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"Auld Lang Syne" (Scots pronunciation: [ˈɔːl(d) lɑŋˈsəin]: note "s" rather than "z")[1] is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788[2][3] and set to the tune of a traditional folk song (Roud # 6294). It is well known in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world, its traditional use being to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight. By extension, it is also sung at funerals, graduations, and as a farewell or ending to other occasions. The international Scouting movement, in many countries, uses it to close jamborees and other functions.[4]

The song's Scots title may be translated into standard English as "old long since", or more idiomatically, "long long ago",[5] "days gone by" or "old times". Consequently, "For auld lang syne", as it appears in the first line of the chorus, might be loosely translated as "for (the sake of) old times".

The phrase "Auld Lang Syne" is also used in similar poems by Robert Ayton (1570–1638), Allan Ramsay (1686–1757), and James Watson (1711) as well as older folk songs predating Burns.[6] Matthew Fitt uses the phrase "In the days of auld lang syne" as the equivalent of "Once upon a time..." in his retelling of fairy tales in the Scots language.[7]

History

Robert Burns sent a copy of the original song to the Scots Musical Museum with the remark, "The following song, an old song, of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript until I took it down from an old man."[8] Some of the lyrics were indeed "collected" rather than composed by the poet; the ballad "Old Long Syne" printed in 1711 by James Watson shows considerable similarity in the first verse and the chorus to Burns' later poem,[6] and is almost certainly derived from the same "old song".
Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,
and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished,
and fully past and gone:
Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold,
that loving Breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect
On old long syne.
CHORUS:
On old long syne my Jo,
On old long syne,
That thou canst never once reflect,
On old long syne.
It is a fair supposition to attribute the rest of the poem to Burns himself.[8]

There is some doubt as to whether the melody used today is the same one Burns originally intended, but it is widely used in Scotland and in the rest of the world.[3][9]

Singing the song on Hogmanay or New Year's Eve very quickly became a Scots custom that soon spread to other parts of the British Isles. As Scots (not to mention English, Welsh and Irish people) emigrated around the world, they took the song with them.

A manuscript of "Auld Lang Syne" is held in the permanent collection of The Lilly Library at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.[10]

Burns' original Scots verse[5] English translation
(minimalist)
Scots pronunciation guide
(as Scots speakers would sound)
IPA pronunciation guide[12]
(Burns' own Ayrshire dialect)
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne*?
CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely ye'll be your pint-stoup!
and surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak' a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
CHORUS
We twa hae run about the braes,
and pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
sin' auld lang syne.
CHORUS
We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
sin' auld lang syne.
CHORUS
And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
and gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak' a right gude-willie waught,
for auld lang syne.
CHORUS
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?
CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you'll buy your pint cup!
and surely I'll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
CHORUS
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we've wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.
CHORUS
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.
CHORUS
And there's a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o' thine!
And we'll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.
CHORUS
Shid ald akwentans bee firgot,
an nivir brocht ti mynd?
Shid ald akwentans bee firgot,
an ald lang syn*?
CHORUS:
Fir ald lang syn, ma jo,
fir ald lang syn,
wil tak a cup o kyndnes yet,
fir ald lang syn.
An sheerly yil bee yur pynt-staup!
an sheerly al bee myn!
An will tak a cup o kyndnes yet,
fir ald lang syn.
CHORUS
We twa hay rin aboot the braes,
an pood the gowans fyn;
Bit weev wandert monae a weery fet,
sin ald lang syn.
CHORUS
We twa hay pedilt in the burn,
fray mornin sun til dyn;
But seas between us bred hay roard
sin ald lang syn.
CHORUS
An thers a han, my trustee feer!
an gees a han o thyn!
And we'll tak a richt gude-willie-waucht,
fir ald lang syn.
CHORUS
ʃɪd o̜ːld ə.kwɛn.təns bi fəɾ.ɡot,
ən nɪ.vəɾ brɔxt tɪ məin?
ʃɪd o̜ːld ə.kwɛn.təns bi fəɾ.ɡot,
ən o̜ːl lɑŋ səin?
CHORUS:
fəɾ o̜ːl lɑŋ səin, mɑ dʒo,
fəɾ o̜ːl lɑŋ səin,
wiːl tɑk ə kʌp ə kəin.nəs jɛt,
fəɾ o̜ːl lɑŋ səin.
ən ʃeːr.li jiːl bi juːɾ pəin.stʌup!
ən ʃeːr.li ɑːl bi məin!
ən wiːl tɑk ə kʌp ə kəin.nəs jɛt,
fəɾ o̜ːl lɑŋ səin.
CHORUS
wi two̜̜ː heː rɪn ə.but ðə breːz,
ən puːd ðə ɡʌu.ənz fəin;
bʌt wiːv wɑn.əɾt mʌ.ne ə wiːɾɪ fɪt,
sɪn o̜ːl lɑŋ səin.
CHORUS
wi two̜̜ː heː pe.dlt ɪn ðə bʌɾn,
freː moːɾ.nɪn sɪn tɪl dəin;
bʌt siːz ə.twin ʌs bred heː roːrd
sɪn o̜lː lɑŋ səin.
CHORUS
ən ðeːrz ə ho̜ːn, mɑ trʌs.tɪ fiːɾ!
əŋ ɡiːz ə ho̜ːn ə ðəin!
ən wiːl tɑk ə rɪxt ɡɪd wʌ.lɪ wo̜ːxt,
fəɾ o̜lː lɑŋ səin.
CHORUS
dine = "dinner time" ch = voiceless velar fricative, /x/, at the back of the mouth like /k/ but with the mouth partly open like /f/. Similar to "Bach" in German * syne = "since" or "then" – pronounced like "sign" rather than "zine".

Lyrics

The song begins by posing a rhetorical question: Is it right that old times be forgotten? The answer is generally interpreted as a call to remember long-standing friendships.[11] Thomson's Select Songs of Scotland was published in 1799 in which the second verse about greeting and toasting was moved to its present position at the end.[11]

Most common use of the song involves only the first verse and the chorus. The last lines of both of these are often sung with the extra words "For the sake of" or "And days of", rather than Burns' simpler lines. This allows one note for each word, rather than the slight melisma required to fit Burns' original words to the melody.

