Here are ten of my favourite songs, some you will know already, some you may not, but I am sure you will find at least one that you will enjoy.
1. Crazy by The Moffats
It could be argued that The Moffats were nothing more than Canadas answer to Hanson, comprising as it did of three brothers. Although, in the UK Hanson were more popular. Well, they had a couple of bigger hits before disappearing without a trace. It must have been around 1995 that I heard this song on the radio and for some reason went out and bought it. Compared to their other stuff this song is way much better. Would also like to say that I do not know anyone else who even remembers this song let alone likes it.
2. Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind
Ok before anyone says anything, I realise that Third Eye Blind are quite popular in America, but in the UK not so much. In fact this song was their only song that bothered the charts at all, peaking at a rather miserable number 33. Perhaps it was the catchiness of the song that first made me like it or maybe it was the lyrics. One thing is for sure I have liked this song since way back in 1997 when I was 16.
3. No Fronts by Dog Eat Dog
I have a sneaky suspicion that I first heard this song on an episode of Beavis and Butthead way back when. If you like a bit of rock and rap crossover sung by a white guy then this song is for you. If you don’t then you probably will think this song is rubbish.
4. No Rain by Blind Melon
I remember the first ever time I heard this song was on the Pepsi Chart show in 1992 and I remember enjoying the song immensely. It wasn’t until 5 years later, when I was at a jumble sale, that I saw the cd single for sale for 20pence. Something in my memory told me that I really liked this song so I bought it and have enjoyed it ever since. In fact, these days I like pretty much everything that Blind Melon have ever done.
5. We Believe by Queen + Paul Rodgers
It was with some trepidation that I bought the newest Queen album Cosmos Rocks. Here was a band that I had like all my life, inspite of the fact that there lead singer, Freddy Mercury had died in 1991. So a whole new album of Queen songs, written with Paul Rodgers comes out and most people think not a lot of it. I loved it though. It is like listening to the rock band you always wish that someone had put together. Rodgers voice stands up brilliantly and Brian May and Roger Taylors playing, as always, is immense. This song is one of the standouts on the album.
6. Runaway Train by Soul Asylum
I had never heard of Soul Asylum when I first heard the song Runaway Train, it seemed to me to be a great song from a new and up and coming band. It was with some shock then that latterly I found out that Soul Asylum had in fact been releasing albums for years. Their normal stuff tended to be more on the rock side of things but this song managed to take the bands name to a whole new fan-base due to the popularity of it. The video below is a live version.
7. All That Jazz by Stetsasonic
Stetsasonic were a hip-hop band from the 1980s, who, arguably, never had the success that they could have had. First time I heard this song was on a cassette I had called Rap Attack, which was a compilation of some of the best new hip-hop music. This song, All That Jazz, still has lyrics that hold up today. Although, they do go for the cheapness of rhyming the word rap with crap.
8. American Jesus by Bad Religion
Bit of a controversial choice really but I must confess to liking this immensely. I do like rock songs and this one is up there with the best, although I think it is actually the lyrical context that gives it the appeal. The song was originally written as a protest against George Bush senior during the first Gulf War, after Bush had said that America would win the war as they had Jesus on their side. Even though that was many many years ago now, the lyrics still hold up and show just how little the world has advanced. The video below is a live version.
9. Steal Your Fire by Gun
A good quality rock song from a band who not many people remember. Gun were a Glaswegian band from the late 80s to mid 90s. Although they never received the critical acclaim that maybe they should have deserved, they still have a huge fan base of those that do remember and like their stuff. They were so good that even the Rolling Stones liked them, so much in fact they asked them to go on tour with them in 1990. This song comes from Gun’s second album called Gallus, released in 1992.
10. Wasted In America by Love/Hate
Another song from 1992 and another rock song. It took me years to work out whether it was a guy singing or a girl with a manly voice. The song includes, what for me, is one of the best lyrics ever; “Something’s gone wrong with the tv generation” and how true is that. The video below is a live version.