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!