United We Rock

Ok, finally a post not about crafting or Pinterest….

While checking Facebook reading trashy blogs working the other day, I came across this blog post about Another Mother Blogger’s A-List of Rock and Roll songs that everyone should know. I think this is a bit different than the Top 5 Greatest songs, and I really couldn’t argue with her choices. But then I thought- yeah, but what would be song number 6?

Even though I play in a band – The Best Fake Band. Ever. (which reminds me — have you liked HELLAgoodTIME on Facebook yet? Come on, help me unleash ever inner mommy’s rockstar needs!!!) I still don’t think my opinion would account for the living scripture of Rock and Roll, so I did the most scientifically reliable thing I could think of: I posted the question on Facebook.

The most interesting results were actually in the discussions: only men bothered to respond, no one could name a song before 1967 or after 1986, guitar players hate Kashmir, and everyone else prefers Kashmir over Stairway to Heaven because, well…because certain types of girls prefer Kashmir, I think.

So, in no particular order, and without any scientific evidence to back anything up: My Top 10 Rock Songs that everyone should know.

1. AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long. This one just barely edged out Back in Black, but quite frankly, I have no idea what most of those lyrics are — I just looked them up and realized I didn’t know anything after the first verse. On the other hand –  I have been “knocking me out with those American thighs” for a very, very long time.

2. Guns ‘N Roses – Sweet Child of Mine. Best rock song of the 80’s. End of discussion.

3. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Freebird. You’ve all been to a concert where THAT GUY is in the back, holding a lighter over a pool of vomit and screaming “Freebird”. Really kinds brings a new vibe to the folks attending the Yanni concert, but you know it’s happened there too.

4. Rolling Stones – Satisfaction. A rock and roll song about sex? Never….

5. Eric Clapton – Layla. Clapton is God. Period. And to take one of the greatest songs in rock and roll history and turn it into the greatest acoustic cover in rock history – double God. (oh yeah, and to be shtoooping George Harrison’s wife and write a song about it — bloody brilliant.)

6. Black Sabbath – Iron Man. Yeah, everyone knows Ozzy. But really, you can thank the fingertip-less Tony Iommi – the riff-producing deity for the Sabbath Sound. If you want to learn to play guitar, you must learn this riff first..there are rules, you know.

7. Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven. Ok, personally I would have gone with Kashmir (I guess I’m one of those girls) – but if the category is “song people should know” we’ll have to give it to Stairway. Although, anytime it comes up on my playlist there is groaning and reaching for the “next” button.

8. Beatles – Hey Jude. Dear Beatles Fanatics, yes there are many more *awesome* Beatles songs. I’m sure you will cite something abstract and random to show off you Beatles song prowess and impress the world with your knowledge. Please see note under Stairway about the category…

9.  Bob Marley – No Woman No Cry. I know what you’re thinking — this is supposed to be about ROCK songs. Rock songs can be ballads, ya know. Go to YouTube and type in “no woman no cry cover” — you will find everyone one from Linkin Park to the Fugees to Gym Class Heroes. It’s an awesome song and it rocks…therefore, ROCK SONG.

10. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody. Thank you Wayne. Thank you, Garth – for making this song popular twice in my lifetime. It’s even more awesome when 20 of your friends are singing karaoke with you.

Well, that’s my list. What’s yours??

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