Baby, let me rock your world
May 13, 2011 2:17 PM   Subscribe

Help a girl out by telling her what music will likely appeal to her metal/rock fan boyfriend.

My boyfriend and I are in for a summer full of road-trips, and the best way to make this a fun time is to appeal to his love of singing along to songs he knows, at the top of his lungs. He's particularly into the classic metal and rock from the last fifty years.

Problem is, I am an electronica/indie hipster-type music snob (and he isn't), and my vast music collection contains very little of what he likes. yes, I've been showing him my music, this is me wanting to reciprocate and not be the music dictator in the car He doesn't even use an MP3 player or have that many CDs in the car, so there's no grabbing what he's already got. His favorites are songs we probably hear on the radio stations all the time, but I'm drawing a blank.

I recall his liking stuff along the lines of "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor, Journey, Slayer, Metallica, Kiss... yeah, I am about at the end of what I can name. Generally music with a lot of electric guitar, preferably high-energy. So guys, if you like this kind of music, please tell me what your favorite songs are, anything at all!
posted by lizbunny to Media & Arts (31 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
posted by evisceratordeath at 2:24 PM on May 13, 2011 [2 favorites]

Are you looking for music that you both like, or are you punishing yourself/rewarding him?

A self-sacrifice list is totally different from a compromise list.
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 2:30 PM on May 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

The Who! AC/DC!
posted by pecanpies at 2:36 PM on May 13, 2011

Just go check out the list of music featured in Supernatural for a start.
posted by adipocere at 2:36 PM on May 13, 2011

Best answer: Judas Priest, particularly "Breaking the Law" and "Painkiller."

I'd guess he's a fan of Queen. Queen is super singalongable.
posted by Metroid Baby at 2:41 PM on May 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Sweet Child o Mine - Guns N Roses
Come on Feel the Noise - Quiet Riot
Tom Sawyer - Rush
Aerosmith - Dude Looks Like a Lady
Van Halen - Hot for Teacher

These are the ones I remember best and can instantly still sing along with, but I have no shame. You could do pretty well just pulling the billboard hits from Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, Metallica and AC/DC.
posted by DarlingBri at 2:49 PM on May 13, 2011

Bands that I would guess he likes that I also enjoy (speaking as someone more on the punk/new wave/indie side of the spectrum): The Who, Queen, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Led Zeppelin, Cheap Trick, Motorhead.

More obscure-ish, but if he does like the Who and Led Zep in particular, he might also really enjoy the Faces and Humble Pie, two great British bluesy-hard rock bands from the '70s that both emerged out of the '60s mod band, the Small Faces. (possibly relevant trivia: Humble Pie's album As Safe As Yesterday is one of the first records that was described using the term "heavy metal.")
posted by scody at 2:50 PM on May 13, 2011

Oh, and YES for Guns n' Roses, too.
posted by scody at 2:50 PM on May 13, 2011

Oh, and more essential British bluesy/hard rock (again, if he does tend toward that vein): Cream and Derek & the Dominoes (both with Eric Clapton).
posted by scody at 2:52 PM on May 13, 2011

Rock oriented: Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Queens of the Stone Age (first album especially), Monster Magnet

More metal oriented: Pretty much anything by Opeth, Mastodon, High on Fire (they sound a lot like Motorhead)

And of course some Sabbath!
posted by medeine at 2:54 PM on May 13, 2011

The Clash is excellent road trip music
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 2:54 PM on May 13, 2011

You could just get the Mullets Rock album! It is excellent driving music.
posted by zoetrope at 2:59 PM on May 13, 2011

I'd suggest:

Deep Purple, especially the songs Highway Star and Space Truckin'.

Ozzy's Blizzard of Ozz contains some disguised torch songs.

He might like Gamma Ray, who are both melodic and over-the-top. I like Somewhere Out in Space for a trip.

Slayer isn't really singalong music, unless YOUENJOYEXTREMELYFASTYELLING! which might get old for you, but if it doesn't, I always felt like Seasons in the Abyss was a great road CD.

Megadeth's Rust in Peace is a little more sing-along, and I used to love that on long drives, back when I had them.

Mercyful Fate/King Diamond, like Judas Priest, are pretty fun if you guys like doing falsetto. "Noooo! You're a wiiiitch!" Perhaps Don't Break the Oath or Melissa.

And I nth Iron Maiden. They are long and wailing.
posted by ignignokt at 3:08 PM on May 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: A self-sacrifice list is totally different from a compromise list.

Strangely enough, driving in the car is when I actually kind of like metal. So it's not a huge sacrifice, it's just nothing I'd go looking for. Much like my music for him. Don't hold back :)
posted by lizbunny at 3:16 PM on May 13, 2011

Hey man, ya gotta quarter? No? No, that's okay man, thanks anyway.

Hey, y'know I ain't no bum or nothin--I used to live uptown once too. Nah, really, I did! I used to come down here and---come down here and look at all the characters. Lotta characters.

