Blog note: Expect multiple posts about writing, life, and music this weekend. I feel like I don’t post enough, so I am making up for it.
This is a list of my favorite bands. I figured that I should do lists more often, although perhaps they are more for my own benefit. Music has influenced a big part of my life, including how I dress and how I carry through each day.
Let’s set this record straight: no band is, has, or ever will be better than AC/DC. It just isn’t possible. AC/DC is simple, straight forward, raw rock n roll music that just keeps on going. There isn’t one AC/DC I dislike, and picking a favorite song by them would just be too hard: they are all amazing.
The first ever music I heard from them was probably “Back in Black” and “Highway to Hell,” since I can remember knowing the songs in elementary school. However it was in 2008 when my Mom brought their most recent album, Black Ice, that I started listening to them. It went right with how I was growing at the time. I had just entered sixth grade, and I was just starting to transition into listening to rock music.
Just about four years ago, when I was entering eighth grade, I first heard Aerosmith. I had heard “Dream On” and “Rag Doll” before, but I had never given the band much thought. Actually, I hadn’t even realized that “Rag Doll” was by Aerosmith until I started listening to them.
My brother had given me a copy of their “Pandora’s Box” greatest hits collection and “Permanent Vacation” right before I went on a road trip. I listened to them over and over, loving every minute of it. I can remember hitting repeat on “Last Child” and “Rag Doll” because the songs were so good and different from what I had been listening to that summer.
Now, I own their albums Aerosmith, Get Your Wings, Toys in the Attic, Rocks, Draw the Line, Night in the Ruts, Rock in a Hard Place, Done with Mirrors, Pump, Get a Grip, Nine Lives, and Music From Another Dimension! Aerosmith’s songs are timeless, well crafted, and just great rock.
I saw Aerosmith live in 2012 at the Tacoma Dome, and my seats were very good. They rocked, and even gave me the chills during “Dream On.” That’s when you know its good music.
3. Def Leppard
Def Leppard is the ultimate band of the 1980s. When people think of the ’80s sound, people might say Bon Jovi, or Madonna, or Guns n Roses, but Def Leppard is definitely what characterized the 1980s. Their music ranged from New Wave of British Heavy Metal in 1980, to more of a glam/pop metal in 1987.
The first song I heard of Def Leppard was “Photograph” because my brother had downloaded it onto my mp3 player in elementary school. I liked the song, but I never listened to them any more than that. In 2008 they did a song with Tim McGraw, a country artist that I listened to all the time and had seen multiple times live (I grew up on Country music). The song was so cool to me, because it had my favorite music artist and a band I had heard of before.
Just before I started seventh grade I borrowed the Rock of Ages 2-disc greatest hits of Def Leppard, and I probably played that CD thrity times over.
For a while, they became my favorite band and I went overboard with Def Leppard stuff: T-shirts, a poster, and buying their albums On Through the Night, High n Dry, Pyromania, Adrenalize, and RetroActive.
Soon after I bought Hysteria and I borrowed by brother’s copy of Euphoria to download. Then I saw them live in 2011 with Heart at White River Amphitheater.
Earlier this year, I added the Slang Deluxe Edition to my collection, and boy have I listened to that thing a lot.
4. Motley Crue
Why Motley Crue? Because it’s Motley f****** Crue!
My older brother and my mom love Motley Crue. They would always listen to it, and my brother even had “Wild Side” as his ringtone for a long time. He introduced me to them, and I instantly loved the glam metal hooks and ’80s sound of the band.
I have Too Fast For Love, Shout at the Devil, Theatre of Pain, Girls Girls Girls, Dr. Feelgood, and Saints of Los Angeles on my iTunes (Motley Crue also tops my list of most played songs). I also bought a few tracks off of the New Tattoo album.
I have seen them live twice: In 2012 (two weeks after Aerosmith) and just last month for their Final Tour.
5. Van Halen
Van Halen is great with both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar. There is much debate over which version of Van Halen is better. In my opinion, David Lee Roth with Van Halen is the ultimate version, but Sammy Hagar with Van Halen was also amazing (especially when you are a Sammy Hagar fan).
That being said, I will see Sammy Hagar live before I would ever see Van Halen (its not the ’80s anymore…David is kind of a dork and his voices seems a little shot sometimes).
Van Halen is a band I have listened to for a few years now. I own Van Halen, Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning, Diver Down, and 1984 of Van Halen with David, and OU812 and For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge with Sammy. I also have 5150 and Balance on my iTunes (my mom owns them).
Van Halen is such a fun band to listen to, and I unfortunately don’t find myself listening to them enough anymore. That needs to change.