Top 10 Humble Pie Songs

Humble Pie Songs

Photo: By A&M Records (Billboard, page 17, 31 July 1971) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Our Top 10 Humble Pie Songs list takes a look at a British rock band first formed in 1969. The band featured a consistent lineup during their first six years of recording and touring. The band was founded by guitarist Steve Marriott. Legendary songwriter, singer and guitarist Peter Frampton played a major role in Humble Pie from 1969 to 1971 as a frontman while contributing to the band’s first four albums. Frampton left the band in 1971 and was replaced by Clem Clempson. Rounding out the original band members of Humble Pie were Greg Ridley on bass and Jerry Shirley on drums.

Humble Pie songs defined the spirit of early 1970’s rock. Their music utilized the blues but was focused more in a driving rock direction. Their style fell somewhere in between bands like Mott The Hoople, Savoy Brown, Foghat and the Rolling Stones. The band was clearly fueled by the immense talents of Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton.

Humble Pie has released eleven studio albums with the majority of them being released in the 1970’s. There have been close to a dozen live albums and many compilations released. Steve Marriott passed away in 1991. Peter Frampton has enjoyed a solo career that has seen its ups and downs from a commercial standpoint but as an artist, he has delivered great music on a cnsistent basis for over 40 years.

Our Top 10 Humble Pie Songs list is an attempt to turn people on to this great rock band from the 1970’s. While the averea music fan has heard of Peter Frampton, there are many who have not heard of Humble Pie. We hope this article helps change that.

# 10 – Black Coffee

We start out our Top 10 Humble Pie Songs list with the great track “Black Coffee.” The song “Black Coffee,” was released on the album Eat It. The album was released in 1973. The song “Black Coffee,” was released as a single. The songs was also covered by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa.  This is such a soulful rock and roll songs and Humble Pie just tears it up. The song was written by Ike and Tina Turner. 

# 9 – Desperation

“Desperation,” was the opening song on the band’s debut album As Safe As It Was Yesterday. The song was written by John Kay of Steppenwolf. The album As Safe As It Was Yesterday was released in 1969.

# 8 – Infatuation

The song “Infatuation,” was released on the Humble Pie album On To Victory. The On To Victory album was released in 1980. The line up on the album was dramatically different from the band’s original lineup. The album featured new members Bobby Tench on guitar and vocals and Anthony “Sooty” Jones on bass and vocals. The album still featured original members Steve Marriott and Jerry Shirley.

# 7 – Big Black Dog

The great Humble Pie song “Big Black Dog,” was a single only release. The song was issued in 1970. The song Big Black Dog would become Humble Pie’s first single release ion their A&M Records label. The song was written by Peter Frampton. The song featured Steve Marriott on guitar and vocals, Peter Frampton on guitar and vocals, Greg Ridley on bass and Jerry Shirley on drums.

# 6 – Natural Born Bugie

Continuing with our top 10 Humble Pie songs list we turn to the band’s first ever single release, Natural Born Bugie. The song was released in 1969. The song was written by Steve Marriott. It was incredibly successful in the United Kingdom as it reached all the way to the number four spot on the United Kingdom music charts.

# 5 – Shine On

While most rock fans are aware of the popular Peter Frampton solo version of this song that appeared on Frampton Comes Alive, we actually prefer the Humble Pie version. The song first appeared on the Humble Pie album entitled Rock On. The song was also written by Peter Frampton. It was released as the band’s fourth single of their career although it failed to break into any of the music charts around the world.

# 4 – Tin Soldier

A great Humble Pie song that appeared in the later years, this has always been one of our favorite Humble Pie songs. Listen to the incredible guitar work on this song. In the end that’s what Humble Pie was all about. The great smoking guitar work by the masters Peter Frampton and Steve Marriott.

# 3 – 30 Days In The Hole

Peter Frampton may have left the band in 1971, but that did not stop the group from releasing their most successful album. The great Humble Pie album Smokin’ stands as one of the best rock albums of the classic rock era.

# 2 – Hot ‘N’ Nasty

There are so many great tracks from Smokin’ that we could have included on this top 10 Humble Pie songs list. We went with two of the most popular. “30 Days in the Hole” and Hot ‘N’ Nasty are also two of our favorites.

# 1 – I Don’t Need No Doctor

Rounding out our top 10 Humble Pie Songs list is the great rock song “I Don’t Need No Doctor.” One listen to this killer track and you will easily realize why we chose this song to land in the number one spot.

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