Melody

The tune to which "Auld Lang Syne" is commonly sung is a pentatonic Scots folk melody, probably originally a sprightly dance in a much quicker tempo.[11]

English composer William Shield seems to quote the "Auld Lang Syne" melody briefly at the end of the overture to his opera Rosina, which may be its first recorded use. The contention that Burns borrowed the melody from Shield is for various reasons highly unlikely, although they may very well both have taken it from a common source, possibly a strathspey called The Miller's Wedding or The Miller's Daughter. The problem is that tunes based on the same set of dance steps necessarily have a similar rhythm, and even a superficial resemblance in melodic shape may cause a very strong apparent similarity in the tune as a whole. For instance, Burns' poem Coming Through the Rye is sung to a tune that might also be based on the Miller's Wedding. The origin of the tune of God Save the Queen presents a very similar problem and for just the same reason, as it is also based on a dance measure.[13] (See the note in the William Shield article on this subject.)

In 1855, different words were written for the Auld Lang Syne tune by Albert Laighton and titled, "Song of the Old Folks." This song was included in the tunebook, Father Kemp's Old Folks Concert Tunes published in Boston, Massachusetts in 1860.[14] For many years it was the tradition of the Stoughton Musical Society to sing this version in memory of those who had died that year.

Songwriter George M. Cohan quotes the first line of the "Auld Lang Syne" melody in the second to last line of the chorus of You're a Grand Old Flag. It is plain from the lyrics that this is deliberate.

John Philip Sousa quotes the melody in the Trio section of his 1924 march "Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company"

In the Sacred Harp choral tradition, an arrangement of it exists under the name "Plenary". The lyrics are a memento mori and begin with the words "Hark! from the tomb a doleful sound". Another Christian setting, using the name "Fair Haven" for the same tune, uses the text "Hail! Sweetest, Dearest Tie That Binds" by Amos Sutton.[15]

The University of Virginia's alma mater ("The Good Old Song") is also sung to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne".

Uses At New Year
"Auld Lang Syne" is traditionally sung at the conclusion of New Year gatherings in Scotland and around the world, especially in English-speaking countries.

At Hogmanay in Scotland, it is common practice that everyone joins hands with the person next to them to form a great circle around the dance floor. At the beginning of the last verse, everyone crosses their arms across their breast, so that the right hand reaches out to the neighbour on the left and vice versa.[16][17] When the tune ends, everyone rushes to the middle, while still holding hands. When the circle is re-established, everyone turns under the arms to end up facing outwards with hands still joined.

In countries other than Scotland the hands are often crossed from the beginning of the song at variance with Scottish custom. The Scottish practice was demonstrated by the Queen at the Millennium Dome celebrations for the year 2000. The English press berated her for not "properly" crossing her arms, unaware that she was correctly following the Scottish tradition.[18][19]

Other than New Year

As well as celebrating the New Year, "Auld Lang Syne" is very widely used to symbolise other "endings/new beginnings" – including farewells, funerals (and other memorials of the dead), graduations, the end of a (non-New Year) party or a Scout gathering, the election of a new government, the last lowering of the Union Jack as a British colony achieves independence and even as a signal that a retail store is about to close for the day. The melody is also widely used for other words, especially hymns, the songs of sporting and other clubs, and even national anthems. In Scotland and other parts of Britain, in particular, it is associated with celebrations and memorials of Robert Burns. The following list of specific uses is far from comprehensive.

In the English-speaking world

In Scotland, it is often sung at the end of a cèilidh, a dance, and at weddings. At weddings, it is performed in the same way as at New Year, but the bride and groom are often lifted up in the centre of the circle.
The tune is played, and sung by the crowd, in the final stages of the annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
In many Burns Clubs, it is sung at the end of the Burns supper.
In Great Britain, it is played at the close of the annual Congress (conference) of the Trades Union Congress.
The song is sung at the end of the Last Night of the Proms by the audience (rather than the performers) and so it is not often listed on the official programme.
The song is played at the Passing Out Parade of Young Officers in the Royal Navy as they march up the steps of the Britannia Royal Naval College; and at the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for young officers joining the British Army, as the cadets march up the steps of their famous Old College building – to the beat of the slow march, after the tune "Will ye no come back?". This custom (or something very like it) is also followed in Naval and Military colleges in many other countries, especially members and former members of the Commonwealth of Nations. Examples include the Royal Military College of Canada, the Royal Military College (Malaysia), the National Defence Academy (India),[20] the Indian Military Academy, the Officers Training Academy (India), the Pakistan Military Academy, Bangladesh Military Academy and at the equivalent colleges in Singapore, Burma and Nigeria.
Since 2007, the melody has been used as an introduction to the mass chorus of "America the Beautiful" that is played by the twelve finalist corps at the Finals Retreat at the Drum Corps International World Championships. Coincidentally, "Auld Lang Syne" and "America the Beautiful" have the same metre, and the lyrics can be sung interchangeably.

In non-English-speaking countries

"Auld Lang Syne" has been translated into many languages, and the song is widely sung all over the world. The song's pentatonic scale matches scales used in Korea, Japan, India, China and other East Asian countries, which has facilitated its "nationalisation" in the East. The following particular examples mostly detail things that are special or unusual about the use of the song in a particular country.
In India and Bangladesh, the melody was the direct inspiration for the popular Bengali folk song [21][22] "Purano shei diner kotha" (Memories of the Good Old Days) composed by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore,[23] and forms one of the more recognisable tunes in Rabindra Sangeet (Rabindra's Songs), a body of work of 2,230 songs and lyrical poems that form the backbone of Bengali music.
In Denmark, the song was translated in 1927 by the famous Danish poet Jeppe Aakjær. Much like Robert Burns' use of dialect, Aakjær translated the song into the Danish dialect sallingbomål, a dialect from the northern part of western Jutland, south of the Limfjord, often hard for other Danes to understand. The song "Skuld gammel venskab rejn forgo", is an integral part of the Danish Højskole tradition, and often associated with more rural areas and old traditions. Also, the former Danish rock group Gasolin modernised the melody in 1974 with their pop ballad Stakkels Jim ("Poor Jim").
Before 1972, it was the tune for the Gaumii salaam anthem of The Maldives (with the current words).
In the Netherlands, the melody is best known as the Dutch football song "Wij houden van Oranje" (We love Orange) performed by André Hazes.
In Thailand, the song "Samakkhi Chumnum" ("สามัคคีชุมนุม", "Together in unity"), which is set to the familiar melody, is sung after sporting fixtures, and at the end of Boy Scout jamborees, as well as for the New Year. The Thai lyrics are about the King and national unity, and many Thais are not aware of the song's "Western" origin.[citation needed]
In Japan, although the original song is not unknown, people usually associate the melody with Hotaru no Hikari, which sets completely different lyrics to the familiar tune. Hotaru no Hikari is played at some school graduation ceremonies, and at the end of the popular New Year's Eve show NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen. It is played as background music in various establishments such as bars, restaurants, or department stores in Japan to let the customers know that the establishment is closing soon.
In South Korea, the song is known as Jakbyeol (작별 / Farewell) or (less commonly) as Seokbyeol-ui Jeong (석별의 정 / The Feeling of Farewell). From 1919 to 1945 it served as the national anthem of the Korean exile government and from 1945 to 1948, it was the melody of South Korea's national anthem. The lyrics were the same as today's South Korean anthem.

