Top 20 Acoustic Guitar Intros Of All Time

1. Spaceboy – The Smashing Pumpkins.

Album: Siamese Dream

Released: 1993

Genre: Alternative Rock

This hauntingly beautiful song released off Smashing Pumpkins breakout album ‘Siamese Dream’, is truly just another level. It differs from the rest of the songs off the record, as the whole song is an acoustic ballad. The only other song like that on the album was ‘Disarm’, which actually had opened up in the intro with an electric guitar on a clean setting. ‘Spaceboy’, was about Corgan’s younger half-brother, Jesse Anderson who had special needs and disabilities. Billy Corgan had to take care of him on his own as a child, growing up in an abusive household as no one else would care for them.

2. Polly – Nirvana.

Album: Nevermind

Released: 1991

Genre: Alternative Rock

The incredibly brilliant, and horridly dark acoustic alternative anthem ‘Polly’ – is no doubt musical genius. And it’s definitely, without hesitation – one of the best acoustic guitar intros of all time. Written by Kurt Cobain, the song was loosely based on a news paper article he read about a 14 year old girl who had went to a concert and was kidnapped by a deranged rapist named Gerald Friend. The 14 year old girl, beaten and torched and assaulted – physiologically, physically, & sexually – managed to escape. She had done so by treating Gerald like he was a human being. Upon letting his guard down, he had untied her. She broke a window and left. Gerald was later arrested and still resides in prison to this day. One of the most interesting and peculiar things about ‘Polly’, is that it is written in the perspective of the criminal. Throughout the song, Cobain narrates the story and puts himself in the mind of Gerald Friend. ‘Polly’ was a major hit, which was unexpected due to it’s incredibly horrid backstory. The song was originally called ‘Hitchhiker’, and it was written in 1988. He didn’t want to put it on Nirvana’s debut ‘Bleach’, because it didn’t fit the rest of the record. He remained it Polly in 1991, upon releasing it off Nevermind. Cobain was always highly opinionated against rape, as there was an anti-rape song on each and every Nirvana album. The story of this girl really effected him. None of the anti-rape songs were as big, or in my opinion as good or as deep as ‘Polly’. None acoustic either. And Polly had an acoustic guitar intro that was so different, you knew it was Kurt who was playing. Distinctiveness at it’s finest.

3. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) – Green Day.

Album: Nimrod

Released: 1997

Genre: Alternative Rock

‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’, became one of the biggest anthems of the 90’s. Featured in the finale of one of the biggest sitcoms of all time ‘Seinfeld’, & became a prom, wedding, & graduation anthem in the late 90’s and early 000’s. While it played at events like weddings and proms regularly, the meanings could not be more different. The song was about lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s 2nd and final ex-girlfriend who dumped him. He wrote it one day after sitting on the couch with his acoustic guitar, calling it ‘Good Riddance’ – because in the end things worked out for the better for him. As he met his wife shortly after, as been with her for 25 years and has two kids. He later gave it the subtitle ‘Time Of Your Life’, as that was the famous line in the chorus that got people hooked.

4. Perfect Blue Buildings – Counting Crows.

Album: August and Everything After

Released: 1993

Genre: Rock

‘Perfect Blue Buildings’, is easily one of the most recognizable and greatest acoustic guitar intros of all time. Many misconceptions about the song are made. The true meaning is unknown. Some believe it’s about mental illness, particularly about frontman Adam Duritz’s battle with it. Others people believe it’s about being on the road a lot, and just getting homesick. Whatever it is about, it’s a great song either way – with an acoustic guitar intro like no other.

5. Just Breathe – Pearl Jam.

Album: Just Breathe – Single

Released: 2009

Genre: Rock

‘Just Breathe’, is simply one of the most beautiful acoustic songs ever. The intro brings you in immediately, with the magnificent fingerpicking done by Eddie Vedder. It’s notably the only song of the list so far that is fingerpicked. It certainly had to make the top 5, as it is not only one of my all time favorite songs by one of my all time favorite bands – but since the list is about the greatest acoustic guitar intros that was really why it made the list. There was a handful of Pearl Jam songs I could have chosen, however. ‘Daughter’, ‘Elderly Women Behind The Counter In a Small Town’, & ‘Sirens’ – are all great as well. It was difficult choosing one. For a while, I went with Daughter played in open g tuning – but settled on Just Breathe because the song has a big of an edge over Daughter. But both great songs, with phenomenal acoustic guitar intros – done by a terrific band. Oh, and ‘Just Breathe’ – is the only song so far done on a nylon stringed acoustic guitar.

