10. Settle For Nothing - Rage Against the Machine
Everything you need to know about Rage Against the Machine's music is all in their name. With each passing track, you get the feeling that the band needs to unleash this unfiltered aggression so that they can function as regular human beings. On the other hand, that doesn't mean every RATM song has to be in your face at all times.
Tucked away amid the ragers on the band's debut album is "Settle For Nothing," which is probably the closest thing to a slowburn that they have in their catalog. I know that the word "ballad" doesn't belong anywhere near this band's music, but the verses are structured very softly before giving way to one of the heaviest choruses on the entire record. Instead of sounding like a cheap imitation of the changing dynamics of the grunge scene, this type of aggression has more similarities with bands like Metallica than Soundgarden.
Even with the solo, Tom Morello strips back his effects-laden tones for a little more dexterous performance, which gives a twisted bent to the song's lyrics. With the song being about oppression, the solo seems to try and paint a happy face on a horrible situation. This may have been a departure for Rage, but that didn't mean it stopped being any more impactful.