Alter Bridge — “White Knuckles”
Alter Bridge — “Buried Alive,” from the album Blackbird (2007).
Alter Bridge’s “birthday” was January 4th. It has been an amazing fourteen years, filled with truly epic music. Here, I will rank their albums from my most loved to my least loved. (My list includes only their studio albums.)
1. Blackbird (2007)
The title track alone is enough to earn Blackbird the number one spot. It blows my mind that anyone can hear that song and not acknowledge Alter Bridge as one of the best rock bands in existence. By the time “Ties That Bind,” “Come to Life,” and “Watch Over You” are added, there is no disputing the strength of this record.
2. Fortress (2013)
This was a tough one, because for me, Fortress and One Day Remains are neck and neck. However, Fortress took number two based on “Lover” and “Waters Rising” (which is in my top 5 favorite AB tracks; I adore Mark’s voice).
3. One Day Remains (2004)
And so we come to Alter Bridge’s debut record, and man, is it a winner. At the time of its release, I was focused on other bands, mainly Avenged Sevenfold, and I missed it almost entirely (though I did see them at a festival on this tour). Once I became obsessed with Alter Bridge, however, I quickly realized there isn’t a single song from One Day Remains that I can’t listen to. My favorites are the title track, “Find the Real,” “In Loving Memory,” and “Shed My Skin.”
4. AB III (2010)
Confession: I don’t love every song from AB III. I don’t hate any of them, but it’s not an album I typically listen to from start to finish. With that said, the songs I do love on it are standouts in Alter Bridge’s career: “Slip to the Void,” “Isolation,” “Ghost of Days Gone By,” “Wonderful Life,” “I Know It Hurts,” and “Words Darker Than Their Wings.” (Again, anything Mark lends his vocals to is alright with me.)
5. The Last Hero (2016)
I like this album. Really, I do. I saw them three times touring for it. But it didn’t have as many songs that jumped out and grabbed me as their previous records. “Show Me a Leader” is great, and “Crows on a Wire” is a punch to the face (in a good way). I also enjoy “Twilight,” “My Champion,” and “This Side of Fate.”
Alter Bridge — “Coming Home”
Alter Bridge — “Come to Life”
Everything about this song is perfect. If you can listen to this and still not recognize how ridiculously talented Alter Bridge is, that is very sad indeed.
Alter Bridge — “Blackbird”
So we’ve all seen the hypothetical “if you were on an island and could only bring five things, what would they be?” Well, this is the music version. What ten albums would you have to have with you? Obviously, this is my list and it is in no particular order.
Pink Floyd: The Wall
Almost everyone’s essential Pink Floyd, and why wouldn’t it be? I also love the movie.
Tom Petty: Wildflowers
I was such a Tom Petty fangirl when I was little. This is my favorite, closely followed by Full Moon Fever.
Marilyn Manson: Mechanical Animals
Love this album from start to finish.
Avenged Sevenfold: Nightmare
It used to be City of Evil, but I like the diversity from track to track on Nightmare.
Tremonti: All I Was
Another one I can play without skipping a single song ❤
Collective Soul’s self-titled album
My other original band crush ❤
Disturbed: Down With the Sickness
Though I’d hate not having their version of “Sound of Silence.”
The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Gotta have something by the Fan Four and my mom used to sing me “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.”
Alter Bridge: Blackbird
Lynam: Slave to the Machine
Still my favorite by them and always will be.
Feel free to make your own list! 🙂
Alter Bridge — “Ties That Bind,” from the album Blackbird (2007).
I figured since I’m going to see them in a couple of weeks, I should honor them on my blog.
Alter Bridge–“Blackbird” from the album of the same name, performed live at Wembley. Y’all can’t possibly imagine how much I love that Myles plays the riff of “Blackbird” by The Beatles at the opening.