My Top 100 Songs: 30-21

30. Royal – Waterparks

This is my favourite song off one of my new favourite albums, and from the moment I heard it I knew I’d love it. Waterparks are probably the best new band in pop-punk at the moment, and this just proves that.

Find it on: Double Dare (2016)

29. Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine – The Killers

I’ve recently talked about this song on the blog, so I’ll keep it short. This song is a pure masterpiece, and the fact that Brandon Flowers wrote it at so young an age is just a testament to what an incredible songwriter he is.

Find it on: Hot Fuss (2004)

28. Kitchen Sink – Twenty One Pilots

Just a bonus track on Vessel, I didn’t hear this song for a while. But when I did, it really hit me hard. In it, Tyler talks about trying to create things and leave a legacy behind. If you’re a creative or artistic person, this’ll hit you hard.

Find it on: Vessel (2013)/Regional At Best (2011)

27. Kids In The Dark – All Time Low

Future Hearts wasn’t everyone’s favourite stage of All Time Low’s career, but I think it was one of their best ever albums, and this is one of their best ever songs. Not only is it incredibly catchy, but it also has a bit of a message, which is rare for All Time Low.

Find it on: Future Hearts (2015)

26. Soap – As It Is

As It Is’ second album marked them branching out from their regular pop-punk and experimenting a little with some new sounds. This is almost (but not quite) the best thing that came out of that, a dark, Brand New-esque track that I absolutely love.

Find it on: okay. (2017)

25. Sorry You’re Not A Winner – Enter Shikari

Enter Shikari are one of the bands I’ve got into more recently, and this song stands out as by far one of their best. From the incredible riff, to the electronic elements, to Rou Reynolds’ versatile vocals, this song is a modern masterpiece.

Find it on: Take To The Skies (2007)

24. Goodbye Angels – Red Hot Chili Peppers

I feel like the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ latest album is massively underappreciated. They tried something new, and while it didn’t always come off, it worked well a lot of the time, including creating this masterpiece of a song.

Find it on: The Getaway (2016)

23. Just Like Heaven – The Cure

This is an absolute classic. I don’t really know what to say other than everything about this song is near perfect; the vocals, the rhythm, the bass, the guitar, and all the other little things tying them together.

Find it on: Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987)

22. Monkey Wrench – Foo Fighters

I remember first hearing this song on a Guitar Hero game when I was 12 and being blown away by Dave Grohl’s vocals. Now, at 20 years old, I feel exactly the same when listening to it

Find it on: The Colour And The Shape (1997)

21. Make It Stop (September’s Children)

Rise Against have written a lot of meaningful, powerful songs, but this must be the most powerful of all of them. Written after a long string of teenage suicides caused by homophobic bullying, this song was written as a message to everyone out there that things will get better. This is truly Rise Against at their best.

Find it on: Endgame (2011)

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My Top 100 Songs: 40 – 31

40. That Green Gentleman – Panic! At The Disco

Oddly enough, my favourite song by Panic! At The Disco is from my least favourite album by them. Don’t count Pretty. Odd. out completely though – there are some gems on there, and this is one of them.

Find it on: Pretty. Odd. (2008)

39. Kiwi – Harry Styles

If you’ve never heard Harry Styles’ music, don’t write this off as yet another boyband member’s solo project, because this is so much more than that. The whole album is an incredible listen, but this really stands out.

Find it on: Harry Styles (2017)

38. Tear – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Until I recently listened to By The Way on vinyl, I never really appreciated this songs, but after hearing all of it, I feel like it’s a true masterpiece. From the guitar solo, to the trumpet solo, to that incredible chorus, this song just couldn’t get any better.

Find it on: By The Way (2017)

37. Fall Away – Twenty One Pilots

This is the highlight of Twenty One Pilots’ first album, containing some of Tyler Joseph’s best early lyrics, and some of his best rapping too.

Find it on: Twenty One Pilots (2009)

36. Backseat Serenade – All Time Low

All Time Low specialise in writing catchy pop-punk, but this song goes above and beyond all of that. Not only is it incredibly catchy, it features some of the best composition on one of their songs, with a really cool chord progression in the verse.

Find it on: Don’t Panic (2012)

35. Injection – Rise Against

One of the best songs on my favourite albums, this song was my favourite by Rise Against for so long, and has only just been overtaken. Still an incredible song though.

Find it on: The Sufferer and the Witness (2006)

34. Trees – Twenty One Pilots

I never really appreciated this song until I heard it live, but when I did, it was one of the best experiences of my life. The emotion and sheer energy of this song make it one of the most special Twenty One Pilots songs ever written.

Find it on: Vessel (2013)

33. Everlong – Foo Fighters

Another song I never appreciated at first, I hated this song when I first heard it, but over time, it slowly grew on me. Dave Grohl’s voice is at its most powerful and emotional here.

Find it on: The Colour and the Shape (1997)

32. Planetary (GO!) – My Chemical Romance

From a song I never liked at first, to one I loved, this is one of the best songs on one of my favourite albums of all time. A lot of people may not like this, because it shows My Chemical Romance leaving their emo roots behind, but I feel like it was the best evolution for the band.

