Top 10 Molly Hatchet Songs
When considering 10 of the 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?). The Jacksonville-based swamp rockers notched their place in musical history during the late '70s and early '80s with a series of albums that secured their legacy alongside similar sounding Southern rock brethren like Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special. Here's our list of the Top 10 Molly Hatchet Songs:
According to guitarist Bobby Ingram, their latest album, Justice (released in 2010), represents 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 for us to disagree. 'Justice' easily fits onto this list of the best Molly Hatchet songs and proves that, after nearly 40 years, there's plenty of gas left in the Hatchet.
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 jig of sorts that will get your toes tapping.
Clearly fed up with playing to audiences that were super glued to their seats as if attending a ballet, Molly Hatchet used 'Boogie' to showcase their intent to “rock you until the break of day.” Judging by the increase in loud music related incidents during the period, we'd say that their plan was a success.
Molly Hatchet's third album, 'Beatin' the Odds,' released in 1980, found the band experimenting with a harder-edged sound and smoother vocals courtesy of new vocalist Jimmy Farrar. One thing that hadn't changed was the band's ability to string together a good set of riffs.
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), and a passionate lead vocal from Hatchet's Danny Joe Brown. Written as a tribute to John Lennon, it's one of the best songs by Molly Hatchet that you might have missed.
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. After a brief review, we agree with the Hatchet boys -- we're gonna hang out here in Gator Country, “where the wine and the women are free.” Bottoms up!
Here's one that really shows the vocal diversity of Danny Joe Brown, who lets loose an opening bellow that will peel the blood from your innards before slipping into a smooth Southern rock mack daddy 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 hunt them down.
Although plenty of similarities can be found within the music of Molly Hatchet, 'Whiskey Man' is probably one of the few in the catalog that title-wise might seem like a Skynyrd outtake. The trademark triple guitar attack of Dave Hlubek, Steve Holland and Duane Roland thunders in like a herd of buffalo on 'Whiskey Man,' which also features some greasy harp work up front by Brown.
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.
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.