My Top 100 Favorite Songs of All-time (Part 4 of 4)

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25. “Rockin’ In The Free World” by Neil Young

Album: Freedom (1989)


Genre: Heartland rock, hard rock

“There’s colors on the street
Red, white and blue
People shufflin’ their feet
People sleepin’ in their shoes
But there’s a warnin’ sign
on the road ahead
There’s a lot of people sayin’
we’d be better off dead
Don’t feel like Satan,
but I am to them
So I try to forget it,
any way I can.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world”

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24. “Blitzkrieg Bop” by Ramones

Album: Ramones (1976)


Genre: Punk Rock

“Hey Ho, let’s go Hey Ho, let’s go
Hey Ho, let’s go Hey Ho, let’s go

They’re forming in a straight line
They’re going through a tight wind
The kids are losing their minds
The Blitzkrieg Bop

They’re piling in the back seat
They generate steam heat
Pulsating to the back beat
The Blitzkrieg Bop”

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23. “Shake It Out” by Florence + The Machine

Album: Ceremonials (2011)

Genre: Baroque pop, Art rock, Soul

“And I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I’m always dragging that horse around

And our love is pastured, such a mournful sound
Tonight I’m gonna bury that horse in the ground
So I like to keep my issues strong
But it’s always darkest before the dawn”


22. “Punk Rock Song” by Bad Religion

Album: The Gray Race (1996)

Genre: Punk rock

“10 million dollars on a losing campaign
20 million starving and writhing in pain
Big strong people unwilling to give
Small in vision and perspective
One in five kids below the poverty line
One population runnin’ out of time, running out of time!

This is just a punk rock song
Written for the people who can see something’s wrong
Like ants in a colony we do our share
But there’s so many other fuckin’ insects out there
And this is just a punk, rock, song!”


21. “Freedom” by Rise Against the Machine

Album: Rage Against the Machine (1994)

Genre: Rap Metal, Alternative Metal

“The militant poet in once again, check it

It’s set up like a deck of cards
They’re sending us to early graves
For all the diamonds
They’ll use a pair of clubs to beat the spades
With poetry I paint the pictures that hit
More like the murals that fit
Don’t turn away
Get in front of it

Brotha, did ya forget ya name?
Did ya lose it on the wall
Playin’ tic-tac-toe?”


20. “Chop Suey!” by System of a Down

Album: Toxicity (2001)

Genre: Alternative Metal, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, Experimental

“Wake up (wake up)
Grab a brush and put a little makeup
Hide the scars to fade away the (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup)
Why’d you leave the keys upon the table?
Here you go, create another fable

I don’t think you trust
In my self-righteous suicide
I cry when angels deserve to die”


19. “Ace of Spades” by Motörhead

Album: Ace of Spades (1980)

Genre: Heavy Metal, Speed Metal

“Playing for the high one, dancing with the devil,
Going with the flow, it’s all a game to me,
Seven or Eleven, snake eyes watching you,
Double up or quit, double stake or split,
The Ace Of Spades
The Ace Of spades”

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18. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

Album: A Night at the Opera (1975)

Genre: Rock, Progressive Rock

“So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye.
So you think you can love me and leave me to die.
Oh, baby, can’t do this to me, baby,
Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here”


17. “Barracuda” by Heart

Album: Little Queen (1977)

Genre: Hard rock

“Back over time when we were all trying for free
You met The porpoise and me
No right, no wrong, you’re selling a song- a name
Whisper game

And if the real thing don’t do the trick
You better make up something quick
You gonna burn, burn, burn, burn, burn it to the wick
Ooooh, barracuda!”


16. “Breaking The Law” by Judas Priest

Album: British Steel (1980)

Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

“So much for the golden future
I can’t even start
I’ve had every promise broken
And there’s anger in my heart
You don’t know what it’s like
You don’t have a clue
If you did you’d find yourselves
Doing the same thing too

Breaking the law, breaking the law”


15. “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath

Album: Paranoid (1970)

Genre: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

“Finished with my woman because she couldn’t help me with my mind.
People think I’m insane because I am frowning all the time.
All day long I think of things but nothing seems to satisfy.
Think I’ll lose my mind if I don’t find something to pacify…

Can you help me, occupy my brain?
Oh, yeah…

I need someone to show me the things in life that I can’t find.
I can’t see the things that make true happiness, I must be blind…”


14. “Rock You Like A Hurricane” by Scorpions

Album: Love At First Sting (1984)

Genre: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

“It’s early morning
The sun comes out
Last night was shaking
And pretty loud
My cat is purring
And scratches my skin
So what is wrong
With another sin
The bitch is hungry
She needs to tell
So give her inches
And feed her well
More days to come
New places to go
I’ve got to leave
It’s time for a show

Here I am, rock you like a hurricane”

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13. “Holy Diver” by Dio

Album: Holy Diver (1983)

Genre: Heavy metal

“(Look out!)
Race for the morning
You can hide in the sun ’till you see the light
Oh we will pray it’s all right

Gotta get away-get away

Between the velvet lies
There’s a truth that’s hard as steel-yeah
The vision never dies
Life’s a never ending wheel”


12. “Mother” by Danzig

Album: Danzig (1988)

