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Survivor - "Eye Of The Tiger"

Europe - "The Final Countdown"

 

Two examples that quickly came to my mind where one song became so big (and in these cases, famous) that they tend to overshadow the rest of the album. A song that now has a life of its own, which perhaps makes it strange to listen to in the context of the rest of the album.

 

What other ones can you think of?

 

It doesn't necessarily have to be a song that became famous. Perhaps it's just something that is just so awesome that it doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the album any more. Something that is in a league of its own, and they couldn't come up with any other ideas of similar stature on the same album, thereby making it stand out like a sore thumb (but in a good way).

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I'mma say Tyketto's "Forever Young."

Don't Come Easy is a great album, but that first track is a bit heavier than the rest, and I often wonder what they'd be like if they stuck with that particular sound.

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I'mma say Tyketto's "Forever Young."

Don't Come Easy is a great album, but that first track is a bit heavier than the rest, and I often wonder what they'd be like if they stuck with that particular sound.

Yes!

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We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister

 

More Than Words - Extreme

 

Cherry Pie - Warrant

 

Those songs sound weird when listening to them on the whole album.

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More Than Words - Extreme

 

Those songs sound weird when listening to them on the whole album.

Yes and no. It definitely overshadowed the album, but I don't think it sounds weird, as Pornograffitti is a fairly varied album.

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i think most of the times the ballads are the culprit :D

 

4 Non Blondes - What's Up

Extreme - More Than Words

Motley Crue - Home Sweet Home

My Little Funhouse - Anonymous

Saigon Kick - Love Is On The Way

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Survivor - "Eye Of The Tiger"

Europe - "The Final Countdown"

 

Two examples that quickly came to my mind where one song became so big (and in these cases, famous) that they tend to overshadow the rest of the album. A song that now has a life of its own, which perhaps makes it strange to listen to in the context of the rest of the album.

 

What other ones can you think of?

 

It doesn't necessarily have to be a song that became famous. Perhaps it's just something that is just so awesome that it doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the album any more. Something that is in a league of its own, and they couldn't come up with any other ideas of similar stature on the same album, thereby making it stand out like a sore thumb (but in a good way).

And those songs are not even good. Or is it because you heard them like 1000 times to many?

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Saigon Kick - Love Is On The Way

 

By christ that song is amazing.

 

 

I'mma say Tyketto's "Forever Young."

Don't Come Easy is a great album, but that first track is a bit heavier than the rest, and I often wonder what they'd be like if they stuck with that particular sound.

'Wings' and 'Forever young.' Two stunning melodic (hard) rock songs on an otherwise pretty weak album. (aside from 'Standing alone' which is great but not out of place in the style of the rest of the CD).
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Survivor - "Eye Of The Tiger"

Europe - "The Final Countdown"

 

Two examples that quickly came to my mind where one song became so big (and in these cases, famous) that they tend to overshadow the rest of the album. A song that now has a life of its own, which perhaps makes it strange to listen to in the context of the rest of the album.

 

What other ones can you think of?

 

It doesn't necessarily have to be a song that became famous. Perhaps it's just something that is just so awesome that it doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the album any more. Something that is in a league of its own, and they couldn't come up with any other ideas of similar stature on the same album, thereby making it stand out like a sore thumb (but in a good way).

 

imo those are 2 of the weakest tracks on those respective albums.

 

I think the best examples are classic AOR albums

 

Journey - Dont Stop Believin (Escape)

Boston - More Than A Feelin (s/t)

Asia - Heat of The Moment (s/t)

Toto - Africa (IV)

REO Speedwagon - Keep On Lovin You (Hi Infidelity)

 

However, these 3 are no brainers as well -

 

Metallica - Enter Sandman (black album)

Nirvana - Smell Like Teen Spirit (Nevermind)

GnR - Sweet Child (Appetite)

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You could argue that 'Nothing else matters' and 'Welcome to the Jungle' were near as big as those Metallica and GnR tunes.

 

The one I thought of immediately when I saw this thread was Cheap Trick's 'The Flame' off 'Lap of Luxury,' but was that released on an earlier album? I don't know enough about the band. All I know is that it's one of my favourite popular songs of all time (and was obviously a gigantic hit) and the rest of the album is absolute crud.

 

What about 'All I wanna do is make love to you' from Heart's 'Brigade?' Not the best on the album, but as far as I know it was the only single and would be one of only two songs people know Heart by at all. The other one, 'Alone' - the same could be said of that song from the 'Bad Animals' album.

