From day one, rock and roll was never meant to be the most comfortable genre. Since this was the kind of music that made parents think Elvis Presley was the devil personified, we weren’t listening to these records just for easy listening in the background. This kind of music had the power to change the world, and some may have tried to use that power for evil.
Outside of the genesis of rock and roll, there are plenty of tracks on the more disturbing side of the spectrum. Whether it’s the story that unfolds in the lyrics or the way the song is constructed, they’re a lot spookier than the traditional party songs that many of us were used to back then. And funny enough, not all of them necessarily fall into the metal category either.
While some of the greatest metal bands of all time have earned a spot on this list here and there, the harsher songs don’t need to rely on distortion and screaming vocals to get their point across. . All they need is some music to make you really feel unsettled. Music is always meant to put you in some free space when you listen to it, and we’re about to step into some dark material on the horizon.
When it comes to the most dangerous rock and roll ever made, Tom Petty doesn’t automatically come to mind. For most of the new school, this is the kind of rock from the heart that you would expect from someone like Bruce Springsteen back then. Then again, even the Boss never had the guts to take on a song like Something Big.
From the first licks, it’s a far cry from anything like Here Comes My Girl, with it all looking like you’re in some sort of drunken haze. Once Tom opens his mouth, the lyrics are deadly, speaking of a man on the wrong side of the tracks who has finally been overtaken by his demons. Even though he was working to build himself, his shady practices came back to bite him, leaving him completely helpless in a motel room.
It’s not some kind of metaphor on Petty’s part either. Just wait for the last verse and you actually get the autopsy of the corpse of the man and the authorities attribute it to another sucker who was working on something big. Since a song like Refugee was the album before, it might as well be a song from an old western. In just a few short years, Petty grew up and inherited the genre of songwriting reserved for someone like Johnny Cash.