Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of April 21, 2018

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange the top 25 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all 25, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
2. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
3. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
4. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
5. Bad Wolves – “Zombie”
6. Foster the People – “Sit Next to Me”
7. Alice Merton – “No Roots”
8. Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
9. 30 Seconds to Mars ft. Halsey – “Love is Madness”
10. Walk the Moon – “One Foot”
11. Bishop Briggs – “River”
12. Five Finger Death Punch – “Gone Away”
13. lovelytheband – “Broken”
14. Portugal. The Man – “Live in the Moment”
15. 30 Seconds to Mars – “Dangerous Night”
16. Muse – “Thought Contagion”
17. Godsmack – “Bulletproof”
18. Two Feet – “I Feel Like I’m Drowning”
19. Vance Joy – “Saturday Sun”
20. Elton John – “Rocket Man”
21. Shinedown – “Devil”
22. Three Days Grace – “The Mountain”
23. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – “You Worry Me”
24. Breaking Benjamin – “Red Cold River”
25. AWOLNATION – “Handyman”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. River
2. No Roots
3. Feel It Still
4. You Worry Me
5. I Feel Like I’m Drowning
6. Rocket Man
7. Live in the Moment
8. Thought Contagion
9. Handyman

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Best Songs of 2016

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All songs on this list were released as singles in 2016, or 2015 but didn’t make an impact until 2016.

1. Kiiara – “Gold” – An ingenious production trick wins the top spot. The best music in the world rewires your brain.
2. Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom” – Beyoncé BUSTS out every emotion of the year.
3. Phantogram – “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” – I can feel myself dissolving in the despair.
4. Lady GaGa – “Perfect Illusion” – GaGa’s crying out in beautiful pain.
5. Kanye West – “Fade” – From another dimension.
6. Rag‘n’Bone Man – “Human” – The blues are alive and kicking.
7. Sia – “The Greatest” – Sia’s career is the soundtrack for perseverance.
8. Alessia Cara – “Scars to Your Beautiful” – What could have been an anodyne message piece instead infuses an influx of attitude.
9. Flume ft. Tove Lo – “Say It” – An airy, effervescent blast from 2016’s top DJ.
10. Childish Gambino – “Me and Your Mama” – Where did this burst of neo-P-Funk come from?!
11. Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles” – This sounds like nostalgia and the future.
12. Glass Animals – “Life Itself” – Alternative quirk’s top spot of the year.
13. Bishop Briggs – “River” – I need at least one lady rocker belting it out like this per annum.
14. Beyoncé – “Formation” – The production is so much more adventurous and more mature from Queen Bey than ever before.
15. BANKS – “Gemini Feed” – Icy and boopy, with attitude to spare.
16. Leonard Cohen – “You Want It Darker” – I’m vociferously nodding along to every declaration Mr. Cohen makes.
17. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go” – That title is sort of like musical onomatopoeia.
18. Highly Suspect – “My Name is Human” – These guys from Cape Cod ought to be rocking stadiums to their core.
19. Beck – “Wow” – Beck’s gonna keep uncovering these strange corners in the aural landscape.
20. Kongos – “Take It From Me” – These South African rockers are totally in control.
21. Tove Lo – “Cool Girl” – Tove keeps freaking up the airwaves.
22. A Tribe Called Quest – “We the People” – A necessary anthem.
23. Sia ft. Sean Paul – “Cheap Thrills” – Bounce along when you’re looking for fun.
24. Ariana Grande – “Into You” – Features the year’s most killer opening line
25. Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work” – One of those great songs that defy natural analysis.

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of September 10, 2016

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange that top 25 based on my estimation of their quality.

Original Version
1. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
2. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
3. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons With Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
4. Coldplay – “Hymn for the Weekend”
5. twenty one pilots – “Stressed Out”
6. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
7. Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”
8. The Lumineers – “Ophelia”
9. Metallica – “Hardwired”
10. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
11. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go”
12. Bishop Briggs – “River”
13. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dark Necessities”
14. Panic! at the Disco – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
15. blink-182 – “Bored to Death”
16. Green Day – “Bang Bang”
17. The 1975 – “The Sound”
18. Cage the Elephant – “Trouble”
19. Bastille – “Good Grief”
20. Skillet – “Feel Invincible”
21. Panic! at the Disco – “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time”
22. Beck – “Wow”
23. The Head and the Heart – “All We Ever Knew”
24. Action Bronson, Mark Ronson, & Dan Auerbach – “Standing in the Rain”
25. The 1975 – “Somebody Else”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. River
2. Wow
3. The Sound
4. Way Down We Go
5. Unsteady
6. Dark Necessities
7. Somebody Else
8. Standing in the Rain
9. Ride
10. Trouble
11. Good Grief
12. Stressed Out
13. Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time
14. Ophelia
15. Hymn for the Weekend
16. All We Ever Knew
17. Bang Bang
18. The Sound of Silence
19. Hardwired
20. Heathens
21. Feel Invincible
22. Sucker for Pain
23. Bohemian Rhapsody
24. HandClap
25. Bored to Death

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of September 3, 2016

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange that top 25 based on my estimation of their quality.

