Top 10 Iggy Pop Songs

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It’s impossible to separate Iggy Pop from the band The Stooges because no matter how you look at it, without Iggy Pop there would not have been a band called The Stooges. Nevertheless, we have already published a Top 10 Stooges songs list. This list will take a look at the top 10 Iggy Pop Songs released outside of the band the Stooges. All of the songs that Iggy Pop wrote for The Stooges will not be presented on this list. Iggy Pop released a large amount of solo albums throughout his career that stand on their own. This top 10 Iggy Pop songs list will present 10 of the best Iggy Pop Songs released on the legendary artists solo records. Of course with limiting it to just 10 songs there’ll be so many that we will miss. We apologize for that. However one of the reasons we write these lists are for the younger generation who are not too familiar with many classic rock artists songs.

Iggy Pop released three albums with The Stooges from 1969 to 1973. Those three albums entitled The Stooges, Fun House and Raw Power were groundbreaking albums in classic rock history. They are highly regarded as three of the most important albums in rock and roll.

In 1977, Iggy Pop released his first solo album entitled The Idiot. Iggy Pop quickly followed up the album the idiot in the same year with the release of his first gold record entitled Lust For Life. After the release of Lust For Life, Iggy Pop continued to release albums on a steady basis. Iggy Pop never had a number one single but his records sold well as his fan base just grew steadily more and more over the years.

Iggy Pop is regarded as one of the most important rock artists in classic rock history. His friendship with David Bowie and experience touring with the legendary artist resulted in a handful of songs co-written by both musicians. Iggy Pop has left behind a legacy of music between his work as a solo artist and with his original three albums with the Stooges


# 10 – The Passenger

We open our top 10 Iggy Pop songs list the great sing along song “The Passenger.” In 1977, “The Passenger.” was originally released as the B-side to the single success. What songs were released on Iggy Pop Lust For Life album Iggy Pop has said in passing to interviews that “The Passenger.” was inspired by a Jim Morrison poem. Furthermore, Iggy Pop has also been quoted as saying that his touring days with David Bowie also served as an inspiration for the song “The Passenger.” The song was co-written by Iggy Pop and Ricky Gardner.

# 9 – Bang Bang

The great Iggy Pop song “Bang Bang,” is the first of a couple of songs to appear on this top 10 Iggy Pop songs list that  that both were recorded by David Bowie and Iggy Pop on their own separate albums. However, unlike the other David Bowie and Iggy Pop songs that were co-wrote between the two artists, Iggy Pop co-wrote “Bang Bang,” with Ivan Krall. The song “Bang Bang,”was released in 1981. The song appeared Iggy Pop’s album Party. The song was later recorded by David Bowie in 1987. It appeared on David Bowie’s 1987 album entitled Never Let Me Down.

# 8 – Cold Metal

The great opening guitar riffs on this classic song hook you immediately. Iggy Pop’s “Cold Metal,” was released in 1988. The song “Cold Metal,” appeared on the album Instinct. The album was the follow up to Iggy Pop’s commercially successful album Blah Blah Blah. “Cold Metal,” was equally successful for Iggy Pop as the song earned a 1989 Grammy Nomination for best Best Hard Rock/Metal performance.

# 7 – Gardenia

The great Iggy Pop song “Gardenia,” is the most recent Iggy Pop songs to make this top 10 Iggy Pop songs list. The songs was released on the album Post Pop Depression. The record was released in 2016. “Gardenia,” was the first single released from the album.

# 6 – Wild America

Continuing our top 10 Iggy Pop songs list we turn to the 1993 album American Caesar. The great song “Wild America,”  was released on American Caesar appearing as the second track on the album. The song featured back up vocals from ex Black Flag front man Henry Rollins .American Caesar was Iggy Pop’s tenth solo album.

# 5 – Cry For Love

The great Iggy Pop song “Cry For Love,” was released in 1986 on the Blah Blah Blah album. The song was co written between Iggy Pop and ex-Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. The song was released as the lead off single from the 1986 album. It’s dark minor key melody and chord changes were a welcome reprieve from all the major chords glam hair band material that was so dominating on the air wave in the mid 1980s.

# 4 – China Girl

Most classic rock fans associate this song with David Bowie. However before David Bowie released the song “China Girl,” on his very successful 1983 album Let’s Dance, Iggy Pop released it on his 1977 album The Idiot. The song “China Girl,” was written by Iggy Pop and David Bowie. The Iggy Pop version featured David Bowie on keyboards and sax. The 1983 David Bowie version also featured Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar.

# 3 – Candy

As we close in on the number one spot on our top 10 Iggy Pop songs list we turn to the year 1990. It was a year in which Iggy Pop released one of the most successful singles of his solo career. The great song “Candy,” was released on the album Brick by Brick. The song was a duet with the fabulous Kate Pierson of the B-52’s. Take a look at the video below and watch the incredible chemistry between the two legendary singers.

# 2 – Lust For Life

“Lust For Life,” is probably with one exception Iggy Pop’s most popular song that he ever released as a solo artist. The song “Lust For Life,” was written  by Iggy Pop and David Bowie. “Lust For Life,” was released in 1977 on the album Lust For Life. The song was re-released as a single in 1996.

# 1 – Real Wild Child (Wild One)

Closing out our top 10 Iggy Pop songs list is the biggest hit of Iggy Pop’s solo career. The classic song “Real Wild Child,” was released in 1986 on Iggy Pop’s solo album Blah Blah Blah.  The song hit number 10 on the United Kingdom music charts and number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The song “Real Wild Child,” also became Iggy Pop’s only number one song of his career as it hit number one on the music charts in New Zealand.

Updated Nov 16, 2020

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