Find it on: Danger Days (2010)

31. Holiday – Green Day

Another song I loved immediately, this is my highlight of American Idiot. How could I not love a song that is both catchy and political?

Find it on: American Idiot (2004)

My Top 100 Songs: 60-51

60. Prayer Of The Refugee – Rise Against

One of the most catchy and easily recognisable tracks Rise Against have ever written in their career, this song is an absolute gem. It shows them at their furious, political best.

Find it on: The Sufferer And The Witness (2006)

59. Holding On To You – Twenty One Pilots

I love an intense song, and this is definitely one of those. It mixes all the best aspects of Twenty One Pilots’ work, mixing soaring melodies, intense rapping and great electronic influences to create a song that once you hear, you won’t get it out of your head.

Find it on: Vessel (2013)

58. Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard

This song is yet another example of early 2000’s pop-punk. Great vocals and guitar are combined with one of the most easily recognisable choruses of all time to make an incredible song.

Find it on: Ocean Avenue (2003)

57. Smile Like You Mean It – The Killers

This is one of the songs I’ve liked for the longest on this list. I always had it in my head when it first came out, but I only found out what it was called after discovering The Killers later on in my life. An amazing song.

Find it on: Hot Fuss (2004)

56. Team – Lorde

2013’s Pure Heroine was an incredible album, but I feel like this is the best song from it. Not only does it bear all of Lorde’s trademark incredible writing and production, its chorus can get in my head like no other song.

Find it on: Pure Heroine (2013)

55. Stacy’s Mom – Fountains Of Wayne

I may lose my credibility to a lot of people by saying this, but I love this song. It’s as catchy as anything I’ve heard, but not only that, it’s possibly one of the funniest songs ever written.

Find it on: Welcome Interstate Managers (2003)

54. I’m Made Of Wax Larry, What Are You Made Of? – A Day To Remember

I mentioned loving intense songs earlier, but this is something else. It feature incredible screamed vocals and an incredible chorus, the best of both worlds between hardcore and pop-punk.

Find it on: Homesick (2009)

53. Lost In Stereo – All Time Low

From one catchy chorus to another, this is one of the best songs in All Time Low’s discography. It contains one of the best vocal performances too!

Find it on: Nothing Personal (2009)

52. I Could Have Lied – Red Hot Chili Peppers

There is a beautiful acoustic track nestled in amongst all of the smash hits in Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and it’s this song. It’s serene, beautiful, and features some of John Frusciante’s best guitar work.

Find it on: Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)

51. This Is Letting Go – Rise Against

This part of the countdown is started and finished by Rise Against, but the songs couldn’t be any more different. While ‘Prayer Of The Refugee’ is filled with anger, this is much more reflective and thoughtful. The lyrics are some of Tim McIlrath’s best work as well.

Find it on: Endgame (2011)

Come back in a fortnight for more of my favourite songs!

My Top 20 Albums: 20-11

Since I wrote up my list of favourite artists a couple of weeks ago, I decided I should follow up on this by writing more about my favourite music. So, next up are my favourite albums:

20. Yellowcard- Ocean Avenue

In my early years of discovering pop-punk, I came upon a song that would capture my imagination for years to come. This song was ‘Ocean Avenue’ by Yellowcard. The catchy chorus, powerful guitar, and the odd edition of a violin mixed together created a truly incredible song. I didn’t listen to the album until years later, but when I did, I was truly lucky to experience a list of songs that were just as good.

19. All Time Low – Nothing Personal

I had to pick an All Time Low album in this list; I love all of their albums and think they’re all packed with great songs, but overall I think this album just beats Don’t Panic as their best. What an I say other than it’s full of excellent, super-catchy pop-punk.

18. Enter Shikari – A Flash Flood Of Colour

Again, what would this list be without an Enter Shikari album? The problem is, I think all of their albums push the boundaries of rock music, and are incredible to listen to. Out of all of them, this one probably just edges it, but I recommend all of their albums – each is an amazing listening experience.

17. Halestorm – The Strange Case Of…

This album is definitely Halestorm’s best work, and captures them at their angry, confident best. The heavy guitars, along with vocalist Lzzy Hale’s excellent vocal work blend together to create a mix of great songs. Arejay Hale’s drumming is also a high point.

16. A Day To Remember – Homesick

Homesick truly captures A Day To Remember at their best, showcasing all of their talents, from angry, screamy madness, to a smooth acoustic singalong. And it is all pure gold. Definitely one to listen to when you’re angry at the world.

15. Lorde – Pure Heroine

The first non-rock artist in this list, I truly believe Lorde is the queen of dark pop. I first discovered her when Rise Against vocalist Tim McIlrath covered ‘Tennis Court’, and from there I found this album, a collection of work dripping with moodiness and darkness. I was instantly hooked and have never looked back.

14. Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American

I discovered this album after hearing main single ‘The Middle’ on one of the Guitar Hero video games and I had to discover more. This album really shows off the Jimmy Eat World’s variety and talent, creating an incredible mix of songs. It is rightly considered one of the greatest emo albums of all time.

