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Mom had the kids overnight again so I was flipping through the channels and stopped on something I would never have watched if the kids were home. I used to headbang with the best of 'em in my early high school years! :lol:

I only caught about #60 down through #1 but I never stopped to realize just how many really good British acts have influenced American music over the years.

The one that they "said" VH1 voters rated #1 was "Welcome To The Jungle" by Guns 'N' Roses. I don't think that would have been my choice for #1 but it would have placed in my top 20.

Here is the list:

100. I Can't Drive 55 -Sammy Hagar
99. We're an American Band-Grand Funk Railroad
98. Lit Up-Buckcherry
97. Frankenstein-Edgar Winter
96. Carry on My Wayward Son-Kansas
95. Higher-Creed
94. I Believe In a Thing Called Loved-The Darkness
93. Turn Up the Radio-Autograph
92. Don't Tell Me You Love Me-Night Ranger
91. Bullet With Butterfly Wings-Smashing Pumpkins
90. Aqualung-Jethro Tull
89. Party Hard-Andrew W.K.
88. Would?-Alice In Chains
87. Seventeen-Winger
86. The Beautiful People-Marilyn Manson
85. Slither-Velvet Revolver
84. I Wanna Be Somebody-W.A.S.P.
83. Bring Me Back to Life-Evanescence
82. Since You've Been Gone-Rainbow
81. Heaven and ****-Black Sabbath
80. Any Way You Want It-Journey
79. Rebel Yell-Billy Idol
78. Feel Like Makin' Love-Bad Company
77. Black Hole Sun-Soundgarden
76. Kiss Me Deadly-Lita Ford
75. Seven Nation Army-White Stripes
74. Love Removal Machine-The Cult
73. Jailbreak-Thin Lizzy
72. Heartbreaker-Pat Benatar
71. Mountain Song-Jane's Addiction
70. Hot Blooded-Foreigner
69. Cult of Personality-Living Colour
68. More Human Than Human-White Zombie
67. Tush-ZZ Top
66. The Final Countdown-Europe
65. Kick Out the Jams-MC5
64. Liar-Rollin's Band
63. Eye of the Tiger-Survivor
62. Breaking the Chains-Dokken
61. Round and Round-RATT
60. 18 and Life-Skid Row
59. The Stroke-Billy Squier
58. Interstate Love Song-Stone Temple Pilots
57. You Really Got Me-The Kinks
56. Cherry Pie-Warrant
55. Don't Fear the Reaper-Blue Oyster Cult
54. Epic-Faith No More
53. Born to Be Wild-Steppenwolf
52. Cherry Bomb-The Runaways
51. Peace Sells-Megadeth
50. Give It Away-Red hot Chili Peppers
49. Search and Destroy-Iggy Pop and the Stooges
48. Freak on a Leash-KoRn
47. Bawidabata-Kid Rock
46. Madhouse-Anthrax
45. Slow Ride-Foghat
44. Sunshine of Your Love-Cream
43. Holy Diver-Dio
42. Should I Stay or Should I Go-The Clash
41. Cum on Feel the Noize-Quiet Riot
40. Talk Dirty to Me-Poison
39. More Than a Feeling-Boston
38. Stone Cold Crazy-Queen
37. My Generation-The Who
36. Hot for Teacher-Van Halen
35. School's Out-Alice Cooper
34. Barracuda-Heart
33. Basket Case-Green Day
32. Cat Scratch Fever-Ted Nugent
31. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap-AC/DC
30. Even Flow-Pearl Jam
29. Bad Reputation-Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
28. Everlong-Foo Fighters
27. Still of the Night-Whitesnake
26. Freebird-Lynyrd Skynyrd
25. Blitzkrieg Bob-Ramones
24. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida-Iron Butterfly
23. Crazy Train-Ozzy Osbourne
22. Hey Joe-Jimi Hendrix Experience
21. Kashmir-Led Zeppelin
20. You Give Love a Bad Name-Bon Jovi
19. Tom Sawyer-Rush
18. Rock You Like a Hurricane-Scorpions
17. I Wanna Rock-Twisted Sister
16. Rock and Roll All Nite-KISS
15. Dr. Feelgood-Motley Crue
14. Run to the Hills-Iron Maiden
13. Photograph-Def Leppard
12. Breaking the Law-Judas Priest
11. Smoke on the Water-Deep Purple
10. Ace of Spades-Motorhead
9. Runnin' with the Devil-Van Halen
8. Walk this Way-Aerosmith
7. Smells Like Teen Spirit-Nirvana
6. Won't Get Fooled Again-The Who
5. Enter Sandman-Metallica
4. Paranoid-Black Sabbath
3. Whole Lotta Love-Led Zeppelin
2. Back In Black-AC/DC
1. Welcome to the Jungle-Guns N' Roses

When I was in high school band we played a lot of rock hits from the 60s through the mid 80s and my all-time favorite was "You Give Love A Bad Name" by Bon Jovi (#20 on this list). I played bass keyboards in high school and that song had awesome bass keyboard writing!