Use in films

The strong and obvious associations of the song and its melody have made it a common staple for film soundtracks from the very early days of "talking" pictures to the present—a large number of films and television series' episodes having used it for background, generally but by no means exclusively to evoke the New Year.

Notable performances Live and broadcast


    1939: Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians performed it in on New Year's Eve for decades until his death in 1977 (his version is played in Times Square every New Year's immediately following the dropping of the ball). In fact several sources credit Lombardo with "popularising" the song, at least in the United States.[24]
    1997: On 30 June, the day before Hong Kong was handed over from the UK to China, the tune was played by the silver and pipe bands from the Royal Hong Kong Police Force, at the departure of Hong Kong's 28th and last British Governor, Chris Patten, from his official residence, Government House, Hong Kong[25]
    2009: On 30 November - St. Andrew's Day - students and staff at the University of Glasgow sang the song in 41 different languages simultaneously[26]
    2015: On 25 March, the song was played with a bagpipe on the transfer of Lee Kuan Yew's body from the Istana to the Parliament House[27]

      Recordings

      Auld Lang Syne is such a "standard" that it has been recorded many times, in every conceivable style, by many artists, both well-known and obscure; any attempt to list them all (or even a properly representative selection) is beyond the scope of this article.




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      2014 Six months after divorcing salsa singer Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez officially drops her married name (Muñiz).

      2009 Blues singer Earl Gaines dies at age 74, after his declining health forces him to cancel a European tour.

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      2002 Phish jump back in the pond with a concert at Madison Square Garden, their first show since going on hiatus in October 2000.

      2000 Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson marries actress Kate Hudson in Aspen, Colorado. Their seven-year marriage includes the birth of their son, Ryder.

      1997 Floyd Cramer, pianist and forerunner of the "Nashville sound," dies of lung cancer at age 64. He played piano as a session musician on Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel."

      1996 Queen Elizabeth II announces that Paul McCartney will be knighted - these announcements are traditionally made on New Year's Eve.

      1991 After 62 years, Radio Luxembourg, Europe's oldest commercial radio station, goes off the air for good.

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      1985 Rick Nelson dies in a plane crash at age 45. A child star on The Ozzie and Harriet Show, he became a teen idol as a singer, charting 36 hits on the Top 40.

      1982 E Street Band guitarist Miami Steve and/or Little Steven Van Zandt marries Maureen Santora at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Little Richard officiates, Bruce Springsteen is the best man, and Percy Sledge sings "When A Man Loves A Woman" during the reception.

      1980 Bruce Springsteen plays an epic show at the Nassau Coliseum lasting 4 hours, 38 minutes and covering 38 songs. The best we can tell, it's the longest Springsteen show ever.

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      1974 Pink Floyd begin recording their landmark LP Wish You Were Here after abandoning an earlier concept of an album recorded entirely with household objects.

      1973 Journey makes their live debut at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

      1973 AC/DC makes their live debut at the Chequers Bar in Sydney, Australia.

      1972 Joe McIntyre (of New Kids On The Block) is born in Needham, Massachusetts. He joins NKOTB just before turning 13.

      1971 The Band plays at the New York Academy of Music with a full horn section. The following year, the show is issued as the double album Rock of Ages.

      1971 David Clayton-Thomas and Fred Lipsius play their last show with Blood, Sweat & Tears at a concert in Anaheim, California. Clayton-Thomas goes on to a solo career.

      1971 Elvis Presley announces to his entourage that his wife, Priscilla, will be divorcing him, saying simply, "She says she doesn't love me anymore." In contrast to previous years, tonight's New Year's Eve celebration is held at Graceland rather than a local club.

      1970 Paul McCartney sues to dissolve The Beatles partnership and breaks ties with Allen Klein, whom the other three members have chosen to manage their affairs. The case drags on for years until the partnership is finally dissolved in a 1975 private agreement.

      1970 On the same day Paul McCartney officially sues the other members of The Beatles for a legal dissolution of their "partnership," British magazine Melody Maker announces that The Beatles are looking for a new bassist.

      1969 Jimi Hendrix's new group, Band of Gypsys, make their concert debut at the Fillmore East ballroom in New York City. The show is later released as the album Band Of Gypsys.

      1969 A BBC TV special declares John Lennon Man Of The Decade on the same day that Rolling Stone names him Man Of The Year and New Musical Express quotes him as saying he's thinking of leaving The Beatles.

      1968 Billboard magazine reports that this year, for the first time, US total music sales have topped one billion dollars.

      1967 Sonny and Cher are suddenly disinvited to appear at tomorrow's Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, after publicly backing the "Sunset Strip Rioters," teenagers protesting the city's new curfew.

      1965 The Beatles' "I Feel Fine" is certified gold.

      1965 The Beatles' Beatles '65 is certified gold.

      1965 Alf Lennon, John's estranged deadbeat father, releases "That's My Life (My Love And My Home)," a single designed to ride the coattails of John's success and his recent song "In My Life." John Lennon instructs manager Brian Epstein to make sure it is blackballed in the UK. It is not a hit.

      1963 Scott Ian (guitarist, backing vocalist for Anthrax) is born Scott Ian Rosenfeld in Queens, New York.

      1963 The Kinks make their stage debut at the Lotus House Restaurant in London.

      1962 John Phillips and Michelle Gilliam, later of The Mamas & The Papas, are married.

      1961 The Beach Boys perform live for the second time, appearing on a bill with Ike & Tina Turner at the Ritchie Valens memorial dance in Long Beach, California. They earn $300 for their efforts.

