Reliving Classic Rock Songs That Have Cowbells

Reliving Classic Rock Songs That Have Cowbells | Society Of Rock Videos

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More Cowbell!

As classic rock fans, we’re all familiar with the jokes following Saturday Night Live’s “More Cowbell” sketch. This iconic hand percussion instrument may not exactly be the first musical tool to come to mind when we think of rock or heavy metal but it still has its place in the genre.

Check out five tracks that made use of the cowbell.

5. Led Zeppelin – “Moby Dick”

It’s a showcase for John Bonham’s insane and jaw-dropping drumming skills – a solid proof that the monster drummer has no peers. And of course he includes a cowbell. During their live performances, his solo sometimes went on for thirty minutes.

4. Grand Funk Railroad – “We’re an American Band”

One of their signature songs, it topped the US Billboard Hot 100 and essentially propelled them to greater heights of stardom. And thanks in part to the cowbell.

3. The Rolling Stones – “Honky Tonk Women”

One of their most unforgettable tunes, it opens with a cowbell played by their producer Jimmy Miller for the recording.

2. Nazareth – “Hair of the Dog”

It’s one of the best songs driven by a cowbell.

1. Blue Öyster Cult – “Don’t Fear the Reaper”

This list is basically made possible by this track. And it’s the ultimate classic rock “cowbell” song.

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