Godsmack – “Whatever” – (1998)

This was Godsmack’s first single – and it remains one of their best-remembered songs. You can tell it was the first single but an up-and-coming rock band because the video is terrible: it’s the band playing a show at some outdoor venue. It’s quite typical of late-90s rock videos. This song was a top ten hit on the Mainstream Rock chart back in 1998.

Godsmack – “Going Down” – (1997)

Why do rock bands always have stupid names? I liked Godsmack back when it was really cool to like Godsmack, but as I look back, all I think is “Man, what a stupid name for a band… way to try and be hard.” They have some pretty decent rock songs, but I don’t count this among them. So why is it here and why do I have it? Wel, 1: this week is kind of a burn until I can get to Christmas music on Friday and 2: this song was featured on the very popular Mission: Impossible II soundtrack. Originally, it was released on the band’s independent debut album All Wound Up. It would later come out on their 2000 album Awake.

#36 – Godsmack – “Voodoo” – (1998)

This album (their self-titled debut) came out in 1998 even though this song was released as a single until early 2000. It’s one of the top two Godsmack songs, in my opinion. I think this is Sully Erna’s best vocal performance. Rarely do a song title and the feel of the song match up so well as it does here. There is a distinctly creepy and supernatural feel to the music, lyrics and the overall vibe of this track.