It’s involuntary, almost Pavlovian.
You’re somewhere – anywhere – and that song comes on. You find yourself smiling no matter what the discussion is about…the hips start to shake a little bit…the air guitar is sitting there in the case ready to go. And sure enough, whether you’re bellowing out your car window or softly singing the words under your breath in the store, you’re all in. If you’re in a lively pub, you join in with several other people you don’t even know, as all inhibitions disappear and you bond in the most common language this planet has…music.
I thought about this the other day when I was howling out the car window with Warren Zevon as “Werewolves of London” was blasting out of the speakers. Some songs just…resonate. They don’t have to be very lyrical (“Hang On Sloopy” isn’t exactly Shakespeare); in fact you might not even understand a word you’re saying (“Louie Louie“). But the best ones are usually a song that was massively popular but also resonates with some feeling of angst – lost love, alienation, rebellion.
Lots of people sing along with the final chorus of “Hey Jude“, but not with as much passion as they will when”What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace Love And Understanding” or “Rockin In The Free World” comes on the jukebox (at least not where I hang out!)…and if the song was a monster when you were in your prime bar-trolling years, so much the better.
So here are Ten Rousing Rockers will release your inner teenager and break the ice in any social situation as you raise your glass, throw your arm around a stranger and share a moment. And since it’s Friday, why not start right this minute? Life’s too short to wait for five o’clock.
01) “Brown Sugar” (The Rolling Stones) I said yeah..yeah..yeah…whooooo!
02) “Born To Run” (Bruce Springsteen) Tramps like us, baby we were born to run.
03) “Love Shack” (The B-52s). I got me a car as big as a whale!
04) “Rock and Roll All Night” (KISS) And party every day!
05) “Maggie May” (Rod Stewart) Maggie, I wish I never seen your face!
06) “You Shook Me All Night Long” (AC/DC) She was a fast machine, she kept…what clean?
07) “Sweet Home Alabama” (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Southern Man don’t need you around anyhow.
08) “We Gotta Get Outta This Place” (The Animals) If it’s the last thing we ever do!
09) “Love Stinks” (J. Geils Band) And so it goes ’til the day you die.
10) “Wild Thing” (The Troggs) You make everything…groovy.