Alternative Addiction Music Supervisor
Hello, Dallas here, your music
supervisor at Alternative Addiction and these are my
TOP 20 songs of 2012.
Paper Route –
A chorus that couldn’t escape your head this year,
not that you’d really ever want it to. The lead
single from paper Route’s latest album “The Peace of
Wild Things” “You & I” is my favorite song of 2012.
2. Gaslight Anthem
The Gaslight Anthem have been around for some time
now and this track helped them become one of the top
alternative rock acts of 2012. Fast, raspy, classic
Gaslight and a bonafide hit.
3. Imagine Dragons
“It’s Time” & “Radioactive” have made their mark at
radio, “Demons” should be the next Imagine Dragons
track to join the club. Another huge chorus from the
The lead off and title track to the criminally
underrated Lovedrug record “Wild Blood”. Three
minutes of hook-laden alternative rock that should
have found its way onto the airwaves all over the
5. The Lumineers
– "Ho Hey"
You know this one, and you likely sang along to it
during a summer bonfire. An absolute smash and
special track from Colorado’s folk trio The
The song I see as the highlight from Anberlin’s 2012
release “Vital”, “Modern Age” is another standout
track from the solid Anberlin catalogue.
7. Silversun Pickups
Silversun Pickups well-crafted 2012 release “Neck Of
the Woods” is where you can find this jam. It’s
about as in your face rock and roll as SSPU gets and
it’s a face-melter.
Colorado folk-rockers Churchill look to become just
as successful as 2012 breakout band Of Monsters &
Men and their single “Change” is well on the way to
making that a reality.
You won’t find a whole lot of electronic music here,
but Madeon’s “The City” cannot be ignored. The
teenage French producer provides one of the most
accessible electronic/pop tracks of 2012 and he’s
not going away anytime soon.
A track hidden away on Needtobreathe’s most recent
“Keep Your Eyes Open” EP. “Solomon’s Ashes” is one
of the band’s finest tracks in years. A rocker that
showcases Bear Rinehart’s vocals, don’t miss this
11. Anthony Green
Love (Feat. Nate Ruess)"
A bonus track on Circa
Survive frontman Anthony Green’s latest solo record,
“Only Love” shines with the addition of fun. Singer
12. Imagine Dragons
Opening their major label debut EP “Continued
Silence”, “Radioactive” hits you over the head with
bass and provides one of the biggest choruses of
2012. A highlight of the band’s live set as well.
13. The Early November
The Early November made their long awaited return to
the scene with this track that shows off the voice
of Mr. Ace Enders. Welcome back, TEN.
14. Spill Canvas
This brooding track was the first taste we got of
The Spill Canvas’ latest release “Gestalt” which
builds into one hell of a song and should be
considered a staple on any Spill Canvas inspired mix
You might not be familiar with Atlanta, Georgia’s
Ponderosa, but you should get to know them and their
song “Navajo”. For fans of Band of Horses,
Manchester Orchestra, and Augustana.
We might have the next Florence Welch on our hands
with the still little known UK songstress Foxes.
“White Coats” is captivating and should be a track
to help put her on more radars in 2013.
17. Neon Trees
in The Dark"
The lead track off of Neon Trees’ sophomore record
“Picture Show”, “Moving In The Dark” is soulful and
hits you with a dose of rock ‘n’ roll, which
encompasses what Neon Trees is all about.
18. Youngblood Hawke
– "We Come
An anthem that dropped late this past summer from
burgeoning indie rockers Youngblood Hawke, “We Come
Running” was a Top 10 modern rock song and is just
starting to crossover to pop world.
19. Tegan & Sara
The makeout song of the year belongs to two Canadian
ladies, Tegan & Sara. Their catchiest track to date.
20. Twenty One Pilots
Four minutes of hip hop infused alternative,
“Holding Onto You” is the lead single from Fueled By
Ramen’s latest signing Twenty One Pilots’ upcoming r
ecord “Vessel”. A unique track that looks to be a
reaction record across rock stations in early 2013.
Alternative Addiction Director
Next year we'll have the normal polling process
back but this year we've got to switch things up.
Here are my top 10 albums of 2012.
||10. Lit The View From The Bottom
we waited forever for was the new Lit album. The View From
the Bottom ended up being the band’s best since A Place in
the Sun. A new lineup energized the new record. Maybe
this didn’t earn the top spot on the list of albums, but it
is the most fun record of 2012.
Thick As Thieves
Cavo returned in
2011 and was out on the road in 2012 with Thick as Thieves.
The album was the band’s first for Eleven Seven and it
picked up where the band left off with their last album.
