I love music. That’s not special. Everyone loves music. I am one of those people. Some people like pop music. Others like smooth jazz, some like gangsta rap. There are even those who love nightcore. I, like many others, am a fan of rock. My type of rock is hard rock, demonstrated by my love of bands like Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age. However, I am partial to the odd indie rock act, like Arctic Monkeys, and even some of the funkier stuff, like the ever-glorious Red Hot Chili Peppers. This is a list of my favourite songs, as you can probably guess from the title, in the rock genre, with a dash of metal here and there. There is only one rule apart from the obvious genre regulation; one song per band. This will make my job particularly difficult and it’s all your fault, so thanks.
10. Chop Suey! – System of a Down
I’m not too big on System of a Down, which is strange. They’re my type of music and I like bands like them. Their songs just aren’t to my taste, I guess. Chop Suey!, however, is not one of those songs. Toxicity is arguably their best album (not too hard when it’s competing with Hypnotize and Mezmerize) aswell. With it’s fast and soft intervals, awesome drumming and even-awesomer vocals, courtesy of Serj Tankian, this is an anthem to be belted, well the bits that you know, anyway.
9. When You Were Young – The Killers
This song is one of The Killers’ best, and one that you might forget when thinking about them. Off of their second album, Sam’s Town, When You Were Young excels in the lyrics and the delivery of them, from the mouth of the talented Brandon Flowers. I don’t really know what the lyrics mean, as we have established I am rather amateur, but I know that I like them, plain and simple, and, as mentioned before, Brandon Flowers is a phenomenal singer, very much.
8. Freedom – Rage Against the Machine
This is, admittedly, a bit of a joke entry. Actually, not really a joke entry, because it’s awesome. This is most definitely one of the most Rage-Against-The-Machine-y songs by Rage Against The Machine, I mean it’s called Freedom, for God’s sake. Like many on their first album, the ending is slightly ruined by De La Rocha screaming uncontrollably, also shown quite notably on their most famous track, “Killing In The Name”, where he says, to the “machine” presumably, “Flip you, I won’t do what you tell me.” However, that doesn’t completely spoil it, shown by it being on the list. My favourite part being the intervals of silence and then LOUD, perfect for moshing, what what?
7. Fell in Love With a Girl – The White Stripes
The first taste of mainstream success for The White Stripes, Fell in Love With a Girl is an amazing song. Differing from the more steady beats of “Seven Nation Army” and “Hardest Button to Button”, as well as some their other hits, this song is mental, just absolutely bonkers, partnered with an equally bonkers Lego stop motion video. When listened to on a loop, the song almost feels hypnotic and it will give you the greatest headache ever, one you felt you earned. You’d get the headache and go “Yeah, I earned this.” I love some fast paced rock, and this is fast paced rock at it’s finest.
6. Monster Hospital – Metric
This is like nothing else in Metric’s discography. Truly unique and super awesome. Everything about this song has a slightly ominous feel about it, especially Emily Haine’s eerie vocals. I also have a soft spot for the drumming in this song, with it’s subtle use of symbals and a beat that perfectly compliments the bassering (an established musical term), making the perfect backing beat to the phenomenal guitar work.
Halfway through. Please, if you haven’t already, use protection. Ear defenders that is because these tunes are rockin’!
5. Still Take You Home – Arctic Monkeys
One of the UK’s finest exports, Arctic Monkeys was definitely going to be on this list. The problem was, however, which one of their songs I was going to pick. It could’ve been their biggest hit “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor”, or perhaps one of their newest singles “R U Mine?”. However, it came down to two songs, this and “From The Ritz To The Rubble”, I highly recommend you, reader, listen to them both, along with the rest of their songs. There is one thing missing from “From The Ritz To The Rubble” that is present in “Still Take You Home”; the lyric “What do you know? You know nuffin’.” That is what pushed this, along with overall high quality of the song, over the metaphorical edge.
4. Tribute – Tenacious D
Not many songs can be labeled an adventure, but this is one of them. Jack Black’s beautfiul, mellowful narration over, basically, the finale of “The Pick of Destiny” is just vocal caramel. However, the video is where this song comes into it’s own. You’ve heard it, I’ve heard it, it is the greatest song in the world (behind three others).
If that was the greatest song in the world (though just a tribute) then these are the best songs in the universe. IT IS THE TOP THREE.
3. Go With The Flow – Queens of the Stone Age
This is also fast paced rock at its best but also hard rock at its best. Not at one point does any of the instuments stop playing from the first second to the last second, except for short bursts of awesome guitaring. This may also have one of my favourite drumming performances, courtesy of the multi-talented Dave Grohl. The accompanying video is also masterful, rendered in black, white and red (like an awesome amateur review website) and having cars, guitars and sex, the recipe for a Thursday morning.
2. Long Road to Ruin – Foo Fighters
What?! Foo Fighters at number two? Yes. Yes, they are.
This is a song with moderate success. It’s not one of the Foo Fighters particularly unknown songs, but it’s no “The Pretender” in terms of popularity. Long Road to Ruin is really well-rounded rock song, not hard rock, not indie rock, not funk rock, not metal, rock. There is a healthy use of crashing symbals, a catchy riff, sing-a-longable lyrics and a strong bass. There is nothing wrong with this song at all, everything is great about it. No faults. You can feel Dave Grohl’s stage presence by just listening to it and the music video is the second greatest in the world, take that as will.
It takes me bloody ages to write these things, so I’m as happy as you are. You know the drill by now, honourable mentions time.
Summertime – Sex Bob-Omb
We’rewolf – Every Time I Die
Main Offender – The Hives
Gold on the Ceiling – The Black Keys
Little Monster – Royal Blood
Lazaretto – Jack White
Booooom, Blast & Ruin – Biffy Clyro
Firestarter – De Staat
In Bloom – Nirvana
Come Closer – Miles Kane
Deny and Offend – Feed the Rhino
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
Bad for My Body – Deap Vally
My Own Summer – Deftones
So it isn’t the Foos. So what could it be? Well, move your corneas a centimetre down and to the left a bit and you’ll find out. Exciting isn’t it.
1. Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chili Peppers
How come this song isn’t on the Greatest Hits? Hmm? This is RHCP’s greatest hit. It is just. SO. Funky. This song shouldn’t be on “By The Way” because it is so unlike anything else on that album. With it’s sing-rapped lyrics and funky undertones, it would be a lot more at home with some of their earlier albums, like Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Chad Smith fills the eardrums with some of his best drumming since “Suck My Kiss” and, as mentioned before, the lyrics are just so weird and cool. The guitar work is why John Frusciante is in the elite of his craft and the bassering is just as funky as it have ever been. To top it off, the music video, inspired by some weird sculptures some weird artist did, has to be seen to be believed.
Lots of hugs, kisses and lacerations