In one of the most important debates of the 21st century, Massachusetts has a decision to make on its official state rock song. The two early favorites that emerged in the race are the Modern Lovers’ “Roadrunner” and Aerosmith’s “Dream On.”
The former is a loving tribute to Boston and the rest of the Commonwealth, referencing things like Rt. 128 that only residents of Mass. would know or appreciate. And it’s also managed to retain some influence as a classic rock hit. But standing in its way is the latter, the most famous song written by Boston’s most famous hometown band.
ZLX decided that just two songs is not enough to settle this debate. We turned to our fans on Facebook to give their suggestions for the Massachusetts state rock song, and got plenty of responses.
The most oft-cited song was The Standells’ “Dirty Water,” a staple of Boston songs. Despite it being more specifically about Boston than the entire state, it still stands as one of the Commonwealth’s most recognizable and revered tunes. Listen to that and a few more songs suggested by ZLX fans to be the Mass. state rock song…some more rocking (and with better connotations) than others.
The Standells – “Dirty Water”
Boston – “Rock and Roll Band”
The Bee Gees – “Massachusetts”
The Kingston Trio – “Charlie on the MTA”
The Beatles – “Taxman”
Bob Dylan – “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”
Those last unflattering two songs notwithstanding…We have some more choices to make for the official state rock song of Massachusetts! Think any of them can top “Roadrunner?” Vote below and tell us your choice in the comments.