Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of July 29, 2017

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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 – “Believer”
2. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
3. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
4. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
5. The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”
6. Rag’n’Bone Man – “Human”
7. Judah & the Lion – “Take It All Back”
8. Lord Huron – “The Night We Met”
9. Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
10. HAIM – “Want You Back”
11. Foo Fighters – “Run”
12. The Killers – “The Man”
13. Paramore – “Hard Times”
14. Linkin Park ft. Kiiara – “Heavy”
15. Zach Williams – “Old Church Choir”
16. Bleachers – “Don’t Take the Money”
17. Coldplay – “A L I E N S”
18. NEEDTOBREATHE – “Hard Love”
19. Weezer – “Feels Like Summer”
20. Sir Sly – “High”
21. The All-American Rejects – “Sweat”
22. Muse – “Dig Down”
23. Stone Sour – “Song #3”
24. Imagine Dragons – “Walking the Wire”
25. Lana Del Rey ft. The Weeknd – “Lust for Life”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Human
2. The Man
3. High
4. Run
5. Feel It Still
6. Want You Back
7. Hard Love
8. Lust for Life
9. Dig Down
10. Hard Times
11. Feels Like Summer

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of July 22, 2017

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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 – “Believer”
2. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
3. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
4. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
5. The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”
6. Rag’n’Bone Man – “Human”
7. Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
8. Lord Huron – “The Night We Met”
9. Paramore – “Hard Times”
10. Foo Fighters – “Run”
11. The Killers – “The Man”
12. Linkin Park ft. Kiiara – “Heavy”
13. Stone Sour – “Song #3”
14. Weezer – “Feels Like Summer”
15. Bleacers – “Don’t Take the Money”
16. Imagine Dragons – “Walking the Wire”
17. Zach Williams – “Old Church Choir”
18. Sir Sly – “High”
19. NEEDTOBREATHE – “Hard Love”
20. The Dirty Heads – “Vacation”
21. Muse – “Dig Down”
22. Arcade Fire – “Everything Now”
23. The Lumineers – “Angela”
24. LANY – “Super Far”
25. Imagine Dragons – “I Don’t Know Why”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Human
2. The Man
3. High
4. Run
5. Feel It Still
6. Everything Now
7. Hard Love
8. Dig Down
9. Hard Times
10. Feels Like Summer

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of July 15, 2017

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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 – “Believer”
2. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
3. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
4. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
5. Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
6. Rag’n’Bone Man – “Human”
7. The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”
8. Lord Huron – “The Night We Met”
9. Imagine Dragons – “Walking the Wire”
10. Fall Out Boy – “Champion”
11. Foo Fighters – “Run”
12. Imagine Dragons – “I Don’t Know Why”
13. Linkin Park ft. Kiiara – “Heavy”
14. Paramore – “Hard Times”
15. The Killers – “The Man”
16. Imagine Dragons – “Rise Up”
17. Imagine Dragons – “I’ll Make It Up to You”
18. Sir Sly – “High”
19. Imagine Dragons – “Start Over”
20. NEEDTOBREATHE – “Hard Love”
21. Bleachers – “Don’t Take the Money”
22. Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky”
23. Zach Williams – “Old Church Choir”
24. HAIM – “Little of Your Love”
25. Soundgarden – “Black Hole Sun”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Human
2. The Man
3. Mr. Blue Sky
4. High
5. Black Hole Sun
6. Run
7. Feel It Still
8. Hard Love
9. Little of Your Love
10. Hard Times

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of May 20, 2017

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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 – “Believer”
2. Linkin Park ft. Kiiara – “Heavy”
3. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
4. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
5. Rag’n’Bone Man – “Human”
6. Lord Huron – “The Night We Met”
7. Fall Out Boy – “Young and Menace”
8. Paramore – “Hard Times”
9. The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”
10. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
11. Gorillaz ft. Popcaan – “Saturnz Barz”
12. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
13. Lana del Rey ft. The Weeknd – “Lust for Life”
14. Gorillaz ft. D.R.A.M. – “Andromeda”
15. Gorillaz ft. Vince Staples – “Ascension”
16. Ocean Park Standoff – “Good News”
17. Gorillaz ft. Mavis Staples and Pusha T – “Let Me Out”
18. Gorillaz ft. Rag’n’Bone Man, Zebra Katz, and RAY BLK – “The Apprentice”
19. John Mayer – “In the Blood”
20. Gorillaz ft. De La Soul – “Momentz”
21. Gorillaz ft. Danny Brown and Kelela – “Submission”
22. Gorillaz ft. Peven Everett – “Strobelite”
23. Jesse Larson – “Human”
24. Papa Roach – “Help”
25. NEEDTOBREATHE – “Testify”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Human (Rag’n’Bone Man)
2. Let Me Out
3. Young and Menace
4. Feel It Still
5. Saturnz Barz
6. The Apprentice
7. Andromeda
8. Hard Times
9. Lust for Life

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of May 13, 2017

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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 – “Believer”
2. Linkin Park ft. Kiiara – “Heavy”
3. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
4. Lana Del Rey ft. The Weeknd – “Lust for Life”
5. Lord Huron – “The Night We Met”
6. Paramore – “Hard Times”
7. Rag’n’Bone Man – “Human”
8. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
9. The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”
10. Bob Pressner – “American Dream”
11. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
12. Ocean Park Standoff – “Good News”
13. Gorillaz ft. Popcaan – “Saturnz Barz”
14. Lana Del Rey – “Love”
15. NEEDTOBREATHE – “Testify”
16. John Mayer – “In the Blood”
17. Cold War Kids – “Love is Mystical”
18. Gorillaz ft. D.R.A.M. – “Andromeda”
19. MISSIO – “Middle Fingers”
20. Papa Roach – “Help”
21. Fall Out Boy – “Young and Menace”
22. Cage the Elephant – “Cold Cold Cold”
23. Gorillaz ft. Mavis Staples and Pusha T – “Let Me Out”
24. The Lumineers – “Angela”
25. Sir Sly – “High”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Human
2. Let Me Out
3. Young and Menace
4. Feel It Still
5. Saturnz Barz
6. High
7. Cold Cold Cold
8. Love is Mystical
9. Love
10. Andromeda
11. Hard Times
12. Lust for Life

