We'll start with Mitch's list, which is heavy on the hard stuff but does have a few surprises.
1. Metallica - "Battery"
"The first song I ever heard by Metallica. Became my destiny to play music for a living after hearing it. Hard, fast, and angry. Just the way I felt every day during that time. Especially the "hard" and "angry" part. I WAS like fourteen."
2. Michael Manring - "Crazy Legs"
"The coolest bass player EVER! Every time I hear this song, I question why I even try to play the bass."
3. Steely Dan - "Black Friday"
"The smoothest band ever. A little jazz, a little rock n roll. Easy to listen to in any situation."
4. Coroner - "Mistress of Deception"
"Best thing out of Sweden since the world renowned bikini team... and meatballs!"
5. Cypress Hill - "Hits From the Bong"
"Still amazed that they wrote a song about smoking pot, and didn't even mask it as a song about their one true love."
6. Testament - "Trial By Fire" "Oldy but a goody! How can you not love a song sang by someone named Chuck Billy."
7. Alter Bridge - "The End is Here"
"Amazing, brooding guitars and Myles' voice. Makes me close my eyes and move my head ever so slightly."
8. Queen - "Play the Game"
"Hell, it's Queen. What else needs to be said."
9. System of a Down - "Suite-Pee"
"I heard this song on a road trip a year before anyone had heard of SOD. All I could say was 'what in the f*ck was that?' and then 'I love it!'"
10. Gene Simmons - "Radioactive"
"I had Kiss posters in my room at six, much to the chagrin of my very Christian, very straightlaced mother. I guess she should have seen my future in the rock n roll Devil's Society way back then."
James gave us his list in David Letterman, countdown style, so don't let the suspense kill you as you read to #1.
10. Korn - Freak on a Leash
"I love this song! It reminds me of all the fun (and kinky) things I do with my wife!"
9. Kiss - "Detroit Rock City"
"This was my first exposure to glam rock. I’ve been playing music ever since."
8. Clutch - "The Mob Goes Wild!"
"This is a high energy song I love hearing right before I get on stage."
7. Queensryche - NM-156
"I heard this song first in the eighties and I realized that rock could be technical and still RAWK! I’m such a geek! LOL"
6. Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C. - "Walk This Way"
"See we can all rock together! Rap and Rock…Can live and play together and still have a great time doing it!"
5. Placebo - "Pure Morning"
"This song, for me, restored my faith in rock and roll in the nineties."
4. Rush - "Tom Sawyer"
"Holy bass clefs batman how do they do that? I can’t say enough about this band. All of these guys are incredible players."
3. Maroon 5 - "Sunday Morning"
"These guys are great! The mixture of pop and rock grooves this band produces are addictive and intoxicating. Anyone for cocktails? I heard 'Harder to Breathe' and the cover band I was in at the time immediately learned it!"
2. Cheap Trick - "ELO Kiddies"
I’ve always been a fan of Cheap Trick. The antics of Rick Neilson with all his crazy guitars, definitely some cool eye candy mixed with some cool music and you get a great band.
1. Weird Al Yankovic - "The Alterative Polka"
"I’m definitely the clown in the band so I love to laugh and make other people around me laugh as well."
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