80. 1985 – Bowling For Soup
Bowling For Soup have always been an insanely catchy band, but this catches them at their very best. It is important to note that this is not exactly their song, as it was originally written by a band called SR-71, but in this version, the loud guitars were toned down a little, and a great guitar riff was added. It’s an example of how to cover a song perfectly.
Find it on: A Hangover You Don’t Deserve (2004)
79. Pretty Little Distance – As It Is
From one piece of pop-punk perfection to another, this perfectly encapsulates what As It Is are all about. Excellent vocals and a catchy chorus mix together to make a song that I’ve been singing ever since I first heard it.
Find it on: okay. (2017)
78. Hoodwinker – Enter Shikari
Rou Reynolds’ voice is powerful, and this song is a perfect demonstration of it. He both screams and sings on this song, and sounds just as good while doing both. Coupled with the incredible guitar work, this song really packs a punch.
Find it on: N/A (This was released as a single on its own)
77. Reckless – You Me At Six
There is really nothing more to this than the fact that it’s a really fun, well made pop-punk song. The chorus is catchy, the guitar riff is great, and the song as a whole is pretty flawless. It’s just a lot of good fun.
Find it on: Sinners Never Sleep (2011)
76. State Of The Union – Rise Against
If ‘Hoodwinker’ turns things up to a ten, then this song turns then all the way up to an eleven. This is probably the most intense song Rise Against have ever written, and is a scathing critique of America under George Bush. I’d like to say that things have got better since then, but all you need to do is look at the news to realise it’s not.
Find it on: Siren Song Of The Counter Culture (2004)
75. Dosed – Red Hot Chili Peppers
This song is a true masterpiece; the Kiedis vocals and Frusciante’s guitar work blend together to create a truly beautiful song. But not only is it beautiful, it is truly heartfelt, with some of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ best ever vocals.
Find it on: By The Way (2002)
74. Diamond Eyes [Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom] – Shinedown
Shinedown have written some great hard rock songs in their time as a band, but for me this rises above all of them. The mix of soft guitar in the intro going into a great guitar riff and shouted vocals works perfectly, and the chorus sound as epic as anything they have ever written.
Find it on: The Sound Of Madness (2008)
73. All You Are Is History – State Champs
State Champs are yet another one of the fantastic up-and-coming pop-punk bands at the moment, and this song is great proof. Often overlooked because of other hit single, ‘Secrets’, I feel that this song is a gem. It has everything a pop-punk song needs and more.
Find it on: Around The World And Back (2015)
72. Witchcraft – Pendulum
This may seem like a bit of a strange choice considering all of the other music I’m into, but that doesn’t mean I love it any less. The mix of guitar, a catchy hook, and intense electronic elements makes this a perfect song for me.
Find it on: Immersion (2010)
71. In My Mind – The Amazons
I fell in love when I saw this song live. I’d already heard it, but never fully taken it in before then. The power of the guitar and the great vocals of the chorus really hit me then, and I’ve never stopped listening to it since.
Find it on: The Amazons (2017)
Tune in in a couple of weeks for songs 70 – 61!