Cat Stevens. "Father and Son" is one of the most beautiful songs in existence.
The CD Roadsinger is amazing.
Cat definitely qualifies as awesome, if only because his lyrics are so beautiful. "I listen to the wind, to the wind of my soul. I let my music take me where my heart wants to go."
"Moonshadow". "Yes I'm being followed by a Moonshadow, moonshadow moonshadow."
"Where Do The Children Play?" "Will you keep on building higher 'til there's no more room up there?"
"I always flirt with death, I look ill but I don't care about it! I can face your threats and stand up straight and tall and shout about it! I think I'm on another world with you, with you..." "Another Girl, Another Planet" by the Only Ones. That intro...That guitar solo...The lyrics, hell everything about this song is amazing.
Tom Waits has quite a few amazingly good songs, but his awesomest would have to be "Goin' Out West" and "Hoist That Rag".
His crowning moment has to be "On The Nickel." Who thought a song about Skid Row could be so beautiful?
Take everything off the album RAIN DOGS. Insert here. That's just getting you STARTED.
"You know there ain't no devil, just God when he's drunk!"
The Goo Goo Dolls have awesome songs like "Sympathy", "Here is Gone", "Let Love In", "Black Balloon", "Feel the Silence", "Slide", "Stay with You", "Falling Down", "Long Way Down" and more.
Both "Iris" and "Better Days" are just uplifting!
"Give a Little Bit", Covered Up from the already amazing Supertramp.
"Name" is what propelled the band to huge popularity, and for good reason.
Nick Cave's double album Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus contains a few of these things. "Hiding All Away", "Abattoir Blues", "Carry Me", and "O Children" stand out.
Nick Cave's "Into My Arms" kicks arse like nothing alive.
Not to mention "Red Right Hand" (from Let Love In), "Tupelo" (from The Firstborn is Dead) and "The Carny" (from Your Funeral, My Trial).
Speaking of Nick Cave, Grinderman. The song "No Pussy Blues" is 4 1/2 minutes of shouting about a mid-life crisis, set to some of the noisiest guitar you'll ever hear.
Grinderman 2 opens with "Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man," which manages to rock balls-out, and feature some sexy howling.
The Men They Couldn't Hang have a song called "The Ghosts of Cable Street", about the Battle of Cable Street, when a mob of enraged East-Enders beating the tar out of a parade of Black Shirts. The song is appropriately awesome.
The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets' "Power Up" is as kickass as the name demands.
"Don't Stop Believing" by Journey is so awesome that it's reached the point of parody due to overuse in Sports Venues and the end of The Sopranos. That does not diminish its awesomeness, however.
"Separate Ways" is another amazing uplifting song by Journey. Listen to it already.
"Falling Down". Just..."Falling Down". This song was so awesome it was used at the opening for Eden of the East in JAPAN. Not the U.S opening, the Japanese one. Japan liked this song enough to use it. That's how awesome it is.
"Gas Panic!" is definitely one of the awesomest songs off of Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
Southern Rock. While most of its famous songs are awesome, "Free Bird", by Lynyrd Skynyrd (Now with 100% more cowbell!), and "Green Grass and High Tides", by The Outlaws, take guitar playing to a whole new level with it's gigantic, impressive "something you'll remember forever from the first time you hear them" solos.
The Allman Brothers! "Whipping Post", "Ramblin' Man", "Midnight Rider", and the iconic "Jessica".
"Won't Get Fooled Again", by The Who. Particularly Roger Daltrey's scream, about seven minutes in. You know the one. And also the guitar solo, the organ solo, and arguably the most epic drum solo of all time.
"Baba O'Riley". Beginning, middle, and end. "Don't cry, don't raise your eyes, it's only teenage wasteland..."
The last part of the song "We're Not Gonna Take It", the "See Me, Feel Me" part when played at Woodstock. After finishing their two hour set, with the epic Rock Opera Tommy coming to the end, Roger Daltrey sings with all the powers he's got at the same time as the sun comes up.
All of Quadrophenia, but especially Side 4: "Doctor Jimmy/Is It Me?", "The Rock", "Love, Reign O'er Me". Full stop.
"The Devil Went Down To Georgia", a song based on the concept of a fiddle duel with Satan himself. (Both the original version and the cover in Guitar Hero 3 count, by the way. Which version you think is more awesome will depend on your personal tastes.)
