Erica Banas: Writing Samples

Specializing in rock/classic rock news coverage and commentary with the occasional flair for TV/movies and cocktail culture.

AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’: Every Song Ranked from Great to Greatest

There are big albums, there are monster albums and then there’s AC/DC’s Back In Black, which in terms of grandness is like Godzilla on HGH. The landmark album turns 40 on July 25, but frankly, it feels weird attaching a number to a work like this. Why? Because it’s timeless. It’s never lost its sense of cool, nor has it really aged or become “dated.” In the decades since its release, it’s evolved from being an album to essentially being a rock and roll starter kit. Know a young kid ju

Guns N' Roses: All 87 Songs Ranked

Guns N’ Roses’ 2020 North American summer tour would’ve kicked off today (July 8), but, obviously, you know why those plans have changed. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has altered countless touring schedules, and without a doubt, GN’R’s tour would’ve been one of the biggest parties this summer. However, all of that still doesn’t mean we can’t honor one of the biggest bands of all time with an epic list. Below is a ranking of all 87 songs that make up the Guns N’ Roses catalog. (Some random

Rage Against The Machine: Top 20 Songs Ranked

Rage Against the Machine announcing a 2020 reunion tour last year was easily one of the best surprises in the rock world, and there were a number of reunions of note. Of course, much to everyone’s surprise, those tour plans had to be pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, that doesn’t mean we have to wait to celebrate the incredible catalog of this dynamic band, and what better time than now to do so? Here is Rage Against the Machine’s top 20 songs ranked.

Beatles: Top 50 Songs Ranked

The Beatles’ final studio album, Let It Be, turns 50 today (May 8), and what better way to celebrate the final golden anniversary in the Fab Four’s iconic album catalog than with a ranking of their 50 best songs ever. Narrowing down a ranking like this to just 50 songs and then ranking those 50 songs is both enjoyable and torture. After all, we’re trying to rank The Beatles. Much like snowflakes, it’s unlikely any two rankings will shake out the same, but isn’t that the beauty of lists like thi

WrestleMania: 10 Interesting Facts About 'The Showcase of the Immortals'

WrestleMania 36, against all odds, will be taking place this weekend over two nights on April 4 and 5. While “The Grandest Stage of Them All” will be emanating from the very modest stage of the WWE Performance Center due to the Coronavirus pandemic, WrestleMania 36 will surely go down as one of the most unique nights in the event’s history. To celebrate, here are 10 interesting facts about WrestleMania.

'Van Halen' & 4 Other Debut Albums Panned by 'Rolling Stone'

Van Halen’s self-titled debut was released 42 years ago today (February 10.) The album contains some of VH’s most-enduring tracks, from “Runnin’ With The Devil” to “Eruption.” However, upon its release, it was torn apart by Rolling Stone. It’s no secret that some of Rolling Stone‘s reviews haven’t aged as well as the albums they slammed. Fortunately for Van Halen, it’s in good company when it comes to other debut albums in rock history. In honor of the release anniversary of Van Halen, her
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