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adamclark52
07-23-2013, 10:31 AM
This has probably been done before but I can't remember seeing it in the last year. So what's your favorite song? Not your favorite song by ten different bands: one song. You can change it later if you want but if you change it then it probably isn't your favorite song. If you even really have to think about it it may not be your favorite song. Post a link to share and a little story telling why.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Mutherfucker=Redeemer (Part 2) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEWZw2FldlQ) from the album Yanqui U.X.O.

My favorite song. I'm big on albums having a really strong closing song. It leaves you breathless, makes you reflect on what you just heard and lasts with you hours after it's done. A song that's so good you actually feel sad that it's over. Mutherfucker=Redeemer (Part 2) is that song for me. It starts out pretty slow and mythotical for the first couple of minutes then breaks into that jangly main part. There's so much going on that it takes a few listens for you to realize all of it. It's pretty muddy sounding too so you really have to pay close attention to what's going on. But the rewards are worth it. There are three guitars going on, some of it in the background so when you notice it the song is taken to a whole other level. Then around seven minutes in it falls apart and that outro starts. That's what brings this album from "good song" to "best song ever". There are really few words and phrases to describe that part. "Jesus Christ"? "Holy Shit"? "Fuuuuuuuck"? This expression: :eek: Those are the best ones I can think of. This song could have been thirty minutes long and it would still be the best song ever. But since it's so short (ten minutes) it leaves you wanting more. But sometimes you have to know when to quit while you’re ahead. Godspeed You! Black Emperor knew and it made for the best closing to an album ever. There are lots of songs I like but they come up on iTunes or my iPod and I'll skip them. I don't skip this song. I first heard this song ten years ago. It was late at night and I was watching TV when I was listening to the whole album. There was some foreign film playing on whatever channel I was watching and the visuals from that movie matched up perfectly with this song. It was a surreal experience. The song has been my favorite song ever since and nothing else has come close.

ravenheart
07-23-2013, 03:10 PM
Bon Jovi - Dry County.

IrritatedTrout
07-23-2013, 04:01 PM
Not that these two really need Youtube links but here you go:

Iron Maiden - Infinite Dreams http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVDGtAzQph0

Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3YhkvbUjB4


I know that I'm only supposed to pick one but when I read the first post both of these songs sprang instantly to mind and I really don't know which I'd consider me favorite.

For me Hallowed is just such a perfect blend of everything, great lyrics, slow moody moments, climactic buildups, great solos and riffs, fantastic vocals, and, especially live, it just invokes the feeling of complete catharsis.

However, I feel like Infinite Dreams has many of the same elements and also has had a huge impact on my life and has a lot of sentimental value for me. The song itself is dramatic and powerful, full of a diverse range of musical shading and textures, the drumming is top-notch, the bass is furious, the lyrics are thought-provoking, the guitar melodies can't be beat, and Bruce sounds great as per the norm.

On a more personal level this is the song that got me into Iron Maiden, heavy metal, rock and roll, and music in the general sense. I still remember the very first time I heard this song back when I was 14 and was totally blown away. I had such little knowledge of or interaction with rock music back then it was unbelievable, I didn't even know who Kiss were, anything about AC/DC, no knowledge of Metallica, I wouldn't have even recognized the riff to Smoke on the Water or known what Welcome to the Jungle, Crazy Train, or Stairway to Heaven sounded like. However, on the crazy recommendation of a friend I went on the internet and looked up a band called Iron Maiden and this was the first song I ran across. To say it drastically changed my life is an understatement. Rock and metal music became the biggest and most important hobby in my life, Iron Maiden became and has always stayed my favorite band ever, and this song has remained one of my absolute favorites of all time, if not the favorite of all time.

PVH5150
07-23-2013, 04:09 PM
Deep Purple - Child In Time

TheWildAndTheYoung
07-23-2013, 04:24 PM
Bon Jovi - Blood On Blood http://grooveshark.com/s/Blood+On+Blood/2414Xn?src=5


This song is just an phenomenal piece of not just rock music, but music in general.The shimmering acoustic guitars, the incredible electric guitars, amazing piano and keyboards, solid bass, and booming drums all make this song just absolutely perfect.The guitar solo is a masterpiece in and of itself, it's as if Richie is telling a story within a story with this solo, and I've yet to find anything like it.The vocals are outstanding from both Richie and Jon,and the song also has my favorite pre-chorus of all-time.Considering when this song was released, it definitely wasn't your typical hard rock song at the time, and I really can't think of anything that really sounds like this.I guess I can say it's Bruce Springsteen with guitar overdrive cranked up without the horns.I can also relate to this song on a personal level, because the song is about friendship and friendship is really important to me.No other song that's ever been made (IMO) captures this more than this song does, and therefore until a song that is of this level is released this will always remain my favorite song of all-time, even if Bon Jovi doesn't remain my favorite band.