At #41 on the countdown was "Cum On Feel The Noize" by Quiet Riot. I was shocked to learn that that song was actually a cover of a song that a British band had and it never really took off for them. Quiet Riot was probably my first introduction into hard rock/heavy metal. My cousin who was 5 years old than me was into that music and we used to play that music all the time! We also listened to a lot of Van Halen together, as well as Motley Crue.

Another cousin of mine is self-taught on the guitar and didn't even pick up a guitar for the first time until he was about 14. He loved Metallica's music and taught himself how to play "Enter Sandman." He does such a great job on it, too!

Do you have any favorites on this list? Any song that brings back a good memory?
 

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Hmmm, a good list...for the most part. I never was a Bon Jovi fan so I have to say any inclusion of his drops the credibility of the list down a few notches.

But some that I feel were missing or overlooked are:

Highway To **** rather than Back in Black. No offense to the talents of Brian Johnson, but Bon Scott is, was, and always will be AC/DC. Deep Purple's Highway Star also should have been there. Ritchie Blackmore's guitar solo on that song is by far one of the best I have ever heard! I still do not think that today's so-called musicians can really pull off a guitar solo. Well, Vai and Satriani can. With regards to Poison, I felt Every Rose Has Its Thorn or better yet, Fallen Angel is a better choice than talk dirty to me.

Pearl Jam, to me, is a waste of a recording studio's time and effort. I never was a fan of Eddie Vedder's style. And Evanescence? Are they serious? Where is the punch line because this HAS to be a joke! Ok, where is Tom Petty??? Sorry, but I have a hard time believing that Korn and Evanescence can make this list yet Tom Petty does not? :)

Speaking of Tom Petty, ANY song from his **** The Torpedoes album is worthy of the top ten! But Refugee would be my first choice. Some other notable Petty tunes worth inclusion are Learning To Fly, Jammin' Me, and Rebels.

Some others that I feel are worth mentioning are Come Sail Away and Renegade from Styx. Tommy Shaw is a darn good guitarist. Maybe they are not hard rock, but they are along the same overall style as Grand Funk Railroad.

Ok, enough of me saying what is wrong with the list. Now for some of my favorites. I have to admit that when I first saw the video for Twisted Sister's I Wanna Rock, I nearly fell out of my chair laughing! I had a metal shop teacher exactly like the one in the video. Even today, watching that video makes me chuckle and brings me back to taking metal shop during my 9th grade year in 1983-1984.
 

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Although they had good music, I wouldn't consider Tom Petty or Styx hard rock. One of my favorite songs from my high school days was "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" but, there again, even though Poison was hard rock I think "Every Rose..." took a few steps away from that. Beautiful writing, though.

By the way, the countdown was hosted by Bret Michaels - DANG he looks good! I think he's cuter now than he was 17 years ago. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that he's clean and sober now. :oops:
 

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I agree that I don't consider Petty and Styx hard rock, but there's a lot of songs on this list that I wouldn't give that designation to.

Funny, Don, when I saw Back in Black sitting at #2 my first thought was how did that get there instead of Highway to ****?
 

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Hmmm, a good list...for the most part. I never was a Bon Jovi fan so I have to say any inclusion of his drops the credibility of the list down a few notches.
Oh Donald! Say it ain't so! BON JOVI.... is my favorite all time band!!!! You Give Love a Bad Name wouldn't have been my first pick, however, not even close. I would have chosen Wanted Dead or Alive.
 

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I love Bon Jovi too, although not #1 for me, maybe top 5. It's the other guy from Jersey that tops my list...and hey, if we gotta add Petty to this list, where the heck is Born to Run?

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I would have chosen Wanted Dead or Alive.
As a hard rock song?
 

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Aww....geez. I missed that one when I scanned through the list. There are some really interesting choices on this thing. Makes you wonder who the voters were....
 

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Ram Jam's "Black Betty"

Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold" ...though that is probably a stretch for "hard rock"

Molly Hatchet is a band I really like, though maybe not hard rock...though it has to be as hard rock as some of the other choices.

I love the electric guitar played with a violin bow in Whitesnake's "Still of the Night"


Quite a few songs on that list I like. Also, several I would have never listed, but I think that is due solely to my own personal taste in music and being a traditional Classic Rock & Roll music listener, ranging in music from the mid 60s to the 80s hairbands.
 

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that list looks like they chose 100 songs completely at random from 30 years of playlists. :dis

No Tool= invalid list. And two of the heaviest songs of all time are not on there...Stuck Mojo- Rising and Accept- Balls to the Wall. However, I'm totally pleasantly surprised Thin Lizzy's Jailbreak is on there, most underappreciated band in history. :worship
 

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Yes some pretty good 'uns there.
Glad they went for Whole Lotta Love rather than Stairway to Heaven as the top Led Zep track.

I remember when my cousin aged 16 first played Whole Lotta Love for me when I was 12. I was into the Monkees at the time, and my cousin said to me 'this is what you should be listening to' As soon as I heard the first few notes I thought 'YES! This is THE music'.

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I agree, a lot of the "should've been" songs aren't on the list. VH1 viewers ultimately break down the top 100 in the list but from what I understand they are provided a list of songs/acts to chose from first, as determined by some poobahs at VH1, so the list is quite tainted because of that.
 

