We all know our favorite guitar player’s sound, but do we really know their gear? Through the years of rock ‘n roll, there have been some interesting shapes and styles that have created anthems for all generations. See if your favorite player’s gear is insane enough to end up on our list!
We all know about the best rock singers of all time. The ones who other rock singers idolize. The staples who make it onto every list that’s ever published on the subject. The Robert Plants. The Freddie Mercurys. The Mick Jaggers. But what about all the other amazing singers that came through once The Beatles knocked down the doors for classic rock ‘n’ roll? Surely there are others that slip through the cracks and get overlooked on these lists? What are they, chopped liver? Far from it, and it’s time that we give these singers their due (so everyone can stop referring to them as “the singer from ____”).
What’s power pop, you ask? It’s ridiculously radio-friendly hooks and close vocal harmonies, mixed with a hefty dose of Marshall stacks and relentless four-on-the-floor beat. Perfect for music fans who like a little sugar in their rock! The genre has its roots in the British Invasion sound of the mid-sixties, borrowing heavily from The Who and The Beatles, as well as Americans, The Byrds. Following the demise of the Fab Four at the start of the ’70s, a host of new groups hoping to carry the pop torch amped up their jangling Rickenbacker 12-strings and made a bid for Billboard glory. Only a few made it, but the music that came out of the power pop golden era (1973-1982) is still among the catchiest ever committed to wax.
Read on for 20 essential power pop tracks that will be lodged in your brain for the rest of your life. Overly commercial? Maybe. Guilty pleasures? Possibly. But you’ll be singing right along, we guarantee it! Be warned: This ear candy is so sweet, you’re going to have to brush your speakers before bedtime.
Like Santa down a chimney, A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary album dropped last month and it was like Christmas come early. The double-disc, sixteen song compilation has all our favorite acts — Jewel, Michael Bublé, Jordin Sparks, OneRepublic, Jason Mraz, Christina Aguilera, for just a few — singing all the classic Christmas carols, but sounding all the more angelic because proceeds from the album go to the Special Olympics. So basically, if you’re not watching these 5 off-beat holiday videos, you should probably be listening to this Very Special compilation.
Train‘s contribution, a rock-infused rendition of “Joy To The World,” shows off everything that’s fun about the collections. The video inter-cuts footage of the band hard at work in the studio, scenes from the Special Olympics and festive Christmastime imagery. And Train interweave their “Calling All Angels” seamlessly into their otherwise faithful interpretation of the holiday season classic, giving good (not that you should need one) reason for adding yet another version of this song to the collection.
For years and years, VH1 and VH1 Classic have been putting together awesome music-related countdown shows that run the gamut from the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs to the 40 Greatest Metal Songs. These shows were painstakingly put together after endless hours of debate from not just music critics and our crack team of show producers, but also with input from the artists themselves. However, VH1 Classic’s upcoming countdown show, America’s Hard 100, will be different in that it won’t be a team of producers who determine the show’s results — this time around, it will be YOU, the FANS, who determine which songs fall in which order!
Over the course of the next 2 weeks, we’ll be soliciting YOUR VOTES to determine what is the greatest hard rock song of all-time. We’ve put together a list of 100 songs that you’ll be able to choose from, broken down into 10 series of 10 songs, to make voting for your favorite hard rock songs as easy as possible. Each day for the next 10 days, we’ll reveal a new list of songs that you can vote on. Vote early and vote often –and for as many songs as you’d like!– and you’ll be able to see the final results when America’s Hard 100 airs in November.
Today, our list of 10 songs include songs from rock powerhouses like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Scorpions. Check back tomorrow at noon eastern to vote on the likes of Alice Cooper, Def Leppard and Twisted Sister. But for now, here’s our first group of 10 songs for you to vote on. Remember, it will be YOUR VOTES that determine the end result of America’s Hard 100!
Patti Smith Weighs In On Song Of The Summer Competition
We heard on Friday that Patti Smith had covered Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep” at a NYC show on Thursday night, and even dubbed it “Song Of The Summer,” but evidence didn’t surface until Saturday. Hear it below!
Paramore, Foster The People Premiere Videos
Paramore‘s Transformers 3 single “Monster” has a new video, in which the band is trapped in a time loop, accidentally tormenting themselves in an abandoned hospital. You Oughta Know band Foster The People go even more brutal and higher-concept with a video in which the band is tortured by a post-apocalyptic band of pre-teens who, judging frontman Mark Foster fit (as opposed to, say, the guy they run down with a van), transform him into a child by stealing the life of an old man with a bizarro hockey-mask/electricity contraption. [“Monster,” “Helena Beat”]
Where can you go this summer to hear “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” and “I Want You To Want Me” coming from one single stage? Plenty of places. Dates for 40-city North American romp that features Def Leppard, Poison, and Cheap Trick were just announced today. The action kicks off in Camden, New Jersey on June 23.
Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott is calling it the “rock tour of the summer,” and Poison singer Bret Michaels says each stop will be “a night of a 1000 hits.” Something tells us that there are tons of hard rock fans who are going to agree.
Live Nation produces the tour, and tickets go on sale March 6 at the Live Nation Website.
Make the jump to see all the specific cities and performance dates.