Blue Öyster Cult’s Best Song On Each Of Their Studio Albums

Blue Oyster Cult's Best Songs

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There’s nothing more fun than going through the entire Blue Oyster Cult catalog and picking out our favorite song from each album. Blue Oyster Cult released 16 Studio albums, starting in 1972 with the new record and then the most recent 2024 release, Ghost. There have been many lineup changes over the years, but they have continued to release new music for over 50 years.

Blue Öyster Cult – “Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll”

We open up our Blue Öyster Cult’s Best Song On Each Of Their Studio Albums with one of the band’s most classic songs. This one starts out with an iconic guitar riff, which would become such a major part of Blue Öyster Cult’s music. The song was composed by Albert Bouchard, Donald Roeser, and Sandy Pearlman. The lead vocal was performed by Albert Bouchard.

Read More: Albert Bouchard of Blue Öyster Cult: The ClassicRockHistory.com Interview

Tyranny and Mutation – “The Red & the Black”

On the band’s second album,, it was a choice between “Hot Rails to Hell,” “The Red & the Black” and “Baby Ice Dog.” The album’s opening track gets the nod here. The song was composed by Eric Bloom, Albert Bouchard, and Sandy Pearlman. Eric Bloom handled the lead vocals on this one.

Secret Treaties – “Astronomy”

There was little doubt about this one: it’s one of the band’s greatest songs they ever released. That’s two in a row with Eric Bloom on lead vocals.

Read More: Eric Bloom of Blue Öyster Cult: The ClassicRockHistory.com Interview

Agents of Fortune – “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”

The song  “E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)” put up a bit of a fight here, but how could we not go with the legendary track, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.”  Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser composed this one and sang the lead vocal as well.

Spectres (1977) “Godzilla”

Now this is how you follow up a song like “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.”  I always loved the duel lead vocals by Eric Bloom and Donald “Buck Dharma on this rocking track.

Mirrors – “The Vigil”

The band’s final album of the decade of the 1970s, produced this masterpiece of a song that opened up the album’s second side. “The Vigil” was composed by Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser and Sandra Roeser.

Cultösaurus Erectus – “The Marshall Plan”

“The Marshall Plan” has always been a big fan favorite. The song was composed by Eric Bloom, Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, Allen Lanier,  Joe Bouchard, and Albert Bouchard. Eric Bloom sang the lead vocals.

Fire of Unknown Origin -“Burnin’ for You”

“Burnin’ for You” was one of the band’s biggest hits in their catalog. The song went all the way to number one on the Billboard Rock Tracks charts. The song was composed by Donald ‘Buck Dharma’ Roeser and music journalist Richard Meltzer. Buck sang lead.

The Revölution by Night – “Take Me Away”

This was such a cool song in so many ways. It was the album’s opening track. The video is great, too, if you like early 80s low-budget videos. The song was composed by Eric Bloom and Aldo Nova.

Club Ninja – “Spy In The House Of Night”

This is one of those very underrated Blue Oyster Cult songs. It was the album’s closing track. The song “Perfect Water” came in at a close second to this one.

Imaginos – “Magna of Illusion”

This rocking track featured Robby Krieger of the Doors on lead guitar. Many famous guitar players made guest appearances on this album, including Marc Biedermann, Kevin Carlson, my former bandmate Tommy Morrongiello, Aldo Nova, Jack Rigg, and Joe Satriani.

Heaven Forbid – “See You in Black”

Now, this is some heavy stuff. The opening track from the Heaven Forbid album is the pick here. The band sounds a little like Metallica on this track.

Curse of the Hidden Mirror – One Step Ahead of the Devil

The band continued their flirtation with their shift towards a more darker metal sound on their 2001 album. This sound wasnt for everyone. I liked it. “One Step Ahead of the Devil” has such a cool guitar riff.  It’s interesting to hear Eric Bloom sing like this. Do you hear that Led Zeppelin riff just before the three-minute mark?

The Symbol Remains – “The Alchemist”

If you haven’t heard this one, make sure you take a few minutes to check it out. It’s fabulous. This is one of the best songs in the band’s catalog. The song was composed by Richie Castellano.

Ghost Stories – “Cherry”

I love the band’s Ghist album. It’s a lot different from the heavy stuff they had been doing. This sounds more like old ’70s Blue Öyster Cult, and I like that. There is also a bit of a Beatles vibe happening here in one part. This album is excellent.

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