Alice Cooper, a five-piece hard rock band hailing from Detroit, Michigan, pioneered a brand of shocking theatrical rock that stabbed a stake through the heart of the 1960’s love generation. With the help of producer Bob Ezrin, the band released one iconic record after another in the early ‘70s, including Love It To Death (1971), Killer (1971), School’s Out (1972), and Billion Dollar Babies(1973). The Alice Cooper Band rose to the top of the glittery glam rock pile with their anthemic songs and elaborate stage show featuring guillotines, electric chairs, and boa constrictors among other frightening antics.
Vocalist Vincent Furnier legally changed his name to Alice Cooper and released the record that launched his solo career: 1975’s Welcome To My Nightmare. Since then, “The Coop,” as he’s fondly referred to, has released 21 studio albums (28 including his work with the Alice Cooper Group) and 11 live albums. Alice, who is celebrating his 74th birthday today (Feb. 4), still tours regularly; he averages around 200 shows a year. When he’s not on stage bringing gritty hard rock to the masses, he can be found living in Phoenix, Arizona pursuing a lower golf handicap.
To celebrate the Godfather of Shock Rock’s birthday, we’ve ranked 25 of Alice Cooper’s greatest songs.