DPS could use some more activity right now in the worst way so I'll post this now. No links or anything because I'm not spending all that time linking every single song for all you people. Just read or skim or whatever:
My Top 100
100. Red Right Hand- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
The dark tone and the morbid energy get this 6 minutes of goth alternative on here. I dare somebody to come up with something darker than this. If nothing else the last stanza gets this on the list alone.
99. You Got Lucky- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
I shouldn't like this song anywhere near the amount that I do. I don't even know why I enjoy this song so much. It's a 80's pop rock commercial jingle with cookie-cutter lyrics and a synthesizer carrying the main beat. Yet there's something about it...
98. Under Pressure Queen & David Bowe
I used to love this song to death but it's fallen hard lately. Even so, it's a great combo that these guys created and it's one of the very few songs from both these artists that doesn't feel dated. The build-up in the final minute is epic.
97. Karma Police- Radiohead
For me to enjoy Radiohead I must be in a flexible state of mind. If I'm not, I just can't enjoy them. This is probably the only song of theirs I can dig at any time. Just has a great flow to it.
96. Smoke On The Water- Deep Purple
It's overplayed and too long at almost 6 minutes, yet I never mind when I hear that infamous riff blaring into my ear drums. Deep Purple's claim to fame; which says something because that's not even their best song.
95. It's In The Way That You Use It- Eric Clapton
The sing-along quality and the great guitar work makes this song so much fun. I always thought Clapton was talking about something sexual here; you can make a lot of assumptions based on the lyrics.
94. Revolution 9- The Beatles
Technically it's not a song but rather 8 minutes of disturbing background noises, overlapping voices, and songs looped backwards. But I can't help but love the randomness of it all. I find it extremely interesting even if it basically has no meaning (I think?).
93. Is It Any Wonder?- Keane
Keane is one of my favorite new bands and this is their most accessible tune. It's got a mad groove, a catchy chorus, and eclipses at a nice short length. It's really like a new wave U2 song, only with more freshness.
92. She's Lost Control- Joy Division
Punk/tribal/alternative is not one of my favorite mixes, but here it works mysteriously well. It's defiantly something different; not many rock songs are about girls having epileptic seizures (of which Ian Curtis suffered from itself). It's catchy in a bizarre way.
91. The Grand Illusion- Styx
Art arena pop rock can be pretty bad and overindulgent, but this is an example of it popping like popcorn. It's wonderfully grandiose and actually carries a good message. Styx has become to be known as a guilty pleasure but I have no problem saying my love for this one.
90. Young Men Dead- The Black Angels
My favorite new band because of their Doors' like darkness and droopiness, this is the song that got me into them. The opening guitar riff is one of the most addicting I've heard in some time and the track has a viscous bite that not many songs these days have.
89. I'll Wait- Van Halen
I don't think Van Halen is as overrated as many people say them to be, but I will agree that they are overplayed. And because this song is actually one of their underrated ones, it sounds the most fresh. Carried by the synth and that cascading chorus of course
88. Closer- Nine Inch Nails
This is a dangerous song to get stuck in your head. You don't wanna walk the street humming to yourself
"I wanna **** you like an animal...I wanna feel you from the inside."
NIN can be tough to swallow sometimes and this is no different. But it's quite original.
87. Once In A Lifetime- The Talking Heads
I can't for the life of me figure out what the hell this song means nor do I care that much. Actually, that makes everything more interesting. The great thing about these guys were they were never boring. Perplexing? Hell yes. But by-the-numbers? Hell no. Same as it ever was.
86. Goliath- The Mars Volta
When Mars Volta gets it right, they really get it right. When they miss their mark, they're annoying as hell. This is an example of them pinning a bulls eye. It's awesomely chaotic with the sound of a band being stuffed in a blender and just going nuts.
85. Floods- Pantera
My favorite Pantera work and an extremely underrated metal track in general, this is a great song. It shows great range, is ridiculously twisted, and contains drum beats that sound like atom bombs.