      1959 Paul Westerberg (lead singer, guitarist for The Replacements) is born in Minnesota.

      1956 The BBC premieres its new musical variety show Cool For Cats.

      1955 The first version of "Unchained Melody," recorded by Les Baxter, his Chorus and Orchestra, is named the top-selling single of 1955 by Billboard. Baxter's version was featured in the movie Unchained; The Righteous Brothers have a huge hit with the song in 1965.

      1951 Tom Hamilton (bass player for Aerosmith) is born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He co-writes the hits "Janie's Got A Gun" and "Sweet Emotion."

      1951 Fermin Goytisolo (percussionist for KC and the Sunshine Band) is born in Cuba.

      1948 Donna Summer is born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in Boston, Massachusetts. She earns her new surname when a record label misprints her married name, Sommer, as Summer.

      1947 Burton Cummings (lead singer, keyboardist for The Guess Who) is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

      1947 Roy Rogers marries Dale Evans. They'll pen the famous Western tune "Happy Trails" just a few years later.

      1943 John Denver is born Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. in Roswell, New Mexico.

      1943 Pete Quaife (original bass guitarist for The Kinks) is born Peter Alexander Greenlaw Quaife in Tavistock, Devon, England.

      1942 Andy Summers (guitarist for The Police) is born Andrew James Somers in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, England. The self taught guitarist, renowned for his use of modern electronic effects, is also a talented photographer and publishes several books of behind-the-scenes shots of the band recording and performing.

      1940 After forming the rival company BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.), radio stations in the United States stop playing music licensed by ASCAP (the American Society of Publishers and Composers) in a dispute over fees. The boycott lasts 10 months, with stations filling airtime with non-ASCAP songs, mostly older tunes in the public domain.

      1930 Blues and folk singer Odetta is born Odetta Holmes in Birmingham, Alabama. Named the "Queen of American folk music" by Martin Luther King Jr., Odetta sings "O Freedom" at the 1963 March on Washington.

      1928 Classic pop singer Ross Barbour (of The Four Freshmen) is born in Columbus, Indiana.

      1920 Actor Rex Allen, who has a country hit with "Don't Go Near the Indians" in 1962, is born near Willcox, Arizona.

      1912 Twelve-year-old Louis Armstrong fires his stepfather's pistol during a New Year's Eve celebration and is sent to the New Orleans Home for Colored Waifs, where his musical training begins. He joins the band and takes up cornet, astounding instructors by learning solo on "High Society."

      1905 The composer Jule Styne is born Julius Kerwin Stein in London.

      Mötley Crüe Play Their Final Concert

       
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      Mötley Crüe play their last show: a New Year's Eve concert in Los Angeles complete with Nikki Sixx's flamethrower bass and Tommy Lee's drum roller coaster.

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      2016 Taking the stage in Times Square to ring in the new year, Mariah Carey gets through "Auld Lang Syne" but then stops singing and narrates the technical problems to the crowd as the backing track plays on.

      2015 Natalie Cole dies of heart failure at age 65. The singer (daughter of Nat King Cole) battled health problems for much of her life; drug use led to hepatitis C, and in 2009 she had a kidney transplant. Cole won nine Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist of 1975 and Record of the Year for "Unforgettable in 1992."


      1984 Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses an arm when he crashes his Corvette. He continues with the band, using computer aids and relying more on his feet.

      1972 Dick Clark begins a new holiday tradition as his first New Year's Rockin' Eve concert is broadcast on ABC-TV. Dick himself will host the annual event for the next 32 years. Guests for the inaugural event include Three Dog Night and Al Green.

      1966 The Monkees' "I'm A Believer," written by Neil Diamond, hits #1 in America. The song stays at the top for seven weeks.




      Saturday, December 30, 2017

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      1962 - ClassicBands.com

      December 30
      Brenda Lee is slightly injured when she runs into her burning Nashville home to rescue her poodle, Cee Cee. However, it is too late as the pet succumbs to smoke inhalation and the home is destroyed by the flames. Brenda's hit, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", that featured Boots Randolph on saxophone, was still riding high on the charts.

      1967 - ClassicBands.com

      December 30
      "Hello Goodbye" becomes The Beatles 15th Billboard number one hit. The flip side, "I Am The Walrus" reached #56, the lowest ranking for any charted "B" side of a Beatles number one single. John Lennon wrote nonsense words for "Walrus" after learning that a teacher at his old primary school was having his students analyze Beatles' lyrics. He would later say, "Let the fuckers work that one out."

      1968 - ClassicBands.com

      December 30
      Peter Tork quit The Monkees, buying himself out of his contract for $160,000, which left him broke. He went on to form a group called Release and played banjo on George Harrison's soundtrack to the film Wonderwall. He later did some club performances and live television appearances before intermittently returning to The Monkees in 1986.

      1970 - ClassicBands.com

      December 30
      Elvis Presley tours FBI headquarters in Washington DC. He requests and is given a permit to carry a gun in every state.

      1976 - ClassicBands.com

      December 30
      ABBA, the world's most successful singing group of the seventies, are awarded a US Gold record for their "Greatest Hits" album. Despite the title of the compilation, only half of the tracks had actually charted as hit singles in America.

      1977 - ClassicBands.com

      December 30
      After an appeal by lawyers for Warner Brothers Records, the US Immigration Service reverses its decision to bar The Sex Pistols from entering the United States.

      1978 - ClassicBands.com

      December 30
      After selling over 35 million albums since forming in 1970, Emerson, Lake And Palmer announce that they are splitting up.

      1981 - ClassicBands.com

      December 30
      The J. Geils Band album "Freeze-Frame" is awarded a Gold record. The LP would reach number one on the Billboard Hot 200 chart in February 1982 and remain at the top for four weeks on the strength of the hit singles "Centerfold" and "Freeze Frame".

      1995 - ClassicBands.com

      December 30
      55 year old Clarence Satchell, guitarist and saxophone player for the '70s R&B group The Ohio Players, died from a brain aneurysm. The group placed eight songs in the Billboard Top 40, including two chart toppers, "Fire" in 1974 and "Love Rollercoaster" in 1976.

      1998 - ClassicBands.com

      December 30
      Johnny Moore, lead singer for The Drifters on their 1960s hit "Under The Boardwalk", died at the age of 64.

      1999 - ClassicBands.com

      December 30
      George Harrison was attacked by an intruder in his Oxfordshire mansion. At about 3:00 a.m., Michael Abram, a 33 year old Liverpudlian, stabbed Harrison several times in the chest. With the help of wife Olivia and son Dhani, Abram was hit over the head with a lamp and then detained until police arrived. Harrison suffered a collapsed lung but eventually recovered from the wound. Abram would later be found not guilty by reason of insanity and less than two years after his trial, was given a conditional discharge.

