Well, did you feel it? It seems like the Great 2011 Earthquake in DC is something we’ll all be talking about for quite some time.
In fact, there are already plenty of one-liners rolling in about it.
Did you hear? The area in DC where the earthquake occurred is being called “Obama’s Fault”.
I heard the debt ceiling just collapsed!
Seriously, though, it got me thinking…what would be the top 10 best songs to listen to during an earthquake? Here’s my list…
10. “The End of the World As We Know It (I Feel Fine)” – R.E.M.
An easy choice I know, but still, one of the best apocalyptic-yet-fun songs out there. Besides, the only lyric most people actually know is “LEONARD BERNSTEIN!”…
9. “Let’s Get Rocked” – Def Leppard
While “Euphoria” was not nearly as well received as Def Leppard’s landmark album “Hysteria”, there were a few decent tracks on this effort. This isn’t one of them…but for an earthquake, it’ll do nicely…
8. “Shake, Rattle & Roll” – Big Joe Turner
Master “shout blues” artist Big Joe Turner marks another high point of his career here with “Shake, Rattle & Roll”…and it happens to fit nicely with our earthquake theme…
7. “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going on” – Jerry Lee Lewis
When it comes to tickling the old ivories, does it get any better than Jerry Lee Lewis? No, I didn’t think so…and this song is just perfect for the old tectonic plates get a little restless…
6. “Shake It Up” – Selena Gomez
A teeny-bopper song? Yes, certainly. Still, Selena is about as hot a teen sensation as they come these days. This one’s perfect for when Waverly Place starts a-rockin’…
5. “Shake It Up” – The Cars
Ah, a much better version of “Shake It Up” from one of the great bands of the ’70 & ’80s, The Cars. Here, Ric Ocasek and the gang do their part to help out our list…
4. “All Shook Up” – Elvis Presley
The King! Yes, Elvis makes our list with the single that topped the U.S. Pop chart on April 13, 1957, staying there for eight solid weeks. It also topped the R&B chart for four weeks, becoming Presley’s second single to do so, and peaked at number three on the country chart. “All Shook Up” is certified 2X Platinum by the RIAA. It was also ranked #352 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
3. “Crumblin’ Down” – John Mellencamp
In at number three, is the 1983 John Mellencamp hit “Crumblin’ Down”, which peaked at number nine on the pop charts. The track was featured on Mellencamp’s seventh album, “Uh Huh”, which was the first album on which he used his real last name…
2. “I Feel the Earth Move” – Carole King
A track on King’s album “Tapestry”, “I Feel the Earth Move” is one half of the double A-sided single, the flip side which was “It’s Too Late”. Together, both “I Feel the Earth Move” and “It’s Too Late” became among the biggest mainstream radio hits of 1971…
1. “You Shook Me All Night Long” – AC/DC
You can argue all you want, but over 40 million viewers on YouTube can’t be wrong. Off of 1980’s “Back in Black” album, this is probably Angus and the boys’ biggest radio hit, even thought it only topped out at #35 on the pop charts.
“You Shook Me All Night Long” placed at number 10 on VH1’s list of “The 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s”. It was also No. 1 on VH1’s “Top Ten AC/DC Songs”. Guitar World ranked “You Shook Me All Night Long” at number 80 on their “100 Greatest Guitar Solos” list.
When the fault lines start kicking, this is the song you want to have on hand…no doubt about it…
So what do YOU think of our list? What songs did we forget? Let us know in the comments section below.
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