My Favorite Songs – Fall 2020

My last exam is this Wednesday, so I thought now would be the perfect time to wrap up Fall 2020 and talk about my favorite songs from that time since I had so much fun making My Favorite Songs – Summer 2020 post. I tried to diversify this list by including more songs by different artists, but I couldn’t help it, and I put two AC/DC songs on here (spoiler alert). But enough talking, let’s get on with the list, shall we?

1. “T.N.T.” by AC/DC, from High Voltage (1976)

This song is perfect for sports events; it’s a must at AC/DC concerts, and it could also pump you up for those final exams! I didn’t understand what the “oi” was for when I first heard “T.N.T.,” but at the same time, I didn’t care because it’s fun to chant over and over again. Also, recently I’ve discovered that the main riff was all Malcolm Young! I was too busy staring at his brother Angus chanting “oi” that I didn’t even notice Mal strumming in the background (or most recently, Stevie Young strumming that same riff)! Man, what a genius; rest in peace, Mal!

2. “Painkiller” by Judas Priest, from Painkiller (1990)

I don’t want to start a war, but I find some of Judas Priest’s songs a bit tame and boring. Maybe it’s cause I haven’t been listening to the right tracks, or they kept on changing their style, and I got sick of it. However, “Painkiller” is a badass song, and that album overall was badass! The drums kick you in the face immediately, and Rob Halford is screaming his lungs out on the vocals. I’ve seen live videos for “Painkiller,” and Scott Travis’s footwork on the double kick drum had me shook! This song shows no messing around, and that’s why I love it.

3. “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations, from Gettin’ Ready (1966)

Earlier in the semester, I was binge-watching American Idol, and I fell in love with some of the songs I discovered from the show. I can’t recall how many times people covered The Temptations, but despite that, I never get sick of “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg;” it’s classic Motown, and when George Huff sang it on season 3, he nailed it! I only had time to watch YouTube clips, so once I finish finals, I think I’ll have to binge-watch season 3 of American Idol next, haha.

4. “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” by Bon Jovi, from Keep the Faith (1992)

Keep the Faith (1992) is Bon Jovi’s best album, in my opinion. There was no commercial hair metal nonsense (not that it’s always a bad thing); it was just straight-up classic rock filled with impeccable guitar playing by Richie Sambora. You thought I couldn’t make this about Sambora, well you thought wrong! “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” describes Jon Bon Jovi’s personality perfectly because he’s still singing (despite losing his voice completely). I’ll give him credit for his performance on this track; let’s cut him some slack this time!

5. “We are the Unknown” by James Durbin, from Riot on Sunset (2016)

James Durbin got a lot of crap from the Judas Priest’s Screaming for Vengeance album review because his version of “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” was “awful.” Don’t worry, I still adore you, Durbin! What I love about him is that he represents the misunderstood, those that got bullied, and people that are afraid to speak up! Even people with disabilities, he represents all of those individuals, and that is why I love him, and he is my second favorite American Idol contestant ever! “We Are the Unknown” was calling my name, and suddenly I was taken back to high school, where I felt misunderstood, and I was in a terrible place in my life. This song gives me hope that everyone has the opportunity to be heard, and I mean everyone!

6. “Drift Away” (1973) by Dobie Gray

Technically, it got recorded by John Henry Kurtz on his 1972 album Reunion, but Dobie Gray’s version is more well-known, and he made it a hit in 1973. Corey Clark did a fantastic version of “Drift Away” on season 2 of American Idol. I don’t know what he’s been through, but despite his mishaps, I was sad when he got disqualified from the show because his high range was incredible. Bon Jovi also performed the song on the New Jersey tour, and Sambora sang the second verse, but he should’ve sung the whole thing! Sambora was the best lead singer Bon Jovi ever had, period!

7. “Stranger in this Town” by Richie Sambora, from Stranger in this Town (1991)

I might as well change this post to “Richie Sambora is the Best and Here’s Why” because that’s where I’m heading, apparently. His first album is f**king brilliant, and it’s such a shame not many people know about it. I still get chills listening to that album, especially the title track. Stranger in this Town (1991) is very blues-based, and I loved every minute of it. But back to the title track, it’s hard feeling like no one knows your name and overshadowed by Jon Bon Jovi. Without going too deep, I’ve always felt invisible, so I connected with this song, and months later, I still love it!

