The 200 Best Soft Rock Songs Of All Time

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Soft rock began its conquest of the charts in the early 1970s, and just a little later dominated many radio stations around the world. Soft Rock is in contrast to Rock music softer and offers the listener easier access through calm tones and simple rhythms. Especially in the mainstream soft rock was and still is very popular.

The vocal harmony in combination with the melody makes this music genre so unique.

Among the best 200 soft rock songs of all time, there are many songs that were created in the 70s and 80s. The first big hits of soft rock were definitely the hit single “(They Long to Be) Close to You” by the duo “The Carpenters” and the track “Make It with You” by the band “Bread”.

A little later followed many bands and solo artists such as Toto, Bryan Adams, Air Supply, America, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Elton John, Chicago, The Eagles or even Lionel Richie who produced mainly soft rock songs.

Our playlist includes the best rock love songs, the greatest sentimental Rock Ballads, the most popular power ballads and the most successful acoustic ballads of soft rock.

Our tracklist offers over 16 hours of pure soft rock.

The 200 best soft rock songs of all time:

Each song is linked by its title to the corresponding music video.

Song: Performer: Listen: Year:
Open Arms Journey 1982
New Kid In Town Eagles 1976
Africa Toto 1982
One On One Hall and Oates 1982
Dust In The Wind Kansas 1977
Missing You John Waite 1984
Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman? Bryan Adams 1996
Wonderwall Oasis 1995
A Horse With No Name America 1971
Biggest Part of Me Ambrosia 1980
Time The Alan Parsons Project 1994
All Right Christopher Cross 1983
Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 1975
Rosanna Toto 1982
All Out of Love Air Supply 1980
My Life Billy Joel 1978
Babe Styx 1979
Black Velvet Alannah Myles 1989
Making Love Out Of Nothing At All Air Supply 1983
Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band 1976
No Rain Blind Melon 1992
Baby I’m – A Want You Bread 1972
Mandy Barry Manilow 1974
Sweet Baby James James Taylor 1970
Hello Lionel Richie 1983
Losing My Religion R.E.M. 1991
Sailing Christopher Cross 1979
Kayleigh Marillion 1985
I Honestly Love You Olivia Newton-John 1975
How Much I Feel Ambrosia 1980
Another Brick In The Wall Pink Floyd 1979
Dance With Me Orleans 1975
Runaway Train Soul Asylum 1992
Diamond Girl Seals & Crofts 1973
Poetry Man Phoebe Snow 1974
Feels So Good Chuck Mangione 1977
Lost in Love Air Supply 1979
Always Bon Jovi 1995
Everywhere Fleetwood Mac 1987
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) Rupert Holmes 1979
Superstar Carpenters 1971
What A Fool Believes The Doobie Brothers 1978
Ride Like The Wind Christopher Cross 1979
Summer Breeze Seals & Crofts 1972
You’re The Only Woman (You & I) Ambrosia 1980
Glory Of Love Peter Cetera 1986
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For U2 1987
If You Leave Me Now Chicago 1976
I’m Not In Love 10cc 1975
Let’s Make a Night To Remember Bryan Adams 1996
Sailing Christopher Cross 1979
Is This Love Whitesnake 1987
You’re The Inspiration Chicago 1984
Tears In Heaven Eric Clapton 1992
I Can’t Fight This Feeling REO Speedwagon 1984
One More Night Phil Collins 1985
More Than Words Extreme 1990
Keep on Loving You REO Speedwagon 1980
Another Park, Another Sunday The Doobie Brothers 1974
New York Minute Don Henley 1989
Best of My Love Eagles 1974
Carrie Europe 1986
With Or Without You U2 1987
How Am I Supposed to Live Without You Michael Bolton 1989
Eyes Without A Face Billy Idol 1983
Free Fallin’ Tom Petty 1989
Behind Blue Eyes Limp Bizkit 2003
My California Beth Hart 2010
Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Crash Test Dummies 1993
Just The Way It Is, Baby The Rembrandts 1990
Angel Of The Morning Juice Newton 1968
Still the One Orleans 1993
Wild World Cat Stevens 1970
Do That To Me One More Time Captain & Tennille 1979
Your Latest Trick Dire Straits 1985
All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You Heart 1990
Wind Of Change Scorpions 1990
You Needed Me Anne Murray 1978
Brothers In Arms Dire Straits 1985
Drive The Cars 1984
Straight From The Heart Bryan Adams 1983
Walking In Memphis Marc Cohn 1981
Woman In Chains Tears For Fears 1989
