Top 10 Laura Cox Songs

Laura Cox Songs

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Our top 10 Laura Cox songs list presents ten of her best songs like “Hard Blues Shot,” “Good Ol’ Days,” and many more.  Born in 1990, Laura Cox established herself as an outstanding guitarist rising above the competition with her irrepressible flamboyance and energy. Guided by her passion for rock and roll, Laura started taking professional guitar lessons at age fourteen. Within four years of sharpening her skills, Laura was ready to showcase her talent to the world.

However, with no major platform to catapult her music career to the mainstream, Laura Cox made use of YouTube to make her skills known to the world. Eventually, Laura Cox earned a cult following which motivated her to take on a professional music career. Cox formed the Laura Cox Band which has been her vessel to channel her musical excellence in the rock scene, both in the studio and in live concerts.

Laura Cox’s Career Beginnings and Breakthrough

In 2008, Laura Cox started uploading videos on her YouTube platform covering songs by other musicians. Her first video on her channel was the cover of “The Carpal Tunnel of Love” by Fall Out Boy. Laura Cox played this impressive hit on her Fender Stratocaster drawing the attention of rock aficionados for her precision in her strumming. She would later issue multiple cover songs of prominent acts/artists including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dire Straits, Nickelback, Stereophonics, Slash, Sheryl Crow, Guns ‘N Roses, AC/DC, ZZ Top, and The Offspring, to name a few.

In one of her cover videos, Laura Cox goes ahead to rank her best guitarists placing Slash on the top of her list followed by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits. Fans of Laura Cox associate her later adoption of the Gibson Les Paul as her primary guitar to her love for guitarists Slash and Mark Knopfler. Laura Cox teamed up with guitarist/backing vocalist Mathieu Albiac, drummer Pascal Robert, and bass guitarist Ludovic Bottriaux to form the Laura Cox Band in 2014.

Together with her band members, Laura Cox recorded “Cowboys & Beer,” a country rock song that earned them invitations to multiple music festivals. Over the years, Laura Cox has used her band to showcase her musical adventures in live concerts. Guitarist Mathieu Albiac has been Laura Cox’s persistent mate at the Laura Cox Band.

Laura Cox’s Album Releases over the Years

In 2017, Laura Cox issued her debut studio album, Hard Blues ShotHard Blues Shot saw Laura Cox give us a taste of her blues rock sound. While Hard Blues Shot has been described as a blues rock/southern rock album, Laura Cox was not afraid to add a taste of some hard rocking sounds. The blues rock and southern rock influences on the album showcase Dire Straits, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and ZZ Top’s influences on Laura Cox’s career.

On the other hand, her hard rock inflections are rooted deep in her love for the Australian rock outfit AC/DC. Along with her excellent band, Laura Cox showcased her incredible musicianship on this classic blues rock album. “Take Me Back Home,” “Too Nice for Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “The Australian Way,” “Good Ol’ Days,” and the album title track are some of the best Laura Cox songs from the album.

Laura Cox returned in 2019 with her sophomore studio album Burning Bright. Unlike her debut album which was primarily southern/blues rock oriented, Burning Bright saw Laura and her band explore electric blues, Delta blues, and hard rock sounds. “Bad Luck Blues,” “Freaking Out Loud,” “Looking Upside Down,” and “Fire Fire” are some of the most popular songs by Laura Cox from the album.

In January 2023, Laura Cox will be issuing her third studio album Head Above Water. The eleven-track album will be pretty much a solid record with rock and blues-oriented records as evidenced by singles like “One Big Mess” and “So Long.” In the two songs, Laura Cox seems to have maintained her solid musicianship and impressive guitar skills.

However, the songs give us a taste of her refined songwriting skills. Head Above Water will be issued through earMusic Records, with Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer Ted Jensen. Ted is best known for his successful work with Norah Jones, Evanescence, Green Day, James Taylor, The Eagles, and Alice in Chains.

