The Top Ten Classic Rock Songs All About Luck
You feelin' lucky today? I've got ten reasons why you should and you don't need a four-leave clover either...just a really good pair of speakers.
What better way to spend St. Patrick's Day then with ten songs all about luck? So let's roll the dice and see what we come up with. These are the top ten classic rock songs all about luck.
What better way to start off this list than with a cut off an album titled 'Get Lucky'? Loverboy must have been feelin' really good in 1981 after the release of this album as it went all the way to #7 and remained on the charts for two years. That was thanks to hit singles like this track, "When It's Over" and the classic "Working For The Weekend".
Mick Jagger took his chances and tried his hand at a solo career in 1985. Though Mick's solo career never matched the success of The Rolling Stones he has had his moments and this track off of his solo debut album 'She's The Boss' is one of them. "Lucky In Love" features Jeff Beck on guitar, Herbie Hancock on keyboards and Chuck Leavell on organ. You just can't lose with a hand like that.
Sure Chris Robinson and his brother Rich Robinson don't have the best of luck when it comes to family relations but they sure made some great music together. This is an underrated bluesy classic from The Black Crowes which comes off of their 1992 album 'The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion'.
Here's a song Paul Stanley wrote for Rod Stewart back in 1976. After the success of the ballad "Beth", however, Kiss decided to keep "Hard Luck Woman" for themselves and see if their luck would continue. Although it wasn't as big of a hit as "Beth" was, "Hard Luck Woman" did reach the top 20 peaking at #15.
While we're talking Rod Stewart here's one song he did record. It's hard to hear Rod lament about all the other guys getting the best women. Rod, you're kidding right? Regardless, this is still one of my favorite Hot Rod songs. Yeah it's poppy but, whatever, I still like it! I still remember playing this on vinyl at my college radio station in the early 90s so, yeah, it brings back some good memories. In this digital age I feel lucky that I can say I actually played a vinyl record on the radio!
Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs and what's wrong with that? Paul McCartney would like to know. Nothing Paul! Here's a tune McCartney and Wings released right around St. Patrick's Day back in 1978. Good timing, good luck, good song.
Joe Walsh's 2012 song "Lucky That Way" is the most current of all the songs on this list yet it is most certainly worthy of "classic" status. Walsh has not only survived addiction he's thrived ever since. He's one of the most inspiring stories in rock. Anyone who has suffered with an addiction should look at Joe Walsh and realize that you, too, can make it through the darkest times. I don't think luck had everything to do with it either Joe. Give yourself some credit. In fact, give yourself a lot of credit for coming out on top. We're the lucky ones for still having you around.
I could have gone with two Springsteen songs for this list. His 1992 song "Lucky Town" is certainly worthy but I ultimately went with this track from Bruce's 2008 album 'Working On A Dream'. The biggest difference in the two songs would be Bruce's eight-leafed clover that is The E Street Band. While "Lucky Town" is a great song it doesn't have Bruce's tried-and-true lineup of Roy Bittan, Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, Nils Lofgren, Patty Scialfa, Garry Tallent, Steven Van Zandt, and Max Weinberg behind him. Who needs luck with a band like that?
Greg Lake had the good fortune of God-given musical ability early on. Take this 1970 Emerson, Lake & Palmer hit song "Lucky Man" for example. It was written by Lake when he was just 12 years old. What a lucky man he was. Even luckier when he teamed up with two more amazingly talented guys by the name of Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer.
How fortunate are we to say we were around while Tom Petty was making music? Very much so I would say. On this 1982 hit Petty is alluding to a woman who should feel lucky he found her. I would say we the fans were lucky we found you Tom. R.I.P.T.P.