1. Hotter Than Hell, by Kiss
Haven't heard this tune on the radio? No real surprise, but you're missing out if you haven't listened to it before. With a catchy vocal melody, a grooving guitar riff, and overall flamboyance it probably could have done a lot better in the charts when it first came out if it had better production quality and better promotion. The contrast between Paul Stanley's vocals on the verses and Gene Simmons's on the chorus definitely hits the ear drums in just the right way.
2. When the Lights Go Out, by The Black Keys
This is one of those blues tunes that drones on and on for the entire length of the tune, but in this instance it works to the song's advantage. It's something you can find yourself getting lost in the groove of if you let it envelope you the right way. It's a delightful marriage of acoustic and electric guitars backed by the most primal pounding drums. Add a layer of soulful vocals and you've got a primo blues song.
3. Gallows Pole, by Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin doing bluegrass? What's next? Even though this isn't exactly the first thing that one might think of when they think of Led Zeppelin, Gallows Pole kicks ass nonetheless. That banjo picking is some of the most sweet playing I've heard from anyone. Just goes to show you how valuable a player bassist/multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones really was to the band. Such an under rated musician if you ask me.
4. Trash, by The New York Dolls
This is probably one of the most punk rock songs that the New York Dolls ever wrote. You can definitely hear the elements that punk would take from it and use to forge its own path in various ways a few years later on down the line, especially in the chord progression. As much of a rock n' roll ruckus as the song is though, it has quite a lovely synth melody playing in the background. You wouldn't think it would work out that well, but it actually does. Listen for yourself.
5. Sweet Freedom, by Uriah Heep
This has to be one of the most compassionate break-up songs I have ever heard. Lyrically it just paints the picture of what a decent person would say in such a situation. To make things better the organ playing is absolutely beautiful and the chorus harmonies are a delight as well. Naturally the guitar playing brings up the rear, though that never quite was what Uriah Heep was all about. Nonetheless, it's one of the band's most epic tunes.