I was going to give my co-worker a ride to her house, and when I turned my car on the song "Fade to Black" by Metallica was blasting! I was a bit embarrassed, I told her "sorry, that's my favorite song ever!" The statement caught me off guard for a second.... I never claimed a favorite song! According to my counter on iTunes, I've listened to it 4x more than my #2 song. Something about that song just does it for me!
I think it's the perfect ballad. And this was in a time, in 1984, when all the ballads where just so awful. They were mosty used for hair bands to sell records. I apologize for people that like those ballads, but those songs make me want to barf! Metallica showed them how it was done. Excellent musicianship, beautiful meaningful lyrics, and at the end they still rocked out and it ended with a great solo! They showed they can slow it down and write a great ballad without sacrificing the heavier elements, but at the same time not go 100% hardcore with it.
Sorry, I probably sound like a teenager blabbering on about a song. I just had the thought in my head and had to blog about it!