Our top 10 Lizzy Borden songs list takes a look at a band that was first formed in the early 1980s in the city of Los Angeles, California. The band’s name seems to be taken from the identity of a woman who had been accused of murdering people with an ax in the 1800s but was never found guilty. Nonetheless, our celebration of Lizzy Borden songs looks back at a great rock ‘n roll band that was part heavy metal, part glam and just a whole lot of fun. While Lizzy Borden stands for the name of a band, it also stands for the name of the group’s lead singer and pretty much only continuous member over the years. It’s very similar in the way Alice Cooper was a band name but would eventually be taken on by the persona of one individual.
The group sounded at times like Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin while also showcasing the performance skills of their lead singer who many times reminded us of Alice Cooper or Dee Snider of Twisted Sister. The group got their start by releasing a single on an album put up my Metal Blade Records called Metal Massacre IV. Compilations are always a great way of discovering new bands and it all happened for Lizzy Borden on that one.
Lizzy Borden released their first EP for Metal Blade Records in 1984 entitled Give ‘Em the Axe. The band followed up that album one year later in 1985 with a very cool record Love You To Pieces. In 1986 they released the album Menace To Society. However it was in 1987 when the band released the album Visual Lies that the band hit it really big. The success of that album was fueled by their big hit “Me Against the World.”
Lizzy Borden has gone through many different lineup changes over the years. In the end, Lizzy Borden always put together a great band and his songs and performances are always top notch. He is easily one of the most underrated rock stars of the past forty years. Our top 10 Lizzy Borden song list takes a look at ten of the band’s most fun rocking songs.
# 10 – American Metal
We open up our top 10 Lizzie Borden songs list with the scorching song entitled American Metal. We thought this was a perfect way to open up a Lizzy Borden songs list. The song was released on the album entitled Love You to Pieces. “American Metal,” was one of the most popular songs released from the album. The band’s debut full length album featured a band that consisted off Lizzy Borden on lead and backing vocals, Gene Allen and Tony Matuzak on guitars, Michael Davis on bass, and Joey Scott Harges on drums. Just love the sound of those dueling guitars playing in unison. Simply awesome stuff and a grand debut album that should have been much bigger in the States. This is classic stuff.
# 9 – Bloody Mary
Continuing with our top 10 Lizzy Borden songs list we take a listen to the great song entitled “Bloody Mary.” Lizzy Borden was a theatrical metal band in every sense of the word. It was not just from Lizzy Borden’s grand stage performances, it was within the songs too. “Bloody Mary,” defines their storytelling and theatrics in brilliant heavy metal fashion. The song was released on the album entitled Menace to Society. The album was released in 1986. The album also featured a new guitarist in the band named Alex Nelson.
# 8 – Under Your Skin
In the number eight spot on our top 10 Lizzie Borden songs list we present the song entitled “Under Your Skin.” Lizzy Borden sounds just as great in the 2000s as he did in the 1980s. The dude is timeless like a vampire that never grows old. It’s almost scary. This is a killer song that has been covered by many artists. Lizzy Borden wrote this one and released it in 2007 on the album entitled Appointment with Death. This is a very different band in the 2000s than it was in the 1980s. The musicians on this recording include Lizzy Borden on vocals, Ira Black on guitars, Mårten Andersson on bass and Joey Scott Harges on drums.
# 7 -There Will Be Blood Tonight
Now my friends this is heavy metal! In the number seven position on our top 10 Lizzy Borden songs list is the song entitled “There Will Be Blood Tonight.” We can’t even repeat the opening line to this one, but it’s classic. The song was released on the album entitled Deal with the Devil. The album was released in 2000. It was the first album released by Lizzy Borden in eleven years. It was worth the wait.
# 6 – Tomorrow Never Comes
Landing in the number six spot on our top 10 Lizzy Borden songs list we present the song “Tomorrow Never Comes.” This is heavy stuff but it’s also so hook heavy that you just can’t stop singing it. If your not a Lizzy Borden fan by now, then your just not listening. The visuals in Lizzy Borden videos are also always equally stunning and highly entertaining. Another killer cut form the furious Appointment With Death album.
# 5 – My Midnight Things
At the halfway point on our top 10 Lizzy Borden songs list is the song entitled “My Midnight Things.” This is pretty heavy stuff. The video is very creepy and of course sexy at the same time. Its very much like a Rob Zombie video. The song was issued on the album entitled Best of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2. Don’t miss this one, unless you get creeped out pretty easily. Oh that Lizzy.
# 4 – Council for the Cauldron
So much of classic rock history can be heard in the opening riffs to this great energetic tune. At the number four spot on our top 10 Lizzie Borden songs list we present the song entitled “Council for the Cauldron.” This one really reminds us of Judas Priest. It’s a great rocking song that opened up the band’s debut album entitled Love You to Pieces. The album was released on June 1, 1985.
# 3 – Love Is A Crime
Rocking along on our top 10 Lizzie Borden songs list we present the song entitled “Love Is A Crime.” The songs starts out with a dripping wet guitar riff surrounded by the moaning of a female voice. Its pure metal ballad 101. However this one flips over about a half minute in and becomes a roaring rock and roller that is just fantastic. We love this one and so did the band’s fans. Metal tunes usually don’t have horn sections in them, but this one does! Its works so perfectly that even Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears would be jealous. Well maybe! The song was released on the album entitled Masters Of Disguise. The album was released in 1989.
# 2 – Master Of Disguise
Close to the top spot on our top 10 Lizzie Borden songs list we take a listen to the song entitled “Master Of Disguise.” Just the title alone sounds so heavy metal. The song’s great lyrics ” I’m a lost child facing a confrontation.” set the table of an extraordinary song. The songs opens with a wonderful orchestral arrangement that blasts off into a
“to die for,” metal guitar riff. The song was released on the album also entitled Master Of Disguise. The album was released in 1989.
# 1 – Me Against the World
We close out our top 10 songs list with the song entitled “Me Against the World.” Boy does this video define the glam metal theatrical presentation that shaped a pure 80s metal band. It is the 80s metal scene times ten, and it’s a whole lot of fun. The song was released on the album entitled Visual Lies. The album was released on September 5, 1987. It was the first single released from the album. What defines this great cut more that just the song itself and lizzy Borden’s all star performance, is the work of the band’s amazing guitarist at the time called Joe Holmes. He would later become the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, but when he was with Lizzy Borden he really lit it up.
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