1. Sweet Tea, by California Breed
This Glenn Hughes lead group sadly folded up WAY too quickly. They made some pretty raw, punchy, grooving sunshine tinted rock n' roll. Sweet Tea sounds kind of basic as a single, but it's still a lot of fun. Then again, the simpler the song the more popular it will be usually. Right? One of the minor aspects of the song that I find rather pleasing are the high range backing vocal harmonies. It kind of reminded me of Van Halen in a way. Check it out.
2. Who, Me?, by Buckethead
This is one of my absolute favorite Buckethead songs. It's entirely acoustic and sans-vocals, which is by no means a bad thing. In fact, this tune shows off more of his emotional side. I'll admit that on the right day at the right time it's given me some serious feels. Now if you're not in the head space to get into something like that it might kind of just go over your head. However, if you're willing to open your heart up in the right way you might just get something you didn't know you wanted.
3. In Flames, by The Last in Line
Original members of Ronnie James Dio's solo band Jimmy Bain, Vivian Campbell, and Vinnie Appice teamed up with vocalist Andrew Freeman to pay tribute to Ronnie's legacy by performing his music live while also making new music. This tune in particular has a rather modern sounding riff to it, but at the same time, the lead work ties it back to their 80's origins without it being too stereotypical quite nicely.
4. Bad Moon Rising, by Credence Clearwater Revival
One of the most entertaining parts about this song aside from the fact that it's fun, upbeat, and catchy is that the chorus has one of the most misheard lyrics of all time. Where it's normally supposed to say "there's a bad moon on the rise" many people have instead mistaken it for "there's a bathroom on the right". All that aside, it's still a great tune that gets overplayed on commercial radio fairly often for a damn good reason. What are some of your favorite misheard lyrics?
5. Wrathchild, by Iron Maiden
This song was the reason I got into the early Paul Di'Anno era of Iron Maiden. That bass line and guitar riffs just knock it out of the park for me. Plus, Di'Anno's dark punkish vocal tone kind of does some eargasmic stuff with that song that Bruce Dickinson would never be able to do despite the fact that overall he was clearly a better fit for the band. If you've never heard any of the early stuff from Maiden, this is definitely one of the best places to start.