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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Album Review: The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful

It’s been a while since we last saw The Killers. Their last album, Battle Born was good, but not of the quality the band’s fans expected of the band. In order to recharge for the next album, the band took a long break, working on solo projects and releasing a greatest hits album. All eyes were on them as they dramatically released lead single ‘The Man’ without any warning, and they really delivered. It was an incredible song, marking some of Brandon Flowers’ best writing and vocal work.

This fifth album marks a new era in The Killers careers’ and after all their past success, they could go anywhere with it.If they wanted to make something heavier, they could. If they wanted to make something poppier, they could. If they wanted to throw a massive curveball and write in a completely different style, logistically, they could. But they haven’t decided to do any of those things. In fact, each song feels like a little time capsule, looking back on a different era of The Killers’ sound. You’ll have already heard ‘The Man’, which could easily fit on debut Hot Fuss, and ‘Run For Cover’ which sounds like it could be a single from Sam’s Town. You might have even heard title track ‘Wonderful Wonderful’, which has a lot in common with ‘Tranquilize’, from the compilation album Sawdust. But none of these songs really sum up the album properly, and you’ll have to listen to all of it to properly get an idea of what it should be.

‘Rut’ is beautifully nostalgic, while ‘Out Of My Mind’ is an 80’s tinged gem, and ‘Some Kind Of Love’ is one of the slowest Killers songs ever written. It doesn’t suffer for it though, as it is atmospheric and beautiful. By far the standout track, however, is ‘Tyson Vs Douglas’, a fantastically catchy pop-rock tune. If you want an album that sounds like any other Killers album, you’ve come to the wrong place, but otherwise, enjoy this nostalgic gem of an album.

Best songs: Tyson Vs Douglas, The Man, Run For Cover

Score: 7/10

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)

My Top 10 The Killers Songs

Ever since I first heard the opening to ‘Mr. Brightside’, I knew I loved The Killers. And why wouldn’t I? Ever since their first album, they’ve been producing top quality music, and with the singles I’ve heard from their new album, they look to continue this. Wonderful Wonderful is out this month, and in celebration of that, I’ll be counting down my favourite songs by them.

Honourable mentions (Warning, there are a lot!):

  • Mr Brightside
  • Somebody Told Me
  • All These Things That I’ve Done
  • Change Your Mind
  • Glamorous Indie Rock And Roll
  • When You Were Young
  • Bones
  • Show You How
  • Romeo And Juliet (Dire Straits Cover)
  • Joy Ride
  • This Is Your Life
  • I Can’t Stay
  • Neon Tiger
  • The World We Live In
  • The Man

10. Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf

There’s something about this song that I just love. The old-fashioned sound quality, and the bluesy guitar rhythm go together to make this one of the most oddly charming Killers songs.

Find it on: Sawdust (2007)

9. For Reasons Unknown

From a relatively unassuming verse, the song bursts into life with Brandon Flowers belting out by far one of the best choruses he’s ever written. An essential listen if you want to get into the band.

Find it on: Sam’s Town (2006)

8. Smile Like You Mean It

One of the highlights of their first album, this is one of the very songs that got me into The Killers. Just try listening to this without it getting into your hair.

Find it on: Hot Fuss (2004)

7. Sam’s Town

This song is a perfect introduction of one of my favourite albums of all time. But not only that, Brandon Flowers shows some of his best writing skills off in this song. What more can you ask than great music with great lyrics?

Find it on: Sam’s Town (2006)

6. This River Is Wild

I can’t believe this song isn’t more well known, because in my opinion it’s one of The Killers’ best. It sounds huge and epic, but with vulnerable lyrics, and I absolutely love that contrast.

Find it on: Sam’s Town (2006)

5. Under The Gun

Short but sweet, this is one of the most catchy songs I’ve heard in my life. Probably one of the most underappreciated Killers songs too, only being a bonus track on Hot Fuss.

