R.I.P. Phil Lynott: Top 10 Thin Lizzy Songs

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Thin Lizzy bassist and front man Phil Lynott passed away 25 years ago today due to drug and alcohol dependency in Salisbury, England. The hole Lynott, who was 36, left in the rock world has never been filled.

First off, we should just post Lizzy's entire Jailbreak album right here to honor the Irish band's late leader. We can't think of many other albums that we own on every available format and could listen to on repeat, nonstop. Sure there are others, but they are probably embarrassing (cough Metallica's Load cough).

The black Irishman played bass like a lead guitarist, and had a velvety voice that could croon with the best R&B singers coupled with a rock and roll bellow that has birthed imitators ever since the band hit the scene in the early '70s.

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The band had a swagger, an ass-shake, that hasn't been duplicated. They sounded compact and tightly-wound, but still could be heavy as hell. We always liked to say that Thin Lizzy sounded like AC/DC fronted by Sam Cooke.

Thin Lizzy recorded a dozen albums together, from Nightlife, the iconic hit-filled Jailbreak, Bad Reputation, the proggy Renegade, and their last, the metallic Thunder & Lightning in 1983. If you put a Thin Lizzy album in the car, you will immediately want to drive 100 miles in one direction just because they sound really good while you are driving.

They influenced artists as diverse as Metallica, The Hold Steady, Mastodon, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Kings of Leon, Iron Maiden and Valient Thorr, whose lyrical content borrows heavily from the group's latter days.

If you need a primer on Thin Lizzy, this list is a good way to start your journey. If you only know "The Boys Are Back In Town" from movie trailers or FM radio, then prepare to meet your new favorite band. If you are already fully ensconced, then enjoy their greatest hits.



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Electricturf
Electricturf

Wild One, Sha La La... yall forgot a lot f tunes

Llcooper1311
Llcooper1311

The Cowboy Song, Wild One, Don't Believe a Word, Emerald, Dancing in the Moonlight, Got to give it up, Waiting for an Alibi, Black Rose, Hollywood (down on your luck), Baby Please Don't Go

Phil's the man.

Francine
Francine

Ah, Tin Lizzy. I still remember where I was when I heard he'd passed on. (Just like older folks remember JFK's or Elvis's death.)

We got to know them a bit when they'd tour Texas. Great bunch of guys. No egos sparring. Phil was a dear. Wonder what guitarist Scott Gorham is doing?

Neil
Neil

Should've done this two weeks ago - then you could've included his Christmas hit - A Merry Jingle recorded by PL, Steve Jones and Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) as The Greedies

Guest
Guest

No "Southbound"?

Jimmy the Weed
Jimmy the Weed

Rosalie and Whiskey in the Jar, really? Phil Lynott wrote all kinds of wonderful tunes. No reason to put those ones in this list.

Bruiser
Bruiser

The studio version of "Cowboy Song" is one of the best songs ever released...PERIOD!

Jay Francis
Jay Francis

I got to know the band in London as they would come have burgers at the little place I was working at in Soho. It was a real kick when they had their first stateside hit as that meant they could tour with it. Saw them open for Queen at the Colisseum and headline a while later at the Music Hall. Twin guitars. The best.

Markymark59
Markymark59

Great list! I loved Thin Lizzy and was fortunate enough to see them play the Coliseum in downtown Houston. I don't remember the year, but I remember they really rocked. Emerald is my favorite of theirs. Start it, then put the pedal to the metal! Always best played LOUD!

TAB
TAB

What about Are You Ready??? The Supersuckers channel Thin Lizzy and play Are you Ready Live. I saw Thin Lizzy at the Sam Houston Coliseum 1977 or 78, Live and Dangerous Tour. My friend ML mixed monitors on the Live and Dangerous tour and ML a Texas boy. Phil Lynott rocked like few can or have. A true rock star in all its glory. I aint seen a real rock star in a long time and it be sad that most of the greats died too young and we are left with the second rate rock stars.

Classic Rock Bob
Classic Rock Bob

Scott Gorham is looking over Lizzy archival material for possible release while playing some dates with a reformed band - though they are upfront that the real Lizzy died with Phil. Here's a link to an interview he did with Rocks Off in 2009.

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