6. Free Fallin – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

Album: Full Moon Fever

Released: 1989

Genre: Classic Rock

One of the most iconic songs in classic rock, ‘Free Fallin’ is not only musical genius – but has an acoustic guitar intro so amazing it just had to make the list. Due to it being so recognizable, different, & distinctive – it had to make the list. The twelve string delight with the fitting chorus effect like no other, in such delicacy and delight – it proves it’s case as one of the best ever. It’s also the only one of the list so far played on a twelve string.

7. Big Empty – Stone Temple Pilots.

Album: Purple

Released: 1994

Genre: Alternative Rock

‘Big Empty’, is one of the greatest songs of all time. It’s the only song on this list as of right now that is a slide intro. Dean DeLeo in all of his greatness opens the song with a slide on an acoustic guitar. He’s the only grunge guitarist I’ve ever seen use one. One of the most iconic intros in alternative music, and greatest acoustic intros ever.

8. Heaven Beside You – Alice In Chains.

Album: Alice In Chains

Released: 1995

Genre: Alternative Rock

Also featured on ‘Top 20 Greatest Guitar Riffs Of The 90’s’ – Heaven Beside You is the epitome of awesome. With an amazing acoustic guitar intro. It was a real fight between Nutshell and Heaven Beside You for this list – but Heaven Beside You was the song that introduced me to AIN and it’s intro is more complex and distinctive. Overall, furthermore meaning – it is better. At least, in my opinion it is.

9. Song for Someone – U2.

Album: Songs of Innocence

Released: 2014

Genre: Rock

If there’s any guitarist who knows how to bring the listeners in better than The Edge of U2 – I don’t know who it is. This song in particular shows off his composition talent. And there’s very few U2 songs that feature an acoustic opening. ‘Song for Someone’, crowns them all – in my opinion.

10. My Father’s House – Bruce Springsteen.

Album: Nebraska

Released: 1982

Genre: Classic Rock

‘My Father’s House’, one of the greatest songs from Springsteen’s solo album ‘Nebraska’ – shows a different side of Bruce. Upon hitting big with The E Street Band in 1980 as their frontman, with poppy breakout album ‘The River’ in 1980 – he shortly after recorded this folksy solo album known as ‘Nebraska’. Filled with great acoustic intros, the reason I picked My Father’s House is because it is criminally underrated and most people don’t know it.

11. Blowin’ In the Wind – Bob Dylan.

Album: The Freewheelin’

Released: 1965

Genre: Folk

Bliss simplicity at it’s best. One of the greatest songs in the history of music, that’s just 3 basic chords. An amazing intro done on an acoustic, probably the most simplistic and easiest one on the list. But it’s not about complexity, it’s about quality.

12. Song for Bob Dylan – David Bowie.

Album: Hunky Dory

Released: 1971

Genre: Classic Rock

Shortly after the brilliant acoustic intro, electric guitar kicks in dominating the start of the song. Never the less, an acoustic intro is an acoustic intro – even if it’s taken over by an electric while it plays in the background.

13. Hurt – Johnny Cash.

Album: Unearthed

Released: 2003

Genre: Rock

Widely credited and considered the most depressing song in rock, ‘Hurt’ is an amazing song. The title let’s you know immediately of it’s blatant, thorough, blunt, & straight to the point meaning. One of the most beautiful songs and acoustic intros I’ve ever heard, made by one of the greatest artists in music history – who is missed everyday.

14. All We Are – Matt Nathanson.

Album: Some Mad Hope

Released: 2007

Genre: Soft Rock

One of the most optimistic songs I’ve ever heard, with an acoustic intro so delicately beautiful it fits perfectly.

15. Taylor – Jack Johnson.

Album: On and On

Released: 2003

Genre: Soft Rock

Could’ve picked any song by Johnson, but chose this was because how instantly recognizable it was and Jack’s complex progression of super difficult jazz chords used throughout the intro and song.

16. Satellite – Dave Matthews Band.

Album: Under The Table And Dreaming

Released: 1994

Genre: Rock

Again, could’ve chosen any DMB song. But I’ve always really connected with this one, and it’s super duper complicated featuring weird jazz chords. Intro is like The Police ‘Every Breath You Take’, only on an acoustic making it harder. Also features weirder, unique, & distinctive rhythms. Very hard. Very good.

17. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) – The Beatles.

Album: Rubber Soul

Released: 1963

Genre: Classic Rock

Another tough battle. Was a real hard fight between this and ‘Here Comes The Sun’, but this is my favorite Beatles song and it’s underground appose to ‘Here Comes The Sun’ – which is mainstream. But awesome, with breathtakingly magnificent intros – done by an amazing group of musicians.

18. Angie – The Rolling Stones.

Album: Goats Head Soup

Released: 1973

Genre: Classic Rock

Was a tough choice between this ‘Wild Horses’, which was on their previous record Sticky Fingers – but overall I think Angie’s intro is better, more recognizable, & more complex. Where as Wild Horses, which is a great song and has a great acoustic intro is just strumming basic chords.

19. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen.

Album: The Game

Released: 1979

Genre: Classic Rock

Upbeat, fun song with an acoustic intro that immediately let’s you know you’re in for a good time!

20. Fall On Me – R.E.M.

Album: Life’s Rich Pageant

Released: 1986

Genre: Classic Rock

Dominated by electric but close enough. Like ‘Song for Bob Dylan’. Was going to add a Police song, but there’s not a single acoustic guitar intro done by them!

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s (Soft Rock, 2005)

Drive by Incubus (Pop Rock, 1999)

Hotel California by The Eagles (Classic Rock, 1975)

The Celestials by The Smashing Pumpkins (Alternative Rock, 2012)

Dumb by Nirvana (Grunge, 1993)

Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day (Alternative Rock, 2004)

Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd (Classic Rock, 1975)

Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead (Alternative Rock, 1995)

Babylon by David Gray (Singer/Songwriter, 1998)

93 Million Miles by Jason Mraz (Soft Rock, 2012)

To Be Without You by Ryan Adams (Soft Rock, 2017)

She Talks To Angels by The Black Crowes (Rock, 1990)

10 Rock Singers Who Were Never Heavy Drug Users

I’m sick of hearing people say all good musicians were drug addicts. It’s not true. It didn’t improve songwriting or anything of that matter. Many used it as a coping strategy for mental illness, but others like the names of this blog never became addicts. A few never even touched drugs before. Let’s get started…

1. Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins)

Billy Corgan admitted to experimenting with soft core drugs in the late 90’s, post divorce – but he was never an addict. Instead, he had smoked a joint or two and dabbled with pain pills. But as Corgan rightfully stated in 2007 – “My father was a heroin addict. And after seeing the way he would behave upon abusing heroin and alcohol, I decided at a young age I would never have anything to do with that.” And he never did, other than messing around with pot a couple of times as a coping mechanism for his divorce. He also got drunk a few times, but there’s few people who haven’t. And again, 9/10 gen xers have dabbled with drugs at some point in their lives. Especially being a rock star, where it’s way more accessible to you and way easier to get your hands on.

2. Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day)

Similarly to Corgan, Billie Joe Armstrong messed around with drugs a few times as a younger man in his late teens – but he never was a heavy abuser. Just smoked a few joints. Essentially, Billie Joe was about as much of a drug user as Ross Geller from ‘Friends’. There’s a difference between being an immature youth and a drug addict in need of rehab. Upon meeting the love of his life Adrienne Armstrong in 1993, and marrying her in 1994 – he wasn’t going to do drugs. He didn’t have time for that. Instead, he went on to have two children. He became a good and loyal family man. He’s been with his wife for 25 years now, with only two ex-girlfriends. Love Green Day or hate Green Day, that’s honorable and he’s a good man. Had he married a drug addict like Kurt Cobain, it would have been a different story. In fact, the only reason Cobain became a heroin addict was because Courtney Love. Before that, he was just like BJA and had experimented with weed. End reality, you are who you hang out with. And since nobody in Green Day or others he was hanging around with were addicts, he wasn’t either. Which is why Green Day are together all these years down the road.

3. Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)

The 90’s grunge scene was surrounded by drug abusers. And since what goes around comes around, there was a view drug encounters for Eddie Vedder. But just some pot here and there, and agedly he snorted coke one time backstage at a festival after drinking too much. He never became hooked, and never had to go to rehab – as he was never a heavy drug user or addict. Never got deep into it.

