VH1 Greatest Hard Rock Songs was a program on VH1 Classic provided by VH1. Hosted by Bret Michaels, it was a five-part program that first aired from December 29, 2008, to January 2, 2009. Unlike most countdowns on VH1 Classic, it consisted of songs by modern bands, including Creed, Foo Fighters, Buckcherry, and The Darkness. Commentary over the songs was provided by the likes of David Coverdale, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Ronnie James Dio, Slash, Lemmy, Sebastian Bach, Dee Snider, Sammy Hagar, Scott Stapp, Joe Perry, Rob Halford, Ted Nugent, Amy Lee, Edgar Winter, Nikki Sixx, Andrew W.K., Scott Ian, Dave Mustaine, Alice Cooper, Scott Weiland, Kip Winger, Don Dokken, Dave Navarro and more.
It was voted on by the general public at the VH1 website in 2008. In total, VH1 received over 600,000 votes.
Slash appears twice with "Slither" and "Welcome to the Jungle". Dave Grohl appears twice with "Everlong" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Ronnie James Dio appears twice with "Heaven and Hell" and "Holy Diver". Joan Jett appears twice with "Cherry Bomb" and "Bad Reputation". Ozzy Osbourne appears twice with "Paranoid" and "Crazy Train". Scott Weiland appears twice with "Interstate Love Song" and "Slither", Ritchie Blackmore appears twice with "Since You Been Gone" and "Smoke on the Water" and Lita Ford appears twice with "Kiss Me Deadly" and "Cherry Bomb".
The longest is Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," at over 17 minutes in length, with the shortest being "Blitzkrieg Bop" by the Ramones and "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks, both coming in at 2 minutes and 14 seconds.
- VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs at stereogum.com