• My 21 Most Timeless Songs (with pics)

    15 Oct 2007, 07:30 by MetallicaACDC

    I define a "timeless" song as a song that will live on longer than the artist who wrote it. The legacy of the song will carry on forever because of it's everlasting message and it's soothing music. Most of the songs on this list are slower songs, songs that you wouldn't think a guy like me would care that much about. But they've all made their mark on me and will be with me until the day I die. (Same as my Best Opening Riffs entry, limit 1 song per artist. Sadly, classic artists like Boston, Van Halen and Aerosmith had to be left off the list so it didn't get too wild and extend to 25).

    21. Still Loving You, Scorpions
    The best thing about this song is the way it teases you througout the entire song. You keep waiting for Klaus Meine to finally just belt out the song's title, but he saves it until the end. There's a brief moment of silence, and then the guitars come crashing in and Klaus wails, "I'M STILL LOVING YOUUUUU!" Absolutely brilliant song structure and delivery!

    20.I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home, Grand Funk Railroad
    Two timeless songs in one, with a great transition between the two. The second half ("Closer to Home") is the best part. Sounds of the sea flow through your mind and the vocals sooth like no other. As the 10-minute progresses on, you start to see the ship fading in the distance until you finally see it disappear altogether as the song comes to an end. The greatest song ever written about life at sea.

    19. Summer Breeze, Seals & Crofts
    "Blowing through the jasmine in my mind..." One of the most majestic lines ever written. The tempo, the lyrics, the melody, the title, the story, the mood... everything about this song just goes together.

    18. Simple Man, Lynyrd Skynyrd
    The Southern man's anthem. I would have picked "Freebird" but I think it's time has been over for a long time now (though I still like the song in its own right). "Simple Man" lays out exactly what a real man should be and how to lead a good life. I can guarantee you it's one of the most popular fireside songs in America and the most requested by truckdrivers.

    17. Shooting Star, Bad Company
    A re-make of sorts of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode", it takes a slower approach to the timeless tale of Johnny rising to rock and roll stardom. Paul Rodger's vocals are nothing short of spectacular and the guitar couldn't be more right for this song. I love how there is a lot going on in the story but the song is moving at a slow pace; it's a very cool effect.
    (*Note: The preview for this song is not correct. I don't know what song that is but it's not "Shooting Star")

    16. Fly to the Angels, Slaughter
    Unlike most 80s (or in this case 1990) power ballads, "Fly to the Angels" came straight from the heart. Mark Slaugher wrote the song about his girlfriend that passed away and his emotion comes through really well in the song. With an uplifting chorus and a complementary solo, this song manages to be one of the few songs about losing a loved one that seems to lift your spirits. Well done, Mark Slaughter, well done.

    15. Dreams I'll Never See, Molly Hatchet
    Much like "Freebird" and "Stranglehold", this song seems to be one long, epic guitar solo. And that's the thing: the guitar solo makes the entire song. It's one of those solos that you can learn by sound and know every little note that's coming. It's kind of a surprise coming from the rough and rowdy southern rockers, but it works. It knows when to be quiet and when to smash you upside the head. This song should be near the top of Southern Rock anthems.

    14. Against the Wind, Bob Seger
    The piano parts add a really nice effect to this song. This is a great walking song for when you need to just go for a walk and think about stuff for awhile. As cheesy as that sounds, it actually works. "Agaiiinst the wind... We're still runnin' against the wind..."

    13. Things I Miss The Most, Van Zant
    A newer song that's had a lasting effect on me. Made by the Van Zant brothers (of .38 Special and Lynyrd Skynyrd fame), this song lets the listener hear what the singer is really thinking about when he's up on the stage (Home Sweet Home). Such strong imagery with lines like "That last half mile of dirt road," and "That ol' tractor in the field." (Ok, maybe not for some but I get a lot out of it. Maybe you just have to hear the song to hear what I'm talking about). "Things I Miss the Most" shows the Van Zants had a knack for southern anthems and timeless southern classics.

