My Top 100 Songs: 20-11

20. Walking Disaster – Sum 41

This is one of the only songs I have genuinely got emotional watching live, and honestly, I don’t know why. There’s just something in this song that touches me, and I love it.

Find it on: Underclass Hero (2007)

19. When You Were Young – The Killers

I have loved this song ever since I first heard it, and will probably continue to love it for the rest of my life.It’s catchy, emotional, and by far some of Brandon Flowers’ best work.

Find it on: Sam’s Town (2006)

18. Starlight – Muse

The first Muse song I loved, this is an absolute anthem for the band. From the beautiful piano intro to the ‘Black Holes And Revelations’ refrain, this song just makes me happy.

Find it on: Black Holes And Revelations (2006)

17. Sic Transit Gloria (Glory Fades) – Brand New

This is one of the most unnerving, creepy songs I’ve ever heard. I love it because it takes a theme a lot of music talks about, taking a girl back to your house, and turns it on it’s head. It’s creepy, unsettling, and utterly brilliant.

Find it on: Deja Entendu (2003)

16. Pack Of Thieves – Enter Shikari

This is one of Enter Shikari’s more melodic songs and I love it. The chorus is intense, but full of melody, and it’s a testament to just how good this band is.

Find it on: A Flash Flood Of Colour (2012)

15. Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind

I’ve picked this song for no other reason than it just makes me happy. The melody and guitar blend together to make this the perfect singalong song.

Find it on: Third Eye Blind (1997)

14. Spanish Sahara – Foals

I first found this when I was playing the video game Life Is Strange. The song played through a tragic ending scene and this song was perfect for it, slowly building up into a beautiful crescendo. I listen to this when I’m sad and at least for the duration of the song, I feel a little better.

Find it on: Total Life Forever (2010)

13. When I Come Around – Green Day

This song has a special place in my heart because I performed it with my girlfriend at an open mic night, but I also thing it’s an incredible song. There’s something about the melody that just gets into your head, and stays there.

Find it on: Dookie (1994)

12. Getting Along – Royal Republic

Simply put, this is the most catchy song I have ever heard. The chorus is incredible, and it shows just how good Royal Republic are at writing great songs.

Find it on: Weekend Man (2016)

11. No Way Out – As It Is

As well as being incredibly catchy, the monologue in the middle of this song is incredibly emotional. Singer Patty Walters pours his heart out on this one, and it makes it one of the most raw, honest songs I’ve ever heard.

Find it on: okay. (2017)

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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: 70-61

70. Dead! – My Chemical Romance

In my opinion the best song from The Black Parade, this is an infectiously catchy song featuring some incredible guitar work and an amazing guitar solo. That’s really all there is to it.

Find it on: The Black Parade (2006)

69. If It Means A Lot To You – A Day To Remember

This was a massive change of style for A Day To Remember, and it suited them perfectly. In an album full of heavy guitars and screams, they changed things up for one, amazing acoustic duet, full of emotion. The change in style would be jarring, if the song wasn’t so perfect.

Find it on: Homesick (2009)

68. You’re Gonna Go Far Kid – The Offspring

The Offspring are kings of making catchy, energetic pop-punk, but this song goes a long way above their usual high standards. With a catchy rhythm and melody, you’d struggle to find a better song in their whole discography.

Find it on: Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace (2008)

67. Omen – The Prodigy

I never really got into The Prodigy, but one song that I think they got extremely right was this one. The sheer volume of the song, coupled with some great synthesiser work means this is a song that never fails to fill me with energy.

Find it on: Invaders Must Die (2009)

66. Doubt – Twenty One Pilots

I hated this song originally, feeling like the rapping was lacklustre and the electronic elements grated on me, but after a few listens I began to think the exact opposite. This is another song that fills me with energy, and I feel like the lyrics are some of the best on Blurryface.

Find it on: Blurryface (2015)

65. Everchanging – Rise Against

There are both an acoustic version and a regular version of this song, but I’m counting both versions here. The acoustic version has more of a sombre, regretful mood whereas the original is filled with anger, I feel like both work just as well. This is the first ever song that Tim McIlrath wrote, and I think that to write something this good at such a young age is incredible.

Find it on: The Unraveling (2001)/Long Forgotten Songs (2013)

64. Kung-Fu Lovin’ – Royal Republic

This song showcases exactly what Royal Republic do best – sheer energy mixed with great guitar and catchy hooks. I guarantee, this one’ll get inside your head for weeks to come.

Find it on: Weekend Man (2016)

63. Dammit – Blink-182

This comes from the earlier, punkier era of Blink-182. Complete with a fantastic riff and incredible drumming, early Blink doesn’t get much better than this.

Find it on: Dude Ranch (1997)

62. Supersonic – Oasis

Unlike everyone else in the world, I don’t think Wonderwall is Oasis’ best song. In fact, I don’t think it’s that great at all, but we’ll get to that another time. This song shows the Gallagher brothers at their best, creating great rock music with an incredible chorus. This is what they do best.