      2000 - ClassicBands.com

      December 30
      It was a very good year for several classic rockers. Pollstar's Top 10 list of tours showed that the number 1 concert draw was Tina Turner with earnings of $80.2 million from her Twenty Four Seven farewell tour. Fourth place was earned by KISS, at $62.7 million, and eighth spot was Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young with $42.1 million.

      2002 - ClassicBands.com

      December 30
      Former Supremes singer Diana Ross was allegedly caught driving under the influence in Tucson, Arizona. The 58 year old Ross was pulled over by police responding to a report that her vehicle had been swerving. Her blood-alcohol content was determined to be 0.20, more than twice the legal limit. Ross, who was alone in the car, was polite to police at the scene and was driven by them to the location where she was staying in the area. She was cited with three counts of DUI, all misdemeanors.

      December 30
      According to a Nielsen SoundScan survey, total CD album sales were down 10.7% in 2002, marking the sharpest sales decrease from the previous year in the 11-year tracking history. It was the second straight year the market declined, following steady growth since Nielsen first began tracking the US market in 1991. Total album sales in 2002 were 681 million, compared with 762.8 million the previous year. Country album sales posted the largest increase, as sales rose 12.2% from 2001. This rise was largely fuelled by such crossover sensations as The Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Alan Jackson, and Faith Hill.

      2009 - ClassicBands.com

      December 30
      Burton Cummings, lead singer of The Guess Who, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General Michaelle Jean. The Order of Canada is one of the country's highest civilian honors and was established in 1967 to mark a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation.

      2010 - ClassicBands.com

      December 30
      Bobby Farrel, vocalist for Boney M, who topped the charts with "By the Rivers of Babylon" in 1978, died of natural causes at the age of 61.

      2015 - ClassicBands.com

      December 30
      78-year-old Bill Cosby was formally charged with sexual assault in relation to a 2004 accusation in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Cosby reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967 with "Little Old Man (Uptight - Everything's Alright)". He also placed fifteen albums on the Hot 200, beginning with "I Started Out As A Child" in 1964.

      2016 - ClassicBands.com

      December 30
      Allan Williams, The Beatles' first manager, died in Liverpool at the age of 86. After booking John, Paul, George and Stuart Sutcliffe into his coffee bar, Jacaranda, he helped them get other gigs as well, including a short tour of Scotland with Johnny Gentle. After the group took on an extended engagement at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg, they fell out with Williams over the commission he believed he was owed. Williams later became known as "The Man Who Gave the Beatles Away" from the title of his autobiography.

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      2016 Of Mice & Men lead singer Austin Carlile posts a letter on Instagram announcing he is leaving the group for health reasons.

      2012 The Birmingham Mail reports that Jim Simpson, the record industry A&R man who discovered and signed Black Sabbath, is launching a campaign to have the airport in Birmingham, England, renamed as "The Ozzy Osbourne International Airport." No word on whether the planes would play "Flying High Again" on takeoff and landing.


      2010 Disco performer Bobby Farrell (Boney M) dies of heart failure at age 61 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on the anniversary of Rasputin's death. The notorious adviser to the tragic Romanovs was murdered in Saint Petersburg in 1916 and was also the subject of Boney M's hit single, "Rasputin."

      2006 R&B superstar Brandy is involved in a car accident on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles that kills a 38-year-old woman who is struck by her Land Rover. No criminal charges are files, and a civil suit is later settled.


      2004 Levon Helm of The Band sues the ad agency BBDO for using the song "The Weight" in a commercial without his permission.More

      2004 Artie Shaw - bandleader, clarinetist and composer - dies from a culmination of health issues, including diabetes, in Thousand Oaks, California, at age 94.

      2003 The Nation of Islam activist group denies reports that it has begun handling the affairs of Michael Jackson.

      2002 After being pulled over for driving erratically, Diana Ross is arrested in Tucson, Arizona, for driving under the influence, with a blood alcohol level reportedly twice the legal limit. She fails all sobriety tests at the scene, reportedly falling over when asked to walk a straight line. She is charged with three misdemeanor DUIs.

      1999 Slade singer Noddy Holder is awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II, and Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire).

      1998 R&B singer Johnny Moore (of The Drifters) dies of respiratory failure in London, England, at age 64.

      1995 Clarence "Satch" Satchell (saxophonist, guitarist for The Ohio Players) dies of a brain aneurysm at age 54.

      1993 Songwriter Mack David dies at age 81. Known for his work on Disney films, such as Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland, and for hits like Duke Ellington's "I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So" (1939).

      1991 Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa have their second child, daughter Jessica Rae.

      1991 Doo wop singer Richard Blandon (of The Dubs, The Paragons) dies in New York at age 57.

      1978 R&B singer Tyrese is born Tyrese Darnell Gibson in Watts, Los Angeles, California. He catches his break singing the slogan "Always Coca-Cola" for a 1994 Coke commercial.

      1978 Emerson, Lake And Palmer publicly announce their breakup.

      1974 Bob Dylan records "Tangled Up In Blue," "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts," and "If You See Her, Say Hello."

      1969 Jay Kay (lead singer of Jamiroquai) is born Jason Luis Cheetham in Wangford, Suffolk, England.

      1969 Psychedelic rockers The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band announce they're breaking up.

      1969 Peter, Paul and Mary's "Leaving On A Jet Plane" is certified gold.

      1968 Frank Sinatra records "My Way."

      1968 Peter Tork leaves The Monkees, paying $160,000 to buy out his contract.

      1967 Songwriter Bert Berns - known for penning a string of '60s hits, including "Piece of My Heart," "Hang on Sloopy" and "Twist and Shout" - dies of a heart attack at age 38.

      1963 The Beatles win Group and Record Of The Year ("She Loves You") in British music newspaper New Musical Express' annual year-end poll.

      1962 Eighteen-year-old Brenda Lee's house in Nashville catches fire and burns to the ground; Lee injures herself slightly rushing back into the house to save her poodle, Cee Cee, but the pet unfortunately dies later from smoke inhalation.

      1957 Bing Crosby's album Merry Christmas claims the #1 spot from Elvis Presley's Elvis' Christmas Album, but Elvis returns to the top spot a week later.

