Even with the passing of original founding members Dave Peverett and Rod Price, the band continues to perform and release new music in the year 2016. We won’t go deep into the history of the band in this article like we did in our Top 10 Foghat Albums article, we will just talk about some of the great iconic songs that have become standard repertoire in the Foghat arsenal. It’s a shame that most young fans only know the band through the inclusion of “Slow Ride,” on the guitar hero video games. Foghat was a powerhouse. This article is intended to introduce those who do not know the band to some of the best Foghat Songs of the band’s career.
# 10 – Honey Hush
Starting out or top 10 Foghat Songs list is the live version of “Honey Hush.” The song originally appeared on their 1974 album Energized. We love the version that was released on Foghat’s greatest album Foghat Live in 1977. The live version is performed at breakneck speed and presents listeners with two separate ferocious guitar solos. Listen to Dave scat with the guitars at the end…unbelievable!
There is much confusion over the similarities between the song “Honey Hush,” and “Train Kept A Rollin'” because the riffs are almost identical. The fact is both songs were written by separate artists a few years apart. “Train Kept A Rollin'” came first. The song was written in 1951 by Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay, and Lois Mann. “Honey Hush,” was written a couple of years later in 1953 by Big Joe Turner. The connection is the Johnny Burnette Trio’s recording of both songs in an almost identical arrangement and released as a double single in 1956. “Train Kept A Rollin'” became a classic rock staple in the 1960s and 70s because of the great cover versions recorded by The Yardbirds and Aerosmith.
# 9 – Burning the Midnight Oil
Coming in at No. 9 on our Top 10 Foghat Songs is one of the lesser known Foghat Songs, “Burning the Midnight Oil.” That is unless you were a big Foghat fan back in 1976. The great track “Burning the Midnight Oil,” was released on their phenomenal record Nigh Shift. One of the best opening riffs in their catalog. Dave’s vocal on this one is all killer. One of the best vocals he ever laid down on tape. We miss you Dave!
# 8 – Third Time Lucky
The outlier on our Top 10 Foghat Songs list is their mid tempo hit from 1979 entitled “Third Time Lucky.” The release of “Third Time Lucky,” demonstrated a departure for the band from their hard-driving blues rock sound. The song was released on their 1979 album Boogie Motel. The songs was written by Dave Peverett.
# 7 – Stone Blue
Foghat’s Stone Blue album closed out their successful 1970’s run of hard driving, crowd pleasing material that helped the band develop a true stone blue loyal following. Our favorite track from the LP was the album’s title cut “Stone Blue.” The album was Foghat’s seventh release. Eddie Kramer who had previously worked as an engineer with Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin produced the album.
# 6 – Night Shift
Foghat’s Night Shift album was the follow-up record to their breakout Fool For The City record. It was an album that did not disappoint fans. Three of the top 10 Foghat Songs on this list stem from the great Night Shift album. Our choice here at No. 6 is the album’s title track “Night Shift.” The album was the first Foghat record to feature Craig MacGregor on bass. The album was produced by Dan Hartman who at one time been a member of the Edgar Winter Band.
# 5 – Chateau Lafitte 59
The killer track “Chateau Lafitte 59,” has long been a favorite of die-hard Foghat fans. The song was the closing number on their 1974 Rock and Roll Outlaws album. It’s amazing that in a span of three years Foghat released five albums. In the 1970’s, it was common that many bands had contracts that forced the artists to release an album every six months. With that in mind, it’s incredible that artists like Foghat were able to constantly tour and release albums of great substance at such a quick rate of release.
# 4 – I Just Want To Make Love To You (Live)
Like so many Foghat classics, there are live and studio versions that the band released at various time during their career. In some case we have chosen the studio versions to appear on our Top 10 Foghat Songs list. However, in this case, there is no doubt that the live version of “I Just Want To Make Love To You,” is our choice. Just another great release from the phenomenal Foghat Live album of 1977.
# 3 – Fool For The City
While we love the live version of this song, the studio version of “Fool For The City,” is simply perfect. “Fool for the City,” was the opening track of their breakout 1975 album Fool For the City. The song was written by lead singer Dave Peverett. It was the second single released from the album after the huge success of the record’s first single “Slow Ride.” Throughout their tours in the mid seventies Foghat would open most shows with “Fool For The City.”
# 2 – Driving Wheel
Fans could not have asked for a stronger follow-up to “Slow Ride,” than what they received with “Driving Wheel. Foghat’s signature dual guitar licks hit you like a 100 mph Chapman fastball. This is the definition of power riff. Killer vocals, solos, and production make this one stand out. The song “Driving Wheel,” has been heavily featured in multiple video games including Grand Theft Auto and various NASCAR games.
# 1 – Slow Ride
Our choice for the number one song on our top 10 Foghat Songs list is of course their all time classic rock hit “Slow Ride.” The song closed out one of rock music’s all time great albums sides that also featured “Fool for the City,” and “My Babe,” “Slow Ride,” stands easily as their most popular song. We would have loved to have chosen an alternate and been different from all other list, but we just couldn’t do it.
Sweet Home Chicago has to be somewhere on the list. The initial blast of sound hits you like a sledgehammer,, and the rest of the song is a masterpiece, including the monster guitar solo
OK. The mustaches make it all cool! I saw them a few times in large arena venues as headlines in L.A. in the 70’s headlining in front of 15,000 to 20,000 people. I also took my nephew to a show in the mid 90’s at a bar/lounge setting in from of about 50 people. Either way, simply as great a live act as God saw fit to put on this earth. I would only move “Honey Hush” up the list. Several band’s have done basically the same song, with different names and words like Aerosmith 28th “Train kept a Rollin’ and the Yardbirds 28th “Stroll On”. To that rocked them all with “Honey Hush”. Damn. Great article. I’m gonna go put on “Foghat Live”. And grow back my 70’s mustache and side burns!
That’s my new iTunes Foghat playlist from now on.
Live now,Pay later.