Formed by the charismatic ex-Deep Purple frontman David Coverdale in 1978, Whitesnake have been synonymous with the best in hard rock music ever since. Scoring substantial early success in the UK and Europe with albums such as Come An’ Get It and Saints & Sinners, they later broke the US and became one of the world’s biggest bands during the latter half of the 80s. They group have endured ever since, and show no sign of letting up in their fifth decade. In tribute to these stalwart rockers, we pick the 20 best Whitesnake songs – essential cuts which reveal that even serpents shine.
20: Lovehunter (from ‘Lovehunter’, 1979)
Even in the rather less PC-inclined late 70s, Whitesnake’s second album, Lovehunter, attracted controversy thanks to its cover art, which featured a painting of a naked woman straddling a large snake, as depicted by fantasy artist Chris Achilleos. However, this none-more-Spinal Tap sleeve actually housed a fine record, crafted by the band’s original, blues-inclined incarnation. Co-written by frontman David Coverdale along with guitarists Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody, Lovehunter’s funky, Led Zeppelin-esque title track was further enhanced by Moody’s suitably fork-tongued slide-guitar embellishments.