Songs to close the set with
April 5, 2014 12:51 PM Subscribe
Playlist: Big, anthemic, epic, unapologetically earnest rock songs about struggle and perseverance. Born to Run, The Boomtown Rats' Joey's On The Street Again, just about anything from The Hold Steady, esp Separation Sunday. Now you go.
These are songs a band would close their set with and send their fans to the parking lot pumped up. I've been thinking about it, and these songs' characteristics typically (but not always) include:
Multiple breaks in the melody
Loud parts and quiet parts
Contain at least 2 instrumental solos
Typically more than 5 minutes long
Tell a story, about a person or group of people, who either triumph over adversity or who meet an unjust or tragic end
Make a moral statement
Have a big finish
I think Tom Petty's American Girl fits, as well as Pulp's Common People, and of course Bohemian Rhapsody. I think of this music as typically straight ahead "rock" but would consider other genres (is Iron Maiden's Run to the Hills one of these songs, for example?).
I like to work out to this music, and would one day like to write songs like this