Riffing off a similar theme is "Tribute" by Tenacious D. "All of a sudden,/There shined a shiny demon,/In the middle of the road,/And he said!/Play the best song in the world, or I'll eat your souls.../Well me and Kyle,/we looked at each other,/And we each said,/Okay."
That and you have David Grohl of the Foo Fighters (and formerly Nirvana) playing the Devil in the music video.
The significant number of parodies of this song should speak for it's awesomeness.
Charlie Daniels collaborated with violinist Mark O'Connor on an official sequel, "The Devil Comes Back to Georgia", with Travis Tritt as the Devil and Marty Stuart as Johnny. Adding to the awesome is the narration by Johnny Cash in full preacher-mode. Oh, and final score; Johnny 2, Satan 0
The initial trailer for Sin City sparked a flood of 'what the hell is that awesome music?' comments; it's a song called "Cells" by The Servant, and many were disappointed that it didn't feature in the film.
"I'm Shipping Up To Boston" by Dropkick Murphys. When you take cellos, a banjo, and a concertina and make them sound like a world of hurt is about to descend upon some poor bastard, you know you've accomplished something.
The Killers have many. "Read My Mind" is a favorite, but "Mr. Brightside" was once named the greatest song ever written by a British radio station.
Just to further back up how good "Mr. Brightside" is - this song is played at all social events, and everyone, regardless of their musical tastes, knows all the words. That's how big it is, at least over in the UK.
Bruce Springsteen's "Magic", "Radio Nowhere", or "Last to Die".
The old stuff is the best. "Rosalita", "No Surrender", "Born in the USA", "Dancing in the Dark", Thunder Road. It's like he puts his whole soul into it.
Hey what else can we do now, except roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair?
Well, the night's bustin' open these two lanes'll take us anywhere!
We got one last chance to make it real, to trade in these wings on some wheels.
Climb in back, heaven's waiting on down the tracks.
This bit in "City of Ruins" in particular hits close to home with New Yorkers:
Now, with these hands, with these hands
I pray for the faith, Lord
I pray for the strength, Lord
I pray for Your love, Lord —
Come on, Riiiiiiiise up, come on riiiiiiise up....
From the same album: "The Rising." It is just glorious, especially the "la la la la"s after the chorus.
His performance of "The Ghost of Tom Joad" at the 2009 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert, though his co-performer Tom Morello's absolutely mind-blowing guitar solo contributes to the awesome. Watch it here.
"Youngstown" from the same album. Folk or rock version.
Let the broken hearts stand as the price you gotta pay
Keep pushin' til it's understood and these badlands start treatin' us good!
The other songs off Darkness on the Edge of Town aren't half bad either – especially the live radio broadcasted perfomances from the Darkness Tour. "Racing in the Street" has got to be the most poignant song ever about car racing, "The Promised Land" is a defiant roar in the face of adversity and the live version of "Prove it all Night" is, as one youtuber put it, "pull me off of the ceiling" euphoric.
Off of Live in New York City listen to "Lost in the Flood" one of his lesser known but man that is one killer song.
And everybody's wrecked on main street from drinking unholy blood!
Sticker smiles sweet as gunner breathes deep, his ankles caked in mud
And I said "Hey, gunner man, that's quicksand, that's quicksand that ain't mud
Have you thrown your senses to the war or did you lose them in the flood?"
Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows". Quite possibly the single best song ever recorded.
Hallelujah", his most famous work. "The Faith", his last song. It's so perfect that once he wrote it, there was nothing more to be said.
Frank Zappa's Over-Nite Sensation is more than qualified to be on this list. The solos on this album really bring it to CMOA, particularly the ones on "Dirty Love" and the second one on "Fifty-Fifty".
Also, "Billy The Mountain", quite possibly the greatest absurdist rock opera ever. The only way to make it better is to do it a cappella... and here it is. Dweezil even signed off on how awesome it is.
"Bela Lugosi's Dead", by Bauhaus. No, seriously. The parts when he sings "Ooohh, Bela" can raise hairs.
The Rolling Stones. We know, it's only rock and roll, but we like it, we like it, yes we do!
"I'm Yours". (It was immensely successful in the U.S. on the Billboard charts. It spent 76 weeks on the Hot 100, breaking the record for most weeks on the chart. It is currently the eighth-best selling digital song of all time in the U.S., selling in excess of 6 million downloads.
