Top 10 Songs for December 27, 2015-January 2, 2016

Five weeks after dropping out of the #1 spot while “Hello” and “Adventure of a Lifetime” spent time there, “Stressed Out” leaps back to #1.

1. STRESSED OUT – twenty one pilots (6th wk #1)
2. ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME – Coldplay
3. HELLO – Adele
4. MOUNTAIN AT MY GATES – Foals
5. NEARLY FORGOT MY BROKEN HEART – Chris Cornell
6. SORRY – Justin Bieber
7. HOTLINE BLING – Drake
8. S.O.B. – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
9. COLD COLD MAN – Saint Motel
10. THE GHOSTS OF BEVERLY DRIVE – Death Cab For Cutie

Top 100 Songs of 2015

2015 was another amazing year in music, and saw the release of numerous albums of merit, most notably the incredible Blurryface from twenty øne piløts, How Big How Blue How Beautiful from Florence + the Machine, Beauty Behind the Madness from The Weeknd, Currents from Tame Impala, Wilder Mind from Mumford & Sons, What Went Down from Foals, Sound and Color from Alabama Shakes, To Pimp a Butterfly from Kendrick Lamar, Drones from Muse, Every Open Eye from CHVRCHES, Kintsugi from Death Cab For Cutie, My Love is Cool from Wolf Alice, Caracal from Disclosure, Get to Heaven from Everything Everything and, at the end of the year, Adele’s eagerly awaited and record-setting 25.  One of my personal favorites was No Devotion’s exceptional debut album Permanence, which I previously reviewed in this blog.

One of the biggest hits of the year was the hugely popular “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. The wildly entertaining and oft-imitated video paid homage to masters of funk James Brown, Funkadelic and Prince. Another break-out artist was Elle King, whose “Ex’s and Oh’s” was one of the biggest and most enjoyable songs of the year, and I especially loved “My Type” from Saint Motel, a fun and stylish tune. My pick for best song of 2015 is “Tear in My Heart,” a rousing anthem to the highs and lows of love from my favorite band of the year, twenty øne piløts.

1. TEAR IN MY HEART – twenty øne piløts

2. UPTOWN FUNK! – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
3. FIRST – Cold War Kids
4. EX’S AND OH’S – Elle King
5. SHUT UP AND DANCE – Walk the Moon
6. RENEGADES – X Ambassadors
7. BELIEVE – Mumford & Sons
8. STRESSED OUT – twenty øne piløts
9. DREAMS – Beck
10. LAMPSHADES ON FIRE – Modest Mouse
11. HELLO – Adele
12. MY TYPE – Saint Motel
13. CAN’T FEEL MY FACE – The Weeknd
14. THINKING OUT LOUD – Ed Sheeran
15. HOLLOW MOON (BAD WOLF) – AWOLNATION
16. LONG WAY DOWN – Robert DeLong
17. SHIP TO WRECK – Florence + the Machine
18. DON’T WANNA FIGHT – Alabama Shakes
19. DEAD INSIDE – Muse
20. BLACK SUN – Death Cab For Cutie
21. CRYSTALS – Of Monsters and Men
22. WHAT KIND OF MAN? – Florence + the Machine
23. THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER – Tame Impala
24. SOMETHING FROM NOTHING – Foo Fighters
25. S.O.B. – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
26. ROLLERCOASTER – Bleachers
27. ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME – Coldplay
28. BUDAPEST – George Ezra
29. MOANING LISA SMILE – Wolf Alice
30. NEARLY FORGOT MY BROKEN HEART – Chris Cornell
31. ELECTRIC LOVE – BORNS
32. CECILIA AND THE SATELLITE – Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
33. BLAME IT ON ME – George Ezra
34. WHAT WENT DOWN – Foals
35. I AM – AWOLNATION
36. EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) – The Weeknd
37. CIGARETTE DAYDREAMS – Cage the Elephant
38. COULD HAVE BEEN ME – The Struts
39. EVERY OTHER FRECKLE – alt-J
40. THE WOLF – Mumford & Sons
41. MESS IS MINE – Vance Joy
42. SEDONA – Houndmouth
43. THE GHOSTS OF BEVERLY DRIVE – Death Cab for Cutie
44. 2 HEADS – Coleman Hell
45. HOLD BACK THE RIVER – James Bay
46. I BET MY LIFE – Imagine Dragons
47. R.I.P. 2 MY YOUTH – The Neighbourhood
48. FIGURE IT OUT – Royal Blood
49. SOMEBODY NEW – Joywave
50. ADDITION – No Devotion
51. MOUNTAIN AT MY GATES – Foals
52. MERCY – Muse
53. KATHLEEN – Catfish & the Bottlemen
54. FAIRLY LOCAL – twenty øne piløts
55. R U MINE? – Arctic Monkeys
56. SOMEONE NEW – Hozier
57. HOTLINE BLING – Drake
58. COLD COLD MAN – Saint Motel
59. THE GROUND WALKS, WITH TIME IN A BOX – Modest Mouse
60. LEAVE A TRACE – CHVRCHES
61. DIFFERENT COLORS – Walk the Moon
62. MOLECULES – Atlas Genius
63. COMING HOME – Leon Bridges
64. FLASHED JUNK MIND – Milky Chance
65. THE WEIGHT OF LOVE – The Black Keys
66. FROM EDEN – Hozier
67. UMA THURMAN – Fall Out Boy
68. WHAT DO YOU MEAN? – Justin Bieber
69. REGRET – Everything Everything
70. SHOTS – Imagine Dragons
71. EVERY BREAKING WAVE – U2
72. COMING FOR YOU – The Offspring
73. SOUND OF CHANGE – Dirty Heads
74. EVERYTHING IS WRONG – Interpol
75. KARMA – Disciples of Babylon
76. DISTANT PAST – Everything Everything
77. DYING TO SHINE – She Pulled the Trigger
78. REALiTi – Grimes
79. WANT TO WANT ME – Jason Derulo
80. CIGARETTES AND SAINTS – The Wonder Years
81. REALLY LOVE – D’Angelo and the Vanguard
82. I LIVED – OneRepublic
83. CIVIL WAR – Ages Apart
84. BEST OF ME – The Awareness
85. PERMANENT SUNLIGHT – No Devotion
86. STYLE – Taylor Swift
87. I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE – Sam Smith
88. FOOL FOR LOVE – Lord Huron
89. WAVES – Mr. Probst
90. KING KUNTA – Kendrick Lamar
91. LITTLE MONSTER – Royal Blood
92. JEALOUS – Nick Jonas
93. BAD BLOOD – Ryan Adams
94. SEE YOU AGAIN – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
95. OUTTA MY MIND – The ARCS
96. CONGREGATION – Foo Fighters
97. ELASTIC HEART – Sia
98. LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO – Ellie Goulding
99. HALLELUJAH – Panic! At the Disco
100. ABSOLUTION CALLING – Incubus

