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Hard Rock Daddy Celebrates 1st Anniversary (Part 2 of 2)

Hard Rock Daddy 1st Anniversary

On March 1, 2013, an article entitled “Enter Sandman” kicked off the official launch of  At that time, the plan for the site was to create a unique offering that would focus on hard rock music from the perspective of a modern-day dad.  Over the course of the past year, the site has evolved into a destination of choice for hard rock music fans.  In a relatively short time span, Hard Rock Daddy has amassed a tremendous international following.  As of today, the site is read in 167 countries around the world, and averages nearly 50,000 page views per month.

Although the focus of the site has shifted more towards hard rock music than fatherhood, articles like “Rock and Roll Children: Top Hard Rock Songs of 2013,” and the ongoing series Hard Rock Music Time Machine have allowed Hard Rock Daddy to stay true to the original plan of offering something unique and personal.

Each week, many Hard Rock Daddy readers look forward to the recap of the weekly Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown and corresponding YouTube playlist (which can also be found on  The archived playlists – which date back to March of 2013 – give readers the opportunity to go back and discover music at their convenience.  Not surprisingly, in an “on-demand” world, this has become one of the most popular features on the site.

Other weekly features include a recap of Billboard’s Hard Rock Album Chart and Three For Thursday.  A recap of That Metal Show is also provided on a weekly basis during each season.

Looking back at Hard Rock Daddy’s first year, numerous moments stand out for one reason or another, but the most impactful ones were as follows:

In addition to the features that readers have come to expect from Hard Rock Daddy, plans are afoot for new features to be added during the coming year.  Details of these plans will be revealed in the coming months.

Thank you to all of the Hard Rock Daddy readers around the world for helping to turn a dream into a reality.  Without all of you, none of this would have been possible!


Hard Rock Daddy Celebrates 1st Anniversary (Part 1 of 2)

3 Years Hollow – The Cracks: Hard Rock Daddy Album Review

3 Years Hollow The Cracks

It has been a long road for 3 Years Hollow to get to this point in their career.  Like many hard rock bands today, this Midwestern quintet financed their early releases on their own.  They used a Kickstarter campaign to help finance regional tours, and secured a national spot on the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival by winning their region in the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands.  Nearly a decade after their formation, all of their hard work has culminated in a record deal with Imagen Records.  Signed by A&R V.P, Morgan Rose (Sevendust), the band has just released The Cracks, a 12-song album that showcases their powerful brand of melodic hard rock.

A number of the songs on the album were featured on 3YH’s most recent self-produced EP, entitled “Remember.”  The title track off of the EP, which has been remastered for The Cracks, made a splash last year when it was featured on SiriusXM’s Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown; it was also named one of the Top 52 Hard Rock Songs of 2013.

While the band is in lockstep with their desire to create melodic hard rock, their sound is admittedly derived from a variety of influences ranging from progressive rock to hair metal to pop punk.

In addition to having Morgan Rose in their corner, the album was produced by Rose’s Sevendust counterpart, Clint Lowery.

Jose Urquiza’s powerful, emotional vocal delivery is ideally complemented by a driving rhythm section and impressive dual guitars, including harmonies which, at times, are reminiscent of classic Judas Priest.  The album is filled with catchy hooks and big anthemic choruses, but what makes The Cracks stand out is the band’s ability to showcase their diversity with dynamic breaks such as the ones incorporated into one of the best tracks on the album, “Chemical Ride.”

Lyrically, the band strives to connect with the fans by writing from the heart and sharing personal experiences that likely affect others.

The song, “For Life,” Urquiza explains, is about a person who is struggling and feels alone in the world, how they are damaged by personal demons but come out on the other side by standing strong in the face of adversity.  “Take The World” also offers a positive message that will resonate with 3YH fans.

3 Years Hollow spent nearly a decade scratching and clawing to avoid falling through “The Cracks” of an unforgiving business that is not nearly as glamorous as it seems from the outside looking in.  While many may look at a record deal and recognition from heavy hitters in the hard rock music genre as arriving, 3YH sees this as just the beginning of things to come.  If all goes well, the band plans on leveraging the album’s success to play summer rock festivals and other shows around the country.

Based on this collection of songs, there is no doubt that 3 Years Hollow’s sound is tailor-made for live performances.  Fans of bands like Sevendust, Disturbed, Nonpoint, Pop Evil and the like, should make it a point to check out these up-and-coming hard rockers.