Smile. Brian Wilson again faces a project which was the source of painful personal issues, had a massive reputation to live up to, was conceived as a studio work but was put together as a live show, and ended up with one of the most acclaimed albums of recent times.
Brian Wilson? Awesome. Brian Wilson completing an unfinished Gershwin song? Magical.
"The Hand That Feeds", "Heresy", "Only", and "Every Day Is Exactly The Same" are all awesome too.
"Just Like You Imagined" requires at least a little awesome to be used in the trailer for 300. What clinches it is the rising scream at the climax.
Acid Folk Rock band Jefferson Airplane's "We Can Be Together" is a fairly easy-going song... it's not even epic in length. However, it does have its own crowning moment, in which the vocalists harmonize to sing the line, "Up against the wall, motherfucker, tear down the wall!" The song sparked a good bit of controversy when it was performed, uncensored on The Dick Cavett Show in 1969, and the performance is often noted for being one of the first times "fuck" was ever said on national television. The fact that this song is more well-known than its A-Side is something astounding, as well.
For the record, the lyrics also quote, word-for-word, the philosophies on a leaflet written by a member of an anarchic group called Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers. The song helped the phrase rise in popularity as a rallying cry. Not bad, considering the song was originally released as a B-Side.
Grace Slick's mind-blowing vocals in...well, every song she sings, but "Somebody to Love" is worthy of a special mention.
Jefferson Airplane's follow-up band, Jefferson Starship, had some rather awesome music too - cheesy, but awesome. The most famous was Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now.
"Sturmnacht" by the German Medieval Rock band Schandmaul. Translates to "Storm Night". Despite the name it doesn't have any connection to Those Wacky Nazis. It's purely instrumental and pure awesome.
They score at least one every album. Since three have been covered, we'll just add "Wolves, Lower," "Perfect Circle," "So. Central Rain," "Green Grow the Rushes," "The Flowers of Guatemala," every single song on Automatic for the People, "Electrolite," "Diminished," "Beat a Drum," and most of Accelerate.
Santana's "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen" and "Smooth" are truly brilliant. And for a legendary song that can cheer you right up, try "Samba Pa Ti".
"Dance Sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana)". The vocal part of the song has a great groove to it, but wait until 4:24. If you're familiar with the song, you know what this is getting at...and if you don't, be prepared for an ending that just melts in your ears.
"Soul Sacrifice", from freakin' Woodstock. Possibly the best drum solo ever, and by a 19 year old kid. Check out 3:48 especially.
"Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)."
Try not to enjoy this 1-2 punch of Clapton and Santana, known as "The Calling".
The John Butler Trio's song "Caroline" can make you want to jump up and down and scream the last verse, where the string instruments kick in and the music just gets that much more awesome.
And if birds could fly high over their troubles
She gonna find some of her own wings and fly
And no one could convince or pay her double
Or tell her she was too young to die! Oh, Caroline, Caroline!
"Short Skirt/Long Jacket", "Race Car Ya-Ya's", and "Satan Is My Motor."
"Arco Arena" and "Long Line of Cars."
"Reluctantly crouched, at the starting line/Engines pumping, and thumping in time... HE'S GOING THE DISTANCE!" *riff*
Their cover of "I Will Survive". I Will Survive, sung in that funky, halting Cake style, with trumpet solos, and a few lyrical tweaks, the most badass of which being,
"And so you're back from outer space; I just walked in to find you here without that look upon your face. I should've changed that fucking lock; I would've made you leave your key, if I'd have known for just one second you'd be back to bother me."
L. Udo's rock opera, The Broken Bride. Especially the chorus: "I crashed before the birth of Christ / Pterodactyls swarming / You died in nineteen eighty-nine / I want to get back to that morning in May —"
A bit indie, but nevertheless a serious Crowning Music of Awesome: "Headlights Look like Diamonds" by the Arcade Fire. Like all the painful joy and joyous pain in the world condensed into a song. Catch them in a smaller venue singing balls out and the glory of the thing hits you in the face like a ton of bricks.
Go to a B-52s concert. Just do it. If you don't have the urge to get up and dance at least once, then you just might be a robot.
Besides, you might get the chance to realize the place where it sounds like they use a theremin is Kate Pierson singing. Your mind will be blown clear into the next county.
"Take me home, country roads..." One of John Denver's finest. The cover version on Whisper of the Heart is pretty fine too.