Top 10 Songs for December 20-26

1. ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME – Coldplay
2. HELLO – Adele
3. STRESSED OUT – twenty one pilots
4. NEARLY FORGOT MY BROKEN HEART – Chris Cornell
5. MOUNTAIN AT MY GATES – Foals
6. S.O.B. – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
7. THE GHOSTS OF BEVERLY DRIVE – Death Cab For Cutie
8. HOTLINE BLING – Drake
9. COLD COLD MAN – Saint Motel
10. SORRY – Justin Bieber

Top 10 Songs for December 13-19

1. HELLO – Adele (4th wk #1)
2. ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME – Coldplay
3. STRESSED OUT – twenty one pilots
4. NEARLY FORGOT MY BROKEN HEART – Chris Cornell
5. S.O.B. – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
6. THE GHOSTS OF BEVERLY DRIVE – Death Cab For Cutie
7. MOUNTAIN AT MY GATES – Foals
8. HOTLINE BLING – Drake
9. R.I.P. 2 MY YOUTH – The Neighbourhood
10. COLD COLD MAN – Saint Motel

Artist Spotlight – She Pulled The Trigger

An exciting and charismatic alternative hard rock band I discovered when they followed me on Twitter is She Pulled The Trigger, a relatively new four-man group from Lancaster, PA.  Band members include brothers Chris Zell (lead vocals/guitar) and Nick Zell (drums), Patrick Kearney (lead guitar/backing vocals) and Ricky Leblanc (bass guitar/backing vocals).   Their melodic, hard-driving rock sound has influences of Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace, and lead singer Chris Zell’s aggressive vocals occasionally reach the ferocity of Slipknot’s Corey Taylor.  In an interview for the website New Transcendence, Chris explained that the band’s songs, like those of many other rock bands, touch on “pain and dark times,” but they want “to also give our fans a light to follow. We want to inspire positive change.”

Accordingly, She Pulled The Trigger has a rapidly growing base of loyal fans, and I’m one of them.  They hope to release a full album in 2016.  Here are videos of their first two excellent singles, both of which feature intricate guitar riffs, speaker-blowing drums and powerful, harmonic vocals.

Follow She Pulled The Trigger on Twitter and Facebook, subscribe to their YouTube channel  and purchase their music on Bandcamp.

Top 10 Songs for December 6-12

1. HELLO – Adele
2. ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME – Coldplay
3. STRESSED OUT – twenty one pilots
4. NEARLY FORGOT MY BROKEN HEART – Chris Cornell
5. S.O.B. – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
6. THE GHOSTS OF BEVERLY DRIVE – Death Cab For Cutie
7. R.I.P 2 MY YOUTH – The Neighbourhood
8. MOUNTAIN AT MY GATES – Foals
9. HOTLINE BLING – Drake
10. MERCY – Muse