Collection review: 30 Classic Hard Rock Songs...


Jun 28 2006, 16h54

I got my hands on another collection, this time it says hard rock instead of heavy metal. I've heard most of the tracks before but there are some artists I've never heard before. Now I'm going to judge this collection if it's a good start for anyone who hasn't listen to much hard rock before.

1: The Trooper

Interesting way to start a collection. The Trooper is one of Iron Maiden's most popular songs, and one of my favourites.

2: Highway Star

I'm not a huge Deep Purple fan, but Highway Star is awesome song. I could be wrong but it seems to me that "Smoke on the water" is the mainstream Deep Purple song and "Highway Star" is one of the fans most liked songs. Personally I prefer "Highway Star" over "Smoke on the water".

3: Holy Diver

This collection is just getting better and better. The only downside I can with choosing Holy Diver instead of other awesome Dio songs is that this song takes some time before it starts. However if there's one Dio song everyone should've heard, it's this one. This is perhaps the best example of how great Ronnie James Dio is.

4: Easy Living

I haven't heard much of this band, infact Easy Living is the only song I've heard with Uriah Heep. If I understand this correctly, Uriah Heep is a classic band if you ask those who actually were born when Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple became big, while not many who are as old as me have heard of them. It's a pretty good song and I think I will start listen to more songs by Uriah Heep.

5: Breaking the Law

I'm not a that huge Judas Priest fan (Rob Halford is cool though), but I've heard a few song with them. Breaking the Law is definatly one of my favourites. Judas Priest is a very important band when it comes to hard rock, so I'm not surprised that they are in this collection. I would've missed them. I could be very wrong now, but don't Judas Priest seems to have many fangirls than other metal bands?

6: Cat Scratch Fever

I don't think I've ever listen to a Ted Nugent Song, but the name and the song title seems to ring a bell. All I remember of Ted Nugent is that they did mention him in a That 70's show episode, so I can only speculate that he was big in the 70's (I know you Ted Nugent fans are laughing at my poor knowledge right now). It's a pretty addicting Hard Rock song. If you haven't heard it before than listen to it as soon as possible.

7: Long Live Rock 'n' Roll

Another song with Ronnie James Dio. This time it's with the group Rainbow which were formed by the Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. This song is awesome and once again Dio shows his awesome voice. But to tell the truth, I haven't listen to much of Rainbow after Dio left the band. "Since You've Been Gone" however is a great song.

8: Big City Nights

I'm surprised to see this song instead of "Rock You Like a Hurricane" or "Wind of changes". The only Scorpions songs I've heard is those on their millenium collection, but that include this song. Just like all the other songs I've heard with Scorpions this is a pretty good. Maybe "Big City Nights" is a fan favourite.

9: Cum on Feel the Noize

It's not that I don't like this song, but I hoped that if there was going to be a Quiet Riot song it would've been another one. I think Quiet Riot is a great band which makes it a bit sad that their absolutely biggest hit (Check out them at is a cover, which almost sounds the same as the original version. "We were born to rock", "Metal Health" or "Stomp your hands, clap your feet" would've worked just as good. Than again this is the Quiet Riot song, the one they are know for. And it's not that it's a bad song, but Slade's version are just as good. But it was Quiet Riot who started the Glam Metals commercial success in the 80's so I guess I should just shut up and enjoy the song.

10: Ace of Spades

If you look at Motörhead's chart, you'll see that Ace of Spades is by far their most popular song. And yeah it is an awesome song. I'm not a big Motörhead fan but this song is definatly one of my favourites of all time. It's just so perfect. Go Lemmy.

11: Iron Man

One of Black Sabbath's most popular and best songs. The guitar in this song is freaking awesome and you can almost never go wrong with Ozzy Osbourne's voice. I don't think anyone is surprised to see this song on a "Hard Rock Collection". It really wouldn't have been a creditibility collection without this song.

12: Billion Dollar Babies

Let's see if I got this right. "Poison" and "Schools out" are Alice Cooper's most mainstream songs, "I'm Eighteen" and "Hey Stoopid" are some of others of his most popular songs and Billion Dollar Babies is considering to be his best album? Personally I don't know which song I would've picked. It's not possible for me to choose just one Alice Cooper song and act like it's better than the other awesome songs. Another thing I've noticed about Alice Cooper is that girls love him. I've met more girls that admit that they listen to Alice Cooper than Britney Spears. Then again how can anyone not love Alice Cooper?