This is a collection of catchy modern rock tracks that
were some of the best this year.
||8. Matchbox Twenty
On the basis of "She’s So Mean"
alone this is one of the most popular albums of 2012. The
return of Matchbox Twenty didn’t go unnoticed. North isn’t
Yourself or Someone Like You, it’s not really close to it
either. But it’s filled with Rob Thomas songs, and we’ve
heard that guy is halfway decent at writing music or
||7. Marianas Trench
Following up the highly successful Masterpiece Theatre,
Marianas Trench released Ever After at the end of 2011 and
promoted it through 2012. It’s a theme, just like the last
album- this time it’s the fairy tale theme. They did it well with songs like
"Haven’t Had Enough", and
"Ever After." It’s not as good as the last album, but it’s
still excellent and well worth picking up if you haven’t
become a fan yet.
Green Day Uno...Dos...Tre!
Green Day’s banner year turned into Green Day’s lone
dramatic year. For a band that’s avoided lineup changes and
a lot of turmoil in the limelight through the course of one
of the greatest runs in rock history, 2012 sucked. They were
supposed to be on the road nonstop promoting three albums
and 34 songs worth of music. Instead Billie Joe gets
identified as a headcase for melting down at the iHeartRadio
festival. Regardless, these 34 songs on Uno...Dos... Tre!
speak for themselves. There are at least twenty amazing
songs out of the 35 and when you listen straight through to
everything it’s a giant adventure through some of Green
Day’s most crazy music ever.
Green River Ordinance
Few bands have managed
to do what the guys from Green River Ordinance have done.
They switched over to operating as an independent band
without skipping a beat. Before releasing Under Fire, they
released the Dancing Shoes EP, earned success across
multiple genres at radio and had a hit... again on their
own. Under Fire is a tremendous album, it follows up Out of
My Hands brilliantly and it’s one of the best albums of the
year thanks to some great songwriting.
||4. Yellowcard Southern Air
lineup change, Ryan Key and company haven’t slowed down and
they haven’t stopped making great music. Southern Air was
somewhat hurried thanks to the bands crazed touring
schedule, but it didn’t matter. They put out a record that’s
as close to Ocean Avenue as they’ve done. They said that
with the last record, but this one really applies. It’s not
their most brilliant work, but it’s almost there.
returns after a long hiatus but they returned defecating on
classic artwork... then they made an album. It actually all
started with a Super Bowl commercial feature and then it picked up steam from there. Eventually
we were treated with Hot Cakes, a modern album with The
Darkness’ classic rock style. It’s a reminder of how good
music used to be and how good it still can be.
||2. Walk the Moon
Walk the Moon
Cincinnati, Walk the Moon made a big splash this year as
predicted by Dallas. The Anna Sun EP
gave the band loads of recognition and the right to
headline- that was with only three songs. A lot of the
music is crazy-random, but all of it is crazy good, and it’s
one of my favorite albums of the year.
||1. Eve 6 Speak in Code
How could we vote for anything but this one? It’s something
that fans have waited almost a decade for and that
contributes to it’s longevity. Best of all, it’s just
really REALLY good. Confidence was slightly lowered before
guitarist Jon Siebels came back to the band, but once that
happened everything fell in place. Even the band getting to
work with longtime producer Don Gilmore. Basically
everything that could have went right went this record did,
and it ends up being a favorite on the year.
Other Staff Picks
1. Panic Station - Muse
2. Fire In The Henhouse - Our Lady Peace
3. Soundgarden - Blood On The Valley Floor
4. Busy Bees - Silversun Pickups
5. I Don't Wanna Want You - Harry Hess
6. Sign Of The Times - Three Days Grace
7. Battle Lust - 10 Years
8. Best of Me - Dokken
9. Celebrity - Cavo
10. The Garden - Rush
1. "Bones" by Young
2. "I need A Miracle" by Third Day
3. "Some Nights" by Fun.
4. "Uneasy" by One Less Reason
5. "Here's To Us" by Halestorm
6. "Champion" by The Chevin
7. "Save Me" by Hinder
8. "Infected" by 12 Stones
9."Live to Rise" by Soundgarden
10. "Only the Brave" by The Last Royals
Death Song, Red Hot Chili Peppers
2. It’s Time,
3. Never Let
You Go, One Less Reason Feat. Anthony Basurto
4. Take a
Walk, Passion Pit
Fire, Heaven’s Basement
Outline, Three Days Grace
Zero, Stone Sour
9. She’s So
Mean, Matchbox 20
1. A Blueprint for Writhing, One Less
2. Night Visions, Imagine Dragons
3. Speak in Code, Eve 6
4. Amaryllis, Shinedown
5. Uno!, Green Day
6. Cabin by the Sea, The Dirty Heads
7. Southern Air, Yellowcard
8. House of Gold & Bones Part I, Stone
9. Transit of Venus, Three Days Grace
10. Invisible Stars, Everclear