4. Bono (U2)

Bono has never even touched drugs. He’s always been completely clean cut and sober, like everyone else in U2. He has the most faith out of the following as well, which is a contributing factor as to why he’s never even done drugs. That and the era he was in wasn’t surrounded by as much of it. He like Armstrong has been with his wife a very long time. It’s been the only woman he’s ever been with, upon meeting her at the age of 14 in 1974 – to dating her two years later. Finally, marrying her in 1983 as a result of becoming famous. He’s forever grateful for their breakout album ‘War’, as it was the album that gave him the money to marry his wife. He has 4 children, and as a result of becoming a father at a young age and staying a loyal man of faith – he never used drugs of any kind.

5. Bruce Springsteen (Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band)

Bruce Springsteen, like Bono – has also never done any drugs. As a kid, he would play a show and then watch his friends play. He took really good care of himself, which is why at 70 – he looks 50. Upon never abusing drugs, he’s a loyal husband and good father. Dad to a horseback rider and a firefighter. He had his struggles with depression, amongst other things – but never turned to drugs to solve the problem. Him and Bono are openly faithful believers in God, and are close friends. They inducted each other’s bands into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame, and will be forever known as – “the cleanest rock singers ever…”

6. Bob Dylan

Upon being an immature youth smoking weed here and there in the early years, that doesn’t count as a drug user. Especially since marijuana is legal in a lot of US states now in present day. Open man of faith, and loyal family man. A drug addict wouldn’t make it to 80 years old and be able to perform and tour, like Dylan. And don’t bring up The Rolling Stones to argue as they were heavy drug addicts, because their lives shows nowadays are crap and they look terrible.

7. Johnny Cash

Upon his divorce, Cash turned to alcohol. He shortly after recognized the issue and went into rehab. The divorce caused him so much pain, which led to abusing substances here and there – but he was never an addict and it was a short period of time. So it doesn’t really count as being an addict like Jimi Hendrix or Scott Weiland. Cash was highly faithful as well, so he wouldn’t have let drugs ruin him.

8. David Bowie

Messing around in the early years with LSD and other hallucinogenics, once again doesn’t qualify as a ‘heavy drug addict’. He never needed to check into rehab, and didn’t play around in that popular 60’s-70’s scene much – despite he was in it.

9. Matt Nathanson

There’s no interviews of it, but I’m sure Nathanson had smoked a joint once backstage with the house band. Upon realizing it wouldn’t do anything for his songwriting, he wouldn’t continue down a hard path of drug addiction. He’s also anther family man.

10. Jack Johnson

The guy’s never even touched drugs. He’s a dad, surfer, and former professional athlete. Enough said. Most solo acts didn’t participate in that scene, especially the soft rock ones such as Nathanson and Johnson.

OTHER NOTABLE FIGURES:

DAVE MATTHEWS OF DAVE MATTHEWS BAND.

STING OF THE POLICE.

GAVIN ROSSDALE OF BUSH.

ANTHONY KIEDIS OF RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS.

JASON MRAZ.

DAVID GRAY.

BRYAN ADAMS.

PETE YORN.

RYAN ADAMS.

CHRIS ROBINSON OF THE BLACK CROWES.

JAKOB DYLAN OF THE WALLFLOWERS.

JOHN POPPER OF BLUES TRAVELER.

AND SO MUCH MORE!!! YOU DON’T NEED DRUGS TO BE A ROCK STAR, THESE NAMES ARE LEGENDARY AND THEY NEVER RELIED ON THEM!!!

Top 10 Greatest Rock Songs Of 1995

#BestOf95

Counting down the ten greatest rock songs released 1995, in honor of the year’s 25th anniversary. Happy new year!

1. Bullet With Butterfly Wings – The Smashing Pumpkins.

Album: Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

2. Heaven Beside You – Alice In Chains.

Album: Alice In Chains

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Jerry Cantrell

3. Secret Garden – Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.

Album: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band: Greatest Hits

Genre: Soft Rock

Written by: Bruce Springsteen

4. High and Dry – Radiohead.

Album: The Bends

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Thom Yorke, Johnny Greenwood.

5. Santa Monica – Everclear.

Album: Santa Monica

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Art Aleakis

6. Big Me – Foo Fighters.

Album: Foo Fighters

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Dave Grohl

7. December – Collective Soul.

Album: Collective Soul

Genre: Rock

Written by: Ed Roland

8. 1979 – The Smashing Pumpkins.