    12. You Can't Always Get What You Want, The Rolling Stones
    This was the first Stones song I ever loved that wasn't "Start Me Up" or "Satisfaction". I first heard it on the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus and have loved it ever since. The clean-picked opening, Mick Jagger's "cherry red" lyrics and the church choir backing... it all adds up to a great song that will be around for a long time to come, even longer than the Stones themselves! (Who can't seem to stop rolling!)

    11. Orion, Metallica
    The greatest heavy metal instrumental ever written, composed by the late Cliff Burton. I had a conversation with someone one time about how great this song is, and we both agreed that the part that makes it really ascend above other instrumentals is the bass line/solo that kicks in at exactly 4:00 into the song. It's the most cool, mellow bass line you'll ever hear paired with a solo that transcends Earth itself and takes off into the heavens. If you know the song, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Thank you, Cliff.

    10. Reelin' In The Years, Steely Dan
    It's the chorus that gets me every time. I get pulled in by the lyrics and piano of the verses ("Well you wouldn't even know a diamond if you held it in your hand,") and then I get lost in that dreamy chorus. The solo is great as well, even if it does sound a little cheesy in 2007 (like a Nintendo sound effect board). I saw Steely Dan perform this song live on the TV show The Midnight Special and it still held that magic sway. It's rare to find a song this wonderful (yes, wonderful), but Steely Dan really pulled of a classic here.

    9. Patience, Guns N' Roses
    This is the song my girlfriend and I chose as "our song". It fits us perfectly because we have a long-distance relationship and the lyrics talk about a couple who is split apart (physically). The whistling througout the song adds a good dynamic, and the acoustic solo is a nice touch. Axl Rose saves his signature screech for the end of the song and the calming chorus of, "Need some patience... yeeeeeaaaahhh...." puts the listener at ease. Definitely a great couples song.

    8. Fat Bottomed Girls, Queen
    I've had a particular affection for this song ever since my dad played it in the car from the time I was 8 or 9 years old. And all these years later, it still sounds just as good! The ultimate tribute to fat chicks, a tip-of-the-hat to big beautiful women, "Fat Bottomed Girls" is as timeless as they come. Freddie Mercury's razor-sharp vocals and spicy lyrics mix well with Brian May's hard rock guitar and Roger Taylor's methodical drumming. And how could I not mention the fiercest, most commanding line ever sung?: "Get on your bikes and ride!"

    7. Bell Bottom Blues, Eric Clapton
    Before you even start, I know this is a Derek and the Dominos song. But seeing as this is my list, I'm using my tagging, which is Eric Clapton. That being said, this is the first Clapton I can ever recall wanting to hear again right after the first time I heard it; it's basically the song that got me into Clapton. Is there a better 70s song out there than "Bell Bottom Blues"? I don't think so. The magnificent blues solo goes well with the soft chorus of "I don't wanna fade away..." I could listen to this song all day long; it puts me at ease like very few songs can.

    6. Ride On, AC/DC
    The one slow song in AC/DC's catalogue, "Ride On" is Bon Scott at his lyrical best about the tough life a rock star lives on the road. From the chilling, spoken words of, "It's another lonely evening..." down to the whispered chorus of "Ride on...", the song paints a sad but true picture of what Bon Scott's life was probably like. Add in a vicious, groudshaking blues solo or two from Angus Young and what you have is the surprisingly mellow side of AC/DC. "And I ain't too old to hurry, Cause I ain't to old to die..." Ride on, Bon..

    5. Take The Money And Run, Steve Miller Band
    The old time story about Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue! What's great about this song is it gets in, it tells its story and it gets out. I know the entire story of how "Billy Joe shot a man while robbin' his castle, Bobbie Sue took the money and run" and how they're still runnin' today. The song has a great galloping beat and Steve Miller's voice is great as both a storyteller and a singer. It's almost like watching a movie in your head about two young lovers cuttin' loose. "Go on... Take the money and run..."