13. AFI – Sing The Sorrow

From one of the greatest emo albums of all time to another, Sing The Sorrow is a fantastic blend of AFI’s punk roots, and a new more melodic edge that they started to bring in around this time. It strikes a perfect balance between these two elements, and is AFI’s best work to date.

12. PVRIS – White Noise

White Noise is a mix of moody lyrics and synths, along with beautiful melodies, all tied together by vocalist Lynn Gunn’s beautiful voice. This package of dark synthy rock is a must-listen for fans of any type of music, really.

11. Green Day – American Idiot

Honestly, what rock fan has never heard of this album: it is a masterpiece. Every element of it adds together to make one of the best rock albums of this century altogether. Billie Joe Armstrong’s lyrics are excellent, and along with Tré Cool’s drumming and Mike Dirnt’s bass playing, everything adds up to make a truly great rock album.

Come back in a couple of weeks for the conclusion of this countdown!

My Top 10 Artists

As my first opinionated piece, I think I’d take the time to introduce my music tastes, as they are the main things that will be on show throughout my time writing this blog. I’ve definitely mentioned that I’m mainly into rock music, but let’s take this opportunity to look deeper into that, and see what my favourite bands within the scene are.

Honourable Mentions:

First off we have some bands that just didn’t make the cut. I love all of these bands very much, but for some reason or another, they didn’t quite make it into my top 10. That isn’t to say they’re not very good, but there are a lot of good bands out there. They are:

  • AFI
  • All Time Low
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • Blink-182
  • A Day To Remember
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Halestorm
  • The Killers
  • Neck Deep
  • Panic! At The Disco

Now into the actual countdown:

10. My Chemical Romance

What sort of 90’s kid would I be if I didn’t mention these at some point?! I did discover these later than most; just after they broke up, to be exact, but their music captivated me from the first listen. Whether it was the raw punk of their debut, to the melodic pop-rock of their final album, Gerard and Co. found a way to pull it off, and I truly believe that every album they have produced is a masterpiece – even 2010’s criminally underrated Danger Days.

9. Sum 41

Some people might consider this a guilty pleasure, but there’s nothing guilty about it in my mind. Sum 41 have been creating top-quality pop-punk for a long time now, and even though their new album wasn’t quite as good as it could have been, the quality of their music still stands up today.

8. Green Day

Now who doesn’t love a good bit of Green Day? The grandfathers of modern punk have been around for a good 30 years now, and 12 albums down the line, they’re still as good as ever. Not only this but their political activism is still causing a stir in America today. My opinion of a good political band is one that refuses to sit back and do nothing, and Green Day are exactly that.

7. Royal Republic

Royal Republic are a small band from Malmö, Sweden, that specialise in making energetic, fast-paced rock. I had never heard of them when a friend recommended them to me, but I was hooked from the first listen and have never looked back. Their addictive brand of rock is honestly one of the most catchy things I’ve heard in my life.

6. Muse

If I was writing this post a few years ago, Muse would have topped this list by a long way, and it is only due to my tastes changing a little that they miss out. Not to say that I dislike them now; quite the opposite. Matt Bellamy’s mastery of his voice is impressive on its own, not to mention his ability on the guitar and piano. And that is before you take into account what wonderful musicians Dom Howard and Chris Wolstenholme are. Muse are an incredible band who make great music, and are fully deserving of this place in the list.

5. Enter Shikari

So what can I say about Enter Shikari apart from the fact that they’re the most innovative, creative band on this list. For the past few years they have been pushing the boundaries of rock music, and redefining the genre. They truly are an incredible, inspiring band.

4. As It Is

As It Is will always hold a special place in my heart, because even before they were releasing their own captivating brand of pop-punk, I was watching lead singer Patty Walters flourish on YouTube, where he was creating his own great cover songs. I remember thinking at some point that he had more than enough talent to make it in the music industry, and turns out I was right. As It Is bring energy, melody and catchiness to the pop-punk scene, and I think they’re truly one of the better bands in the rock world.

3. Twenty One Pilots

And so the first (and only) non-rock band pop up in this list. Twenty One Pilots break the boundaries of genre, creating their own music regardless of anyone’s expectations, and I have huge respect for them for that. Not to mention that the music they do make is catchy, inventive, and packed full of meaning. Twenty One Pilots have captured a generation of music fans, and rightly so.

2. Red Hot Chili Peppers

The oldest band on this list, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been making music for a good 34 years now, and have somehow managed to keep the quality up all the way along. The band have gone through countless line-up and style changes, but throughout all of this, they have still retained the soul that their music has always had. They are well deserving of this number two spot as one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

1. Rise Against

What can I say about Rise Against? They are one of the most outspokenly political bands I have ever listened to, and they have found a way to mix that with angry but catchy punk rock. Each new song is a masterpiece in its own right, and a kick in the teeth to whatever injustice they are fighting this time. They are not only deserving of number one in this list, but to be remembered as one of the great punk bands of this generation.