Approximately 70% of everything ever performed by Cold Chisel.
"Khe Sanh". Whenever an Australian radio station does a "greatest songs of all time" countdown, it's guaranteed to be at least in the top 5, and probably number one.
Chicago's early years, particularly The Chicago Transit Authority (their first album) and Chicago (II). These guys brought together blues-rock, jazz, and the early prog-rock movement together into one big package (literally; their first three studio outputs were all double albums, and the Carnegie Hall release was four vinyls long). Need to be convinced that Chicago had more than one good rocking song besides "25 or 6 to 4"? Try these: "Poem 58", "South California Purples", an early live version of "It Better End Soon" (the studio version is even better), and from the same concert, "Introduction".
The best part about that song is how meta it is. It's not about drugs, or gambling, or any of the other random interpretations. It's about... writing "25 or 6 to 4". The title refers to how the band had writer's block early in the morning.
Buckethead. "Jordan" is a classic, as are "Nottingham Lace" and "King James". "Soothsayer" can be both this and a Tear Jerker at the same time. There's just something about listening to someone with a near-complete mastery of the guitar that's incredible - even if said person is an insanely creepy, impossibly tall man with a KFC bucket on his head.
Gogol Bordello. Unusual and gimmicky, but their music is more loud and energetic than possibly anything else in the world. Also, they have an impossibly cool-looking fiddle. For example, this.
"Dogs Were Barking" is reserved on wedding playlists for a reason.
So is this rendition of "Ashes to Ashes". Made even more awesome by a few things: the absolutely bitchin' guitar solo (one guy on rhythm AND bass simultaneously) that dominates the last half of the song. And the fact that, on a call-in/request concert, this was the song requested by a 5-year old boy. Yeah. Get 'em started early.
The entire Ziggy Stardust era! The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust is the most crowning music achievement of ALL TIME!
Now, consider Phish's "Divided Sky," as well as "Guyute" and "Harry Hood."
Their versatility is just stunning. Here's a good example. Have you ever heard a Zeppelin cover rock so hard and sound so joyous? As an added bonus, that song that they segue into at the end - one of their originals called "Tweezer Reprise" - is in a completely different key than they normally play it in (E instead of D). They never rehearsed that or anything. It just happened.
Also, "What's Left of the Flag", and "Drunken Lullabies".
"If I Ever Leave This World Alive" deserves a mention as well.
"Rebels of the Sacred Heart". While definitely not their best song, it deserves a CMOA for the first chorus. "Oh yeah, some psuedo-protest song, nice flute playing, but it's not really pun-WOAH WHAT THE FUCK AWESOME!"
Hoobastank's "Born to Lead" should be on here. Quite a driving, heart pumping song for those of us who love a good positive song we seem to be lacking nowadays. The music video is also fairly trippy and cool as well.
Another Hoobastank song that's pretty good as well is the title track of The Reason.
Great Big Sea's version of "John Barbour". Starts out as your basic ballad, then subtly builds until after the final line it swells until it makes a tin whistle sound Bad Ass. Cool enough on the album, but live it more than deserves this title.
Another GBS example- "Gallows Pole", specifically the performance at the 2009 Junos. Sean McCann was singing this with a lung infection.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Their pieces always take a while to get into stride, but the wait's always worth it. They treat every single song like it's a symphony, taking as long as they need to run the full gamut of emotions. It's impossible to list individual standout tracks, but for a start, there's all of F#A#infinity and Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven.
The Australian band Bridezilla's song, "Chainwork". Bloody brilliant. They should win an ARIA for that.
Another brilliant Australian group: Dead Letter Circus. Theyepitomizethe term"epic", and they've only released one album and two extended plays so far!
"Field of Daggers" by House of Heroes. The title may sound like a Naruto attack, but just wait until the song gets to 1:06, at which point the epic begins.
"Bleed It Out" by Linkin Park. Yes, the song follows the same done-to-death "rapped verses, screamed everything else" formula that they've been doing since they formed, but eschewing nu-metal in favor of alternative/Rap Metal and the fact that Mike and Chester sound so pissed off just makes the song work better than any of their previous attempts.
The whole Jay-Z mashup album was genius, but especially "Numb/Encore". Far better than the sum of its parts. This remix also counts, replacing most of Jay-Z's Encore with parts from Eminem's song of the same name.
