Top 20 songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival (Top 10)

Creedence Clearwater Revival.  One of the, if not the, greatest American bands of all time.  So, thought I would do a new feature of the top 20 of their greatest ever songs across all of their albums Bayo Country, Cosmo’s Factory, CCR, Green RIver, Mardi Gras, Pendulum & Willy and the Poor Boys.


10 The Midnight Special

 Willy and the Poor Boys


9 Good Golly Miss Molly

 Bayo Country


8 Proud Mary

 Bayo Country


7 Fortunate Son
 Willy and the Poor Boys

 

6 Down On The Corner
 Willy and the Poor Boys


5 Bad Moon Rising

 Green River


4 It Came Out Of The Sky

 Willy and the Poor Boys


3 Lodi

 Green River

 

2 Have You Ever Seen The Rain
 Pendulum


1 Travellin’ Band

 Cosmo’s Factory

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Top 20 albums of 2012 (10-1)

 10The Vaccines
 Come of AgeVaccinesComeOfAge

Ok, ok I know it’s a pop rock record, but I do think it deserves to be in the top 10, as it genuinely is a very good album.  Teenage Icon, No Hope & I Always Knew are particularly impressive, and although the album goes a tad stale in the middle, it redeems itself in the end.  Well worth a purchase even for the hardened classic rock fan.

Best Song – Teenage Icon

9 Lucero
 Women & Work
LUCERO Women & Work

Trying to put Lucero into a “genre” is providing near on impossible, but according to various sources they are Alternative Country, Country Rock, Blues, Southern Rock and, bizarrely, Cowpunk, whatever that means.  To be perfectly honest, I don’t care as it is s cracking album, so much so that I intend to purchase their first 5 albums at some point.  Why have I not heard of these guys before?

Best Song – Women & Work


8 ZZ Top
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 La Futura

When the bearded rockers announced they were releasing a new album, I was thrilled.  Sadly, I was left a little deflated by La Futura.  Not sure why exactly, perhaps I expected too much.  Anyway, a poor ZZ Top album is still better than most bands best albums, so it still makes the top ten.

Best Song – Have a Little Mercy

7 Europeeurope bag of bones
 Bag of Bones

Europe?  Yes, Europe.  No, they haven’t only sung one song, and this high energy rock ‘n’ roll album proves that they have still got what it takes to compete with the big boys.  Trust me, you will find it extremely hard not to like Bag of Bones.

Best Song – Riches to Rags


6 Cory Branancory branan mutt

 Mutt

Cory Branan is probably a name that you have not heard of so far in your life.  You will.  2013 is going to be a huge year for Cory, and Mutt will be the springboard for a highly successful career.  Stunning, stunning debut album.  Irish folk rock at it’s very best.

Best Song – Hold Me Down 


5 The Rolling Stonesrolling stones grrr
 Grrr!

Maybe slightly unfair that Grrr! makes the best album list of 2012 as it is pretty much a greatest hits compilation.  I don’t care.  It’s the Rolling Stones.  Plus Doom and Gloom is awesome.  So there…

Best Song – Brown Sugar

4 Rival Sons
 Head Downrival-sons-head-down

Saw these guys live when they toured with Black Stone Cherry last year, and they blew me away.  They could be the next Led Zeppelin they are seriously that good!  Head Down is not as good as Pressure and Time, which, incidentally, was the best album of 2011, but still a classic rock masterpiece.  This is as close you will get to reliving the 70’s rock scene.

Best Song – Manifest Destiny (Pt. 1)


3 Kiss kiss monster
 Monster

Kiss are back with a bang – easily the best album they have released since Crazy Nights and a timely return to form.

Best Song – Hell and Hallelujah 
2 Foxy Shazam
Foxy Shazam - Church of Rock & Roll
 Church of Rock & Roll

If you have read my recent review on this album, you will already know that Foxy Shazam could be my new favourite band.  This album is like to other – unique, classy, great riffs, sensational vocals, melodic, emotional and genius.  If you are looking for something just a little different then I urge you to buy Church of Rock & Roll.