Find it on: Definitely Maybe (1994)

61. Knights Of Cydonia – Muse

This six-minute epic shows of everything that Muse do well. Insanely good vocals, awesome electronic influences, fantastic guitar work and even more. In my opinion, Muse will never write a song as technically good as this.

Find it on: Black Holes And Revelations (2006)

Come back in another two weeks for the continuation of this list!

My Top 100 Songs: 80-71

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!

My Top 10 Songs Of The Year So Far

We are about halfway through the year now, and loads of great music has already been released. In this post I’ll count down my favourite songs of the year so far, to show you some of what the music world has to offer at the moment.

10. Sharp Edges – Linkin Park

When I saw Linkin Park’s first new single this year, I never guessed one of their songs would make this list. But after approaching their album with a more open mind I began to love it, this song especially. It really showed the talents of the band, adapting their sound even more to make an almost country sounding song. A joy to listen to.

9. Black Magic – The Amazons

This song comes from my second favourite album of the year so far, only just beaten by Lorde’s Melodrama. It also features some of the best guitar work on this list, and promises to be an anthem for The Amazons for years to come.

8. With Or Without Me – SAINTE

When Tay Jardine of We Are The In Crowd announced that she’s be pursuing a poppier, more colourful sound in her new project, I was immediately excited – I thought it’d really suit her. And I wasn’t wrong either, as both songs she’s released have been excellent, and incredibly catchy. This is the pick of the two.

7. House On Fire – Rise Against

Rise Against produced yet another politically-charged masterpiece this year, but oddly enough it wasn’t one of the political songs that made this list. House On Fire, a more introspective look at the struggles of parenting not only had a lot of emotion and meaning, but sounded great.

6. No Way Out – As It Is

Here’s a song from the first ever album I reviewed on this blog – okay. by As It Is. It was undoubtedly the best song on the album too, with an incredibly emotional monologue from frontman Patty Walters halfway through. And trust me, it’s even better live.

5. Bottom Of The Ocean – Blink-182

The first song on this list from Blink-182’s incredible deluxe version of California, this showed a completely different side to the band, adding more electronic elements and a darker side to their sound. It worked perfectly.

4. Kiwi – Harry Styles

Yeah, I’m as shocked as you that Harry Styles appears on this list, but the truth is, he created a great album earlier in the year, with a range of rock and pop songs. Kiwi was the best of these, showing that rock music suits him a lot more than anyone would think.

3. 6/8 – Blink-182

If Bottom Of The Ocean showed Blink-182 straying from their roots, 6/8 shows themselves experimenting even more. Written in a 6/8 time signature (hence the name), and featuring shouted lyrics and heavy guitars, this is the most experimental song Blink-182 have ever created. And I love it for that!

2. Hard Times – Paramore

Well this is definitely the catchiest song of the year so far. The fantastic vocals, great bassline, and catchy guitar all blend together to make a great song. There’s not much else to say really.

1. Liability – Lorde

What a song this is! It is slow, haunting, and completely different from the usual electronic elements Lorde uses. It was completely unexpected, but that’s fine, because it is executed perfectly, and is the best song of the best album of the year so far.

My Top 100 Songs: 100-91

After counting down my favourite artists, and my favourite albums, I felt like the natural progression would be to go on to a list of my favourite songs of all time. So after careful deliberation, and a lot of time, I whittled down a massive list of my favourite songs to a final 100. I will be counting them down every other week until we reach number one, so without further ado, here are songs 100-91:

100. Fall Out Boy – Novocaine

A strong start to my top 100, this song never fails to fill me with energy. The loud, noisy verse switches beautifully into a melodic chorus, and Patrick Stump’s voice suits both styles just as well. It is energetic, fast, loud, and exactly what I want from a Fall Out Boy song.

Find it on: American Beauty/American Psycho (2015)

99. Flobots – White Flag Warrior

I originally found this song when it was recommended to me on Spotify, and given that it featured Rise Against lead singer Tim McIlrath, I was immediately impressed with the blend of rap and rock music, all tied together with some incredible bass guitar. The political edge to the song is also great.

Find it on: Survival Story (2010)

98. Rise Against – Rumors Of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

From one excellent performance by Tim McIlrath to another, this little-known Rise Against song showcases his voice at it best and most powerful. Mix this with one of the best guitar riffs the band have ever created, and a great chorus, and you have an incredible song.

Find it on: Siren Song Of The Counter Culture (2004)

97. Good Charlotte – The River

This is definitely a song from my younger years, but it truly still stands up to this day, unlike other favourites of mine as a child. The guests from Avenged Sevenfold add a rough edge to a melodic song and bring some great guitar work. Metal and punk combine together wonderfully on this song.

Find it on: Good Morning Revival (2007)

96. Roam – Deadweight

The guitar riff at the start of this song is infectious enough on it’s own, without the excellent drumming and the catchy chorus. I have nothing other to say than this is an energetic, catchy song from one of the best names in modern pop-punk.

