Presenting our Top Tracks of , as voted by our writers and editors. Any track that was released in or had its greatest impact in the U. The vocals are quiet and falsetto, and the tempo is steady. Looking at James Hinton's biography, you'd assume we were talking about a wacky new neighbor on "The Big Bang Theory" and not one of the most slyly gratifying electronic musicians to come along this year. The Brown University grad majored in physics, has a self-professed love for math and cosmology, and spends too much time on YouTube.
'I Sat By the Ocean'
Although we've released all of our lists of the 10 Best Rock Songs and 10 Best Metal Songs of , there are still a lot more artists that deserve recognition for their work this year. In this list you'll find both veteran and upstart bands who released stellar works in , although you may not have discovered their music quite yet. Lesser Key 's inaugural track 'Intercession' is a hypnotic cut that would have probably gotten more attention if the band had released their debut EP this year. As of this posting, the only place to hear 'Intercession' is YouTube, so after experiencing the song, don't be surprised if you find yourself visiting the Sumerian Records channel habitually. If you hear a bit of a Tool influence in Lesser Key, good call. The new project includes former Tool bassist Paul D'Amour , who was an integral part of the group's sound during the 'Opiate' and Undertow' years.
By definition, this means they cover music or other forms of entertainment beyond metal. I get a perverse kind of fun watching what they say in their year-end posts, in part because they write for a broader audience that on average is less knowledgable about metal. And here it is:. When I see a year-end list like this one, I usually have one and sometimes two immediate reactions. But I listened to all four of those songs for the first time. Best metal song of the year? Not for me, and not in the Top 10 either. Yes indeed. I think I now have to break down and listen to
Hard rock and metal fans had plenty to be happy about in , as there was something great for just about everyone. Whether it be metal pioneers Black Sabbath making their return, grunge vets Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam keeping things rolling or a bands like Bring Me the Horizon and Pop Evil being appreciated for taking their music to new heights, will be a memorable period for metal and hard rock lovers. In one of the hardest lists to compile and necessitating plenty of debate, we've settled on an eclectic collection of songs we feel best represents the greatest that hard rock and metal had to offer over this past year. Pearl Jam's 'Sirens' starts off simply enough as a mid-tempo track, but begins to build toward the chorus. It's at that point that Eddie Vedder 's voice reaches full emotional impact.