Album: Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

9. Hey Man, Nice Shot – Filter.

Album: Hey Man, Nice Shot

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Richard Patrick

10. Volcano Girls – Veruca Salt.

Album: American Thighs

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Nina Gordon

10 Greatest Rock Songs Of The Decade.

As 2019 comes to an end, I thought I’d count down the 10 greatest rock songs of the decade!

1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) – U2.

Album: Songs of Innocence (2014)

Genre: Garage Rock

Written by: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.

https://youtu.be/LF0rKW1DEMo

2. Demons – Imagine Dragons.

Album: Night Visions (2012)

Genre: Pop Rock

Written by: Dan Reynolds

https://youtu.be/LqI78S14Wgg

3. The Celestials – The Smashing Pumpkins.

Album: Oceania (2012)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/SVCHpKvyCAg

4. Counting Stars – OneRepublic.

Album: Native (2013)

Genre: Pop Rock

Written by: Ryan Tedder

https://youtu.be/hT_nvWreIhg

5. Still Breathing – Green Day.

Album: Revolution Radio (2016)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong

https://youtu.be/SUzsih7QJSY

6. Scarecrow – Counting Crows.

Album: Somewhere Under Wonderland (2014)

Genre: Rock

Written by: Adam Duritz, Dan Vickrey, David Bryson, David Immergluck, Jim Bogios, Charlie Gillingham, Millard Powers.

https://youtu.be/nSnF7g_P8M8

7. Sirens – Pearl Jam.

Album: Lighting Bolt (2013)

Genre: Rock

Written by: Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron.

https://youtu.be/4jZBwyG7HPs

8. Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People.

Album: Foster The People (2010)

Genre: Pop Rock

Written by: Mark Foster

https://youtu.be/SDTZ7iX4vTQ

9. The Art Of Letting Go – Stone Temple Pilots.

Album: Stone Temple Pilots 2018 (2018)

Genre: Pop Rock

Written by: Dean DeLeo, Jeff Gutt, Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz.

https://youtu.be/_IBYD0PI-Lc

10. The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here – Alice In Chains.

Album: The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013)

Genre: Heavy Metal

Written by: Jerry Cantrell

https://youtu.be/4s1n0Ih8N-E

Happy new year!!! CANT WAIT TO WATCH GREEN DAY ON NEW YEARS ROCKIN EVE!!!

10 Most Commonly Misinterpreted Songs (Part 2)

1. Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Album: Californiacation (1999)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante, Chad Smith.

What People Think It’s About: Drug addiction.

What It’s Actually About: Self harm.

RHCP’s “Under The Bridge”, is another commonly misinterpreted song. It’s about drug addiction, but is confused regularly about homelessness.

2. Glycerine – Bush.

Album: Sixteen Stone (1994)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Gavin Rossdale

What People Think It’s About: Significant other committing suicide.

What It’s Actually About: The corrupted British government.

3. She Talks To Angels – The Black Crowes.

Album: Shake Your Money Maker (1990)

Genre: Rock

Written by: Chris Robinson, Rich Robinson.

What People Think It’s About: Mental illness.

What It’s Actually About: A church going hypocrite.

4. Push – Matchbox 20.

Album: Yourself Or Someone Like You (1996)

Genre: Pop Rock

Written by: Rob Thomas

What People Think It’s About: Matchbox 20 wanting to boss the producers and fans around, implying they are superior to everyone and should rule the world.

What It’s Actually About: Bossy dominating partners who mistreat their significant others, leaving them in an abusive and unhealthy relationship.

5. Welcome To The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance.

Album: The Black Parade (2006)

Genre: Emo-alternative

Written by: Gerard Way, Mikey Way, Frank Iero, Ray Toro, Bob Bryar.

What People Think It’s About: Depression.

What It’s Actually About: Cancer.

6. Wicked Garden – Stone Temple Pilots.

Album: Core (1992)

Genre: Hard Rock

Written by: Scott Weiland, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz.

What People Think It’s About: Opening up and not being afraid of being your true self. Not living any secrets or lies, with no fear of being judged.

What It’s Actually About: Sex.

7. Semi Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind.

Album: Third Eye Blind (1997)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Stephan Jenkins, Kevin Cadogan.

What People It’s About: Having a fun, happy time.

What It’s Actually About: Wanting to die.

8. Through Glass – Stone Sour.

Album: Come Whatever May (2006)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Corey Taylor

What People Think It’s About: Insanity.

