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Rock 'n' roll, my favorite genre of music. So beautiful and passionate, true to themselves rockstars generally live the life they want to or at least don’t handle being told what to do. As I’ve gotten older I’ve found myself listening more of old rock from the 70s, 80s, and sometimes the 90s but I’ve always had a passion for 2000s rock. The playlist I am going to make will consist of bands like Shinedown, Seether, Staind, Theory of a Deadman, 3 Doors Down, etc. I will also add a link to a YouTube playlist that has every song listed already on it. Ten songs will be in the playlist.
"Simple Man" - Shinedown Y. 2003
Shinedown is a band a lot of people have heard songs of but, yet they can’t say, “Oh man I love them!” or “Brent Smith has the voice of an angel/” Usually it's, “Who are they?” or “I’ve heard the name.” Those people have no idea how much love I have for this band. People who aren't aware they are listening to Shinedown often hear a song by them and suddenly, “Oh my god I know that song!” They aren’t nobodies, but they aren’t massively huge like One Republic or Coldplay. “Simple man” is a cover of the song by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Shinedown has gained a lot of popularity over this song. "Simple Man" was present on Shinedown’s debut album 'Leave a Whisper.' In the future, I plan to make a playlist or a recommendation compilation of nothing but Shinedown’s songs. 'Leave a Whisper' was released in 2003 and is labeled under the genres hard rock, post-grunge, and alternative metal.
"Through Glass" - Stone Sour Y. 2006
Stone Sour is a well-known band, but if that don’t ring a bell then what about the band Slipknot? Stone Sour's lead singer is also the lead singer for Slipknot, Corey Taylor. I love his voice, something about it is unique. I feel the same about Brent Smith from Shinedown and many other frontmen. “Through Glass” went platinum and reached number one on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and it stayed there for seven weeks. It was so popular that is landed at number two on the Alternative Songs chart and at number 39 on the Billboard Top 100 and at 23 on US Billboard Pop Songs. Corey Taylor has said that the song came about from his anger at the music industry and its (his own words) “insane, innocuous, plastic music.” It gives me a melancholy feeling and even though its technically about the music industry, to me I relate it as being an outsider. The world moves around you and all you can do is watch “looking at you through glass.” In a way, my view on it can relate back to the original meaning. Corey Taylor sits and feels as if he is looking through glass at the world as it passes by, not evolving like it should. Then again, for all we know he is pulling our leg and he wrote it about the fish in the overcrowded tanks you see at PetSmart.
"Cold" - Crossfade Y. 2004
"Cold" is the first single released from Crossfade’s self-titled album in 2004. It did very well landing at 81 on the U.S. Hot 100, two on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks, three on the U.S Mainstream Rock Tracks, and 23 on the U.S. Billboard Pop Songs. According to songfacts.com, the lead singer, Ed Sloan, wrote it about himself. In their interview with the band he said, “Back then I had a girlfriend, I saw my family everyday. I love my mother and my father and that sort of thing. And I started really sinking my life into writing that first album of which “Cold” was one of the songs. And I noticed the distance starting to grow between my girlfriend and I and my family a little bit, as far as the time that I was able to spend.” After that he says he expresses himself through music to people.
"The Reason" - Hoobastank Y. 2004
One of the first songs I listened to when I got into this scene, “The Reason” landed at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, and number one in Brazil, Canada, Italy, and Mexico. It was also number one on UK Rock Official Charts Company. It won the best rock video on the MTV Video Music Awards Japan. Recorded in 2003, I hear it being played all the time on our local radios. Gone gold in Australia, United States, the UK, and Italy.
"Fine Again" - Seether Y. 2002.
“Fine Again” was released in 2002 on the album 'Disclaimer.' It landed at number one on the U.S Active Rock, 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, and at six on the U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks. According to songfacts.com, the song is about how you can be fine again after a break up. The band's lead singer, Shaun Morgan, wrote it when his parents got divorced as a profession of how he felt about it. Me, myself, who struggles with OCD and depression, I enjoy this song and relate to it. One of my favorite songs by them. I would like to do an article like this one on them in the future.
"Kryptonite" - 3 Doors Down Y. 2000
Kryptonite is one of the songs I would get excited to hear on the radio as a kid. I never took note of who it was by because when you're eight that doesn’t really matter. The song hit number one on the U.S Billboard Hot 100, U.S Mainstream Top 40, US Alternative Songs, and U.S Mainstream Rock. It went platinum in Australia, silver in the U.K, and then quadruple (4x) platinum in the U.S. According to songfacts.com, the band's singer Brad Arnold wrote the song when he was 15 in a math class. Arnold also says it is one of the first songs he ever wrote.
"Dani California" - Red Hot Chili Peppers Y. 2006
Dani California is from the bands ninth album 'Stadium Arcadium.' “Dani” has been referenced before by the band both directly and indirectly. “California rest in peace, simultaneous release, California show your teeth she’s my priestess, I’m your priest,” are the lyrics from the song. Relying on my trustee songfacts.com, lead singer of the band, Anthony Kiedis, said that “Dani” is a representation of every girl that he’s met. The song did very well on the charts and landed at number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock and stayed there for 25 weeks.
"Hemorrhage" - Fuel Y. 2000
"Hemorrhage" is the first single released on the band's second album. Surpassing the song “Shimmer” the song spent twelve weeks at number one on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart. It is their most successful song to date.
"Not Meant to Be" - Theory of a Deadman Y. 2008
One of my favorites from this band, it landed at 55 on the Billboard Hot 100, four on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs. Surprisingly, I’ve heard it on the radio a few times, once last month at a grocery store. I can’t tell you the other times but when I looked it up on YouTube a while ago I discovered that I already knew the song.
"Everything Changes" - Staind Y. 2006
Lastly "Everything Changes" by Staind. I’m not going to include any chart info on this song because it's really a song I just enjoy. It is well known within my group of friends. I hear it on the local rock radio station often. If you know the song “My Guardian Angel” by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus you will probably like this song. The guitar in the beginning reminds me of that song except this one picks up pace about a minute into the song at the chorus and slows down again for the next verse.