1. SPACE STATION NUMBER FIVE MONTROSE (MONTROSE 1973)
Blistering rocker from arguably the first heavy rock album ever. This riff has probably never been outdone since.
2. LOVE LIES BLEEDING ELTON JOHN (GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD 1973)
Beautiful offering from a great album. Melody and drama.
3. ANARCHY IN THE UK SEX PISTOLS (NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS 1977)
Piss and vinegar offering from the band that saved the music world in 18 months.
4. MAID IN HEAVEN BE BOP DELUXE (FUTURAMA 1975)
Ultra compact perfect pop song from these slightly odd musos from Wakefield.
5. SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BOSTON (BOSTON 1976)
Better than More Than A Feeling. Epic twin guitars and unfeasibly high harmony vocals from Brad Delp.
6. THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN THIN LIZZY (JAILBREAK 1976)
Enough said. Goosebumps every time.
7. ONLY YOU CAN ROCK ME UFO (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT 1978)
The best live album ever, with Michael Schenker on top form. Par for the course, the mad German walked out before the album even came out.
8. TIME WAS WISHBONE ASH (ARGUS 1972)
Just under ten minutes of perfection. I learnt most of my twiddles from this, and immediately bought a Flying V.
9. BACK IN BLACK AC/DC (BACK IN BLACK 1980)
Dirty, primaeval riff from our Aussie friends. Nearly Neanderthal.
10. RATS IN THE CELLAR AEROSMITH (ROCKS 1976)
Filthy rock from one of the best albums ever.
There’s so much good stuff around, if I were allowed another ten, it would be these.
11. CINDY INCIDENTALLY THE FACES (OOH LA LA 1973)
Brilliant single from Rod, Ronnie and the boys.
12. TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT LED ZEPPELIN (PHYSICAL GRAFFITI 1975)
Digit-boggling lick thundering over a relentless bass line. What’s not to like?
13. WHO SAYS YOU CAN’T GO HOME BON JOVI (HAVE A NICE DAY 2005)
Superbly crafted country rock with an infectious hook.
14. MJA JNR MOSE ALLISON (GIMCRACKS AND GEEGAWS 1998)
Hilarious autobiographical take by the master of musical humour.
15. PAYING THE COST TO BE THE BOSS BB KING (SINGLE 1968)
“So long as I am paying the bills, you do what you’re told” is the rough sentiment here. RIP BB.
16. YOU’RE SO BEAUTIFUL DEF LEPPARD (X 2002)
Little-known album track from the much-maligned X album. Perfect pop rock.
17. FALLING FOR THE FIRST TIME BARENAKED LADIES (MAROON 2000)
Canadian funny men in full flight.
18. MY LIFE STORY JEFF HEALEY (GET ME SOME 2000)
Touching slice of pop genius from the supremely talented blues man.
19. RAIN DOWN ON ME RTZ (RETURN TO ZERO 1991)
Unknown follow up project from Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau. Easily as good as Boston.
20. GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY IAN HUNTER (OVERNIGHT ANGELS 1971)
Atmospheric epic from the Mott founder, reactivated by Joe Elliott’s Down n Outz side project.