The 25 Greatest Pop Metal Songs
Having done the '25 Greatest Heavy Metal Songs' and chosen from the heavy, it's now time to take a gander at the lighter side of the heavy, to what is called 'Pop Metal,' 'Nerf Metal' and 'Poseur Metal' by fans and detractors alike.
Maybe today it is acceptable for metalheads to admit they liked some of these songs. Chances are the people you work with aren't likely to call you a poser. My co-workers down at the 'We Buy Gold' mall kiosk don't even have an opinion about this stuff. But had I been a big fan of "Jump" back in the day I would've found my underwear hiked somewhere over my head by a well-intentioned Slayer fan looking to set me straight.
I'm not sure if they want this said, but again John Chernack and Joey Leshko helped add a few choices, suggesting a few spots I missed, and overall seemed amused at the idea of being involved with something clearly not as heavy as they have grown accustomed. (At this rate, maybe I can get them to join my Joni Mitchell Tea Club!)
OK, so I dream.
I allowed only one entry per group and then wrestled with the idea of what that one tune would be. The general rule was the song should be catchy as hell, likely something you've heard repeatedly, and that retains some heavy metal flavor. Keep in mind, there is also a 'Top 25 Power Ballads' coming your way soon, so some tunes you may expect here will be on there.
25) "Kiss Me Deadly" -- Lita Ford: Given the strategic "25th slot," ex-Runaways guitarist Lita Ford sure kept the 'Sex' in the 'Rock 'n' Roll'. Did she mind crawling on the ground? At least no one was pushing a black glove into her face. I know many male rock stars get into the biz for the perks, but do women? I don't know, personally, since women like this clearly do NOT talk to guys like me. Great tune, though.
24) "Wild Child" -- W.A.S.P.: It's a sign of just how tame things are today that W.A.S.P. (now stands for We Are Street People) look not in the least bit corny, but like guys who were having a great time doing what they loved. Remember when punk bands would make fun of bands like this? Uh, dudes, I think these guys were in on the joke.
23) "Seventeen" -- Winger: Sure, Beavis and Butthead singled them out for ridicule -- as if they were doing something noticeably worse than the other bands of the era -- but at least their music looked to reach people. And their guitarist Reb Beach was one of the most enjoyable interviews I've ever done, completing owning up to shortcomings that Axl Rose would surely never admit. Let's have a Winger Revival!
22) "Look What The Cat Dragged In" -- Poison: I admit at the time I didn't much care for these guys, and I still haven't kept up with the exploits of Bret Michaels, but Mechanicsburg, PA's finest group sound like so much more fun than, say, Radiohead, that I can almost forgive them for their cover of "You Mama Don't Dance."