offspring (Punk)
  126. Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who (Rock)
  127. Fight Fire With Fire- Metallica (Thrash/Speed Metal)
  128. Rooster- Alice In Chains (Alternative/Grunge)
  129. What’s My Age Again?- Blink 182 (Punk Rock/Alternative)
  130. Roots- Sepultura (Speed Metal)
  131. Parallels- As I Lay Dying (Metalcore/Heavy Metal)
  132. Screaming For Vengeance- Judas Priest (Hard Rock)
  133. Cult of Personality- Living Colour (Hard Rock/Funk Metal/Heavy Metal)
  134. Killing In The Name- Rage Against The Machine (Rock/Rap Metal)
  135. Evil- Mercyful Fate (Heavy Metal)
  136. Higher- Creed (Alternative/Grunge)
  137. Mind Over Metal- Raven (Heavy Metal)
  138. Nemesis- Arch Enemy (Melodic Death Metal)
  139. Metal Heart- Accept (Heavy Metal)
  140. Pleasure to Kill- Kreator (Thrash Metal)
  141. Locust- Machine Head (Heavy Metal)
  142. Pull Me Under- Dream Theater (Progressive Metal)
  143. Bonded by Blood- Exodus (Thrash Metal)
  144. Final Episode- Asking Alexandria (Metalcore)
  145. Thrown To The Wolves- Death Angel (Thrash Metal)
  146. March of the Fire Ants- Mastodon (Progressive Metal)
  147. Master of Puppets- Metallica (Heavy Metal/Speed Metal)
  148. Transilvanian Hunger- Darkthrone (Black Metal)
  149. My Hero- Foo Fighters (Rock/Alternative)
  150. White Walls- Between The Buried and Me (Progressive Metal)
  151. Kingdom Come- Manowar (Heavy Metal)
  152. Bullet With Butterfly Wings- Smashing Pumpkins (Rock/Alternative)
  153. I Stand Alone- Godsmack (Heavy Metal/Nu Metal)
  154. Peace Till Death- Bathory (Extreme Metal)
  155. The Bleeding- Five Finger Death Punch (Heavy Metal/Groove Metal)
  156. Tears Don’t Fall- Bullet For My Valentine (Heavy Metal/Metalcore)
  157. Heartwork- Carcass (Extreme Metal)
  158. Ghost Opera- Kamelot (Power Metal)
  159. Cast Down The Heretic- Nile (Technical Death Metal)
  160. Walk This Way- Run DMC/Aerosmith (Rap Rock/Rock)
  161. Rock The Nation- Montrose (Rock)
  162. Laid To Rest- Lamb of God
  163. Dante’s Inferno- Iced Earth (Heavy Metal)
  164. Run To The Hills- Iron Maiden (Heavy Metal/Hard Rock)
  165. Anarchy In The U.K.- Sex Pistols (Punk)
  166. Practice What You Preach- Testament (Thrash Metal)
  167. Suck My Kiss- Red Hot Chili Peppers (Funk Rock/Funk Metal)
  168. Nookie- Limp Bizkit (Nu Metal/Rap Metal)
  169. I Want Out- Heloween (Power Metal)
  170. Warzone- Armored Saint (Heavy Metal)
  171. Yellow- Coldplay (Rock)
  172. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2 (Rock)
  173. Witching Hour- Venom (Heavy Metal)
  174. Duck and Run- 3 Doors Down (Rock/Post Grunge)
  175. Eve of the Apocalypse- Malevolent Creation (Death Metal)
  176. The Diary of Jane- Breaking Benjamin (Post Grunge)
  177. Epic - Faith No More (Rock/Hard Rock)
  178. Pull The Plug- Death (Death Metal)
  179. Awake and Alive- Skillet (Christian Metal/Alternative Metal)
  180. Bark At The Moon- Ozzy Osbourne (Hard Rock)
  181. Hard To See- Five Finger Death Punch (Heavy Metal/Groove Metal)
  182. Sad But True- Metallica (Heavy Metal)
  183. Push It- Static X (Industrial Metal)
  184. Go With The Flow- Queens Of The Stone Age (Rock)
  185. Highway to Hell- AC/DC (Rock)
  186. Living After Midnight- Judas Priest (Hard Rock)
  187. Numb- Linkin Park (Nu Metal/Alternative Metal)
  188. Californication- Red Hot Chili Peppers (Funk Rock/Funk Metal)
  189. Not Alone- All That Remains (Heavy Metal/Metalcore)
  190. Crusher Destroyer- Mastodon (Progressive Metal)
  191. Voivod- Voivod (Thrash Metal)
  192. Under The Bridge- Red Hot Chili Peppers (Rock/Rap Metal)
  193. Shadow Moses- Bring Me The Horizon (Metalcore)
  194. Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr- Trivium (Heavy Metal/Metalcore)
  195. Crystal Mountain- Death (Death Metal)
  196. Alison Hell- Annihilator (Thrash Metal)
  197. Eyes of a Stranger- Queensryche (Progressive Rock/Progressive Metal)
  198. The Quiet Place- In Flames (Alternative Metal/Heavy Metal)
  199. This Fire Burns- Killswitch Engage (Metalcore)
  200. Screaming In the Night- Krokus (Heavy Metal)

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      Moral Man 

      7 months ago

      The best heavy metal bands are the Scorpions, Dokken, Rush, and Pink Floyd. The Scorpions have the most number of great songs such as Trance, When the Smoke is Going Down, Living for Tomorrow, Hey You, Always Somewhere. In my opinion the Scorpions are the best heavy metal or hard rock band.

      Theres a rock song I heard on the radio that Im trying to identify. its sung by a single male singer with guitars. I couldnt make out any lyrics because of the background noise (I heard this at my workplace in a supermarket where its very hard to hear the lyrics of a song because of all the background noise.) The only two words I could make out are Tonight and Light. Which rock song has the lyrics Tonight and Light in it? As for melody, the song is sort of similar to Shes a Runaway, by Bon Jovi. It sounds like something from the 1980s or more recent Its awesome and stands out from other songs played on the radio. Does anyone know what the name of the song is, and who is the singer? I believe its from radio 104 FM station. I tried googling the lyrics The end of the Light, but I couldnt find what I was looking for. Radio stations should have someone announce the name of the song and the name of the musician for each song they play.


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