Laura Cox’s Legacy

Laura Cox has built a sensational music career since her rise from just a mere rock aficionado posting covers of classic rock solos. While most people have seen Laura Cox as a blues rock artist, the musician has branded herself a “southern hard blues” artist. The self-given title tells of her unique blend of southern blues and blues rock, tinged with hard rock influences. In June 2022, Laura Cox joined Metallica, Scorpions, Skillet, Guns ‘N Roses, and over three hundred rock acts in Clisson for the Hellfest Festival.

Performing at the Hellfest Festival was a dream come true moment for Laura Cox, having stated this earlier in an interview as her greatest yearning for a live concert. Laura has also played in the Pol’and’Rock Festival and Rockpalast. Currently, Laura Cox has performed live in all rock venues in France. Here we issue our best Laura Cox songs from her impressive career in the rock scene.

#10- So Long

It is just a few days since Laura Cox released her single “So Long” ahead of the release of her third studio album, Head Above Water. However, there’s no doubt that this will be one of her best songs of all time. We felt obliged to feature this song on our ten best Laura Cox songs list owing to the solid musicianship exhibited on singles off her upcoming album, Head Above Water so far.

“So Long” is not the only exemplary hit that tells of Laura Cox’s growth in the music scene from her upcoming album Head Above Water. Earlier, Laura Cox issued the hit “One Big Mess,” as the lead single to her third studio album. However, unlike “One Big Mess” which feels more like a hard rocking ballad, “So Long” aligns itself to Laura Cox’s signature blues rock song, albeit quite energetic.

“So Long” features some of the most alluring guitar riffs from Laura Cox complemented by some discreet banjo sounds which give the song some southern rock vibes. The song finds Laura Cox crooning about self-doubt and self-discovery. “So Long” and “One Big Mess” are enough proof of the success Laura Cox’s upcoming studio album will achieve.

#9- The Australian Way

“The Australian Way” takes us to the musical excellence exhibited on her debut studio album, Hard Blues Shot. In one of her YouTube videos, dated January 8, 2011, Laura Cox mentioned being a big fan of Angus Young of AC/DC. If there is any song that gets close to Angus’ influences on Laura Cox, then it’s “The Australian Way.” Quite a coincidence that the song’s title is evocative of AC/DC’s origin, Australia.

Laura Cox might not make similar duckwalk moves like Angus but can strum her guitar fairly close to the AC/DC legend. It is the power and style in her guitar riffs in this song that brings the true AC/DC influence to her music career. The lyrics of the song “My hand is picking chords on AC/DC Lane” are a straight reverence of AC/DC. “The Australian Way” is one of the driving hard rock ballads you’ll ever hear from Laura Cox.

#8- Too Nice for Rock ‘n’ Roll

It is amazing how Laura Cox seems to have mastered a guitar playing style that vividly captures her influences in her songs. Slash’s influences can be felt at the beginning of the hit “Too Nice for Rock ‘n’ Roll,” albeit with some originality from Laura. If you have listened to the song “Crucify the Dead” by Slash featuring the legendary Ozzy Osbourne, then you can easily spot Slash’s influences in “Too Nice for Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

“Too Nice for Rock ‘n’ Roll” is yet another hard-rocking ballad from Laura Cox’s debut studio album, Hard Blues Shot. Its lyrics serve as a message to her disparagers who didn’t believe that she can barely go a tad bit harder in her rock sound. “Too Nice for Rock ‘n’ Roll” is a perfect shot at hard rock by Laura Cox!

#7- Fire Fire

After quite an impressive debut studio album, Laura Cox returned in 2019 with her sophomore studio album, Burning Bright. Among the songs that made the album quite an impressive record is the seventh pick on our list “Fire Fire.” This explosive hard rock-tinged ballad blends its intoxicating hooks and Laura Cox’s ferocious vocal delivery to yield a thrilling rock attitude.

