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Revisiting America’s Hard 100 (50-26)

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One year ago we asked you, the fans, to help us decide the 100 greatest hard rock and heavy metal songs of all time. We compiled our list of classic rock and metal jams and asked people to vote on their favorites to help us determine where they landed on our countdown list which was then broadcast as America’s Hard 100. Well you know, it turns out, you guys were wrong.

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Revisiting America’s Hard 100 (75-51)

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One year ago we asked you, the fans, to help us decide the 100 greatest hard rock and heavy metal songs of all time. We compiled our list of classic rock and metal jams and asked people to vote on their favorites to help us determine where they landed on our countdown list which was then broadcast as America’s hard 100. Well you know, it turns out, you guys were wrong.

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Preview 8 Full Songs From New Rush Live Release Hand Picked By Geddy Lee!

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One of rock’s greatest bands, Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rush have a long history of killer live albums stretching back to their 1976 breakthrough All The World’s A Stage. Their latest live release, the Clockwork Angels Tour DVD and CD, comes out November 19th but you can hear 8 full tracks from it at their artist page RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW. The songs were hand selected by legendary lead-singing Rush bassist Geddy Lee! 
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Revisiting America’s Hard 100 (100-76)

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One year ago we asked you, the fans, to help us decide the 100 greatest hard rock and heavy metal songs of all time. We compiled our list of classic rock and metal jams and asked people to vote on their favorites to help us determine where they landed on our countdown list which was then broadcast as America’s Hard 100. Well you know, it turns out, you guys were wrong.

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10 Musicians Missing Body Parts

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The philosopher Nietzsche once said “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” In the case of the following musicians, that which didn’t kill them made them legends. Each of them survived a traumatic injury that left them missing a body part and despite their handicap they still went on to achieve greatness, in some cases literally changing the course of popular music. In the case of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, the fact that he lost the ends of two of his fingers led to a change in his playing technique which enabled the birth of the heavily distorted guitar sound at the heart of heavy metal. Others were born with congenital conditions but never let that hold them back from pursuing their musical dreams including Kiss frontman Paul Stanley. So let’s give a hand to those inspiring musicians who lost a piece of themselves, but were willing to give an arm and a leg to make music history. Oh, sorry, poor choice of words.

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The Rolling Stones’ Top 10 Live Concert Films of All Time

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“The Greatest Rock N’ Roll Band” in the world, A.K.A. The Rolling Stones, are poised to release a brand new live DVD entitled Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live next week. The DVD was filmed over 2 days during the band’s 50 and Counting tour at London’s Hyde Park where they had also famously debuted new guitarist Mick Taylor in 1969 after the death of founding member Brian Jones. Live concert films loom large in The Stones legacy. Starting with the highly-lauded tour documentary Gimme Shelter in 1970, the band has issued a series of often-stunning, always rocking live films over the years that show why they are one of the top rock bands and concert draws of all time. In celebration of the new DVD’s release we’re counting down the band’s Top 10 concert films so if you like live, sweaty, warts and all rock n’roll in its purest form, do yourself a favor and add them to your rental queue and check them out when you have a chance.
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Lou Reed Remembered In Song: 10 Awesome, Unusual + Unknown Covers Of His Biggest Tunes

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In the classic song “Rock And Roll” Lou Reed, who died this week at the age of 71, sang of a girl named Jenny who’s “Life was saved by rock and roll.” Many would say Lou Reed’s music did the same for them. The Godfather of punk wrote about drug addicts, drag queens, and other denizens of New York’s underworld and basically created the idea and many of the sonic hallmarks of alternative rock with his band The Velvet Underground. Though a distinct vocalist and innovative guitar player, it is his songwriter that he will be most remembered for. The list of classics he penned is staggering; “Heroin,” “Pale Blue Eyes,” “Sweet Jane” and “Walk On The Wild Side” to name but a few. One of the qualities of a great song is that it can be reinterpreted by different artists and still remain true to its musical essence and many of Reed’s numbers have found their ways into the repertoires of some of rock’s biggest bands. Check out some of music’s most awesome, unusual and unknown Lou Reed covers and see why fans are still mourning his death.
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Metal’s Scariest-Looking Bands: 10 Groups That Treat Every Day Like It’s Halloween!

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Ever since Screaming Jay Hawkins climbed out of a coffin to sing “I Put A Spell On You” rockers have been playing with horror imagery and singing about things that go bump in the night. Hell, most metal deals with life’s dark side, be it self-hatred, misanthropy, fear, war and bogeyman, literal or metaphoric. It only makes sense that some bands, starting with Alice Cooper in the late ‘60s and carried through the ‘70s by Kiss and up to the present day with Slipknot and Marilyn Manson, would make their appearance echo the darkness of their music. It being that scariest day of the year today, we felt it only natural to profile 10 of hard rock and heavy metal’s scariest looking bands that dress up like it’s Halloween every day of the year.

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The Greatest Heavy Metal Mascots Of All Time

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Some are creepy. Some are epic. And some are just flat out ridiculous. But they’re all awesome. Since the 1970s they’ve been popping up on your favorite hard rock and heavy metal band’s releases and merchandise, and the trend continues to this very day. Here are the greatest metal mascots to ever grace an album cover, stage, t-shirt or nightmare.

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EXCLUSIVE: Lou Reed’s Ballot He Submitted For VH1′s 100 Greatest Songs Of Rock And Roll

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Our rock and roll hearts are broken over the tragic passing of Lou Reed on Sunday. However, the loss sent us digging through our VH1 archives, and we’ve discovered a treasure: Lou’s hand picked (and handwritten) choices for the eight greatest songs in rock history!
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