The Greatest Rock Songs Of The Noughties (Nos. 60-51)
Happy Christmas! Here’s the latest instalment in our rampant rockin’ rundown…
60. Still Unbroken – Lynyrd Skynyrd
From the 2009 album God & Guns. The return of the legendary southern rock lords, with something that might nod at the greatness of the past, but also points swiftly to good times ahead. Watch the video here.
59. Soul Mover – Glenn Hughes
From the 2005 album Soul Mover. The Voice Of Rock continues to astound with that truly incredible vocal range, here taking in soul on a song that abounds with showboatin’ style. Watch the video here.
58. Soul Creek – Black Stone Cherry
From the 2008 album Folklore And Superstition. One of the bands who’ve helped make southern rock cool again. And this song is among the prime reasons. Watch the video here.
57. Paschendale – Iron Maiden
From the 2003 album Dance Of Death. One of those war songs that Maiden do so well, dealing with the infamous First World War battle. The horror, calumny and fear of the battle are reflected in the simple dignity of those participating. Truly momentous. Listen to the song here.
56. Sick Man Of Europe – Cheap Trick
From the 2009 album The Latest. Their genius for off–kilter melodies is still intact. Cheap Trick proving they’ve the energy and mastery to compete with their own catalogue – and win. Listen to the song here.
55. In Your Honor – Foo Fighters
From the 2005 album In Your Honor. The Foos have a knack of writing appropriately confident and creative songs. This is the best songs they’ve done during the decade. Which makes it one of the best of the past 10 years. Watch the Foos play it live here.
54. Schism – Tool
From the 2001 album Lateralus. A Grammy winner in 2002, this is why Tool have such a massive and dedicated following. Complex rhythms, enigmatic vocals and the sort of monochrome fire that just devastates. Listen to the song here.
53. Scatagoria – Masters Of Reality
From the 2001 album Deep In The Hole. The Masters have their own twist on stoner rock here. It’s deeply rooted in blues and psychedelic freefall. Dare one call it a unique Master’plan? (Sorry, we can’t find a link to this song. Support the Masters and buy it instead!)
52. Spindrift – Rush
From the 2007 album Snakes & Arrows. Rush have always retained their identity while updating their sound. This song is one of the reasons why Rush still remain so relevant and revered. What’s more, it’s the Canadians’ second entry in our chart – and they might just be the only band to have repeat entries. Stay tuned. Listen to the song here.
51. Rock Star –Nickelback
From the 2005 album All The Right Reasons. A real satire on the rock star lifestyle, with amusing interjections from ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. It has humour and an insistent chorus – as well as more than a ring of truth. Irritating… but irresistible. Watch the video here.
* Coming on Boxing Day on www.classicrockmagazine.com – numbers 50 through to 41.