presence of electric guitar(s)
||Gone Sovereign/Absolute Zero||Stone Sour
|Not only my #1 of the year, my #1 of the past
THREE years! What a pleasure to listen to! I long hesitated between
writing in Gone Sovereign and
Absolute Zero as two
tracks or just one. It must be known that they are two songs
commercialized under the same track, in a logical continuation, without
any pause between the two. This
concept goes further than We Will
Rock You and We Are the
Champions from Queen, almost inseparable, but treated as two
different tracks even if they are always played one after the other, on
the radio and in concert. FM radios only played the Absolute Zero portion, but XM
satellite radio and Stone Sour's Web site always played them both as a
single track. It's the first time that I am facing this situation,
whereas my dilemma. My first idea was to separate them and place them
Sovereign) and #3 (Absolute
Progressively, I convinced myself that the logical solution was to keep
them tied, and suddenly everything became clear in my mind: it's my
#1 and it fully deserves it! Even after tens
(a hundred?) spins, it still gives me the same vibrations with its
"devilicious" drumming, its superb guitar sound, and the great vocal
Taylor. As much as I was finding him ordinary as a singer in his first
Slipknot, I find him extremely solid today. He gained a lot of maturity
and is now unarguably part of the international elite of metal and hard
rock singers. And Gone
Sovereign/Absolute Zero is, according to me, the best proof of
that to date.
Note: unbelievable but true, singer Corey Taylor is having his 3rd Powhertz top 10 in 5 years under 3 different banners! In 2008, he was finding himself at #1 with his band Slipknot for the song Psychosocial and at #10 as a collaborator for Apocalyptica, and he did it again in 2012 with a #1 as part of his original band, Stone Sour!
||Somebody That I Used to Know||Gotye feat. Kimbra
|One of the biggest hits of the year, and that
success is well deserved! Wonderful song, beautiful duo...
Touching! Great intensity despite its softness and simplicity,
particularly between 3:00 and 3:46. A great song... as long of course
as we talk about the original version and not one of the shameful
remixes we could hear on some pop radio stations and public areas!
||Bringing Down the Giant||Saving
|Wow! What a surprise it was for me, this new
single from Saving Abel! Not that Addicted
was bad, not at all, but Bringing
Down the Giant sails in a different style, more
intense, much more addictive! I am very disappointed that it didn't
have a better commercial success, but we can some consolation with a
big, well-deserved #3 in the chart of Powhertz' favorites!
||Hats Off to the Bull||Chevelle
|Although I have no hesitation to prefer Face
to the Floor, my #2 of last year, Hats Off to the Bull is clearly in
the same trend and remains among the best rock songs of the year. One
must admit, Chevelle starts being some very serious stuff! This year,
they launched a compilation album of the best songs in their
career...and their radio hits are not even all on it! It's not a Pearl
Jam yet, but nonetheless a very well-established band that has such a
nice career! Hats Off to
||Eyes Wide Open||Staind
|Staind is on fire! Two songs in my top 5 in two
years! Eyes Wide Open is
intense, and mostly benefits from an excellent guitar riff,
exploited right from the track's 18th second. Was unarguably in my top
3 during at least the first 8 months of the year, before the big guns
from Stone Sour and Saving Abel came in.
|Hard to stay indifferent to such a lively song! I
would go as far as declaring it THE best in Shinedown's career, which
means even better than The Sound
||I Like It||Foxy Shazam|
|First song by a new artist in this chart.
Actually, an American band that exists since more than 8 years but had
its first hit only this year, with I
Like It. Although I appreaciated it quickly, it took me some
time to really appreciate it at its full value. It's a rather "rock
& roll" song, that somewhat recalls the new style of Slash as a
solo artist, but in better! I think it's a song that can reach a very
wide range of listeners, ranging from younger solid rock fans to a
little more "mature" "rock & roll" fans.
||Sweet Sour||Band of Skulls|
|This time, pure new artists! Originating from
England, the rookie band Band of Skulls has delivered an intriguishing,
interesting and originale piece of rock. I don't really like the
singer's voice, which lacks of virility/maturity to me, but except for
that it is excellent! Without that slight downside, Sweet Sour would certainly have
gained one position...
|Very good song from Manson! Surprising that it
didn't have more commercial success; it's like his mysterious
character, that served him so well to get known in the '90s, is now
turning to a harm... And what a mysterious video, it's giving chills!
|Not only the music is at the level of the big
thing Avenged Sevenfold has become, even the lyrics are interesting! As
intense with an excellent performance from the guitarists, the singer
and the drummer.
||Live to Rise||Soundgarden
|A comeback from Soundgarden!?!?! I didn't see
that coming! Very nice surprise! Live
Rise is definitely not one of the main songs we will think of
when we'll speak about Soundgarden in the long term, but it ended up
catching me and I often had it stuck in my head during a few months. I
think that it was just feeling so good to find Kim Thayil's guitar meet
the famous voice of Chris
Cornell (on top of Soundgarden: Audioslave, Temple of the Dog, and a
solo career) again!
