OK, I get Guitar World’s point about the ending can be – should be - the most dramatic part of the song, and, like, fade outs are maybe over done. So, I wasn’t surprised to see Hotel California left off their list of Top 10 Greatest Rock and Roll Song Endings of All Time.
And the idea of a climax, as it were, to end the song, is laudable. But the songs selected seem to have endings bordering on the apocalyptic.
Don’t get me wrong. Won’t Get Fooled Again probably does have the best ending in the history of rock and roll, and the ending of 21st Century Schizoid Man sure fits the song. But how about The Beatles’ A Hard Days Night? Oops, GW doesn’t like endings with strange chords. Sure fits the song though. OK then, how about Help! Not enough guitar for you? So what. Listen to John’s voice.
Or, speaking of voices, how about Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit?
Well, if you want even more drama, how about Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody – or Under Pressure? Not loud enough?
OK, I give up. Drama bordering on self –immolation it is. So then how about including Deep Purple’s Child In Time, then? Or Hendrix’s Manic Depression?
But I’ll still take Nowehere Man or even Eight Days A Week.