    4. Won't Get Fooled Again, The Who
    The ultimate revolution song. I love the lines, "I tip my hat to the new constitution, Take a bow for the new revolution." Pete Townshend's power chords are at their best here and oh my god, Roger Daltrey's scream at the end? FANTASTIC! Plus it has the greatest ending line of any song ever written: despite the revolution being successful, the song ends as we're left with the line "Meet the new boss, Same as the old boss."

    3. Closer to the Heart, Rush
    Alex Lifeson's intro has an enchanting sound to it, one of the most trancing intros ever. When Neil Peart "chimes" in and Geddy Lee starts singing, the song comes together really well. This was my first Rush song and therefore will always be my favorite. Using strong words like "forge" and "destiny" really get the listeners attention and the message of the song comes across quite clear. I love the way the chorus is sung as well, makes me want to sway back and forth while holding a lighter above my head.

    2. Hey Hey What Can I Do, Led Zeppelin
    I spent $17 just to buy the Immigrant Song single online so I could have "Hey Hey What Can I Do", which was the B-side. That's how much I love this song. I couldn't think of a more perfect "coda" on Zeppelin's catalogue, seeing as this song wasn't "offically" released until the early 90s. Jimmy Page's acoustic guitar is amazing here, as is John Bonham's drumming (especially those hits towards the end!), but the best part is when Robert Plant finally wails, "Hey hey, what can I do?!" after waiting for it the entire song. Definitely the best song ever written about being in love with a street corner girl.

    1. The Wind Cries Mary, Jimi Hendrix
    This is my "chill out" song. I put in this gem from Jimi whenever I need to slow down and just go away for awhile. The song doesn't seem to take place in the present; it takes place in a time all its own. That bouncy guitar part (you know the part, bu-bum buuumm after Jimi sings the verses) hooks me every time I listen to this song. The bass and the solo suck me in even further. And Jimi's vocals are so relaxing, like when he sings, "A broom is drearily sweeping up the broken pieces of yesterday's life..."; there's something about the way he sings it that takes me out of time and space. I really can't explain it in words. Mellow, soothing, relaxing, magic, calming, cool, funky, timeless, majestic, bluesy, unique, soulful... all these words still can't do it justice. There's something about it that lets me know the world will be ok no matter what. And that is what makes it my most timeless song ever.
  • I have found the next AC/DC!!!

    10 Sep 2007, 01:33 by MetallicaACDC

    An Austrailian pub band, created by two brothers, that plays nothing but down 'n' dirty rock 'n' roll... sound familiar? Nope, not AC/DC... my new favorite modern-day band, Airbourne! I just discovered these guys today and I've already purchased their debut album Runnin' Wild on (which cost me a fortune because it's not available in the US yet).

    Like I mentioned before, Airbourne was formed by the brothers O'Keefe in 2003 and have been playing the Austrailian club circuit for the last four years. I know what you're thinking, 'This is just some stupid Aussie pub band that rips off AC/DC and now he's all excited about them because they're kind of a big deal.' You couldn't be more wrong. These guys are actually on a major label and have good production on their songs, songs with that simple power chord, boozin' and crusin' mentality of Aussie legends like AC/DC and Rose Tattoo.

    To prove it, go to their MySpace site (the only place I could find with any full songs) and listen to all three songs on there, starting with "Runnin' Wild" which will get your foot tapping within 20 seconds, I guarantee it. Then check out the anthemic "Stand Up for Rock N Roll" which features a great hard rock solo and showcases their AC/DC influence. And the third song, "Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast", which they've made a video for and is great as well with booming gang choruses and tales of the road. Here's the link to their MySpace: Airbourne's MySpace

    Their frontman sounds like a combination of Brian Johnson and Ted Nugent (and looks like a combination of the Nuge and James Hetfield). In an interview he gave (here's the link), he says he'd like to have a beer with Bon Scott and that they're not interested in playing like Blink-182 or doing the Bon Jovi crap. Is that not exactly what you want to hear from a band in 2007?! They're one of those bands who are very energetic live (as evidenced on YouTube) and jump and around and get all sweaty and stuff. Their riffs aren't downtuned and all complicated, it's all standard tuning hard rock that's about the good times, partying and running wild!

