First off, Happy New Year! Second off, get up and dance!
Sometimes I like to throw you all a curve ball. But I am keeping the song choice catchy as always AND exposing you to a brand spankin’ new song. Better yet, Space Capone is currently on tour and prepping his debut album for release on January 24, 2012.
OK, so here is the honest truth: I’d never heard of this guy until I came across this video. Sometimes I find gems when searching around for a Song of the Week. I think this one is a gem. A sexy video to boot. Apparently there is a lot of anticipation with this guy and he is playing live shows that are creating a lot of buzz.
An excellent introduction and interview with Space Capone can be found over at AntennaMag.com.
“I put my feet out on the floor
All the ladies seem to like it
The jukebox’s bumpin’ Space Capone
Everybody’s in a trance
So I think I might dance”
If you don’t know who the Foo Fighters are, where the hell have you been for the past 17 years? They have compiled an amazing collection of work over the years and received many awards including Grammy nominations for every album they have released (with 3 winning Best Rock Album), nine #1 Singles, and four #1 Albums. It would be hard to argue that they are the gold standard in modern alternative/rock. Their newest album Wasting Light debut at #1 on the US Billboard 200 Chart and received 6 nominations for the upcoming Grammy Awards.
Let’s cut to the chase. Iron Maiden is the best metal band, ever. You can go ahead and debate that in the comments section. This is my take on the best 20 songs in their discography. I even attempted to rank them. Don’t agree with the songs that made the list or where they ranked? Sound off in the comments section. That’s what it is there for.
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I thought it would be fun to use singles covers, where possible. If the song wasn’t a single, I used the album cover by default.
This list is not a ‘greatest hits’ list. Its more of a blend of ‘ask a million Iron Maiden fans their opinion’ and ‘if I had to purchase only 20 Iron Maiden songs, which ones should I buy?”
The last track from arguably the best Iron Maiden album ever, The Number of the Beast.
Hallowed Be Thy Name has it all. Its epic, it has a great slow build, its catchy, and contains so many great riffs and excellent solos. A very deserving song to be deemed the best and I think the vast majority of fans would agree. Statistically speaking, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was in the top 3 of 99% of polled Iron Maiden fans 😀
“Run to the Hills” might be the most widely known Iron Maiden song and it was a hit. I believe the band wanted to have a similar song on the follow up album and The Trooper happened to end up being the better song. They play it at every show. Its the quintessential Iron Maiden song.
Bruce Dickinson took over as lead vocalist for the band on their 3rd album The Number of the Beast. “Run To The Hills” was the lead single from that album. Just imagine what people thought when they heard him and this song for the first time. Another song that the band plays live pretty much at every show. Its a song that is synonymous with the band.
Are you noticing a trend? Yes, 3 of the top 4 songs are from The Number of the Beast album. It was/is that damn good! The title track from the album is another must-have and must-hear Iron Maiden song. 2nd single off the album and the follow up to “Run To The Hills”
Most fans would agree that the band’s best work came earlier (rather than later) in their career. As of this writing, the Fear of the Dark album would technically be considered “middle-career” but it almost seems like its “late-career” which leads me to my point: isn’t it strange that a top 5 song came so much later in their career? Again, its only 10 years after The Number of the Beast but by then it could be argued that the band’s strength of material was lessening. The title track to 1992’s Fear of the Dark album became one of the most popular songs among fans and a mainstay during live shows. It was not released as a single from the album but it was released as a live single in 1993. Perhaps it can be said that it is the best (live) Iron Maiden song?
Much like “Hallowed Be Thy Name”, Rime has it all and up until “Empire of the Clouds” on the outstanding 2017 album The Book of Souls, it was the longest Iron Maiden song at 13 minutes 34 seconds. Although I argue the super slow part in the middle of the song is a bit long and drawn out, everything else about this song is perfect. Bad ass intro, bad ass riffs, complexity, character, dimension, you name it.
It seems ridiculous that “Can I Play With Madness” was released as the lead single off of 1998’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son album when “The Evil That Men Do” is clearly the better song, but I digress. Maybe I am a little bias since it is my personal favorite Iron Maiden song. Perfect guitar work, amazing solo, catchy. The song was a successful single. Check out this handy site to see how it stacked up against other Iron Maiden singles on the charts.
Taking what worked with first album Lungs and amplifying those qualities to craft a fantastic album from start to finish
A couple months ago I came across the video for “Shake It Out” when I was surfing nme.com, a staple music site of mine. I instantly loved the song and remember playing it for my girlfriend, saying “you have to hear this song.” She loved it too, and so we had to dig a little deeper on Florence + The Machine. I think Youtube is a great source for finding other material from an artist so I started watching a very in-depth video playlist on the band’s Youtube Channel. The playlist was a mix of songs off the first album and the three singles that had been released from Ceremonials, with a few of the videos in the playlist being live footage from various festivals. I was impressed with Florence live and decided to buy the two albums because I was obviously starting to be a huge fan. So my experience with getting into Florence + The Machine was listening to both albums simultaneously, trying to figure out which one was better. Now that I have thoroughly listened to both albums and seen Florence + The Machine in concert just last week at the 2011 91X Wrex the Halls show, I thought I would write a little something about Ceremonials.
I think it is easy to just want to compare the two albums and find out which one is “better”. That is difficult here because these two albums are so different. First album Lungs IS more easily accessible and “catchy”, if you will. All of the hits that made Florence + The Machine famous are on Lungs. Ceremonials has it’s share of hits AND the album is deeper. And when I say deeper I mean there is more to Ceremonials; the material as a whole – the lyrics, the song construction, the music – has more to it. I would also venture to say that Ceremonials is a darker album, compared to Lungs.
So having been exposed to both albums at the same time, and now knowing each one inside and out, my personal opinion is that Ceremonials is the better “album”. I did not think this at first though. Like I said, Lungs will draw you in quicker since it is more accessible and catchy but I think Ceremonials has more staying power, if you allow it to grow on you.
Regardless, both albums are amazing and Florence + The Machine is one of the best bands on the planet right now. I highly recommend picking up both albums and catching the band live.