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10 Bands You Never Thought Would Release Dance Tracks (But Totally Know How To Fill The Floor)

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-By Olga Encarnacion

We all have that one album that we turn to when we need guidance or reassurance that life isn’t a mess. We all evolve and change as we discover who we are as we get older and just like the bands we love, we struggle to find our words and personas. With bands and artists, sometimes that means a line up change, firing their manager, doing a questionable video but a lot of the time, it means trying something completely different. Here are a few bands that stepped out of their comfort zone and put on their dancing shoes.

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

Rock Out This Cinco De Mayo And Celebrate These Legendary Mexican-American Metalheads

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Today is Cinco de Mayo, which marks the anniversary of the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle Of Puebla on May 5th in 1862. Over the years the anniversary became cause for merriment and festivities in the Mexican-American communities in the South-Western United States and a time to celebrate their native culture and heritage. Just as heavy metal and hard rock would be greatly lacking without the tales of epic battles of yore, so too would it would it be diminished without the contributions of many a Mexican-American musician. Read more…

by (@SamSpokenWord)

SNACK ATTACK! Musicians With Names Inspired By Food

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You know that feeling when your belly is growling, you’re acting a crazy shade of cranky and you’d kill for a dang bar of chocolate? Yeah, that’s called hunger. Wait a minute… what did you think I was talking about?

Thanksgiving is just TWO days away, and the VH1 team has one thing on the mind: FOOD. Okay, and music too. Whether your favorite T-Day treat is sweet potato mash (and y’all know it’s gotta have that marshmallow topping deliciousness) or a perfectly basted leg o’ turkey, we know you love this foodie day as much as we do. Thus, in honor of this feast-ivity, we’ve created a list of our favorite bands and solo artists who have names inspired by food and the delightful process of munching and noshing. Eminem made the list of course, a closeted M&M’s candy junkie, or so we  imagine thanks to his infamous name. Then there’s Iron & Wine, Chickenfoot and so many more. But I won’t give them away, I’ll let you sort through our menu. Heh, I mean… gallery. So grab a napkin and some utensils and check out 30 Musicians Who’ve Named Themselves After Food! It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.

by (@BHSmithNYC)

AMERICA’S HARD 100, Day 4 – Vote To Determine The Greatest Hard Rock Song Of All-Time

It’s Day 4 of VH1 Classic‘s America’s Hard 100 countdown poll where we ask YOU, the FANS, help us determine the 100 best hard rock and metal songs of all-time! Every day we’ll be posting a new list of classic hard rock and heavy metal tunes for you to vote on to help us with the rankings. If you don’t see your favorite bands or songs on today’s list, check back daily as we are adding new songs every day! (Watch our new promo for AH100 above.)

Today, two of hard rock’s hardest hitting ladies, Joan Jett and Lita Ford, duke it out with decadent Sunset Strip denizens Motley Crue, unflappable and unfettered classic rockers Aerosmith and heavy metal icons Judas Priest, among others.

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by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: Waka Flocka Flame Plays “Round Of Applause” At Kanye West’s Fashion Week After Party

Waka Flocka Flame Plays “Round Of Applause” At Kanye West’s Fashion Week After Party
Kanye West is injecting fashion with music, and it looks like Waka Flocka Flame‘s performance of “Round Of Applause” went off at Kanye’s Paris Fashion Week after party. [Prefix]

LCD Soundsystem Release Another Sneak Peek At Their Documentary
LCD Soundsystem have released another short trailer for their forthcoming documentary Shut Up And Play The Hits. The clip features the band playing “North American Scum” and James Murphy talking candidly about his age and how it influenced his decision to end the band. [Beats Per Minute]

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by (@kat_george)

Tuned In: Blake Shelton Asks You To “Drink On It” On Leno

Blake Shelton played a gorgeous “Drink On It” on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. With something of the weariness of heartache, the song it still wistfully romantic, and even more so as Blake croons into the microphone, smiling every so often in a way that will have you literally swooning, a little weak at the knees. The luxuriously meandering song, coupled with Blake’s irresistible charm and the fact that he’s playing a guitar (give a man a guitar and you make him at least 6 times easier to fall in love with), will have you day dreaming of country bars and cowboys all day long.

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by (@unclegrambo)

Get Your Nineties Nostalgia On With Our Spotify Soundtrack For The TRL Decade

VH1′s latest entry in the award-winning Rock Docs franchise, The TRL Decade, premieres tonight at 9:30 pm. The hour-long special takes a look back at the colorful history of the long-running MTV video request program and the effect that it had on the music industry, and features insightful interviews from former VJs like Carson Daly and Dave Holmes, as well as some of that era’s most popular musical acts.

In order to get you in the mood for tonight’s premiere, we built this special
Spotify playlist for The TRL Decade
, which features many of the songs that you’ll hear in this documentary feature. Get your ’90s nostalgia on with boy band faves like “Larger Than Life” by the Backstreet Boys, rap-rock smashes like Korn‘s “Freak On A Leash”, hip hop hits like P. Diddy‘s “Bad Boy For Life”, sugar coated girl pop classics like Mandy Moore‘s “Candy”, and many more.

The TRL Decade [Spotify]

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Shearer’s Spotlight: The Top 10 Videos To Get You In The Trick-or-Treating Mood

Each week here on the VH1 Blog, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the Top 20 Countdown on Saturday morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

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Jim Shearer

Halloween is tonight, but if you’re not an adolescent kid daydreaming of packing your pillowcase full of Snickers bars, you’ll probably be out and about looking to celebrate. While you’re stepping into your costume, click on these music videos that will surely entertain the ghoulish music fan within you:

10) Peaches, “Trick Or Treat”
If you’re familiar with Peaches, then you know this trick-or-treating party is for adults only.

9) Lady Gaga, “Telephone”
It’s always Halloween in Gaga’s world; soda cans in her hair only confirms it!

8) Michael Jackson, “Thriller”
I guess I had to include this one, huh?

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