Music

Rock Songs Gone Hard

  • Track Count 13
  • Total Length 2:22:40
Sample this playlist
  1. 1 Move Over Slade 05:44
  2. 3 California Man Cheap Trick 04:20
  3. 5 Low Rider Exodus 02:25
  4. 7 Do You Wanna Dance The Ramones 01:40
  5. 9 The Green Manalishi Judas Priest 05:12
  6. 11 Rocky Mountain Way Triumphlee 05:22
  7. 13 We're An American Band Autograph 05:38
  8. 15 Love Child Heaven 03:49
  9. 17 Slow Down Zebra 03:50
  10. 19 Piece Of My Heart Rough Cutt 06:38
  11. 21 Paint It Black The Avengers 03:12
  12. 23 Mystery Train UFO 09:39
  13. 25 It's Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It) Twisted Sister 13:51
Playlist Description

There's no denying that heavy metal and punk were heavily influenced by early rock and roll, blues, and the heavy psychedelia of the late '60s...no wonder then that so many hard rockers include those classic rock tunes in their live repertoire. 1) Glam metal pioneers give a shout to Janis Joplin when stopping in her old San Francisco stomping grounds. Also appears on their 1972 "Slayed?" album. 2) Written by Roy Wood for The Move just before they morphed into ELO, this song appeared on Cheap Trick's "Heaven Tonight" and "At Budokan" albums. 3) King Crimson's version is pretty aggressive itself -- April Wine's version may be even more accessible than the original without the heavily distorted vocals and piercing saxophone. 4) It's easy to picture yourself chilling and cruising through town while listening to War's version -- with Exodus, it sounds more like driving a tank through the streets of a military zone. 5) Written and recorded by Bobby Freeman in 1958, the most well-known version of "Do you Wanna Dance" is from The Beach Boys. The Ramones issue a strong reminder that you don't have to be a poodle skirt-wearing high schooler to want to boogie. 6) Peter Green has said that this song was inspired by a drug-induced dream of a dog that he believed to represent money, written while he was struggling mentally and just about to leave Fleetwood Mac. Eventually, the song became so associated with the Judas Priest version that many assumed it to be one of their originals. 7) It seems odd to hear Triumph give shout outs to Cleveland during this performance, but at least they knew where they were. This Joe Walsh tune seems to lend itself particularly well to this hard rocking interpretation. 8) Not much different than Grand Funk Railroad's original. 9) This classic Motown tune is hardly recognizable in the hands of the Australian rockers Heaven. 10) Penned by Larry Williams, he included this song as the B-side to "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" in 1958, both of whi