30. "Mechanical Animals" by Marilyn Manson
Despite the fact that in the eyes of the masses he transformed from Antichrist to Late Night punchline in less than a decade, Brian Warner and crew, better known to the world as Marilyn Manson, created some of the most memorable hard rock this side of the 70's. The album Mechanical Animals is another favorite album, and the title track is my favorite track off of that album. I like the way it changes from a 90's hard rock song to a 70's glam-rock song to an 80's industrial ballad and back, and it has a killer outro that builds up like a hand-grenade explosion. The lyrics are meaningful and interesting, full of Manson's usual creative wordplay, the music has its influences in just about everything, and more than anything else, it (like the album itself) shows a side to the band that no one ever expected.