8. “When Love and Hate Collide” demo version (1995) by Def Leppard

I specifically chose the demo version because I’m still mad knowing that Def Leppard never released the demo version on music streaming sites. Back in mid-October, I found out that their Volume 2 Boxset has the demo version of “When Love and Hate Collide,” but I held back from buying it because I wanted to save my money. Nov. 7 came along and said, “I’ve waited long enough; I’m ordering that boxset!” The boxset came with Adrenalize (1992) and Slang (1996) too so, that was perfect. Why was I desperate to have a physical copy of the demo version? Because it contains Steve Clark’s final recorded guitar solo!!!

9. “Harvester of Sorrow” by Metallica, from …And Justice for All (1988)

I bought the …And Justice For All (1988) CD in early October (along with three other ones) from the Book Off, which was another gamble because I only knew “One” was on there. But I remember watching a Metallica concert from The Black Album tour, and I liked a song called “Harvester of Sorrow.” Little did I know that the album I just bought had “Harvester of Sorrow,” which was a pleasant surprise. I also like that the album came with a lyric book because now I know what Jason Newsted was singing for the backup vocals. That song is a headbanger for sure!

Before I get to my last song on the list, here are a few honorable mentions.

“So Good” by Bratz, from Bratz: Rock Angelz (2005)

This is the closest thing Bratz ever got to rock ‘n’ roll! I don’t know who did the vocals for this song, but she did a good job! I own a few Bratz DVDs, and I play this song once in a while because it’s “so good” (no pun intended). But now I realize how unrealistic it is to have five guitar players but no drummer and no bass player. Then again, it is a kids’ movie. As a heads-up, these next two songs will be from kids’ shows/movies, and they are honorable mentions because if I included them on my list, then this post would get no views!

“What if I Shine” by Barbie, from Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals (2015)

From the movie Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals (2015), this song is a bop! I don’t remember how I came across the film, but I do remember how much I liked “What if I Shine” because I could connect with the lyrics. It’s about taking a chance and not being afraid to show the world who you are. Barbie Rock ‘N Royals had some great songs, actually, and it reminded me of Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010), only with Barbie. 

“Dorothy the Dinosaur” by The Wiggles, from The Wiggles (1991)

I could write a post about how much I miss Greg, Murray, and Jeff, wishing they were still in The Wiggles, but that post probably won’t get any views. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been singing their songs this semester; I sang “Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga, Big Red Car” while feeding my dog, haha! “Dorothy the Dinosaur” is one of my favorites, and I have no idea why they stopped playing it live. The last time they performed that was on Wiggledance! (1997), I think. It’s not too crazy for me to like The Wiggles though, Captain Feathersword did an impression of James Hetfield a few times.

Here’s a bonus video for your entertainment!

10. “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC, from The Razors Edge (1990)

I just learned the lyrics to “Thunderstruck,” and all I can say is Brian Johnson’s high-pitched screams are not easy to do! I can’t sing this song without shouting, which probably doesn’t make it any better, but I like to go for the full effect. I’m telling you, once concerts open up again and AC/DC go back on tour, I can’t wait to see them perform “Thunderstruck” live. With Phil Rudd particularly because I love how simple his hi-hat pattern is, unlike Chris Slade’s hi-hat (it’s hard to explain, so work with me, people). But seriously, if you don’t scream “thunder” during the song, then you’re a crazy person!

There you have it! Those are ten songs that have stuck with me during Fall 2020. Can I say what a weird jump that was going from The Wiggles to AC/DC? Man, that was weird! But let me know in the comments below which songs you’ve been listening to nonstop during Fall 2020!

Take care and see ya real soon!

Lana

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      1. Awww lucky! I wanted to see The Wiggles live, but I can’t remember why I never did. But I did see The Doodlebops live and I still have the book and doll my mom bought for me that day, so that’s something!

