With our top ten Godsmack songs we are looking at the career of one of the longest running post-grunge/nu metal bands who were first formed in 1995 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Their sound has often been compared to that of Seattle grunge band Alice In Chains throughout their career, with their name even being the same as one of that band’s songs. Despite, citing them as an influence , they have stated that they did not name themselves after the song. They have produced seven albums, three of which have consecutively reached number one on the Billboard 200.
Godsmack is made up of vocalist and guitarist Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill and drummer Shannon Larkin. Erna is the founding member of the band and had been playing in various bands for twenty-three years prior to Godsmack’s formation. For the first two years of their existence, the band played throughout the Boston area before singing with Universal in 1998 after which their debut album was released not long after. The album was successful and they soon scored high profile tours which included supporting Black Sabbath.
Godsmack released their second album Awake in 2000 which got to number five on the Billboard 200. After recording a song which was theme to the film The Scorpion King, they released their third album Faceless in 2003 which was their first Billboard number one. In 2004 they recorded an acoustic ep titled The Other Side which also got to number five. Their next album in 2006 titled IV also got to number one and in 2007 they released a best of compilation titled Ten Years of Godsmack. They released their third and so far final number one album in 2008 titled The Oracle before taking a break until 2013. They re-emerged in 2014 with the album 1000hp which got to number three on the Billboard. Two years later in 2016, they left Universal. Their most recent album When Legends Rise was released in 2017. They are reportedly working on a new album but in the meantime let us look at their ten best songs so far.
# 10 – Speak
Kicking off our top ten Godsmack songs list is this single taken from the band’s fourth album IV released in 2006. It got to number one on the Mainstream Rock Chart in the US and number ten on the Modern Rock chart. The band have stated that the nucleus of the song first came about while they were jamming whilst on the road with Metallica.
# 9 – Greed
Up next we have the third and final single taken from Godsmack’s second album Awake released in 2001. A video was produced for the song that featured the same woman on the cover of the band’s debut album. It reached number three on the Mainstream Rock charts, twenty-eight on the Modern Rock charts and 123 on the Billboard 100.
# 8 – Running Blind
Here we have an acoustic song taken from Godsmack’s acoustic ep The Other Side released in 2004. In most of Godsmack’s songs, there is a similarity to Alice In Chains, and that similarity is very evident in this song. The track got to number three on the US Mainstream Rock Charts, fourteen on the Modern Rock Charts and 123 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100.
# 7 – Keep Away
Up next we go back to the beginning of the band’s career with the second single to be released from their self-titled debut released in 1998. An acoustic version of it was featured on The Other Side. It was also featured in the 2002 film Rollerball. Upon it release it got into the Mainstream Rock charts where it reached number five and thirty-one on the Modern Rock charts.
# 6 – Under Your Scars
Here we have a song from the most recent album When Legends Rise released in 2019. The song and the video are a testament to the band’s fans who have stuck with them all throughout the years. It shows the connection that the band have with their fans and how inspirational they are to them. As a reflective piece on Godsmack’s career, it is brilliant.
# 5 – Bad Religion
Up next we have the fourth and final single from the debut album. The song apparently has an anti-abortion message due to the fact that Sully Erna is a practicing Wiccan. We all have our own opinions on such topics, but nevertheless it is still a very good song. After the September the 11th attacks this song was part of a list of songs that were deemed inappropriate to be played on the radio.
# 4 – Straight Out Of Line
This track was the lead single from Faceless. It was another track that got to number one on the mainstream rock chart and number ten on the modern rock chart. It was their third number one and remained at that position for two weeks. It is also their highest charting song on the Billboard 200 where it reached number three. During the year of its release it was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance at the Grammy Awards but lost to Evanescence “Bring Me To Life.”
# 3 – I Stand Alone
This song was a single taken from the soundtrack to the movie The Scorpion King. It also appeared on Faceless. It was another mainstream rock chart topper and got to number twenty on the modern rock tracks. The song, which had two Grammy Nominations, is the main theme to the movie, with the lyrics being about the main character played by Dwayne Johnson and the video for it features Johnson playing his character.
# 2 – Voodoo
Just off the top spot we have a well known song from Godsmack’s first album that was known for being featured on the MTV series Fear. The song has a more experimental sound than a lot of the bands work. It is the final track on the album and a sequel to it called “Voodoo Two” was written and included on IV. It got to number five on the mainstream rock charts and number six on the modern rock charts.
# 1 – Awake
At the top of this list we have the lead single and title track from Godsmacks’ second album. The song is about a past relationship of Sully Erna’s. It is another of the band’s number ones and was on the mainstream rock chart for a whole year. There are three versions of the song including a radio edit and an acoustic version. It was also used in commercials for the United States Navy’s “Accelerate Your Life” campaign.
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