The Eagles’ “Hotel California” was released as a single 41 years ago, and it remains one of the most popular (if not the most popular) song in the band’s catalog.
The title track for the band’s landmark 1976 album, it ranks high among other iconic title track songs. Even if you haven’t heard it for some time, the lyrics always come rushing back as soon as you hear that intro.
Of course, there are countless other title tracks whose hooks figuratively have their hooks in that part of our brain where we store lyrics upon lyrics of copious songs. Here are ten title tracks that are epic sing-a-longs.
Who hasn’t harmonized with Don Henley when he sings, “Bring your alibis”?
“Born To Run”
Whether you were seeing The Boss live or driving in your car as the wind blew back your hair, as soon as the opening note hits, you know you’re entering prime sing-scream mode.
“Let It Be”
Poignant and devastatingly beautiful, this is a sing-a-long that doesn’t leave a dry eye no matter where you are.
From the build to the wrenching way Prince sings, “Honey, I know, I know, I know times are changing,” this is one larger-than-life tune that gets to everyone.
Is it a love song or is it about triumph? It’s both.
Who hasn’t been in a bar at 9 o’clock on a Saturday (or 4 o’clock on a Tuesday) and not torn the roof off to this classic?
A sing-a-long? Maybe not, but EVERYONE claps along even if your hands are on a steering wheel.
“More…more…more.” That is all.
“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”
Like “Hotel California,” we’ve all definitely harmonized to this one, and if you say you haven’t, you’re a liar.
“Into The Great Wide Open”
Anyone else gotten wistful while drinking to this song and then just sang the hell out of it? Okay…maybe that’s just me, but it’s a highly-recommended activity everyone should do at least once.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger who once did a presentation in a college public speaking course about why The Rolling Stones were better than The Beatles. (She received an A.)