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Post by Hallowed Be Thy Name on Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:45 pm

I've got so many top 10s that I just need a thread for them all. Here is where I'll put them. I hope you enjoy!

Top 10 #1
They're catchy, popular, and just plain good. Today, I'm counting down the Top 10 Greatest Classic TV Show Themes. For this list, it's themes that are for classic TV Shows, so other good ones, like The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones won't be here. Also, I left off Cheers, just to let other shows get a chance.


10. Svengoolie
Sure, it may be a show that isn't a real classic, as they're still making it, but Svengoolie gets onto the list for three reasons: 1) It first started coming out in the 70s. 2) It is a classic horror/thriller film show. 3) It's theme is AWESOME! The 'calling all stations' beginning, the chilling piano, and some great computer animation makes it one of the best of all time.


9. Star Trek
This may very well be the greatest sci-fi series ever made, and with an opening theme to boot! When you here "Space: the final frontier for man" and "To boldly go where no man has gone before", you know they're talking about Star Trek. It's very popular, somewhat mysterious, and all in all, worthy enough to make the list.


8. Happy Days
Sunday, Monday, happy days! Tuesday, Wednesday, happy days! This theme makes you want to sing right along, if not even get up and dance! Although the spin-off of this show, Laverne & Shirley, is also good (and I even like the theme better, myself), it's Happy Days that really gets you groovin' and moovin' for the entire episode. These days are miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnne...


7. The Rifleman
With his son, Mark, and his awe-inspiring rifle, it's hard not to love The Rifleman. However, the theme kicks it all off. You don't even realize what's happened when you suddenly you hear a "KAPOW KAPOW KAPOW!" It sets the series running, and it keeps you hoping that there's going to be a really good shoot-out. And, by the way, there almost always is.


6. The Andy Griffith Show
Probably the most whistle-able theme for any show, The Andy Griffith Show's makes you want to whistle right along with it.... or say "The Andy Griffith Show! Starring Andy Griffith with Ronny Howard. Also staring Don Knotts." It's just that good.


5. Batman
This show had kids everywhere going "Nuhnuhnuhnuhnuhnuhnuh, Batman!" Superman and Wonder Woman could have made the list as well, but, for fairness' sake, I decided that only one of them should make the list. Of course, that would be Batman. Everyone everywhere wants to be the rich Bruce Wayne and the mysterious Batman. Plus, Robin is pretty cool, too. And the theme!


4. The Brady Bunch
Like a lot of shows, this one's theme tells you just what information is needed before you even watch the show. It's also catchy, and makes you want to sing right along with them. Here's the story of a lovely lady... Yep.


3. The Twilight Zone
You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension- a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into . . . the Twilight Zone. This chilling theme changed every season, but we never cared. It's pretty chilling, with Rod Sterling's voice, the creepy piano, and the mind-attacking imagery, but everyone loves it. And we'll all keep loving it, right here... in the Twilight Zone.


2. Gilligan's Island
Like the Brady Bunch, the Gilligan's Island theme tells you all you need to know before you watch the show. Everyone knows it, even those who don't know Gilligan. It's kept being good, ever since it started coming out, all the way to now. ... here on Gilligan's Isle!

Honorable Mentions
-The Love Boat
-Welcome Back, Kotter
-Hawaii Five-O
-The Beverly Hillbillies
-Bonanza


1. M*A*S*H
Who knew that a song called "Suicide Is Painless" would become one of the greatest theme songs in TV history? The soft guitar and orchestration doesn't really seem to be right for such a hilarious series, but it works in this case. M*A*S*H is known world-wide, and everyone who's seen the show loves it. As for the theme, it just has to top the list. It's just plainly the best.

Did I leave your favorite theme off? Write your opinion below, and stay tuned for more!

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Top 10 Songs for Black Friday

Post by Hallowed Be Thy Name on Sat Nov 28, 2015 3:36 am

Let's go shopping! Welcome back for another list, and today we're counting down our picks for the top 10 songs to listen to on Black Friday. For this list, we've chosen songs about buying, selling, stealing, and money in general.

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10. How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?

A classic song that doesn't have much to do with Black Friday; however, if you go to the pet store, it is the kind of song to hear.

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9. Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles

While money can't buy love, you can bet that you'll find some great deals on jewelry on Black Friday! Also, perhaps it's a good idea to hook up with a Beatle - after all, they don't care to much for money. Wink

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8. Been Caught Stealing - Jane's Addiction

It's not good if you've been caught stealing, but undoubtedly there'd many shoplifters on Black Friday.

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7. Money, Money, Money - ABBA

Women - they just love shopping. After all, money, money, money's always funny in a rich man's world.

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6. Material Girl - Madonna

Spend some money on your girlfriend today with the low prices! It'll make her rainy day.

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5. Takin' Care of Business - Bachmann Turner Overdrive

Take care of your business with Black Friday's low prices.

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4. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

Girls just wanna have fun, and what better way than to go shopping?

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3. Money Talks - AC/DC

Money does talk, and it'll get you places.

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2. Money - Pink Floyd

Undoubtedly the song that somes everything up, you'll need money to go shopping.

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1. Peace Sells - Megadeth

Can you put a price on peace? For every buyer, there's got to be a seller. This song takes the number one on our list, because it would be nice if you could buy peace at your local Target. Of course, peace sells... but who's buying?