    And the good thing about these guys (unlike my second favorite modern band, Wolfmother) is that they're still a young band. Their oldest member (frontman Joel O'Keefe) is only 24 while other members Ryan O'Keefe, David Roads and Justin Street are in their early 20's. I can only hope that I'm still listening to these guys 20 years from now! (I know, I'm getting ahead of myself but Joel said in that interview that he wants to be doing this into his 60s!)

    So there you have it, my great declaration that Airbourne is the next great hard rock band. In fact, I guarantee that (with the right promotion and management), they'll be as big as Wolfmother this time next year. As of right now, they only have just over 1,000 listeners on, but I expect that number to climb in the coming months. Their debut album Runnin' Wild "officially" hits the US and Europe in January of 2008 but if you want to get it beforehand like I did, you can get it for $30 on or another media outlet like for a little more.

    Here's to hoping that Airbourne takes off and brings hard rock back to the top!!!
  • My 15 Favorite Killer Opening Riffs (w/ guitarist pics)

    10 Aug 2007, 08:02 by MetallicaACDC

    ***These are my 15 favorite opening riffs, meaning that the riff starts at the very beginning of the song and is the first thing you hear (no 4-bar intros or keyboard build-ups). I only listed one riff per band, seeing as this list would have a lot of AC/DC without that limit.***

    15. Smokin', Boston

    The best rock 'n' roll song Tom Scholz ever wrote. The opening riff carries the song nicely, even adding a vicious lick in the chorus. This is the riff that sold me on Boston and made me go out and buy their first two albums.

    14. Cat Scratch Fever, Ted Nugent

    One of the Nuge's most famous songs, and one of the meanest riffs ever written. I've known that cat-scratching sound at the beginning of this song for as long as I can remember, and it's never gotten old.

    13. Tie Your Mother Down, Queen

    A great Western-sounding riff by the legendary Brian May. Not as well-known as some of his other hard rock riffs, but just as respectable. I love the pull-off technique that's used and it provides great opportunities for crash symbals, too.

    12. Out ta Get Me, Guns N' Roses
    A bone-crunching riff from the testosterone-fueled Appetite for Destruction. Slash glosses it with some nice attitude and it sounds great with the beat drum coming in.

    11. You've Got Another Thing Comin', Judas Priest

    I love how it starts off with the same note palm-muted over and over, then the second guitar comes in with perfectly-timed power chords. My dad used this song to get me into Judas Priest. This is Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing at their finest, a true metal anthem!

    10. Rock You Like a Hurricane, Scorpions

    This was just made to get the entire arena on their feet! Great weaving guitars between Rudolf Schenker (rhythm, pictured below) and Matthias Jabs (lead). And like many riffs on this list, the thunder drums always make it sound even better. I loved this song before I ever loved the Scorpions.

    9. Layla, Eric Clapton

    Fast-paced finger magic with a dramatic sound, Eric Clapton wrote one of the finest rock riffs on this song from his time in Derek and the Dominos. A perfect example that you don't have to be hard rock to write great riffs.

    8. Unchained, Van Halen

    I remember watching the music video for this song on Vh1 Classic and thinking "Man, I should really give Van Halen a shot." I then bought the song online and watched the video numerous times in a row. Needless to say, this is my favorite Van Halen song and my favorite Eddie Van Halen riff.

    7. Spoonman, Soundgarden

    When I was like 3 or 4 and went to daycare everyday, I used to beg my dad to play 'Spoonman' in the car when he picked me up (I thought Spoonman was a superhero). So for the past 13 or 14 years I've been jamming to Spoonman in the car whenever I can. Kim Thayil wrote possibly the best riff to ever come out of Seattle (yes, better than Teen Spirit!)

