James Durbin Picks His Top Six Judas Priest Songs

As the resident metalhead on this year’s season of American Idol, James Durbin brought the soaring sound of Judas Priest to one of the biggest TV audiences in the country—advancing to the coveted Top 13 via his version of “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” and even performing with Priest themselves for the season’s blowout finale. Although Durbin–who is interviewed in the new issue of Revolver, available on newsstands now and online right here–sadly did not go all the way (fuck you, Scotty Mc”Creepy”!), he at least gave us something we could talk to our moms about. Anyway, here are his six favorite Priest songs, and some YouTubes that should leave you Hell Bent for whatever.

“Painkiller”
“How could you not love that song? It’s fucking crazy. Every single aspect of what is metal is included in that song. It’s heavy, there’s parts of it that are melodic; it’s screechy, screamy. I don’t know. Priest amazes me. Because I like the ’80s hair-metal shit, I’m into their more melodic songs… That’s what I love about metal, is that it can be so heavy and you can totally just shred for days over it, but it can also be melodic. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Avenged Sevenfold is fucking incredible, and they’re melodic. Their stuff is catchy. You can actually sing along with it. It’s not something that’s some brutal death-metal song that’s like [makes gurgly noises],  you know. I don’t like that stuff because I can’t sing along with it.”



“Turbo Lover”


“Hell Bent for Leather”


“Living After Midnight”


“Breaking the Law”


“You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’”

 

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  • yellin

    James is the SH** and has a HELL of a career ahead of him. Great picks James! m/

  • PJ

    James Durbin freakin rocks!

  • Texasgirl02us

    James Durbin…making everyone GIVE METAL A CHANCE!! I am a Durbinator to the core!

  • Chrissoest

    james rocks hes a true rocker.

  • Shannon

    Im 15yrs old AND I F**KING LOVE METAL!!! JAMES DURBIN IS A ROCK LEGEND!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shannon

    Im 15yrs old AND I F**KING LOVE METAL!!! JAMES DURBIN IS A ROCK LEGEND!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shannon

    Im 15yrs old AND I F**KING LOVE METAL!!! JAMES DURBIN IS A ROCK LEGEND!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shannon

    Give metal a CHANCE BITCHES!!!

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    James Durbin the next generation of rocker m/

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    James Durbin the next generation of rocker m/

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  • Jen

    James  Durbin  is  the  “REAL” American  Idol!!!  He is amazingly talented and ACTUALLY  HAS REAL  STAGE  PRESENCE!!!  NO OFFENCE TO THE OTHER 10, BUT, LET’S  BE  REALLY  HONEST PEOPLE!!  JAMES  DURBIN  IS  THE  REAL  DEAL!!!  HE  CAN  SING  ANYTHING!!!
    EVEN  “COUNTRY”  IF  HE  WANTED  TOO!  BUT JAMES, PLEASE,  BE TRUE  TO  YOURSELF  AND  SING WHAT  U  LOVE!!   ROCK  ON  JAMES!!  YOU ARE GOING  TO  BE A  SUPERSTAR!!!

    • southern rock junkie

      You are correct ! And to think 2 days before A.I. auditions,  James was delivering pizza for Dominos and wasn’t going to audition .Luckey for us fans he was laid off. and got to audition!

    • southern rock junkie

      You are correct ! And to think 2 days before A.I. auditions,  James was delivering pizza for Dominos and wasn’t going to audition .Luckey for us fans he was laid off. and got to audition!

  • Realmetal

    This kid is a fucking poser and sucks. Anybody who thinks he is metal, is a fucking poser too and needs to go listen to some Limp Bizkit. Metal is not American Idol, nor is this loser retard James Durbin.

    • http://twitter.com/DurbNet Alexia

      LMFAO Limp Bizkit? And you call yourself “Realmetal”?

    • k8ee

      Why would you pick on someone with Autism and call them a retard. He has Aperger’s and probably has twice the IQ of you. James nailed every genre of music he tried and was told by Stephen Tyler, “You are some kind of crazy wonderful, and I love that about you, don’t ever change and stay true to yourself.” Why not just appreciate him for the courage to try and the talent to make it.? So easy to criticize others.

      • Durbinator84

        I’m with k8ee on this one – as someone with Asperger’s, I was beyond appalled seeing the R word used to describe a fellow Aspie.  He’s making metalheads out of many new people who wouldn’t have otherwise, so the metal community should be happy for him!  DURBIN ROCKS!!!  m/  m/

    • Libnmc1

      Where u gonna be in 5 years, When James is rockn on and make n 20 times more money then u will ever, Don’t hate just because he has a like and a wonderful family.

  • southern rock junkie

    Hey James ! ” The cream always rises to the top” ! Trusting you obtain what you want from “Wing Up”.

  • southern rock junkie

    Hey James ! ” The cream always rises to the top” ! Trusting you obtain what you want from “Wing Up”.

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  • DaveG

    really risky pics bro, totally outside the box

  • Pkazmania

    This guy is a tool. Awful… Why is an American Losing Idol in this magazine and on this site? This guys sucks!!!! 

  • Durbinator84

    If other metal groups can accept James as one of their own, why can’t the fans?