Awesome Music / Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age are an American hard rock band, with a shitload of Awesome Music.
Queens of the Stone Age

Rated R
  • "I Think I Lost My Headache" is 5 minutes of epic rocking, with a 3 minute long jazz freakout at the end.
  • "Better Living Through Chemistry" sounds like the apocalypse coming through your speakers.

Songs for the Deaf
  • "A Song for the Dead", especially with Mark Lanegan on vocals. Currently used as the finale of many of their live sets.
  • Speaking of Mark Lanegan, "Hangin' Tree" also stands out, and not just because of its 5/4 meter.
  • Songs for the Deaf is an album filled to the brim with badass hard rock, and then comes "Mosquito Song". Chills guaranteed.
  • "The Sky Is Fallin'" has incredible guitar riffs on top of a pulsating drum beat and almost poetic lyrics.
  • "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar..." with its brilliant use of Soprano and Gravel.
  • "No One Knows" is regarded as one of the band's highest points, ditto for "Go with the Flow".

Lullabies to Paralyze
  • "Someone's in the Wolf", especially when after about 20 seconds of almost silence THAT riff kicks in.
  • "You Got a Killer Scene There, Man" is one of these songs where not a lot happens, yet it's still completely awesome.
  • "Little Sister" proves that cowbells and electric guitars are a winning combination. It also has one of the best choruses of their whole career. It gets even better when Eddie Vedder plays said cowbell.
  • "Tangled Up in Plaid" is probably the most catchy (and awesome) song about a destructive relationship ever.
  • "Burn the Witch" definitely deserves a mention, if only for the opening bass line.

Era Vulgaris
  • "Turnin' on the Screw", the album's opener, has a brilliant riff and awesome lyrics.
  • "Misfit Love" is a great hard rock song for about the first two thirds, then becomes somewhat more melodic and emotional during the final third. It works brilliantly.
  • All three the bonus tracks from the Japanese (and some other) versions:
    • "The Fun Machine Took a Shit & Died". Basically everything about this one is awesome, the title, the riff, the drums and so on. Bonus points for including the following lyric
      You're ten pounds of shit
      In a five pound bag
    • "Era Vulgaris", it's a really big shame this isn't on the album regularly, with it being the title track and all, because it's ridiculously good. It also has a guest appearance by Trent Reznor.
    • "Running Joke" is probably the most emotional songs the Queens ever wrote. "Just look at you nooooooooow!"
  • That riff is sick, sick, sick.
  • "Make It wit Chu" might just take the title of "best song about sex ever".
  • "I'm Designer" has an awesome riff played on a purposefully out of tune guitar, and it sounds amazing.
  • "3's and 7's" in all of its gritty, rebellious nature.

...Like Clockwork
  • There is not one thing about "Smooth Sailing" that doesn't scream "badassery anthem of the century".
  • "I Appear Missing" is definetly one of their best songs. It starts as a straightforward rock song (albeit a straightforward rock song with Dave Grohl on drums, which makes it better than most other straightforward rock songs), then around the 3 minute mark the song just stops, then comes back, then sounds like it collapses on itself. All of this leads up to an incredible guitar solo, with some gut wrenching lyrics afterwards.
    Don't cry
    With my toes on the edge it's such a lovely view
    I never loved anything until I loved you
    I'm over the edge, what can I do?

    I've fallen through
  • "Kalopsia" which uses the soft verse, loud chorus dynamic to brilliant effect. Trent Reznor's special appearance as backing vocalist makes it all even better.
  • "Keep Your Eyes Peeled" is very reminiscent of Electric Wizard, and yes, it is fantastic.
  • My God Is the Sun has a great, simple riff that fits the album's haunting nature.
  • Both the Title Track and "The Vampyre of Time and Memories" are ballads and they're both really good.