Why the 80’s was the Greatest Decade in the History of Hard Rock Music

The 80's Ruled

Every generation is partial to the music that defined their youth, so it stands to reason that 80’s hard rock will always be the decade of choice for those who grew up during that time period.  As a member of Generation X, I fall squarely in the middle of those who grew up on 80’s hard rock and heavy metal.  However, that is not the reason that I believe that the 80’s are the greatest decade in the history of hard rock music.  The main reason for this opinion has more to do with the culture than the actual music.  Truth be told, I spend much more time these days listening to the modern-day hard rock bands played on stations like Octane than I do listening to the music of the 80’s played on Hair Nation (see Hard Rock Daddy’s Top 52 Hard Rock Songs of 2013).

So, if it isn’t the music that made the 80’s the greatest decade in the history of hard rock music, what is the determining factor?

While the music was definitely a large part of it, the unity that was felt between fans of the genre created an “us against the world” mentality that made the decade the most memorable one in hard rock music history.  There was a magic that will never be captured again because of the splintering of one powerful genre into numerous subgenres.

People the world over are proud to call themselves “metalheads,” but nowadays, the word is open to interpretation by fans of the various subgenres.  The division of the once-united fanbase has caused infighting amongst the genres at both the fan and band levels.

Because of technological advances in the way that we consume music today and the ubiquity of social media, there will never again be a united front when it comes to the hard rock and metal genres.  If anything, there will be more splintering into niche subgenres that will continue to divide the fanbase in the future.

Because of the subgenre mentality of today’s metal fan, it has become increasingly difficult for bands to push the envelope of musical creativity without feeling the backlash from a portion of their fanbase on social media.

In the season 13 premiere of That Metal Show, Avenged Sevenfold frontman, M. Shadows, discussed the intense scrutiny that the band is under with each new record because of their constant change of direction.  Shadows said that the fan reaction to the band’s transition from metalcore to traditional heavy metal was so vitriolic that you would have thought that the band had murdered someone’s newborn child.  He also said that he stays offline to avoid the immense amount of negativity that exists on social media.

Avenged Sevenfold is one of the most successful hard rock bands of this era, but Shadows admitted that it was difficult being one of the first major acts to contend with the pitfalls of social media while trying to build a career.

While there was an eventual backlash against hair bands in the 80’s after Nirvana came onto the scene in the early 90’s, most metal bands were revered by fans of the genre.  They were, in many cases, larger than life and put up on a pedestal.  Even if they were criticized at times for their musical direction, they didn’t experience constant negativity and impossible scrutiny of their every move.

In the 80’s, most hard rock bands had at least one power ballad, and the fans embraced them whole-heartedly.  Fans filled arenas, and would sing along in unison when the power ballad was played live in concert.  The entire audience swayed together and held up their lighters as a show of support.

Today, bands are mocked for selling out and becoming soft if they deviate from their normal hard rock sound.  The arena show is something of a dinosaur in America, although it still exists in other parts of the world.  And the pain of a burning finger from a lighter has been replaced by a much less intense show of support from illuminated smartphones.

In the 80’s, the cost of attending a concert was so reasonable, that hard rock fans attended virtually every show that came to town.  To this day, I still remember the exact area of the parking lot where the metalheads from high school would tailgate before each arena show.  We didn’t necessarily travel in the same groups within the confines of the school, but we were bonded just the same by a shared passion for all things hard rock and heavy metal.

The world was a very different place in the 80’s, and the music and lyrics reflected the joy of simpler times.  We never gave a moment’s thought to terrorism in America, and with the exception of learning about current events for homework assignments, by and large, we were blissfully ignorant of the pain and sadness in the world.

We were the “youth gone wild.” We desired “nothin’ but a good time,” and found it in hard rock and heavy metal.  We simply wanted to “rock and roll all night, and party every day.”  Our music made us feel happy to be alive, and bonded us in a most powerful way.

We worked menial jobs and spent our hard-earned money buying records, concert tickets and other band paraphernalia.  And if, by some good fortune, we were given the opportunity to meet one of our rock and roll heroes, we treated them with reverence for the gifts that they had given to us, not disdain for a song or two that might not have been to our liking.

