1. Come on Feel the Noise, by Quiet Riot
It's hard to put together an 80's metal hits playlist without incorporating this Quiet Riot classic. Although I personally prefer the Slade original (as I've mentioned in a previous post), this version is still a lot of fun with its high energy, punchy guitar sound, wild vocals, and overall party time kind of attitude. It's too bad this was one of the band's only well known songs because they do have a pretty good catalog of music if you actually delve a bit deeper.
2. This is Your Time, by Black Country Communion
It's hard to believe that it's actually been five whole years since the last time Black Country Communion put out a new album. However, now that they have kissed and made up they have been back in the studio recently writing and recording a brand new album. I'm definitely psyched about it. In the mean time, I'm gearing up for it by putting on one of my absolute favorite tracks of theirs from the last album they put out. Definitely worth your time. It has this really big, monstrous heavy feel to it while still having an unapologetic classic rock vibe.
3. Ain't No Grave, by Johnny Cash
I'll openly admit that I have never been all that much of a country person, but GOD DAMN. I have some SERIOUS respect for the man in black. Nobody makes simplistic, yet powerful and honest music like this any more. Not the way he did it. All the modern country artists are all about making the next big hit single. I appreciate people like Johnny Cash because even if country isn't my genre, at least his music was pure and real. It meant something and had raw human emotion in it.
4. Get Ya Some, by Sixx: AM
I've always been fond of this tune because it seamlessly blends modern hard rock with a more traditional pirate-like folk sound. I love it when artists are willing to be adventurous and try new stuff like this because when it goes right it is one of the most amazing things to me. Those are the songs that I will listen to over and over again because there isn't anything else out there (that I know of) that sounds like that. It makes me incredibly happy.
5. Teaser (remixed), by Tommy Bolin
Tommy Bolin was an AMAZING guitar player who sadly died far too young due to drug overdose. To this very day he is still by far one of the most creative and talented musicians I have ever heard. A few years back his debut solo album Teaser was entirely remixed. You can definitely hear the difference in a positive way. Everything packs a lot more of a punch and some of the solos that got left out were put back in. You really get to hear just how much this guy could tear it up in a variety of styles ranging from rock to ballad to even flamenco. This track in particular is one of my favorite rock tracks of his.