Monday, November 2, 2009

Top 20 Singles From The Decade (11-20)

Alternative Press recently ran a 10-page spread outlining the past decade's 100 best singles from the punk scene. Now, there's no way I'd bore you (or myself) with my top 100, so I knocked it down to 20. And here's your teaser, numbers 11-20. Check back later in the week for Backstage Press' top 10.
20. Paramore - "Pressure" Off the band's 2005 release, All We Know Is Falling, launched Paramore into the ears and hearts of of pop-punk fans across North America. Besides, who couldn't love a girl in a Philadelphia Flyers shirt?

19. Anberlin - "Paperthin Hymn" Christian rock never sounded so good. This anthemic single off Never Take Friendship Personal has been, and will be, the hard rock staple of Anberlin's success. A perfect blend of edge and melody leaves this gem stuck in your head for days.

18. The Used - "All That I've Got" This single off The Used's In Love And Death showed the softer side of the band. Combined with a video profiling a boy getting lost in a creepy old bookstore, "ATIG" proved a successful avenue for a screamo band in a post-screamo world.

17. Sugarcult - "Bouncing Off The Walls" Remember freshman year of college? Yeah, it's blurry for me too, but somehow I remember this song playing a major part in my existence. Though it could have been because "Bouncing" was the anthem to Van Wilder. Hmm.. Either way, this 2001 release is punk having fun, making it worthy of this list.

16. Rise Against - "Ready To Fall" Off the band's 2006 release, The Sufferer And The Witness, this four minute tune managed to pack in a ton of catchy hooks and a little life lesson. Just watch the video. It'll stick with you for years.

15. Bayside - "Devotion And Desire" Though Bayside have yet to have a radio "hit," their 2005 self-titled release propelled them into punk-rock legitimacy by means of "Devotion And Desire". Hardcore fans apply within.

14. Green Day - "American Idiot" Though Green Day owned long before '99, American Idiot 
was the hit single that put them back on the map in '04, and launched a rebirth of the band that will undoubtedly keep them in sold-out arenas for years to come.

13. Bad Religion - "Sorrow" How do you decide which Bad Religion song from the last 10 years should make this list? Well, this was the anti-war anthem of 2002... and it's catchy as Hell. Sold.

12. AFI - "Silver And Cold" From 2003's Sing The Sorrow. It's as dark as it is poetic. The video is hauntingly epic, symbolically penning suicide against friendship. Woah, it's deep. It makes the list.

11. The Starting Line - "Best Of Me" The band's 2002 hit single could easily trick you into thinking love was real or something crazy like that. Listen to it and you'll think that girl from class actually does like you. Don't get ahead of yourself. The song is a great mixture of acoustic and electric guitars paired with a young Kenny Vasoli on vocals. It doesn't get much cuter than that bleach-blonde hair, huh ladies?


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