Dee Snider Ain't Gonna Take It





This is as much a story as an opportunity to show off Erin Chandler's new tattoo [pictured]. Yes, she lost the bet, but I digress. As the song goes, he's not gonna take it. SMF Dee Snider, Twisted Sister frontman and five-nights-a-week deejay on Philadelphia radio station WMMR-FM, didn't like what he heard with what listeners of a British radio station Planet Rock decided were the Top 10 rock songs of all time. "It was getting picked up all over the world as gospel," said Snider, who's known for not pulling any punches. "I said, `What are we, wood? Why should we have to sit here and be subjected to some arbitrary ... list out of England? Let's subject them to my arbitrary ... list."

So he did. WMMR conducted an online poll for several months and we have the results. "It's a little harder, a little edgier," Snider said. We have both lists so you can judge for yourself. It's the nuanced genuis of moving Queen from #3 to #9 that proves Dee ain't no fool. Well played Mr. Snider.

The Dee Snider list:

01. "Stairway To Heaven" Led Zeppelin
02. "Back In Black" AC/DC
03. "One" Metallica
04. "Freebird" Lynyrd Skynyrd
05. "Sweet Child Of Mine" Guns 'N' Roses
06. "Enter Sandman" Metallica
07. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Nirvana
08. "For Those About To Rock" AC/DC
09. "Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen
10. "Gimme Shelter" The Rolling Stones

The Planet Rock List from the UK [for reference]:

01. "Stairway To Heaven" Led Zeppelin
02. "Freebird" Lynyrd Skynyrd
03. "Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen
04. "Smoke On The Water" Deep Purple
05. "Paranoid" Black Sabbath
06. "Whole Lotta Love" Led Zeppelin
07. "Hotel California" The Eagles
08. "Rock And Roll" Led Zeppelin
09. "Highway To Hell" AC/DC
10. "All Along The Watchtower" Jimi Hendrix

Just so you know the voting was not rigged, no Twisted Sister songs cracked the WMMR top 10, although "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" came in at numbers 21 and 22 respectively. "The fix is in. I'm on the radio every night," Snider said with a laugh. "I wasn't pushing it, but, you know..."



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Dee Snider Ain't Gonna Take It