    6. No Remorse, Metallica

    Skull-crunching, early-80's American metal never sounded so good. James Hetfield's down 'n' dirty riff causes me to crank the stereo and replay the first 20 seconds of this song over and over again every time it comes on. Without a doubt my favorite track from Kill 'Em All.

    5. Sleep Now in the Fire, Rage Against the Machine

    Tom Morello wrote so many great riffs while in Rage that's hard to pick just one. But I love the 8-bar build-up and then the way it just kicks in and bounces all over the place. There is no better moment in the Rage canon than when Zach de La Rocha yells, "Sleep now in the fire!!!" and this riff just pins you to the ground. Pure sonic ecstasy.

    4. Kashmir, Led Zeppelin

    Announcing itself loudly and boldy as soon as the song starts, you quickly realize that 'Kashmir' is a song of epic proportions. Originally used as a warm-up riff by Jimmy Page, it ultimately ended up being one of the most famous riffs ever written, known even by those who know nothing about Led Zeppelin. And it's great for blasting with your window rolled down at 2 o'clock in the morning after you just got off work (not that I've ever done that of course).

    3. Whole Lotta Rosie, AC/DC

    The live version of this song is actually what I'm referring to, not the studio version. The live version is much faster, a lot nastier and is driven by a solid complimentary drum beat. If the Young brothers' foot-somping riff doesn't get your blood going, then I'm afraid there is no hope for you. I'm pretty sure that the riff in 'Rosie' alone is responsible for 25% of Angus Young's stiff neck problems.

    2. 2 Minutes to Midnight, Iron Maiden

    As soon as I heard the beginning of this song, I was convinced that Iron Maiden were a great heavy metal band. Adrian Smith wrote the quintessential NWOBHM war cry riff, the kind of riff that makes you want to beat your chest and breathe fire. The rolling and crashing drums add a nice touch. The entire time you're listening to the 8-bar intro, your just hoping this song really takes off and explodes. And it does, to great satisfaction.

    1. Wild Side, Motley Crue

    There's just something about that quick wind-up sound and the killer riff that Mick Mars infuses our brains with that just gets me all fired up. This is another one of those songs I've known since I was a little kid and it just keeps getting better as the years go by. If I were ever to go to battle, I would want 'Wild Side' played just before the action started. If I were ever to fly down the highway on a Harley, I would want to hear 'Wild Side' inside my helmet. I mean, to me, this is the ultimate rebellion song with the most badass riff you could ever ask for. Add in the most earth-shaking thunder drums I've ever heard and what you have is the greatest killer opening riff ever written. (In my humble opinion, of course)
  • 5 Things That Suck About Music

    22 Feb 2007, 03:10 by MetallicaACDC

    Here are 5 things that suck about music in my opinion. Feel free to bash me and tell me I'm a bitter prick with no life if you so desire.

    1. MTV
    Ever since it's inception in the early 80's, MTV has caused artists to focus on singles instead trying to make entire albums good. Bands like Poison, Twisted Sister, Nirvana and Blink 182 owe their entire careers to the MTV promotion machine. And don't even get me started on the one-hit wonder pop acts and 5-minute boy bands that get cycled through MTV on a daily basis. If you look pretty on camera and can shake your hips in a suggestive manner, MTV will throw a wad of cash at you to get ratings. Hell, MTV has convinced an entire generation that 50 Cent has talent.

    2. Music Snobs
    I am guilty of being a music snob. Just to be clear, a music snob is someone who either rejects music as being good because they don't listen to it or tells someone else they suck for liking another band. I've never told somethey suck for liking a certain band but I've said that certain bands suck just because of the genre they're labeled as. I'm working on not being snobbish (though I still bash boy bands on a consistent basis) and hopefully other people will decide to grow up, too.

