Thin Lizzy’s Best Song On Each Of Their Studio Albums

Thin Lizzy's Best Songs

Feature Photo:David Fowler / Shutterstock.com

Thin Lizzy was the first major rock band that I ever saw in concert. The group was opening for Queen in 1976 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. You never forget your first time, and so this band holds a special place in my rock and roll heart. I remember Phil Lynott standing center stage with his bass pointing out to the audience as the band broke into the song “Jailbreak.” It was wonderful.

This Thin Lizzy’s Best Song On Each Of Their Studio Albums article presents a showcase of what I believe was the best song from each of their studio albums. At times, my picks my also appear to be the album’s most popular song while at other times it will be a hidden gem or a deep album track.

Thin Lizzy – “Look What The Wind Blew In”

Thin Lizzy’s debut album was released in 1971. The band at the time consisted of Phil Lynott on vocals, bass guitar, and acoustic guitar, Eric Bell on lead guitar, and Brian Downey on drums. I’ve always loved the closing track on the album’s first side, “Look What The Wind Blew In.” The crunch of that guitar riff at the song’s beginning is just so addicting. One can hear the influence of Hendrix on the band at this time.

Shades of a Blue Orphanage – “Baby Face”

Thin Lizzy followed up their debut album a year later, in 1972, with Shades Of A Blue Orphanage. The album’s title was a combination of the bands that the band members had been in previously, one being Shades Of Blue and the other Orphanage. The pick here, “Baby Face,” was the album’s opening cut on side two of the record. You can hear the band’s sound developing on their sophomore effort.

Vagabonds of the Western World (1973)

The song “Rocker is one of the band’s most popular songs from their early albums. It starts with a killer guitar riff that just lends itself to Phil Lynott’s tough-as-nails lyrics and street attitude vocals.

Nightlife (1974)

“She Knows” is the top pick from the Nightlife album. The album was released in 1974. It was the first album to feature Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson on guitars. In terms of its chart performance, Nightlife reached number 19 on the UK Rock & Metal Albums Chart.

Fighting (1975)

Thin Lizzy’s golden era of commercial success begins with the Fighting album. The pick here is the album’s opening track entitled “Rosalie.” This was an excellent cover of a classic Bob Seger song

Jailbreak – “The Boys Are Back In Town”

In 1976, the band Thin Lizzy would become a household name with their smash worldwide hit “The Boys Are Back In Town.” The song would become one of classic rock’s defining moments of the 1970s.

Johnny the Fox – “Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed”

It was tough for the band to follow up on the worldwide success of their Jailbreak album. Nonetheless, they did great with the rocking Johnny The Fox album.  The pick here is side two’s opening track “Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed.”

Bad Reputation – “Soldier Of Fortune”

Bad Reputation stands as my favorite Thin Lizzy album. The band sounded heavier than they had ever before, yet Phil Lynott still maintained his wonderful sense of melody, fueling most of the material. It was tough to choose between the album’s lead single “Dancing in the Moonlight (It’s Caught Me in Its Spotlight),” the title track “Bad Reputation,” and the album opener “Soldier of Fortune,” which eventually became the top choice.

Black Rose: A Rock Legend – “Toughest Street In Town”

The band closed out the decade with their ninth studio album Black Rose: A Rock Legend released in 1979.  I have always loved this one, which was composed by Scott Gorham, Phil Lynott, and the legendary Gary Moore.

Chinatown – “Chinatown”

“Chinatown” is one of our favorite Thin Lizzy songs of all time. It opens with a sensational, classic-sounding guitar riff and just keeps getting better with every passing beat.

Renegade – “Hollywood (Down on Your Luck)”

While this album was not greeted with the most celebrated reception, as a Thin Lizzy fan, it got plenty of spins on my turntable. The song “Hollywood (Down on Your Luck)” should have been a big hit. It’s a killer cut.

Thunder and Lightning  – “Cold Sweat”

On our top 10 Thin Lizzy songs of all time lists, the track here, “Cold Sweat,” was chosen as number one. Don’t have to say much more than that. Make sure you take a listen to this smoking tune if you never heard it before.

Thin Lizzy’s Best Song On Each Of Their Studio Albums article published on Classic RockHistory.com© 2024

DMCA.com Protection Status

DON’T MISS A BEAT

Be the first to know when a new article is published

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Rock Songs About Peace
10 Most Passionate Rock Songs About Peace
Mott The Hoople Songs
Top 10 Mott The Hoople Songs
Bad Company's Best Songs
Bad Company’s Best Song On Each Of Their Studio Albums
Nancy Sinatra Songs
Top 10 Nancy Sinatra Songs
10 Best Final Albums Released By Classic Rock Artists
Our 10 Favorite Final Albums Released By Classic Rock Artists
Top 10 Southern Rock Live Albums Of All Time
Top 10 Southern Rock Live Albums Of All Time
Grateful Dead Albums
Top 10 Grateful Dead Albums
Seven Killer Metal Albums
Seven Killer Metal Albums You May Have Never Heard
Paul McCartney Will End His 'Got Back Tour In The UK In Dec 2024
Paul McCartney Will End His ‘Got Back Tour In The UK In Dec 2024
REM REUNITES
R.E.M. Performs In Public For First Time In 15 Years
Eagles at the Sphere
Eagles Announce Residency at Sphere in Las Vegas For Fall 2024
Trying To Make Sense Of David Lee Roth's Cover Of 867-5309/Jenny
Trying To Make Sense Of David Lee Roth’s Cover Of 867-5309/Jenny
Kiko Loureiro Interview
Kiko Loureiro, formerly of Megadeth & Angra: 10 Albums That Changed My Life
Gilby Clarke, formerly of Guns N' Roses: 10 Records That Changed My Life
Gilby Clarke, formerly of Guns N’ Roses: 10 Records That Changed My Life
Dave Davies of The Kinks Interview
Dave Davies of The Kinks: The ClassicRockHistory.com Interview
Tommy Bolan of Warlock & Doro: 15 Albums That Changed My Life
Tommy Bolan of Warlock & Doro: 15 Albums That Changed My Life
Foster The People Albums
Complete List Of Foster The People Albums And Songs
Garbage Albums
Complete List Of Garbage Albums And Songs
Kate Bush Albums
Complete List Of Kate Bush Albums And Songs
Dead Boys Albums
Complete List Of The Dead Boys Albums And Songs
9 Bands That Never Replaced Departed Members
Music CDs Comeback
Why Music CDs Have No Chance Of Making A Comeback
Classic Rock Bands Still Together But Overdue For A New Album
Classic Rock Bands Still Together But Overdue For A New Album
When Glam Bands Went Grunge In The 1990s
When Glam Bands Went Grunge In The 1990s
Billy Idol Rebel Yell 40th Anniversary Vinyl Review
Taylor Swift Albums And Discography
Complete List Of Taylor Swift Albums And Discography
Carly Simon Hotcakes Album Review
Carly Simon’s HOTCAKES Album Still Sizzles After 50 Years
11 Tracks Of Whack Album Review
Walter Becker – 11 Tracks of Whack Album Review