      1956 Country singer Suzy Bogguss is born in Aledo, Illinois. She starts her career in 1985 by performing at a Nashville amusement park called Silver Dollar City, soon-to-be renamed Dollywood.

      1956 Charlie Gracie records "Butterfly."

      1951 Chris Jasper (of The Isley Brothers) is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

      1948 Kiss Me Kate, Cole Porter's musical adaptation of Shakespeare's classic play The Taming Of The Shrew, opens on Broadway at the New Century Theatre.

      1947 Rock musician Jeff Lynne (of Electric Light Orchestra, The Traveling Wilburys) is born in Shard End, Birmingham, England.

      1946 Clive Bunker (drummer for Jethro Tull) is born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England.

      1945 Davy Jones (of The Monkees) is born in Manchester, England.

      1942 Michael Nesmith (of The Monkees) is born Robert Michael Nesmith in Houston, Texas.

      1940 Perry Ford, of The Ivy League, is born Brian Pugh in Lincoln, England. The vocal trio, made up of session singers, was first heard on The Who's 1965 hit "I Can't Explain."

      1939 Felix Pappalardi (bassist, vocalist for Mountain) is born in the Bronx, New York.

      1939 Soul singer Kim Weston is born Agatha Nathalia Weston in Detroit, Michigan. She would sign with Motown Records in 1961.

      1937 Folk singer-songwriter Noel "Paul" Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary) is born in Baltimore, Maryland.

      1937 John Hartford - bluegrass, folk and country musician - is born John Harford in New York City, New York. On the advice of record producer Chet Atkins, he would add the 't' to his name.

      1934 Rock 'n roll singer Del Shannon is born Charles Weedon Westover in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

      1931 Country singer Skeeter Davis, known for the 1962 crossover hit "The End of the World," is born Mary Frances Penick in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. She performs as part of the duo The Davis Sisters in the '40s before going solo in the '50s.

      1928 R&B and rock 'n roll icon Bo Diddley is born Ellas Otha Bates in McComb, Mississippi. He grows up on the South Side of Chicago, where he and his friends perform music on street corners.

      1865 The author, journalist and poet Rudyard Kipling is born in Bombay, Imperial India. The Joni Mitchell song "If" is based on his poem of the same name.

      1536 Italian lutenist/composer Alessandro Piccinini is born in Bologna.
       

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      1946Punk rock icon Patti Smith is born in Chicago.

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      2011 Russell Brand files to divorce Katy Perry, citing irreconcilable differences. According to Perry, she finds out the next day when he texts her the news.

      1999 George Harrison is nearly killed when the mentally disturbed Michael Abram breaks into his home and stabs him in the chest. Harrison's wife, Olivia, saves her husband by attacking Abram with a poker and a table lamp. George suffers a collapsed lung, but survives.

      1967 The Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" becomes their 15th #1 single on the US charts.

      1942 Frank Sinatra performs as a solo act for the first time, playing to a crowd of screaming teenage girls at the Paramount Theater in New York City.

      Friday, December 29, 2017

      Rock & Roll in the NEWS: Where New Rock Meets Old Rock...December 29, 2017 (The 25 Best Rock Songs of 2017)

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      The 25 Best Rock Songs of 2017: Critics' Picks

