Also in the issue, Het lists his top 10 and why:
10. The Boys are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy: Phil Lynott was never afraid to write from the heart, even if it was a litle corny. Thin Lizzy inspired a lot of Metallica's guitar harmonies.
9. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana: When all that Eighties hair metal was getting overproduced, Nirvana come along with this trashy garage sound and a huge hook. It was what music needed.
8. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath: This song scared the shit out of me. It's beyond heavy.
7. Yesterday - The Beatles: It instantly connected with me. It makes you think, but not too hard.
6. God Only Knows - The Beach Boys: I got on a Beach Boys kick again about six months ago. I grew up in Southern California; to me, this song speaks to a higher power.
5. Candle in the Wind - Elton John: "Saturday Night's All Right for Fighting" was more my style, but few songs can top this melody.
4. Behind Blue Eyes - The Who: This song had all that teen angst bubbling under it. It's about asking for help but not really wanting it. Reminds me a lot of me.
3. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis: I remember seeing that video of him jumping around behind bars with all his buddies. It encapsulates rebellion, which is really just misguided creativity.
2. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zepplin: When I first got a guitar, I figured out the first couple of fingerings to this, and I ran around the house saying "Check it out - I can play this!" My family was like, "Where's the rest of the song?"
1. Free Bird - Lynard Skynard: Nothing tops this workingman's ballad. "Free Bird" fit my life for the first twenty years on the road - not really getting too attached to stuff, living life for the moment and moving on.
At least James wasn't like Brian Wilson, whose list included mostly Beach Boys songs. Get over yourself, dumbass...