When considering the 10 best Molly Hatchet songs, you're likely to encounter a joker who will quickly inform you that there is only one good Molly Hatchet song. (Care to guess which one?) But the Jacksonville-based Southern rockers actually had a run of too-often-overlooked material that secured their legacy alongside brethren like Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special. Here's our list of the Top 10 Molly Hatchet Songs:
'Justice'From 'Justice' (2010)
Guitarist Bobby Ingram said 2010's 'Justice' represented a mission to show the world that "Southern rock and Molly Hatchet still operate on full throttle." Listening to the title track, it's hard to disagree. "Justice" easily fits onto this list of the best Molly Hatchet songs and proves that, decades after their hey day, there was still plenty of gas left in the tank.
'Sweet Dixie'From 'No Guts, No Glory' (1983)
After a brief attempt at a solo career, original lead vocalist Danny Joe Brown reunited with Molly Hatchet in 1983 for their fifth album, the aptly titled 'No Guts, No Glory.' As the title suggests, "Sweet Dixie" is a Southern rock romp that will get your toes tapping.
'Boogie No More'From 'Flirtin' with Disaster' (1979)
Whenever they got fed up with playing to audiences who were super glued to their seats as if attending a ballet, Molly Hatchet used "Boogie No More" to showcase their intent to "rock you until the break of day." We'd say that their plan was a success.
'Beatin' the Odds'From 'Beatin' the Odds' (1980)
Molly Hatchet's third album, 1980's 'Beatin' the Odds,' saw the band experimenting with a harder-edged sound and smoother vocals courtesy of new vocalist Jimmy Farrar. One thing that hadn't changed was an ability to string together a good set of riffs.
'Fall of the Peacemakers'From 'No Guts, No Glory' (1983)
Featuring multiple layers, from the acoustic opening that stretches out for nearly a minute and a half, "Fall of the Peacemakers" has guitar solos a plenty (and even a stray synth or two), to go with a passionate lead vocal from Danny Joe Brown. Written as a tribute to John Lennon, this is one of the best Molly Hatchet songs that you might have missed.
'Gator Country'From 'Molly Hatchet' (1978)
A quick signature whistle from Brown is the launching point for an ode to "Gator Country" that name-checks nearly everybody in the Southern rock genre from Dickie Betts to the Outlaws. In the end, who wouldn't want to hang out "where the wine and the women are free"? Bottoms up!
'Bounty Hunter'From 'Molly Hatchet' (1978)
Here's one that really shows the vocal diversity of Danny Joe Brown, who lets loose an opening bellow that will curdle your blood before slipping into a smooth Southern-rock croon of a vocal. This rattlesnake shakin' number tells of "outlaws on the loose," and as you probably guessed, Brown is the bounty hunter that has been dispatched to bring them in.
'Whiskey Man'From 'Flirtin' with Disaster' (1979)
"Whiskey Man," with a title that could be a Lynyrd Skynyd outtake, is powered along by Molly Hatchet's trademark triple-guitar attack. Dave Hlubek, Steve Holland and Duane Roland thunder in like a herd of buffalo as Brown adds some greasy harp work up front.
'Dreams I'll Never See'From 'Molly Hatchet' (1978)
It takes balls to cover a legendary Southern rock band on your debut album, but that's exactly what Molly Hatchet did when they recorded their take on "Dreams" by the Allman Brothers Band. Jettisoning the swampy gospel of the original in favor of a more up-tempo shuffle, the Hatchet version simply grooves in a way that Gregg Allman probably never imagined.
'Flirtin' With Disaster'From 'Flirtin' with Disaster' (1979)
Let's face it : If you're familiar with the music of Molly Hatchet, it's probably because of this song. It starts with a monster opening guitar riff and arguably, the band never sounded larger in scope than they do here. Easily the best song in the Hatchet catalog, this is the one that started it all for Molly Hatchet. Best part of the song? It's gotta be the forever classic "uh, bop bop yeah" vocal moment from Brown.