Laura Cox teams up with guitarist Mathieu in delivering some crunchy guitar riffs which give “Fire Fire” some glamorous feel. “Fire Fire” is enough evidence of Laura Cox’s mastery of her skills and growth in her songwriting skills. Laura Cox teamed up with her band to issue a live recording of this song as a teaser for the then-upcoming studio album Burning Bright. The result was huge love for the song, with her fans making it among the favorite track instantly.

#6- If You Wanna Get Loud (Come to the Show)

Number six on our ten best Laura Cox songs list is the dazzling hit “If You Wanna Get Loud (Come to the Show).” The song is featured on Laura Cox’s debut studio album, Hard Blues Shot. Among the greatest takeaways from this song is its sharp yet impressive guitar riffs which blend in smoothly with its infectious boogie bluesy melodies. The luminous solos of the hit “If You Wanna Get Loud (Come to the Show)” are also quite haunting telling of Laura Cox’s top-level musicianship.

#5- Bad Luck Blues

Burning Bright, Laura Cox’s sophomore studio album, introduces us to yet another enchanted rocker entitled “Bad Luck Blues.” As the title suggests, the song is tinged with blues influences, albeit almost overpowered by the hard rock vibes. Probably, Laura Cox was right when she termed herself a “southern hard blues” artist, as evidenced by songs like “Bad Luck Blues” which blend all these influences quite optimally.

“Bad Luck Blues” seems to be communicating about the singer’s encounter with a bad/dull day. This upbeat rocker features some magical chops complemented by Laura Cox’s impressive vocal attack! We cannot forget the spot-on basslines on this song which gives the song a classic rock vibe.

#4- Take Me Back Home

“Take Me Back Home” is yet another impressive cut off Laura Cox’s debut studio album Hard Blues Shot. The song is a southern/blues rock-influenced track evocative of ZZ Top’s influences on Laura Cox’s musicianship. “Take Me Back Home” features impressive basslines which complement Laura Cox’s killer guitar riffs. Cox’s crisp and clear vocals on this hit add to its incredible feel.

#3- Freaking Out Loud

The third pick on our ten best Laura Cox songs list is the imposing hit “Freaking Out Loud.” “Freaking Out Loud” is yet another hard-rocking ballad from Laura Cox’s sophomore studio album, Burning Bright. This infectious track is by far the most bass-driven track on Laura Cox’s sophomore album. Its melodious bass blends in perfectly with Laura Cox’s explosive Jimi Hendrix-Esque hard rock-tinged guitar riffs.

Matching the song’s heavy groove is Laura Cox’s aggressive vocal delivery. Her ferocious rock vocals and imposing guitar solo make “Freaking Out Loud” a compelling hard rock-tinged record. “Freaking Out Loud” is one of the fan-favorite concert staples from the Anglo-French singer/guitarist.

#2- Good Ol’ Days

Laura Cox’s southern rock influences echo loudly on songs like “Good Ol’ Days.” In this song, Laura Cox almost drops all her AC/DC-Esque hard rock influences picking up some Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top southern rock influences. Laura Cox’s magnificent bluesy vocals find her establishing herself as one of the most alluring blues rock artists of the twenty-first century. “Good Ol’ Days” is featured on Laura Cox’s debut studio album, Hard Blues Shot.

#1- Hard Blues Shot

Number one on our ten best Laura Cox songs list is the brilliant hit “Hard Blues Shot.” The song serves as the album title track to Laura Cox’s debut studio album. “Hard Blues Shot” is where AC/DC meets ZZ Top, with the song showcasing Laura Cox’s love for both hard rock and blues rock. The song is the emblematic cut that tells of Laura Cox’s self-proclaimed “southern hard blues” sound.

Without a doubt, Laura Cox is the focal point of her band’s success. However, in the song “Hard Blues Shot” Laura Cox’s rhythm section proves to be quite influential in the crafting of her brilliance. Drummer Antonin Guérin and bassist François C. Delacoudre provided awe-inspiring solos that speak volumes of their musicianship as members of the Laura Cox Band.

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