Songs that still give you the "chills"...

Posted by Dan on May 29, 2008 @ 9:54 AM

Are there songs that still give you those "chills" when you hear them? Maybe it's just a single note or a lick here or there. There are dozens of songs that still invoke that feeling in me. Songs I've listened to hundreds—maybe even thousands of times.

I was just listening to "No One Like You" by the Scorpions. Even though I've heard that song countless times, the open guitar harmonies still make the little hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I love it! I can't help but listen to that intro a couple of times whenever it comes on my mp3 player.

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  • The Who - Eminence Front

    Anytime Jeff Beck picks up a guitar :)
  • Phil Collins singing In The Air Tonight rocks. And when they start banging on the drums towards the ends, always sends a chill up my spine.
  • @Jim:

    Eminence Front--great tune. Far and away my favorite Who tune. I just finally got around to burning all my Jeff Beck CDs a couple of weeks ago. Wired and Blow by Blow are fantastic albums.


    In The Air Tonight always invokes special memories for me. The year that came out, I took a car trip with a bunch of kids my age (I think we about 12.) Anytime that tune would come all, we'd all play air drums when Phil does his roll. I can't help but think of that anytime I hear the song.
  • @Dan,

    A while back, someone showed me this video:

    I happen to love monkeys, so I thought this was great. Not sure if it would jive with your memories.
  • In The Air Tonight will always remind me of Miami Vice ... :)
  • @Ben:

    For some reason, I felt like I was at Chuck E. Cheese when I watched that Youtube video. :)


    Just about any Glenn Frye tune reminds me of Miami Vice. ;)
  • @Dan,

    Ha ha, understandable. I have a soft spot for gorillas (and have been video taped trying to walk around like one). I just loved his facial expressions.
  • springsteen. born to run. 'nuff said :)
  • The first song that springs to mind is Dream Theater - Misunderstood (from the Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence album). You know you're listening to good music when you get that sensation, and especially if you get it when seeing a band play live :)

    P.S. I'm seeing Porcupine Tree live for the first time at the Pink Pop festival in the Netherlands tomorrow (preceeded by Incubus and followed by Metallica, awww yeah!). If you've never listened to PT you should! In Absentia, Deadwing, and Fear of a Blank Planet are all superb albums.
  • @Justin - Porcupine Tree rock. I'd love to see them live but I've never seen them tour over here in the states... DT and PT would be a could combo :)
  • The Scorpions were great at invoking lighters stadium wide ...

    "Still Loving You ... "

    Still gives me the chills ...
  • @Justin:

    I love the beginning of Misunderstood. There's a number of Petrucci's parts that still get me. Oddly enough, it's usually the songs Myung wrote that I like the best.

    As for PT, I haven't listened to them a ton, but Blackest Eyes (of In Absentia) is a killer tune. That melody can haunt me for days.


    The Scorpions were the first hard rock band I feel in love with--I would have been about 11. There's a lot of killer Scorpions work that gets completely overlooked. In Trance is one of my favorite Scorpion's album (very progressive) and Lovedrive is another album packed full of great songs. So many good Scorpions tunes, especially from the late 70s/early 80s.
  • The opening guitar on Heart's Barracuda.......

    and Tom Sawyer by Rush.

    Either one of those transports me back to another time and place....

    Man I miss my '79 Monte Carlo ;)
  • @Brad:

    Definitely good tunes. Another Heart tune that gets me is Magic Man, but specifically the keyboard part after the solo. There's a sweeping synth sound (I think it's F or F#) that sweeps down and hits this really nice lower registry. I love the tone of that keyboard, it's such a cool sound.
  • Tom Sawyer is great, but the one Rush toon that always gives me the chills is The Spirit of Radio. 

    and almost every tune on Boston's first album.
  • Speaking of Boston - I've seen two news stories in the past week - one about Journey and one about Boston. Both bands found lead singers... from YouTube. Pretty good stuff. The new Journey singer sounds EXACTLY like Steve. Not sure about the Boston guy. Those are huge shoes to fill.
  • The Forgotten parts 1 and 2 by Joe Satriani always sends chills up my spine.

    So does Coming Back To Life by Pink Floyd, and, Overture 1928 and The Spirit Carries On by DT.

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