1. Houses of the Holy, by The Temperance Movement
This is without a doubt the best Led Zeppelin cover I've heard in a while. It's faithful to the original while still doing its own thing here and there. It definitely packs a lot more punch than the original in terms of production, so this is a tune that NEEDS to be CRANKED through your speakers at top volume no matter where you are and no matter what time of day it is. Your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc. will understand. If not, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
2. Livin' in Sin, by Dan Auerbach
Black Keys front man Dan Auerbach a little over a week ago put out his second solo album. The singles were what drew me in, but this song definitely made me stick around through the whole album. It has sort of a early/mid-60's Beatles/Monkees kind of pop rock vibe to it. The lyrics might be a little different from what you would have heard back then, but overall it still has the same spirit to it and will get you putting it on repeat for days.
3. Smoking in the Boys Room, by Motley Crue
In my opinion, aside from Home Sweet Home this was really one of the only good and notable songs on the Crue's 1985 release Theatre of Pain. To be fair though, this was during the worst of their drug habits. Still, despite that they managed to take what was already a cool song to begin with and amp the coolness factor up times 10. It cranks and has that metal crunch, but at the same time it still has that bluesy rock n' roll atmosphere and vibe to it.
4. Shadow of Your Love, by Guns N' Roses
Sadly this song was never put on a Guns N' Roses album. It was written and recorded during the time they were working on their debut EP Live Like a $%&$ Suicide. It was left out of the final cut, unfortunately. I've always thought that it was one of the most fun and driving songs they ever came up with during their early days. It could have easily made it onto Suicide or Appetite For Destruction. Thanks to the internet though, stuff like this is spread around a lot these days and we can all listen to it anyway.
5. Satisfaction, by The Rolling Stones
This is one of the first songs any rock n' roll guitar player should ever learn to play. It's just a few chords and that fuzzy iconic guitar riff. Incidentally, that riff was played acoustically but recorded through a kind of tape recorder that made it sound all fuzzy and distorted. I always thought that that was really neat. That was in a way my introduction as a young lad to the magic of studio production and the kinds of neat tricks people use to get interesting sounds.