The All-American Rejects Biography
So what does a bored kid from Oklahoma with a guitar and a Walkman grow up listening to? Nick gave us a pretty good idea with this 15-song mixtape.
1. Def Leppard - "Promises" - "This is the perfect song: perfect guitar riff, perfect melody, perfect backing vocals in the choruses...it's perfect!"
2. Bon Jovi - "Born To Be My Baby" - "This is the best chorus ever written! And the best use of the 'Na Nas'!"
3. Thin Lizzy - "Jailbreak" - "Great riff to soundcheck with...I always do!"
4. Poison - "Fallen Angel" - "Another great guitar riff, followed by a mouth-solo-worthy, 90210-esque lead!"
5. Huey Lewis & The News - "Stuck With You" - "Proving my theory once again that a triplet feel will give you a hit song every time. His other major hits are in 6/8...don't even get me started! Anyway...this is the song I remember hearing in the car when I was little, and I still can't get it out of my head!"
6. Afghan Whigs "66" - "This is a beautiful song that only this voice can pull off. Reminds me of the now-defunkt college radio station in Stillwater, OK."
7. Rod Stewart - "Every Picture Tells A Story" - "One of the jukebox songs I played every single night at the Righteous Room in Atlanta after the long days of pre-production for our new record. The only thing that could make this gem any better would be a little mandolin!"
8. Tesla - "Caught In A Dream" - "I'm a big fan of Five Man Acoustical Jam so you can imagine my excitement when I heard Tesla was putting out a new album! This song is the perfect mix of The Black Crowes and Aerosmith. And of course that classic Tesla-ish stuff, too!"
9. Genesis - "No Son Of Mine" - "I love this song. I used to call the radio station and request it, wait hours for it to come on, and tape it on my AM/FM Cassette Walkman. Stealing music has sure come a long way, hasn't it?!"
10. Journey - "Don't Stop Believin'" - "It's pretty rediculous how good this song makes you feel! Even if you hate Journey, or Steve Perry, or goofy lookin' keyboard players, or corporate rock in general (which I don't), this song is one of the best!"
11. The Nixons - "Happy Song" - "Check out these guys from Oklahoma!"
12. Butch Walker - "My Way" - "This is a great song to wake with to and start your day!"
13. The Outfield - "Your Love" - "Just a good frickin' song to sing along with!"
14. Queen - "Somebody To Love" - "This is probably one of my favorite Queen songs, and being as I just got their crest immortalized on my body in tattoo form, I felt they definitely had to be on my list. (This song is in 6/8 time...and of course it's great!)"
15. Tears For Fears - "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" - "Also in 6/8, and very Huey Lewis & The News-esque might I add, this is great song with a great hook, and a synth pan flute! Good for driving, too."
The All-American Rejects' new album, Move Along, is available now in the ARTISTdirect Store.