What'd you think? Did we leave something off? Comment below! Smile

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Re: My Top 10s

Post by CGT on Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:22 am

I can't believe you didn't put the Docter Who theme in the list of show themes, also, how many more remixes of the X Files theme do I have to show you to get you to love it?!
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Re: My Top 10s

Post by Hallowed Be Thy Name on Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:28 am

No, I like the X-Files theme. However, I said that it was a CLASSIC shows list.

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Re: My Top 10s

Post by Hallowed Be Thy Name on Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:43 pm

Speak of the devil! Welcome back for another list, and today I'm counting down the top 10 rock and metal songs about the devil. Note that this is not about hell songs, as that's another list for another day. Also, I'm just focusing on rock and metal.

#10. "Stairway To Heaven" (1971)
Led Zeppelin
Stairway To Heaven is one of the greatest and most popular songs of all time. Released in 1971 on Led Zeppelin's fourth album, the song was an instant hit, and is considered the greatest song in all of rock by many. However, it has had its share of controversy. Led Zeppelin allegedly had stolen the music for it from the band Taurus, and to top that, they have been blamed for backmasking on the track. The part which starts, "If there's a bustle in you hedgerow..." played backwards allegedly sounded like they were singing, "Here's to my sweet Satan," and, "I sing because I live with Satan." However, this was rebuked by the band and the studio's crew members, because their "turntables only play in direction – forwards." Robert Plant later said, "To me it's very sad, because 'Stairway to Heaven' was written with every best intention, and as far as reversing tapes and putting messages on end, that's not my idea of making music."

#9. "Black Sabbath" (1969)
Black Sabbath
One of Sabbath's best known tracks, this song was released as the title track of their first album, and features one of Tony Iommi's signature riffs. The song was inspired by an incident that happened when Black Sabbath was still known as 'Earth'. Allegedly, singer Ozzy Osbourne had given bassist Geezer Butler a book on witchcraft. He read the book before bed, and then placed it on a shelf. When he woke up, he claimed to have seen a large black figure by his bed, which then disappeared. Butler went to get the book, but it was nowhere to be found. Whether the story is true or not doesn't matter; 'Black Sabbath' is one of Black Sabbath's greatest songs, and is still popular to this day.


#8. "The Conjuring" (1986)
Megadeth
'The Conjuring' was the second track on Megadeth's second album, Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?, and is one of the heaviest on it, too. It has been said to simulate a Satanic ceremony, and the lyrics say things about being the devil's salesman and advocate. Frontman Dave Mustaine has said that the song actually gives instructions for hexes in it. You won't hear this evil-sounding song at a Megadeth concert, however. After becoming a Christian, Dave Mustaine decided that it wouldn't be performed in concert anymore, as its topic is too dark for him now. It has not been performed since 2001.

#7. "Friend of the Devil" (1970)
Grateful Dead
The most covered Grateful Dead song, 'Friend of the Devil' is about an outlaw trying to get away from the police. He ends up getting help from the devil, but the tables turn, and the devil ends up chasing him just like the police. An acoustic song, 'Friend of the Devil' was targeted by American Christian groups that said it had Satanic influences. However, Grateful Dead fans love it. One of their members, Robert Hunter, said that it was "the closest we've come to what may be a classic song."

#6. "Hells Bells" (1980)
AC/DC
'Hells Bells' is one of AC/DC's heaviest, hardest, and best songs. Released on their 1980 album, Back In Black, which was their first album without vocalist Bon Scott, and their first with Brian Johnson, 'Hells Bells' is among many of AC/DC's 'hell songs', but it was more popular than many of their others. 'Hells Bells' has been targeted by Christians as showing that AC/DC was Satanic, but the band has denied this.

#5. "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" (1979)
Charlie Daniels Band
One of the greatest Southern rock songs of all time, 'The Devil Went Down To Georgia' was the Charlie Daniels Band's most successful song, reaching number 3 in the charts. It tells about a daring deal between the devil and a boy named Johnny, in which the devil claims he can beat Johnny with the fiddle, and bets a golden fiddle against Johnny's soul. The devil ends up losing, much to Johnny's relief. The song still receives regular airplay today, and showed just how good they could play the fiddle.

#4. "Shout At The Devil" (1983)
Motley Crue
Shout At The Devil was Motley Crue's breakthrough album, and brought the hair band to the international fame. However, many Christian groups targeted the band for their use of the pentagram on the album cover (the band later release an alternate cover), the title, the title track, and certain other songs. They claimed that Crue was encouraging their listeners to worship the devil. However, Motley Crue was not stopped there, as they went on to become bigger and better, but it was this album, and the album's title track, that showed that Motley Crue really knew how to rock.

#3. "The Number of the Beast" (1982)
Iron Maiden
The second single and title track of Iron Maiden's third album, The Number of the Beast, which was their first album with frontman Bruce Dickinson, and went on to be one of their most successful and popular albums, this song was a rocker that is still hailed as one of Maiden's best, and one of the metal's best. With a killer riff, a screaming guitar solo, and vocals that brought chills, 'The Number of the Beast' could be considered Iron Maiden's signature song. While it was met with success, it was also claimed to be Satanic. However, the band has stated it wasn't; it was actually based on a nightmare bassist Steve Harris had after watching the movie Damien: Omen II. Harris later said, "It was mad. They completely got the wrong end of the stick. They obviously hadn't read the lyrics. They just wanted to believe all that rubbish about us being Satanists." Be that as it may, 'The Number of the Beast' is a devilish good song, and will continue to be one as long as metal is around.