Find it on: Sawdust (2007)

4. Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine

Believe me when I say this, this song is a masterpiece. Not only does it sound great, it tells a captivating story, something The Killers do expertly. It is the last part of a trilogy  of songs also containing ‘Midnight Run’ and ‘Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf’.

Find it on: Hot Fuss (2004)

3. Losing Touch

This song probably has no right to be where it is on this list, but I love it so much. There is a certain infectiousness to the chorus that won’t let it leave your head.

Find it on: Day & Age (2008)

2. Read My Mind

Simply put, I think this is one of the best songs ever written. From the synth intro, to the lyrics, to that amazing chorus, it’s just perfect from back to front.

Find it on: Sam’s Town (2006)

1. Tranquilize

Well where do I go from one of the best songs ever written? This is the only song I could have possibly picked for the top spot. The Killers have never written anything like this, and I don’t think they ever will again. It’s dark, unsettling, and utterly brilliant.

Find it on: Sawdust (2007)

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: 10-1

Continuing on from my first post on this topic, here are my top 10 albums of all time. These all come as massive recommendations from me, and I think you should listen to all of them:

10. The Killers – Sam’s Town

The Killers were one of the first bands I ever got into after finding ‘When You Were Young’ on a Guitar Hero game. The song was great, and I spent ages listening to it as I played video games as a kid. From this I went on to listen to the full album, and what a treat it was. Not a single song was out of place, and even though Hot Fuss is the fan favourite album, I still prefer this one.

9. Sum 41 – Does This Look Infected

I first got into Sum 41 with All Killer, No Filler. After a while of listening to it though, I desired something new, which lead to me buying this album. It contained a whole new catalogue of songs, even angrier and better than the last album. After this I bought many more Sum 41 albums, and while they were all great, none could live up to this.

8. Brand New – Deja Entendu

What an album this is! I love that it takes the concept of a rock album, and all the usual topics talked about, and turns them on their heads. Each song is a masterpiece in its own right, and this album defines emo as a genre.

7. Muse – Black Holes And Revelations

Muse have many great albums, but this will always have a special place in my heart. I feel like it encompasses some of their best work, and is one of the very few albums that I enjoy every song on. Matt Bellamy is truly in his prime on this one.

6. My Chemical Romance – Danger Days

To most MCR fans, this will come as a massive surprise. The Black Parade is widely considered their best work, closely followed by Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, but I prefer their final effort. Why? I feel like it just works. Don’t get me wrong, I love their other work, but there is something about this album that just clicks with me. It is catchy, upbeat, infectious, and I love it.

5. Panic! At The Disco – Vices And Virtues

Again, this is one of the few albums I love all of the songs from. Every song is just everything I expect from a Panic! song. There are fast songs, slow songs, catchy songs, emotional songs, just about everything on this album. And I feel like everything really does work.

4. Royal Republic – Weekend Man

This is probably the most recent release on this list, but as the years go by I know I won’t love this album any less. It is undoubtedly the catchiest album I have ever heard, and I’m shocked that this band aren’t more popular than they are. I recommend this album to anyone and everyone, as it showcases rock music at its best.

3. Twenty One Pilots – Vessel

This should be less surprising, as I’m sure most Twenty One Pilots fans would list this as one of their favourite albums. But there is reason behind that. This album is one of the most diverse but coherent albums I have ever listened to, and it cover a range of meaningful topics cleverly and insightfully. An essential listen for anyone.

2. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium

If you want my extended thoughts on this album, you can check out my classic album review on it, but in short, this album is almost perfect. It combines so many styles and different sounds into 28 songs that are all wonderful in their own right. You’d struggle to find a better album anywhere.

1. Rise Against – The Sufferer And The Witness

Is it any surprise that a Rise Against album takes the top spot. I’ve never really kept my love for this group a secret, and I feel like this album is the best of their work. It is the perfect middle ground between their newer, more melodic work and their angry punk roots. Every song is incredible, and just listening to it makes me want to start my own revolution. Because not only is this album great musically, it is meaningful too, standing up against many wrongdoings in the word. It is the perfect package, and I love it!

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.