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of May 6, 2017

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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 – “Believer”
2. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
3. Linkin Park ft. Kiiara – “Heavy”
4. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
5. Lord Huron – “The Night We Met”
6. Rag’n’Bone Man – “Human”
7. Lana Del Rey ft. The Weeknd – “Lust for Life”
8. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
9. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go”
10. Paramore – “Hard Times”
11. The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”
12. Bob Pressner – “American Dream”
13. John Mayer – “In the Blood”
14. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
15. Linkin Park ft. Pusha T and Stormzy – “Good Goodbye”
16. Ocean Park Standoff – “Good News”
17. Gorillaz – “Saturnz Barz”
18. John Mayer – “Rosie”
19. Lana Del Rey – “Love”
20. John Mayer – “Still Feel Like Your Man”
21. NEEDTOBREATHE – “Testify”
22. MISSIO – “Middle Fingers”
23. Cold War Kids – “Love is Mystical”
24. Papa Roach – “Help”
25. John Mayer – “Never on the Day You Leave”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Human
2. Way Down We Go
3. Feel It Still
4. Saturnz Barz
5. Love is Mystical
6. Love
7. Hard Times
8. Lust for Life

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of April 22, 2017

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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 – “Believer”
2. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
3. Linkin Park ft. Kiiara – “Heavy”
4. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
5. Rag’n’Bone Man – “Human”
6. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
7. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go”
8. twenty one pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”
9. The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”
10. Gorillaz ft. Popcaan – “Saturnz Barz”
11. Lord Huron – “The Night We Met”
12. Lana Del Rey – “Love”
13. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
14. Ocean Park Standoff – “Good News”
15. Gorillaz ft. D.R.A.M. – “Andromeda”
16. Bleachers – “Don’t Take the Money”
17. NEEDTOBREATHE – “Testify”
18. MISSIO – “Middle Fingers”
19. alt-J – “In Cold Blood”
20. Papa Roach – “Help”
21. Gorillaz ft. Vince Staples – “Ascension”
22. Cold War Kids – “Love is Mystical”
23. blink-182 – “Misery”
24. The Lumineers – “Angela”
25. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – “Fire Escape”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Human
2. Way Down We Go
3. Heavydirtysoul
4. Feel It Still
5. In Cold Blood
6. Love is Mystical
7. Andromeda
8. Love
9. Saturnz Barz

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of April 1, 2017

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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.

Original Version
1. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
2. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
3. Linkin Park ft. Kiiara – “Heavy”
4. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
5. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
6. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go”
7. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
8. Rag’n’Bone Man – “Human”
9. twenty one pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”
10. Lana Del Rey – “Love”
11. Green Day – “Still Breathing”
12. The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”
13. Zach Williams – “Chain Breaker”
14. NEEDTOBREATHE – “Testify”
15. Papa Roach – “Help”
16. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
17. Shinedown – “How Did Love You”
18. MISSIO – “Middle Fingers”
19. The Lumineers – “Angela”
20. Cold War Kids – “Love is Mystical”
21. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – “Fire Escape”
22. alt-J – “3WW”
23. Coldplay – “Hypnotised”
24. Kaleo – “All the Pretty Girls”
25. The xx – “On Hold”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Human
2. Way Down We Go
3. Heavydirtysoul
4. 3WW
5. Feel It Still
6. Love is Mystical
7. Love
8. Ride
9. All the Pretty Girls
10. On Hold
11. Middle Fingers
12. Hypnotised
13. Heathens
14. Fire Escape
15. Help
16. Angela
17. How Did You Love
18. Wish I Knew You
19. Heavy
20. Believer
21. Still Breathing
22. HandClap
23. Sucker for Pain
24. Testify
25. Chain Breaker

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of March 18, 2017

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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.

Original Version
1. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
2. Imagine Dragons – “Believers”
3. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
4. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
5. Lana Del Rey – “Love”
6. Linkin Park ft. Kiiara – “Heavy”
7. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go
8. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
9. twenty one pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”
10. Rag’n’Bone Man – “Human”
11. Godsmack – “Come Together”
12. The Lumineers – “Cleopatra”
13. John Mayer – “Still Feel Like Your Man”
14. Zach Williams – “Chain Breaker”
15. Green Day – “Still Breathing”
16. The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”
17. Highly Suspect – “My Name is Human”
18. Kings of Leon – “Waste a Moment”
19. NEEDTOBREATHE – “Testify”
20. Shinedown – “How Did You Love”
21. John Mayer – “Helpless”
22. John Mayer – “Love on the Weekend”
23. John Mayer – “Emoji on a Wave”
24. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – “Fire Escape”
25. Seether – “Let You Down”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Human
2. My Name is Human
3. Way Down We Go
4. Heavydirtysoul
5. Love
6. Ride
7. Heathens
8. Fire Escape
9. How Did You Love
10. Still Feel Like Your Man
11. Wish I Knew You
12. Waste a Moment
13. Helpless
14. Cleopatra
15. Come Together
16. Heavy
17. Believer
18. Still Breathing
19. HandClap
20. Let You Down
21. Love on the Weekend
22. Sucker for Pain
23. Emoji on a Wave
24. Testify
25. Chain Breaker

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.

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