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Side One, Track One: The 25 Greatest Album Openers In Classic Rock History

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-By Frank Donovan

Today we rarely listen to entire albums, track by track, as one cohesive experience painstakingly crafted by musicians and their producers. But it used to be nothing short of crucial, especially for debut albums, to open with a bang. The Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” was a jubilant yet bold testament to their new progressive, symphonic sound; Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” introduced not only their album Nevermind, but also the Seattle sound to the world. Like they say, first impressions matter!

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Albums That Took Forever To Make (And Whether They Were Worth The Wait)

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D’Angelo finally satisfied fans last month by releasing Black Messiah, his follow-up to 2000’s Voodoo. The neo-soul king is the latest artist to drop an anticipated album after years of speculation about whether the music would ever be released. Who else kept fans waiting for new output — and did the albums eventually live up to the hype?

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

Whet Your Thanksgiving Day Appetite With These Delicious Food-Themed Album Covers

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The time has come again to give thanks for the many blessings of the year and what better way to do so than to feast on turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie? They say the first Thanksgiving Day celebrations occurred when the Pilgrims and their Native American neighbors came together to break bread and celebrate the harvest. Whether or not the story is true, there’s no doubt that we as Americans have quite a lot to be thankful for, and high up on that list is all the great music that enriches our lives every day of the year. And while food and music are sometimes odd bedfellows, some musicians have looked towards the culinary arts. No, we’re not talking about artists named after food, though we have written about them, we’re talking about artists whose album covers feature artwork.<!–more–> From 1959’s punny Chuck Berry Is On Top, to The Darkness‘ 2012 album Hot Cakes, we’ve gathered together the most deliciously food-themed album covers in rock history as a visual appetizer for your Turkey Day feast. So take a gander to whet your appetite and try not to eat too much when you sit down with your loved ones this afternoon.

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25 Iconic Music Video Vixens That Will Make A Man Out Of You

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You know her. Your early memories of her were probably as a teenager in the ’80s or ’90s, watching an early morning music video show on MTV while your parents slept. She was lithe, with big hair. Barely dressed. Legs forever. She was the music video vixen. What started with Tawney Kitaen and took us all the way to Emily Ratajkowski is an obsession with some of pop culture’s most recognizable women. August is VH1 <3’s Video Vixens month, and today we’re looking back at the ones dancing ladies who first stole our hearts.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Comically Bad Amazon Reviews Of Beloved Classic Rock Albums

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“Good music” is a subjective thing. One person’s favorite band could sound like tuneless electronic white noise to someone else. Even albums that are widely hailed as among the best in recorded history have their fair share of detractors. To prove it, we’ve read the Amazon.com customer reviews for every entry on VH1’s 100 Greatest Albums of All Time list. Many are positive, but there still a few who awarded a lowly one-star to these classics -usually for hilarious reasons. We guess there’s just no pleasing some people. Nirvana fans, AC/DC fans, Jimi Hendrix fans, Beatlemaniacs and more: prepare to get royally bummed out.

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Don’t Judge A Book: 20 Fantastic Classic Albums With Truly Terrible Cover Art

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Our mother always said: looks aren’t important, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. That’s why we gave these AMAZING classic albums a chance, even though their cover art kind of looked like hell.

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Civil Wars, Stabbings And The 15 Fiercest Feuds In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock History

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Band beefs are nothing new, whether between members or ex-members of the same group, or rivals from the same scene. Whether fighting for their turn in the spotlight or for the affections of a groupie, competition is as natural to the life of a rock band as camaraderie, and where there is competition there is usually conflict. In the world of hard rock and heavy metal, home to some of music’s loudest loud mouths and even the occasional genuine badass, things can escalate quickly from smack-talking to catching a smack. Read more…