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Most Popular Rock Songs Ever That You Should Listen Every Week

The genre that we refer to as rock music emerged from rock and roll and dates back to the early 50s in the United States. It later developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s.

Rock music has centered itself around the electric guitar.

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It drew inspiration from a variety of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. 

Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Over the years, more and more genres of rock have emerged including classic, progressive, indie, raga, jazz hard, country, gospel, and soft rock.

Some social movements have their roots around rock music including punk, emo, goth, hippie cultures.

It is clear that rock music has had and continues to have a lot of influence on society. Here are some of the most popular rock songs ever.


Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’

‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by American rock band Journey is truly one of the best anthems.

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It was originally released as the second single from their seventh album Escape in1981. It became an instant hit on the Billboard Hot 100 landing at number 9 on its original release after entering the chart at position 56 on 31st October 1981.

In the United Kingdom, the song was not a Top 40 hit on its original release; however, it reached number 6 in 2009. 

It is the best-selling digital track from the 20th century with over 7 million copies sold in the United States.

It was one of the renditions performed in popular high school musical teen flick called Glee in 2015. 


Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

Released in 1975 by British rock band Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody is a six-minute song that introduced a new type of rock music, progressive. 

The song consisting of several sections without a chorus was written by Freddie Mercury for the band’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera. It has an intro, a ballad segment, an operatic passage, a hard rock part, and a reflective coda.

It is regarded as one of the greatest rock songs of all time.

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Soon after its release, it topped the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks and sold more than a million copies by the end of January 1976

In December 2018, “Bohemian Rhapsody” became the most-streamed song from the 20th century and the most-streamed of all classic rock songs with over 1.6 billion downloads. 

The story leading up to the creation of this global hit was dramatized in the 2018 biographical drama titled ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ which has won various awards.


Bon Jovi – Livin on a Prayer

Livin’ on a prayer was released in 1986 and became the band’s second chart-topper from their album ‘Slippery When Wet’. The chart breaking number was written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Desmond Child.

The song topped Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Mainstream Rock charts respectively.

It continues to live up to its reputation decades later. In 2013, the song was certified Triple Platinum for over 3 million digital downloads.

Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers

With over 600 million views on youtube, Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers has stood the test of time.

The song from their album with the same title was released in the year 2000 and became an instant sensation. 

“Californication” has remained one of the band’s most popular and most performed live songs, appearing in almost every setlist. The song explores the dark side of Hollywood.

We will Rock You- Queen

Rolling Stone ranked ‘We will rock you’ by Queen number 330 in “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list in 2004.

The song released in 1977 mainly uses clapping and stomping for the song’s beats and rhythm. It was written by Brian May.

It remains widely played and sung today especially at sports events as a stadium anthem around the world, due mostly to its simple rhythm.

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