The 10 Best Songs That Were Never Released (So Far)

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Not every song an artist writes sees the light of day, not officially at any rate. For one reason or another, a host of tunes by very talented individuals either don't make it onto albums or remain stubbornly available only in live formats while fans clamor for a studio track.

Today we celebrate the best that we know about, with hopes of nudging those artists into maybe making their place on this list a lie.

10. Richard O'Brien, "Moon Drenched Shores of Transylvania"

Fox wanted Richard O'Brien to write a musical follow-up to The Rocky Horror Picture Show very, very badly. The result was Revenge of the Old Queen, which you've never heard of because they never made it. It survives only in scripts available online, and this amazing demo track that the team at Rocky Radio managed to snag to play once (hence the call sign in the middle). It's almost certainly O'Brien himself singing it, and damn if it isn't catchy as all getout.


9. Taylor Swift, "I'd Lie"

I haven't been able to find any solid information why this tune, obviously recorded around the time of Swift's first album, has never been released. It's a phenomenal tune about unrequited love that's ruined only slightly by the fact it is probably about a freakin' Jonas brother. That's why I like this video tribute to the Doctor and Martha using it to balance that fact out.


8. Dead Man's Bones, "Never Grow Old"

Movie-star bands are very hit or miss, but Ryan Gosling's act is extremely clever. They've only released one album, 2009's self-titled LP, and it didn't have this clever little dark ditty featuring a children's chorus on it. It's only been seen live. Here's hoping we'll get another album featuring it in the future.

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michaelbell.1975
michaelbell.1975

While Trent Reznor does have a toe-tappin version of Dead Souls from The Crow soundtrack, it's not his own tune. It's Joy Division. This probably only adds to the goth fantasy, tho.

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