“The Way of the Fist,” Five Finger Death Punch. From the album The Way of the Fist (2007). So the lyrics are not exactly the stuff of poetry, and there’s a lot of uber-macho posturing. Still, this tune is fantastic to crank to the max after a bad day at the office and scream along.
“Back in the Saddle,” Aerosmith. From the album Rocks (1976). Rocks is Aerosmith’s finest moment, and for me, one of the finest moments in hard rock, period. This tune gets the album started on a good note with that dramatic buildup that leads to a scorching hard rocker.
“Do You Love Me?” Kiss. From the album Destroyer (1976). This song delivers exactly what you want from Kiss. It’s a big, dumb, self-aggrandizing anthem with some semi-dirty jokes. (“You like my seven-inch … leather heels.”) Mindless fun.
“Spleen,” Staind. From the album Dysfunction (1999). I’m not a fan of Staind, but I always loved this tune, from the great heavy opening to the Alice in Chains-inspired chorus. It’s such a different sound from the bland commercial rock band they became.
“Darkness,” Bob Wayne. From the album Blood to Dust (2008). If you’re not familiar with Bob Wayne’s self-released albums, you should go check them out. They’re quite different from the rowdier stuff on his Century Media releases, more somber and sincere. This song about the road, a favorite subject of Wayne’s is a perfect example.