Parti-Gras 2023 featuring Bret Michaels

Parti-Gras 2023 featuring Bret Michaels

Parti-Gras 2023 featuring Bret Michaels

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 08: Singer Bret Michaels of Poison performs at the after party for the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Rock Of Ages" at Hollywood and Highland on June 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Before we get to Bret Michaels’ Top Seven Songs, let’s learn a little bit about Bret. Hair band metal god, Bret Michaels was born Bret Michael Sychak on March 15, 1963, in Butler, Pennsylvania. According to, a young Bret teamed with his pal Ricky Rockett in a band in the early 80s. Soon after they would group together with bassist Bobby Dall and guitarist Matt Smith to form the band “Paris”.

Unimpressed by the audience in steel town Pittsburgh, the band moved to sunny Los Angelos. Soon after, Matt Smith was replaced by C.C. Deville and they went from being called Paris to Poison. They changed their appearance to reflect the hair bands of the time like Motley Crue.

Poison made the rounds until they scored a record deal with Enigma Records. Soon after they released their very successful album Look What the Cat Dragged In in 1986. Which also included the hit song “Talk Dirty To Me”.

But it was in 1988, that Poison really hit the charts when they released their second album Open Up and Say . . . Ahh! This record was a huge success. It included the party anthem “Nothin’ But a Good Time” and Bret’s most famous song “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”. This album took Poison to stardom.

As music tastes changed in the 90s, so did the appeal of Poison. Bret would go on to pursue other interests and a solo career.

He starred in the incredibly popular “Rock of Love” television show on VH1 in 2007. The show lasted for three seasons and spawned several spin-offs.

Bret still makes appearances and continues to tour and produce music. His latest tour “The Stadium Tour” featuring Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts has been insanely successful and was the 4th highest-grossing tour as of August 2022.

Here are Bret Michaels’ Top Seven Songs:

  • 1. Every Rose Has Its Thorn

    Released on Poison’s second album Open Up and Say… Ahh! in 1988. “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” is about Bret Michaels’s real-life struggle with trying to keep a working relationship with his girlfriend, Tracy Lewis. He could not maintain the relationship while his career was taking off and he also believed that because of this she was cheating on him. Easily one of Bret’s most recognized songs with numerous variations.

  • 2. Talk Dirty To Me

    Poison’s first single “Talk Dirty to Me” was released on the album Look What the Cat Dragged In in 1986. This album was the catalyst to Poison and Bret’s soon-to-be superstar status.

  • 3. All I Ever Needed

    “All I Ever Needed” as Bret’s number-one song currently. Released in 2005 on the Freedom of Sound album. This is a country song duet with Jessica Andrews.

  • 4. Go That Far

    Rock of Love! Bret Michaels surged back into pop culture with the hit VH1 show “Rock of Love”. The song “Go That Far” from the album Rock My World released in 2008, was the theme song of the show.

  • 5. Something To Believe In

    Off the album Flesh & Blood released in 1990. According to, this song was written by Bret after his bodyguard, Kimo died on Christmas Eve alone in his hotel room.

  • 6. Nothin' But a Good Time

    Another hit off Poison’s 1988 album, Open Up and Say… Ahh!. Ricky Rockett is quoted as saying this song was “written for everyday people”.

  • Unbroken

    One of Bret Michaels’s newer songs. Released in 2019 on the same named album “Unbroken”. says that Bret wrote this with his 13-year-old daughter who also plays piano on the track.

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