Our top 10 Black Country Communion songs list looks at the body of work of a band famed for its influence in the hard rock and blues-rock scene. The band initially started as a side project for former Deep Purple and Trapeze bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes and guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa. Glenn and Joe had initially met several times, sharing stages while performing as solo artists.
During this moment, the idea to perform together was manifested. After deciding to form a band, their mutual friend, producer Kevin Shirley suggested the other two members they should add to their lineup. The members were Jason Bonham, son of John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, and keyboardist Derek Sherinian, who is known for his work with Alice Cooper and Billy Idol and is also a former member of the progressive rock band Dream Theater.
After the band’s inception in 2009, the quartet performed “Mistreated” by Deep Purple and “One Last Soul” the next year in Riverside. “One Last Soul” was the band’s debut single, later released on the band’s eponymous debut album. The album was a commercial success peaking at number fifty-four on the Billboard 200. It performed better on the UK Albums Chart, rising to a peak position of number thirteen.
With Glenn Hughes having written nine tracks for the forthcoming album, Black Country Communion immediately hit the studio for the recording of its sophomore album. Black Country Communion 2 was released in mid-2011. While the album sold over eight thousand copies in the first week, it failed to outshine the band’s debut album. The sophomore album peaked at number seventy-one on the Billboard 200.
Black Country Communion tried promoting the album by making a short tour in Europe, where its music seemed to be doing well. During this short tour, the band was supported by the Michael Schenker Group. Black Country Communion hit the studio once more for the recording of its third album. The band’s plan for the third studio album was to release some darker songs spiced up with drama.
Afterglow (2012) was finally out, having it climb the Billboard 200 to a peak position of number forty-eight. Sadly, with the band members still pursuing the success of their solo careers, the band’s future was in question. Hughes expressed his doubts after watching Joe busy touring for his solo career. Eventually, the two were ready to move on from Black Country Communion. After Black Country Communion disbanded in 2013, Joe moved with Sherinian to his solo band. Hughes and Bonham continued together as California Breed, a short-lived hard rock ensemble.
However, Black Country Communion would announce its reunion for a fourth studio album. Joe had initially reached out to all of its initial members, proposing a reunion. Luckily, everyone accepted the idea with both Joe and Hughes writing music for the fourth album. The release of BCCIV (2017) saw the band have its first album on the UK Albums Chart’s top ten. While the members returned to their solo careers, Black Country Communion has wished to release a fifth studio album.
Black Country Communion has been lauded by many for blending variant sounds for its releases. Special regards to the band for being able to fuse blues-rock elements with its original hard rock sound. While the band has failed to live up to its maximum potential, critics have cited it to be among reputable rock and roll ensembles. Here we present the best Black Country Communion songs from the band’s four studio albums.
#10 – The Last Song for My Resting Place
Opening our top 10 Black Country Communion songs is the hit “The Last Song for My Resting Place.” The song is featured on the band’s fourth album, BCCIV (2017). While Hughes penned almost all the lyrics to the album’s songs, it was Joe who penned the lyrics to this ballad. The song’s lyrics allude to the leader of the orchestra on the sinking Titanic.
#9 – Cold
“Cold” is the last song from the band’s sophomore album, Black Country Communion 2 (2011). The song is about friends that people have lost and never had a chance to bid them farewell. Its lyrics capture the themes of pain and handling grief in public after the demise of a loved one. “Cold” brings back memories of Jason Bonham’s dad, John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. Joe’s memorable contribution to this hit was his magnificent, poetic, and heart-rending bar solo.
#8 – Wanderlust
Coming in at number eight on our top 10 Black Country Communion songs is the hit “Wanderlust.” The song is featured on the band’s album fourth studio album BCCIV (2017). “Wanderlust” was penned by vocalist Glenn Hughes. Its lyrics allude to his travels and finding his way back home, where he always feels safe. This is one of the best songs about home ever penned and recorded. The guitar solo in this song is nothing less than magnificent.
#7 – The Outsider
“The Outsider” is the opening track to the band’s sophomore studio album Black Country Communion (2011). Initially, the song title was “Good Man.” Its chorus was also planned to be acoustic. However, all the band members’ plans for the song changed when they started playing it as a band. Like other hits by the band, “The Outsider” was produced by Kevin Shirley, who produced music for other acts, including Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, Slayer, Iron Maiden, and Aerosmith.
#6 – The Great Divide
Number six on our top 10 Black Country Communion songs is the hit “The Great Divide.” The song is featured on the band’s eponymous debut album. Vocalist Glenn Hughes revealed that this is one of his most divine songs on this album. The song tells the world that he is back after climbing to the mountain top, and he now sits at “The Great Divide.” He exclaims in the song that he is not a believer in superstition but a musician guided by his conscience.
#5 – One Last Soul
“One Last Soul” is a musical piece from Black Country Communion’s eponymous debut album. The song was the band’s debut single, having them perform it for the first time in California. Its verses and chorus are credited to the band’s bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes. On the other hand, Joe Bonamassa is credited with its solo section. Glenn Hughes has been quoted severally referring to “One Last Soul” as a winning ballad or song for winners.
#4- Man in the Middle
Black Country Communion 2 (2011) is the home to the band’s hit “Man in the Middle.” The band’s bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes revealed that the song took the longest time to write. “Man in the Middle” is a story song penned about a messed-up rock and roll star. The man in the subject is none other than Glenn Hughes, who revealed that it was a blissful moment penning the lyrics rather than sad.
Coming in at number three is the hit “Collide.” The song is featured on the band’s most recent album, BCCIV (2017). Vocalist Glenn Hughes is the brains behind the song’s lyrics. Hughes teams up with Joe Bonamassa is composing the music for this ballad. “Collide” was the opening track to the band’s fourth album having it used in the promotion of BCCIV (2017).
#2- Black Country
“Black Country” is yet another musical gem from the band’s 2010 eponymous debut album. Very few songs from the band’s catalog can go as hard as this track. Hughes revealed that the song is home to some of his best lyrics while referring to the song as a welcome back to rock! The song’s title alludes to the birthplace of hard rock.
#1- Song of Yesterday
Number one on our top 10 Black Country Communion songs list is the hit “Song of Yesterday.” The song is featured on the band’s debut album. “Song of Yesterday” finds the band trying to revive the classic rock sound of the 1970s best delivered by acts like Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. Black Country Communion had an easy time rolling back to the classic rock sound, with its members having interacted with reputable classic rock bands of those times.
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