George Lawrence Thorogood (born February 24, 1950) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter from Wilmington, Delaware. His “high-energy boogie-blues” sound became a staple of 1980s rock radio, with hits like his original songs “Bad to the Bone” and “I Drink Alone”. He has also helped to popularize older songs by American icons, such as “Move It on Over”, “Who Do You Love?”, and “House Rent Blues/One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”.
With his band, the Destroyers, Thorogood has released over 20 albums, of which two have been certified Platinum, and six have been certified Gold. He has sold 15 million albums worldwide. Thorogood and band continue to tour extensively with an Australian/New Zealand Tour scheduled for January 2020, and in 2014 the band celebrated their 40th anniversary of performing. Here are all of George Thorogood’s albums ranked.
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10. Maverick (1985)
“This brings back memories of being young and being into street racing. There’s nothing quite like barreling at half of warp speed down deserted city blacktop at 4am with Gear Jammer roaring out of the speakers. Overall, a very good Hard Blues/Blues Rock record. Don’t come here looking for nuance. Thorogood is in your face.”
9. Live (1986)
“It is a bit odd that I enjoy this album as much as I do, seeing as I am not a big Thorogood fan. On the classic rock stations, I usually hear “Bad to the Bone” or “Who Do You Love?” Both of these tracks I can’t stand. I don’t know if it is a combination of the lyrics, vocals, or what, but I hate these songs. They do appear on this album and I still dislike them. However, the rest of the album is very good.”
8. More George Thorogood And The Destroyers (1980)
“These early Rounder recordings are great… the best stuff he ever did. He became a bit of a joke later on but back then this guy was just straight up one of the best players in town and had great taste in material. His own writing never matched the work he did covering the songs he loved. You need this one and Move It On Over for sure..”
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7. Live In Boston, 1982 (2010)
“Vintage George and the Destroyers from a great period is too good to pass up. It’s hot, tight and full of energy. It’s all the right reasons to love George and the band. Having seen him in a club back in that era I remember how it blew me away and this captures that feeling. It’s pure rock and roll the way it should be played. Not as wreckless crazy as J. Geils Full House, but it will make you feel the same way.”
6. The Hard Stuff (2006)
“Whenever George Thorogood crops up in a conversation about music one word always comes to mind: reliability. If ever I stumble across an album of his in the racks I don’t have, I’ll always pick it up. He’s not someone I necessarily feel a pressing need to search out material by. He’s more of a safe port in a storm if I’m struggling to find anything else. The Hard Stuff is not George Thorogood And The Destroyers’ best album but it is a sign that they’re still capable of stoking the fires. They may no longer be “bad to the bone” but the rebel hasn’t disappeared completely.”
5. Haircut (1993)
“Thorogood is one of those artists, erm, let me rephrase that… He’s one of those people who never let you down. With every album they make, you know exactly what to expect. With him it’s rock with tongue in cheek lyrics about drinking and being bad. If you’re looking for deep lyrics, don’t even bother with The Destroyers. If you’re looking for pop hooks and fancy production, don’t look here. However, if you’re looking for something that you can blast out from your car stereo while cruising around, George’s the man for that. (disclaimer: I’m not to be blamed for any possible speeding tickets you get as a result of that).”
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4. The Dirty Dozen (2009)
“As evidenced by their last two releases, George Thorogood and The Destroyers have been making amazingly good music lately, and this new album is surely no exception. It’s easily as good as anything on Ride Till I Die or The Hard Stuff. Tail Dragger and Let Me Pass are excellent songs. As for the old tracks, they’re the same versions found on Haircut, Boogie People, Born To Be Bad and Bad To The Bone, with the exception of Treat Her Right, which is the single edit version of the song–its first ever appearance on CD. They’re all really good songs. True GT&D classics. If you already have them, no big deal. If you don’t, you’re in for a real treat.”
3. Bad To The Bone (1982)
“Here’s a durable slice of ’80s hard rock, with an instantly recognizable guitar opening and George’s rumbling vocals. It’s a lot of fun, but it does suffer from overexposure. That tends to happen when you license a song out after its initial run to everything and anything (from advertising to piece-of-crap films like Problem Child). However, I always enjoyed it when this became Al Bundy’s background music on Married… with Children, so that helps to make up for everything else.”
2. Move It On Over (1978)
“I had “Move It On Over” and “Better Than The Rest” on cassette tape long before “Bad To The Bone” came out. Those three albums were rock solid! Not one single “throw-away”, partly because they were all standards except for the lone original “Bad To The Bone”. He had the guitar playing talent, the “two-stroke, air-cooled” vocal chords and the good sense to pick such good covers that nobody cared if he wrote them or not. Not since Joe Cocker, has an artist “owned” sombody elses songs like George! What a coincidence that his first self-penned song went on to be his signature hit. GET THIS ALBUM.”
1. George Thorogood And The Destroyers (1977)
“George Thorogood at His Best!
I saw George in Atlanta on 10/5/2016. After he rocked the Symphony Hall, I looked at my friend and said, “George is going to do an Encore with “Madison Blues”……. and he did about five minutes later.
For a GT fan, I was rocked and felt like I did when I first saw him at Rose’s Cantina, (Behind the Varsity in Atlanta), in the mid to late 70’s. I was about 5 feet away from him as he put his foot on the small amp and rocked that tiny place. It was a thrill to feel like I was 20 years old again as I listen to this CD. I had the album 35 years ago, now I have the CD.”