84. For What It's Worth- Buffalo Springfield
One of the greatest protest/anti-war songs ever, it's an enigma. It's so quiet and soft yet it's one of those musical achievements that has struck a chord with generations. It's a dire, hopeless song that begs the question "What is it worth?"
83. Rockin' In The Free World- Neil Young
In the same vain as "Born In The U.S.A.", it's an American rock song about rocking in America. Young manages to mush all of America's problems into 4 minutes and tells us to keep punching the clock (or "rockin' in the free world). Rock on, Neil Young.
82. The Bravery Of Being Out Of Range- Roger Waters
A punch in the face with a powerful message without being pretentious, this is one of Waters' solo high marks. Unlike most Water songs, it has a great hook and a thunderous beat. And the lyrics are what you expect them to be from this artist: genius of course.
81. Sledgehammer- Peter Gabriel
Gabriel's most instantly lovable and addicting tune, it's all in the beat. British pop rock has never really been this good; with the whole thing being one huge sexual innuendo and the chorus featuring a blitzkrieg of horns.
80. Limelight- Rush
One of the many highlights of "Moving Pictures", this is what everyone loves about Rush. Those high pitched lyrics, that sonic sound, and some killer guitar licks. It's like a poor man's "Tom Sawyer"...I guess.
79. Thunderstruck- AC/DC
One of the only AC/DC numbers that has good replay value, it's all in the intro here. That arena chanting opener with that little guitar riff accompanying it is instantly recognizable. After that it's pretty by-the-numbers. But enjoyable nevertheless.
78. Police On My Back- The Clash
One of the most underrated punk thumpers ever, this song is just the definition of fun. Gotta love the police sirens as a background beat. If that's not inspired I don't know what is.
77. All Lovers Are Deranged- David Gilmour
A song that was written by Pete Townshend, rarely has Gilmour gone more thunderous and more heavy than here. His voice still sounds spacey as it always does, but he adds enough bite here. It's really a straight forward rocker with a kickass title: good enough for me.
76. A Day In The Life- The Beatles
I've listened to a lot of stuff, but this is still one of the most oddest and strangest songs I've ever heard. Everything about it. The loopy structure, the vocal change in the middle, and the uncanny lyrics. Not to mention that God-awful screeching sound in the end that serves no purpose but to annoying you to no end.
75. Gimme Shelter- The Rolling Stones
I think this is one of those things that truly defines the drug hippy movement. This song right here. Just the psychedelic undertone and the barren meaning of it all. The female vocalist here really puts this over the edge.
74. Pioneer To The Falls- Interpol
One of my favorite new bands, Interpol never ceases to draw me in one way or another. And this one is no different. Great emotion here since the song itself pretty much takes it's time.
73. Stairway To Heaven- Led Zeppelin
I was really tempted by myself to leave this track completely off the list just to see everyone's reaction. But no matter how much it's bashed into my skull, still is epic in every sense of the word.
72. Phantom Of The Opera- Iron Maiden
Another greatly underrated metal track, this one is creepy in a sort of funny way. It's a tongue-n'-cheek take on The Phantom Of The Opera set to trash metal. With a great, unexpected break in the middle. What more could you ask for?
71. Along Came Mary- Roger Hodgson
For any Supertramp lover, this song is a must-have. Hodgson had some great solo stuff that got so little credit (like the group he came from) and this is his high water mark. It's very mystical and contains some exceptional sax. This is just pure enjoyment at it's finest.
70. Shooting Star- Bad Company
Heartbreaking yet melancholy, "Shooting Star" contains the most depth and substance I've ever heard from this group. They have some solid efforts but this carries the most weight and is really the most meaningful of their work. It's very simple but here's an instance where simplicity makes it better.
