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: 50-41

50. Self-Esteem – The Offspring

This, along with many other songs found on Guitar Hero is one of the major reasons I got into punk and pop-punk as a genre. I heard this, along with Sum 41’s ‘Motivation’ and Rise Against’s ‘Savior’, decided to find more bands that made that kind of music, and have never looked back since.

Find it on: Smash (1994)

49. Almost – Bowling For Soup

In this song, Bowling For Soup, who are known for making a lot of joke songs, and never taking themselves to seriously, create quite a hard hitting sad song. It combines the catchy pop-punk that they are known for, with well written lyrics, and a touch of Bowling For Soup’s trademark silliness to great effect.

Find it on: A Hangover You Don’t Deserve (2004)

48. Snuff – Slipknot

Generally, I appreciate Slipknot for what they’ve done in the music scene, but have never really got into their music, but this song is a masterpiece. It shows some of the most honest lyrics Corey Taylor has written to date, and if this doesn’t give you goosebumps, nothing will.

Find it on: All Hope Is Gone (2008)

47. Panic Station – Muse

From a sad, slow song, to a happy, fast one, this is by far the catchiest song Muse have ever written. What really shines for me about it is how much fun they seemed to be having while making it. It’s just a really fun song.

Find it on: The Second Law (2012)

46. The Middle – Jimmy Eat World

Does this song even need any introduction. Not only is it one of the catchiest songs ever written, it helped to define pop-punk in its early days. This song will go down in history.

Find it on: Bleed American (2001)

45. Ode To Sleep – Twenty One Pilots

This song isn’t just special to me because it sounds great, but also because the lyrics really resonate with me. It talks about that time at night when negative thoughts begin to creep into your head just before you go to sleep. And in my opinion, it’s a perfect portrayal of these thoughts.

Find it on: Vessel (2013)

44. Karate – Babymetal

This may come as a surprise, but I think Babymetal are far more than just a gimmick. They blend the backing music of a metal band with the vocals of a J-pop band, and do it really well. The melodies are catchy, and the instrumentals are intense, and I feel like that’s a really interesting balance that hasn’t been explored enough yet.

Find it on: Metal Resistance (2016)

43. Always – Panic! At That Disco

From an intense song, to a minimal, acoustic one, this is the beautiful highlight of the masterpiece that is Vices and Virtues. It combines beautiful acoustic guitar, beautiful singing and beautiful lyrics, and I couldn’t possibly love it any more.

Find it on: Vices and Virtues (2010)

42. Kids – MGMT

Oddly enough, I found this one on a FIFA video game soundtrack when I was younger, and it has stuck with me ever since. If you can listen to it without it getting it stuck in your head, congratulations.

Find it on: Oracular Spectacular (2007)

41. Lovely – Twenty One Pilots

From one catchy song to another, this is one of four amazing bonus tracks to Twenty One Pilots’ Vessel. While not the best of those bonus tracks, it is still a masterpiece in itself, and features some great lyrics from Tyler Joseph.

Find it on: Vessel (2013)

Come back in a couple of weeks for more of my favourite songs!

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!