Original Version
1. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
2. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
3. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons With Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
4. twenty one pilots – “Stressed Out”
5. Coldplay – “Hymn for the Weekend”
6. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
7. Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”
8. Green Day – “Bang Bang”
9. The Lumineers – “Ophelia”
10. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
11. Panic! at the Disco – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
12. Ben Rector – “Brand New”
13. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go”
14. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dark Necessities”
15. blink-182 – “Bored to Death”
16. Bishop Briggs – “River”
17. The 1975 – “The Sound”
18. Cage the Elephant – “Trouble”
19. Bastille – “Good Grief”
20. Action Bronson, Mark Ronson & Dan Auerbach – “Standing in the Rain”
21. Beck – “Wow”
22. Skillet – “Feel Invincible”
23. Panic! at the Disco – “Don’t Threaten with a Good Time”
24. Young the Giant – “Something to Believe In”
25. Bon Jovi – “This House is Not for Sale”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. River
2. Wow
3. The Sound
4. Way Down We Go
5. Unsteady
6. Dark Necessities
7. Standing in the Rain
8. Something to Believe In
9. Ride
10. Trouble
11. Good Grief
12. Stressed Out
13. Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time
14. Ophelia
15. Hymn for the Weekend
16. The Sound of Silence
17. Bang Bang
18. Heathens
19. Feel Invincible
20. Sucker for Pain
21. Bohemian Rhapsody
22. HandClap
23. This House is Not for Sale
24. Brand New
25. Bored to Death

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of August 27, 2016

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange that top 25 based on my estimation of their quality.

Original Version
1. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
2. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
3. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons With Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
4. twenty one pilots – “Stressed Out”
5. Coldplay – “Hymn for the Weekend”
6. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
7. Panic! at the Disco – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
8. Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”
9. Ben Rector – “Brand New”
10. The Lumineers – “Ophelia”
11. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
12. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dark Necessities”
13. blink-182 – “Bored to Death”
14. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go”
15. Bishop Briggs – “River”
16. Skillet – “Feel Invincible”
17. The 1975 – “The Sound”
18. Bastille – “Good Grief”
19. Cage the Elephant – “Trouble”
20. Beck – “Wow”
21. Action Bronson, Mark Ronson & Dan Auerbach – “Standing in the Rain”
22. Panic! at the Disco – “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time”
23. Green Day – “Bang Bang”
24. Grimes – “Medieval Warfare”
25. BANKS – “Gemini Feed”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. River
2. Gemini Feed
3. Wow
4. Way Down We Go
5. The Sound
6. Unsteady
7. Dark Necessities
8. Standing in the Rain
9. Ride
10. Trouble
11. Good Grief
12. Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time
13. Medieval Warfare
14. Ophelia
15. Stressed Out
16. Bang Bang
17. Hymn for the Weekend
18. Heathens
19. Feel Invincible
20. Sucker for Pain
21. The Sound of Silence
22. Bohemian Rhapsody
23. HandClap
24. Brand New
25. Bored to Death

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of August 6, 2016

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange that top 25 based on my estimation of their quality.

Original Version
1. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
2. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
3. twenty one pilots – “Stressed Out”
4. James Bay – “Let It Go”
5. Coldplay – “Hymn for the Weekend”
6. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
7. Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”
8. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign, & X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
9. Ben Rector – “Brand New”
10. The Lumineers – “Ophelia”
11. blink-182 – “Bored to Death”
12. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dark Necessities”
13. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
14. The Strumbellas – “Spirits”
15. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go”
16. Bishop Briggs – “River”
17. Bastille – “Good Grief”
18. The 1975 – “The Sound”
19. Good Charlotte – “Life Can’t Get Much Better”
20. Cage the Elephant – “Trouble”
21. Beck – “Wow”
22. Panic! at the Disco – “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time”
23. NEEDTOBREATHE – “Happiness”
24. Skillet – “Feel Invincible”
25. Goo Goo Dolls – “So Alive”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. River
2. Way Down We Go
3. Wow
4. The Sound
5. Unsteady
6. Dark Necessities
7. Ride
8. Trouble
9. Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time
10. Ophelia
11. Good Grief
12. Stressed Out
13. Heathens
14. Feel Invincible
15. Sucker for Pain
16. So Alive
17. Happiness
18. The Sound of Silence
19. Hymn for the Weekend
20. Spirits
21. HandClap
22. Let It Go
23. Life Can’t Get Much Better
24. Brand New
25. Bored to Death