The Detroit Grand Prix has been on Belle Isle since 1992! This is the final year on the island. Since rock and racing have always gone hand in hand, here’s the top rock albums from 1992-2022!
Released on September 29, 1992.
'Get A Grip’ was just chock-full of massive, arena-ready songs. “Shut Up and Dance” is one of those songs, and it wasn’t even released as a single in the United States. (And this album had six singles!) Many might remember it closing out ‘Wayne’s World 2’ when Aerosmith showed up at WayneStock. What people may not remember is that in addition to Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw also have songwriting credits on this jam.
Green Day had been around for five years by the time they *cough* dropped ‘Dookie,’ but this is the song and video that brought them into the homes and hearts of America. Like their peers from the north in Seattle, Green Day had their share of angst. But unlike those guys, they actually had some fun with it.
The Smashing Pumpkins - ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’
Rage Against The Machine – ‘Evil Empire’
Released on May 20, 1997.
Kid Rock 'Devil Without A Cause'
Creed 'Human Clay'
The song is certified four times platinum… One billion views on YouTube… A staple across multiple radio formats to this day. In the end, was there any question that Linkin Park’s signature song wouldn’t top this list? The universal lyrics, while rooted in negativity, offer a place for us to air our grievances. Mike’s frustrated verses find balance with Chester’s defeated repose. For most of us, this was the first time we heard their chemistry, and it was gripping. Sonically it transcends genre; every type of music fan knows this song. In three and a half minutes, this one track encapsulates everything that makes Linkin Park remarkable.
Staind - ‘Break the Cycle’
All six members of the band are well-represented here. A symphonic intro is overtaken by chunky, distorted riffs. Mike’s rapid staccato is carried by the drum beat. The tension releases at the bridge with a roar that solidifies Chester as one of the greatest voices of the 21st century.
Velvet Revolver 'Contraband'
Nickelback – 'All The Right Reasons'
Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Stadium Arcadium'
Jack told Rolling Stone: "That [song] started on an acoustic guitar - it became an idea to use as many different styles of the blues as I could in one song. It goes from the really screeching, distorted, heavy blues sound, to an almost wimpy Wurlitzer kind of loungey blues sound, to white-boy takes on the blues, to real earthy, country blues."
Released on October 9, 2007.
Nickelback 'Dark Horse'
Deftones 'Diamond Eyes'
The Black Keys - ‘El Camino’
Lzzy Hale told us of “Freak Like Me,” “This is the song that I can trace back to that moment where I was an 11 year old and found out I was not cool, that I was not like the other girls…I love playing that song live. It has become such an amazing anthem for our community. The fans took it upon themselves to change their branding. They used to call themselves ‘Storm Chasers’ in the beginning years of Halestorm. And since that song was released, they'd started calling themselves ‘Freaks.’” In addition to fans finding inspiration in the tune, “Freak Like Me” marked Halestorm’s first number one hit on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart.
“Stone” is the most recent Alice in Chains song to top Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart, which is determined solely on radio airplay. The chugging riff was written by Cantrell during a time when he actually couldn’t play a guitar. He said in an interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com that he was still recovering from shoulder surgery, so he just hummed the riff into his phone, which only proves that even when he’s unable to play, Jerry Cantrell is still better than most other guitarists. He’s just that good!
AC/DC- ‘Rock or Bust’
Breaking Benjamin ' Dark Before Dawn'
Metallica-.'Hardwired... To Self Destruct'
Foo Fighters 'Concrete and Gold'
Tool 'Fear Inoculum'
Ghost - 'Prequelle'
From the first songs released from ‘Ordinary Man,’ Ozzy seems to be in a reflective mood, which makes sense for a 70-something-year-old metal icon.
Foo Fighters 'Medicine at Midnight'
Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Unlimited Love'