The Greatest Rock Songs Of The Noughties (Nos. 80-71)
The countdown continues! Come inside for today’s 10 tracks.
80. The Drapery Falls – Opeth
From the 2001album Blackwater Park. This really did announce the Swedes as new-era progressive metal innovators. Intense, searing… yet also complex. Listen to the song here.
79. Bodies (Let The Bodies Hit The Floor) – Drowning Pool
From the 2001 album Sinner. One of the mightiest anthems to emerge from nu-metal, it endures and prospers today as a rally-call for extreme sports. Watch the video here.
78. Ice Queen – Within Temptation
From the 2000 album Mother Earth. A haunting and majestic celebration of goth metal. In its own way, a mini-opera. Watch the video here.
77. Heads Explode – Monster Magnet
From the 2001 album God Says No. A riposte to all those who believe the band haven’t done anything worthwhile since Power Trip in 1998. Celebrates everything that makes them stoner sultans. Watch the (uncensored) video here.
76. Only For The Weak – In Flames
From the 2000 album Clayman. An international metal anthem that proves these Swedes have the mettle (sic) to be a tornado on a scene cluttered with light winds. Watch the video here.
75. It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
From the 2000 album Crush. Bon Jovi might’ve alienated themselves from their rock fanbase by the time the tail-end of the Noughties came around, but they started off in fine fashion. This glorious chest-thumper has all the familiar BJ elements: Richie Sambora ticklin’ and tweakin’ his talk box, namechecks for Tommy and Gina (natch), and Jon’s trademark reach-for-the-sky lyrics: ‘It’s my life/It’s now or never/I ain’t gonna live forever/I just wanna live while I’m alive.’ Right on! Watch the video here.
74. Counterfeit God – Black Label Society
From the 2000 album Stronger Than Death. A tempestuous toke of Zakk attakk; like an Ozzy Osbourne song recorded in the seething, grunting, flaming, stinking (etc) pits of Hades. A fitting analogy, because Satan is the counterfeit God, ain’t he? Watch the video here – and yes, that is Mark Wahlberg alongside Zakk and the boys.
73. Worldwide Suicide – Pearl Jam
From the 2006 album Pearl Jam. Just when you thought Pearl Jam had lost all their spunk, they came up with this spike-encrusted offering that harks backs to the rawest, angriest, edgiest days of grunge. The track, it turns out, is a diatribe against the war in Iraq. Watch the video here.
72. Words (Big Mouth) – Ian Hunter
From the 2007 album Shrunken Heads. A deceptively countrified hunk of acerbity with top-notch lyrics: ‘Black dog lurkin’ in the alleyway/Alcohol robbin’ with the key/Open up the floodgates and out it comes/Like a river full of gravity.’ Sheesh – the crabby ol’ septuagenarian poet has still got it! Watch ’Unter playing the song live here.
71. I’ve Met Jesus – Hot Leg
We gotta admit it – we love Justin Hawkins’ post Darkness band. The (now) twirly-moustached frontman’s off-the-wall sense of humour, sometimes (but not always) diluted with the ‘Ness, shines through like Bill Ward’s underpants on the cover of Sabotage on this infectiously jaunty offering. Plus we really dig the chorus: ‘I’ve met Jesus and he’s nothing like you.’ A far-out falsetto feast. Watch the video here.
* Coming tomorrow on www.classicrockmagazine.com – numbers 70 through to 61.
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