The Greatest Rock Songs Of The Noughties (Nos. 90-81)
Our festive-season rundown gathers pace. Come inside for today’s 10 tracks.
90. I Don’t Wanna Stop – Ozzy
From the 2007 album Black Rain. It’s Ozzy at his best, riding high on the back of a saddle-up-and-blaze Zakk Wylde riff. Who wants the Prince Of Darkness to stop when he can still deliver fire like this? Watch the video here.
89. Aesthetics Of Hate – Machine Head
From the 2007 album The Blackening. Dipped in fury, anger and ire, this is Machine Head hammering home how much we all miss Dimebag Darrell. Impassioned, straight from the heart. Listen to the song here.
88. Hard Rock Halleluja – Lordi
The song that won the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. Also on the album The Arockalypse from the same year. A riotous, joyous celebration of hard rock. Didn’t we all shout it out loud? Watch the video here.
87. Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr – Trivium
From the 2005 album Ascendancy. This was the song that heralded the arrival of a new metal force – and re-energized the entire metal genre into the bargain. It still packs a nuclear explosion for a punch. Watch the video here.
86. The Hand That Feeds – Nine Inch Nails
From the 2005 album With Teeth. Sinister, dark and also something of a political statement. Stand up for what you believe, and bite back! Listen to the song here.
85. Wish I Had An Angel – Nightwish
From the 2004 album Once. A thumping great slice of euro-goth pomposity featuring Tarja Turunen on vocals. So popular, it’s still performed by the band with replacement singer Anette Olzon (but in all honesty you can’t beat Tarja’s original display). Watch the video here.
84. My Spirit Will Go On – Dragonforce
From the 2004 album Sonic Firestorm. A near eight-minute masterclass in ridiculously frantic riffing. It sounds speeded up but, amazingly, it isn’t. Listen to the song here.
83. One Little Victory – Rush
From the 2002 album Vapor Trails. A complete powerhouse of a track from the veteran Canadian trio. Furious drumming from Neil Peart, killer riffing and soloing from Alex Lifeson, and signature squeakiness from Geddy Lee. What more could a Rush fan want? See Rush play the song live here.
82. Heaven’s A Lie – Lacuna Coil
From the 2002 album Comalies. A supercharged gothic gallop made all the better by a compelling vocal performance from the ever delightful Cristina Scabbia. Watch the video here.
81. Mutter – Rammstein
From the 2001 album Mutter. Is that Mutter as in ‘mumble indistinctly’? Nein, mein herr – it’s Mutter as in German for ‘mother’. This is all about about band members Till Linderman and Richard Kruspe’s troubled relationships with their mothers, and proves Rammstein can successfully combine the emotive with the combustible. Watch the video here.
* Coming tomorrow on www.classicrockmagazine.com – numbers 80 through to 71.