#2. "Runnin' With The Devil" (1979)
Van Halen
'Runnin' With The Devil' is considered one of Van Halen's greatest songs. Starting out with car horns, then with some of the greatest bass in rock, and finally launching into a hard and heavy rock song, it was often misinterpreted as a song about Satanism; however, the band has never stated what it really is about. Whatever it is, it's a classic hard rocker that's still one of Van Halen's best.

Honorable Mentions


"The Devil In Her Heart" - Beatles
"Am I Demon" - Danzig
"Race With The Devil" - Judas Priest
"Mr. Crowley" - Ozzy Osbourne
"The Oath" - Mercyful Fate

#1. "Sympathy for the Devil" (1968)
Rolling Stones
There really could not be another number 1 for this list. 'Sympathy for the Devil' isn't just one of the Rolling Stone's greatest songs, but it's one of classic rock's greatest, too. Released on their 1968 album Beggar's Banquet, it was sung from the devil's viewpoint. It recounted some of the atrocities of history, from the Crucifixion to the killing of the Russian czar, from the blitzkrieg to John F. Kennedy's assassination, and how the devil had something to do with them. After it was released, people began to think of the Rolling Stones as a devil's band. The members found this strange, as it was only one song, and not a whole album. Nevertheless, 'Sympathy for the Devil' is one of the greatest songs of all time, and is still played regularly on classic rock radio.


So what did you think? Did you agree with the list?

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Re: My Top 10s

Post by luctheminecrafter on Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:29 pm

Why is it that all of those involved hellish things? Mostly devils?
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Re: My Top 10s

Post by Hallowed Be Thy Name on Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:54 pm

Because it's a list of songs about the devil... I said that.

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Post by Toz76 on Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:26 pm

What's with this idea that satanism is a bad thing? I personally find it quite fascinating (particularly atheistic Satanism).

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Post by Hallowed Be Thy Name on Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:18 am

Being a Christian, I'm not a fan of it, but I'm perfectly fine if you choose to believe in it; it's you, not me. (As long as you don't go out and kill people because of it.)

However, there's been a lot of great music about that subject, which is why I compiled the list above.

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Post by Toz76 on Fri Dec 04, 2015 12:28 am

I don't know about theistic satanists, but atheistic satanists certainly don't do that. I know that there's one or two theistic satanists in the TTTE Twitterverse, and they're pretty nice, so I doubt it. I'd mention the crusades, but there's another thread for that. Razz

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Post by Hallowed Be Thy Name on Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:28 am

Yeah, I see where you're coming from, Toz. Wink

I've always been somewhat wary with the Satanic religion, considering that Christians believe that Satan is the most evil thing ever, but I'm fine if they don't kill people over it.

Next up: hell songs?!...

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Post by Hallowed Be Thy Name on Fri Dec 04, 2015 9:09 pm

These songs got a lot of hate. Welcome back for another list, and today I'm counting down the Top 10 Controversial Rock and Metal Songs. For this list, I'm choosing songs in the rock and metal genres that had public outcries due to them, that were deemed offensive and downright wrong, or were targets for the 'Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics' sticker. Again, only one song per artist.

#10. "High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)" (1981)
Def Leppard
Def Leppard were just about kings of the '80s, but when Tipper Gore founded the Parents Music Resource Center, their song "High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)" somehow found its way onto their 'filthy fifteen' list. Why? The group claimed because of drugs and alcohol usage. However, the song is generally viewed as just for having fun through rock 'n' roll on, you guessed it, Saturday night.

#9. "Animal (**** Like A Beast)" (1984)
W.A.S.P.
W.A.S.P. is among the most controversial artists of all time. Their musical style is somewhere between glam metal and thrash, and it's because they sound so raw that this L.A. band has become so popular. Originally intended for their self-titled debut album, "Animal (**** Like A Beast)" was dropped at the last minute, and released as their first single instead. However, it took awhile before the release, as Capitol Records backed out due to it sounding too controversial, and the song was shelved. (It was later released by Music For Nations.) However, Capitol was right; the song, though only one of the many controversial songs that W.A.S.P. has released, was cited numerous times as being way to sexual and explicit in its lyrics, as it said the 'F-word' too many times. It ended up ninth on the 'filthy fifteen' list of the Parents Music Resource Center. This is one time where a song is too offensive even for its writer, as frontman Blackie Lawless's religious beliefs now make him decide not to play it live.

#8. "Stairway To Heaven" (1971)
Led Zeppelin
Stairway To Heaven is one of the greatest and most popular songs of all time. Released in 1971 on Led Zeppelin's fourth album, the song was an instant hit, and is considered the greatest song in all of rock by many. However, it has had its share of controversy. Led Zeppelin allegedly had stolen the music for it from the band Taurus, and to top that, they have been blamed for backmasking on the track. The part which starts, "If there's a bustle in you hedgerow..." played backwards allegedly sounded like they were singing, "Here's to my sweet Satan," and, "I sing because I live with Satan." However, this was rebuked by the band and the studio's crew members, because their "turntables only play in direction – forwards." Robert Plant later said, "To me it's very sad, because 'Stairway to Heaven' was written with every best intention, and as far as reversing tapes and putting messages on end, that's not my idea of making music."


