#70 – The Offspring – Dirty Magic
The Offspring were a musical obsession of mine for almost a decade. Any list of favorite bands and they’re going to be on there somewhere.
That said, I was hella late getting into them. I wish I could say it happened with Ignition or even Ixnay on the Hombre. I’d heard songs like Gone Away, Come out and Play and Self-Esteem at some point or another, but it wasn’t until their ridiculously popular Pretty Fly for a White Guy that I made a point to find out who the hell I was listening to. It was never a favorite song, it was just really unavoidable at a point inn my life where I was avoiding a lot of new music.
Since then I’ve been obsessed with a lot of Offspring music. Some are on this list. Dirty Magic is the first.
It’s a very simple song. I know this because it’s one of two on this list I can actually play on guitar, and I can’t play shit-else. But despite it’s simplicity, it’s catchy as all hell and I love the lyrics. One of those tunes I’ll never get sick of.
#71 – MCR – The Ghost of You
My Chemical Reference is/was a one album wonder for me, putting it in the ranks of Finch and The Killers. All three made all-time favorites, albums I’ve played hundreds, maybe thousands of times. Then they went and shit the bed with their next release.
I knew of MCR before Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. They were punk loving darlings with their first indie label release. When I gave it a shot over a decade ago I liked it, at least to the point where I really anticipated their first major label album. TCFWR didn’t disappoint. I remember the summer it came out I used to blast it while I cleaned classrooms. There were few tracks I didn’t like, and a few I really loved.
The Ghost of You was the best, followed closely by Helena. It wasn’t fast or especially loud. Melodic, thoughtful, just a really beautiful tune.
#72 – Bob Seger – Turn the page
I’ve loved this song since before I was old enough to appreciate just how good it was.
When my brother and I were in elementary school my dad used to open up the weight room at school for us on Saturday mornings when no one was around. He’d bring his favorite cds and we’d lift or (more likely) play ball while he worked out with bands like Boston and Seger.
The best album, the one I remember most, was Seger’s Live Bullet. To this day I can’t think of a better live album. It’s unreal.
Turn the Page is my favorite song off of it, though Beautiful Loser could have easily made its way onto this list.
Also, fuck Metallica.
I’ve never been a huge Foo Fighters fan. I love a few songs, and I think I went through a stage where I listened to nothing but Nothing Left to Lose for a month, but don’t think I’ve liked anything of theirs in a decade.
My Hero is an exception. I love the fucking shit out of it. At one point in my life I probably would have called this a top ten tune. It probably should be a lot higher on this list.
That said, I was hella late in really hearing it. By the time I first noticed the song, right when Billy Bob is putting his hand on the dirt in Varsity Blues, it had been out for a while. I remember seeing that movie in my room, pausing it and jumping online to find out what that song was. Hundreds of listens later and it’s still an easy favorite.
#74 – Dru Hill – We’re not making love no more
I used to love modern R’n’B in in 90s. New Edition, Boys II Men, and Babyface were always in the changer. It carried over a bit into the next decade with Alicia Keys and Jagged Edge, but it’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed it the way I did 15 years ago.
I was never a huge Dru Hill fan, but this song stuck out the second I first heard it. I picked up the soundtrack to Soul Food for a different tune, but when I listened to this track I don’t think I stopped for a week. Since then it’s been a favorite slow jam.
#75 – Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower
Before I knew who sang it or before I even knew who Jimi Hendrix was, I knew this as the song playing in the background when Coach Pete Bell busted Tony for shaving points in Blue Chips. I seriously think it wasn’t until I got to high school that I found out that it was Hendrix who sang it and that it was actually a cover. Then I became a big Jimi fan and now I love just about all his stuff.
Lots of great covers of that original Dylan tune. Fans of Battlestar Gallactica I’m sure hold it in high regard.
But this version is not only the best, it’s probably the best cover of all time.
#76 – Papa Roach – She Loves Me Not
Take what I said about Poem, insert it here. They may as well be the same song and I liked them most around the same point in my life.
Where Papa Roach is different is they evolved a bit as a band. Their last two albums have less screaming, no rap, more complexity and experimentation. The Paramour Sessions is pretty awesome, top to bottom.
But I’ve listened to this song hundreds of times. It’ll never get old.