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Released on Van Halen’s 1981 album Fair Warning, “Mean Street” went to #12 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and helped to drive the album to 2 million in U.S. sales, actually the lowest-selling album for the band of the David Lee Roth era. The track was produced by Ted Templeman.
GUITAR only (Eddie Van Halen):
Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” was first released on their 1982 album Saints & Sinners. It was re-released in 1987 on their eponymous album Whitesnake with some minor lyric and instrumentation changes, at which time it went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Canadian chart. The album was produced by Mike Stone and Keith Olsen and mixed at Goodnight LA.
VOCAL only (David Coverdale):
From Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumours, “Go Your Own Way” went to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also helped drive the album to #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums and UK Top Albums charts. The album went on to sell over 45 million copies worldwide and win a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1978. Produced by Fleetwood Mac, Richard Dashut, and Ken Caillat (father of Colbie Caillat), the album was recorded at a host of top rooms including Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida and the Record Plant Studios in Sausalito and Los Angeles, Zellerbach Auditorium in Berkeley, Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco and Davlen Recording Studio in North Hollywood, all in California.
VOCAL only (Lindsay Buckingham):
GUITAR/DOBRO only (Lindsay Buckingham):
BASS only (John McVie):
DRUMS only (Mick Fleetwood):
ADDT’L GUITARS (Lindsay Buckingham), PERCUSSION (Mick Fleetwood), KEYBOARDS (Christine McVie):
The classic track “Hotel California” appeared on the Eagles same-titled 1977 album. The track rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and helped drive the album to sales of over 20 million. It also won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1978. It was recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida and Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, California and produced by Bill Szymczyk.
VOCALS only (LEAD: Don Henley, BACKING: Glen Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner):
GUITARS (Don Felder, Glen Frey, Joe Walsh); BASS (Randy Meisner); DRUMS (Don Henley):
From Ellie Goulding’s 2010 album Bright Lights, the track “Lights” charted well worldwide, rising to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 along with several #1 spots worldwide. The album also went to #1 in the U.K. It was recorded in the U.K. in private studios in homes and produced by Richard “Biff” Stannard and Ash Howes.
VOCAL only (Ellie Goulding):
“Ziggy Stardust” appeared on the 1972 David Bowie album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The unique concept album went to #5 on the UK Albums Chart and also to #75 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and sold over 2 million copies. The track was recorded at Trident Studios in London and was produced by David Bowie and Ken Scott. The original vinyl album contained the instruction: “TO BE PLAYED AT MAXIMUM VOLUME”.
VOCAL only (David Bowie):
From Muse’s 2006 album Black Holes and Revelations “Starlight” peaked at #2 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and went to #13 on the UK Singles Chart. It was recorded at Miraval Studios in France, Avatar Studios in New York City, Electric Lady Studios in New York, Officine Meccaniche Studios in Milan, Italy and Townhouse Studios in London and was produced by Rich Costey and Muse.
VOCAL only (Matthew Bellamy):
KEYBOARDS/SYNTH sequences only (Matthew Bellamy):
From the 1981 album High ‘n’ Dry, Def Leppard’s first album of a long and successful collaboration with producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange, “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak” was the second single released. The single’s popularity at radio and on MTV helped push High ‘n’ Dry to over 2 million in sales. A second, more synth-heavy version was later released as well. The tune was written by Steve Clark (R.I.P.), Pete Willis, and Joe Elliott. Note that the vocal track features only the dry, unprocessed lead vocal track.
VOCAL only (Joe Elliot):
GUITARS only (Steve Clark R.I.P., Pete Willis):
DRUMS only (Rick Allen):
From Muse’s 2003 album Absolution, “Hysteria” was also released as a single, peaking at #13 on the U.K. Singles Chart. It also rose to #9 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song is also known as “Hysteria (I Want It Now)” in the U.S.. It was recorded at Grouse Lodge, County Westmeath in Ireland, AIR Studios in London; Cello Studios in Hollywood, California, Livingston Studios in London, and Sawmills Studio, Cornwall, U.K. and produced by Rich Costey and Muse.
VOCAL only (Matthew Bellamy):
GUITARS only (Matthew Bellamy):
The opening track on Imagine Dragons’ 2012 debut Night Visions, “Radioactive” became a massive hit at radio, breaking the band and going to #1 on both the Billboard Rock Songs and Alternative Songs Charts. It also went six times Platinum in the U.S. alone and won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance in 2014. The track was recorded at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California and produced by Alex da Kid (Alexander Grant).
VOCAL only (Dan Reynolds):