Never thought I'd be one of 'em, though...hey, you gotta minute? Lemme tell you a little story bout one of the characters that made it outta here...

Savatage. Nowadays they call 'em Trans-Siberian Orchestra, sort of.

That megalith of holiday rock spectaculars was born on a Savatage album, and the awesome power metal version of 'The Carol of the Bells' that served as the climax to the amazing concept album/rock opera 'Dead Winter Dead,' set during the war of Yugoslav dissolution, apparently became, by now surely, more lucrative in a fell swoop than Savatage ever had a chance of being again. 90's hard rock didn't take too kindly to theatricality. So it went. Savatage proper put out one more album, 'Of Poets and Madmen,' and then apparently abdicated to TSO.

However, Savatage proper are a somewhat legendary power metal band with a huge catalog, mostly great, often amazing. The albums are generally stories, so you sort of get more production value, and would be good for a road trip where you can listen to it all in one go.

Jon Oliva, and to a lesser extent Zak Smith(?) (who appears on most of the later albums), an absolutely amazing rock vocalist. Snarling, screaming, singing ballads, wild falsettos. Cris Oliva, the late, his brother, provided searing guitar and amazing riffs and songs.

Strap on your metal horns, and bow to the Hall of the Mountain King!

Get yerself a copy of 'Streets,' and be owned.a
posted by TheRedArmy at 3:23 PM on May 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

Spın̈al Tap.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:35 PM on May 13, 2011

Iron Maiden's Run to the Hills is one of my favorites. Definitely one you'll want to sing along to. Also nthing Ace of Spades.
posted by Toothless Willy at 3:39 PM on May 13, 2011

Response by poster: Yeah, he's learning Run To The Hills on guitar right now, I should include that one for sure :)
posted by lizbunny at 3:51 PM on May 13, 2011

Response by poster: Just to be clear, listing specific songs is especially helpful - making playlists and mix cds for the car. Some people like to argue "full albums only" - I'm not that kind of gal.
posted by lizbunny at 3:52 PM on May 13, 2011

Best answer: Some great Iron Maiden songs are:

The Number of the Beast
Run to the Hills
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Flight of Icarus
The Trooper
2 Minutes to Midnight
Running Free

They all have catchy sing-a-long bits.
posted by cazoo at 4:17 PM on May 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Paradise City - GnR
Smokin' in the Boys Room - Motley Crue
Jump - Van Halen (v1)
Why Can't This Be Love - Van Halen (v2)
I Can't Drive 55 - Sammy Hagar
Dirty Deeds - AC/DC
posted by SuperSquirrel at 4:19 PM on May 13, 2011

Thin Lizzy's album Thunder and Lightning should fit the bill well. (I listened to it over and over while driving in the 80s.)
posted by wittgenstein at 6:49 PM on May 13, 2011

Um, has anyone mentioned the Scorpions and I just missed it? Specifically "Winds of Change" and "The Zoo."
posted by miss patrish at 7:48 PM on May 13, 2011

Response by poster: These are all really best answers, thanks so much :) He's already singing along as I test them out before burning for tomorrow's drive.
posted by lizbunny at 9:56 PM on May 13, 2011

The first Tenacious D album is full of fabulous metal-spoof (but still really actually metal and wailin') and TOTALLY singalong-able songs that is simply perfect for roadtrips. Well, in my opinion. (When "Tribute" hits the "And we said nay, we are but men! Rock onnnnnn!!" I throw up horns and start headbanging in the car.)

Tenacious D - Tribute
Tenacious D - Dio
Tenacious D - Double Team
Tenacious D - Wonderboy
Tenacious D - Kielbasa
Tenacious D - Fuck Her Gently
posted by flex at 10:11 PM on May 13, 2011

Bad Company - Bad Company
Bad Company - Shooting Star
The Four Horsemen - Rockin' is my business
The Four Horsemen - Nobody said it was easy
posted by davey_darling at 6:40 AM on May 14, 2011

Ok since you Best Answered my answer among others, I've been thinking about this more. I hardly ever answer music questions because I am a totally unrepentant pop music whore, but geeze did I ever sing my way through the 80s so if it made it's way to the charts, I probably liked and remember it. I think what you may be looking for isn't really the musically greatest music of the era, but the classics of the era, which are basically guitar rock anthems?

So, other songs I remember and can still sing from that era may or may not suit:

Poison, Alice Cooper
All Right Now, Free
Here I Go Again, Whitesnake
Gimme All Your Lovin, ZZ Top

I got these off Disc 1 of the Best Rock Albums play list and picked the ones that still work for me. (Eye of the Tiger? Not so much...)

Anyway, maybe rummage through 80s Guitar Anthems lists for more tracks.
posted by DarlingBri at 6:44 AM on May 14, 2011

davey_darling reminds me that I did in fact go to see Bad Company tour... not once but twice. My Roxy Music loving spouse will now divorce me for cause. Anyway, this was fun; thanks for the memories!
posted by DarlingBri at 6:50 AM on May 14, 2011

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