        But I’m glad you and your kids got to see The Wiggles with Greg. I was devasted when he left the group, but for understanding reasons (that was a sign knowing that I would not do well with band member changes)!

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      2. Yeah I agree with you on that one. I loved the Doodlebops growing up, but now not much! The perkiness is too much for me, but I still listen to them at times for the nostalgia. I watch the Wiggles a lot more though. I have 6 Wiggles DVDs and I’m proud of that (with Greg of course). I’ve watched a few Wiggles documentaries and some adults like the Wiggles.

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    1. Haha, thank you very much Aaron! Glad you enjoyed it! I like that the jump created a shock factor and a little unpredictability! It’s weird one minute I’m listening to Iron Maiden and the next I’m listening to The Wiggles lol!

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    1. Why thank you very much Kevin! I’m glad you like the list!

      Harmonizing with Brian? That’s a good idea, why didn’t I think about that? Thanks! Wait, do you sing their songs too? Is that how you know it works?

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      1. I’m not sure if anyone can play that song without taking a break, no one can beat the human metronome.

        That is so true! There’s this Farmer’s Insurance commercial where the guy is drumming in his car, then accidentally hits the gas pedal and crashes into a wall and my dad always jokes that I’d be that guy one day! Thankfully that will never happen.

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  1. You’re so lucky! My exams go all the way till Dec 21.
    I’m a little embarassed to say I haven’t listened to any of these songs. I’ve heard of Bon Jovi though but haven’t gotten around to listening to his music. The list sounds cool! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. What?!?! Till the 21st?!?! That’s nuts, then again, your school schedule could be different from mine. I started the semester in late August, when did you start?

      Aww it’s fine. I don’t expect everyone to know these songs, especially since I didn’t know most of them about a year ago haha! If you decide to check out Bon Jovi, check out the 7800 degrees Farenheit, Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Keep the Faith, These Days, and Crush albums. (Or simply anything with Richie Sambora)!

      Thank you so much for reading D! Glad you enjoyed the post!

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      1. Yes to both😂 It’s a little too close to Christmas and our schedule is different too. Our academic year started in July, the exams that are going on now (till the 21st) began on Dec 11. Winter break begins on Dec 22!🎉
        Thank you! Wow, really?! I tend to listen to blues or pop songs so generally don’t listen to much rock.
        Those songs sound impressive! Thank you for the recommendations!
        My pleasure, Lana!!

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      2. Oh wow July? Our academic years are way off then. Oh December 11, ok, that’s when my school started finals (around there). Oh you go on break on the 22nd, when do you go back to school?

        Oh if you like blues, Richie Sambora’s first album is blues-rock based, it’s really good, but then again it we have different tastes and that’s cool!

        Thanks so much! I used to like pop, but I’m trying to get back into it. I’m not a fan of modern pop with the DJ beats, any recommendations?

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      3. We usually have a ten day break in winter, so school should reopen on Dec 31.
        I’ll check it out soon! Yes, I love exploring different genres!
        I don’t really know about DJ beats but I listen to songs that have sad lyrics 😂 They’re usually pop or indie. Some of my favourites are Falling by Harry Styles, Let it go by James Bay and Warrior by Demi Lovato.

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      4. WHAT?!?! That’s nuts! I don’t go back until January at least.

        Yeah sorry I didn’t explain that too well lol! In terms of what I don’t like, I hate music where artists use machines instead of real instruments. Also club music and stuff djs play. If that is still confusing, I’m sorry!

        Same! I used to enjoy sad songs, especially sad love songs, but it had a negative effect on my mental health. That’s why I switched to rock music. I love “Falling,” I think that’s his best song so far! I remember how big “Let it Go” was when it first came out omg! Since you like sad songs, do you like “Behind These Hazel Eyes” by Kelly Clarkson?

