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In the early days of radio entertainment, before FM radio existed, there were only stations that played a vast assortment of musical genres. There were no strictly Heavy Metal stations, or stations dedicated solely to Gansta Rap. So, that being said, I have made it my goal to help recreate this old format and give you all a nice, balanced dose of various musical tastes and eras. So that's the way we're gonna do it: one song a day, limitless possibilities, and a good mix of old and new. Sit back and enjoy The Random Song Blog!
Top 25 Songs of All Time: #14
This song is going to hit close to home for a lot of people. I just know it.
I always found it funny how a band’s best song can sometimes be the one that goes completely against what they’re known for. Examples of this include “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day, “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, and “Angie” by the Rolling Stones. All of those songs took what the usual forte of the artists, turned them inside out, and used the element of (pleasant) surprise to their advantage.
So what happens when you get the ever-so-funky Red Hot Chili Peppers, and ask them for a quick heart-to-heart? Well, what you get is the genius decision by Anthony Kiedis to completely let his guard down and reveal his innermost struggle to the world, without any sense of fear or apprehension.
Almost unexpectedly, what this achieved was an emotional experience that almost anyone could relate to. Without a doubt, the line “I don’t ever want to feel like I did that day” strikes a chord with everyone, and might even make them explore their own personal demons for a second. Kiedis’ beautiful description of LA as a metaphor for his drug use helps the listener completely understand his addiction.
Don’t even get me started on the song’s ending. The inclusion of the chorus completely caught me off guard the first time I heard it. But honestly, could you think of a more uplifting way to end such a personal song? Without a doubt, one of the best finishes to a song that I’ve ever heard. The final line of the song “Here I stay”, can be seen to mean that, while he has finally moved on from his addiction, he will always carry the experience with him in life—empowered.
Under the Bridge by The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Top 25 Songs of All Time: #15
If this list was based solely on song quality, then this song would easily be in the top five. Anytime you have Eric Clapton and Duane Allman on the same song, it has to be on ANYONE’s top whatever songs of all time list.
I remember getting chills the first time I heard the opening notes of this song. It starts off slow, as if to give a preview of what you’re in for. What follows is perhaps one of the best—and certainly the most catchy— guitar riff of all time. What makes it even better is the masterful rhythm and bass guitars that accompany the riff. All three instruments are played so well that they could easily stand alone in their own song, and bringing them together creates a perfect harmony.
Add in the incredibly convincing wailing of Clapton, as well as an oddly appropriate piano/slide guitar section, and you have about as close to classic rock perfection as you can get.
The subject matter isn’t bad either. The lyrics are based on a book about a man who goes insane after falling hopelessly in love with an unobtainable woman. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?
A true masterpiece, it comes in at number fifteen.
Lalya by Derek and the Dominos
Top 25 Songs of All Time: #16
As I’ve said before, part of the attachment that people have with songs is largely based on a personal connection. If I based this entire list solely on songs that I feel I relate to the most, then about twenty of the entries would be Eminem songs.
This song came around the point of Eminem’s career where he truly began to understand the impact that his music had on people. And rather than take advantage of it by continuing to create his trademark shock music, in this track he instead decides to give listeners a deeper understanding of the dichotomy between the hate he receives from the media and the love he receives from his fans.
The self-awareness of his music is taken up a notch through lines such as “That’s why we sing for these kids, who don’t have a thing/ Except for a dream, and a fuckin’ rap magazine”. The entire “Eminem Show” album is littered with songs with this, which is why many named it as one of the best albums of the 2000s.
While many wouldn’t jump to name this song as one of his best, I feel that the overall theme that the song represents shows the ever-increasing maturity of Eminem as an artist.
So here it is, number sixteen.
Sing For The Moment by Eminem
Top 25 Songs of All Time: #17
Have you ever had a song that just seemed to come around at the right moment? You know, when you feel that your life is in a sort of “funk”, and one song just seems to come right out of the sky and make everything better?
Well, that was this song for me. It’s has a pretty simple message (no pun intended): listen to your mother. Johnny Van Zant recites pieces of advice that we’ve all heard from our mothers, but there’s an odd sort of intensification to these lines, since they’re spoken by a grown man who realizes how wise mothers are. And it’s true, after all. This is the perfect song to listen to if you ever feel that you’re struggling, and need a bit of comfort.