Reanimation is an entire Crowning Album of Awesome. Even people who hated Hybrid Theory or hate Linkin Park in general would find themselves drawn to Reanimation, because of the quality of the music. To name two songs off the top of my head, "P5hng Me A* wy" (which is definitely better than the original, and is the version they perform live) and "1Stp Klosr".
"One Step Closer", "Points Of Authority", "Runaway", "Crawling", "Papercut", "In The End", "By Myself", "With You", "Easier To Run", "Hit The Floor", "Faint", "Lying From You", and "Somewhere I Belong" are all great as well.
As are "Castle of Glass", "Lost in the Echo" and "In My Remains".
"Can't Win" by Richard Thompson, especially on the Ducknapped! live recording. It is the angriest fucking thing.
"Halfway Home" by TV on the Radio. It starts off high, but at the "Is it not me" bridge around 2:00 it takes off into the stratosphere.
Their Dear Science album is one big example, really. There's a reason Rolling Stone named it the best album of 2008.
The Stone Roses in general: "This Is The One", "Waterfall", "She Bangs The Drums", "I Am The Resurrection", "I Wanna Be Adored", "Made Of Stone" in particular.
"Elephant Stone" has the most epic drum beat since Keith Moon.
And carrying on from there, The Seahorses with "Love Is The Law" (the opening riff is awesome and the lyrics are quite funny in places) and "Blinded By The Sun".
The live version of The Smashing Pumpkins song "silverfuck" is made of this trope. With a "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" tease, an extended middle section and the ending which usually detoriates in to mess of feedback makes it a prime example of this trope!
"Bullet With Butterfly Wings" shows that no matter how well you can control yourself, we are all just animals underneath. Put it on your car stereo and crank it to 11.
That moment in "Soma" when the wall of fuzz guitar erupts out of silence.
Weezer. Say what you will about them now, but they have had so many good songs. Hereareafew.
"The Greatest Man That Ever Lived" is made of awesome. Watch it here.
Whatever you think of Weezer or the song, it's near impossible not to sing along to the chorus of "Beverly Hills".
Continuing with the above, no matter what you think of their current work, their Magnum OpusPinkerton is absolutely brilliant from start to finish. "Across The Sea" has to be one of the most simultaneously heartfelt and creepy statements in music history.
"One" by U2 is one of the most beautiful songs ever.
Their album No Line on the Horizon has no shortage of awesome, as evidenced by "Magnificent", and "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight".
The Joshua Tree, from start to finish. (How the HELL do you choose between the opening to "Where The Streets Have No Name" or that anguished shriek in Bono's voice at the end of "One Tree Hill" or....).
Achtung Baby is this trope personified. The transition from the idealistic, ethereal "Joshua Tree" into a rather dark, yet powerfully anthemic and emotional album's worth of awesome is done so brilliantly.
And of course, "Bad" at Live Aid, which epically coincides with a Moment Of Awesome. Seriously, the whole thing feels like it's ripped out of a movie.
The version of "Love is Blindness" from their Zoo TV Live in Sydney concert. There's no U2 like live U2.
"New Years Day".
Eric Clapton. The man who brought us "Layla", "Tears in Heaven", and more!
Anything by Sublime, but especially their self-titled album, which went quintuple platinum, despite the band being unable to tour, due to lead singer/lead guitarist Bradley Nowell tragic overdose, weeks before the album came out.
"Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain" is another epic song.
While they fell out of favor in America after a while, they deserve a shout out to their later songs "The Stairs", "Beautiful Girl", "The Gift", and "I'm Just A Man." And as for their post-Hutchence album Switch, there's "Pretty Vegas" which honestly lead to a well-earned (but brief) comeback and made their stupid reality show worthwhile..
That Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" isn't on this list is madness! It's the perfect anthem for people who refuse to be pushed around by the world and for people whom the world is constantly dragging down.
The Birthday Massacre. "Blue", "Looking Glass", "Under the Stairs", "Goodnight", "Walking With Strangers", "Movie", "Lovers End", "Happy Birthday" and "Play Dead" are only a few of their awesome songs.
"Red Stars" and "In The Dark" are amazing.
The Dresden Dolls aren't on this page yet? "Coin-Operated Boy", "Backstabber", "Girl Anachronism"... Amanda Palmer's pounding piano and heartfelt vocals combine with Brian Viglione's awe-inspiring drum work to create punk-cabaret-rock. And it is AWESOME.
