Jack White’s 10 Best Songs

Jack White performs live

Before he takes over Fenway Park tomorrow, let’s take a look back at the work of Jack White, one of music’s weirdest, most prolific, and consistent artists. The beginning of his eclectic, detailed career can be found in 1999, with the self-titled debut from his blues-rock duo The White Stripes.  Claiming his ex-wife drummer, Meg White, was his sister; dressing in red, black, and white; and crafting a sound that fusing a record collection of Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson with a Led Zepplin kick; he laid the groundwork for his thirteen years with the band. But it wasn’t until the White Stripes’ later albums- the varied breakout White Blood Cells (2001), hallmark Elephant (2003), hard-rocking finale Icky Thump (2007)- that cemented the band’s reputation as a seminal, distinct force in 21st century music. During that time, White formed two more indie rock bands (the dark, bizarre Dead Weather and lighter, more pop-centered Raconteurs) and produced an album for country legend Loretta Lynn. And then, on February 2, 2011 and after four years without an album, he announced The White Stripes’ breakup. More prolific than ever, he proved his love of vinyl by turning his label, Third Man Records, into a record geek heaven, opening a record store signing artists, and experimenting with the vinyl format in bizarre, surprising ways. He’s also released two terrific solo albums- 2012’s Blunderbuss and this year’s Lazaretto- proving no sign of slowing down as a musician. Now let’s get to it- the ten top tracks from White’s career…

10. Freedom At 21- Blunderbuss (2012)

9. Blue Blood Blues- Sea of Cowards (2010)

8. Sixteen Saltines- Blunderbuss (2012)

7. Level- Broken Boy Soldiers (2006)

6. That Black Bat Licorice- Lazaretto (2014)

5. My Doorbell- Get Behind Me Satan (2005)

4. We’re Going To Be Friends- White Blood Cells (2001)

3. Lazaretto- Lazaretto (2014)

2. Fell In Love With a Girl- White Blood Cells (2001)

1. Seven Nation Army- Elephant (2003)

Expect a concert review to come…

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One Comment

  • Anisa said:
    September 17, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Thanks for the great list and including some of my favorites. Looking forward to seeing Jack White perform live – again. I’m hoping the show will be electric!

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