#7. "Angel Of Death" (1986)
Slayer
"Angel of Death", first released on Slayer's album Reign In Blood, is considered one of their greatest songs. However, due to the topic it focussed on, it became immensely controversial, as many people claimed that Slayer were Nazi sympathizers. However, the band has claimed that it's more of a documentary-type song, depicting what it was like in the prison camps. But no matter – "Angel of Death" has become one of the greatest metal songs of all time.

#6. "The Number of the Beast" (1982)
Iron Maiden
The second single and title track of Iron Maiden's third album, The Number of the Beast, which was their first album with frontman Bruce Dickinson, and went on to be one of their most successful and popular albums, this song was a rocker that is still hailed as one of Maiden's best, and one of the metal's best. With a killer riff, a screaming guitar solo, and vocals that brought chills, 'The Number of the Beast' could be considered Iron Maiden's signature song. While it was met with success, it was also claimed to be Satanic. However, the band has stated it wasn't; it was actually based on a nightmare bassist Steve Harris had after watching the movie Damien: Omen II. Harris later said, "It was mad. They completely got the wrong end of the stick. They obviously hadn't read the lyrics. They just wanted to believe all that rubbish about us being Satanists." Be that as it may, 'The Number of the Beast' is a devilish good song, and will continue to be one as long as metal is around.

#5. "Better By You, Better Than Me" (1978)
Judas Priest
"Better By You, Better Than Me" was originally by the band Spooky Tooth, but was infamously covered by Judas Priest. Their version was a lot faster, and ended up finding the band members in court! After the attempted suicides of two teens in 1985, Judas Priest was blamed for putting subliminal messages in the song. The case was later dismissed.

#4. "Entrails Ripped From A Virgin's ****" (1992)
Cannibal Corpse
Cannibal Corpse is one of the most violent and gory bands in history, so it's no wonder that they've managed to end up on this list. This song's title is so vulgar that you'd really need to wash your mouth out after saying it. Explicit lyrics, bloody album covers, and you've got yourself a truly controversial band.

#3. "Darling Nikki" (1984)
Prince
Okay, so Prince isn't really 'rock', per say, but "Darling Nikki" was so controversial that it just had to end up on this list. Released on his hugely successful album Purple Rain, this song was the reason that the Parents Music Resource Center was founded. After Tipper Gore found her daughter listening to it, she made the group, which pushed to have all 'bad' albums get warning labels on them. "Darling Nikki" also succeeded in getting the top spot on their 'filthy fifteen' list.

#2. "God Save The Queen" (1977)
Sex Pistols
If I was letting more than one song per band in, the Sex Pistols undoubtedly would have more songs in here. As it is, "God Save The Queen" 'deserves' its spot here, because when it was released in 1977, it caused a huge uproar. For one thing, it was released during Queen Elizabeth II's 'Silver Jubilee', and just about defamed her and England. For another, the single's cover featured a 'censored' version of the Queen on it. The BBC ended up sparking its own controversy when the single reached only number 2 on the charts. Many thought that the charts had been fixed to prevent it from reaching number 1.

Honorable (or rather, 'Dishonorable') Mentions


"Killing In The Name" - Rage Against The Machine
"Closer" - Nine Inch Nails
"Highway To Hell" - AC/DC

#1. "Suicide Solution" (1980)
Ozzy Osbourne
"Suicide Solution" was released on Ozzy Osbourne's debut solo album, Blizzard of Ozz, and like all songs on that album, had some stunning guitar work from Randy Rhoads, and great vocals from Ozzy himself. However, parents of a teen who had allegedly committed suicide while listening to the song filed a lawsuit against Osbourne in 1986, due to the song being, as they said, about committing suicide. However, Ozzy rebuked this, saying it was really about AC/DC frontman Bon Scott's death. The writer of the song itself, Bob Daisley, who was Ozzy's bassist, stated he actually had Ozzy himself and his alcohol addiction in mind when he wrote it. As it turned out, the court didn't find Osbourne responsible for the death, and the song has become a part of metal controversy history.


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Post by Hallowed Be Thy Name on Sat Dec 05, 2015 5:05 pm

These are some of the most beloved children's stories of all time. Welcome back for another list, and today I'm counting down the Top 10 Railway Series Books by the Rev. W. Awdry. This is the first of three lists of the Railway Series, and the other two will feature Christopher Awdry's stories, and conclude with the all-time greatest books. But for this list, I'm just looking at the original Railway Series written by the Reverend W. Awdry.

#10: The Eight Famous Engines
The Eight Famous Engines was one of the most innovative of all of the Railway Series books. It started out with a splash, as Percy found out that cars can overdo things. Then, Gordon ended up going to England, which turned out to be a big let-down. James and Toby got into a dilemma, and finally all of the Fat Controller's engines went to England. This book was originally titled The Fat Controller's Engines, and ended up being the very first book in the Railway Series NOT to be illustrated by C. Reginald Dalby. Instead, John T. Kenney took over, and brought the same kind of quality, but much more realistic illustrations to the table.

