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If I Had to Pick Just One Dokken Song...

Posted on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments21 Comments

If I was told "Allyson, you can have just one Dokken tune on your iPod. Choose wisely," I would quickly pick "Just Got Lucky" (from the album Tooth and Nail). 

Seriously. Is that an odd choice?

I love the video. It sums up everything I love about Glam: big hair, great guitarist, cheesy effects. Plus, there are mirrors, a live show, headbands and a volcano. The video is batshit crazy and therefore perfect. That's metal, people. Metal.

What is your one Dokken song and why?


Reader Comments (21)

For me, it's got to be "Burning Like a Flame" I think it follows the perfect Dokken formula with riffs, catchy hooks and a classic George Lynch solo .It's a Dokken song that I can never get tired of
April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn
"It's Not Love"

p.s. "Burnin' Like A Flame" is my runner up, Glenn!
April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Hands down for me it would be It's Not Love. It's one of those songs that cranks me up to 10 each and every time it comes on my ipod. Like Glenn said, the hooks and riff in that song just kick major ass,along with the obligatory, off the charts,melt your face off solo from George.If some people are just born to play the guitar, then George Lynch taught them....lol
April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Alone Again because first time I heard it thought cool song THEN Lynch solo just kills. Easy choice for me.

Interesting we keep referencing George in our choices.
April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSmknotsmf
My all-time favorite band, bar-none. For me it has to be The Hunter. A close second goes to Bullets to Spare.

To me the song "The Hunter" has everything you want in a classic Dokken song. Of course there is George but the chemistry between Don and Jeff Pilson's harmonies are what made the classic Dokken sound.

Tough choice for me. Bullets To Spare just flat out kicks ass.
April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
It's not love is my fav Dokken track... uplifts my mood...
April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRockfighter
"It's Not Love" is the MEANEST sounding. Completely killer! Plus you gotta love the chick on the phone smack dab in the middle of the song.

And, of course, there's George. A friend of mine is a devout Blues enthusiast. He's a guitarist in a Blues band in Chicago. The most Rockin' he gets is "Mercury Blues" by David Lindley and El Rayo-X (YouTube that, Metaloidz), which is cool.

So, one day we were talkin' Blues and I said, "Yeah, well, I get kinda bored with it. You'll probably laugh, but I'm more into Dokken and that kinda sh*t."

And HE says, "You kiddin'? I could listen to George Lynch all day long!"!!!

I got all their albums but only these songs on my iTunes, which is an indication of what I like from Dokken:

1) Night By Night
2) Heaven Sent
3) Stop Fighting Love
4) Dream Warriors
5) Turn On The Action
6) Unchain The Night
7) The Hunter
8) In My Dreams
9) It's Not Love
10) Jaded Heart
11) Burning Like A Flame
12) Almost Over

I had "Alone Again" on my Dokken iTunes Playlist for a couple of years but eventually chucked it. Too boring, sorry Smknotsmf! But I'll check it out again tonight, along with "Bullets To Spare".

Still, "It's Not Love" is THE Dokken Track, as far as I'm concerned, if I had to get stranded on an island with one.

Hey, there's a subject, Al...

If you could only get 10 songs on an iPod to go on a desert island with, what would those songs be?
April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
'Its not love' woulda been my choice.
April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Kenny O! I knew it! Great minds think alike! Now come over and save me on Danger Avenue!
April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Jeff, I had actually forgotten about Bullets To Spare. Thanks for restoking the ashes of my toasted memory....LOL. And you are correct,it definitely does just flat out kick ass!! I' still gotta stay with It's Not Love as my 1 song, but Bullets is a close 2nd!
April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary
My one song: "Maddest Hatter."

Why? Maybe because it doesn't sound like Dokken. I was never a big fan of the band, but when "Erase the Slate" came out and I listened to it, I immediately put this song into rotation at the small radio station where I worked.
April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJT
Checked out "Bullets To Spare" and noticed something interesting about the "Tooth And Nail" album, from which the song is from.

Not one, but two heavyweight producers collaborated on this album. Roy Thomas Baker who previously did Queen and The Cars, plus Tom Werman who, at that point, had done Cheap Trick and just done Crue's "Shout At The Devil".

Of course, Werman went on to produce dang near everybody in L.A., even Love/Hate's first one, with the ultra-killer title track, "Black Out In A Red Room". Funny, a lot of the bands from Cheap Trick to Love/Hate complain about this guy's production for being "too clean". I frickin' LOVE it!
April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Good choice. Into the Fire and In My Dreams would be up there too. Metalboy - Bullets to Spare is a classic Dokken song.
April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMEWIZEMGIC
"Kiss Of Death"
April 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
"Unchain The Night" is my pick. The lead single off their last studio record, "Standing on the Outside" also deserves mention. I know it's only "half" the band, but that is a great classic Dokken song.
April 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSparkyDR99
It's not love is definitely my pick.
April 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Its not Love.
April 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternc rocker
Lightning Strikes Again.
April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
Gotta agree with many here and go with "It's Not Love". It was one of the 1st songs I put on my first ipod, and it's one of those songs that you scratch your head and go, "Damn - I can't believe this wasn't a #1 hit!" Awesome hooks, great harmonies, and Lynch shredding throughout - what else could you want out of a hard rock/metal classic?

Runner up favorite Dokken tracks: Tooth and Nail (in Don's own words, their heaviest song), and the vastly underrated The Hunter. Finally, I have to give props to Walk Away, the 1 studio track off their live CD. Sure it's a ballad, but it has some of Don's most impressive vocal work.
April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGator
"Burning Like A Flame" = perfect jam!!!!
April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnso DF

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