The Top 40 Charting Hard-Rock Songs: Part 1

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40. "Don't Tell Me You Love Me," Night Ranger
This horse takes the photo finish over Ratt's "Lay It Down" and Rainbow's "Stone Cold." All three are great songs and any of the field could have won out.

39. "Cumbersome," Seven Mary Three
Two great songs in a position low on entries, but I feel this one is stronger than Bon Jovi's "Runaway."

38. "Trampled Underfoot," Led Zeppelin
Aerosmith's "Back in the Saddle" and Blackfoot's "Train, Train" don't stand a chance.

37. "Back in Black," AC/DC
I'm trying not to use a power ballad (another list, perhaps?) so Motley Crue's "Home Sweet Home" will lose out to this one. Otherwise it goes up against Whitesnake's "Fool For Your Loving."

36. "Sweet Emotion," Aerosmith
Beats out Cinderella's "Shelter Me" and edges out Van Halen's cover of "You Really Got Me."

35. "One," Metallica
AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long" concedes to Metallica to let them duke it out between "One" and "The Unforgiven." I'll take "One," as the single issued was the full seven minutes and arguably the heaviest song ever to make the Top 40 charts.

34. "Black & Blue," Van Halen
This one beats out "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica. They just took a spot and I'm pretty sure they'll take another one further up the list. Besides, VH gets kudos for breaking these lyrics into the Top 40.

33. "Live & Let Die," Guns N' Roses
I'll take this strong cover version over Heart's "Even It Up" in a weak position.

32. "Everybody Wants You," Billy Squier
Tough call, as I love them both, but on my list it beats out Nirvana's "Come As You Are."

31. "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)," Quiet Riot
I have to take this hard-rock anthem over Lenny Kravitz's "Dig In" and "Shout It Out Loud" by KISS.

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Hey, FattyFatBastard! Go back and read the paragraph that contains the sentence "For this list, a song's eligibility is determined by its peak position on the actual Top 40 during its time of release."

Those other Cinderella songs you mention? They are not eligible for this list.

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

This list makes no sense.  Why is every entry going head to head with another single?!?  Isn't that the point of a "Top 40"  The song that edges another song should be a rung up the ladder; not dismissed entirely.

And Cinderella's "Shelter Me?"  One of their worst songs ever.  Do yourself a favor and listen to some of their other hits.  Gypsy Road?  Shake Me?  Somebody Save Me? All heads and shoulders above your choice.

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