Re: Rock/metal songs every guitar player needs to know
Have to agree with 63 here. Incidentally you've just listed every song that was banned in my local guitar store when I was a kid. The gruff middle aged owner (probably about 35, but ancient to my teenage eyes at the time) should have been on TV, some poor kid would get 3 notes in to Enter Sandman and a voice would yell "no more of that", then he'd go for Stairway to Heaven suddenly the amp would be unplugged, the guitar and plec ripped from his hands and the owner would yell "that's it! **** off! Buy that ****ing plec elsewhere, if you think I'm going to listen to you making a bollocks of my favourite songs for a 30p plec you've got another thing coming!"
For me the early songs that gave a real sense of accomplishment after I got over my Metallica phase were:
Crazy Train - great riff that taught me that rythm didn't have to be just power chords.
Sweet Child of Mine - I thought I could walk on water when I learned to play those solos
Sailing Ships (Slip of the Tongue) - That was my gateway album to Vai, Zappa, Satriani, Malmsteen, Becker, Friedman etc., Up to that point I had no idea of how to use anything else but the traditional chords, so it opened my eyes.
Dee - That became my party piece for a long time even though now I realise that some of the background noise wasn't my amp but Randy Rhodes spinning in his grave as I butchered his masterpiece.