Top 10 (Non-GNR) Slash Songs
In support of Slash's 54th Birthday today and his current run on Canadian soil, we decided to list the top songs from Slash's catalogue, that do not include any Guns N' Roses songs. For this list we pulled from Slash's Snakepit, Velvet Revolver, Slash & Friends and of course, all three Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators (SMKC) albums. Catch SMKC on the Living The Dream Tour now.
10. You're A Lie
The first official single for SMKC was "You're A Lie", from 2012's , Apocalyptic Love. This track gives you classic Slash guitar riffs, and highlights Myles Kennedy as the impressive vocalist that he is. It was the perfect introduction for Slash's new band, and showed music critics that Slash can survive in a post Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver era.
One of the key tracks from Slash's debut solo album, Slash, was "Ghost" featuring Ian Astbury from the Cult. The album, released in 2010, featured various vocalists and guest musicians ranging in all genres and from rock to pop. "Ghost" was the only track to feature former GNR guitarist Izzy Stradlin on rhythm guitar. Fans were happy to see the iconic guitar team together again, and lead vocals from a rock n'roll frontman only made things better.
8. Fall To Pieces
Featuring one of the most soft and melodic guitar riffs Slash has ever produced, "Fall To Pieces" was a crucial track from Velvet Revolver's debut album Contraband. The single reached number 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart and remained there for 11 weeks. The song's heavy lyrics deal with lead singer Scott Weiland's reoccurring addiction struggles, which would later take his life in 2015. Often played by Slash on both acoustic and electric guitar, this song is a fan favourite that gives his live show more emotional sentiment and meaning, during a typically heavy rock n'roll show.
7. Beautiful Dangerous
While Fergie was out singing "My Humps" with the Black Eyes Peas, no one (and I mean no one) saw her collaborating with Slash on a rock record in the near future. Turns out, Fergie has an incredible rock voice that can be heard during her past performances with Mick Jagger and Heart. Slash took notice and invited her to sing on his solo album in 2010. The song "Beautiful Dangerous" is about a psychopathic woman obsessed with her favourite rockstar, and just like the song, the music video is incredible. Remove the creepy, stalker narrative of the song and you have a powerful female anthem, that'll get anyone in the mood for a night on the town. Almost never played live, "Beautiful Dangerous" is a rock n'roll rarity we may not see again for a while.
Beautiful Dangerous // via Slash's Official Youtube Channel
6. Driving Rain
Kicking off the Living The Dream era, the inaugural track form SMKC's third album made its debut last summer. With a powerful riff at the beginning, a classic sing-a-long chorus and melodic vocals, "Driving Rain" should be added to everyone's summertime road trip playlist immediately.
5. Back From Cali
"Back From Cali" was the second song Slash collaborated with Myles Kennedy on for his solo album, and kicked off an amazing songwriting partnership that is now three records deep. With Myles sharing his time among his own solo work and his band Alter Bridge, he is hands down the most underrated rock singer of this generation. His frontman persona is warm and welcoming and pairs incredibly well with Slash's intensity. "Back From Cali" is just another example of the Slash/Myles partnership thriving, and explores the deeper meaning of finding your way back home.
4. World On Fire
World On Fire, the sophomore release form SMKC which includes the same titled single, ushers in heavier and more raunchy lyrics that pair well with the fast nature of the song. We get a classic Slash solo, and a bridge so intense it's guaranteed to get the crowd going. Often used as the last song before the encore, "World On Fire" is now a classic in the Slash catalogue.
3. By The Sword
"By The Sword" showcases vocals from Wolfmother's lead signer Andrew Stockdale. The song begins with one of the most unique riffs of the past decade, and highlights a softer tone which is typically unusual for Slash. Before long, he ditches the acoustic and brings in the same riff on an electric guitar. The song continues to amaze fans almost a decade later, and can sometimes be seen live with Myles taking over vocal duties. The notoriously high-pitched vocals from Andrew Stockdale, brings a classic sound back to fans who can't help but compare to another high-pitched, screeching vocalist Slash used to work with......
Being one of the most complex songs in Slash's catalogue, the story of "Anastasia" started with the first SMKC album, Apocalyptic Love. Although never a single, the song that clocks in at over six minutes long, has evolved into a fan favourite and live set must for Slash fans. Myles' mysterious story telling throughout the song leaves you wanting more, while Slash's unique tone brings in influences comparable to various styles of music from all over the world.
1. Beggars & Hangers-On
Although maybe not the Number 1 song on other people's list, here at Rock Is Dead slide guitar riffs always take precedent. Maybe the most recognizable song from the Slash’s Snakepit days, the track from It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, brings a classic Romeo and Juliet love story to the song. Slash switching in and out of his slides and his ability to display such varying talent in one song is what makes it great. The upbeat yet cynical lyrics complete the track, making it a crucial part of the Slash catalogue.
1. Slither (Velvet Revolver)
2. Starlight (ft. Myles Kennedy)
3. Mind Your Manners (SMKC)
4. Watch This (ft. Duff McKagan & Dave Grohl)
5. Crucify The Dead (ft. Ozzy Osbourne)
6. Civil War Acoustic (ft. Myles Kennedy) (Obviously this is a GNR song, but it's too good not to add to the list)
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