7 Career-Defining Songs Of Nazareth

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It’s surreal to think about how Nazareth (then called the Shadettes) started out as a pop act before regrouping in 1968 with a new name and sound. The band is known for their brand of raw hard-rocking power and signature vocal chops courtesy of Dan McCafferty fronting them. Here are Nazareth’s most iconic songs in their years in the industry.

“Holiday” – Malice In Wonderland (1980)

The beginning of the ’80s forced much of the rockers in the industry to adapt or say goodbye to their careers. Nazareth chose the former and hired Zal Clemenson to trade licks with Manny Charlton, while Skunk Baxter did the production work. The result was a relevant record that didn’t lose any of the band’s rocking charm at all.

“Expect No Mercy” – Expect No Mercy (1977)

The dance music influence is unmistakable in Nazareth’s “Expect No Mercy”. While they don’t completely abandon their signature sound, mainly due to McCafferty’s vocals, the disco-like groove is a fresh variation from the band.

“Teenage Nervous Breakdown” – Loud N’ Proud (1973)

Who says you can’t pay homage to the originals way past their prime? Nazareth goes old-school rock and roll in this seething cut that takes the listener back to the ’60s with ease.

“Love Hurts” – Hair of The Dog (1975)

While may have touched this Felice/Boudleaux Bryant classic, it was Nazareth’s interpretation that won the hearts of many. Emotive and easy to sing along to, the power ballad marked the band’s dive into the rock staples’ pile.

“Razamanaz” – Razamanaz (1973)

One can sense a bit of Deep Purple influence in “Razamanaz” thanks to Roger Glover, who guided the track to be a blistering rocker that goes loose from start to finish.

“Hair of The Dog” – Hair of The Dog (1975)

Another great rocker from the band’s 1975 album is its title cut, “Hair Of The Dog”. Excellent riffage was the name of the game for this cut, which just sets the pace for everything else to follow along.

“Not Fakin’ It” – Loud N’ Proud (1973)

We’re ending this list with an indulgent barn burner that showcases Nazareth’s hardened grit while complementing it with melodic runs. This potent blend of artistry and conviction is perfect for anyone who just wants to rock it all out.