The 20 Best Arena Rock Songs of All Time

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Ex-Foreigner singer Lou Gramm has survived a lot -- a rare brain tumor, all the usual rock 'n' roll excesses, a feud with ex-bandmate Mick Jones, his old band continuing to tour with a karaoke singer that's replaced him -- and lives to play another day. And that day is today, when the 62-year-old drops by City Winery [8 p.m./$55-$65] with his band to play solo tunes and a healthy batch of Foreigner hits. To mark the occasion, here's a list of the 20 all-time best arena-rock songs: A slippery genre term, sure, but we're talking the big, anthemic classic rock that always worked best in a hockey rink with giant speakers, Jumbotrons and 20,000 drunk, stoned fans, and like pornography, you know it when you see, er, hear it (hint: Foreigner's on the list).


20. Eddie Money -- "Two Tickets to Paradise"
This song makes us happier than Eddie Money running a travel agency.


19. Night Ranger -- "Sister Christian"
Lets you know that no matter what, you'll be all right tonight, and we all need that reassurance once in a while.


18. Peter Frampton -- "Show Me the Way"
In the battle between talk-box, vocoder and Autotune, talk-box wins.


17. .38 Special -- "Caught Up in You"
These dudes made a good decision to drop the stupid Southern rock and slicken it up for mass consumption.


16. KISS -- "Strutter"
KISS blows, but guess we can't leave them out, so here's one of their only tolerable songs (thanks mainly to Ace).

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