||Figure it Out||Serj
|Right at the first time I heard it, it was clear
in my head: it is some System of a Down that singer Serj Tankian is
selling under the banner of his solo career! It was the 1st time that I
impression while listening to Tankian in solo. It would not be one of
SOAD's career best, but it would not really be disappointing neither.
|I would have never beleived that one day, I would
place a Rush song so high in a personal chart! I have never been a fan
(even though I sincerely think that's it's a good band), but this time
I cannot ignore Headlong Flight,
of rock, not "oldish" at all! My only negative
comment is that it is a little too long; they could have cut about one
minute from it without really affecting its process, which would have
given a more intense, hence better, result. For the rest, hats off!
|What, an album's THIRD radio single?!? Wow! Who
can boast still having such big guns for a 3rd single?! There are so
many artists that will never come close to Now in their whole career; for
Staind it's only a 3rd single, and indeed at best the 3rd best track of
the album! It's up to you, the path
that you choose.
|One more solid sample of their style both
post-grunge and hard rock / metal at once. #15 because
2012 is a big year, but it would have certainly been #10 if it was
released in 2011.
|The best from Danish band Volbeat to date.
Melidious and yet
intense, this track did hook me up.
|Impressive! I had never liked much the previous
(small) hits of 10
Years (Wasteland, Beautiful, Fix Me), which were always lacking
"punch". Backlash completely
breaks with their usual style. The result practically resembles more
Tool than 10 Years, which is very appreciated as far as I'm
concerned! :-) Congratulations, it is delicious!
|Not exactly the same quality as Rope, which had taken my #4 last
year (and I regretted all 2012 long that I hadn't place it 3rd!!), but
no less intense! The finale is particularly "vibrating" and leaves us
on a high! A track that reminds a little bit more some of the first
albums, while keeping a good touch of the recent albums.
|I didn't see this one coming! I liked it right
the first time, but moderately, more like a #40-45. But, very
slowly, it progressed, progressed again, progressed even more... and
finally finds itself in mon top 20,
surpassing at lease 3 songs that I would have never thought possible
that it surpasses! It is not the song of the century nor the best band
ever, but it's very successful. Very good use of the 2 guitars and of
multiple voice tracks, track without too much pretention but
|A true BOMB!!! An instant success that conquered
Québec as soon as it was released! The production of that track,
it's just huge! If the song had been sung in English by an
American-born, it would have certainly been one of the biggest
international hits of the year. From an impartial point of view, it is
unarguably better than any recent track from international female pop
stars such as Kathy Perry, Ke$ha, Taylor Swift, etc., etc.! A very
brief but efficient intro, an expert mix of rock and electronic pop, an
attention for details in the various sounds and special effects, and a
bewitching Marie-Mai when she does her: "Viens, vers moi ah ha!". To me, is
the French-language song of the year and the English countries missed
|A successful return for the legendary Canadian
rock band! Not their career's best, obviously, but I had it stuck in my
head for a good part of the year... in fact, the verses, because I
don't like the choruses that much.
|One of the biggest rock hits of the year. It was
among my favorites in the beginning of the year, but the effect quickly
faded, probably for hearing it too often! I still like the lyrics as
much, though. A very topical subject (bullying) these days.
|OUCH!!! I can't remind me of a singer with such
character since Courtney Love on the Live
This album in 1994!! And as if it wasn't already enough,
Brink is a major hottie!! See for yourself:
She really has to have a powerful voice to lead Blood to such a solid result, because actually, the guitars are pretty ordinary in this song, except MAYBE the little solo before the last chorus. The special effects on her voice during the choruses are also a a big plus. A song that I loved listening to in 2012.
|A track that tested my limits, and probably
pushed them! :-) It's very hard, the hardest of this whole
chart. It's kind of a shock at first, but the more we listen to it and
the more we understand that it's some very good material from the gang
of legendary Brazilian Max Cavalera (best known for his role in
||Been Away Too Long||Soundgarden
|Another very good song from Soundgarden's return,
maybe a little less catchy than Live
to Rise, but still of similar level.
||Same Old Trip||Chevelle
|Yet another excellent one from Chevelle! The bass
and guitar riff is a great trip to listen to, and the voices a very
melodious. A song that certainly suffered from its release late in the
year, else it would have certainly worthed Chevelle a 2nd spot in the
||Garde la Tête Froide||Obey the Brave|
|A TON OF BRICKS!! Extremely solid performance
from the Montréal-based English-language metal band, that would
certainly benefit from singing more often in French because these are
very good lyrics that clearly demonstrate that French can sound as
solid as English in metal music. A band that I did not know before that
track and that I will continue to follow in the future.
||Sixteen Saltines||Jack White
|Very fun as a whole, but especially starting from
2:19 as the guitars become soooo much fun!