69. The Passenger- Iggy Pop
Get one insanely addictive beat, peculiar lyrics and stretch it out for about 4 minutes. That's "The Passenger". The simple yet effective chorus of "la,la,la,la,la,la,la,la" just fits like a glove here. It's random but so is Iggy Pop.
68. Locomotive Breath- Jethro Tull
This song could've been 5 minutes of static and it would probably still get on here just for the remarkable title, but good for us: There's more! The intro is awesome with the chaotic piano and guitar work and it gets better from there. I like this more than Aqualung; their biggest claim to fame.
67. Revolution Calling- Queensryche
Like Iron Maiden on steroids (which is a scary thought), Queensryche just swings for the fences here in this monster of a foot-stomper. Ripping television, preachers, the media, and secretaries that are in porno magazines in one song? Whoa, come down there fellas.
66. Bullet The Blue Sky- U2
U2 trying to go heavy funk rock can go one of two ways: Either laughably horrendous or surprisingly effective. Thank God it's the latter. U2 shows off some unexpected freshness and bite here as Bono for once shows some grittiness. This song could have been terrible, so give these guys credit.
65. City Of Love- Yes
Can someone please explain to me how this song didn't become a huge hit? It has a monstrous hook, a beastly chorus, and drums that are just ridiculously grand. But hey, the good thing is it'll never be overplayed. Seriously though, this is one of the most gratifying pop rock songs ever.
64. Come As You Are- Nirvana
One of the best bass lines I've ever heard opens this ironically funny song. It's confusing (especially when it comes to the out-of-whack chorus) but it's one of Nirvana's greatest that has an actual message, not just more self pity. And did I mention that opening bass line is nothing short of perfection?
63. Run For The Hills- Iron Maiden
2 things catapult this track into the stratosphere of metal anthems: The astounding vocals and the erratically wonderful drums. Run To The Hills has always been my favorite Maiden lick.
62. 4th Of July- Soundgarden
This one is like a rhino (which are so cool BTW). It's heavy, sludgy, and so oddly slow and heavy that it's puzzling. If Black Sabbath went grunge, this would probably be their "Iron Man". It's so grizzly and murky that it's depressing. And it's not the 4th of July, Chris. It's the end of the world.
61. Until We Sleep- David Gilmour
If the last song was a rhino, this one is a rampaging dinosaur in the woods. Easily contains some of the best synthesizer work I've ever heard, it's relentless here as it carries the bulk of this song. Add Gilmour's blistered lyrics and his insane guitar play and there you have it.
60. Emotional Rescue- The Rolling Stones
What's always been my favorite Stones jingle, this is classic RS. A magically catchy beat, Mick Jaggar's classic satire, and adding a saxophone in the mix was just a very smart musical move.
59. Simple Man- Lynyrd Skynyrd
Very few people dislike Lynyrd Skynyrd and this is one reason why. Like the title says, this is a country rocker with a simple message, an enduring meaning, and just instantly lovable all the way around.
58. Paradise By The Dashboard Light- Meat Loaf
This is rock & roll folks. Trying to get some in the back seat of the car, 2 epic vocal performances, and Phil Rizzuto doing the play by play. If you can't enjoy this song you need professional help. The last minute and a half of this song is so great I can't put it into words.
57. Carry On- Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
Every time that opening guitar riff comes on, I get excited. The guitar work in these 4 minutes are vastly underrated and the hypnotic, druggy break in the middle is creativity at it's best. Just a splendid song.
56. The Tide Is Turning- Roger Waters
I might one day put this song lower. Dark and obscure yet hopeful and optimistic, this truly speaks volumes. Unlike other Waters' songs, this one is gloomy yet still has a bright light at the end of the tunnel. The chanting chorus on the end is haunting and it's another reason why no one equals Waters with lyrics.
55. Welcome Home- Metallica
This is one of Metallica's epics that I'm always in the mood for. It's in-your-face without being obnoxious and pretentious and it's got ultra fist-pumping lyrics, like much of Metallica. FIGHT THE POWER!