    3. "Sheep in Wolf's Clothing"
    This applies mostly to bands of today. What I mean by "sheep in wolf's clothing" are bands that pretend to be hardcore rockers when they're really nothing more than boy bands with long hair and eyeshadow (yes, I'm talking about you Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance). The teenagers go crazy for these bands because they think they are original, that they're so cool because they "sing" about things that only they can understand. I just wish they could see that people have been doing this for years, they are nothing new. They're quite boring actually.

    4. Making Political Statements
    Ok Trivium, we get it, you're against the war. We heard you the first time Green Day, you don't like President Bush. You're so clever, Panic! at the Disco, with you're long-ass song titles that make more of a statement than your music. Great, another System of a Down song about how much our economy sucks, the one they got rich off of no less. Do you see what I mean here? Can we just get back to the music please?

    5. The Death of the Guitar
    The guitar, as many came to know and love it, is dead in the popular music scene. "Artists" no longer care about cranking out a soulful guitar solo or creating memorable riffs. All they care about anymore is pounding on down-tuned axes or playing power chords at the speed of an ADD kid on cocaine. I'm sorry to see what the guitar has gone through in the past few years. Uninspired solos are all over the place as the lead guitarist spot has lost all of its prestige. I can only hope that some day the guitar will reclaim it's rightful spot as the best instrument on the planet...
  • Stairway to Heaven --or-- Highway to Hell?

    22 Dec 2006, 16:37 by MetallicaACDC

    Two songs that could not be any different. One is an long, epic, mythological ballad by a British band, the other is a short, mean, rock and roll anthem by an Austrailian band. One pushes the 9-minute mark while the other clocks in just under 4 minutes. One talks of ascending upwards towards the heavens, the other shouts of speeding straight to the underworld.

    I am talking, of course, about Stairway to Heaven and Highway to Hell. In my opinion, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC created two songs that show the completely opposite ends of the rock and roll spectrum. Stairway to Heaven is good for listening to when you're soul-searching or sitting in a room lit by blacklights. Highway to Hell is good for flying down the highway at 90 miles per hour or chanting before a high school football game. Both songs, however, evoke an emotion in people that is undeniable: that feeling of getting completely lost in rock and roll. Their messages are written in the universal language of music and span the entire width of the globe. And I'm not going to lie to you, I've cried while listening to both of these songs before.

    The argument for Stairway to Heaven says that the song is the most epic song ever written. It is certainly much more layered than AC/DC's fist-pounding anthem, seeing as the solo in Stairway is much longer and complex and the lyrical content is much deeper and more thought-provoking. Perhaps the most unique thing about the song is that it doesn't have a chorus that is repeated throughout the song; every verse has different lyrics. Unlike Highway to Hell, the song starts out very melodically with images akin to J.R.R. Tolkien and Old-Age Mythology. It then turns faster, louder and more upbeat, with an explosive ending that has yet to be matched by any song written since. Led Zeppelin has undoubtedly created a timeless song that still carries on generations later and will never cease to be.

    Advocates for Highway to Hell state that the song is much more to the point. And with good reason, seeing as the song opens with the killer riff that millions upon millions have come to know and love. When the grooving drums kick in after the first measure, you're instantly hooked. Bon Scott's vocals are much more razor-sharp and the lyrics are more easily interpreted than those of Stairway to Heaven. At times, Angus Young's guitar sounds as though it has been possesed by The Demon himself with licks that are blazing hot and nasty. The solo of Highway is perhaps one of the shortest but most memorable in all of rock history and the gang chorus of "Hiiiiighway ta Hell!" is just begging for the listener to join in. Even if Stairway is more suited for certain situations, there is surely never a bad time to crank up Highway to Hell.

    Which ever path you prefer to the afterlife (be it a Stairway or Highway), you can't deny that both of these songs have a place in the history of rock and roll. Both songs are stilled played regularly on the radio and in CD players across the world and show no signs of ever becoming dated or overplayed. And just in case you're wondering... I can hear the piper calling me to join him, but I'd rather take a season ticket on a one-way ride.