Rock songs

10 hard rock songs by non-hard rock artists

When it comes to hard rock, there are always artists that many consider essential to the genre. Whenever you need something to blow your speakers off and dance to, most people will say you can’t go wrong with anything from artists like AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. At the same time, some artists who don’t fall under the hard rock umbrella also have their fair share of bangers.

In genres like Britpop, heart rock or just plain pop music, artists that many rockers would consider soft have shown their ability to write fierce material when the time demands it. Sure, the guitars might not be as crisp as say…Metallica, but the aggressiveness behind these tracks still gets the job done.

These are the songs that turned the artist’s usual sound upside down and made their projects new and exciting again. The gravitation to heavier instrumentation came to these artists through creative experiments, wanting to break away from, or even just poke fun at, the glory days of hard rock. Regardless of the artist’s inspiration, there’s no denying that these songs could fit right into your hard rock playlist.

Blur’s Britpop masterpiece Parklife is one of the must-have pop releases of the 90s. The entire record is draped around the idea that everyday life is meaningless to the sound of fabulous pop songs. In an effort to capture the bustle of the holidays, “Bank Holiday” shows the boys’ suburban take on punk rock.

Beginning with a haunting guitar riff from Graham Coxon, the song spins like a worn machine as Damon Albarn’s vocal delivery oscillates between apathetic and impassioned. While the effort sounds wacky in the verses, the chorus is one of the most upsetting sounds the band has achieved so far. What people don’t understand is the poignancy behind the raw aggression.

The whole song is meant to illustrate the idea that working people use their holiday to get plastered in order to forget about their problems. As such, the verses act as the mood of the menial worker, while the chorus is the personality of the nonstop party animal. Just as the track kicks off, its final riff peaks for the song to cut, leaving the listener in a daze. In less than 2 minutes, Blur turned his musical satire into some of the wildest rock of the time.