#9: Mountain Engines
Mountain Engines is a book that keeps popping up on lists of Railway Series books that should've been adapted for the TV Series. In it, the Skarloey Railway engines meet Culdee, and rack-rail engine who works on the mountains nearby. Culdee tells them about the perils of working so high up, and finally leaves to go back home. Then, he meets a new engine, Lord Harry, who is quite reckless and takes too many risks, which ultimately sees him being sent to the back of the shed. Luckily, he is able to prove himself to the Manager and the other engines when he saves a hurt climber. This book, the second to be illustrated by Gunvor and Peter Edwards, had some of the best illustrations in the entire Railway Series, and though the mountain engines were never seen again, fans still want to see them appear in the TV Series.

#8: Henry the Green Engine
Somewhat of a fan-favorite, Henry the Green Engine painted Henry in a better light than the previous book, Troublesome Engines, did. At first, Henry is feeling bad, as his coal is all wrong. He then gets Welsh coal, which makes him feel a lot better. However, he takes the 'Flying Kipper' one morning, and ends up having one of the most famous crashes in Railway Series history. Luckily, he gets a rebuild, which abolishes his need for the special coal, and the other stories just show what can happen when you're not thinking and acting right, as Gordon, Percy, and some boys learn. This book, the only one to have five stories instead of four, was actually a life saver. When the illustrators messed up how Henry was intended to look, the Rev. W. Awdry had actually thought of writing Henry out of the series. Luckily, he struck upon the idea to have Henry involved in a terrible accident, which meant he'd get a new shape, which would force the illustrators to draw him correctly. Henry has since gone on to other adventures, but it was really Henry the Green Engine that showed him at his best.

#7: Duke the Lost Engine
Duke the Lost Engine is a real classic. In it, the oldest engine on Sodor, Duke, gets rescued after Peter Sam and Sir Handel tell the other engines about him and how he was lost. Duke is countless times brought up as an engine that fans want to see more of, and this book is a popular one for that reason. Everything built up upon in previous Skarloey Railway books, and it culminated with this.


#6: Four Little Engines
The tenth book in the Railway Series, Four Little Engines brought us a whole new railway, which set everything up for the Culdee Fell and Arlesdale Railways. In this book, Skarloey meets two new engines, Sir Handel and Peter Sam. Things get off to a rough start, but while the new ones still have to work things out, Skarloey proved that oldies really are goldies. This book brought us the Skarloey Railway, which is now one of the most popular and greatest parts of Sodor.

#5: The Three Railway Engines
This is where it all started. In 1943, a little boy was in bed, sick with measles. His father decided to amuse him with stories of engines that could talk. He told him about Edward, and hardworking engine, Gordon, a proud and strong engine, and Henry, an engine so scared of rain that he stayed in a tunnel and wouldn't come out! The stories were eventually written down and published in 1945 as The Three Railway Engines. While the Reverend had no intention of continuing on after this first book, it ended up proving so popular that he wrote more, which soon became one of the greatest children's series.


#4: Duck and the Diesel Engine
Duck and the Diesel Engine was quite innovative to the entire Thomas series, both the books and the TV Series. In it, a diesel engine comes to the Island of Sodor for the first time, and soon dislikes Duck. The other engines, thanks to Diesel's lies, soon turn against Duck, and the Fat Controller sends him off to work with Edward. Luckily, Duck is able to prove himself, and Diesel is sent off in disgrace. This book had the 'Steamies VS Diesels' rivalry for the very first time, which is still a plot in the TV Series today.

#3: Troublesome Engines
When Henry, Gordon, and James feel that they've been wronged, the do the only logical thing – go on strike. Unfortunately for them, it backfires, with the Fat Controller locking them up in the shed. Luckily, they are able to come out again, and everything returns to normal. Troublesome Engines was a hugely monumental book in the Railway Series, as it brought us one of the greatest characters of all time – Percy. It seems strange to imagine Sodor now without him, and this book really was a highlight in the series.

#2: Thomas the Tank Engine
Even if you don't know anything about the Railway Series, you've probably heard of Thomas the Tank Engine. This little blue train who 'wanted to see the world' has stolen the hearts of countless children of the many years that he's been around. He's so popular that a TV show was even made for him, which was called – you guessed it – Thomas & Friends. This book introduced us to Thomas, and showed us that though he's cheeky, he has a good heart. Countless people grew up reading about him and his friends, or watched his show, and that's why this book is so high. The nostalgia that this little train is unbelievable. It's a timeless children's classic, and it will be for many more years.

Honorable Mentions


Toby the Tram Engine
The Twin Engines
Very Old Engines
Main Line Engines
Small Railway Engines

#1: Enterprising Engines
When steam engines were finally withdrawn in 1968 and diesel engines put in their place, many nostalgic railfans were saddened to say the least. The Rev. W. Awdry was one of them. In Railway Series book number 23, he dealt with the topic – and not only that, but he dealt with it brilliantly. His thoughts echoed many others', and Enterprising Engines has become a fan favorite amongst Railway Series books. In it, the Fat Controller brought the real engine Flying Scotsman to Sodor to help out a depressed Gordon, and Douglas saved a steam engine, Oliver, from scrap in one of the most epic of all Railway Series stories. Also, in another story, 'Super Rescue' – which has gone on to be considered one of, if not the, greatest Railway Series story of all time – Henry proved that steam was not useless, dead, or worthy to be scrapped, when he rescued two failed diesel when he himself had failed. This then, can rightfully be called the greatest of all Railway Series books. It proved that while diesels may be efficient, steam was still the best of the best.


