Grammy Award for Best Rock Song

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, 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".

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.

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.


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Sting became the first award recipient in 1992 for the song "The Soul Cages".
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Eric Clapton, 1993 award recipient for the song "Layla", performing in 2008
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Members of the 1994 award-winning band Soul Asylum in 2010
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Four-time award winner Bruce Springsteen, performing in 1988
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Two-time award recipient Alanis Morissette, performing in Barcelona in 2008
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1997 award recipient Tracy Chapman at the 2009 Cactus Festival in Bruges, Belgium
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Jakob Dylan, 1998 award winner for the song "One Headlight" and member of The Wallflowers, performing in 2007
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Jack White and Meg White of the 2004 award-winning band The White Stripes
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Members of the two-time award-winning band U2, performing at Madison Square Garden in 2005 as part of the Vertigo Tour. From left to right: The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr. (drumming), Bono, and Adam Clayton
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From left to right, Matthew, Caleb, and Nathan Followill of the 2010 award-winning band Kings of Leon, performing in 2007
Year Songwriter(s) Work Performing artist(s)[I] Nominees[II] Ref.
1992 Sting "The Soul Cages" Sting
1993 Clapton, EricEric Clapton
Jim Gordon
"Layla" (Unplugged version) Clapton, EricEric Clapton
1994 Pirner, DaveDave Pirner "Runaway Train" Soul Asylum
1995 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen "Streets of Philadelphia" Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen
1996 Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette
Glen Ballard
"You Oughta Know" Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette
1997 Chapman, TracyTracy Chapman "Give Me One Reason" Chapman, TracyTracy Chapman
1998 Dylan, JakobJakob Dylan "One Headlight" The Wallflowers
1999 Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette "Uninvited" Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette
2000 Red Hot Chili Peppers "Scar Tissue" Red Hot Chili Peppers
2001 Stapp, ScottScott Stapp
Mark Tremonti
"With Arms Wide Open" Creed
2002 Train "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" Train
2003 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen "The Rising" Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen
2004 White, JackJack White "Seven Nation Army" The White Stripes
2005 U2 "Vertigo" U2
2006 U2 "City of Blinding Lights" U2
2007 Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Red Hot Chili Peppers
2008 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen "Radio Nowhere" Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen
2009 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen "Girls in Their Summer Clothes" Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen
2010 Caleb Followill
Jared Followill
Matthew Followill
Nathan Followill
"Use Somebody" Kings of Leon
2011 Young, NeilNeil Young "Angry World" Neil Young
2012 Foo Fighters "Walk" Foo Fighters
2013 Dan Auerbach
Brian Burton
Patrick Carney
"Lonely Boy" The Black Keys
2014 Dave Grohl
Paul McCartney
Krist Novoselic
Pat Smear
"Cut Me Some Slack" Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear
2015 Hayley Williams
Taylor York
"Ain't It Fun" Paramore
2016 Alabama Shakes "Don't Wanna Fight" Alabama Shakes
2017 David Bowie "Blackstar" David Bowie
  • ^[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).

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