Theatre of Pain Songs Ranked

Theatre of Pain is the third studio album by American glam metal band Mötley Crüe, released on June 21, 1985. Released in the aftermath of lead vocalist Vince Neil’s arrest for manslaughter on a drunk driving charge, the album marked the beginning of the band’s transition away from the traditional heavy metal sound of Too Fast for Love and Shout at the Devil, towards a more glam metal style. Theatre of Pain contains the hit singles “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” and the power ballad “Home Sweet Home”.[7] The album reached No. 6 on the US charts and No. 36 in the UK, and was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA on June 5, 1995.

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10. Save Our Souls

“Although not a hit, “Save our Souls,” in this writers opinion, is the latter half of the album’s best song. It has a certain looseness; a certain intoxicated half-hearted drunken resonance that works in its favor.”

9. Use It or Lose It

“Use It Or Lose It” is nothing special, a very average song with nothing going for it. Another short song on the cd but this one sounds decent.”

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8. Tonight (We Need a Lover)

“The subject isn’t very nice but I think it has a killer heavy riff and it ends up rocking much more than a good portion of the album. This song isn’t that bad, its got ok lyrics and ok music, but just not that super.”

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7. Raise Your Hands to Rock

“This is the album of 1985. It’s loud, head-banging and is pure Motley Crue. I already had two Motley Crue albums but after I bought this and listened to it once I became a Crue fanatic.”

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6. Keep Your Eye on the Money

“This song was a message from the band telling them not to sell out and make sure you know your audience, its an ok song with good music. The album picks up some momentum with the good, but not great, up-tempo “Keep your eye on the money.” 

5. Louder Than Hell

“Although far from perfect this album gets way too much guff from both members of the band and a certain percentage of the fans as well. First off, the cover art is awesome and Mick had a Kramer guitar with the cover art on it during this tour which was cool. “

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4. City Boy Blues

“The albums’s opener, “City Boy Blues,” is a Crue classic and deserves an A+ all the way. The lyrics are great, Tommy’s drum beats are phenomenal and the rhythms by Nikki and Mick are out of the world with some excellent lead guitar solos.”

3. Fight For Your Rights

“Then last track “Fight For Your Rights” is a great tune although I think the order of the last two songs should have been switched. This is the album of 1985. “

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2. Smokin’ In the Boys Room

“This song is one of the most over rated, and over played Motley Crue songs, it dosen’t even sound that good, if it weren’t so played it might not be so bad but in this case it is, I do listen to it but not very often.”

1. Home Sweet Home

“The album’s centerpiece, and one of the Crue’s biggest hits “Home Sweet Home” is certainly one of the band’s best songs. I’d even argue that it is the greatest power ballad of the 1980s. It is the album’s shinning moment.”