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Post by Hallowed Be Thy Name on Sat Dec 26, 2015 1:20 am

These songs bring back lots of memories. Welcome back for another list, and today I'm counting down The Top 10 Nostalgic Rock Songs. For this list, and I'm looking at songs that sound a certain way, and stimulate our memories. I'm choosing only one song per artist as well. Note, that this is just a rock list - otherwise, "Auld Lang Syne" would have definitely made it.

#10: "The Boys of Summer" (1984)
Don Henley
As time goes on, things start to change - like love. Arguably Don Henley's greatest song, "The Boys of Summer" tells of someone who has left her lover for someone else. It's a bit sad almost, and it definitely brings out some nostalgia, as it was written about the changing generations. It's definitely something that will bring back memories of days gone by.

#9: "November Rain" (1992)
Guns N' Roses
While I could have chosen many other Gn'R songs, like "Knockin' On Heaven's Door", "Sweet Child O' Mine", "Civil War", or "Patience", it's "November Rain" that makes this list. It wasn't really until 1992, but work had begun at least by 1983. Axl Rose knew that it would "some day be really cool" - and he was right. Released on Use You Illusion I, this song is a Guns N' Roses staple, and, written in the form of a power ballad, gets it's way on my list.

#8: "Street of Dreams" (1983)
Rainbow
"Street of Dreams" is one of Rainbow's most popular and greatest songs. The music is superb; the vocals are incredible. The two work together to bring forth a song loaded with nostalgia - I've seen this place before, and you were standing by my side - Do you remember me on a Street of Dreams? - and it really does almost want to make you cry.

#7: "Mama, I'm Coming Home" (1991)
Ozzy Osbourne
Among Ozzy Osbourne's best albums is his 1991 classic, No More Tears. The album spawned many successful songs, but one of them stands out, melody-wise. "Mama, I'm Coming Home" is perhaps the Prince of Darkness's most beautiful songs. In certain parts, it can almost make you cry. It definitely can make you notalgic.

#6: "Carry On Wayward Son" (1976)
Kansas
"Dust In The Wind" very nearly made the list, but I chose "Carry On Wayward Son" instead. It's more hard rock, but that doesn't detract from the feelings of nostalgia. The switch between guitar and piano works well, and it really, undoubtedly deserves its place on this list.

#5: "Hotel California" (1977)
Eagles
This is one of the Eagles most popular and greatest songs. "Hotel California", from the acoustic intro to the great guitar solo, undoubtedly is able to bring back some memories, and is most certainly a nostalgic song. Whilst it's still debated about what it is actually about, there's no denying that this song is one of the best.

#4: "Dream On" (1973)
Aerosmith
Aerosmith is considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time, but when they first started, they did not catch on quickly. It wasn't until their third album, Toys In The Attic, that people really started to notice them. One track from their debut ended up being rereleased, and that's when people also started noticing the power ballad "Dream On", now considered one of Aerosmith's, and classic rock in general, greatest songs. It's still popular today, and undoubtedly brings back some fond memories.

#3: "Yesterday" (1965)
The Beatles
While I could have chosen both "Hey Jude" or "Let It Be", it's "Yesterday" that deserves to be on this list. The most covered song in history, with over 2,200 covers, "Yesterday" is considered one the greatest songs of all time. It's about the break-up of a relationship, delivered in a perfect style, as Paul McCartney shows. It gets you thinking - you minute, everything's fine - the next, "now I need a place to hide away, oh I believe in Yesterday."

#2: "Summer of '69" (1985)
Bryan Adams
"Summer of '69" is cited time and time again as being one of the most nostalgic songs of all time. It's lyrics are filled with looking back at a summer a long time ago, and it has become Bryan Adams's most popular song. It very nearly got the top spot; however, 'Summer of '69' is misinterpretated and actually means a less-than nostalgic meaning, so it comes in at a close second.

Before I unveil my top pick, here are a few

Honorable Mentions


"Imagine" - John Lennon
"Free Bird" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" - Green Day
"Stairway To Heaven" - Led Zeppelin
"Master of Puppets" - Metallica

#1: "Don't Stop Believin'" (1981)
Journey
Just a small town girl, livin' in lonely world; she took the midnight train going anywhere. Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" is perhaps their most popular song, and it features one of the greatest keyboard riffs in history. It has been described as a perfect song, and that's quite possible. At any rate, most people know what song it is when it comes on, and it is still loved to this day.


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Post by Hallowed Be Thy Name on Sat Dec 26, 2015 3:07 pm

When you think of 'metal', these just might come to mind. Welcome back for another list, and today I'm counting down The Top 10 Iconic Metal Album Covers. For this list, I'm looking at metal album covers that everyone knows, and which have become extremely popular. I'm not looking at best, however - if that were the case, Mastodon's Leviathan might have made it. And again - only one album per artist.


#10: Seasons In The Abyss (1990)
Slayer
Slayer's first four albums showed that they really meant business, and their greatest album, Reign In Blood, is considered one of the greatest metal albums of all-time. However, it's their fifth album Seasons In The Abyss that makes the list. After Reign In Blood, this is just about their very best, featuring tracks like "War Ensemble", "Seasons In The Abyss", and "Dead Skin Mask". The album cover is slightly creepy, but ultimately, one of metal's best.


#9: Rising (1976)
Rainbow
Rising is, without a doubt, Rainbow's very best, featuring their massively successful song "Stargazer". Considered one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time, the album cover is just as iconic as the album itself, featuring a hand rising out of the water holding a rainbow.


#8: Vulgar Display of Power (1992)
Pantera
This is one of the rawest and hardest albums of all time - for one thing, it's title is taken from the extremely scary horror movie The Excorcist; for another, it even has a song called "****ing Hostile"! On top of that, the album cover features a man getting punched - allegedly, he was paid $10 a punch, and ended up being punched 30 times before they got the right picture. If that's not vulgar, then what is?


#7: Rust In Peace (1990)
Megadeth
Megadeth's two greatest albums were Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? and Rust In Peace, and the album covers were excellent, too. While Peace Sells is good, when you think of Megadeth's mascot, Vic Rattlehead, you'll probably be thinking of Rust In Peace. Featuring some of their best songs, such as "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due", "Hangar 18", and "Tornado of Souls", this album is undoubtedly excellent, and the album cover makes the list, thanks to its politically frightening image.


#6: Screaming For Vengeance (1982)
Judas Priest
While British Steel might be the more popular cover, I've chosen Screaming For Vengeance. Judas Priest's commercial breakthrough, this album features some of their most popular songs, such as "The Hellion/Electric Eye", "Screaming For Vengeance", and "You've Got Another Thing Comin'". It's cover featured an incredibly fast and sleek steel bird, that looked as if it really was 'screaming for vengeance'.


#5: Holy Diver (1983)
Dio
The debut album of Ronnie James Dio's band Dio was their best, and featured some of their most popular songs, such as "Holy Diver", "Rainbow In The Dark", and "Straight Through The Heart". The album cover featured their devilish mascot Murray. You can feel the man's terror as he looks at this beast, and the album cover had to be on here.


#4: Blizzard of Ozz (1980)
Ozzy Osbourne
After being kicked out of Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne proved everyone wrong when he released his debut solo album, Blizzard of Ozz. He had thought his career over; as it turned out, it had been a chapter closed, as he went on to release many more great songs and albums. I could have also chosen Diary of a Madman, but it's Blizzard of Ozz that's better and much more iconic, and ultimately worthy of being on this list.


#3: Master of Puppets (1986)
Metallica
While all of Metallica's first five albums, Kill 'Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master of Puppets, ...And Justice For All, and Metallica (the Black Album) could have made the list, I chose Master of Puppets. It was an extremely successful and influential album, and the album is easily recognized. No other Metallica album could have made this list, and it almost ended up as #1.


#2: Black Sabbath (1970)
Black Sabbath
One of the darkest albums up to that point in time, metal just about started when Black Sabbath released their extremely influential debut. The album cover was a bit creepy, featuring a woman standing in front of Mapledurham Watermill in Oxfordshire. To add to that, her name has been forgotten with time. This album cover also nearly made #1, but ended up just falling short.

Before I unveil my number 1 pick, here are a few

Honorable Mentions


Welcome To Hell - Venom
Motorhead - Motorhead
Balls To The Wall - Accept
Bonded By Blood - Exodus
Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part I - Helloween


#1: The Number of the Beast (1982)
Iron Maiden
Almost any of Iron Maiden's albums could have made the list, and even gotten the top spot. Indeed, I was debating whether I should put Killers on the list, but it was The Number of the Beast that was the band's breakthrough, and has subsequently gone on to be considered one of the greatest metal albums of all time. Whilst it was surrounding with controversy, there is no denying that Iron Maiden was a force to be reckoned with, and the album cover is so recognizable and iconic, it just had to be number 1.


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Post by Hallowed Be Thy Name on Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:39 pm

Bang your head!! Welcome back for another list, and today I'm counting down The Top 10 Songs to Headbang To. For this list, I'm looking at songs that make people want to slam their heads up and down, and really rock. I'm looking at 70s-early 90s, as anything after that would be too hard to rank. And again, only one song per artist.

#10: "Balls To The Wall" (1983)
Accept
The title track from the German metal band's fifth studio album, "Balls to the Wall" has gone on to become Accept's signature song. And why not? It gets you pumping, and though it may not be as fast as "Fast as a Shark", it's still one of the greatest metal songs of all time. Also, this song's can get you headbanging as well!

#9: "Hangar 18" (1990)
Megadeth
Considering that Dave Mustaine got neck injuries do to headbanging, it's not surprising that Megadeth should be on this list. While "Rattlehead" and "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" could have also made this list, I've chosen "Hangar 18" instead. This song was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 1992 Grammy Awards, and is one of four songs that are considered Megadeth's best. This song is also stuffed with solos, going back and forth between Mustaine and Marty Friedman. It's definitely a song to headbang to.

#8: "The Number of the Beast" (1982)
Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden's album The Number of the Beast is considered one of the greatest metal albums of all time, and the title track is one of Iron Maiden's most popular songs. Upon release, it sparked plenty of controversy from religious groups, and burnings of the band's albums were organized. Despite this, "The Number of the Beast" is still one of the greatest metal songs of all time, and if you want to headbang to Maiden, this is the song to do it to.

#7: "****ing Hostile" (1992)
Pantera
One of Pantera's fastest and most vicious songs, "****ing Hostile" clocks in at just 2:48. It's very fast, with a kick-a** riff and solo courtesy of Dimebag Darrell Abbot, and Phil Anselmo's vocals seal your fate. This song is definitely a headbanger, and if you like Pantera, you can't really go wrong.

#6: "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (1991)
Nirvana
When "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was released no one could understand the words. Even after they found out the lyrics, they still didn't get it. Nevertheless, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" has gone on to be considered one of the greatest songs of all time, and is still popular to this day. It's also a headbanging-type of song, and a good one to jump around to.

#5: "Master of Puppets" (1986)
Metallica
While the song "Whiplash" could have been on this list, as it is a song about headbanging, I've chosen "Master of Puppets" instead. This song is one of the greatest metal songs of all time, and could be considered Metallica's signature song. With a long guitar solo, and a rockin' riff, this is an excellent choice for headbangers.

#4: "Caught In A Mosh" (1987)
Anthrax
Moshing and headbanging may be two different things, but there's no denying that this track is just as fun to headbang to. One of Anthrax's most popular and best songs, "Caught In A Mosh" became a mosh anthem after its release in 1987, and is still popular in the mosh pit today.

#3: "Painkiller" (1990)
Judas Priest
"Painkiller" was way different than anything else down by Judas Priest. It was one of the fastest songs, the drumming was quite sophisticated, and the guitars were just shredding away - and then, to top that off, Rob Halford was just screaming during the whole song. While perhaps the cover version by the band Death would have also been good on the list, it's the original that gets on it, as the music video showed them just banging their heads away.

#2: "Metal Health" (1983)
Quiet Riot
A song that explicitly shouts "Bang your head!" in the chorus is more than likely going to find its way into a top 10 list of headbanging songs. While this song is more hair metal than actually metal, there's no denying that it makes a great song to headbang to. So, do as they say: Bang you head!!

Before I unveil my #1 pick, here are a few

Honorable Mentions


"Kickstart My Heart" - Motley Crue
"Paranoid" - Black Sabbath
"Paradise City" - Guns N' Roses
"I Wanna Rock" - Twisted Sister
"Blackout" - Scorpions

#1: "Raining Blood" (1986)
Slayer
If you don't headbang during a Slayer song, either you can't, or something's wrong with you. This entire list could have been Slayer, notably the songs "Seasons In The Abyss" and "War Ensemble", but if you're going to choose one, it has to be "Raining Blood". Whenever it comes on, the crowd goes wild. Slayer themselves do some of the best headbanging during the song, and "Raining Blood" tops more headbanging lists than any other song. It is most definitely the best song to headbang to.


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Post by Toz76 on Mon Dec 28, 2015 10:28 pm

Headbanging... I hope that's not literally bashing your head against things, that would be painful...

On another note, I love Smells Like Teen Spirit, although it's definitely hard to make out the lyrics... Razz

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Post by Hallowed Be Thy Name on Tue Dec 29, 2015 2:31 am

Get ready to get scared. Welcome back for another list, and today I'm counting down The Top 10 Iconic Horror Movie Villains. For this list, I'm looking at villains from horror films that everyone knows, and/or have been influential in the horror genre. I'm excluding monsters, though, so you won't see King Kong or Godzilla here.

#10: Pinhead
"Hellraiser" series (1987-2011)
Pinhead was a different take on a horror movie villain. Whereas most of the horror villains of the time were either completely mute or joked during a killing, Pinhead was quiet, but also articulate and intelligent. A leader of the Cenobites, Pinhead was once a human, but turned into a creature that lived in an extradimensional realm, who traveled through a puzzle box called the Lament Configuration - which looked a lot like a Rubik's Cube. Pinhead has been raising hell for years, and has become quite an iconic villain.

#9: Jack Torrance
"The Shining" (1980)
While author Stephen King was not a big fan of Jack Nicholson playing Jack Torrance in the adaptation of his book The Shining, there's no denying that it's Nicholson that everyone thinks of when they hear 'Jack Torrance'. Unlike the novel, in which Torrance slowly gets worse, the movie version showed Torrance as a maniac right from the beginning. Also unlike the novel, Torrance does not redeem himself. This film is still considered one of the greatest horror movies of all time, with the "Heeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny!" scene as one of the best horror movie scenes as well.

#8: Norman Bates
"Psycho" series (1960-1998)
The infamous shower scene in the movie Psycho is considered one of the most iconic horror movie moments of all time, so it's little wonder that Norman Bates should get a spot on this list. A maniac who was treated badly by his mother, whom he murdered, comes to feel as though his mother is still alive, and living in him. Thus, he changes from 'Norman' to 'Mother', and kills anyone whom he feels attracted to. It's downright frightening, and Alfred Hitchcock most certainly did an excellent job crafting the story together.

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Post by Hallowed Be Thy Name on Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:34 am

Thomas & Friends has often been called sexist, due to the fact that females in the show are not as present as males. However, the females that are in it are often some of the best characters in the show over all, and as such, this list wasn't the easiest to make! But without further adieu, here are

The Top 10 Female Thomas Characters

#10: The Express Coaches
The Express Coaches are, in my opinion, some the most overlooked characters in the series. Granted, the same could be said for a lot of other coaches, but still, without them, Gordon wouldn't be the same engine we all know and love today. Thus, they've gotten a spot on this list.

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