What a cool topic Dave Swanson posted today....We agree with his picks so I'll share a few with you....

by: Dave Swanson of Ultimate Classic Rock

Marc Bolan left us way too soon, killed in a car accident just a couple weeks shy of his 30th birthday leaving us to wonder what might have been. We tip our top hat to the electric warrior with this list of the Top 10 T. Rex Songs.

From his early '60s adventures rolling down a Dylan-inspired folk path, through his time with pop art rockers John's Children, Bolan eventually found his own unique voice with Tyrannosaurus Rex, a folk-hippie duo who would eventually morph into the electric fire that was T. Rex. Essentially launching the Glam rock scene in the UK, T. Rex has inspired countless rock and rollers over the years and Bolan remains a true rock and roll legend. So let's get it on, bang a gong and count down the Top 10 T. Rex Songs.

20th Century Boy

From: UK single (1973)
'20th Century Boy' fits perfectly in the T. Rex Top 10 Songs, as it was one of the loudest, most grooving singles T. Rex ever released. With a riff that knocks down all in its path, the song's urgency and passion is second to none in the Bolan catalog. Pure unadulterated loud rock and roll, and you guessed it, another huge hit in England, making No. 3. Though nary a blip on the radar in America, the song was brought back to life here via use in a 2002 Mitsubishi commercial.


As one of the highlights of 'T.Rex's breakthrough album,'Electric Warrior,' 'Jeepster' provides a great example of what you might call the “T.Rex Sound.” This gem carries the original spirit of '50s rock and roll smiling and strutting into the '70s and capturing the era perfectly. Released as a single in late '71, it shot to No. 2 on the British charts and helped solidify Bolan's place in the rock and roll spotlight of the new era.

Cosmic Dancer

From: 'Electric Warrior' (1971)
The lazy, hazy slither of 'Cosmic Dancer' is one of Bolan's secret weapons. He can pull out that mood and seduce the listener immediately. 'Cosmic Dancer' is a great example of that side of his writing, and one of many highlights on 'Electric Warrior.' Though there are many highlights on that album, the production work of Tony Visconti on the track is simply perfect.

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michael spicer said...

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Dr. Detroit said...

I can't make the call on individual songs, but "The Slider" surely has to win when it comes to albums, right? You’d be hard pressed to figure out what Bolan’s on about most of the time, but don’t let that stop you. “The Slider” swings like Godzilla’s nuts in a tsunami.

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