54. Love, Reign O're Me- The Who
When The Who went BIG, they went REALLY BIG. The vast emotion in this song is so packed to the brim that there's an aura about it. Roger Daltrey does maybe his best vocal performance ever here, which really says something.
53. In The Evening- Led Zeppelin
One of the more underrated Zeppelin songs from one of the underrated Zeppelin albums, "In the Evening" sounds dense and clunky yet works overall because of it's violent beat. Love the totally random sound of something kicking into gear at 3:42.
52. Sunday Bloody Sunday- U2
Deep lyrics? Check. Convincing emotion? Check? Simple yet addictive drum beat? Check. Like much of U2's best, it's a pretty straightforward effort yet it doesn't feel recycled and stale.
51. Have You Ever Seen The Rain?- CCR
I don't care how short this song is or how simple it is: It's immensely fun to listen to. It's a sad song really but it has such an enduring quality. It's not dark, just hollowing. Anyone could love this thing.
50. Spirit In the Sky- Norman Greenbaum
Probably the most famous one hit wonder of all time, people forget how great the guitar is here. The solo that closes out the song is surprisingly heavy. Norman was Jewish but made this thinking it would be a hit. Go figure!
49. Tom Sawyer- Rush
That synthesizer blaze that opens this journey tells you what's coming basically: awesome noise. The blaringly high vocals sound perfect in this number and it's catchy even though it really doesn't have a chorus.
48. Jeremy- Pearl Jam
One of the most meaningful grudge moments ever, "Jeremy" has a sort of heartbreak that separates it from other grudge numbers. It's driving and piercing but it never sounds cold. It has a mighty pulse.
47. Don't Stop Believin'- Journey
I can't help but love this song. I'm sorry, I just can't. The piano is graceful and it's an uplifting song, but the vocal performance is where it's at. Some of the best singing I've ever heard right here. The last note is mind-blowing.
46. Slowride- Foghat
The rock group by the name of Foghat are geniuses. To create an 8 minute song with the most addicting beat ever pounding over and over again and for it to become a rock and pop culture classic. Not only that but they're car noises that go in synch with the song! WHOA!
46. Smells Like Teen Sprit- Nirvana
The song in 1991 that become the anthem for every depressed teen in America. Although I sometimes find these lyrics to be hilarious (in the bad way), it amazingly still sounds fresh today. Which is rare for grunge.
45. Radio Nowhere- Bruce Springsteen
Who knew that one of The Boss' best songs would come at the ripe age of 58? For 3:18, Bruce goes "Rambo" on the state of modern music. No matter how old the guy is, still energizes the crap outta you.
44. Imagine- John Lennon
One of the most famous rock songs of all time that doesn't even sound like rock at all, it's really a bummer that Lennon wasn't around long enough to make more music. Only the good die young it seems.
43. Sweet Emotion- Aeromsith
Aerosmith's high water mark by far, this is really the only song of there's I love. But I do really love this song. It's their most daring, interesting, rocking, and that cascading chorus is perfect to yell along to.
42. November Rain- Guns N' Roses
Usually, 80's trash metal didn't include long-winded, sweeping piano intros with epic tenderness. But that's what makes this triumph so special. Everything explodes in the last 2 minutes. G n' R sure loved abrupt mood changes.
40. London Calling- The Clash
In what's become punk's power anthem, this title track from the landmark album is a powerful revolting thumper with some of the most awesome hollowing screams ever in the history of hollowing screams.
39. Voodoo Child- Jimi Hendrix
Put Jimi Hendrix, one of the greatest guitar riffs ever, and weirdly fantasy lyrics and mix them together. There you have "Voodoo Child". I could see Jimi chopping down trees with his bare hand back in the day.
38. Break On Through- The Doors
Perhaps the most exhilarating opener to an album ever, this is just pure stimulating rock at it's finest. It lets you know what you're in for: Breaking through The Doors. 2:29 of perfection; drink it in.
37. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant- Billy Joel
Joel's most musically diverse effort, the mood and tempo change drastically several times here. And every time it works like a charm. You can tell Joel was just having fun when he did this one.
36. Roadhouse Blues- The Doors
The best driving song IMO, this is the sound of a band just exploding and giving it all they got. They aren't going to a bar or a club; they're going to a ROADHOUSE. That real tough southern joint with guns over the bar and 350 pound bartenders.
35. Like A Rolling Stone- Bob Dylan
In my mind the most influential song ever for it's ground-breaking song structure and it's mesmerizing lyrics, Dylan didn't break the ice with this. He shattered it. The best thing about it is it's a tune that speaks to everyone at any time.
34. Man On The Moon- R.E.M.
I could never pinpoint why this song is so damn great. It's a rather fundamental number but there's something about it that keeps me coming back for more. No complaining from me; R.E.M.'s best.
33. Black Hole Sun- Soundgarden
Soundgarden loved 2 things very much: Combining 2 words and making them 1 (hence the band name and "Superunknown") and duel vocals (hence the chorus to this song). Nothing beats an alarming apocalyptic grunge anthem.
32. Eve Of Destruction- Barry McGuire
Speaking of alarming apocalyptic anthems, one of the more meaningful folk rock songs of all time, the scary thing about "Eve Of Destruction" is that it still fits in today. This should be the theme song for the presidential campaign.
31. Born To Run- Bruce Springsteen
The song that sky-rocketed Bruce's career from respectable rock artist to international superstar, it's the kind of song that makes you feel so badass and rebellious even though you're the complete opposite.
30. Take The Long Way Home- Supertramp
The first Supertramp song I ever heard, I still remember hearing it on the radio for the first time and it instantly clicking in my head. It's a weirdly dark song that has an emptiness to it. God, I love Supertramp.
29. Light My Fire- The Doors
Every time I'm nervous or in a foul mood, this is one of my top epics that just takes me away. Between Morrison's impeccable voice, Manzarek's driving keyboards, and Krieger's flawless guitar licks lies rock nirvana.
28. Liar- Queen
Queen has quite a few overrated songs in their arsenal, but not only is this their most underrated but also their all-time best. It's by far their best song musically; as it completely changes about 3 times. It's a big number that Queen pulls off just right.
27. White Rabbit- Jefferson Airplane
Grace Slick's vocal performance in these 2 minutes are truly scary. One of most captivating jobs I've ever heard. She sounds like she's possessed. It just sticks in your head; especially with the lyrics being completely insane. The last 30 seconds are one of the high points of 60's rock.
26. Blinded By The Light- Manfred Mann's Earth Band
I've found that most people either love this song or hate it. I belong in the former. A cover of the less famous Springsteen song, this one is stretched out and contains spacey instrumentals and some legendary overlapping vocals.
25. American Pie- Don McLean
I might've put this song too high, but I'm listening to it like crazy lately and just starting to realize how infectious this ballad is. It's one of the best American rockers ever, spawning numerous covers and a teen movie trilogy.
24. Child In Time- Deep Purple
Mash Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Deep Purple together. The result? "Child In Time". IMO, one of the more influential rock songs ever because of it's great variety and heavy nature. Way ahead of it's time. Yet it get almost no credit. Of course.
23. Free Bird- Lynyrd Skynyrd
It's all in the guitar's here. From the sweeping opening to the utter chaos that erupts like a firework in the latter half, the guitar work in this song is truly one for the books. Quintessential rock song.
22. Battery- Metallica
This is a great anger song once it gets going. Past the very tasteful acoustic that opens it up, this bottle rocket quickly leaves a blazing trail of trashing and relentless fiery. This is just classic balls-to-the-walls metal. And great metal at that.
