Well, bub, no matter how good the song is, it eventually has to end. The question, then, is: How’s it going to end? A studio fade giving the illusion of a sing-along chorus going on forever in some imaginary world populated by elves? A repeated turnaround? An abrupt, punk-rock-style halt? An unsuspected, off-key chord? It’s possible, of course, that the end could wind up being a transcendent moment in itself. Such is the case with the 10 gems below.
10) “Frankenstein” Edgar Winter
9) “Roll With the Changes” REO Speedwagon
8 ) “Let’s Go Crazy” Prince
7) “21st Century Schizoid Man” King Crimson
6) “Shy Boy” David Lee Roth
Vai, Sheehan. Sheehan, Vai. When David Lee Roth combined the talents of these two stringmen, he unleashed the shred equivalent of a nuclear fission reaction. The furious four-handed tapping makes one realize the importance of science to our daily lives.
5) “Paradise City” Guns N’ Roses
4) “Metal Head” Blotto
3) “Hot For Teacher” Van Halen
Eddie uses his space-age finger slides and tremolo picking to sound like a laser weapon battle from a late-’70s sci-fi flick, while brother Alex runs in place on his double bass pedals and David Lee Roth howls till his heart’s content. You don’t have to be Freud to figure out what pubescent fantasy an ending of this magnitude symbolizes. Orgasm. Oh, my gawd.
2) “Highway to Hell” AC/DC
1) “Won’t Get Fooled Again” The Who