What is an anthem? On a recent episode of That Metal Show on VH1 the hosts listed what they considered the biggest metal anthems of all time. While the hosts argued, we couldn’t help but think of many powerhouse songs they forgot to mention.
Of course there is some argument over what is considered an anthem.
Here, OUR list of the top 20 rock anthems of all time (in no particular order).
1. We Will Rock You (Queen)
2. Lose Yourself (Eminem)
3. I Love Rock and Roll (Joan Jett)
4. You’ve Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party (Beastie Boys)
5. Paradise City (Guns n Roses)
6. Born in the USA (Bruce Springsteen)
7. We’re Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister)
8. For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) (AC/DC)
9. Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)
10. Rock You Like a Hurricane (Scorpions)
11. Rock and Roll All Night (Kiss)
12. R.O.C.K. in the USA (John Cougar)
13. Start Me Up (Rolling Stones)
14. Jump (Van Halen)
15. Rebel Yell (Billy Idol)
16. Heartbreaker (Pat Benatar)
17. Livin on a Prayer (Bon Jovi)
18. Crank Thank (Travis Barker remix)
19. Bawitdaba (Kid Rock)
20. Walk This Way (Aerosmith)
I believe any song that shouts rebellion, or standing up against the status quo, that simultaneously gets a large crowd roused at a football game, as well as gets your heart pounding in the privacy of your own car when you’re stuck in rush hour traffic, is a good definition of “anthem.” What do you think?