Godsmack stormed onto the scene in 1998 with their self-titled debut album, which put the Boston-based rockers on the map. The effort features their breakout and hard-hitting singles like “Whatever,” “Keep Away” and “Voodoo.” The quartet are best known for their heavy guitar riffs, dark and brooding lyrics and a heaping dose of rock 'n' roll attitude.
With their second album, Awake, the band kept the pedal on the metal with now classic songs like the title track, “Greed” and the Grammy nominated instrumental cut “Vampires.” Their third album, Faceless, further cemented the band in history with “Straight Out of Line” and “I Stand Alone,” which took the band to new heights.
All in all, Godsmack have sold more than 20 million copies of their six albums and have a large and dedicated fan base. Below, we've offer up our picks for the 10 Best Godsmack Songs:
'Cryin' Like a Bitch'From 2010's 'The Oracle'
“Cryin’ Like a Bitch” had to make our list! The crushingly heavy song is on Godsmack’s 2010 album The Oracle. The track was originally inspired by San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, but also seemed to be directed at Nikki Sixx following an unpleasant experience by Sully Erna on Godsmack's 2009 summer Crue Fest 2 tour with Motley Crue. The memorable video for the song features some sick Ultimate Fighting Championship action while Godsmack rock out in a warehouse.
“Speak” was the first single released from the band’s 2006 album IV. The headbanging track is all about staying true to your convictions and reaches a boiling point before the song ends with Sully Erna screaming "Speak!"
'Greed'From 2000's 'Awake'
“Greed” was the last single peeled off 2000’s Awake. It features a typical Godsmack heavy groove and features an incendiary wah-wah guitar solo from Tony Rombola. The track also boasts amazing vocals from Sully Erna, especially in the powerful chorus.
'Keep Away'From 1998's 'Godsmack'
“Keep Away” was the second single released from Godsmack’s 1998 self-titled debut album. The track made a huge impact when it was officially released in the summer of 1999. It capitalized on the breakthrough success of the band’s debut single “Whatever” and features the band’s signature heavy groove and a tasty guitar solo from Tony Rombola.
'Something Different'From 2014's '1000hp'
"Something Different” is a standout track from the band’s most recent release, 2014’s 1000hp. The track features some great vocals and lyrics from Sully Erna including the chorus: “Something wrong, something right, something missing / Something black, something light, something different / Don't you ever feel you need to speak to me that way?” The complex and dynamic song shows off Godsmack's musical maturity and growth.
'Voodoo'From 1998's 'Godsmack'
“Voodoo” shows off a different side of Godsmack with it’s chanting vocals and slow groove. The song was a huge hit for the band back in 1999. The dark Dean Karr-directed video features Godsmack performing in a cornfield complete with witches, swords, fire and a gang of zombies.
'Straight Out of Line'From 2003's 'Faceless'
“Straight Out of Line” is a crushing song that kicks the band’s 2003 album Faceless. The track brilliantly captures Godsmack’s energy, attitude and anger. The song was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2004, but lost to Evanescence’s “Bring Me to Life.”
'Awake'From 2000's 'Awake'
“Awake” features one of Godsmack’s most recognizable guitar riffs. The title track off their 2000 album of the same name proved the band had a lot more to offer following the success of their self-titled debut. The heavy song shows off the band's collective technical prowess and is a Godsmack classic.
'Whatever'From 1998's 'Godsmack'
Godsmack made waves when they released their debut single “Whatever” back in 1998. The infectious track put the band on the map with its attitude, heavy groove and crunchy guitar riffs. In the memorable chorus Sully Erna repeats the lines: "I'm doing the best I ever did / I'm doing the best I can / I'm doing the best I ever did / Now go away."
'I Stand Alone'From 'The Scorpion King' Soundtrack and 2003's 'Faceless''
“I Stand Alone” tops our list of the 10 Best Godsmack songs. The hard hitting and memorable track is off the band’s 2003 album Faceless and also appeared on the soundtrack for the 2002 film The Scorpion King, which stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The track was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Hard Rock Performance in 2003.