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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Crue Top 25

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News spread fast regarding Motley Crue becoming the first hard rock band to take up residency in Las Vegas. It was announced that starting in February the band will be playing nightly shows at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. In light of this semi-groundbreaking news a look (IMO) of the top 25 Crue songs to date. Note that although personal opinion was weighted heavily, I also took into account popularity, videos, etc…

Honorable mentions include Danger and Too Young To Fall in Love (Shout at The Devil), Too Fast For Love (Too Fast For Love), Rock and Roll Junkie (Decade of Decadence) and Keep Your Eye On The Money (Theatre of Pain) which really seems like a great song to put on a Vegas set list, but doesn’t make my top 25.

25. Bitter Pill (Greatest Hits)
This was one of two singles added to the second or third Motley Crue Greatest Hits album. This album would be followed by what seemed two hundred greatest hits albums over the next five years.

24. Take Me To The Top (Too Fast For Love)
Very underrated and also one of the first demos the band released. The original vision of Kiss meets New York Dolls plus a twist is evident in this song.

23. This Ain’t a Love Song (Saints of Los Angeles)
Hard hitting sleaze song in which Vince Neil nails the vocals.

22. Primal Scream (Decade of Decadence)

21. Find Myself (Generation Swine)
The only track included from the Generation Swine album; I remember when I first bought the CD and threw it in on my drive home from Best Buy. The song Find Myself brought a smile to my face. By song five I had moved on. Eventually Steve Jobs would give us the iPod which is made to pull one song from an album.

20. Same Ole’ Situation (Dr. Feelgood)
A great live video, BUT I still say this is their second best….

19. Dancing on Glass (Girls, Girls, Girls)
So in The Dirt and The Heroin Diaries Nikki Sixx tells us that all the songs OTHER than Wild Side and Girls, Girls, Girls are essentially shit. Thanks Nikki. Anyway, I always thought this was a pretty strong song.

18. Saints of Los Angeles (Saints of Los Angeles)

17. She Goes Down (Dr. Feelgood)
Just the type of SIDE B dirty anthem that Motley Crue always did a little better than everyone else.

16. Red Hot (Shout at The Devil)
SEE #17

15. On With The Show (Too Fast For Love)
My favorite Motley Crue ballad; I like my ballads dark with a “wink of an eye.”

14. Sick Love Song (Red, White, and Crue)
A lot of people never heard this song. It was hidden as part of another greatest hits package.

13. Mother Fucker of The Year (Saints of Los Angeles)

12. Knock’em Dead Kid (Shout at The Devil)
Based on a Nikki Sixx true story involving a brutal fight, this song reaches an aggression very few other Crue songs would reach.

11. Public Enemy #1 (Too Fast For Love)

10. Ten Seconds to Love (Shout at The Devil)
Ten seconds at number 10? You either get it or you don’t.

9. Piece of Your Action (Too Fast For Love)

8. Looks That Kill (Shout at The Devil)

7. Girls, Girls, Girls (Girls, Girls, Girls)
It took a second version for MTV to air this video masterpiece.

6. Shout at The Devil (Shout at The Devil)

5. Home Sweet Home (Theatre of Pain)
It is what it is. It’s a sweet ballad. It’s also the song that continues to convince non-groupie girlfriends to go to concerts.

4. Dr. Feelgood (Dr. Feelgood)

3. Live Wire (Too Fast For Love)

2. Kick Start My Heart (Dr. Feelgood)
The Crue goes back to where it all started for the video.

1. Wild Side (Girls, Girls, Girls)
Great song and my favorite live video from Motley Crue.

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1. GlenZ writes:

Mine, in no particular order: Kickstart My Heart, Dr. Feelgood, Afraid, Saints of Los Angeles, Wild Side, Shout at the Devil, Bastard, Primal Scream, Anarchy in the UK, Home Sweet Home, Use it or Lose It, Raise Your Hands To Rock, Same Ol Situation, Knock em Dead Kid, Girls Girls Girls, Louder Than Hell, Sumthin' for Nuthin', If I Die Tomorrow, Helter Skelter, Find Myself, Down at the Whisky, What's it Gonna Take, Sticky Sweet, Slice of Your Pie, Live Wire.

Honorable mentions: Rock N Roll Junkie, Keep Your Eye on the Money, Save Our Souls, Mutherf***er of the Year, Hell on High Heels.

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2. lumpus5 writes:

everyone of those songs on the list suck, motley crue are crap.

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3. GROVER DILL JR writes:

live wire, my personal favorite.

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4. Netromancer writes:

Louder than Hell? Kickass tune. Has to be one of my top Crue songs. Honestly anything off their first 3 albums blows away the later stuff. Not to say there aren't good songs on those albums, just for me the early stuff defines them.

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5. RUTZ writes:

too you to fall in love not in the top 25. no real fan would think that

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6. Ian writes:

Now, that is a setlist!!

# Dec 9, 2011 @ 6:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. motleyone writes:

every crue album rocked except anything with john corabi in it he sucks

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8. Diogo Britto writes:

That was really a great list. I'd only like to add two songs: 1: "You're all I need", which is the greatest rock ballad of all times. They never played live, but I can keep dreaming that one day they will. 2) Bastard. Great song, sounds awesome live.

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9. Allen writes:

I agree with the list except "Primal Scream" should have been higher up, and "All I need" should have been on there

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10. Mary Beth writes:

I agree with your picks, I found it hard to narrow the list down to 25. So i am naming 15 of my favorites that are not mainstream hits...In no particular order:
On With The Show, Toast of the Town, Public Enemy #1, Raise Your Hands To Rock, Fake, Louder Than Hell, Generation Swine, Afraid, Enslaved, Chicks = Trouble, Down At The Whiskey, Sumthin' For Nuthin, Rock n Roll Junkie, Rattlesnake Shake, Five Years Dead

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11. Tammie writes:

I have loved these guys since 1986 .Wildside is my favorite song.

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12. ROB E. writes:

To all haters scrue u all motley having ben ruling the planet for 30 years and counting, nobody will ever rock the stage like motley crue.

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13. jgentry==vaalentine,nebraska go huskers writes:

my personel favorite motley crue song ,they never have played it at any of the 5 concert that i,ve been to yet,,,
great song called[ come on and dance!!!!] rock on1st times i saw the crue they opene for ozzy bark at the moon tour.
they where youg and the new band wow they tore it up
they absolutly rocked omaha!!!

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14. RaMon writes:

The Crüe has always rocked in my books . They are the shut !

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15. Ryan McCann writes:

I love the Crue and all the songs on the list. What I want to know is how did you flip the last 3 videos?? Nikki and Mick are right handed but play left haned in those 3 !!

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16. ilovemotleycrue1313 writes:

i love them all specially KICKSTART MY HEART AND WILD SIDE

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17. HMM writes:

Saw them in 50s open for Dean Martin, when he was doing stand up with Jerry Lewis. Not Lee Lewis...Anyway, a hypothetical question came up and I was forced to convey my dark side:

Thus I engaged in a beer drinking contest with some hookers outside, later on a the Genie rode a bicycle atop a vending machine overseeing outerspace.

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