The Eagles’ “Hotel California” was released as a single 41 years ago, and it remains one of the most popular (if not the most popular) song in the band’s catalog.
The title track for the band’s landmark 1976 album, it ranks high among other iconic title track songs. Even if you haven’t heard it for some time, the lyrics always come rushing back as soon as you hear that intro.
Of course, there are countless other title tracks whose hooks figuratively have their hooks in that part of our brain where we store lyrics upon lyrics of copious songs. Here are some title tracks that are epic sing-a-longs.
Who hasn’t harmonized with Don Henley when he sings, “Bring your alibis”?
Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group Hotel California (Live at The Los Angeles Forum, 10/20-22/76) · Eagles Hotel California (Live at The Los Angeles Forum, 10/20-22/76) ℗ 2017 Elektra Records Additional Guitar: Bernie Leadon Banjo: Bernie Leadon Bass Guitar: Randy Meisner Drums: Don Henley Guitar: Don Felder Guitar, Vocals: Glenn Frey Producer: Bill Szymczyk Composer, Writer: Don Felder Composer, Writer: Don Henley Composer: Donald Henley Composer, Writer: Glenn Frey String Arranger: Jim Ed Norman Auto-generated by YouTube.
“Born To Run”
Whether you were seeing The Boss live or driving in your car as the wind blew back your hair, as soon as the opening note hits, you know you’re entering prime sing-scream mode.
Music video by Bruce Springsteen performing Born to Run. (C) 1984 Bruce Springsteen http://vevo.ly/6M6QeG
“Let It Be”
Poignant and devastatingly beautiful, this is a sing-a-long that doesn’t leave a dry eye no matter where you are.
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Is it a love song or is it about triumph? It’s both.
Music video by David Bowie performing ''Heroes''. Taken from the album 'Heroes' Buy the David Bowie back catalogue on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/bowieitunes Listen to this track on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/z9d8n8 Buy the album on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/b3aa0u
Who hasn’t been in a bar at 9 o’clock on a Saturday (or 4 o’clock on a Tuesday) and not torn the roof off to this classic?
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“More…more…more.” That is all.
Official video of Billy Idol performing Rebel Yell from the album Rebel Yell. Buy It Here: http://smarturl.it/seyqyn Like Billy Idol on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BillyIdol Follow Billy Idol on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/billyidol Official Website: http://billyidol.net/
“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”
Like “Hotel California,” we’ve all definitely harmonized to this one, and if you say you haven’t, you’re a liar.
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 1973 Top of the Pops
“Into The Great Wide Open”
Anyone else gotten wistful while drinking to this song and then just sang the hell out of it? Okay…maybe that’s just me, but it’s a highly-recommended activity everyone should do at least once.
Music video by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers performing Into The Great Wide Open. (C) 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger who once did a presentation in a college public speaking course about why The Rolling Stones were better than The Beatles. (She received an A.)