       From left: Julien Baker, Harry Styles & MUNA

      Rock enjoyed a handful of crossover hits in 2017, but these Top 40 staples certainly didn’t sound like your parents’ buzz ballads. Top 5 smashes on the Hot 100 like Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still” and Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” and “Thunder” scanned as “rock” but used hardly any guitar in their rhythm-heavy structures.
      And even far below the mainstream, in punk, D.I.Y. and experimental circles, many of the best rock songs embraced electronic heartbeats, bubblegum pop, laptop-friendly sampling, or on the flipside, chillingly sparse production. Some even dropped a signature instrument, as you’ll also find both bass-less and drum-less songs on the list below. Then again, we’ve also got a few songs that sound lifted straight out of 1975 -- including one from a former boybander’s debut solo album, no less.
      Rock is no doubt in flux, and we did our best to track its evolution across its finest tracks of 2017. Here are our 25 favorites.
      25. Ren Farren, "Good Girl" 
      It's been a bad year for supposed Nice Guys, so it was refreshing to hear a captivating new voice in rock declare them over in favor of a less-recently championed (but more traditionally reliable) archetype: "I want a bad boy with a heart of gold." Even more of a welcome surprise is the sound of "Good Girl," a combination of melancholy '80s new wave and explosive early-'00s pop rock that hits an emotional nerve we didn't even know existed yet, piercing with every sweet-and-sour harmony and chiming guitar stab. -- ANDREW UNTERBERGER
      24. The Movielife, “Mercy Is Asleep at The Wheel”
      2017 just happened to be the year a handful of Long Island post-hardcore standbys released their first albums in forever, so the Movielife’s first LP in 14 years often felt overshadowed by the same hype-magnets that hogged headlines in the early 2000s. But comeback album Cities In Search of a Heart was a resounding triumph, led by this fiery salvo -- a clash between both compassion and cruelty, and, like the Movielife’s classic sound, the gritty voice of frontman Vinnie Caruana and Brandon Reilly’s scorching guitar work.  -- CHRIS PAYNE
      23. Turnstile, “Generator”
      Modern-day hardcore idols Turnstile have a major label debut on the way, and the Baltimore quintet shot the hype into the stratosphere with this shape-shifting single. What begins as a brawny, straightforward chug-chugger passes through a sonic wormhole around at its two-thirds mark and emerges a spit-shined, melodic marvel, with flourishes of Black Album-worthy shredding. Frontman Brendan Yates says the song is about “near-death experiences; out-of-body happenings that really open you up to see your true self without the noise of the world." Forget crowdsurfing; let's open this pit and levitate the fuck out! -- C.P.
      22. Incubus, “Nimble Bastard”
      Rock radio saw its share of change in 2017 -- increasingly less guitar, a DJ Shadow/Run the Jewels song that’s charted for 13 weeks -- but then again, some things don’t seem to change: an Incubus single got played, and man, it just rocked. On the L.A. standbys’ 8th LP, Brandon Boyd and company poured the creative juices they neglected on its title and artwork into its lead single, a hooky joyride featuring the frontman's vocals playing catch-me-if-you-can with drummer José Pasillas’ runaway percussion. -- C.P.
      21. Foo Fighters, “Run”
      When a Foo Fighters song begins with a gently strummed guitar and Dave Grohl whisper-singing, you know it won’t last long -- a sonic burst is inevitably on its way. Within 30 seconds of "Run," the drums kick in and Grohl’s softly-spoken words are turned to guttural growls. Off this year's Concrete and Gold, this one stands out for its cross-generational feel, straddling the explosive energy of the band in the late '90s and building off its renewed sound, best heard on 2014’s Sonic Highways. Who knows what they’ll run to next, but with this song as proof, they’ll always be full-speed ahead. -- LYNDSEY HAVENS
      20. PVRIS, “What’s Wrong”
      “Two years gone, came back as some bones” -- that’s PVRIS frontwoman Lynn Gunn opening “What’s Wrong,” owning up to being a little worse for the wear coming home from a whirlwind of touring behind her band’s 2014 debut White Noise. The singer-guitarist confided in Billboard about prioritizing her mental health before album number two, and on All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell’s standout track, she turns her demons into a propulsive dance-rock cyclone that blends Depeche Mode’s darkness with CHVRCHES’ primary-colored shimmer. -- C.P.
      19. Phoebe Bridgers, “Motion Sickness”
      The poppiest track on September's Stranger in the Alps is also one of its best -- and the one to introduce the Ryan Adams- and Conor Oberst-cosigned 23-year-old to radio airwaves. Strong introduction, too; Bridgers' easygoing vocal fits perfectly among warm guitar strums and intimate melodies about clearing the post-breakup hurdles. "There are no words in the English language/ I could scream to drown you out" might be one of the most relatable lyrics of the year. -- KEVIN RUTHERFORD
      18. Imagine Dragons, "Thunder"
      "Believer," Imagine Dragons' first single from Evolve was a bold reminder that they're arena rockers at heart. Following that up with a more lighthearted, radio-friendly jam like "Thunder" was a declaration that they're pop staples, too. The undulating verses are as much of a hook as the sing-songy chorus, making the entire jam one that's irresistible to hum along to. The masses clearly appreciate their poppier side: "Thunder" has hit No. 1 on the Mainstream Top 40, Hot Rock Songs, and Radio Songs charts, marking the first time Imagine Dragons have topped all three with one song. -- TAYLOR WEATHERBY
      17. The Killers, “The Man”
      The Killers' answer to how to return after a five-year absence was instantly clear from comeback single “The Man,” a thumping disco jam that backs up its boastful lyrics with its swaggering stomp. And aside from the synth shimmy and Brandon Flowers' cocky falsetto, "The Man" stood strong on the charts, too. The single was the Killers' first top five hit on both Hot Rock Songs and Rock Airplay, the hype helping parent album Wonderful Wonderful earn them their first-ever No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200. -- T.W.
      16. All Time Low, “Dirty Laundry”
      “I think we sold out a really long time ago,” All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth joked on Billboard’s #AlternativeFacts podcast earlier this year. Over a decade in the game, the self-aware quartet knows its pop-leaning strengths, and on the lead single from 2017’s Last Young Renegade, they struck a well-fitting balance. Guitar-driven power pop with eletro-laptop vocal effects that sound like they were lifted from a Kygo single? Spot on, but still -- not as perfect as the crushing key change in the closing “Dirty Laundry” chorus. -- C.P.
      15. Greta Van Fleet, “Black Smoke Rising”
      Michigan foursome Greta Van Fleet dropped jaws this year with debut EP Black Smoke Rising, a collection of ‘70s-indebted, rowdy rock songs that could -- gulp -- almost pass for Led Zeppelin. Even now with a second double-EP From the Fires under their belts, the former’s title track remains Greta's year-end standout. Here, a jangly guitar hook anchors lead singer Josh Kiszka’s husky howl, leading up to an anthemic chorus that pays tribute to the group’s rural hometown. -- TATIANA CIRISANO
      14. LCD Soundsystem, "American Dream" 
      Though the recycled and largely unconvincing urgency of "Call the Police" provided the A-side for LCD Soundsystem's long-awaited comeback, it was B-side (and eventual return-LP title track) "American Dream" that actually established their continued vitality. A cavernous synth-pop waltz with impressively patient vocal delivery from the normally frenzied James Murphy, "Dream" was both mesmeric and nauseating, comforting and alienating, proving that it's much harder to recapture the highs of "All My Friends" a decade later than it is to approximate the everlasting morning after. -- A.U.
      13. Charly Bliss, “Westermarck”
      Exes and emotional turmoil figure prominently in Charly Bliss’s firecracker of a power pop debut album, but “Westermarck” is the track that takes those themes and adds a special twist to this year's Guppy. In the song, lead singer Eva Hendricks describes a tumultuous relationship of hers that came to an abrupt halt when her boyfriend fell for his long-lost second cousin: “From across your room, I saw/ Second cousins kissing on the lawn/ We will never speak again.” The song came together right before the band entered the studio to record the album, with drummer Sam Hendricks writing the blistering, guitar-forward music and dropping it with Eva to add her bizarre betrayal narrative after the fact. Breakups are never easy to wrap your head around, but this one is a real doozy. -- CHRISTINE WERTHMAN
