# 10 – You’re My Temptation
Why not open up the Top 10 Alice Cooper Songs list with one of the singer’s heaviest recordings. The song kicks the door open with a raucous groove fueled by dark minor key chord changes and crying guitar lines. The song echoed the sound of the times perfectly in the early Nirvana /Pearl Jam 1990’s. Yet, just like all Alice Cooper recordings, maintained that Alice Cooper signature vocal sound and feel. The song “You’re My Temptation,” was released on Alice Cooper’s 1994 album The Last Temptation.
# 9 – You and Me
The beautiful Alice Cooper ballad that promoted that attributes of simplicity and love found among those who had nothing but each other, reflected a common artistic trend found in nineteen seventies culture. Songs like Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” and The Byrds’ “Leaving Here,” were all about escape. However songs like Lobo’s “Me and You and a Dog named Boo,” or Stephen Stills “Love the One You’re With,” negotiated the concept of acceptance.
During the 1970’s recession years, songs like “You and Me,” resonated deeply with so many people who struggled during those harsh economic times. Regardless of the social, economic connections the song made with nineteen seventies culture, it was also a beautifully written and emotional song that stands as one of the most heartfelt Alice Cooper Songs of his career.
# 8 – I’m Eighteen
The Alice Cooper band’s single of “I’m Eighteen,” was released in November of 1970. The song was the first recording issued by the band before they had even released an album. Due to the success of the single, the band went into the studio and cut their first record Love it to Death. The song has been mentioned by many well known rock artists as one of the most inspirational recordings of early metal music.
Rock and Roll anthems depicted some of the best music the Alice Cooper band released during the early years. “I’m Eighteen,” and its voice of rebellious freedom ignited a wave of Alice Cooper Songs that would stand at the top of the rock and roll anthem genre.
# 7 – Ballad of Dwight Fry
The great Alice Cooper song “The Ballad of Dwight Fry,” was released on the band’s debut album Love it to Death in 1971. Every band has those golden nuggets that escape popularity for one reason or another. “The Ballad of Dwight Fry,” is one of those underrated songs that must be heard. The Alice Cooper band had begun to make a name for themselves with their hard rock anthems and short but heavy single releases. However, there was also a progressive side to the band that would later be presented in their theatrical based concert performances. One of the most interesting of all the Alice Cooper Songs in their catalog was the epic progressive theatrical rocker ‘The Ballad Of Dwight Fry.”
# 6 – Poison
The song “Poison,” simply stands as the best representation of Alice Cooper in the 1980’s. Everything about the song defined the 1980’s. It was just 1980’s Alice Cooper style. When listening to the song, any fan of 1980’s big hair rock would hear the signature writing style of 80’s hit machine Desmond Child. The song “Poison,” which was co written by Alice Cooper and Desmond Child was a huge hit for Alice Cooper. The song reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in 1989. Out of all the Alice Cooper songs released from 1970 until the present day, “Poison,” stands as one of Alice Cooper’s most successful singles.
# 5 – No More Mister Nice Guy
The Billion Dollar Babies album delivered great music to Alice Cooper fans. The Single “No More, Mr. Nice Guy,” was both a commercial and critical success. Fans loved the song and critics applauded the album as the best of the band’s career. The song reached No.25 on the U.S Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in 1973. From a band that made a living churning out anthem after anthem, “No More Mister Nice Guy,” was one of their best.
# 4 – Elected
It was sheer joy to find this old video of Alice Cooper performing the song “Elected.” The entire aspect of the video story itself was completely ahead of its time. Fittingly, that was the true essence of Alice Cooper. The group were way ahead of their time in the early seventies. But the progressive nature of the group would have meant nothing if the songs were’t great.
# 3 – Schools Out
I first heard this song when I was in middle school in the early nineteen seventies. Let me tell you, this song was BIG when it was first released. Kids all around the world sang this song at the top of their lungs when that school bell rang on the last day of school. Students and even teachers have been singing it ever since. There are songs that become anthems and there are songs that become part of mainstream culture for a short period of time. Alice Cooper’s “Schools Out,” song became a cultural anthem that will last forever.
Few songs achieve the level of cultural success that Alice Cooper’s “Schools Out,” song has achieved. If we were to pick the most importance Alice Cooper song as far as cultural impact and popularity, than “School’s Out,” would easily win. For the most part it tops most other lists and we really would not put up that much of an argument against it.
# 2 – Only Women Bleed
The classic Alice Cooper ballad “Only Women Bleed,” was released on Alice Cooper’s ground breaking and most loved album Welcome to my Nightmare. The Hall of Fame album was released in 1975. The single release of the song edited out some of the progressives sections of the arrangement that only appeared on the album. It’s a shame that those parts were edited out because they were brilliantly written and performed. In the end, we chose “Only Women Bleed,” because of the originality of the melody, lyrics and chord changes. Simply put, it’s just one hell of a song and we love it to death.
# 1 – Billion Dollar Babies
Simply put, “Billion Dollar Babies,” is just killer! Some songs are just so good that it almost becomes impossible to write anything about the material. It was easily Alice Cooper’s greatest vocal performance. The band sounded tight, mean, and ready to take on all human existence. The song was released on the greatest Alice Cooper album ever released. The bands Billion Dollar Babies album was released in February of 1973.
The song “Billion Dollar Babies,” was released as a single and hit No. 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 music charts in 1973. The rock and roll scene delivered some of the greatest rock albums of all time in 1973. From Led Zeppelin through Yes, onward to Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Elton John,1973 stands as one of the biggest years in classic rock history.
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