Ode To My Family The Cranberries 1994
Ventura Highway America 1972
Shape Of My Heart Sting 1993
Desperado Eagles 1973
(They Long to Be) Close to You The Carpenters 1970
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing Aerosmith 1998
Nothing Else Matters Metallica 1991
Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey 1981
Breakfast In America Supertramp 1979
Strong Enough Cher 1998
Teach Your Children Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 1970
Give A Little Bit Supertramp 1977
Heaven Bryan Adams 1985
To Be with You Mr. Big 1991
I’m on Fire Bruce Springsteen 1984
Hotel California Eagles 1976
Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 1971
Are You Ready For Love Elton John 1979
I Can Dream About You Dan Hartman 1984
Rich Girl Daryl Hall & John Oates 1976
Iris The Goo Goo Dolls 1998
Linger The Cranberries 1993
Big Yellow Taxi Counting Crows 2002
Please Forgive Me Bryan Adams 1993
Here Comes The Sun The Beatles 1969
Mama, I’m Coming Home Ozzy Osbourne 1991
Walk On the Ocean Toad The Wet Sprocket 1991
Hysteria Def Leppard 1987
Hungry Eyes Eric Carmen 1987
Ordinary World Duran Duran 1993
Love Hurts Nazareth 1975
Have You Ever Seen The Rain Creedence Clearwater Revival
Change The World Eric Clapton 1996
Everybody Hurts R.E.M. 1992
Miracle Of Love Eurythmics 1986
Don’t Talk to Strangers Rick Springfield 1982
Broken Wings Mr. Mister 1985
The Way It Is Bruce Hornsby And The Range 1986
Hold on Jamie Walters 1994
Alone Heart 1987
Every Breath You Take The Police 1983
Streets of Philadelphia Bruce Springsteen 1993
Let Your Love Flow The Bellamy Brothers 1976
Blaze Of Glory Jon Bon Jovi 1990
Never Say Never The Fray 2009
When Love & Hate Collide Def Leppard 1996
’74-’75 The Connells 1993
On and On Stephen Bishop 1976
Alive and Kicking Simple Minds 1985
Cool Night Paul Davis 1981
One U2 1991
You Get What You Give New Radicals 1998
Maneater Hall and Oates 1982
Make It With You Bread 1970
The Living Years Mike + The Mechanics 1988
Urgent Foreigner 1981
Don’t Dream It’s Over Crowded House 1986
I Want to Know What Love Is Foreigner 1984
Stop Loving You Toto 1988
It’s All Up to You Jim Capaldi 1975
The End Of The Innocence Don Henley 1989
Waiting for a Girl like You Foreigner 1981
Make Me Lose Control Eric Carmen 1980
Little Lies Fleetwood Mac 1987
Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton 1977
All For Love – The Three Musketeers Bryan Adams 1993
November Rain Guns N’ Roses 1991
Tiny Dancer Elton John 1971
It’s Probably Me Eric Clapton and Sting 1992
Hard to Say I’m Sorry Chicago 1982
Another Day in Paradise Phil Collins 1989
Faithfully Journey 1983
One Of These Nights Eagles 1975
Rikki Don’t Lose That Number Steely Dan 1974
The Flame Cheap Trick 1988
Kiss You All Over Exile 1999
Stuck In The Middle With You Stealers Wheel 1972
One More Night Phil Collins 1985
Don’t Stop Fleetwood Mac 1977
You Can Do Magic America 1982
Black Pearl Jam 1991
Honesty Billy Joel 1978
You Make My Dreams Hall and Oates 1980
Lonely Is the Night Air Supply 1986
Think of Laura Christopher Cross 1983
Up Where We Belong Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes 1982
Lost Without Your Love Bread 1977
Dreams Fleetwood Mac 1977
Sara Starship 1985
Tender Is the Night Jackson Browne 1983
Cloud Number 9 Bryan Adams 1998
Dreadlock Holiday 10cc 1978
My Father’s Eyes Eric Clapton 1998
Throwing It All Away Genesis 1986
Hey Ho The Lumineers 2012
All by Myself Eric Carmen 1975
This Is Not America David Bowie & The Pat Metheny Group 1985
Fields of Gold Sting 1993
Rings Cymarron 1970
Do You Remember? Phil Collins 1989
Daisy Jane America 1975
Everytime You Go Away Paul Young 1985
Colour My World Chicago 1971
When I Need You Leo Sayer 1976
Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes 1981
Drift Away Dobie Gray 1973
Rock Me on The Water Jackson Browne 1972
Fool If You Think It’s Over Chris Rea 1978
Separate Lives Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin 1985
Baker Street Gerry Rafferty 1978
Sacrifice Elton John 1989
Against All Odds (Take a Look At Me Now) Phil Collins 1984
Cat’s In the Cradle Harry Chapin 1974
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now Starship 1987
Do It Again Steely Dan 1972
Say You Love Me Fleetwood Mac 1975
I Don’t Want To Live Without You Foreigner 1987
Couldn’t Get It Right Climax Blues Band 1976

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