Whitesnake is an English hard rock band that formed in 1978, and David Coverdale, a former member of Deep Purple, put the band together. Originally, they were Coverdale’s backing band, but they want on to develop their own entity and become successful as a group. Between 1978 and the current day, Whitesnake has released 13 studio albums, nine compilation albums, seven live albums, nine video albums, two Eps, 29 music videos, and 40 singles. Here are the 10 best Whitesnake songs of all time ranked.
10. Now You’re Gone (1990)
‘Now You’re Gone’ was released in 1990, and it was the fourth single from the album’ Slip of the Tongue.’ It reached 15 on the US Mainstream Rock chart, 96 on the Billboard 100, and 31 in the UK charts. David Coverdale performed the vocals of this power ballad, accompanied by Adrian Vandenberg on the guitar. Whitesnake shot the music video to accompany the single at a live concert in Philadelphia.
9. Child of Babylon (1981)
‘Child of Babylon’ was the lead track on the second side of Whitesnake’s fourth studio album ‘Come an’ Get It.’ David Coverdale and Bernie Marsden wrote the song. It was inspired by the music of Led Zeppelin and Rainbow.
8. Slow an’ Easy (1984)
The fifth single released from the 1984 album ‘Slide It In’ was ‘Slow an’ Easy.’ It reached number 17 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. ‘Slow an’ Easy’ was co-written by David Coverdale and Micky Moody. Moody influenced the bluesy style of this track and made it different from the rest of the album, as the other songs have more of a glam rock influence. The band allegedly recorded the song at four in the morning after spending the previous night partying hard.
7. Cryin’ in the Rain (1982 and 1987)
Classic Rock History lists ‘Cryin’ in the Rain’ as one of Whitesnake’s best songs of all time. The song was originally released in 1982 as both a single and as a track from the album ‘Saints & Sinners.’ Like several other popular Whitesnake tracks, it was re-released in 1987 when it was included on the band’s self-titled album.
6. Love Ain’t No Stranger (1984)
‘Love Ain’t No Stranger’ is the fourth single that the band released from their 1984 album ‘Slide It In.’ It has become one of the staple songs that the band includes on their setlist when performing live. The song was well-received, and it reached number 34 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. However, it was slightly less successful in the UK, as it only achieved number 44 on the charts. It is a power ballad that starts off with a slow tempo but then changes to a hard-driving rock song midway.
5. Don’t Break My Heart Again (1981)
David Coverdale was inspired to write ‘Don’t Break My Heart Again’ after the breakdown of his first marriage. It was released as the lead single from the album ‘Come an’ Get It.’ Bernie Marsden performs the guitar solo on the track, and it was recorded on the first take. Marsden made several attempts to improve on his initial performance but eventually conceded that his first attempt was the best they would get.
4. Still of the Night (1987)
‘Still of the Night’ was released on March 9, 1987. It was the lead single from their self-titled 1987 album. David Coverdale and guitarist John Sykes wrote the track. The song reached number 16 on the UK charts, number 18 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and number 79 on the Billboard Hot 100. VH1 named the song the 27th best hard rock song of all time in 2009.
3. Fool for Your Loving (1980 and 1989)
The original version of ‘Fool for Your Loving’ was co-written by David Coverdale, Bernie Marsden, and Micky Moody. It was inspired by the breakdown of Coverdale’s first marriage. The trio wrote it for blues legend B.B. King, but they released the single themselves, and it was also a track on the album ‘Ready an’ Willing.’ It was Whitesnake’s first big hit and reached number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. In 1989, Whitesnake re-released the single, and it featured on the album’ Slip of the Tongue.’
2. Is This Love (1987 and 1994)
‘Is This Love’ was the second single released from the band’s 1987 self-titled album, and it is one of Whitesnake’s best-known tracks. It was one of Whitesnake’s biggest commercial successes, as it reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number nine on the UK Singles Chart. In 1994, Whitesnake re-released the song to promote their 1994 album ‘Whitesnake’s Greatest Hits.’ The band regularly includes the song in their live sets, so the song has also featured on several live albums.
1. Here I Go Again (1982 and 1987)
Ultimate Classic Rock lists ‘Here I Go Again’ as the best Whitesnake song of all time. The band originally released the song as both a single and a track on their 1982 album ‘Saints & Sinners.’ It did not rank in the US charts on its original release, and it peaked at number 34 in the UK. However, the band then released the song for the second time in 1987 as a single and a track on the 1987 album ‘Whitesnake.’ It had greater success the second time around, as it was a number one hit in the United States and reached number nine on the UK charts. It is considered one of the band’s most memorable songs.