Hard rock bands today must work harder than ever to earn a living playing music.  All the while, they must deal with constant negativity from the squeaky wheels who would rather spend their time bemoaning the things that they don’t like instead of praising the things that they do.

Admittedly, time has a way of turning nostalgic moments into glorified memories.  A generation from now, today’s youth may very well long for the way things were when they were growing up.

While hard rock music of today is arguably as good as it has ever been, for my money, the 80’s will always be the greatest decade in the history of the genre because of its profound impact on an entire generation.

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013

Top 30 Octane Big 'Uns Songs of 2013

Each week, hard rock music fans around the world tune in to SiriusXM’s Octane to listen to the fifteen songs that make up the Big ‘Uns Countdown.  For the final week of the year, Octane released the Top 30 Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013.  Many of the artists featured on the list were also included on Hard Rock Daddy’s Top 52 Hard Rock Songs of 2013 (although the songs were not always the same).

The Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013 playlist (below) can also be found on (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived weekly playlists from 2013.

Click on the hyperlinked songs below the playlist to read the reviews that were featured on Hard Rock Daddy during the year.


  1. “Lift Me Up” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH (w/ Rob Halford) (SXM Poll WINNER:  Song of the Year)
  2. “Hangman’s Body Count” – VOLBEAT
  3. “Whore” – IN THIS MOMENT
  4. “That Day” – NONPOINT
  5. “Do Me A Favor” – STONE SOUR
  6. “Stardust” – GEMINI SYNDROME
  8. “Hail To The King” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD (SXM Poll WINNER:   Epic Album of the Year)
  9. “What If I Was Nothing” – ALL THAT REMAINS
  10. “My Demons” – STARSET
  11. “Die For You” – OTHERWISE
  12. “Light Up The Sky” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH
  13. “Trenches” – POP EVIL
  14. “America” – MOTIONLESS IN WHITE (SXM Poll WINNER:  Best Artist Discovery)
  15. “Vilify” – DEVICE
  16. “Beyond The Stars” – EVANS BLUE
  17. “Misery Loves My Company” – THREE DAYS GRACE
  18. “Adrenaline” – SHINEDOWN
  19. “Good Man” – DEVOUR THE DAY
  20. “Go To Hell For Heaven’s Sake” – BRING ME THE HORIZON (SXM Poll WINNER: Best Song Discovery)
  21. “Freak Like Me” – HALESTORM
  22. “In Due Time” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
  23. “Decay” – SEVENDUST
  24. “Immortal” – EVE TO ADAM
  25. “Strike Back” – WE AS HUMAN
  26. “Mama Said Knock You Out” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH (w/ Tech 9) (SXM Poll WINNER: Best Cover Song)
  27. “In The End” – BLACK VEIL BRIDES
  28. “Never Never” – KORN
  29. “Born To Rise” – REDLIGHT KING
  30. “Temper Temper” – BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE


Top 52 Hard Rock Songs of 2013

Rock and Roll Children: Top Hard Rock Songs of 2013

Top 52 Hard Rock Songs of 2013

Top 52 Hard Rock Songs of 2013

The hard rock music genre continued to reach new heights in 2013.  It can be argued that this time period is as good as any that the genre has ever experienced.  Many of the top hard rock bands in the world released new music during the year, which made it incredibly difficult to narrow down the Top 52 Hard Rock Songs of 2013.

To give the Hard Rock Daddy audience the greatest possible variety of music, the decision was made to feature only one song per album.  However, two bands, Five Finger Death Punch and Stone Sour, each released incredible double albums, which is why they both have two songs featured on the list.

Many of the songs on the list were heard throughout the year on SiriusXM’s Octane, however, the list also features a handful of tracks from hard rock artists that don’t fit Octane’s format, or are still flying somewhat under the radar.

The Top 52 Songs of 2013 featured on the playlist below can also be found on the Hard Rock Daddy Network (HRD’s YouTube channel).  Click on the hyperlinked songs below the playlist to read the full Hard Rock Daddy Reviews that were featured on the site during the year.

TOP 20

Alter Bridge Fortress Album Cover[1]     “Addicted To Pain”ALTER BRIDGE

The first single off of Alter Bridge’s long-awaited album, Fortress, gets your blood pumping from the first riff and never lets up.  The infectiously melodic guitar and driving rhythm perfectly set the tone for Myles Kennedy’s brilliant vocals.  In a day and age where heavy guitars often go hand-in-hand with guttural growls, Kennedy’s vocals take you on a journey back in time to the heyday of 80’s heavy metal, while still remaining current.