Find it on: Backbone (2016)

95. Deaf Havana – The Past Six Years

From a fast song to a slow on, this was the first ever song I heard from UK rock band Deaf Havana, and to this day I consider it the best. It showcases their range of talents, breaking away from the alternative rock they are known for, and creating a great acoustic track with beautifully intricate guitar work. The alternate version is incredible too!

Find it on: Fools And Worthless Liars (2011)

94. Against The Current – Paralysed

I really enjoyed Against The Current’s first album, but to find my favourite song, you’d have to look even before that, to their Gravity EP. This showed a little more of their heavier side, and one song that did that perfectly was ‘Paralysed’. The guitar in this song hits a little harder, and as always, Chrissy Costanza’s vocals are incredible, especially in the extremely catchy chorus.

Find it on: Gravity (2015)

93. Panic! At The Disco – Time To Dance

Panic! At The Disco’s debut album isn’t my favourite by them, but I believe it’s a masterpiece nonetheless. This track sums that up perfectly. Thundering guitars, melodic synths and perfect vocals all blend together to make something truly special.

Find it on: A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005)

92. Fall Out Boy – Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner

This song has one of the best choruses of all time. It showcases Patrick Stump’s vocal ability really well, that he can sing that many words in such a short space in time, and still have it come out sounding clean and melodic. A dream to listen to.

Find it on: From Under The Cork Tree (2005)

91. Alice Cooper – Poison

This is definitely the oldest song on this post, if not the whole 100, but it was way ahead of its time in how it sounded. The song has it all really, catchy vocals, great guitar riffs, and complex but effective chord sequences. The essential classic rock song.

Find it on: Trash (1989)

Come back in a couple of weeks for songs 90-81!

My Top 10 Foo Fighters Songs

After the release of the Foo Fighters’ new single, ‘Run’, I had the urge to go back and listen to all the bands albums. In doing this, I rediscovered what an incredible band they were, and so I’ve created a top 10 of songs by them in case anyone wants to get into them. Without further ado, here is my list:

10. The Pretender

This was my first ever Foo Fighters song, and what a song to start with. I was immediately struck by the furious energy of the song, and as an angry teenager at the time, I immediately connected with the song. To this day, however, it still marks some of their best work. Who can not sing along to this?

Find it on: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007)

9. Stranger Things Have Happened

I discovered this song shortly after ‘The Pretender’, and hated it at first. It was a slower, more acoustic track, lacking the anger of the previous song. However as time went on I began to appreciate it as being  great in its own right. It shows the Foo Fighters, and Dave Grohl in particular showing his range of talents. Not only could they show energy and anger like in ‘The Pretender’, they could sow things down, and write a great acoustic song like this.

Find it on: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007)

8. M.I.A

This is a quintessential Foo Fighters song, showing them doing what they do best: creating near-perfect rock songs packed full of meaning. If you want to get someone into the band, this is the song to show them – it sums them up perfectly.

Find it on: There Is Nothing Left To Lose (1999)

7. Stacked Actors

If the heavy distorted bass at the start of this song doesn’t get your hair standing on end, I don’t know what will. It is up there with the band’s angriest songs, but it is perfectly executed, with the anger not getting in the way of the music or composition. And yet again, it is packed full of meaning, but I’ll leave it up to you who it is addressing.

Find it on: There Is Nothing Left To Lose (1999)

6. Come Alive

This song starts in a slow, acoustic fashion, slowly building up the volume and distortion all the way up until the end. The composition skills shown in this song are incredible, even though it is often overlooked. A real masterpiece.

Find it on: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007)

5. Rope

This, the first single from 2011’s Wasting Light could be the most catchy song the Foo Fighters have ever written, let alone on this list. The guitar is great, the vocals are infectious, and everything else falls into place perfectly.

Find it on: Wasting Light (2011)

4. Good Grief

This is a lot more rough around the edges than the rest of the songs on this list, as it comes from the Foo Fighters’ first ever album. It works in its favour though, not only sounding great, but containing a fantastic guitar riff.

Find it on: Foo Fighters (1995)

3. Hey, Johnny Park

This song has hands down the best guitar riff the band have ever created. It is incredibly melodic, and sounds great. But the riff isn’t the only great thing on the song – the whole thing is great. It contains a wide range of dynamics and styles, working together to make a truly amazing song.

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

2. Everlong

Do I even need to write anything about this song? It may seem cheap having the band’s most popular song this high on the list, but it is this popular for a reason. It is anthemic, catchy, and meaningful – one of the best rock songs of this generation.

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

1. Monkey Wrench

Now, this song may not be as technically good as Everlong, but I love it that little bit more. It has one of the best ever riffs in a Foo Fighters song, and an incredible screamed bridge, showcasing some of the best vocal work Dave Grohl has ever done. A joy to listen to.

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