Remembering Lemmy: 10 essential Motorhead tracks

Two years on from the death of iconic Motorhead vocalist, Lemmy Kilmister, his music and influence can still be heard throughout the world. Motorhead were one of the key bands in the rise of British heavy metal, full equipped with a whiskey soaked, punk rock attitude.

Trying to pick a selection of essential Motorhead tracks is an incredibly difficult task, but below are just a handful of songs to blast on the anniversary of the passing of a legend.

Ace of Spades (1980)

Probably an obvious choice, but lets be honest, this is still the quintessential Motorhead tracks. It’s just three minutes of pure, unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll that never gets boring.

No Class (1979)

Essentially a simplistic boogie riff that leads the song, it is given the classic Motorhead make over and turned into a fist pumping anthem.

Bomber (1979)

This title track from their third album is just as important to the legacy of Motorheard as Ace of Spades. It’s a fast and frantic take on the blues, and is essentially the birth of ‘punk ‘n’ roll’.

Born To Raise Hell (1993)

One of the later inclusions on this list, Born To Raise Hell is vintage Motorhead that sums up the life of Lemmy perfectly. “Born to raise hell, we know how to do it and we do it real well.”

Overkill (1979)

Motorhead’s second album, Overkill is often considered one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. The title track was the live and loud declaration that they would carry with them for the rest of their career.

Motorhead (1977)

Originally written while Lemmy was still in Hawkwind and looking to form a heavy band and call it Bastard, Motorhead would end up giving his new band the iconic name we know today.

Orgasmatron (1986)

The title track from Motorhead’s 1986 album brings it to a devastating finish. It is probably the band at their most brooding, with a real classic heavy metal feel.

Stone Dead Forever (1979)

With their penchant for short, sharp tracks, Stone Dead Forever is one of the few exceptions to that rule, clocking in at over 5 minutes. It’s just a longer opportunity for Motorhead to provide a sonic battering.

Iron Horse/Born To Lose (1977)

The solitary narrative of this track is as raw and primal as any Motorhead track. The stripped back nature of it gives the subject matter a more even more of a chill.

Iron Fist (1982)

Often regarded as one of the weaker Motorhead albums, there’s no denying that that the title track is just as ferocious as any classic track in their catalogue.

 

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