Many bands start out heavy and then mellow over the course of time.  Alter Bridge has taken the opposite approach.  Fortress is not only the band’s heaviest album to date; it is one of the heaviest hard rock albums to be released this year.  The dual guitars of Mark Tremonti and Kennedy featured on Fortress are as good as it gets in hard rock today.

The aptly named band “bridges” the gap between modern-day hard rock and classic 80’s heavy metal in a way that few, if any, in the genre can match.


Stone Sour House Of Gold And Bones Part 1 Album Cover[2]     “Tired” – STONE SOUR

Releasing singles from a concept album is often times challenging because the isolated songs lose their context.  Stone Sour made things twice as challenging when they decided to release House Of Gold and Bones as a rare double album.  That being said, even without the context, “Tired” is quite simply one of the best hard rock songs of the year.

It’s no surprise that the song has spent several weeks atop the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown.  You don’t need to know who the Mad Chameleon is to appreciate what “Tired” has to offer…pure hard rock with a great melody and Corey Taylor’s stellar vocals.


The_Wrong_Side_of_Heaven_&_the_Righteous_Side_Of_Hell_Volume_1[3]     “Lift Me Up”FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH (w/ Rob Halford)

What do you get when two generations of “metal gods” sing together?  One of the most original, classic, hard rock songs for the ages!  Rob Halford and Ivan Moody have a unique way of channeling rage into uplifting hard rock anthems that inspire rather than incite.

Like Stone Sour, Five Finger Death Punch’s The Wrong Side Of Heaven and The Righteous Side Of Hell is a rare double album.  “Lift Me Up” was the first single to be released, and it was an instant hit with hard rock music fans, dominating the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for an extended period of time.


Gemini-Syndrome-Lux[4]     “Stardust”GEMINI SYNDROME

Hauntingly mesmerizing, aggressively melodic and cryptically thought-provoking, “Stardust” is one of the rare songs that gets better with each listen.  Frontman, Aaron Nordstrom, describes himself as the messenger of Gemini Syndrome – a student of philosophy, religion, martial arts, semantics, psychology and all things beautiful.  Not surprisingly, his lyrics reflect an intellect that is not commonly displayed in the hard rock genre, however, songs like “Stardust” still appeal to the masses.  Fans of Five Finger Death Punch will be instant fans of Gemini Syndrome.


Black-Veil-Brides Wretched And Divine The Story Of The Wild Ones[5]     “In The End” – BLACK VEIL BRIDES

Many people have an almost paralyzing fear of dying.  Those who don’t are usually very religious people who believe that they are going to a better place.  Although Black Veil Brides is not thought of as a religious band, the lyrics to “In The End” offer a spiritual insight into the reality that we all must face eventually.

Influenced by 80’s hard rock acts like Motley Crue, KISS and others, Black Veil Brides could easily have been a huge success a generation ago.  With shredding guitar solos and a big chorus, “In The End” is a modern-day version of 80’s heavy metal.


Shinedown Amaryllis[6]     “I’ll Follow You”SHINEDOWN

Shinedown is one of the most unique bands in hard rock today, mixing aggressive, high-energy melodic songs with power ballads like “I’ll Follow You” seamlessly.  The only explanation for this song being vastly underrated is that power ballads are a rare commodity in this day and age.

Brent Smith’s vocals on the verses of “I’ll Follow You” are reminiscent of classic Elton John, which makes the song something of an outlier within the hard rock genre.  However, fans who appreciate outstanding vocals will agree that this song stands out as one of the best of the year.


Five Finger Death Punch The Wrong Side Of Heaven and The Righteous Side Of Hell Vol 2[7]     “Battle Born”FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

Five Finger Death Punch is sitting on top of the world in the eyes of most fans.  They are arguably the defining hard rock band of this generation, but perception and reality do not always go hand-in-hand.  Now more than ever, bands must spend most of their life on the road to make a living in the music business.  To fans, it may seem like a life of glamor, but to the bands, it is an exhausting way of life.

“Battle Born” offers a unique, inside perspective into the reality of life as a rock star.  Whereas many of FFDP’s songs are filled with rage, “Battle Born” is more introspective, showcasing Moody’s melodic vocals sans guttural, angst-ridden growls.