More songs of theirs which are amazing include "Lonesome Organist Rapes Page-Turner", "Shores of California" and "Mandy Goes to Med School".
Everything off of Them Crooked Vultures' debut could count, but particular mentions have to go to "No One Loves Me And Neither Do I", "Mind Eraser (No Chaser)", "New Fang" and "Gunman".
The King himself, Elvis Presley had some of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time! "Jailhouse Rock", "Hound Dog" and "Heartbreak Hotel" are some of his greatest works. Some of his later work like "Suspiscious Minds" and "Burning Love" also deserve to be on here.
Just by listening to it you can tell what kind of guitarist he was. The last verse will give chills.
T'Pau's "Only a Heartbeat", was written to symbolise the fall of the Berlin Wall and does so to almost tearjerking effect.
They took the wall away
Brick by brick it came down again
A Chain reaction, a solemn vow
Who in the world can stop this now?
"Rock Around The Clock", by Bill Haley and the Comets. The song that started Rock and Roll. Its guitar solo, originally played by Danny Cedrone, inspired many future guitarists including Jeff Beck.
This is an obscure one, but it is one gem worth tracking down; the Artists United Against Apartheid project. It was one of the gazillion "mass-supergroup charity albums" from the 80's— THIS one, though, was an anti-apartheid album, specifically targeting the "Sun City" resort in Johannesburg. There's one hell of a cast on board — Little Steven started it, so he got Bruce Springsteen in easily; but he also got Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Joey Ramone, Eddie Ruffin (from the Temptations), Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Ruben Blades, Peter Gabriel, Nona Hendryx, Bonnie Raitt, Miles Davis, Gil-Scott Heron, Herbie Hancock...the video for the main song was pretty kick-ass and gives an idea of the scope of artists. The album also has Bono's original SOLO version of U2's "Silver And Gold". The original features just Bono singing, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood on guitar and slide guitar, and some random studio hand whanging on a cardboard box for the "percussion."
DC Talk started out as a Christian hip-hop group, but they eventually switched to rock and became seriously awesome. Their musical style was very similar to that of The Beatles, but their songs conveyed a completelydifferentmessage. While they were much better after the switch, their transitional album, Free at Last, is all quite interesting.
Ex-Soft Machine bassist Kevin Ayers' debut album Joy Of A Toy, is a worthy candidate, especially the title track with its cool parade atmosphere that foreshadows the music from Lemmings.
Switchfoot: "Dare You to Move", "Meant to Live", and "Dirty Second Hands" are absolutely mind blowing when performed live.
Paramore's live performance of "Let the Flames Begin" comes right the hell out of nowhere and turns a pretty good middle-of-the-album song into an epic performance, despite a few vocal slips on Hayley's part.
Harry Chapin. In the interest of not running favourites all the way down the page, just one: "Sniper". Pure lyrical brilliance with a soundtrack to match.
Peter Gabriel. "In Your Eyes." A thing of glory well before John Cusack blasted it on a boom box.
The Pretty Things may have been largely forgotten, but their 1970 album Parachute contains "Grass", one of the most beautiful rock songs ever.
"Don't Talk In Your Sleep" by the Magik Markers. Quite simply the most seething, visceral, and powerfully feminine song ever recorded. The pulsing, repetitive melody, scatterbrained drums, knife-sharp hiccups of funk guitar, all slathered in a terrifyingly emotionless warning. The chorus alone speaks volumes.
Don't talk in your sleep, don't leave a trace
Because a loving woman can have the devil's face
I don't want to be mean, but I'm not afraid
Anything you steal baby you'll pay for in spades
"The Logical Song" by Supertramp. Upbeat, yet cynical, meaning it somehow matches the attitudes of Generation Y, and it's just so epic.
Love's Forever Changes album. All of it. Rhino even put the whole thing on a Love compilation. It is that good.
"7 & 7 Is" from Da Capo, one of the most insane pieces of garage-based rock to come out of the '60s, with its high-speed energy, surprisingly good lyrics and an atomic explosion in its ending, all in just two minutes and thirteen seconds.
To list a specific example, "The Drumming Song". Excellent.
Cosmic Love. With powerful, ethereal lyrics, a pounding instrumental, and truly fantastic singing, it becomes a small opera, evoking more than one kind of emotion with every verse.
