These Go To 11: Songs Best Heard Extra-Loud

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Clockwise from top left: The Smiths, Led Zeppelin, OutKast, Kelly Clarkson, Spinal Tap's secret weapon. i i

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Clockwise from top left: The Smiths, Led Zeppelin, OutKast, Kelly Clarkson, Spinal Tap's secret weapon.

Clockwise from top left: The Smiths, Led Zeppelin, OutKast, Kelly Clarkson, Spinal Tap's secret weapon.

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There's no denying certain songs are best experienced when played as loud as possible. Since this Friday, 11/11/11, is Nigel Tufnel Day — the unofficial holiday honoring the fictional Spinal Tap guitarist, who cranked his amplifiers past 10 — this week's episode is all about the songs that instantly make you want to turn the volume up.

Such songs can be simple and anthemic, like The Modern Lovers' garage-punk or Kelly Clarkson's roller-coaster pop. Or they can be densely layered, like LCD Soundsystem's studio wizardry or OutKast's all-out aural assaults. But in each case, the message is the same: Let the music, whatever it might be, overwhelm you.

What songs do you prefer to hear as loud as possible? Leave your suggestions here.

These Go To Eleven

Cover for The Modern Lovers

The Modern Lovers

  • Album: The Modern Lovers
  • Song: Roadrunner
Cover for This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem

  • Album: This Is Happening
  • Song: All I Want
Cover for Stankonia [Clean]

OutKast

  • Album: Stankonia [Clean]
  • Song: B.O.B.
Cover for Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)

Brian Eno

  • Album: Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
  • Song: Third Uncle
Cover for All I Ever Wanted

Kelly Clarkson

  • Album: All I Ever Wanted
  • Song: I Do Not Hook Up
Cover for Meat Is Murder

The Smiths

  • Album: Meat Is Murder
  • Song: How Soon Is Now?
Cover for Ed Rec Vol. 2

Justice

  • Album: Ed Rec Vol. 2
  • Song: Phantom
Cover for Elastica

Elastica

  • Album: Elastica
  • Song: Annie
Cover for Road to Ruin

Ramones

  • Album: Road to Ruin
  • Song: I Wanna Be Sedated
Cover for Guitar Romantic

The Exploding Hearts

  • Album: Guitar Romantic
  • Song: Modern Kicks
Cover for Physical Graffiti

Led Zeppelin

  • Album: Physical Graffiti
  • Song: Kashmir

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