What It’s Actually About: An approach to making new, modern music.

9. Zombie – The Cranberries.

Album: No Need To Argue (1994)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Dolores O’ Riordan, Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan, Fergal Lawler.

What People Think It’s About: Child abuse.

What It’s Actually About: The Irish war against England.

10. More Than Words – Extreme.

Album: Extreme (2001)

Genre: Pop

Written by: Gary Cherone

What People Think It’s About: Love.

What It’s Actually About: Lust.

10 Most Commonly Misinterpreted Songs

1. Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day.

Album: American Idiot (2004)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong

What People Think It’s About: 911

What It’s Actually About: The tragedy that was Billie Joe Armstrong’s deceased father, who died of cancer when he was only 10.

https://youtu.be/ulRXvH8VOl8

2. Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.

Album: Born in the U.S.A. (1984)

Genre: Pop Rock

Written by: Bruce Springsteen

What People Think It’s About: The blessing that is being born in God’s country – America.

What It’s Actually About: Protesting against America, in particular association with being anti-Vietnam war.

https://youtu.be/tRx212PUa4g

3. Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan.

Album: Highway 61 Revisited (1967)

Genre: Classic Rock

Written by: Bob Dylan

What People Think It’s About: Being a rock star, living on the road – wishing you had a place to call your home.

What It’s Actually About: Getting dumped.

https://youtu.be/IwOfCgkyEj0

4. Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews Band.

Album: Crash (1996)

Genre: Soft Rock

Written by: Dave Matthews

What People Think It’s About: Love.

What It’s Actually About: Lust.

https://youtu.be/SvgGZB8wXiY

5. Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones.

Album: Sticky Fingers (1971)

Genre: Classic Rock

Written by: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards.

What People Think It’s About: Cocaine addiction.

What It’s Actually About: Falling in love with an African-American woman.

https://youtu.be/SvgGZB8wXiY

6. Every Breath You Take – The Police.

Album: Synchronicity (1983)

Genre: Classic Rock

Written by: Sting, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland.

What People Think It’s About: Love.

What It’s Actually About: An obsessive stalker.

https://youtu.be/OMOGaugKpzs

7. The One I Love – R.E.M.

Album: Document (1987)

Genre: College Rock

Written by: Michael Stipe, Peter Buck.

What People Think It’s About: Love.

What It’s Actually About: Sleeping around and slacking off.

https://youtu.be/j7oQEPfe-O8

8. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd.

Album: The Wall (1979)

Genre: Classic Rock

Written by: David Gilmour

What People Think It’s About: Love.

What It’s Actually About: Pink Floyd’s ex-frontman Syd Barrett who lost his mind due to drug abuse.

https://youtu.be/j7oQEPfe-O8

9. One – U2.

Album: Acthung Baby (1991)

Genre: Adult Alternative

Written by: Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton.

What People Think It’s About: Love.

What It’s Actually About: U2 becoming mainstream top 40 artists.

https://youtu.be/JFWPeVfWB9o

10. New Kid In Town – The Eagles.

Album: Hotel California (1975)

Genre: Classic Rock

Written by: Glenn Frey, Don Henley.

What People Think It’s About: The pitfalls of relationships.

What It’s Actually About: The music industry.

https://youtu.be/-Pa5nqYXEnY

My Top 10 Favorite Strat Players

1. Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins)

Most Used Guitars: American Standard Fender Stratocaster, Yamaha D28 Acoustic Electric, Jimi Hendrix Signature Stratocaster.

Greatest Solos: Rhinoceros (1991), Mayonnaise (1993), Cherub Rock (1993), Ava Adore (1998).

Greatest Riffs: Bullet With Butterfly Wings (1995), Luna (1993), 1979 (1995), Tonight Tonight (1995).

Peak Of Guitar Ability: “Gish” era (91)

Genre: Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Shoegazing, Dream-pop, Art Rock, Gothic-alternative, Psychedelic Rock, Indie-alternative, Progressive Rock.

2. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)

Most Used Guitars: American Standard Fender Stratocaster, American Standard Fender Mustang, American Standard Fender Jaguar.

Greatest Solos: In Bloom (1991), Heart-Shaped Box (1993), Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991).

Greatest Riffs: Lithium (1991), All Apologies (1993), Come As You Are (1991).