Volbeat-Outlaw-Gentlemen-Shady-Ladies[8]     “Lola Montez”VOLBEAT

On the surface, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies sounds like a cool name for an album.  Dig a little deeper and you’ll find out that the songs on the album are about characters that lived in the 19th century.  Never before has a history lesson been so informative and entertaining at the same time.

“Lola Montez” features the sound of Michael Paulsen’s one-of-a-kind voice, and Volbeat’s catchy, melodic sound.  The song is about a stripper who used her charms to captivate men for personal gain.  Unlike traditional hard rock songs about strippers, Volbeat tackles the subject matter in a much more cerebral manner, with a song that will undoubtedly get stuck in your head…but in a good way.


A_War_You_Cannot_Win All That Remains[9]     “What If I Was Nothing” – ALL THAT REMAINS

All That Remains has been around longer than people may realize.  Ever since their formation in 1998, the band has prided itself on staying true to their music and letting the chips fall where they may, which explains their propensity to create albums filled with songs of varying styles.

Frontman, Phil Labonte, is opinionated and outspoken when it comes to politics.  By his own admission, he likes to start trouble.  Not exactly the kind of guy you expect to write a pining love song.

“What If I Was Nothing” shows that Labonte does, in fact, have a vulnerable side.  The slow, moody verses lead into anthemic, arena-style choruses.  Oli Herbert makes the guitar sing during his solo.  Fans of Slash’s style will appreciate Herbert’s contribution on one of the best hard rock love songs to be released in recent memory.


Ra-Critical-Mass[10]   “Supermegadubstep”RA

The longest song title on the Top 52 Songs of 2013 ironically comes from the band with only two letters in its name.  The band, whose name is derived from the Egyptian sun god, has been around since the 1990’s, but has managed to fly under the radar for the most part.

“Supermegadubstep” is a dynamic song with unexpected changes, transitioning from crunching power chords and heavy guitar harmonies to sparse guitar parts that are reminiscent of “Every Breath You Take” by The Police.  If you haven’t discovered Ra yet, “Supermegadubstep” is a good place to start.


Avenged-Sevenfold-Hail-to-the-King[11]   “Hail To The King”AVENGED SEVENFOLD

The title track off of Avenged Sevenfold’s long-awaited sixth studio album has been a dominant force atop the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for good reason.  One of the best albums of the year, “Hail To The King” received harsh criticism from some of A7X’s fellow hard rock brethren for sounding too derivative.  While the influences of bands like Metallica are certainly evident, the distinct A7X sound, with M Shadows on vocals is as good as ever.  A7X was the only band this year to have two songs on the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown in the same week (“Hail To The King” & “Shepherd Of Fire”).


Emphatic-Another-Life[12]   “Remember Me”EMPHATIC

The first single off of Emphatic’s aptly titled album, Another Life, showcases Justin McCain’s ability to write catchy, melodic songs while exhibiting his guitar virtuosity.  After a tragic accident left original lead singer, Patrick Wilson, with a fractured larynx, Emphatic suffered a huge setback.  With new singer, Toryn Green (formerly of Fuel), the band is poised to continue its once stunted progress.  You may not have known them before, but after you listen to “Remember Me,” you will not soon forget this up-and-coming band.



Pop Evil Onyx[13] “Deal With The Devil”POP EVIL

Another song that has dominated the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown throughout the year, “Deal With The Devil” shows the diversity of Pop Evil’s music.  The song, while still featuring the band’s signature melodic sound, shows the more aggressive side of the band that, at times, will remind you of Alice In Chains.





Device album cover[14]   “Vilify” – DEVICE

David Draiman (Disturbed) probably had no idea how prophetic he was when writing “Vilify.”  The iconic frontman, and his other Disturbed bandmates, were “vilified” by many fans for taking a break from the band to work on side projects.  Draiman already embodied rage with his vocal delivery and strong opinions, so one can only imagine what his next offering will be after dealing with absurd ridicule from so-called fans.  Dramain’s ability to deliver lyrics like – “fuck you all and let every minute be a reminder of how you let it all come crashing down” – makes him stand out amongst all other hard rock singers of this generation.  In true Spinal Tap fashion, it is recommended to turn it up to eleven when listening to “Vilify.”


