Alice in Chains – “Rooster” – (1992)

This is one of Alice in Chain’s most well-known songs and it’s the one track that got me into the band (not literally, I’m not a member, but I was a pretty big fan). This song peaked at #7 on the Mainstream Rock chart and still receives airplay on hard rock radio stations. I like how the verses are almost just spoken while the chorus is this loud booming thing. In the era of 140 character tweets and six-second videos, this is among the rare 6+ minute songs that I don’t mind listening to in full.

#9 – Alice in Chains – “Man in the Box” – (1990)

Alice in Chains produced the best combination of heavy metal and grunge with songs like this. Another band to come out of Seattle in the late 80s, they were a mainstay of early-to-mid-90s rock radio and this song was a top 20 on the Mainstream Rock chart. It’s one of their best known songs and might be the one song that is most associated with the band. Layne Staley’s vocals are spot on and I’m not sure Jerry Cantrell has ever rocked harder on the guitar.