Hard rock has always been known as a slightly serious genre. While there have been more silly offshoots like hair metal, hard rock music always seems to deal with serious matters from grand stories of debauchery to mythical tales of glory. Then again, sometimes artists just have a little fun when they want to.
Though a lot of these bands have penned some of the most hard-hitting lyrics in the rock canon, there comes a time when you want to show the less serious side of what you do. Some want to let that out of their system onstage, but others tend to put it right there in the music. Across the years, there have been many albums by artists that have had joke tracks hidden among the seriousness to break up the monotony of hearing so much serious topics.
Even if some are hidden at the end of the record, these short bursts of energy show that these bands want to entertain you rather than just trip your brain with powerful rock music. The best of these are when the real meaning behind a fully formed track ends up being nothing more than a joke. Whether or not they made you laugh, these songs gave the band more character rather than just typical hard rock masterminds.