First of all, it’s kinda hard to confess, but apparently many of my favorite songs, type of songs are sappy, hard-rock love songs with wailing guitars and sung by screeching, large-haired voices. There! I said it.
Now, on to some awards (based solely on the songs included in the double CD set).
Worst song included: Tie: Headed for a Heartbreak by Winger and Only Time Will Tell by Nelson
- Winger has already been deleted from my Digital Player, Nelson will be gone soon.
Most Annoying acoustic campfire song: Tie: To Be With You by Mr. Big and More than Words by Extreme
- Okay, I kinda like both, but two things keep coming into my head.
- First, the stupid video for Be With You with the revolving camera, which preceded the “That 70s Show” gimmick by a few years.
- More than Words is a beautifully played and sung song that can be summed up by an awful, sinful, manipulative lie, “if you loved me, you would have sex with me.” I have always despised that and now that I have a daughter who will be a teenage in 10 years, it’s worse.
- Winner: To Be With You for being more innocent and less sinful
Best High Wail: Sebastian Bach of Skid Row for I Remember You
- Between 18 and Life and this song, Skid Row contributed a lot to 80s Hard Rock
- Last Summer a local rock station in NJ had a contest where Sebastian Bach would come and perform at your house. That says a lot, right there.
Worst High Wail: The guy from Steelheart, I’ll Never Let You Go
- I like it but skip it often. I am unable to listen to it a lot.
Most Depressing Song: Tie: House of Pain or Don’t Close Your Eyes
- House of Pain is about Dead-beat dads, the other one about suicide.
- the Pathos is addictive
- Winner: House of Pain because of more universal appeal, more have been affected by absent dads than suicide
Worst Voice: Fly High Michelle, Nuff Z’nuff
- Nasally. Wish someone else had sung this one. Otherwise a great song.
Most Beautiful Acoustic: Tough Choice
- Silent Lucidity by Queensryche
- Intro to Love Song by Telsa
- When the Children Cry by White Lion
Best Song with Whistling and Socio-Historicial Significance: Winds of Change by Scorpions
- Great Song that I love every time.
- Has something to do with the fall of the Berlin Wall and Glasnost
Best Slow Guitar Solo: Ballad of Jayne by L.A. Guns
Sappiest Sentiment: Another Tough Choice
- When I see you Smile by Bad English
- Nevermind, 32-Way Tie
Top Five Songs (after repeated listening):
- Every Rose Has its Thorns by Poison
- Love Song by Telsa
- Is This Love? by Whitesnake
- Heaven by Warrant
- Tie: The Flame by Cheap Trick and I Remember You by Skid Row
- Honorable Mentions: Don’t Know what You Got Til It’s Gone by Cinderella, Silent Lucidity by Queensryche, I’ll See You in My Dreams by Giant