by Justin Trudell
Ah, 2017, you beautiful disaster. This year wasn’t great, but it wasn’t the worst year either. So we decided to make a convoluted list in order to celebrate a handful of songs we love that just happen to feature some variation of the term “all right”. Here’s the Top 18 (because we’re going into 2018…GET IT!?) Songs that are all right by us. Feel free to tell us how big of idiots we are because we didn’t rank one of your favorite songs in the comments below!
18. “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” by Milky Chance
Yes, this a cover of the Bob Dylan song. The reason is that, frankly, Bob Dylan’s version puts me to sleep. Milky Chance injected some energy into an already great song.
17. “I’m Alright” by Kenny Loggins
Kenny Loggins was the king of movie soundtracks in the early 80s. So it’s no surprise this silly song is associated with the greatest golf movie of all time, Caddyshack.
16. “Everything is Alright” by Motion City Soundtrack
It starts kind of quiet, like my headphones aren’t fully plugged in, then rocks out from there.
15. “I’ll Be Alright” by Passion Pit
Passion Pit know how to make fun music and a hypnotic drumbeat. Keep up the good work.
14. “Jesus is Just Alright” by The Doobie Brothers
This is probably the second best religious rock song, just behind “Spirit in the Sky.”
13. “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)” by Rod Stewart
Watching this video is making me want to have sex with Rod Stewart. Dang bro, stop with the seductive looks, I can’t even concentrate anymore.
12. “Hey Ya” by Outkast
It’s not titled the same as the rest, but Andre 3k does say “alright” roughly 4,000 times after we discover the only thing cooler than being cool is ICE COLD. I’m cheating on this one. Whatever, get off my back. Why don’t you try coming up with 18 songs with “all right” in the title that aren’t complete shit, or are a variation of kids that either are, or are not, all right.
11. “It’s Alright” by Matt and Kim
The first thing that comes to mind when I hear this song now is that I need to buy a Buick. But, I’m not 85 years old, so I won’t be making that purchase anytime soon.
10. “Alright” by Supergrass
A mildly obnoxious piano riff starts this early 90s classic, but overall it’s way too cheery for me to stay annoyed. (Side note: Supergrass is a reference to weed, right?) Travie McCoy sampled this track in 2010 to create the incredibly inferior “We’ll Be All right“.
9. “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” by Stevie Wonder
Stevie! Such a great Motown song. The soul, the funk, the joy.
8. “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” by Elton John
Elton John knows how to party, but I’m not sure how many fights he gets into on Saturday nights.
7. “The Kids Aren’t Alright” by The Offspring
The green screen effects of this video have not aged well. Yikes. Plus, for some reason the song just cuts off awkwardly at like 2:54. They used to do that on TRL I guess, but that was 20 years ago. Why would the YouTube video do it?
6. “The Kids Are Alright” by The Who
Oh, The Who beg to differ with The Offspring, the kids seem to be just fine.
5. “Alright” by Jamiroquai
Funky as hell. Great dance track. I miss Jamiroquai. “Yea-hhh. All right. Let’s spend the night together. Wake up and live forever.”
4. “Feelin’ Alright” by Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker made a career out of covering songs with SO MUCH MORE SOUL than their original recordings. This track was written and performed by Traffic first, but Cocker took his gravely voice and made it into a groovy soulful smash hit.
3. “All Right Now” by Free
FUCK! That first chord is what classic rock was built on.
2. “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar
1. “Always Alright” by Alabama Shakes
Because Brittany Howard is a national treasure god damnit! No matter what this year has thrown at us, we’re alright, we’re always alright.