21. Wheels Of Confusion- Black Sabbath
Forget Iron Man or Paranoid. If Black Sabbath ever crafted a metal masterpiece, this is it. Those classic sludgy guitar riffs, the awesomely morbid lyrics, and the fact that Sabbath shows surprising flexibility here make this their freshest and most interesting work ever.
20. Life's Been Good- The Eagles
The more I listen to Joe Walsh hoot and hollow about his crazy life, the more I like it. It really just sounds like a humorous jam session they came up with one night. It may be a little long but it's too fun to cut short.
19. Won't Get Fooled Again- The Who
The definite fist-pumping/revolt/sticking it to the man song, once again The Who goes BIG better than anyone. This classic reaches the epic scale in all aspects. It could be the most iconic album closer in history.
18. Atom Heart Mother Suite- Pink Floyd
Instrumental's are tricky business. And no one is more successful at them than Pink Floyd. This 23 minute long opus is music greatness at it's peak. It's immensely strange , magnificently eerie, and it somehow never gets boring. Only Pink Floyd could pull this off.
17. White Room- Cream
One of the forefathers of hard rock, Cream was one of those groups that could have lasted a lot longer. It's a shame they didn't, because more songs like this would follow. I have no idea what Jack Bruce was talking about here but who cares? Guitar heaven right here.
16. Don't Fear The Reaper- Blue Oyster Cult
Probably the biggest cult classic in rock aura (even though the famous SNL skit gave it new life), the cowbell always gets all the credit. The flow here is wonderful as the song takes a sharp left turn in the middle only to digress back again.
15. The End- The Doors
Some people call this psychedelic drivel. Well, all those people can suck it because I'd call it genius. This 12 minute marathon is so dense and deep in almost spiritual meaning that it's hard to fully grasp all of it. For me to explain all of it would take up this whole blog. I'll do that another time.
14. Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts 1-5- Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd's biggest triumph musically. This seems more classical music than rock. It builds up for an awfully long time and then finally unleashes all it's pity on the tragedy of the group's creator Syd Barrett. Syd's that saxophone at the end of the song, playing loudly and chaotically as it seeps into oblivion.
13. Brother, Where You Bound?- Supertramp
This song rivals Pink Floyd's best work. It's that good. For anyone who's never experienced it (and that's most people), I suggest you do. It's 16 minutes of cold darkness, ruthless lyrics, and contains some of the best variety I've ever heard in one song. The last few minutes contain David Gilmour on lead guitar.
11. Let It Be- The Beatles
By far the most spiritual song on this list and maybe the softest, "Let It Be" is just...pure refreshment. It's incredibly simple and that's what makes it so great. It speaks so much while doing so little. I find that this is the Beatles song that I keep coming back to the most. The most uplifting song. Not much else to say.
10. Bat Out Of Hell- Meat Loaf
To kick off the top 10, the most energizing 10 minutes ever packed into a track. I honestly don't care what you think abut this song: you gotta appreciate the sheer energy and fun packed into this thing. Big, loud, bombastic, exaggerated, grandiose, overblown, and perfect because of it. So much damn fun.
9. When The Levee Breaks- Led Zeppelin
Zeppelin's darkest 7 minutes, this is like an unstoppable flood of mesmerizing hard rock blues. They're times here (6:21) where it feels like the beat gets insanely discombobulated and just kind of stumbles over itself. For such a great song, at times it's awfully messy. That little guitar riff at the very end is priceless.
8. Jet- Paul McCartney and The Wings
Sometimes, complicated instrumentals and meaningful epics take a back seat to something much simpler. A lot of times, I just want something absolute and easy on the ears. And "JET!" is one of my all time favorite tunes because it makes me genuinely happy. I couldn't count how many times I've put this song on.
7.Piano Man- Billy Joel
"Piano Man" was once in my top 5 and has always been in my top 10. The ultimate piano rock anthem (sorry to tell ya, Elton), it's been impounded in most people's minds and it's one of those works that has stuck from generation to generation. And it should be; the message is ageless.
