The Best Rock Victory Songs!
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On The Way To The Top
Most rock songs are about sex, drugs and all the other hardcore stuff in between. Rarely do our favorite rockstars sing about winning and victory. Nevertheless, everyone knows it takes a lot to get to the proverbial top of rock. And in a sea of talented musicians, it’s no mean feat to stand out and emerge victorious. And so we pulled out five songs which aren’t just about victory but also overcoming struggles along the way.
They’re meant to inspire and uplift especially in times when things are going downhill. Check them out.
5. Megadeth – “Victory”
Megadeth is one of the biggest heavy metal bands of all time. But before they got to where they are, frontman Dave Mustaine had to go through a lot (hence the lyrics “Had fingers in my eyes, had needles in my veins”) to achieve success. Not surprisingly, this song came together quickly.
4. Bob Dylan – “Paths of Victory”
According to the Rolling Stone magazine, Dylan is the greatest songwriter of all time. That’s not even up for debate. He has written countless songs that stood the test of time. And while “Paths of Victory” isn’t one of his more popular tunes, it’s a wonderful reminder that he didn’t become a household name overnight. He had to work for it thus the words “The trail is dusty / And my road it might be rough / But the better roads are waiting / And boys it ain’t far off.”
3. Rush – “One Little Victory”
It’s a meaningful song to Rush in more ways than one. It’s the opening track to Vapor Trails – their comeback album after a five-year hiatus following the deaths of Neil Peart’s daughter and wife just months apart. According to Geddy Lee, “One Little Victory was kind of a triumphant song for us, in the lyrics and the message that the song is about. There was something about that song that seemed just so darned appropriate for opening the record, and also being the first release for us in such a long time.”
2. Joe Walsh – “Life’s Been Good”
Although it’s mostly about victory, Joe Walsh also pokes fun at rockstar’s lifestyles and excesses like mansions, a Maserati, and riding limos in the back. We all know it’s satirical when he sings “It’s tough to handle this fortune and fame.” In a 1981 interview, Walsh explained: “I wanted to make a statement involving satire and humor, kind of poking fun at the incredibly silly lifestyle that someone in my position is faced with.”
1. Queen – “We Are The Champions”
There’s a reason why it’s often used during sports events. It’s about overcoming problems and obstacles along the way and then having those sacrifices pay off. Freddie Mercury revealed, “I suppose it could also be construed as my version of ‘I Did It My Way.’ We have made it, and it certainly wasn’t easy. No bed of roses as the song says. And it’s still not easy.”