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Jo, that English band that did Come On Feel The Noise...was it Slade?

There are so many different descriptions as to what is considered Hard Rock. Some people define hard rock as more like Heavy Metal while others are more generous in their description. To them even Springsteen is considered Hard Rock. In other words, if it is stronger than Air Supply or Christopher Cross, it is hard rock. So while Tom Petty and Styx may not be as hard rocking as Iron Maiden, they do have some harder, faster material. That is why I feel that Renegade and Come Sail Away are worthy of that list. Because when Tommy Shaw gets cranking, those two songs rock!! And while anything off Deep Purple's Machine Head album is worthy of the top 10, I honestly feel Highway Star is a harder, faster song than Smoke On The Water. Not only does Ritchie Blackmore really light up his axe as I said earlier, Ian Gillian belts out the words with greater intensity on that song.

Yes, Every Rose Has Its Thorn is more of a power ballad, but it does have some strong guitar later on in the song. But as I said before, Fallen Angel is a hard rockin' tune. Most of their Open Up And Say...Ahhhh album is rockin'!

Bob Seger's Hollywood Nights is also worthy of inclusion. Also, some of Midnight Oil's work is hard rocking. Beds Are Burning and Hercules are probably two of their hardest songs. Also, Peter Garrett is a very energetic performer on stage.

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Oh Donald! Say it ain't so! BON JOVI.... is my favorite all time band!!!! You Give Love a Bad Name wouldn't have been my first pick, however, not even close. I would have chosen Wanted Dead or Alive.
Sorry Deb, but they just never seemed to click with me. Maybe because they were considered popular by the fluff chicks at my high school may also have soured them to me even further. Jon Bon Jovi sometimes came off as a metalhead wannabe. I also never liked the sound of their guitars. Almost as if they were over-amped to the point of feedback. Maybe too much sustain for the chords they played? I dunno, it just did not sound...real. But then, is that their fault or the recording engineer's fault? Just listen to ANY bon jovi track and then listen to Deep Purple's Highway Star.

I am sure there are some other songs worthy of this list that I cannot think of at the moment. But getting back to my mention of the I Wanna Rock video, does anybody know how that obnoxious teacher is? And also, anybody know who the principal is at the very end? 10 bonus points if you get both right! :lol: No cheating with Google or else you forfeit your points and I pay Jeanie to put you in The Corner.
 

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Heidi n Q said:
Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold" ...though that is probably a stretch for "hard rock"
I love the electric guitar played with a violin bow in Whitesnake's "Still of the Night"
Heidi, I LOVE Ted's Stranglehold too!!!! And I agree with you on the 'electric guitar played with a violin bow' (though this was just for effect on the video... they are actually using electric violins to produce that sound). Very cool part of the song though. Love it!

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Jo, that English band that did Come On Feel The Noise...was it Slade?
It was performed by both Slade and Quiet Riot
 

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By the way, the countdown was hosted by Bret Michaels - DANG he looks good! I think he's cuter now than he was 17 years ago. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that he's clean and sober now. :oops:
I don't know what it is, but I definitely agree with you, Jo. In the lingo of my 15 year old daughter, "Brett Michaels is HAWT!!"
 

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but from what I understand they are provided a list of songs/acts to chose from first, as determined by some poobahs at VH1, so the list is quite tainted because of that.
Jo, I was thinking about that comment. And with that being the case, chances are that list is pretty much culled from a collection of various top 40 play lists. Top 40 is OK to gauge general popularity and overall sales. But is it an honest measure of true quality? What about some of the other songs on an album that do not get a lot of airplay? They can be as good, if not better than the heavily played songs. Take Eric Clapton's benchmark album, Slowhand. Granted the songs Cocaine, Wonderful Tonight, and Lay Down Sally are the most common. But Next Time You See Her is easily on par with Lay Down Sally and better than the other two. JUdas Priest's Breaking The Law is another example. I also feel Living After Midnight is a better song. I think that Breaking The Law is also too short to really rock to here...

Also, it has been mentioned here by myself and somebody else that Highway To **** (my drive to work themesong) is a better overall song than Back In Black. So that is why I feel that this list may be tainted by top 40 sales and ranking rather than overall quality.

I meant to add that Highway Star IS NOT a song to listen to in your car on a freeway with a 1½ mile long straightaway and a lead foot! You could say I showed a complete lack of respect for speed limit legislation those times and the guy in the Taurus SHO was getting very upset that his car, with his wife/GF in the car, was getting blown off the road by an Escort ZX2!! :oops: So attention leadfoots. It is not a good idea to play that song in your car!! :p

While maybe not HARD rock, what about Cheap Trick's I Want You To Want Me from their Live At Budokan album? I also think that A Kind Of Magic from Queen's Live At Wembley concert in 1986 is a really rocking tune. Not only does the late Freddie Mercury's vocals just dominate, but so does his stage presence as well. And Brian May is really jamming away in that performance as well. Sigh, what a shame to lose a talented performer like Mercury.

edit: Hmmm, where is Hair Of The Dog by Nazareth???????
 
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