Peak Of Guitar Ability: “In Utero” era (93)

Genre: Alternative Rock, Grunge, Punk Rock, Post-punk, Indie-alternative.

3. Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day)

Most Used Guitars: 50’s Classic Player Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul Jr, Yamaha D28 Acoustic Electric.

Greatest Solos: American Idiot (2004), When I Come Around (1994), Waiting (2000).

Greatest Riffs: Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (2004), Wake Me Up When September Ends (2004), Brain Stew (1996).

Peak Of Guitar Ability: “American Idiot” era (04)

Genre: Alternative Rock, Pop-punk, Punk Rock.

4. Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)

Most Used Guitars: 50’s Classic Player Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul, American Standard Fender Stratocaster.

Greatest Solos: Alive (1991), Yellow Ledbetter (1992), Porch (1991), Daughter (1993).

Greatest Riffs: Black (1991), Jeremey (1991), Better Man (1994), Garden (1991), Do The Evolution (1996).

Peak Of Guitar Ability: “Ten” era (91)

Genre: Grunge, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, General Rock.

5. Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)

Most Used Guitars: Standard Kiesel Carvin, Jerry Cantrell Signature Fender Stratocaster, 50’s Classic Player Gibson Les Paul.

Greatest Solos: Nutshell (1994), Would? (1992), Heaven Beside You (1995).

Greatest Riffs: Them Bones (1992), Again (1990), Man In The Box (1990), Rooster (1992), No Excuses (1994).

Peak Of Guitar Ability: “Dirt” era (92)

Genre: Alternative Rock, Grunge, Traditional Heavy Metal, Sludge Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Progressive Rock.

6. The Edge (U2)

Most Used Guitars: Vintage 1973 American Standard Fender Stratocaster, American Standard Fender Telecaster, 50’s Classic Player Gibson Les Paul.

Greatest Solos: Sunday Bloody Sunday (1983), I Will Follow (1980), Bullet The Blue Sky (1987).

Greatest Riffs: The Miracle Of Joey Ramone (2014), Mysterious Ways (1992), With Or Without You (1987).

Peak Of Guitar Ability: The Joshua Tree (1987)

Genre: Classic Rock, General Rock, Garage Rock, Post-punk, Christian Rock, Soft Rock, Adult Alternative, Alternative Rock, Pop Rock.

7. Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band)

Most Used Guitars: American Standard Fender Stratocaster, 50’s Classic Player Gibson Les Paul, Martin D28 Acoustic Electric.

Greatest Solos: Shake Me Like a Monkey (2008), Samurai Cop (2018), Why I Am (2008).

Greatest Riffs: Funny The Way It Is (2008), Mercy (2012), That Girl Is You (2018).

Peak Of Guitar Ability: Big Whiskey and The Gru Grux King (2008)

Genre: Jam Rock, General Rock, Alternative Rock, Jazz fusion, Neo-orchestra, Neo-classical, Instrumental Rock, Instrumental music, Funk Rock, Soft Rock, Adult Rock, Adult Alternative.

8. Andy Summers (The Police)

Most Used Guitars: 50’s Classic Player Fender Telecaster, 50’s Classic Player Fender Telecaster, 50’s Classic Player Gibson Les Paul.

Greatest Solos: So Lonely (1978), King Of Pain (1983), Synchronicity (1983).

Greatest Riffs: Every Breath You Take (1983), Message In a Bottle (1978), Roxanne (1980), Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (1980).

Peak Of Guitar Ability: Synchronicity (1983)

Genre: Classic Rock, Post-punk, Reggae Rock, New Wave.

9. David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)

Most Used Guitars: American Standard Fender Stratocaster, Martin D42 Acoustic Electric, Gibson Les Paul.

Greatest Solos: Comfortably Numb (1979), Anther Brick In The Wall Pt. 2 (1979), Money (1973), Dark Side Of The Moon (1973), The Wall (1973).

Greatest Riffs: Wish You Were Here (1975), Learning To Fly (1985), The Division Bell (1994).

Genre: Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Blues Rock.

10. John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Most Used Guitars: 60’s Relic Vintage Stratocaster, 50’s Classic Player Stratocaster, American Standard Fender Stratocaster.

Greatest Solos: Californiacation (1999), Scar Tissue (1999), Can’t Stop (2002).

Greatest Riffs: Under The Bridge (1991), Give It Away (1991), By The Way (2001).

Genre: Alternative Rock, Funk Rock, Post-punk, Rap Rock.