Sleepy Hollow Records Greatest Songs Ever

‘Surrender’

From: ‘Heaven Tonight’ (1978)

The greatest power pop song ever crafted is this Cheap Trick classic, in which the band offers a different brand of teenage rebellion. The lyrics, written by Rick Nielsen and sent to the stratosphere by Robin Zander, tell us that our parents are just “a little weird” and that it’s better to surrender to their strangeness than get all upset about it. But, “don’t give yourself away.” ‘Surrender’ is a densely packed recording that easily soars in overdrive. And, like any Cheap Trick song, it’s even better in concert, when Rick straps on his five-neck axe and guitar picks rain down on the audience like confetti. “We’re all all right!

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