The virtual band Gorillaz, created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, has enriched the world of music with a unique blend of rock, hip-hop, and electronic sounds. Since their debut in 2001, they’ve had a tremendous influence on how we perceive musical genres. So, which Gorillaz tracks should be on your must-listen list? Here’s the top 10!
Aries, a relatively recent release from 2020, is a melancholic journey that delves deep into the band’s electronic roots. Featuring a guest appearance by Peter Hook, known for his work with Joy Division and New Order, the track emanates an ’80s vibe that effortlessly blends with Gorillaz’s modern style.
Released in 2010, Stylo is a lush blend of synthpop and showcases the legendary vocals of Bobby Womack. The track unfolds like a futuristic road trip, accompanied by a music video worthy of an action film. It’s often lauded for its seamless fusion of old-school and modern influences.
19-2000 is one of those Gorillaz hits that’s impossible to get out of your head. Launched in 2001, the song revolves around a simple yet catchy melody with lyrics that feel both nostalgic and futuristic. It’s also the track that introduced many to the unique concept of a “virtual band.”
7. Dirty Harry
Dirty Harry showcases the versatility of Gorillaz in a singular way. With influences ranging from hip-hop to children’s choir vocals, this track offers a sonic playground that smoothly transitions from one genre to the next. Featured on the 2005 album “Demon Days,” it embodies the band’s adventurous spirit.
Dare is an electro-pop gem that makes it hard to sit still. Featuring guest vocals by Shaun Ryder, this song is one of Gorillaz’s most accessible and danceable tracks. Its catchy melody and upbeat rhythms make it a fan-favorite during live performances.
5. Rhinestone Eyes
From the 2010 album “Plastic Beach,” Rhinestone Eyes is a rich tapestry of electronic sounds and thoughtful lyrics. Full of symbolism and dark themes simmering under the surface, it’s a must-listen for those looking to explore the band’s more profound work.
4. Empire Ants
Empire Ants is a lesser-known but deeply beloved track among fans. The song starts off slow and dreamy before transforming into a pulsating, almost hypnotic electronic section. This track is a masterclass in dynamics and mood, showcasing the artistic breadth of Gorillaz.
3. Clint Eastwood
Gorillaz broke through with Clint Eastwood, a track still considered one of their finest. Featuring the iconic rap of Del the Funky Homosapien and an unforgettable melody, this song has stood the test of time with flying colors.
2. Feel Good Inc.
Feel Good Inc. is perhaps Gorillaz’s most well-known track. It combines rock, hip-hop, and electronic music in a way that is both mainstream and edgy. The addictive bassline and unique rap from De La Soul make this song a modern classic.
1. On Melancholy Hill
Topping the list is On Melancholy Hill, a track that perfectly illustrates Gorillaz’s ability to evoke deep emotions. With its serene melody and sensitive lyrics, the song stands as a testament to the band’s versatility and emotional depth.