Ok, so it’s raining outside and the kids need to burn some calories. Mum and Dad, you do too! Get off the sofa and run, head bang and pogo around your living room with this list. Use your preferred music streaming service to create a list and play it on loop until there is no one left standing.
Some prerequisites are that the song has a galloping rhythm and a shouty chorus, a middle eight where everyone puts fingers on lips and lies down only to jump up again for the reprise and end. There must be plenty of air guitar opportunities and drum fills to wave your arms to. Jumping on furniture happens, get over it. There will be foot on monitor, fist pumping. Finger pointing is good and as is looking into the distance at the 60,000 fans watching (from the back garden).
I’ve found that gruff or deep expressive death metal vocal tones don’t work and neither do meandering instrumentals. Of course, there will be favourites and the little ones will want their song repeated over and over. Don’t worry about the lyrics, the younger ones can’t make them out and wouldn’t understand what they mean anyway and don’t try to teach them the devils horn gesture their little hands can’t do it…yet.
- You Really Got Me – The Kinks
- Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin
- Final Countdown by Europe
- Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
- Schools Out by Alice Cooper
- Run to the Hills by Iron Maiden
- Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
- My Generation by The Who
- Paradise City by Guns ‘N’ Roses
- Jump by Van Halen
Oh go on then, one more…everything goes to 11 in rock, right? Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne