Top 10 Rock and Metal Songs with Autobiographical Lyrics


The Top Ten

1 Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry died several months ago. R.I.P. - Metal_Treasure

2 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple

Band's autobiography:

"We all came out to Montreux
On the Lake Geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile
We didn't have much time
Frank Zappa and the Mothers
Were at the best place around
But some stupid with a flare gun
Burned the place to the ground" - Metal_Treasure

3 Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi

Lyrics to this song were written by Desmond Child and were partly inspired by his life in New York in the late 1970s, when he had to work as a taxi cab driver to make ends meet (in the 70s he wasn't famous yet).
Desmond Child is a professional songwriter with several Grammy winning songs (he usually writes music and not lyrics).
Check out my list: Greatest Hit Songs Co-Written by Desmond Child - Metal_Treasure

4 Bad Reputation - Joan Jett
5 Turn the Page - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
6 Alive - Pearl Jam
7 Ain't No Fun (Waiting Round to Be a Millionaire) - AC/DC
8 Castles Made of Sand - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
9 The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
10 In My Life - The Beatles

The Contenders

11 Love Tyger - Edguy

Tobi (in the lyrics) is Tobias Sammet - metal singer and author of the lyrics, known for his sense of humor, shown in this song, too:

"Tobi or not to be! Motown-god, just in white
Evel Kneevil of Rock just without evil bike
I would break my nose to make a stir
Break a rib to save the world from choreography
I say a lot I must not say
And yet I get paid quite okay" - Metal_Treasure

12 I Was Only Joking - Rod Stewart
13 Night Moves - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
14 Do Me Like a Caveman - Edguy
15 Do It Again - The Beach Boys
16 Eastbound Train - Dire Straits
17 Early Days - Paul McCartney
18 Enough - Heart
19 Guilty - Alice Cooper
20 Just Another Night - Cat Stevens
21 Keeping the Faith - Billy Joel
22 Last Runaway - W.A.S.P.
23 Liverpool 8 - Ringo Starr
24 Man of the World - Fleetwood Mac
25 Watching the Wheels - John Lennon
26 Tunnel of Love - Dire Straits
27 Village of the Sun - Frank Zappa
28 Too Dumb to Die - Green Day
29 These are the Days of Our Lives - Queen
30 The Worm - Audioslave
31 The Other Side of Liverpool - Ringo Starr
32 The Loner - Neil Young
33 Tangled Up in Blue - Bob Dylan
34 Talkin' New York - Bob Dylan
35 Tattoos & Tequila - Vince Neil
36 Stranger in This Town - Richie Sambora
37 Something in the Way - Nirvana
38 Someone Saved My Life Tonight - Elton John
39 Serve the Servants - Nirvana
40 Mr. Bad Guy - Freddie Mercury
41 Never Fade - Jack Johnson
42 No Brains - Sum 41
43 Nothing Left to Say but Goodbye - Audioslave
44 Nothing on Me - Keith Richards
45 Sexual Religion - Rod Stewart
46 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) - Bruce Springsteen
47 Road to Nowhere - Ozzy Osbourne
48 On My Way to Work - Paul McCartney
49 On the Road to Find Out - Cat Stevens
50 Fade to Black - Metallica
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