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The 20 Best Arena Rock Songs of All Time

The 20 Best Arena Rock Songs of All Time

Ex-Foreigner singer Lou Gramm has survived a lot — a rare brain tumor, all the usual rock 'n' roll excesses, a feud with ex-bandmate Mick Jones, his old band continuing to tour with a karaoke singer that's replaced him — and lives to play another day. And that day is today, when the 62-year-old drops by City Winery [8 p.m./$55-$65] with his band to play solo tunes and a healthy batch of Foreigner hits. To mark the occasion, here's a list of the 20 all-time best arena-rock songs: A slippery genre term, sure, but we're talking the big, anthemic classic rock that always worked best in a hockey rink with giant speakers, Jumbotrons and 20,000 drunk, stoned fans, and like pornography, you know it when you see, er, hear it (hint: Foreigner's on the list).

20. Eddie Money — "Two Tickets to Paradise"

This song makes us happier than Eddie Money running a travel agency.

19. Night Ranger — "Sister Christian"

Lets you know that no matter what, you'll be all right tonight, and we all need that reassurance once in a while.

18. Peter Frampton — "Show Me the Way"

In the battle between talk-box, vocoder and Autotune, talk-box wins.

17. .38 Special — "Caught Up in You"

These dudes made a good decision to drop the stupid Southern rock and slicken it up for mass consumption.

16. KISS — "Strutter"

KISS blows, but guess we can't leave them out, so here's one of their only tolerable songs (thanks mainly to Ace).



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