John Mellencamp rose to fame in the 1980s, but his classic writing style has made his songs relevant stand the test of time.
Simple, heartfelt, and catchy it doesn't matter what style of music you listen to you'll be able to relate to Mellencamp's songs.
He has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has had 22 Top 40 hits in the United States. He holds the record for the most tracks by a solo artist to hit number-one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart (7), and he has been nominated for a Grammy 13 times, yet only winning once.
In our opinion, John Mellencamp is one of the most underrated songwriters of our time. His music is damn good, and you'd be missing out on a great musical experience if you didn't give his tunes a listen.
To help you get better acclimated to his work here are seven John Mellencamp songs you gotta hear.
"Authority Song" is a catchy song that has a rock-a-billy feel that will have you dancing and singing along. A great song to fight the establishment to, "Authority Song" is one of several hits from the Uh-Huh album, which was recorded under the name John Cougar Mellencamp.
From the album The Lonesome Jubilee, "Paper in Fire" is quite possibly one of our favorite John Mellencamp songs. The tune is smoldering with passion both lyrically and musically. The harmonica and violin are outstanding and well worth the listen. Talk about a toe-tapper.
From the American Fool album, "Hurt So Good" is flat-out a great song. His raspy voice, great lyrics, and rockin' beat makes this song a classic representation of Mellencamp's work. A little trivia, Mellencamp released this song under the name John Cougar.
Side note: Any song that uses the word "ditty" in its lyrics is worth a listen.