Best Song – (It’s) Too Late baby
1 Lynyrd SkynrydLast_Of_A_Dyin'_Breed_Lynyrd_Skynyrd
 Last of a Dyin’ Breed 

Well, it’s been a fantastic year for rock, and nothing epitomised this more than the return of Lynyrd Skynryd.  One of the best albums they have released, probably only Pronounced can actually top this.  Every track offers something completely different to the last.  The ballads are simply stunning and when they want to rock, boy do they just!  One of the best albums I have bought in the last few years, and re-affirmed my love affair with the greatest southern rock band of all time.

Best Song – Last of a Dyin’ Breed

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Top 20 albums of 2012 (20-11)

Well, I am back and I am going to start the new year looking back at the best the rock world had to offer in 2012.  2012 was a massive year for the world of rock – there were comebacks galore from the likes of Rush, Europe, ZZ Top & Kiss.  Legends of rock Aerosmith, Rolling Stones & Lynryd Skynryd all released albums plus a first live album in 20 years from AC/DC!  And let’s not forget some up and coming new bands on the scene – Rival Sons are going to huge with the release of their 3rd album, Foxy Shazam have come from nowhere plus The Jim Jones Revue & Tame Impala are setting a few headlines at the moment.  Rock music has a bright future!

Anyway, here is the top 20…

20

 Tame Impala
 Lonerism

Aussie rockers Tame Impala have won numerous awards for their last 2 albums, but this is the first released in the UK.  A psychedelic journey into pop rock, for those who are a fan of the original groove rocker, Glenn Hughes, and his first band, Trapeze with a hint of John Lennon randomly.  Very pleasing without rocking your world.

Best Song – Elephant

19 The Darkness
 Hot Cakes

The Darkness are back with a new look and a better sound, JH looks so much better and must have been in a tattoo studio ever since Permission to Land was launched.  Anyway, much better than the pop-esque debut album, far more rock and roll than The Darkness should be.  Koodos.

Best Song – Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us

18 The Gaslight Anthem
 Hand Written

Going on tour with Bruce Springsteen has not gone to the head of New Jerseys finest.  Their 4th album is not quite up to the quality of their 2010 epic, American Slang, but they still deliver some catchy rock pop which will make them a hit with classic rock lovers as well as Snow Patrol fans.

Best Song – Mullholland Drive

17 Van Halen
 A Different Kind of Truth

I like VH, and I was eagerly anticipating the return of Dave Lee Roth and an album that I was hoping to be the highest of quality.  It’s not.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a decent rock album.  Was I expecting more?  Oh yes.  Still worth a listen, tho..

Best Song – Blood and Fire

16 Black Country Communion
 Afterglow

The supergroup had a lot to live up to with their 3rd album, Afterglow, after the glowing (no pun intended) references of their first two albums, but they have succeeded by going back the the groove train of the 70’s.  Messers Hughes, Bonamassa, Bonham & Sherinan prove they still “have it” in abundance.  This could be a prized possession, as there won’t be another album – they will be splitting very soon.

Best Song – Midnight Sun 

15 Jack Whitejack white
 Blunderbuss

Quite possibly Jack Whites finest work.  Whether that be The White Stripes, The Raconteurs or solo, this is by far the best.  A real treat on the ears and a must have for any genuine rock fan.  Just a shame that so many other fine albums were released this year.

Best Song – Love Interruption

14 Muse
 The 2nd Law

The Queen love affair is taken to a new level, and a reminder of the fateful Jazz album that they released.  That bombed – will The 2nd Law?  Absolutely not.  It’s a wonderful album.

Best Song – Supremacy

13 The Jim Jones Revue the-jim-jones-revue-the-savage-heart
 The Savage Heart

New-age, kick-ass blues hard rock with a twist of punk at it’s finest.  The boys from Camden Town will make the big time with their 3rd studio album, The Savage Heart.  Yet to hear the first two albums, but will be purchasing soon….thanks to Classic Rock magazine for this tip :-)

Best Song – Where Da Money Go

12 Heart12-12-Discs-Heart-Fanatic
Fanatic

A welcome return for 80’s pop-rockers Heart.  They haven’t lost their looks or their voices if this is anything to go by.  In fact, they have gone even harder in their old age.  The opening few tracks are first class, and while it tails off towards then end there is no denying that we all missed them.

