Jasper Jams: Mack Picks Vol. 2

By Mack Olmsted, Asst. Arts & Entertainment Editor

I got some awesome songs stuck in my head again! So here’s the deal, if you want to Jasper Jam out to some more bangers and hits you’re going to have to read through the list and give it a listen. 

Smoke On The Water- Deep Purple

“Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky” has got to be one of the coolest lyrics of all time, the first time I heard it I was in elementary school. “Smoke on the Water” is an old song that came out in 1972 from Deep Purple’s Machine Head album, and it still holds up today. It has a great yet simple guitar riff that will make anybody want to listen hundreds of times.

Barracuda- Heart

Staying in the 70s, we got Barracuda by Heart. Barracuda has an awesome beat. It’s got lyrics that would easily get stuck in your head and is guaranteed to be a great listen.

Dragula- Rob Zombie

Halloween is right around the corner and Rob Zombie directed two “Halloween” movies with Michael Myers so it’s timely. Rob Zombie is one of my favorite artists his music is just over the top and hardcore. “Dragula” is one of my favorites just for the sound alone it’s worth hearing it 10 times. So dig through the ditches and burn through the witches, and listen to it…

Sex on Fire- Kings of Leon

This song is Fire! It’s just super catchy. The rhythm is fast, it’s got great sound and good lyrics. What’s not to like about it? Give the Kings of Leon’s Sex on Fire just 10 seconds and you will constantly have it on replay. 

Godzilla- Blue Oyster Cult

This is another song from my childhood, my dad would play this all the time. This is definitely a banger for the sound. It’s upbeat and catchy. You will instantly have “history shows again and again how nature points out the folly of men” embedded into your head if you listen to it as much as I do. Overall it’s an instant hit after the initial listen so let your ears give it a chance.

Walk This Way (feat. Aerosmith)- Run D.M.C., Aerosmith

This is my favorite cross-over of all time. On paper, it seems weird to have Run D.MC. and Aerosmith do a collab, but in reality, it works tenfold. The two groups just complement each other so well and it just makes for an awesome listening experience. Sidenote I’m not too much into music videos but everyone, and I mean everyone has to go to YouTube right now and watch it it’s hilarious and amazing. It’s really cool to hear hip hop and rap together, and I need to find more songs out there like this because it’s too good. 

Any Way You Want It- Journey 

This song is an 80s throwback. It’s pretty popular, you probably have heard it before and if you have been unfortunate enough to not know what Any Way You Want It is, stop reading this second and give it a listen, the Quadrangle will be here when you get back. Did you listen? Pretty great right? Any way you want to listen to it, it’s just an upbeat feel-good song that surely sticks like glue in your brain.

Creep- Radiohead

This one is for the weirdos out there, you know who you are. But seriously this song is really great. The way the rhythm flows from being a loud rock song to a smooth acoustic-like song is amazing. You might recognize this from the opening of the newest Guardians of the Galaxy movie, which was the acoustic version, but I just feel like the original is better. To me, you can feel more emotions coming out of it. Definitely give it a listen and think about a time when you didn’t fit in a situation.

The Chain- Fleetwood Mac

This song is kind of about betrayal. It has a running theme where you have to listen to yourself and trust yourself. But of course, you can trust me when I say “The Chain” is a must-listen.