The Greatest Rock Songs Of The Noughties (Nos. 70-61)
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70. What Do You Want From Me? – Alice Cooper
From the 2003 album The Eyes Of Alice Cooper. If anyone needed convincing that the Coop could still come up with classic hard rock, then this was all they needed to hear. Typical Alice. Listen to the song here.
69. We’re All In Love – New York Dolls
From the 2006 album One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This. After over 30 years away, the Dolls crank back with a song that nods rigorously at the past, but proves there’s vitality in those bones still. Watch the Dolls playing the song live here.
68. Unemployed Boyfriend – Everclear
From the 2000 album Songs From An American Movie, Vol. 1: Learning To Fly. Steeped in 70s pop–rock goodness, but with an insidious twist that suggest all is not as it should be underneath the superficial shine. Perfect for the 21st Century. Listen to the song here.
67. Tribute – Tenacious D
From the 2001 album Tenacious D. This is how you combine humour, hubris and hummability. Great song in tribute to… a great song. Watch the video here.
66. The Only One – The Wildhearts
From the 2009 album Chutzpah!. Still more than capable of biting down hard on timeless hard rock melodies, The Wildhearts continue to be both individual yet genetically appealing. Listen to the song here.
65. The Lucky Ones – Pride Tiger
From the 2007 album The Lucky Ones. Canadians who celebrate heritage rock in the best possible way, by refreshing and revitalising the spirit of the early 70s. Such a shame they split up in June 2009. Watch the video here.
64. The Galway Girl – Steve Earle
From the 2000 album Transcendental Blues. Semi–autobiographical story from the politically motivated rebel country rocker, with a beautifully lilting celtic vibe. Listen to the song here.
63. The Death And Resurrection Show – Killing Joke
From the 2003 album Killing Joke. Intense, moody, gothic, occult–inspired – the usual Killing Joke cake-mix. But this one has added bite and bile. A tremendous comeback. Listen to the song here.
62. Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
From the 2000 album Wheatus. It namechecks Iron Maiden, has teenage lust and angst at its heart, and a soul–crunchin’ chorus. Perfect for the American Pie generation. For those of you who’re horrified by Wheatus’ inclusion in our list, you’ll be even more horrified when you check out check out Girls Aloud’s version here.
61. Tear Your Heart Out – Heaven’s Basement
The 2009 single. This band might have changed names so often they could have an identity crisis, but when you hear this joyous throwback to the glory days of Bon Jovi and Europe, it makes you believe anything’s possible for them. Listen to the song here.
* Coming tomorrow on www.classicrockmagazine.com – numbers 60 through to 51.