Dead Weather Songs Ranked

Dead Weather Songs

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Our Top 10 Dead Weather songs list takes a listen to 10 songs from one of the most original and brilliant bands we have heard in the past 20 years. The band the Dead Weather is a supergroup that consists of vocalist Alison Mosshart of the bands Discount and The Kills, guitarist Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age, bassist Jack Lawrence of The Greenhornes, The Raconteurs, and City and Colour and the legendary and most brilliant Jack White who first came to fame with his band The White Stripes, then the The Raconteurs and of course his own dazzling solo career.

These four musicians have put together a sound that is pretty much unlike anything we have ever heard before with maybe the exception of Jack White’s solo records which tell us a great deal about this band. Still, what is so mesmerizing about the Dead Weather is the interplay between Jack White and Alison Mosshart as both front people that are able to intertwine their brilliance in such an original and captivating manner together. Its stunning watching these two in all the videos below. By the time we got to the end of the article we had so much to say about the group that we didn’t want to say anything more about them, We felt in a way, like we weren’t even worthy to be writing about them. That’s never happened before. That’s how powerful this band is. It also made us think about what it must have been like to be a journalist back in the 60 when The Beatles and The Rolling Stones first arrived in the scene. It’s when the fan inside just begins to overwhelm the journalist, you just want to listen and not even write about it any more, just listen, listen, listen…..

# 10 – New Pony

If you never heard this band before and you heard this song on the radio, I guarantee that you that no matter what you were doing you would stand frozen in your rock and roll shoes with your mouth wide opening wondering “who is this?” This fantastic cover of Bob Dylan’s “New Pony,” was released on the first Dead Weather album entitled Horehound. The album was released during the summer of 2009. Rock and roll had on its hands a fantastic new very original sounding superband full of rock stars that were already legends on their own. The personnel on the Horehound album consisted of Alison Mosshart on lead vocals, Jack White on drums, Dean Fertita on guitar and Jack Lawrence on bass. This fantastic Horehound album consisted of eleven great tracks with a couple more on the Japanese release.

# 9 – Blue Blood Blues

For a second, the beginning of this song sounds a little like Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times.” Of course it all changes within a few measures, but the spell that Led Zeppelin has cast on Jack White as well as everyone else who loves rock and roll is always lingering. And of course speaking of Jack White, the man seems to be having a lot of fun playing drums in this band.

# 8 – Buzzkill(er)

There is just something so interesting about the sound of this band that one never gets tired of. The sonic landscapes that they produce are an inescapable pleasure to listen to. This killer track “Buzzkill(er),” was released on the album Dodge and Burn. The album was released in 2014. Alison Mosshart’s vocals just bleed a sort of apocalyptic blues on this sensational recording.

# 7 – Will There Be Enough Water

You need to stop everything you’re doing once again to watch this spellbinding video of the Dead Weather performing their blazing-hot song “Will There Be Enough Water.”  Jack White steps out from behind the drums and upfront on guitar and vocals where he belongs. There is definitely a Led Zeppelin “No Quarter,” vibe going on in this one between the John Paul Jones style Fender Rhodes playing and Jack White’s Robert Plant style vocals and also his Jimmy Page meets Jimi Hendrix style guitar playing.  The way Jack White and Alison Mosshart share the mic shines in such an organic rock and roll spiritual bliss.

# 6 – I Cut Like A Buffalo

You got to love the spoken word introduction to this dark piece. There is sort of an evil circus quality to this one, a semi nightmare that your not sure if you want to wake up from. Originality on a scale of 1 to 10 is an 11 on this eerie track. Those eyes behind her mask will cut right through you with an even sharper cut than the knife she holds in here hand.

# 5 – Impossible Winner

If it doesn’t take you a long time to get through this article then your really missing out on these great songs and videos. At the halfway point we present another great Dead Weather song with another wondrous vocal by Alison Mosshart. The song’s arrangement wraps a set of ghostly strings around her voice as the black and white video only adds to the art of the song in such a brilliant way. This great video was directed by Sophie Muller & Ross McDowell.

# 4 -Treat Me Like Your Mother

There is a bit of a Rush vibe at the at the start of this one until Jack and Allison take over and then it’s all pure Dead Weather. This video is so sick. Its a pure adrenaline rush as Jack and Allison battle it out on the vocals and the silver screen . You have never seen or heard anything like this before. If this is a commentary on marriage or relationships which it sure seems like it is, well it just might be the most brilliant commentary ever made. You know what I mean?

# 3 -Die by the Drop

The strange, eerie and bizarre continues in the art of the Dead Weather in another  freakish but oh so wonderful and original video from The Dead Weather. This is a far cry form the days of Sonny and Cher, although an argument could be made that they were just as bizarre in their own way. Nonetheless, we just can’t get enough of The Dead Weather and songs and videos like “Die By The Drop,” are the reasons why. One can also definitely hear that there is a strong influence of the music of Captain Beefheart in this band and it really shines through on this song.

# 2 – I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)

There are bands that we write about, and sometimes it just hard to come up with anything to say about their music. The Dead Weather are the complete opposite. There is so much originality that pours out of this band in their songs and videos, we almost sometimes just want to stop writing and just keep listening and watching because we are being so highly entertained by this incredible band ourselves. We really don’t need to say anything, all you have to do is watch and listen and let us get out of your way. Now that’s how we honestly feel.

# 1 – Hang You from the Heavens

There really is no number one Dead Weather song because they are all unbelievably entertaining and orginal.So we can call this the number one Dead Weather song or we could just say this is the last one on our list and now it’s time for you to go out and buy all their cds and listen to them everyday as they change you lives and make you appreciate the true art form of rock and roll once again like you did when you first heard the The Beatles, The Rolling Stone, Led Zeppelin and Elton John. Remember? now go………go!

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