The follow-up, Ceremonials, sounds quite different from the previous album, but no less amazing. Standouts include the haunting "What the Water Gave Me" and the upbeat "Spectrum", perhaps the straightest love song the group has done.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, kids. An absolute rock GODDESS with some of the best pipes ever. And the band is killer too. Their entire albums constitute this trope start to finish. But if you're looking for particular examples, "Apologies", "Sweet Hands", "Paris", "Ah Mary", "Mastermind", "Medicine", "Tiny Light", and "Oasis"...on and on it goes.
Swans, as a group, period. Often goes hand-in-hand with Nightmare Fuel, but still: The only singular words appropriate to describing something like "Helpless Child" are "epic" and "awesome" in their original senses.
"Club Foot" by Kasabian. Especially when used as the theme tune for the TV adaptation of The Take.
The Pretty Reckless created such magic as "Make Me Wanna Die", "He Loves You", "Miss Nothing", "Light Me Up", "Since You're Gone"...Taylor has one of the best voices ever!
There's also "Heart" and "You", both of which can be considered Tear Jerker songs. Oh, and you think she doesn't have power in her voice? Get a load of "Victory"! There are female singers and then there's Taylor Momsen!
The Zombies' 1968 album Odessey and Oracle. Only "Time of the Season" was ever a hit, but "Care Of Cell 44" (an oddly cheery love letter to a convicted criminal), "A Rose For Emily" (a piano elegy for a spinster who dies alone), "Brief Candles" (a breakup song that's actually about getting over it instead of wallowing), and "Hung Up On A Dream" (despite the psychedelic Mellotron, possibly the most beautiful anti-drug song ever) all deserve to be more famous.
Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Dazzle". This could easily be the sound of the ENTIRE UNIVERSE in your ears!
"Hong Kong Garden" is a punk song with a xylophone.
Despite being a Black Sheep Hit and despite their constant dismissal and disownment of the tune, it's still impossible to talk about Simple Minds without bringing up "Don't You (Forget About Me)", an irresistible 80s classic immortalized by The Breakfast Club.
There's an entire CD of nothing but remixes of the song. In particular The Remorse Code Remix stands out as pure awesome.
The entire album New Again by Taking Back Sunday. From the title track ("I am/ready to be new again/I'm ready to hear you say/who I am/is quite enough") to Capital ME about their former guitarist who left in a huff ("he taught me how to hold my tongue/and wait to strike 'til their backs were turned/and you slither away like the snake that you are") to closer Everything Must Go about lead singer Adam Lazzara's broken engagement ("You quote the Good Book when it's convenient/But you don't have the sense/No, you don't have the sense to tie your tangled tongue"). The entire album is practically constructed to show how much better off they are with their current line-up, not to mention how far they've come from "you could slit my throat/and with my one last gasping breath/I'd apologize for bleeding on your shirt". Kudos.
"Boxer" is THE indie rock masterpiece of the 2000s.
The early albums aren't anything to forget either, with songs like "Slipping Husband" and "Available".
Matthew Good. This and this are two in a massive flock of awesome songs that are, well. Awesome.
"The '59 Sound" by The Gaslight Anthem, which is a goodbye to a friend of theirs who'd passed away. Ever since the early 90s, many have wondered who if anyone would be the rightful heir to Bruce Springsteen. We now have a definite answer.
There's this lovely song out there called "Save Our City" It's about a zombie apocalypse.
That song is actually part of a rock opera by a band called Ludo and is from the CD Broken Bride. They have incredibly hilarious songs like "Girls on Trampolines", "Good Will Hunting by Myself."
Anything by Electric Six. "Formula 409". Watch the video.
If "Dance Commander" doesn't make you want to jump off your seat and go nuts then you probably need to check your pulse.
Their third album is seen as somewhat of a slump for them, but try listening to "You Only Live Once", "Heart in a Cage", or even "Ask Me Anything" and not love them.
"Under Cover of Darkness" from the Love It or Hate ItAngles, is pure sunshiny rock n roll joy. "Life Is Simple in the Moonlight" is a fan favorite too.
Even their much-maligned (by like half the fanbase at least) fifth album Comedown Machine has some gems on it. Listen to "Tap Out", "All the Time", "Welcome to Japan", or "Happy Ending" and hear for yourself.
Frightened Rabbit. From the heartbreaking "Keep Yourself Warm" to the sheer massiveness of "The Woodpile", they know how to write an anthem.