Hearing the distorted guitar riff that comes after the opening was one of the most emotional music moments of my life. That’s the thing with Lynyrd Skynyrd: they just seem to get it. They get what it means to be a blue collar person with everyday problems, and they never seemed to forget it amidst all their fame.
A testament to how highly I think of this song is that I heard it for the first time all the way through only a year ago, and now it has found itself on my all-time list.
Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd
(sorry for the delay—spring break)
imreallyinthelaundryroom asked: Your 25 best songs posts are fantastic! I love your blog.
Thank you! Sorry I haven’t been posting more often, though!
Top 25 Songs of All Time: #18
Number eighteen is from who many consider to be the greatest guitar player to ever live. This song is one that really does capture what makes Jimi Hendrix so great. He played with such a smooth style that is seems as though the notes flowed straight from his body. It all just sounds so effortless, so organic, and so sophisticated that I truly didn’t appreciate his mastery of guitar until I was an adult. Well, an “adult”.
I love the subject matter of this song. Everyone has their vice, their own version of a “little wing”. A girl, a boy, a video game, a sport, a drug, a drink, or just anything else imaginable that just seems to ease the pain of life. For a certain period of time, my vice was this song. It’s so comforting, being just long enough to get you going, but just short enough to make you want more.
It’s no surprise that this is one of the most successful songs that I’ve posted on this page, and it enters the list at number eighteen.
Little Wing by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Top 25 Songs of All Time: #19
Perhaps the most “out in left field” song of this enters at number nineteen. I’m not a big fan of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and never have been. Like, at all. But, that being said, this song has managed to remain one of my favorites for nearly 8 years.
I love the way the song is constructed. It starts off slow, calm, and soothing through the great use of a few guitar chords. From then on, it just builds, and builds, and builds. The crescendo eventually culminates in an explosion of flawless mixing, great instrumentals, and Karen O’s otherworldly piercing howl. It’s an explosion that leaves you speechless, satisfied, and, most of all, empowered.
To give an example of how great the song’s finish is, I’ll refer to a time I went out for a run during the 10th grade. This song came up on the shuffle, and my hand was too cold to change it, so I let it play.
I don’t think I have ever, EVER, run faster during a jog in my entire life.
Okay, enough about me, here’s number nineteen.
Gold Lion by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Top 25 Songs of All Time: #20
Number twenty on the list is a heavy metal anthem by one of the granddaddies of the thrash genre, Metallica.
The funny thing is, that I was never really too big on Metallica. I had a heard a few of their songs from the 2000s, and was never really too impressed. However, as I grew up and listened to their songs more, I gained a bigger appreciation for the way they are able to produce a brutal, intense sound without being overly sloppy. Make no mistake about it: Metallica is one of the best rock bands ever.
So naturally, I had to pick one of the band’s most influential songs to be on this list. The song opens with one of most legendary riffs of all-time, which prompted many of us to try and learn how to play guitar. Also in the song are what I consider some of the best lyrics in the thrash genre, on par with Slayer’s “Raining Blood”. (Come crawling faster/obey your master).
Now, what really makes this song special to me is the down-tempo bridge that occurs right in the middle of the song. For a thrash band to slow down and switch to quality melodies over pure distortion shows balls, the kind of balls that makes Metallica so great. It was used in the documentary “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” in the final credit, and for good reason. It’s one section of a great song that can really capture our sentimental ties to the genre, and there’s no way a true metal fan can hear it without at least getting a little emotional.
Metallica’s masterpiece reflects the headbanger in all of us at number twenty.
Master of Puppets by Metallica
Top 25 Songs of All Time: #21
This song is by the great folk hero, Bob Dylan. It falls in line with a long list of songs by Dylan that center around social injustice. However, there are several qualities to it that make it stand out above the rest. At least, in my opinion.
The way that the song is crafted makes it sound more like a movie script than a song. From the opening line to the end, it’s relentlessly visual. You can almost feel that you’re present at every event. Couple this imagery with the masterful violin and perfectly timed harmonica bridges, and you’ve got an absolute unforgettable emotional ride. I got goosebumps within the first fifteen seconds of the song. It also doesn’t hurt that this song was based on a real person who was wrongly incriminated, as well.
It’s this kind of ballsy song that made Bob Dylan the hero that he is today, and it lands him at number twenty-one on this list.
Hurricane by Bob Dylan