Top 10 Motley Crue Songs

Formed in 1980 in Los Angeles, California, Motley Crue is a hard rock band that's sold over 75 million albums around the world. They're famous as much for their sound as for their sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyles, which has earned them the nickname of the world's most notorious rock band. For this list, we’ve chosen our entries based on a combination of the artist’s fan favorites and their most commercially successful songs. Join as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Mötley Crüe songs.

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They’re the world’s most notorious rock band. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Mötley Crüe songs.

For this list, we’ve chosen our entries based on a combination of the artist’s fan favorites and their most commercially successful songs.

#10: “Girls, Girls, Girls”
Girls, Girls, Girls (1987)

As the first single and title cut off their fourth album, “Girls, Girls, Girls” gave the world’s most notorious rock band a top twenty hit in the late 1980s. Paying tribute to their love of sex and strip clubs, the glam and heavy metal single also helped Mötley Crüe nab the second spot on the Billboard 200 album chart – they achieved all this, despite an MTV-banned music video.

#9: “Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)”
Dr. Feelgood (1989)

Taken off their fifth album, this glam metal number is notable for its lyrics, which tell the story of a girl and her lesbian lover. As the fifth single from Dr. Feelgood, “Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)” is a funky rocker that’s got Mötley Crüe’s name written all over it.

#8: “Too Young to Fall in Love”
Shout at the Devil (1983)

Penned by bassist Nikki Sixx, this heavy metal tune was Mötley Crüe’s third single off their sophomore effort, Shout at the Devil. Though it only cracked the Billboard Hot 100, it’s considered a fan favorite and appeared in the “Grand Theft Auto” videogame series.

#7: “Dr. Feelgood”
Dr. Feelgood (1989)

Recounting the story of a Hollywood drug dealer, the title cut to Mötley Crüe’s fifth record gave the band their highest-charting single to date. Thanks to its funk rock elements and heavy metal style, “Dr. Feelgood” peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the band’s only gold-certified single in America.

#6: “Shout at the Devil”
Shout at the Devil (1983)

With a title like that, it’s probably not too surprising that Mötley Crüe garnered much negative attention from parents and religious groups who were worried they were encouraging Satanism. The band’s looks and sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle didn’t help matters either. Regardless, the dark and hard-hitting number remains one of their most well-known.

#5: “Home Sweet Home”
Theatre of Pain (1985)

Thanks to its accompanying music video, the glam metal power ballad made the band MTV favorites and a household name. Its lyrics proved Mötley Crüe had a softer side as well.

#4: “Wild Side”
Girls, Girls, Girls (1987)

Featuring multiple time signatures, a distorted guitar riff and a loud rock ‘n’ roll sound, Girls, Girls, Girls’ second single really showcased Mötley Crüe’s “wild side.” Written by Nikki Sixx, the song also demonstrated the band’s musical talents and is often played in concert.

#3: “Looks That Kill”
Shout at the Devil (1983)

The video for this Shout at the Devil track was one of the band’s first to find a home on MTV. Thanks to the song’s memorable riff, Mick Mars’ guitar solo and Vince Neil’s lead vocals, it also charted within the top sixty of the Billboard Hot 100. “Looks That Kill” continues to be played live.

#2: “Live Wire”
Too Fast for Love (1981)

As the only single off their debut Too Fast for Love, “Live Wire” was the world’s introduction to the band’s fusion of glam punk and heavy metal. The song did this so well that it helped Mötley Crüe nab a major label record deal for their next album. With its simple but heavy riffing and a self-directed music video, “Live Wire” is early Mötley Crüe at their best.

Honorable Mentions

“Smoke the Sky”
“Ten Seconds to Love”
“Primal Scream”

#1: “Kickstart My Heart”
Dr. Feelgood (1989)

Inspired by a nearly fatal heroin overdose that he suffered in the late 1980s, Nikki Six composed this Grammy-nominated single for their Dr. Feelgood album. Thanks to an unforgettable guitar riff, quick pace and special effects, “Kickstart My Heart” became a top thirty hit. Now, the pop culture staple is often used to pump up fans at various sporting events.

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