si_fuller (si_fuller) wrote,

Hottest 100 - The White Stripes, Seven Nation Army

Ranked #20 hottest song of all time. Released in 2003. Proof positive that all you need for a hit song is a killer riff. In this case the riff makes up almost the entire song. Amazingly, this actually works quite well, and doesn't get annoying at all. This one single is about the only truly great song they've done, though.

The White Stripes are a divorced couple, meaning most of their music only has a couple of instruments on it. Which adds to the appeal of this song. It's stripped back to its core elements, making it focused and powerful in a very different way to the huge sound of a full band or orchestra.

The song also has a spectacular video clip. Seven Nation Army is what Jack White used to call the Salvation Army when he was a kid.

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