      12. Alice Merton, "No Roots"
      “No Roots” sees a perfect pairing of strong, inviting production -- complete with a steady bassline, heart-pounding drumbeat and quick-hitting guitar riff -- and vigorous vocals delivered with such intention, it can make even the most settled homebody a nomad. Alice Merton, however, needs no convincing: The pop-rock rookie was born in Germany, and has since lived in Berlin, London, New York, and Ontario (amongst other locales), making the song's titular salvo uniquely her's. It's caught on with others, too; "No Roots" currently sits at No. 6 on Alternative Songs, its peak position in 17 weeks on the radio play chart.. -- L.H.
      11. The War on Drugs, “Strangest Thing”
      Adam Granduciel, guitar god? Not exactly (at least not to the masses), but "Strangest Thing" makes a strong case for it. The War on Drugs is one of the best guitar-led bands on the market and arguably the best-sounding. The production on this year's major label debut A Deeper Understanding was exceptionally rich (again, thanks to Granduciel) and of its ten tracks, "Strangest Thing" was the most stop-in-your-tracks gorgeous. The transcendent first solo comes this close to melting off your face. The second just finishes the job. -- K.R.
      10. Arcade Fire, “Everything Now”
      Arcade Fire’s deep dive into dance was solidified on this pulsating track. What starts as an alternative rock song with Win Butler singing low and slow soon erupts into a chorus of harmonies, glimmering keys, and a warmly welcomed ABBA influence. The self-aware song is capable of more than just starting a party: It's an incessant reminder of how wanting and needing “everything now” feeds into an age of instant gratification and social media excess, while the communal chant at the end assures the phenomenon is widespread -- whether that’s comforting or not. -- L.H.
      9. Maddie Ross, “You’re Still My Sugar”
      The last year saw the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack become an increasingly popular touchstone for garage-punk bands, but this L.A. power-popper’s standout single was the biggest flex of all. We called it a “bubblegum bulldozer” when we profiled Ross back in April, and though the self-released track remains under the radar (only a few thousand SoundCloud and Spotify spins to its name) we’re happy to report it still goes hard. Massive guitar-synth hooks! Candy-coated vocal layering! Samplings of cash register ch-chings and cars crashing! Sixteen years post-Pussycats, this ain’t your basic re-boot. -- C.P.
      8. MUNA, “I Know a Place”
      MUNA’s stunning debut LP About U delivers everything from sob soundtracks to empowering anthems. None is more rallying, though, than the spirited and unifying “I Know a Place.” In a time when so many feel unsafe -- threatened by natural disasters or the government -- the unnamed place vocalist Katie Gavin sings of is an idealistic escape. And when she declares, “You think being yourself means being unworthy/And it's hard to love with a heart that's hurting/ But if you want to go out dancing/ I know a place,” it’s instinctual to reach out your hand, willing her to take you far away. -- L.H.
      7. Future Islands, “Ran” 
      To the casual fan, Future Islands might amount to “Seasons (Waiting on You)” and a pile of other like-minded tracks that just don’t happen to be their sentimental breakthrough single. But just as the North Carolina trio existed long before that legendary Letterman performance, there’ve got more slappers in their repertoire than most realize. They led off their fifth LP, 2017’s The Far Field, with this glistening example of how to make a synthpop song sound gut-wrenchingly human. Entrancing, lockstep drumming and luminous, watercolored keyboards serve as the backdrop for frontman Samuel T. Herring’s howling, breakup-inspired soul-search: “What’s a song without you, when every song I write is about you?” -- C.P.
      6. Portugal. The Man, “Feel It Still”
      Blah blah blah, Portugal. The Man got a top five hit and it's 2017, yadda yadda yadda. In an alternate reality where this didn't blow the heck up, it's still a killer song from the first notes of its earworm bassline. John Gourley and co. always had it in them, they just needed to find the right hook. They ended up finding about a half dozen littered all over Woodstock, and if "Feel It Still" and follow-up "Live in the Moment" are any indication, alt rock may have found its new radio staple. -- K.R.
      5. St. Vincent, "Los Ageless"
      Not a lot of pop/rock auteurs out there are capable of finding the sonic midpoint between Trent Reznor and Lady Gaga, but St. Vincent locates it while rummaging for change in her studio sofa cushions, capturing entire universes of glitz and grime with each echoed guitar slide. Remarkably, the lyrics are just as sharp and evocative, brilliantly capturing the faded glamour of the titular-pun locale -- and its denizens' refusal to let go -- particularly on the year's best slow-rolled chorus: "How can anybody have you?/ How can anybody have you and lose you? / How can anybody have you and lose you and not lose their mind too?" -- A.U.
      4. Japandroids, “North East South West”
      Let’s hear it for Canada. Japandroids have always repped their homeland, but never as shout-it-out emphatically as on their third album’s catchiest song. This electric-acoustic rollicker hits numerous North American locales where the duo’s caused a ruckus, particularly Toronto (frontman Brian King’s home) and Vancouver (drummer David Prowse's). It’s a rock ’n roll trope that’s been done to death with the U.S., but something about the land up north and all its public healthcare and whatnot makes the concept a total singalong. Shouting out cities and wailing, “North, east, south, west, coast to coast!” like the garage punk version of Rockapella on Carmen Sandiego; try not raising your Molson up high when King yells unironically, “Canada always answers when I call her name!” -- C.P.
      3. Julien Baker, “Turn Out The Lights”
      At just 22 years old, Julien Baker conveys the harrowing feelings of loneliness and depression like few other artists. On the title track from her sophomore album Turn Out The Lights, Baker describes the struggle of dealing with problems on her own, and how relying on your support circles to fix your problems is easier said than done. She uses a hole on the drywall of her bedroom as a metaphor in the first verse: she has yet to patch up the hole, something she admits needs to be fixed, but she’s “starting to get used to the gaps.” Why fix something when you can learn to accept it?
      But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Coming in well past the two-minute mark, the eruptive chorus -- one of rock's most powerful in recent memory --makes the journey wholly worth it. It not only proves what a powerful, otherworldly voice Baker has, but that she can find solace when she's alone: “There's no one left/ Between me and myself.” -- X.Z.
      2. Paramore, “Hard Times”
      First, light some incense and say a prayer to get past the travesty of “Hard Times” not ruling rock radio, and eventually Top 40, from Summer ’17 through the present day. That out of the way, crank up the volume on Paramore’s neon-colored, marimba-laced single and dive in -- or crawl down, as Hayley Williams sings, into her personal “hole in the ground.” Beneath its flashy exterior, “Hard Times” tackles depression -- specifically, Williams’ struggles with litigious ex-bandmates and her own public persona. In 2016, Paramore almost broke up and we almost never got After Laughter and its masterstroke of an opening track. “Hard Times” didn’t bring the payday of a “Misery Business” or an “Ain’t It Fun” but for Williams, guitarist Taylor York, drummer Zac Farro, and legions of Paramore fans, it was a priceless therapy session. -- C.P.
      1. Harry Styles, “Sign of the Times”
      Only in the real-life Upside Down that is 2017 would the year’s best rock song come from a singer made famous by a boy band formed on a reality TV show. One Direction’s breakout heartthrob Harry Styles always had a habit of flaunting classic rock tees, but unlike the vast majority of teens in vintage apparel, Styles’ interest in the genre’s forebearers goes far beyond cloth. The ‘70s are alive and well on his self-titled debut, with the glistening “Sign of the Times” serving as the LP’s mission statement and finest moment. Combining the sonically pristine theatrics of Freddie Mercury with the gentle grandeur of Hunky Dory-era Bowie, Styles makes it clear on “Sign of the Times” that he’s not a pop star playing rocker -- he’s been a classic-rock kid hiding in boy band clothes all along, and with this piano-ballad-meets-outer-space anthem, he’s finally arrived as a worthy keeper of the flame. -- JOE LYNCH