There was never a time as good as the ‘80s for huge, singalong refrains. These seven radio staples have all the nutritional value of Cheez-Whiz and all the grace of a two-by-four to the face, and all of them are incredible. This week, I present Epic Anthem Choruses of the ‘80s.
Although I think this is a great song, I have reservations. It’s probably my third-favorite version of the song behind Slade’s original and Oasis’s great B-side cover. Honestly, Quiet Riot — the most famous performer of the song this side of the pond — lost me when they ditched the “baby baby baby” that opened Slade’s original.
Quiet Riot transmuted to the song to electric candy better than anyone else, though. What a tune this is — it never leaves the register of “soaring” throughout any of the verses or choruses, never flags in momentum or verve.
Despite average vocals and guitar solo, this song is beautiful cheese and 100% “wild, wild, wild.”