What turns a catchy one-hit wonder into something more? A "Weird Al" Yankovic parody, of course!
'The Sweater Song'
Take away the pop vocals, focus on the guitars, and you realize it's actually a low-volume heavy metal song.
Hey, is it just us, or does this song really get in your head? In your heaaaaad? In your heeeeeaaaaaddd?
Producer Ric Ocasek had to beg the band to include this song they considered "cheesy" on their debut album.
'Burden in My Hand'
This textured, stomping tale of murder and regret was just as epic in '96 as it is today, justifiably making it on their 2010 compilation.
'I Stay Away'
A wonderfully surprising blend of strings, horns and acoustic guitars showed the true range of this band.
'About a Girl'
This stripped down acoustic version of one of his earliest songs shows the pure talent of Kurt Cobain.
Layne Staley's haunting vocals in this track add to our acoustic bunch, next to 'About a Girl' and 'I Stay Away.'
If rock bands really want you to know drugs are bad, they shouldn't write such affecting music about them.
A song so good it gave Ed Kowalczyk the confidence to sport a rat-tail and dance like a loon in the video.
Tool bring heavy, heady progressive rock back to the forefront with the first of many dramatic, epic songs.
Guilty Pleasures 101 in session. Lesson 1: the lightly distorted guitar and simple "yeah" of this chorus.
This musically complex, moody piece is example No. 2 in our "What the heck is Gavin singing about?" series.
'Hey Man, Nice Shot'
This alternatively contemplative and raging song attempts to understand the public suicide of Budd Dwyer.
We're supposed to have some insight on this song? Yeah, well, how about "Whooo-hooo! Whooo-hooo!"
Wasn't grunge supposed to kill hair metal? Give these guys different haircuts and this becomes a power ballad.
'Soul to Squeeze'
'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' was so great that there wasn't even room among its 17 songs for this winding ballad.