Best Song – Fanatic

11 Aerosmithaerosmith-music-from-another-dimension
 Music From Another Dimension

It has been said that there are too many ballads in this album, and I tend to agree.  Don’t get me wrong, previous ballads such as Amazing, Crazy and that one from Armageddon that no-one admits to like but secretly love it are some of the Boston rockers finest work, and all in all, MFAD is a top, top album.  Just one comment – more rock and roll please guys!

Best Song – Oh Yeah

The top 20 rock albums of 2011…19 Michael Monroe

Sensory Overdrive by Michael Monroe

19.  Sensory Overdrive by Michael Monroe

Released in March of this year, Sensory Overdrive is a spell-binding album by legendary former Hanoi Rocks singer, Michael Monroe and his band that consist of Ginger, Sami Yaffa, Karl Rockfist and Steve Conte.  Sensory Overdrive is his first studio album since 2003 dour Whatcha Want and boy is it worth the wait.

Performances at Download cemented Monroe as a rock god, and the album even won “Album of the Year” award at the 2011 Classic Rock magazine awards.

Album Highlights
Modern Day Pleaser will definitely be one for the live gigs, while 78 and Bombs Away have sublime riffs.  Buy this album from Play.com now

The top 20 rock albums of 2011…

Seeing as we are in 2012, I thought I would review the top 20 rock albums of 2011.  It has been a fantastic year for rock with a whole host of new rock bands, comebacks and reunions and classic rock legends.

Kicking off the top 2o, are 80’s prog rockers Dream Theatre with their 11th album, A Dramatic Turn of Events.

20.  A Dramatic Turn of Events by Dream Theatre

After losing drummer Mike Portney, the search was on for a new stickman, and they found Mike Mangini.  Things couldn’t be better in the Dream Theatre camp, the latest album is a corker, and one of the most anticipated albums of the year.

Album highlights have to be On the Backs of Angels and  Lost Not Forgotten.

Top 100 rock vocalists : 12 Kelly Jones

12.  Kelly Jones

Do I really think Kelly Jones is that good?  Absolutely.  Am I biased because he is Welsh?  Possibly, but I don’t think so.  He probably has the most distinctive, instantly recognizable voice of the last 20 years.  His croaky, yet utterly mesmerizing vocals take you on a journey, no, on HIS journey, and you are with him all the way through each and every album.  Tracks to check out – I stopped to fill my car up, Just Looking, Since I told you it’s over and Dakota.

Top 100 rock vocalists : 13 Janis Joplin

13.  Janis Joplin

The top lady in the countdown is at #13 with the sensational Janis Joplin.  Quite simply, she has a breathtaking voice.  Have a listen to Mercedes Benz, Try (a little bit harder), Me and Bobby McGee and To Love Somebody and try to disagree.

Top 100 rock vocalists : 14 Paul McCartney

14.  Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings, Solo)

Watching McCartney in the Millenium Stadium with my dad reminded me of the word legend, and if you looked up the word legend in the dictionary there would be a picture of Paul McCartney there.  How many other performers can still sell out massive stadiums nearly 50 years after they first made an appearance?  Not many.  Paul McCartney certainly can, and has.

The former Beatle and Wing still blasts out classic hits such as Something, Jet, Let em in, The Long and winding road  to name a few without missing a note (vocally, on he guitar and piano) and the tributes to Lennon and Harrison brought more than a tear to the eye.

Top 100 rock vocalists : 15 Paul Weller

15 – Paul Weller (The Style Council, The Jam, solo)

The ‘Modfather’ has been around for nearly 40 years and still can cut it with the best of them.  From early pop rock The Style Council, mod-tastic The Jam and solo projects, Weller has been at the forefront of popular rock for a large majority of that time.  A true heavyweight in rock vocalists and a very respectable #15 for the man who brought you Going Underground, Shout to the Top, Wild Wood, That’s Entertainment and of course, A Town Called Malice.