Our Top 10 Great White Songs list takes a look at a American rock band who had great success in the late 1980s with multiple hard rocking hit singles. Too often labeled as one of the glam or hair bands of the 80s with groups like Poison, Great White was fueled by an extremely talented singer that had more in common with a Robert Plant type style than a Brett Michaels. The band Great White was also represented by a group of musicians who could play their hearts out. These guys were really good. During their glory years, the band featured Jack Russell on lead vocals, Mark Kendall on lead guitar, Michael Lardie on rhythm guitar, Lorne Black and then Tony Montana on bass and Audie Desbrow on drums.
# 10 – The Original Queen Of Sheba
We open up our top 10 Great White songs list with the fun song “The Original Queen Of Sheba.” The song was released on the band’s very underrated album entitled Hooked. The record was released in 1991. One can hear a little of the Heart riff to “Crazy On You,” in the song’s opening lick. The band also sounds a bit like AC/DC on this one. The song “The Original Queen Of Sheba,” was never released as a single, but there’s just something about this one we always really liked.
# 9 – Somebody To Love
Great White always did standout version of classic rock songs. The biggest hit of their career was a cover song. We could probably do a top 10 songs covered by Great White list which may be fun to do. When your band has an incredible singer and guitarist, not to mention the other great musicians in the band, attempts at cover songs usually goes quite well. (Great White actually released an entire album of Led Zeppelin covers that is amazing. Jack Russell’s register and tone is very similar to Robert Plant, although he has never had to try and sound like him, he just does. Many people don’t recognize it because I think he has gone out of his way to not sound like him.)
We love what the band did with the classic Jefferson Airplane song “Somebody to Love.” The song was released on Great White’s album Psycho City as a bonus track. This is great stuff. Jack Russell sings his heart out on this one.
# 8 – Situation
Oh man does the band sound great on this track. The 80s sound is long gone here. The song “Situation,” was released on their album entitled Rising, not to be confused with Bruce Springsteen’s dramatic post 9/11 album The Rising. The Great White album was released in 2009 twenty years after the band had celebrated the biggest hit of their career in 1989 with “Once Bitten Twice Shy.” Rising was the final Great White album to feature their brilliant vocalist Jack Russell.
# 7 – One Your Knees
Continuing with our Top 10 Great White songs list, we turn to the band’s debut album entitled simply Great White. The album was released in 1984. The band had previously released an EP the year before. Showcasing this album here on the list is the cool song “On Your Knees.” The song was co-written with Don Dokken.
# 6 – Big Goodbye
Our second favorite Great White album was their brilliant record Psycho City.The album was released in 1992. There are so many songs on this record we wish we could have placed on this list if room allowed. This is one of their hardest rocking albums. The song “Big Goodbye,” was the only single released from the album.
# 5 – Save Your Love
Great White’s “Save Your Love,” is the first of three tracks on this Great White songs list from their album Once Bitten. “Save Your Love,” defines the term 80s power ballad. Yet, the musicianship on the track and the incredible singing of Jack Russell also makes this one of the most exceptional rock and roll ballads of the 1980s.
# 4 – Rock Me
The song “Rock Me, was the first Great White song to break the Billboard Hot 100. While it only reached the number sixty spot on the Hot 100, it did break the Billboard Mainstream Rock Top 10. “Rock Me,” is one of the most popular Great White songs. It was released in 1987 on the album Once Bitten. The song has such a tasty opening fueled by Jack Russells heartthrob vocals, Mark Kendall delicate tasty blues riffs, and some grooving hi hat by Audie Desbrow. Within a few measures, the band explodes into a killer minor key rocker that sounds as good in 2020 as it did in 1987.
# 3 – Once Bitten Twice Shy
If Great White had actually written this song we probably would have placed it in the number one spot. However, as most classic rock fans well versed in classic rock history know, “Once Bitten Twice Shy, is a classic Ian Hunter song whose own version is amazing. Still, there is no denying that this was Great White’s biggest song of their career. There not the only band in rock history to take another rocker’s song and score an even bigger hit with it. There are hundreds of them.
Great White released the song “Once Bitten Twice Shy,” in 1989. The song was released on the …Twice Shy album. It was the album’s second single release. The song broke the United States Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number five. It was one of the most popular songs of the year and was constantly in rotation on MTV.
# 2 – House of Broken Love
We have placed Great White’s “House of Broken Love,” this high on our top 10 Great White songs list because the guitar work on this one is of the charts. This is a killer track that is probably the band’s most underrated song. The song “House of Broken Love,” was released on the album …Twice Shy.
# 1 – Lady Red Light
We top off our top 10 Great White songs list with the smoking track “Lady Red Light.” While “Once Bitten Twice Shy,” was by far their most popular song, we still think “Lady Red Light,” was the best track they ever recorded. It also defines the band’s real sound. The song was released on their spectacular album Once Bitten which also stands as our favorite Great White album.