I recently stumbled across an article on Loudwire.com titled, “20 Best Rock Songs of 2014“, and it included handy video embeds of all the songs. Well, I’m always on the look-out for new music and love to know what’s going on, so I figured this was a great opportunity to catch up with what’s happening in popular Rock culture. I don’t listen to the radio much, and at almost 50 years old, I’m not exactly in the moshpit with the 20-somethings at local venues. Besides, I figured, why the hell not? It might be funny to see what a guy who’s staring at 50 thinks of some of the newly minted music.
Let me just say up front that I thought it was being generous to list some of the songs on that list in the top 20. I listened to each and every one of them, and wasn’t all that impressed with most. No, I won’t be calling anybody out. Let it suffice to say that I’ve heard most of this shite before. Many of the bands on the list have been on these types of lists before, with songs that sounded almost identical to their song on this current list.
Here’s what I awarded demerits for;
- Sing-Along Choruses worthy of the most hyped Boy Bands.
- Repetition and variations on a theme. If a song sounds like one of the band’s previous songs, it’s an automatic rejection.
- Whining. Gods, I can’t stand singers who are always whining about some girl who left ’em. It’s Rock-N-Roll, son. Grow a pair and quit your bitchin’.
- Anything that sounds like it should be on the soundtrack for a Tom Hanks movie.
- Anything that sounds like a left-over track from another, better band.
Here’s what I came up with. My own list was immediately whittled down to six songs. So… we’ll call this “6 Best Rock Songs of 2014”. They’re sorted backwards, from #6 to #1, according to my person preference. As far as I’m concerned, these are the only songs you should remember from 2014. The rest on Loudwire’s list are just more of the same old same old.