Stone Sour House Of Gold And Bones Part 2 Album Cover[15]   “Do Me A Favor” – STONE SOUR

The opening riff of Stone Sour’s “Do Me A Favor” will remind punk rock fans of The Clash’s classic song, “London Calling” (a song that Corey Taylor performed acoustically).  The rest of the song shows the range that has elevated Taylor into the upper echelon of hard rock singers today.  Not many can vacillate between smooth vocals and angst-ridden growls as seamlessly as Taylor.  Both “Do Me A Favor” and “Tired” have spent several weeks in the #1 position on the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown.



evans_blue_graveyard_of_empires[16]   “Warrior”EVAN’S BLUE

A piano cadenza, cryptically moving poetic lyrics and a heart-pumping crescendo make “Warrior” a truly unique hard rock song.  As an independent artist, Evans Blue has the luxury of creating songs that don’t necessarily fit into any genre.  “Warrior” is a prime example of what can be achieved when a song is written from the heart.  Dan Chandler’s delivery of haunting verses and powerfully defiant choruses is perfectly complimented by Vlad Tanaskovic’s tasteful guitar solo.



Nonpoint-Album_Cover[17]   “That Day”NONPOINT

Songs mean different things to different people.  “That Day” is one of the most powerful, emotion-filled songs of the year that deals with anger and loss.  Elias Soriano perfectly captures the emotion of the song, and makes you feel his pain.  While the lyrics of “That Day” tell a specific story, the chorus by itself can invoke different emotions for different people…

“All I have is the memories of every single word you said…every single word you said.  I remember that day, everything changed.  I remember that day, that image never fades away.  I remember that day.  Something died inside of me.”

Click on the song title above to read a personal story about the meaning of “That Day.”


Eve-to-Adam-Locked-and-Loaded[18]   “Immortal” – EVE TO ADAM

The opening of the lyric video for “Immortal” states…

“This song is dedicated to the men and women of the United States armed services and their families for their incalculable sacrifices made on behalf of this great country.”

The music of “Immortal” is as powerful as the message conveyed within the song.  Listening to the song, you get the impression that this is more than just an homage to the U.S. armed forces; it seems personal.  The passion with which the song is delivered creates an air of defiance to all of those who dare to take on our soldiers, or fail to appreciate the sacrifices that they make on a daily basis.


Buckcherry-Confessions[19]   “Gluttony” – BUCKCHERRY

It’s no surprise that a band whose biggest hits revolve around sex and drugs (“Crazy Bitch” & “Lit Up”), would write another classic song about one of the seven deadly sins.  Buckcherry is all about high energy rock and roll, so “Gluttony” is right in their wheelhouse.  Josh Todd sings about subjects that the politically correct may look at as taboo, with unabashed, unapologetic fervor.  He is a true rock star in every sense of the word, harkening back to the days where debauchery and rock stardom were inseparable.


Jackyl Best In Show[20]   “Favorite Sin”JACKYL

Like Buckcherry, Jackyl’s take on sin produced one of the best songs of the year.  Long before Josh Todd and Buckcherry made their mark on the hard rock scene, Jesse James Dupree and Jackyl made people stand up and take notice when the charismatic frontman turned a chainsaw into a musical instrument on the band’s first hit, “The Lumberjack.”  It is a testament to the band’s talent that they still continue to make relevant music to this day, not an easy feat for a band whose career launched shortly before Nirvana turned the hard rock world upside down.

The younger generation of hard rock music fans may think of Full Throttle Saloon when Dupree’s name is mentioned, but make no mistake, his entire empire is built on the fact that he is simply one of the best frontmen to ever grace the stage.

If you like “Favorite Sin,” you should definitely go back and discover everything that Jackyl has put out through the years.


