If you’re looking for the best rock band songs to perform at parties or cover song ideas for your next concert, look no further!
Whether you’re a DJ, cover artist, or music enthusiast, this list is for you!
Top 50 Rock Band Party Songs
- We Will Rock You by Queen. Released on their 1977 album News of the World.
- Back In Black by AC/DC. This hard-rock classic was released in 1970 on their album Back in Black.
- Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey. Originally released in 1981 as the second single from their seventh album Escape.
- Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi. This song was the band’s second single to top the charts from their third album, Slippery When Wet, released in 1986.
- Faithfully by Journey. The second single from their album Frontiers, released in 1983, and the second single from the album to hit top 20.
- Hard To Handle by The Black Crowes. Originally written in 1968 by Otis Redding, Al Bell, and Allen Jones. The 1990 cover by The Black Crowes is possibly the best-known version of the song.
- Walk This Way by Aerosmith. Released in 1975 as the second single on the album Toys in the Attic.
- Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses. This song appeared on their debut album Appetite for Destruction in 1988.
- Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits. Released on their debut album Dire Straits in 1978.
- I Love Rock N’ Roll by Joan Jett. Released in 1982 as a hit single by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Originally written by Alan Merrill in 1975 and recorded with Arrows.
- Feel Like Makin’ Love by Bad Company. Originally appeared in 1975 on the LP Straight Shooter and released as a single later that year.
- Long Train Runnin’ by The Doobie Brothers. Written by band member Tom Johnston, the song appeared on their 1973 album The Captain and Me and peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Top 100.
- Roadhouse Blues by The Doors. First released in 1970 on the album Morrison Hotel.
- Jumpin Jack Flash by the Rolling Stones, who released this song as a single in 1968.
- You Really Got Me by The Kinks. Released in 1964 on the self-titled album Kinks, this song went to number 1 on the UK singles chart; later that year it hit # 7 in the US charts.
- Rock You Like A Hurricane by The Scorpions. Released in 1984 on the album Love at First Sting.
- Another Brick In The Wall: Pt 2 by Pink Floyd. This second part of a three-parts composition was released as a single after appearing in their 1979 album The Wall.
- Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf. Released in 1968 on the album Steppenwolf and is some times considered the first heavy metal song.
- Rock N’ Roll by Led Zeppelin. First appearing as the second track on their fourth album, Led Zeppelin IV.
- Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana. This song formed the opening track and lead single of they’d album Nevermind, released in 1991.
- Paranoid by Black Sabbath. Released in 1970 on the album of the same name, this song hit number 4 on the UK Singles Chart and 61 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- Oh Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison. Released in 1964. Released as a single in 1964, spending 3 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- Eye of The Tiger by Survivor. Recorded at the request of Sylvester Stallone and appearing in Rocky III one day before it was released as a single.
- The Final Countdown by Europe. Based on a keyboard riff that Joey Tempest wrote in the early 80s, it was fleshed out into a full single on the band’s studio album by the same name. The song hit number one in 25 countries.
- Barracuda by Heart. Released in 1977 on the band’s second studio album Little Queen. The song stayed at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 20 weeks.
- Somebody To Love by Jefferson Airplane. First written by The Great Society guitarist Darby Slick, and vocalize by his sister-in-law Grace Slick. This downkey version received prior attention. But when Grace took up with Jefferson Airplane, their revamp took it to mainstream fame.
- Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple. First released on their 1972 album Machine Head. Afterward guitarist Ritchie Blackmore left the band to join Rainbow, this song became part of their repertoire as well.
- Cocaine by Eric Clapton. First recorded in 1976 by singer-songwriter J. J. Cale, the song became popular after Eric Clapton released his cover version in 1977. Clapton calls the song ‘cleverly anti-cocaine’ because its message is subtle, but present.
- Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who. This 1971 single release reached the top 10 in the UK, and later that year, appeared as the closing track on their album Who’s Next.
- Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Released as a single on the band’s second album Bayou Country, in 1969.
- Jump by Van Halen. The lead single of their album 1984, this song was released in December 1983.
- Working Man by Rush. Released on their debut album Rush in 1974.
- Wild Thing by The Troggs. While originally recorded and released in 1965 by the American rock band the Wild Ones, it did not chart. The Troggs’ single hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and came second on the UK Singles Chart in 1966.
- The Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzy. This single was originally released on their 1976 album Jailbreak.
- Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top. Appearing on their 1983 album Eliminator, ZZ Top also performed this song at halftime for the 2008 Orange Bowl college football halftime show.
- All Star by Smash Mouth. Released in 1999, the second single of the album Astro Lounge. One of the group’s most successful songs, it peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 2 in Canada.
- Panama by Van Halen The 3rd song from the album 1984. Released in, you guessed it! 1984.
- Freak On A Leash by Korn. Released in 1998 on their album Follow the Leader.
- Just What I Needed by The Cars. Released on their self-titled debut album, Cars, in 1978. It originated as part of their 1977 demo tape.
- Crazy Train by Ozzy Osborne. The artist’s first solo single, released in 1980 on his first album, Blizzard of Ozz.
- Should I Stay Or Should I Go by The Clash. This don’t was written in 1981 and appeared on their album Combat Rock.
- Rikki Don’t Lose That Number by Steely Dan. Opening track of their album Pretzel Logic, released in 1974.
- Enter Sandman by Metallica, from their fifth and self-titled album Metallica, released in 1991, which subsequently went platinum.
- Cat Scratch Fever by Ted Nugent. Appearing on the album Cat Scratch Fever, recorded and released in 1977.
- Hold On Loosely by .38 Special gas t fourth track on their 1981 studio album Wild-Eyed Southern Boys. This song was the 13th music video MTV played when in debuted in 1981.
- Pinball Wizard by The Who. This song appeared on their 1969 rock opera album Tommy.
- On The Road Again by Canned Heat. Recorded in 1967 and released in 1968, from the album Boogie with Canned Heat.
- Rebel Yell by Billy Idol. This single was the title track of his album Rebel Yell, released in 1983.
- No Sugar Tonight by Guess Who. Released in 1970 on the album American Woman, with and without the section titled New Mother Nature. Officially released as the single American Woman/No Sugar Tonight, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
- Holy Diver by Dio. Released in 1983, this is the 2nd track of Dio’s debut album, Holy Diver.
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