Gangnam Style. Seriously?
Believe it or not, there was much more to the year in music than a K-Pop star finally breaking big in the US. Good for him.
There was a lot going on in music this year. It was a big year for acoustic based bands, but metal and hard rock also saw a bit of resurgence in the mainstream. LA’s own Five Finger Death Punch wrote, “I’m not selling out, I’m buying in!”. Nothing quite illustrates the underground’s continuing emergence as the new mainstream.
The criteria is the same as always. I had to own the music and it had to be released this year.
So, let’s start – in no particular order.
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
First Aid Kit – Emmylou
Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
Mumford and Sons – I Will Wait
Alabama Shakes – Hold On
The Beach Boys – That’s Why God Made the Radio
The Killers – Runaways
Elizabeth Cooke w/Aaron Watson – Leather and Lace
Fun. – Carry On
Green Day – Oh Love
Gaslight Anthem – 45
Ian Hunter – When I’m President
ZZ Top – I Gotsta Get Paid
Devin Townshend Project – Kingdom
Deftones – Tempest
Stone Sour – Gone Sovereign/Absolute Zero
FOZZY – Sandpaper Featuring M Shadows
Soundgarden – Been Away Too Long
In This Moment – Blood
I have to say, as well, it’s nice to see the music video making a come back as an art form. MTV has died, long live YouTube!