Our Top 10 Default Songs list takes a listen to a very successful modern Canadian rock band who were formed at the end of the 20th century. After coming together in 1999 and being discovered by Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, the band had a very successful run in their native home of Canada in the 2000s and 2010s. They achieved moderate success in the United States but were much more popular on the North end of the North American Continent across the border. The band Default have released four studio albums throughout their career. Our top 10 Default songs list will look to present ten of their best songs.
# 10 – Supposed To Be
We open up our top 10 Default Songs Ranked list with this great song entitled “Supposed To Be.” The song’s opening chord changes are little reminiscent of some old-school Beatles meets modern rock supergroups like 3 Doors Down, Creed and Nickelback. The song “Supposed To Be,” was the band’s last single release of their career. The song was released in 2010 on the album entitled Comes And Goes.
# 9 – All Over Me
Continuing with our Default songs list we present another great song from the band’s final studio album entitled Comes and Goes. The song featured here titled “All Over Me,” was released as the first single from the album. This is a much heavier song than the previous selection from the album we opened up our Default songs list with. The song “All Over Me,” did well in the band’s native home of Canada where it reached the top 10 on the Canadian Music Rock charts peaking at number seven.
# 8 – Live A Lie
In the number eight spot on our Default songs list we take a listen to the great power ballad entitled “Live A Lie.” This one starts out with a small Led Zeppelin lick that echoes a bit of the “Rain Song.” Yet, it quickly turns away from the Led Zeppelin mystique and falls into that early 2000s power rock ballad commercial sound that was so successful for so many bands at the time. The song “Live A Lie,” was released on the band’s first album entitled The Fallout. The song was issued as the third single from the album. It became a top 40 hit on both the US Mainstream Rock Tracks charts and US Adult Airplay Charts.
# 7 – Turn It On
One more time we head back to the band’s final album of their career entitled Comes And Goes. This great song entitled “Turn It On,” is the heaviest song on the record. It’s an ode to 70s classic rock bands like Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and especially Led Zeppelin where the middle eight of this song sounds just like the Led Zeppelin classic “Kashmir.” The song “Turn It On,” was released as the third single from the album. The song peaked at number seven on the Canadian music rock charts. It was also the only song from the album to break into the US Billboard Rock Tracks Charts.
# 6 – The Memory Will Never Die
In the number six spot on our Default songs list we turn to this super rock power ballad entitled “The Memory Will Never Die.” If you think this sounds incredibly similar to the music of Nickelback you’re not wrong. For good reason its sounds like Nickelback as Nickelback’s band leader and founder Chad Kroeger produced this album and song. The song “The Memory Will Never Die,” was released on the album entitled One Thing Remains. The songs was never released as a single but its stands as one of the best tracks on the album.
# 5 – I Can’t Win
At the halfway spot on our Default songs list we turn to this amazing tune titled “I Can’t Wait.” The band sounds like Soundgarden on this song. Listen to those guitar licks. Even vocalist Dallas Smith sounds like Chris Cornell on this explosive track. The song was released on the album One Thing Remains. The album was released in 2005. I Can’t Wait,” was the second single released from the album. It became a top 10 hit on the Canadian Rock Music charts.
# 4 – (Taking My) Life Away
Continuing with our Default songs list we present the great rock ballad “(Taking My) Life Away.” The song was released on the album entitled Elocation. It was the band’s second album release. It was the group’s second Gold album, although it failed to reach the platatinum status that their stunning debut album achieved. Once again this album was produced by Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger.
# 3 – Count On Me
The song “Count On Me,” with its trademark Nickelback signature chord changes between the songs verses and choruses are presented via the songwriting pen of Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger. The song “Count On Me,” became a top 10 hit on the Canadian Rock Music charts making it the band’s only number one hit of their career. It was released as the lead single from the band’s album entitled One Thing Remains.
# 2 – Deny
The next two songs on this Default songs list are simply killer tunes so well written and performed. Both songs were released on the band’s brilliant debut album entitled Fallout. The album was released in 2003. The song “Deny,” was released as the second single from the album. It was a huge success for the band following up the record’s other smash hit. The song “Deny,” hit number one on the Canadian Rock Music Charts. The song “Deny,” was written by Dallas Smith, Jeremy Hora, Dave Benedict, Danny Craig and Chad Kroeger.
# 1 – Wasting My Time
In the number one spot on our top 10 Default Songs Ranked list is the band’s most successful commercial single of their career entitled “Wasting My Time.” The band sounds like a cross between Hootie & The Blowfish and Nickelback on this one. We love the guitar solo in the middle section of this stunning song. The track was released on the band’s debut album entitled Fallout. It was the first single released from the album as also of their entire career. What a way to start out.
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