13: Up Around the Bend

I wasn't around when Hanoi Rocks was popular, but the finnish rockers are right now ranked 25 on my chart. Personally I love this Creedence Clear Water Cover, but I think "Malibu Beach Nightmare" is better. But still it's nice to see that some haven't forget them.

14: Out in the Fields

The first thing I've to do is to say that Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) doesn't get mention enough when people are talking about this song. Personally I think this is one of the best songs of all time. Irish music just don't get better than this :)

15: (Don't Fear) The Reaper

Another song or group I haven't ever listen to or heard of. It's a pretty calm song. It's a bit different than the other songs I've heard so far on this collection. However that don't mean in it's a bad thing.

16: You Really Got Me

Van Halen has done better songs IMO. You really got me is not bad, but like I've said before I don't think that covers should be on a collection. I would much rather see "Jump", "Ain't Talking About Love", "Running with the devil", "Panama", "Hot For Teachers", "Right Now" or any other great Van Halen song.

17: Symphony of Destruction

What can I say? Megadeth is awesome, and Symphony of Destruction is their most popular song.

18: You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget

Even if I'm from Sweden I sadly haven't heard much of Yngwie, but at least I liked what I've heard. This song is actually pretty cool. It has 80's hard rock writen all over it.

19: This Flight Tonight

My dad likes Nazareth, but the only songs I've heard by them are "Razamanaz" and "Love Hurts". This song is sounds pretty 70's. told me it's a joni mitchell cover BTW :P. But to be honest I don't know any better Nazareth song and it's still a pretty awesome song.

20: Join Me

So this is what Love Metal is. HIM could be the most popular band on this collection according to (after Iron Maiden). The song is different from all the others on this collection. But for some reason I liked it.

21: Jet City Woman

Another band I've never listen to before. The song is pretty cool. It makes me want to listen to more to this band. They rock.

22: Ride Like the Wind

Finally we are back to a band I've listen to before. And it's not that "Ride Like The Wind" is a bad song, but IMO "Princess of the Night" is THE Saxon song. Saxon was a import band of the NWOBHM, and since most of the other big bands from that era has already been in this collection it's only fair that they are also here.

23:Over the Hills and Far Away

We get more of Gary Moore here. Personally I can't decide if I would pick "Out in the fields" or "Over the hills and far away" if I would make a hard rock collection. Pretty clever to add the Nightwish version. I'm not a big fan of Nightwish, but I guess that Nightwish fans would much rather see "Stargazer", "Nemo", "End of all hope" or "I Wish I Had An Angel" instead of this song. I prefer the Gary Moore version, but Nightwish still has done a great job to make it sound Nightwishish if you know what I mean :P

24: Metal Heart

Here's another band I haven't listen to. I know I should've because Accept is a pretty cool band right? The singer almost sounds like the singer in AC/DC, but it's still a bit different. Speaking of the devil, where's AC/DC? Anyway this song makes me interested to listen to more Accept. It's a pretty good song.

25: Full Moon

Another band from Finland. I'm starting to think that this is collection was released in Finland. Anyway all I know about Sonata Artica is that they are Power Metal and from Finland. And Power Metal is just what this song is. If you can't stand the average power metal song then you won't like it, but personally I don't mind.

26: Would You Love a Monsterman

Lordi's best song. "Hard Rock Hallelujah", "Blood Red Sandman" and "Devil is a loser" are awesome but not as good as their first single. This is the song that I made me get into them, the first time I heard it I was in love. The only sad thing with that Lordi won the Eurovision is that "Would You Love A Monsterman" no longer is the most popular Lordi song :(

27: Carry on Wayward Son

Never heard of Kansas. Ever. And to be honest I think it would be better that way. It's hard rock, but to me this song is just boring. BUt I think anyone who is a huge fan of Deep Purple would also like this.

28: Shake Me

Ah sweet Hair-Metal. I know many will disagree with me but it's sad that they don't make this kind of music anymore. Cinderella is one of those bands I don't listen to enough. Shake me.... all night!

29: New York Groove

No KISS on this collection but Ace Frehley is close enough. And Ace shows that he don't need the other KISS members to make a great song.

30: The Final Countdown

The perfect way to end a hard rock collection. I think I will always consider this to be the best song of all time. It's just magic.

And that's all for today folks. See ya.


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