21 – 30

[21]   “Bullets In The Sky”MILLION DOLLAR RELOAD

[22]   “Temper Temper” – BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

[23]   “Burn It Down”MINDSET EVOLUTION

[24]   “Paradise (What About Us)” – WITHIN TEMPTATION

[25]   “High Road” – THREE DAYS GRACE

[26]   “Light Up The Sky” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

[27]   “Where Did The Angels Go?” – PAPA ROACH

[28]   “God Is Dead?”BLACK SABBATH

[29]   “Save Me” – HINDER

[30]   “She Likes The Ladies” – LONGREEF


31 – 40

[31]   “One Finger And A Fist” – DROWNING POOL

[32]   “You’re Insane” – ESCAPE THE FATE

[33]   “Sick Of It”SKILLET

[34]   “More Than Fate” – EYE EMPIRE

[35]   “The End Of You And I”ANOTHER LOST YEAR

[36]   “Rebel Soul” – KID ROCK

[37]   “Picture Perfect” – SEVENDUST

[38]   “First Of The Last” – FIGHT OR FLIGHT

[39]   “Cry Sister” – ROYAL BLISS

[40]   “Solid Ground”TOM KEIFER


41- 52

[41]   “Get Lucky”HALESTORM

[42]   “Revelation” – STRYPER

[43]   “Remember” – 3 YEARS HOLLOW

[44]   “Die For You” – OTHERWISE

[45]   “The Death Of Me” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA

[46]   “Born To Rise”REDLIGHT KING

[47]   “Alpha King” – REV THEORY

[48]   “New Disorder” – CHARMING LIARS

[49]   “Just One Gun”MADLIFE

[50]   “My Demons” – STARSET

[51]   “Love The Way You Hate Me” – LIKE A STORM

[52[   “There’s No Going Back” – SICK PUPPIES




Rock and Roll Children: Top Hard Rock Songs of 2013

Rock and Roll Children Top Hard Rock Songs 2013

The end of the year is fast approaching.  Before the year ends, Hard Rock Daddy will present the Top 50 Hard Rock Songs of 2013, in addition to a unique look back at the 2013 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown.  Octane is the station of choice when riding in the car with the family.  As a result, there are a number of songs that became favorites for each of my children.  Here are their Top 15 Hard Rock Songs of 2013…

Z-Man (11-yr old son)

  1. “Decay” – SEVENDUST
  2. “Lola Montez” – VOLBEAT
  3. “Light Up The Sky” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH
  4. “Burn It Down” – MINDSET EVOLUTION
  5. “Lift Me Up” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH (Featuring Rob Halford)
  6. “Temper Temper” – BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
  7. “Do Me A Favor” – STONE SOUR
  8. “Deal With The Devil” – POP EVIL
  9. “First Of The Last” – FIGHT OR FLIGHT
  10. “Born To Rise” – REDLIGHT KING
  11. “With Me Now” – BLACKLITE DISTRICT
  12. “Addicted To Pain” – ALTER BRIDGE
  13. “Sick Of It” – SKILLET
  14. “Vilify” – DEVICE
  15. “Smells Like A Freakshow” – AVATAR

Z-Man’s Playlist…

Little One (7-yr old daughter)

  1. “Pain Killer” – THE LETTER BLACK
  2. “Deal With The Devil” – POP EVIL
  3. “Lola Montez” – VOLBEAT
  4. “Mz. Hyde” – HALESTORM
  5. “Heaven Knows” – THE PRETTY RECKLESS
  6. “Do Me A Favor” – STONE SOUR
  7. “Light Up The Sky” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH
  8. “Diamonds” – FAREWELL 2 FEAR
  9. “Hail To The King” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD
  10. “Born To Rise” – REDLIGHT KING
  11. “Sick Of It” – SKILLET
  12. “Infected” – EYES SET TO KILL
  13. “In The End” – BLACK VEIL BRIDES
  14. “Warrior” – EVANS BLUE
  15. “Lift Me Up” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH (Featuring Rob Halford)

 Little One’s Playlist…


HARD ROCK MOMMY  (Age undisclosed for obvious reasons)

  1. “Lola Montez” – VOLBEAT
  2. “Hail To The King” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD
  3. “Addicted To Pain” – ALTER BRIDGE
  4. “Battle Born” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
  5. “In The End” – BLACK VEIL BRIDES
  6. “I’ll Follow You” – SHINEDOWN
  7. “Devil Is A Woman” – CHARM CITY DEVILS
  8. “Do Me A Favor” – STONE SOUR
  9. “She Likes The Ladies” – LONGREEF
  10. “Bullets In The Sky” – MILLION DOLLAR RELOAD
  11. “Deal With The Devil” – POP EVIL
  12. “Diamonds” – FAREWELL 2 FEAR
  13. “What If I Was Nothing” – ALL THAT REMAINS
  14. “Warrior” – EVANS BLUE
  15. “Heaven Knows” – THE PRETTY RECKLESS

Hard Rock Mommy’s Playlist…