Top 10 Velvet Revolver Songs

Velvet Revolver Songs

Our Top 10 Velvet Revolver Songs list presents a collection of the best songs by a band that lasted only for a short period of time. Rock and roll history is filled with groups that came and went way too quickly. Velvet Revolver stands at the top of that list. Like many other supergroups that only released one or two albums and were sometimes a merger of two bands, Velvet Revolver had become a variation of Guns N’ Roses merging with the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots.  Formed in 2002, Velvet Revolver’s founding members included Gun N’ Roses Duff McKagan, Slash, and Matt Sorum, as well as  Wasted Youth guitarist Dave Kushner, and of course the iconic Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland.

Velvet Revolver only released two studio albums during their brief tenure. Their first studio album was released in 2004 entitled Contraband. It was a huge success around the world selling double platinum in the United States alone. Their second and final studio album entitled Libertad was released in 2007.  The band would break up in 2008 when Scott Weiland decided to go back to his original band Stone Temple Pilots. Velvet Revolver began auditioning new lead singers but never released another album. Eventually, Slash would make his way back to Guns N’ Roses many years later which was a complete shock to everyone. Sadly Scott Weiland passed away in 2015.

Even though the band recorded only two albums, it was still actually hard to choose only ten songs to present for the group because both albums are filled with so many great tracks. If you a fan of great rock and roll, we highly recommend picking up both of these fantastic albums.

# 10 – Sucker Train Blues

We thought that one of the best ways to open up our top 10 Velvet Revolver songs list was to present the band’s opening track from their debut album. The scorching tune “Sucker Train Blues,” was released in 2004 on the band’s album Contraband. If this was the first Velvet Revolver song that you heard as it was for a lot of people, then your knees probably started shaking with anticipation of what was to come next.

Rock and roll needed a great new band like this, and this was a great way to open it all up. The band sounds like a cross between Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, and Stone Temple Pilots. Of course that makes a lot of sense since Velvet Revolver consisted of major musical figures from both of the latter bands. Still, it’s interesting to hear how impactful the group Aerosmith had on this younger generation of rockers.

# 9 – Can’t Get It Out Of My Head

In the number nine spot on our Top 10 Velvet Revolver songs list we proudly present the band’s cover version of Jeff Lynne’s “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head.” Velvet Revolver released their stunning version of this classic Electric Light Orchestra song on their second and final album entitled Libertad. That album was released in 2007. It’s interesting that even on the Velvet Revolver cover versions, one can still hear the powerful Beatles influence in the music Jeff Lynne composed.

“Can’t Get It Out Of My Head,” was originally released on the Electric Light Orchestra album Eldorado in 1974. The song was actually ELO’s first Top 10 single. I would have never thought that “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head,” would have made a good choice for Velvet Revolver to cover since the two bands are so different from each other. However, when a great song meets a great band, magical things can happen.

 

# 8 – Superhuman

Do you hear that guitar? That is the sound of money. That’s the sound of Guns N’ Roses money. What’s wrong with those guys? How did they blow it so badly? Listen to how distinctive Slash’s guitar sound is. Slash and Rose became rock and roll legends so quickly. Yet, they threw it all away. Velvet Revolver was such a great band that had so much promise to become legendary if they too could have continued on. We all know what happened. This song “Superhuman” showcases the talents of Slash, and Scott Weiland in a way that makes you crazy because these two guys sounded so good together. This is the perfect song to make that argument.

# 7 – Dirty Little Thing

In the number seven spot on our top 10 Velvet Revolver songs list we take a listen to the hard driving song “Dirty Little Thing.” The song was released on the band’s debut album  Contraband. “Dirty Little Thing,” was released as the fourth single from the album. Keith Nelson of Buckcherry received a songwriting credit for the song as he was a member of Velvet Revolver before supposedly getting kicked out of the band by Slash.

# 6 – Come In, Come On

“Keep it coming, yeah keep it coming.” That’s what many fans were saying about the band stealing a line from this cranking song. While Velvet Revolver only released two studio albums, fans did get a new song released on the soundtrack to the motion picture Fantastic 4. The film was released in 2005. The song was used as the opening song on the soundtrack album. Songwriting credit was given to Scott Weiland, Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, and Dave Kushner.

# 5 – The Last Fight

At the halfway point on our top 10 Velvet Revolver songs list is this very interesting song “The Last Fight.” This one starts out very different from any of the band’s other songs. It has a very mid-90s vibe to the songs. In many ways, there is a bit of a Green Day vibe to it, especially in Scott Weiland’s vocals. The song “The Last Fight,” was released on the band’s second album Libertad. The song was released as the second single from the album.

# 4 – She Builds Quick Machines

We love the dark and dirty opening chords on this smoking tune called “She Builds Quick Machines.” Slash also unleashes a killer guitar solo towards the end of the song that echoes some of his best Guns N’ Roses work. However, the song is very much in the style of the Stone Temple Pilots. The groove is so similar to that band. This very cool tune was released on the band’s second album Libertad. The group must have been very proud of this song because they released it as the lead single from the album. It was very successful as it went all the way to number two on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks Charts.

# 3 – Falls to Piece

In the number three spot on our top 10 Velvet Revolver songs list is the mesmerizing track “Falls To Pieces.” The song was released on the band’s debut album. Rock fans loved this song and so did radio. The song spent almost three straight months at number one on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. It’s easily one of the band’s most successful songs.

# 2 – Do It For The Kids

Once again, the style of Aerosmith is clearly present in this legendary tune from Velvet Revolver. The opening vocals have a very distinctive Steven Tyler rhythmic quality to it. Slash, Dave Kushner  Duff McKagan created a wall of sound on the song while Matt Sorum drove it home behind that beast of a drum kit. Of course, Scott Weiland’s lead vocals lead the way turning this epic angry song into one of the best the band ever released.

# 1- Slither

We could not present a top 10 Velvet Revolver songs list without featuring the song “Slither” at number one. This one stands as an all-time classic. Right from the start, the entire band is involved in creating a song of legend. The guitar riff will knock you off your couch and scare your dogs away. This one should be turned up past eleven to twelve! The song “Slither” was released on the band’s debut album Contraband. Slither was issued as the second single from the album. Slither would earn the band a Grammy Award as the song won the Grammy for  Best Hard Rock Performance in 2005.

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