Genre: Heavy metal

Tell your children not to walk my way
Tell your children not to hear my words
What they mean
What they say
Can you keep them in the dark for life
Can you hide them from the waiting world
Oh mother
Gonna take your daughter out tonight
Gonna show her my world”

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11. “Don’t Drag Me Down” by Social Distortion

Album: White Light, White Heat, White Trash (1992)

Genre: Hardcore Punk, Punk Rock, Cowpunk

“Ignorance like a gun in hand, reach out to the promised land
Your history books are full of lies, media-blitz gonna dry your eyes
Have you ever been afraid, and felt society try to keep you down?
I begin to watch things change and see them turn around

Turn around, they’ll try to keep you down
Turn around, turn around
Don’t drag me down”


10. “Ruby Soho” by Rancid

Album: …And Out Come the Wolves (1995)

Genre: Punk Rock

“Echoes of reggae comin’ through my bedroom wall
Havin a party up next door but I’m sittin here all alone
Two lovers in the bedroom and the other starts to shout
All I got is this blank stare and that don’t carry no clout at all

Destination unknown
Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby SoHo
Destination unknown
Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby SoHo”


9. “Drones” by Rise Against

Album: The Sufferer & The Witness (2006)

Genre: Melodic hardcore, Punk rock

“And if strength is born from heartbreak
Then mountains I could move
And if walls could speak I’d pray
That they would tell me what to do

If you see me, please just walk on by, walk on by
Forget my name and I’ll forget it too
Failed attempts at living simple lives, simple lives
Are what keep me coming back to you

No signs of life here, save the embers, the occasional flame
We’d know the way but can’t remember, conception to the grave
Shout confessions from the greatest heights, where no one can hear
All my fears, my insecurities are falling like tears”


8. “Girls Not Grey” by A.F.I.

Album: Sing the Sorrow (2003)

Genre: Alternative Rock, Punk Rock, Post-hardcore

“I’ll lay me down tonight
much further down
swim in the calm tonight
This art does drown

(What follows) Me as the whitest lace of light
(will swallow whole) just begs to be imbrued?
(What follows) has lead me to this place where I belong
with all erased
what follows”


7. “Take This Life” by In Flames

Album: Come Clarity (2006)

Genre: Melodic Death Metal, Alternative Metal

“The water drops
Just beg to hit me
Why now? Haven’t rained for days
No time to play hide and seek
I call upon you to take me on
Break me down to pieces
Put me back,
Do it right this time
Struggling to fill this empty stream
Burn my efforts in the end it means NOTHING

If I ever… if I never…
Make me understand the thought whatever
Make me see… make me be…
Make me understand you’re there for me

Take this life
I’m right here
Stay a while and breathe me in”


6. “Creeping Death” by Metallica

Album: Ride the Lightning (1984)

Genre: Thrash metal

Hebrews born to serve, to the pharaoh
To his every word, live in fear
Of the unknown one, the deliverer
Something must be done, four hundred years

So let be written
So let be done
I’m sent here by the chosen one
So let be written
So let be done
To kill the first born pharaoh son
I’m creeping death”

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5. “Angry Chair” by Alice In Chains

Album: Dirt (1992)

Genre: Grunge, Heavy Metal

“Corporate prison, we stay, hey
I’m a dull boy, work all day, oh
So I’m strung out anyway, hey

Loneliness is not a phase
Field of pain is where I graze
Serenity is far away

Saw my reflection and cried, hey
So little hope that I died, oh
Feed me your lies, open wide, hey
Weight of my heart, not the size, oh”


4. “The Evil That Men Do” by Iron Maiden

Album: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988)

Genre: Heavy metal, Power Metal

“Love is a razor
And I walked the line on that silver blade
Slept in the dust with his daughter
Her eyes red with the slaughter of innocense
And I will pray for her
I will call her name out loud
I would bleed for her
If I could only see her now

Living on the razor’s edge
Balancing on the ledge

The evil that men do lives on and on”


3. “Sam’s Town” by The Killers

Album: Sam’s Town (2006)

Genre: Indie Rock, Heartland Rock, Post-punk Revival

“Nobody ever had a dream ’round here
But I don’t really mind that it’s starting to get to me
Nobody ever pulls the seams ’round here
But I don’t really mind that it’s starting to get to me
I’ve got this energy beneath my feet
Like something underground’s gonna come up and carry me
I’ve got this sentimental heart that beats
But I don’t really mind that it’s starting to get to me now”


2. “Caught A Glimpse” by Blindside

Album: Silence (2002)

Genre: Post-hardcore, Alternative Metal

“(But in the crowd I)
Caught a glimpse of your eye
Everything freezes
I’m in an old photograph
I’m back from the start
Caught a glimpse of your eye
Everything freezes and I’m ready
To give you my heart”


1. “Self-Esteem” by The Offspring

Album: Smash (1994)

Genre: Grunge, Punk Rock

“When she’s saying that she wants only me
Then I wonder why she sleeps with my friends
When she’s saying that I’m like a disease
Then I wonder how much more I can stand
Well I guess, I should stick up for myself
But I really think it’s better this way
The more you suffer, the more it shows you really care…
Right? Yeah!”


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