Maideneer
07-23-2013, 07:02 PM
This has probably been done before but I can't remember seeing it in the last year. So what's your favorite song? Not your favorite song by ten different bands: one song. You can change it later if you want but if you change it then it probably isn't your favorite song. If you even really have to think about it it may not be your favorite song. Post a link to share and a little story telling why.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Mutherfucker=Redeemer (Part 2) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEWZw2FldlQ) from the album Yanqui U.X.O.

My favorite song. I'm big on albums having a really strong closing song. It leaves you breathless, makes you reflect on what you just heard and lasts with you hours after it's done. A song that's so good you actually feel sad that it's over. Mutherfucker=Redeemer (Part 2) is that song for me. It starts out pretty slow and mythotical for the first couple of minutes then breaks into that jangly main part. There's so much going on that it takes a few listens for you to realize all of it. It's pretty muddy sounding too so you really have to pay close attention to what's going on. But the rewards are worth it. There are three guitars going on, some of it in the background so when you notice it the song is taken to a whole other level. Then around seven minutes in it falls apart and that outro starts. That's what brings this album from "good song" to "best song ever". There are really few words and phrases to describe that part. "Jesus Christ"? "Holy Shit"? "Fuuuuuuuck"? This expression: :eek: Those are the best ones I can think of. This song could have been thirty minutes long and it would still be the best song ever. But since it's so short (ten minutes) it leaves you wanting more. But sometimes you have to know when to quit while you’re ahead. Godspeed You! Black Emperor knew and it made for the best closing to an album ever. There are lots of songs I like but they come up on iTunes or my iPod and I'll skip them. I don't skip this song. I first heard this song ten years ago. It was late at night and I was watching TV when I was listening to the whole album. There was some foreign film playing on whatever channel I was watching and the visuals from that movie matched up perfectly with this song. It was a surreal experience. The song has been my favorite song ever since and nothing else has come close.

I know exactly every word of which you speak. Sadly, I can't do that for one song. It's just not possible...because there's so many songs like the one you posted it's bananas. Closers to albums that leave you breathless? I guess you need to listen to the whole album for perspective and maximum impact, but here's a few.

Amorphis - Summer's End (http://youtu.be/yy91j2ZMDX4)
Burzum - Tomhet (http://youtu.be/aILcxwc7jsM)
Goo Goo Dolls - So Far Away (http://youtu.be/EQgiLgxHtVQ)

The Maiden section:
When The Wild Wind Blows (http://youtu.be/eHg9PJc1Nds)
The Legacy (http://youtu.be/ECbJdeh1VvA)
Only The Good Die Young (http://youtu.be/8goV81mY7cs)
The Unbeliever (http://youtu.be/DTwsEtxmXzo) - yes I mean it

My Dying Bride - A Doomed Lover (http://youtu.be/dd6R1xpVkjg)
U2 - Cedars Of Lebanon (http://youtu.be/7tQKxWCjZTU)
ZZ Top - Asleep In The Desert (http://youtu.be/MCBYpv8MmtY)

Sorry I couldn't do what you asked, for me it's not a possibility. But hopefully, someone here clicks on a link from a song they haven't heard and is inspired enough to feel what I feel.

mankvill
07-23-2013, 07:20 PM
Skeletonwitch - Within My Blood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxockFK-KGI)

IrritatedTrout
07-23-2013, 07:49 PM
Asleep in the Desert was really cool. As for The Unbeliever, interesting choice.:eyes: :lol: I agree that the chorus is awesome but, in my opinion, the verses are just so clunky and awkward.

BRAman22
07-23-2013, 07:52 PM
For me Hallowed is just such a perfect blend of everything, great lyrics, slow moody moments, climactic buildups, great solos and riffs, fantastic vocals, and, especially live, it just invokes the feeling of complete catharsis.


I couldn't say it any better.

Natrlhi
07-23-2013, 08:11 PM
Unfortunately, mine wouldn't be a metal song. It's a toss-up between Sting - "Fields of Gold" (the song my wife and I danced to at our wedding) and U2 - "With or Without You" (the song we wanted to dance to but didn't choose because we didn't feel like explaining 5,684,238,965 times why we picked a song with those lyrics to dance to at our wedding).

dcmetal108
07-23-2013, 08:29 PM
Killswitch Engage - A Bid Farewell.

