As recently mentioned, I'm a pretty big fan of Spotify. Speaking as someone who never got over getting burned by my purchase of Stroke 9's Nasty Little Thoughts I'm a big fan of having the chance to listen to a record all the way through before making a purchase.
In their advertising the company is quick to promote the fact that they have millions of tracks just waiting to be streamed. Chances are good that if you want to hear a song it'll be there.
But not always.
Even with Spotify's millions of tracks, some of the biggest songs in the rock music canon are unavailable in their original form. That's OK, because in many cases there's a suitable alternative just a few clicks away. Here are ten of the missing tracks, along with replacements that are in the same ballpark.
10. "Pour Some Sugar On Me," Def Leppard Yes, the anthem to countless pole dances across this fair nation is unavailable for streaming, as is most of the Leppard catalogue. If you're looking to get your fix of the group your options are limited to a live album, except in the case of "Pour Some Sugar On Me." If you don't mind listening to the band go through the motions there's a 2012 rerecording of the track available.
9. "Enter Sandman," Metallica It's not exactly shocking that Metallica hasn't embraced a service that they don't own themselves. Fortunately for fans, some of their tracks have snuck into the service via compilation albums. One of those features a trio of songs from their performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert, including the 2009 version of the band performing their biggest song.
8. "Money," Pink Floyd Although 2011 was dubbed by their label as "The Year of Pink Floyd," that goodwill did not extend to putting their albums up to be streamed online. Your dreams of syncing up Dark Side of the Moon to The Wizard of Oz for free may have been dashed but if you're in need of a Floyd fix there is hope. Roger Waters has most of his catalogue up on the site, including many Floyd classics via In The Flesh.
7. "In Your Eyes," Peter Gabriel For some reason Peter Gabriel never struck me as a guy who cared much about streaming royalties, but the lack of his music on the service says otherwise. You're not going to be streaming this song off a phone connected to a boom box to impress the love of your life unless you're cool with the Live Blood version of the track.
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6. "Du Hast," Rammstein I learned this one the hard way back when I was prepping to review the band's show at the Toyota Center. While there's no version of the song, live or otherwise, on Spotify by the group themselves, there is one by Volkerball, the world's premiere Rammstein cover band. Or so I assume -- they don't strike me as a group that has a whole lot of cover bands.
5. "Thunderstruck," AC/DC They may have given into the forces over at Apple, but AC/DC have yet to license out a single track they've ever recorded to Spotify. So what do you listen to when you want to get pumped up and the AC/DC original isn't available? You listen to "Thunderstruck" by Thunderstruck from the album Thunderstruck. Duh.
4. "Stinkfist," Tool Spotify features plenty of albums from Tool side projects, including A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, and Pigmy Love Circus, but doesn't even have an artist page for the band. Even AC/DC has an artist page. All I can really suggest here is that you check out this pretty cool Maya Hyena version of "Stinkfist."
3. "Hotel California," Eagles When you've sold as many albums as these guys have and command the ticket prices they do, you why bother licensing your music to Spotify? Luckily this song is abnormally popular, so you have your pick of covers to choose from, from Nancy Sinatra to the Gypsy Kings to William Hung.
2. "Stairway to Heaven," Led Zeppelin The Led Zeppelin tracks on Spotify are limited to something literally titled "Led Zeppelin Audio Documentary." So if you can't have the original, ask yourself: how do you want your "Stairway To Heaven" today? Your choices include, but are not limited to, reggae, piano tribute, bluegrass, symphonic, hair metal, and Mary J. Blige. Choose wisely.
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1. "Imagine," John Lennon While there's no puzzle piece missing from the Spotify puzzle as big as the Beatles, no single song is missing as much as "Imagine." As just one of many examples, it's worth noting that "Imagine" is the only song in the Top 10 of Rolling Stone's Greatest Songs of All Time list not available for streaming. Nothing I recommend is really going to compare, so let me suggest avoiding the phoned-in Avril Lavigne and A Perfect Circle versions.