6. Baba O' Riley- The Who
Probably the biggest song I've ever heard in my life. From the stunning opening synthesizer (gives me chills, which is rare for me) to the mind-blowing screaming by Daltrey and the absurd coda, every section of this giant has been ripped off billions of times with no where near as much success. And no chorus either.
5. Layla- Derek, Eric Clapton, and The Dominos
I should be beaten with a lead pipe because of the fact that this song wasn't even on my first 2 top 100 lists. It just clicked with me recently on how perfect this track is. It's one of those classics that defines what rock & roll is. This contains the best bridge in rock history (the shift from the guitars to the piano ballad is almost too good to believe) and what could be the greatest guitar work I've EVER heard. From about 2:20 to 3:10 is just...I don't even know.
4. Jungleland- Bruce Springsteen
All of Springsteen's greatest qualities are packaged here in this almost 10 minute thrill ride. The blistering guitar, sweeping piano notes, and maybe the greatest stretch of noise ever. From 3:55 to 6:05, a T-Rex of a saxophone bursts through and just goes on a rampage for 3+ minutes. It's truly extraordinary when you really listen to it. That and the ultra emotional final minutes are the highlight of this song. Which says a lot because the first 3 minutes are great also.
3. Crime Of The Century- Supertramp
I wouldn't change 1 thing about this still underrated masterpiece (I have to include the word "underrated" at least 3 times in any description of this song. That's 2). The lyrics are powerful and universal even though they only last for about a minute. This is a deep, thinking work of art that goes well beyond what it states. The other 4 minutes after the lyrical portion show why Supertramp was such a gifted band musically. Music usually doesn't get more spellbinding than this. Oh yeah, and: UNDERRATED(3)!
2. Sheep- Pink Floyd
Remember at #100 when I dared someone to come up with something darker than "Red Right Hand"? Well, Pink Floyd did come up with something darker before "Red Right Hand" even existed! WHOA!!! That's how we know Pink Floyd are Gods, people. The holy grail of Pink Floyd tunes (which says a lot, seeing as they made so few remotely bad songs), so many things put this in my top 2. How Water's voice furiously fades into the synthesizer, the best lyrics I've ever heard in my life (I‘m serious. None better), the propulsive ending guitar solo, and much more. Roger's parody of Psalm 23 is...um...out there:
"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me down to lie, Through pastures green, He leadeth me the silent waters by. With bright knives, He releaseth my soul. He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places. He converteth me to lamb cutlets. For lo! He hath great power and great hunger. When cometh the day we lowly ones, Through quiet reflection and great dedication, Master the art of karate, Lo! we shall rise up And then we'll make the bugger's eyes water."
Try to figure that one out.
1. Riders On The Storm- The Doors
I realize no one understands why this is my favorite song ever. Sometimes I don't even know. Maybe it's because this song basically signified the death of my favorite band ever, my favorite sound ever, and my favorite rock star ever. Maybe it's because they went out on top and in style rather than rust away under a pile of pathetic and sad material. Maybe it's because it makes me think. Makes me think about how this world is a storm and we'll all riders, trying to weather it and get through. Maybe because this was Morrison saying goodbye, knowing that he couldn't weather it anymore. His fading voice at the end of the song always gets me. It's just so empty and painful yet so mellow and relaxing; from the dead cold keyboard to that lightning and thunder causing chaos in the background and never stopping. Into this world we're thrown, indeed. But songs like this make the experience a lot easier. This is said to be loosely based off a serial killer named Billy Cook who posed as hitchhiker and killed a family of five from Illinois as well as a traveling salesman from Washington. He later got caught in Mexico and died in a California gas chamber in 1952. The great thing about it is it never says exactly that so you can interpret this anyway you want, as I have. This is my favorite song ever. And I'm fairly confident that it always will be.