Billboard – the media responsible for compiling US rankings – has just released a series of end-of-decade rankings.
The Hot 100 isn’t too surprising considering we all know the decade’s most ubiquitous tracks, but BillboardThe 50 Best Rock Songs of the Decade paints a dire picture of rock music’s place in contemporary society.
For starters, Imagine Dragons hold the gold, silver and bronze positions with their tracks “Believer”, “Thunder” and “Radioactive”. The top 10 also includes three songs from Twenty One Pilots – the most significant being ‘Heathens’, the duo’s contribution to the suicide squad soundtrack.
Check out ‘Believer’ from Imagine Dragons
Rounding out the top ten are a number of acts whose inclusion suggests qualification in the rock category hinges on the occasional presence of guitars. It’s Panic! At the Disco, The Lumineers, Walk the Moon and Portugal. The man.
It doesn’t get much better from there. Lorde’s ‘Royals’ lands at number 15, perhaps because it has too much personality to fit into the pop category? But the fact that the Kiwi pop star is surrounded by AWOLNATION, Bastille and other Imagine Dragons songs indicates that personality isn’t a prerequisite for making the list.
Two Foo Fighters songs make the top 20 — “Rope” and “Walk” — while The Black Keys’ “Tighten Up” sits at 19. The rest of the top 50 doesn’t offer much. rocks in any conventional sense. Elle King’s “Ex’s & Oh’s” (#27) isn’t terrible; Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” reached No. 41, and nu metal survivors Disturbed took No. 49 with their cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence.”
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