4. “The Boys Are Back In Town”
With its tales of barroom bravado and male bonding, this classic rock radio staple is the ultimate bro-down anthem and Lizzy’s most well known song. Is it about Phil Lynott’s beloved Manchester United soccer team or the band itself? Who cares. What matters is its surging chorus sounds great when 17,000 sports fans are singing along to it at a game.
3. Two Guitarist Are Better Than One
When founding guitarist Eric Bell left the group in the early ’70s, Lynott and drummer Brian Downey decided to borrow a page from the Allman Brothers and fill his slot with not one but two wailing lead guitarists, Scottish hot head Brian “Robbo” Robertson and California pretty boy Scott Gorham. Their alternately singing and stinging harmonized guitars became the group’s sonic signature and were a major influence on future hard rock and heavy metal bands.