Every music fan’s gotta have a list like this somewhere. This is mine — 13 songs I wish everyone would give a listen to. Songs that I never get tired of listening to, that no one but me is likely to download, that I would buy an entire CD just to own the one song. They’re songs I turn up when they come on the radio, although most of mine rarely do.
Anyway, I chose 13 ‘cause it’s Friday the 13th. Let’s see how I do:
Pills – New York Dolls
David Johansen, Johnny Thunders, Sylvain Sylvain and company released it as a single from the Dolls’ 1973 debut album. It’s one of my favorite rock songs, with raw guitar and a great harp from Johansen.
Ace of Spades – Motorhead
Metal classic from Motorhead’s fourth album, released in 1980. Lemmy’s signature song. It’d probably be my vote for heavy metal’s anthem.
Roadrunner – Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
Two-chord classic from the 1976 self-titled debut album from the Modern Lovers.
I Don’t Need No Doctor – Humble Pie
Steve Marriott and then-bandmate Peter Frampton scored with this cover hit from Humble Pie’s 1971 album, Rock On. Marriott was without doubt one of the unsung pioneers of hard rock.
Police & Thieves – The Clash
From the band’s 1977 debut. The song was added late when they found themselves one track short. Thank God for that.
Caught with the Meat in your Mouth – Dead Boys
The late Stiv Bators gave this band their edge. The song is from their 1977 first album, Young, Loud and Snotty. They were an underrated punk band from the Midwest.
Overdose – AC-DC
Overlooked classic on the band’s 1977 album, Let There Be Rock. Bon Scott and the Youngs at their raunchy best. And I’ll always be a Bon Scott over Brian Johnson guy.
Stone Cold Crazy – Queen
Off the band’s Sheer Heart Attack album, their third. It was released in 1974. It’s not often Queen rocked out like this, but the song was later covered by Metallica, so you know it rocks.
Ca Plane Pour Moir — Plastic Bertrand
Roger Marie François Jouret, Belgian musician scored with this 1977 international hit single. It’s a bit pop for me, but it’s another one of those catchy songs that was remade every which way.
Mama Kin – Aerosmith
From Aerosmith’s first album in 1973 and written by Steven Tyler, it’s one of many classic tunes by the band. This was the straight-forward rock song that endeared me to Aerosmith from the start.
Goin’ Blind – Kiss
Haunting tune from Kiss’ 1974 Hotter Than Hell album, the band’s second. They also performed it during their MTV Unplugged performance in 1995. I just like it. It’s so….un-Kiss. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
That’s my list. I go way back with some of these tunes. But that’s why I call them classics. Anybody got their own list out there?