The song that single handedly not only got me into metal but fueled my passion for it.

ravenheart
07-24-2013, 01:53 AM
Sting - "Fields of Gold"

:light:

hellawaits77ny
07-24-2013, 04:36 AM
Metallica - Fight Fire With Fire

Don't think this needs any explanation.

maidenpriest
07-25-2013, 11:47 PM
Hallowed Be Thy Name- Iron Maiden.

The song opened up the floodgates of metal for me.

anomynous
07-26-2013, 01:25 PM
Not sure if Hallowed is my fav Maiden song, but that's a great choice.

slapguitarer
07-26-2013, 01:45 PM
Hearts Alive by Mastodon

Simply put, favorite song on my favorite album by my favorite band.

El Gordo
07-26-2013, 05:26 PM
Metallica - Ride the Lightning

No link needed. Some of the greatest work by two of the greatest riff-masters in metal history (Hetfield & Mustaine). I live for excellent thrash riffs, and this one has it in spades. It helps that the album that bears the same name jump-started my love of metal.

elturtleboy
07-26-2013, 06:53 PM
The Germs - Lion's Share
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFcwY-EU_qs

Maiden33
07-29-2013, 11:08 AM
At this point, gun to my head, I'd say Avantasia - "The Scarecrow".

mastodon421
07-29-2013, 11:11 AM
Mastodon-Iron Tusk

ravenheart
07-29-2013, 11:49 AM
At this point, gun to my head, I'd say Avantasia - "The Scarecrow".

Definitely one of the two best Avantasia songs.

Dextrimental
07-31-2013, 09:39 AM
There's 3 options that jump to mind:

NoFX - Dinosaurs Will Die
Gojira - Ocean Planet
Slayer - Angel of Death/Disciple

All have personal reasons attached to them. Big question though. Favorite albums would garner a different set of results entirely.

ravenheart
07-31-2013, 10:02 AM
There's 3 options that jump to mind:

NoFX - Dinosaurs Will Die
Gojira - Ocean Planet
Slayer - Angel of Death/Disciple

All have personal reasons attached to them. Big question though. Favorite albums would garner a different set of results entirely.

That's four ;)

Natrlhi
07-31-2013, 11:18 AM
If this were done by favorite albums per year, oh how the results would differ. Some potential results which come to mind:

2001 - TOOL - Lateralus
2002 - Isis - The Beginning and the End
2003 - Explosions in the Sky - First Breath After Coma
2004 - Mastodon - Iron Tusk
2005 - Behemoth - Conquer All
2006 - Gojira - Backbone
2007 - Baroness - Isak
2008 - Meshuggah - Bleed
2009 - Cobalt - Arsonry
2010 - High on Fire - Snakes for the Divine
2011 - SubRosa - Beneath the Crown
2012 - Ufomammut - Sulphurdew

...which is not a bad list, I must say. :rocker:

(* - Note that this was done by picking my favorite song off my favorite album from each year. These aren't necessarily my favorite albums by the bands in question.)

powerslave_85
08-02-2013, 03:30 PM
I think I finally decided that it's "Train In Vain" by The Clash.

Bengals279
08-02-2013, 04:19 PM
Everyone Bleeds Now- Hatebreed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd972J6f4IY

brutal_descent
08-02-2013, 08:58 PM
Everyone Bleeds Now- Hatebreed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd972J6f4IY

:tp:

larvtard
08-02-2013, 09:38 PM
Pavement - Gold Soundz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8gdqWTgi9s). When I was listening to this album, "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain," for the first time, I was only "half-listening" to it - you know, browsing the Internet or whatever while listening. It's a horrible habit and I really need to stop; passive listening does me no favors. But with that being said this song managed to grab me away from the deep recesses of the web and onto the task, or activity, at hand - the music. And it's been almost four months since the first time I heard it and I still haven't gotten sick of it. I can't say that about most songs. (Sure, it's barely three minutes long, and a rather simple melody at that, but still.) I love Stephen Malkmus' word salad lyrics, and particularly the line "You're the kind of girl I like, because you're empty and I'm empty." I relate to this because I always seem to become attracted (fascinated) to girls who are just as mentally screwed-up as me :lol:

And, also, you can never quarantine the past. :cool:

TheWildAndTheYoung
08-02-2013, 09:41 PM
I think I finally decided that it's "Train In Vain" by The Clash.

My band is covering that at our next show!