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Saigon Kick - Love Is On The Way

 

By christ that song is amazing.

 

 

I'mma say Tyketto's "Forever Young."

Don't Come Easy is a great album, but that first track is a bit heavier than the rest, and I often wonder what they'd be like if they stuck with that particular sound.

'Wings' and 'Forever young.' Two stunning melodic (hard) rock songs on an otherwise pretty weak album. (aside from 'Standing alone' which is great but not out of place in the style of the rest of the CD).

 

 

Agree on Saigon Kick but we both probably can't remember the title of the other songs in 'Lizard' :D

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I will also have to go with Cherry Pie. While a great song it completely overshadows Jani's original vision for the album. The more I listen to the album the more I realize just how much of a masterpiece it is. And sadly they will forever be known for Cherry Pie and nothing else. Jani's brilliance completely overlooked.

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I will also have to go with Cherry Pie. While a great song it completely overshadows Jani's original vision for the album. The more I listen to the album the more I realize just how much of a masterpiece it is. And sadly they will forever be known for Cherry Pie and nothing else. Jani's brilliance completely overlooked.

 

Well said, but not for me -- 'Dog Eat Dog' album is their masterpiece and I am very much aware of it!

 

RIP, Jani...the band is really not good without you.

 

 

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You could argue that 'Nothing else matters' and 'Welcome to the Jungle' were near as big as those Metallica and GnR

Not even close imo

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You could argue that 'Nothing else matters' and 'Welcome to the Jungle' were near as big as those Metallica and GnR

Not even close imo

 

 

I feel like I've probably heard 'Nothing else matters' on the radio more often than 'Enter Sandman.'

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From personal experience in my area (local clubs + discussions about playlists etc with good buddies who work there as DJs)

 

 

 

Maiden-Run To The Hills

Metallica-Nothing Else Matters

Hawkwind- Hassan I Sahba

Kiss - I Was Made For Lovin' You

 

 

 

Riot- Thundersteel

Yngwie - You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget

Dio - Rainbow In The Dark

Rainbow- Man On The Silver Mountain

 

 

Sentenced - Nepenthe

Slayer - Raining Blood

Motorhead -Ace of Spades

Sepultura - Orgasmatron (motorhead cover)

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the exception of Maidens track I'm quite sure that these are the only songs played from the albums they're in.

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You could argue that 'Nothing else matters' and 'Welcome to the Jungle' were near as big as those Metallica and GnR

Not even close imo

 

 

I feel like I've probably heard 'Nothing else matters' on the radio more often than 'Enter Sandman.'

 

 

Yeah, I think it depends on where you're from. In my parts "Enter Sandman" and "Welcome to the Jungle" probably get played the most.

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"I Love Rock N Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

Joan Jett's version of that song became so well know that a lot of people don't even know it's a cover.

 

"Mississippi Queen" by Mountain.

 

"Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

 

"Born to be Wild" by Steppenwolf

 

"Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix

 

"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen.

 

"The Boys Are Back In Town" by Thin Lizzy.

 

"Cat Scratch Fever" by Ted Nugent

 

"Rock N Roll All Nite" by KISS

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Nice topic! For me it's "Stargazer" from 'Rainbow Rising' and "Gates Of Babylon" (Long Live Rock 'N' Roll). Both albums contain several very good songs and some fillers, but these are two MONSTER tracks that are way better than the others. I have to think about other examples...

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Yngwie - You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget

 

 

Great song.

 

 

 

Surely!

 

And the reason it overshadows the rest of the album is because it's one of only two good songs on that whole album anyway. That and 'Queen is in love' are close to perfection on 'Trilogy;' the rest is crap.

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Yngwie - You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget

 

 

Great song.

 

 

 

Surely!

 

And the reason it overshadows the rest of the album is because it's one of only two good songs on that whole album anyway. That and 'Queen is in love' are close to perfection on 'Trilogy;' the rest is crap.

 

 

I really liked that album when I was young! Haven't heard it for a long time and had to refresh my memory... I must agree, two good songs and the rest is standard, pedal-to-the-(neo classical)-metal, with weak chorusses.

 

My favorite Malmsteen album is 'Odyssey' and I wish he would hook up with another good vocalist with songwriting abilities. There were plans for a collaboration with Ronnie James Dio at one point. Too bad that didn't happen, as this could have resulted in some great Rainbow-meets-Sabbath music!

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