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      5. I’ve heard that college is slightly less tedious than school is. I’m in grade 11 so we have a lot of syllabus to cover because the virus caused us to fall behind schedule.
        That’s fine! I get what you mean! I hate that too. It feels so artificial and loud sometimes.
        I’m sorry to hear that. I love songs that have deep lyrics.
        I agree! Falling is beautiful!
        Wow, really?! I discovered it just over a year ago.
        It’s a good song but it’s not the kind that I’d listen to on repeat. I like more thoughtful songs😂 not necessarily about break ups or romance in general.
        Do you like The Circle Game by Joni Mitchell? It’s an old but a lovely song!

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      6. Ah you’re in high school still that makes sense. College is much flexible for sure! I can’t imagine how hard it must be for high schools to continue during the pandemic, yet alone elementary schools too. Sorry to hear that the virus made school more challenging for you this year.

        Oh thank goodness, I was worried I explained it weird again. Artificial and loud is correct my friend!

        Oh no it’s fine, it’s all in the past. I get why you love songs with deep meanings, that’s the power of music!

        Yeah I never liked “Let it Go,” but I know some guys in my high school liked it. Ah no breakup songs, got it! That’s actually a good way to go haha

        Listening to The Circle Game right now, it’s not my cup of tea, but I can see why you like it. The lyrics are beautiful.

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      7. Thank you! It’s hard to stare into a screen all day but I like how it’s more flexible than regular school. And being an introvert, I kind of prefer online school because I don’t have to talk a lot or go to school and meet everyone 😂
        No, I get what you mean!
        I agree, absolutely!!
        I love how he goes, ‘Let it gooo’😂 It’s like a strong message especially when you’re dwelling on something in the past.
        Glad you liked it! I listened to a few of Richie Sambora’s songs too! I think Seven Years Gone is a new favourite!

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      8. Haha I agree! I like that I don’t have to interact with my classmates as much with online learning. I already hated group projects and class discussions to begin with. It’s hard to coordinate and get along with other people because you don’t want to be the odd one out.

        Oh I never thought of it like that; I should give “Let it Go” another listen then!

        “Seven Years Gone” is one of my favorites. That song is special because for that album, he went through a lot with his divorce and drug problems, so that song reflects what he’s been through leading up to that point.

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      9. I agree!! Yes, absolutely!
        I love the Frozen ‘Let It Go’ too! I think we’re all in dire need of some closure especially after his this year has been.
        Wow, that backstory adds a new dimension to the song. Music is so beautiful some times.

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      10. Oh I love “Let it Go” too! Well not as much as before because it’s overplayed, but it’s good once in a while. Closure sounds really good right now. I’m hoping for a better 2021 indeed. Has your area got the vaccine yet?

        I know right?!?! I think that’s why I love that song, the backstory and knowing what Richie has been through makes it even more amazing. Songs can be interpreted in many ways too, which makes music even more awesome!

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      11. In Hawaii, they’re working on a phased plan to distribute the vaccine. Some residents are hesitant of it though. I think, I’ve been trying to avoid stuff about the vaccine because the news nowadays is pissing me off. I’m mostly curious about other areas because I want things to get better already. Absolutely!

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      12. Sounds great! It’ll hopefully be available to everyone soon! I stopped watching the news months ago. Not the best decision but the numbers were stressing me out.
        Me too! Hopefully things will start looking better next year.

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      13. Yeah I’ll admit, it is good to watch the news to know what’s going on, but yeah! One of my favorite Disney YouTubers pointed out the new 2021 merch at Disney California Adventure (just Buena Vista Street is open) and was like, “good, nobody wants a reference of 2020 anyways,” haha!

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      1. Oh “Out From Under” is from the Bratz movie, nice! That’s one of my favorite movies! I used to have the Barbie Nutcracker movie, but I got rid of it, I wonder if that was worth it, yikes! Is the movie good?

        I have youtube to help me out lol!

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      2. Ooh I love The Santa Clause 2 and The Holliday. I don’t watch many Christmas films, actually I don’t watch much movies in general. What’s your favorite Christmas movies?

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      3. Omg I forgot about A Wonderful Life, an old film, but a classic! I haven’t seen The Polar Express in a long while. I did a medley with my intermediate school chorus featuring songs from the movie, but other than that, it’s been a while since I last watched a clip. But the kids made me jealous because it’d be awesome to take a train ride to the North Pole!

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