The Rock Review – Top 40 Songs Of The Year – 20-1

Welcome back to The Rock Review’s top 40 songs of the year. This week I will conclude this list, counting down my very favourite songs of the year. Let’s begin!


20. London – Seaway

Seaway’s Vacation was one of my surprise favourite albums of the year, and this song was by far one of the catchiest songs on the album. I love the sound of summery pop-punk with infectious hooks, and this is exactly that.

19. In My Mind – The Amazons

The Amazons have already featured twice on this list, but they have to make it a hat-trick with this incredible song. British rock seems to have been on a bit of a decline recently, so it’s nice to see these guys reclaiming it in such style.

18. Attention – Charlie Puth

Both of the singles from Charlie Puth’s new album have now made it onto this list, but this is by far the best. I don’t understand how anyone can hear that chorus and not want to get up and dance.

17. Black Rain – Creeper

From one of the biggest artists on the world to a smaller one, Creeper produced one of the best albums of the year by a long way. And this is the best song from it by far, with an incredible blend of punk aggression and pop melody.

16. Lights Out – Royal Blood

Another incredible British band take this spot, in the shape of Royal Blood. Their second albums was incredible, but nothing on it beat this, the first single. Even now, on probably my hundredth listen, that breakdown in the middle blows me away.

15. Blonde – Waterparks

A late entry comes from this incredible Waterparks song. It is the new single from their second album, and if everything from the album sounds this good, it could be a contender for album of the year already.

14. Soap – As It Is

As It Is’ okay. was one of the very best albums of the year, showing a massively different side to the band. This was typified by this song- something uncharacteristically menacing, aggressive and brilliant.

13. The Sky Is A Neighborhood – Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters released two incredible singles this year in the form of this and ‘Run’. Out of the two, this one marginally wins, sounding as epic as anything Dave Grohl has ever written.

12. Bottom Of The Ocean – Blink-182

Another of the more experimental songs released by Blink-182 this year, ‘Bottom Of The Ocean’ mixes electronic elements with fantastically dark punk to create something unlike anything the band has ever written. Even if you aren’t a fan of the band, this one is for you.

11. Perfect Places – Lorde

Lorde’s Melodrama narrowly missed out on being my album of the year, and it definitely contained some of the best songs of the year. This being one of them, it closes the album perfectly, a dark but optimistic anthem.

10. Idle Worship

After Laughter contained some great songs, but this has to be one of the best. With a swirling, aggressive verse, and a chorus that is completely the opposite, this fought its way all the way to number ten on this list. Words can’t describe how much I love it.

9. Neurotic – Seaway

Another fantastic cut from Seaway’s Vacation, this must be one of the catchiest songs of the year. And even if it’s not, it showcases the very best of pop-punk as a genre.

8. Forget Me Not – Brian Fallon

The latest entry of the entire list, this showcases Brian Fallon’s ability to tell a beautiful story set to a folk rock soundtrack. His new album is coming out next year, and I can’t wait for it.

7. Let ‘Em Talk – Kesha and the Eagles of Death Metal

The fact that this song is so low down just shows what a good year we’ve had for music. Any other year, this could have even been my favourite song, but it only just makes the top ten. One of the catchiest songs I’ve heard in my life.

6. Kiwi – Harry Styles

Just missing out on the top five is Harry Styles with ‘Kiwi’. His entire album showed his skill and versatility as a songwriter, but this was something else, an incredible rock song.

5. The Sights – Enter Shikari

2017 was a year Enter Shikari absolutely dominated, and what better way to mark it with one of the best songs (and albums) of your entire career. Infectious pop-rock at its best.

4. Hard Times – Paramore

When I first heard this song, I’d have never thought it would have made its way into my top 5 songs of the year, but here we are. I hated the song at first, but before long the incredible composition and catchiness began to take hold of me. If you don’t love it on the first listen, you will on the second.

3. The Man – The Killers

Even if it’s not my favourite song of the year, I can’t deny that there isn’t a better produced song that’s come out this year. There are so many little details that make this song great that I’m still discovering some to this day.

2. Liability – Lorde

This unexpected ballad almost makes it to number one. Without a doubt, it is one of the most emotional, honest songs of the year, and would have that top spot if not for the next song…

1. One More Light – Linkin Park

Chester Bennington’s death shook the entire music world back in July, but before he was gone, he left a song that we didn’t even know would feel as poignant as it does now. Chester will always be missed, but at least we will always have his incredible music, including this song, to look back on.


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