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Best Rock Song

Grammy Award for Best Rock Song
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded for quality rock music songs
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1992
Last awarded 2013
Official website

The Grammy Award for Best Rock Song is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to recording artists for quality songs in the rock music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".[2]

The award, reserved for songwriters, was first presented to English musician Sting in 1992. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award honors new songs (containing both melody and lyrics) or songs "first achieving prominence" during the period of eligibility. Songs containing prominent samples or interpolations are not eligible.[3]

Bruce Springsteen holds the records for the most wins and nominations, having won four awards from nine nominations. Other winners of multiple awards include Alanis Morissette as well as the bands Red Hot Chili Peppers and U2, with two. Award-winning songs have been performed by American artists more than any other nationality, though they have also been performed by musicians or groups originating from Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. There have been four instances in which one artist or group was nominated for two works in the same year: the group Aerosmith was nominated for both "Cryin'" and "Livin' on the Edge" in 1994, Melissa Etheridge received nominations for "Come to My Window" and "I'm the Only One" in 1995, Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers won for "One Headlight" and was also nominated for "The Difference" in 1998, and U2 was nominated for the songs "Elevation" and "Walk On" in 2002. Coldplay holds the record for the most nominations without a win, with four. The The Black Keys are the most recent award recipient.


Year Songwriter(s) Work Performing artist(s)[I] Nominees[II] Ref.
1992 Sting "The Soul Cages" Sting [4]
1993 Clapton, EricEric Clapton
Jim Gordon
"Layla" (Unplugged version) Clapton, EricEric Clapton [5]
1994 Pirner, DaveDave Pirner "Runaway Train" Soul Asylum [6]
1995 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen "Streets of Philadelphia" Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen [7]
1996 Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette
Glen Ballard
"You Oughta Know" Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette [8]
1997 Chapman, TracyTracy Chapman "Give Me One Reason" Chapman, TracyTracy Chapman [9]
1998 Dylan, JakobJakob Dylan "One Headlight" The Wallflowers [10]
1999 Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette "Uninvited" Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette [11]
2000 Red Hot Chili Peppers "Scar Tissue" Red Hot Chili Peppers [12]
2001 Stapp, ScottScott Stapp
Mark Tremonti
"With Arms Wide Open" Creed [13]
2002 Train "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" Train [14]
2003 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen "The Rising" Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen [15]
2004 White, JackJack White "Seven Nation Army" The White Stripes

2005 U2 "Vertigo" U2 [17]
2006 U2 "City of Blinding Lights" U2 [18]
2007 Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Red Hot Chili Peppers [19]
2008 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen "Radio Nowhere" Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen [20]
2009 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen "Girls in Their Summer Clothes" Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen [21]
2010 Followill, CalebCaleb Followill
Jared Followill
Matthew Followill
Nathan Followill
"Use Somebody" Kings of Leon [22]
2011 Young, NeilNeil Young "Angry World" Neil Young [23]
2012 Foo Fighters "Walk" Foo Fighters
2013 Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton and Patrick Carney "Lonely Boy" The Black Keys
  • ^[I] The performing artist is only listed but does not receive the award.
  • ^[II] Showing the name of the songwriter(s), the nominated song and in parentheses the performer's name(s).

See also


  • Note: User must select the "Rock" category as the genre under the search feature.

External links

  • Official site of the Grammy Awards

Template:Grammy Award categories

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