To qualify, has to be something you almost never hear on the radio. And it has to compel you to crank the volume to an unsafe level.
5. Lonely is the Night, Billy Squier. Aggressive guitaring. True story: When I was a wee tot I listened to (I think it was) WKRQ “Top Banana!” in Memphis. This was the station where Rick Dees was a DJ prior to hitting the big time with Disco Duck and moving to bigger media markets. Anyway another WKRQ DJ once ‘locked himself in the broadcast booth’ (a stunt, yes) and played Everybody Wants You over and over, something like 50+ times in a row. Even he got tired of it. But the point is, Billy rocked.
4. The Reflex, Duran Duran. Girls on Film is a better tune but less underrated.
3. Outside, The Fixx. Passive-aggressive guitaring. Also this one actually belongs on the ‘top five album-ending songs’ list. Who says I don’t like slower pieces? They just have to be kooky.
2. Groovy Train, The Farm. You don’t remember that one, do you?
1. Message of Love, The Pretenders. Also on the ‘top two pop songs quoting Oscar Wilde’ list (there aren’t five). Chrissie Hynde rocks Billy Squier (and everyone else) out of the room.