The Greatest Rock Songs Of The Noughties (Nos. 10-2)
We’ve finally reached the Top 10!
10. Judas Rising – Judas Priest
From the 2005 album Angel Of Retribution. As a dramatic and full of metal godliness as we all hoped would be the case when Rob Halford went back to Priest. A statement of intent and intensity from the mighty ones. Listen to the song here.
9. Seven Nation Army – White Stripes
From the 2003 album Elephant. The insistent riff, the dramatic vocal beat… it all came together to make this a Grammy Award winner in 2004. And deservedly so. How to turn understatement into a triumph. Watch the video here.
8. Crazy Bitch – Buckcherry
From the 2006 album 15. Unquestionably, the priapic anthem of the Noughties. The sort of good-time ‘let’s fuck and hang the consequences’ attitude that we all loved in the 1980s. The PC brigade hated this ode to lascivious behaviour – all the more reason to cherish it! Listen to the song here.
7. Slither – Velvet Revolver
From the 2004 album Contraband. Perhaps the finest example of what could happen if the best of the Stone Temple Pilots careered into the finest of Guns N’ Roses. A caustic, rousing Grammy Award winner. Watch the video here.
6. Cochise – Audioslave
From the 2002 album Audioslave. Chris Cornell fronting Rage Against The Machine? That was the theory here. In practice, it was a band in its own right, with a swing and balance that outweighed any ‘supergroup’ dismissals. This is the band’s high point. Watch the video here.
5. No One Knows – Queens Of The Stone Age
From the 2002 album Songs For The Deaf. Probably the finest example not just of QOTSA, but also of stoner rock in the past 10 years. It adheres to a harmonically hypnotic riff, and a narcotically addictive melody. How to take the Kyuss legacy further. Watch the video here.
4. Chop Suey! – System Of A Down
From the 2001 album Toxicity. The song that broke SOAD out of their cult status and on to far bigger things. The juxtaposition of a gorgeous tune with lyrics about death might seem a little like beauty and the beast, but the collaboration is immaculate. Watch the video here.
3. Better – Guns N’ Roses
From the 2008 album Chinese Democracy. After waiting seemingly centuries for the album to be released, wasn’t it inevitable that everyone would be initially disappointed with the results? Then you start to go back and discover this gem such as this, and slowly it dawns on you that Axl’s actually made a classic – but we’ve been too prejudiced to give it a chance. Watch GN’R play it live here.
2. Anything Goes – AC/DC
From the 2008 album Black Ice. While there is always a distinct aroma to the way AC/DC play, sometimes they’ll slyly play around with the song structures. This is one of the catchiest songs the band have written in years. It has such an energetically potent chorus that you get the feeling showers were invented for this.
Watch the video here.
* Coming tomorrow (that’s New Year’s Eve – see what we did there?) on www.classicrockmagazine.com – the long-awaited No.1!