Our Top 10 Wolfmother songs list looks back at the great rock and roll songs of a very classic rock sounding popular modern day rock band. Every once in a while, bands come along that yield a sound that make you just want to say “yeah baby?’ Usually those bands have a sound somewhat related to Led Zeppelin. Bands like Soundgarden or even to a point Guns N’ Roses had that guitar and vocals sound that just screamed pure rock and roll in a very Led Zeppelin type of way. We thought that the first time we ever heard Wolfmother. The band sounds most of times very much like a cross between Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath with a little bit of Lenny Kravitz thrown in for modnerity purposes. The group is centered around the talents of vocalist Andrew Stockdale who is basically Wolfmother. It’s his group, his project, his baby alone. That’s not to take away from the other musicians who have recorded and toured with him,. But it’s also a revolving door of musicians who have changed multiple times over the years.
Our Top 10 Wolfmother songs will take a close look at each track we present and label the musicians and albums the track appeared on. It’s a showcase of the best Wolfmother songs, or at least the ones that stand out to us the most, which there are plenty off. Yet, it’s also a historical perspective filled with information to give better insight into the fabulous musical performances of Andrew Stockdale and his project called Wolfmother.
# 10 – White Unicorn
Well we figured we would open up this Wolfmother songs list with a song with a very heavy Led Zeppelin style rif entitled “White Unicorn.” The opening riff on this song is very similar to Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On.” If the rift didn’t continue to repeat all the way through the song we probably wouldn’t mention Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On,” but it it repeats over and over again feuling the groove of the song. The song was released on the band’s debut album Wolfmother. The album was issued in 2005. The song “White Unicorn,” was released as the second single from the record. It would become Andrew Stockdale and his band’ Wolfmother’s first charting single. The song would hit number twenty nine on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock tracks charts.
As stated in the introduction we also wanted to make sure to list all the band members at the time of these recordings. The first Wolfmother album featured Andrew Stockdale on vocals and blazing guitars, Chris Ross on bass and keyboards and Myles Heskett on drums. All songs on the album were credited as being composed by Andrew Stockdale, Chris Ross, and Myles Heskett. The legendary jazz musician Lenny Castro also performed on the album. The song “White Unicorn,” was the opening track on the album and for many of us the first Wolfmother song we have ever heard.
# 9 -Rock’n’Roll Survivor
We jump many years ahead in time to this killer track entitled “Rock’n’Roll Survivor.” This roaring song was released on the album entitled Rock’n’Roll Baby. Andrew sounds like Ozzy Osbourne on this very cool track. It’s nice to hear rock and roll music like this still being created in 2019. I mean the title of the song pretty much says it all. It sounds like Andrew Stockdale played all the instruments on this one since it’s pretty impossible to find credits for it anywhere.
# 8 – Enemy Is In Your Mind
All classic rock and roll fans love riffs and this one has a great one! Or should we say multiple great riffs. Leaning more towards Black Sabbath than Led Zeppelin on this cool track, the song “Enemy Is In Your Mind,” delivered the goods for Wolfmother fans on Andrews third album release entitled New Crown. The album was released in 2013. The lineup on this great album consisted of Andrew Stockdale on vocals and guitar, Ian Peres on bass and Vin Steele on drums.
# 7 – Dimension
The band’s debut album had so many killer tracks on the album. One of our favorites was this very cool track entitled “Dimension.” This is Jimi Hendrix meets Black Sabbath. We loved the interplay in the video between the musicians. Killer rock and roll Come on, it’s time to get out your pet rocks, yo-yos and happy face pins.
# 6 – The Love That You Give
If there’s one thing that Andrew Stockdale knows how to do really well besides compose great 70s classic rock sounding songs is play that guitar. The man has such a great feel and ferocious style that shines though in every song he plays. On this one he takes it beyond eleven on the rock and roll cool meter. From the great Victorious album.
# 5 –Mind’s Eye
At the halfway point on our Wolfmother songs list we once again return to Andrew Stockdale’s debut album entitled Wolfmother. It’s hard to get away from this album because it was such a fantastic debut. We did not want to fill up this whole top 10 Wolfmother songs list with songs from that album, but there’s just a couple of them we could not ignore. This great track is one of them. “Mind’s Eye” was the first single ever released from Wolfmother.
# 4 – Victorious
In the number four spot on our Wolfmother songs list is the fantastic single and title track called “Victorious.” Andrew Stockdale really seems to find his own voice on this track until the middle part when he very much copies Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” riff. The lineup on the Victorious album featured Andrew Stockdale on vocals, guitar and also bass on this album, Ian Peres on organ and sharing drummer duties Josh Freese and Joey Waronker. The album was produced by the great Brendan O’Brien known for his brilliant work from artists such as Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and so many more.
# 3 – Woman
With a riff to die for and a bit reminiscent of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” Wolfmother’s “Woman,” would become the group’s highest charting single of their career. It stands as the band’s only top 10 hit on the US Billboard charts where it peaked at number seven on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Track charts. The song was released on the band’s debut album titled Wolfmother in 2006. The song was released as the fourth single from the album.
# 2 – Joker & The Thief
In the number two spot on our Wolfmother songs list is probably the band’s most popular song entitled “Joker & The Thief.” This was a big one from so many perspectives. The video is hilarious as it starred Johnny Knoxville and his fun group of characters from MTV’s classic television show. But of course the real star of this video is the song itself which is just an extraordinary rock and roll masterpiece. The song was released on Wolfmother’s first album entitled Wolfmother. The song “Joker & The Thief,” was released as the sixth single from the album. It has become the band’s biggest selling single of their career.
# 1 – New Moon Rising
Led Zeppelin meets Black Sabbath meets Ram Jam meets Queens meets good grief the sons of classic rock and roll came to save the world and delivers us from boy bands, rap music, hip hop and all music that has failed to come even close to what we experienced in the 1960s and 70s. Yes, millennials, this is how it’s done and it’s being done by one of you. All hail Andrew Stockdale and his attempt to save the world. And yes this is our favorite Wolfmother song because it pretty much sums it all up in every single beat, grovee and riff in this magical song. Yes, we all know how much this music imitates Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, but so what? Rock and roll has always repeated itself adding little variations along the way. Ask Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
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