|A rock track simple but efficient, and I think
pretty universal. The lyrics could also serve as a rally in many
occasions : "We are the ones who will
never be broken
With our final breath
We’ll fight to the death
We are soldiers, we are soldiers "
||Left for You||Nonpoint
|It's even better than first first hit Bullet with a
Name which, out of nowhere, had grabbed my #28 of 2008! A good
start for the Floridian band!
||Smells Like a Freakshow||Avatar
|One of many lesser-known bands that I discovered
strictly and only thanks to XM satellite radio, an asset that's become
almost essential. This band comes from Sweden and makes some good dirty
rock! :-) I like the quick riff that follows all the song's
length, and I especially like the segment starting at 2:20, remarkably
Note: I prefer the version that you can find in my Grooveshark playlist
than the one from my YouTube playlist. It is slightly longer, but most
importantly more intense on the guitar and voice aspects.
||For the Animals||The Cult
|Just like Rush that took away my #13, another
very old band (1981) that came back in 2012 with an excellent track of
||Freedom at 21||Jack White
||For Your Vulgar Delectation||Cradle of Filth
|Yes, the venerable Cradle of
Filth finally makes it to one of my annual charts! Very lively, full of
unexpected developments, I like that! After all, it is not THAAAAT
||Look Around||Red Hot Chili Peppers
|Once again, an excellent bass riff from Flea,
which makes a success out of this song!
||Man of Constant Sorrow||Charm City Devils
|I was disappointed to learn that it was a cover,
but otherwise the result is pretty interesting! I really enjoy their
different ways to use the voices.
||Youth Without Youth||Metric
|Good little song from the Canadian band, which
reminds me The Joy Formidable a bit.
||Little Black Submarines||The Black Keys
|I really like the progress in this song, and the
guitars within the last minute. Among the best from the Black Keys!
|Big track from the veterans of
Testament (whose first album was in 1987). To be watched preferably
with the video.
It helped me understand the meaning of the lyrics.
||Chalk Outline||Three Days Grace
|Lacking a bit of energy, but the lyrics are
interesting, and Adam Gontier's voice remains a guarantee of success
||Live and Die||The Avett Brothers
|My tacky side!! I find that extremely nice, cute,
practically touching! In this style, I was more hooked to this song
||Bamboula||Les Trois Accords|
|I don't want to criticize too much because I do
like it anyway, but it's undeniable that my 1st reaction was deception.
It is clearly, and by far, their "less good" 1st single of a studio
album (how can one compare Bamboula
to Hawaïenne, Grand champion or even Caméra Vidéo?...).
Nonetheless, it is still lively and would probably have made my top 30
in a less crowded year.
||J'aime ta Grand-mère
||Les Trois Accords|
|Not the musical style of Les Trois Accords, but
so funny! I challenge you to listen to this and not at least smile when
"Je veux faire à ton
père, plein de demi-frères" [I want to make to your father, full of
||Still Swingin'||Papa Roach|
|I would have liked that the rythm doesn't slow
down so much during the chorus, but overall it's an energetic song and
a nice step up from Papa Roach. It's best track in years!
|Very mixed feelings! There are parts of the song
that I love and others that I don't like at all! For sure, it's a
touching video. I really appreciate that he talks about events of
massive deaths of birds and fishes, too rarely mentionned.
||Go Right Ahead||The Hives|
|It's having a bad start, but it progressively
transforms to a very energetic and very intense song. By that means, it
suddenly becomes one of the best of the year!
|Former singer of Hollywood Undead, a band that
I've never liked, Deuce does better in solo with America, a relevant song, at least
by moments. I also like hearing him say: "We'll flip us back and say fuck that, FUCK
||Turning Into You||The Offspring|
|An instant like! The pop punk band is back to its
roots with a song that's simple but catchy, while respecting the
identity of the band that I loved so much in the '90s.
||Boy Division||My Chemical Romance|
|Surprising that it didn't have more visibility!
Not saying that it's their best ever, it is among MCR's bests. Intense
all along, but my favorite part is at 2:02.
||You're a Lie||Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators|
|Slash's guitar falls right in place, and I like
singer Myles Kennedy in this song,
even though I am not a fan of him in general.
||Unspoken||Red Line Chemistry|
|Big track! Obviously lacked of promotion, never
managing to reach the Billboard
charts with such a high-quality product! I like the lyrics' subject as
||Lost in Forever (Scream)||P.O.D.|
|Happy of this comeback from P.O.D. It had been 4
years since their last album, and I think we can say 9 years since
their last hit! Welcome back!
|It's Aerosmith... they could have released any
super dull cliché ballad, but no! They rather opted for some
true rock, original, with good guitars, risking to get lesser
commercial success. I say bravo and thank you! Very good song!
||J'attendrai mon Tour||Marie-Mai|
|Another good song from the Quebecer singer. Major
importance of the string instruments in this track.
||Just A Beautiful Day||Danko Jones
|A veteran band of Canadian rock that I discovered
only this year, with this track. A saturated sound for sure, but very
living and I would even dare say "happy".
||Baby Come Home||Bush|
|I liked it in the beginning of the year, enough
to really think that it was having chances to be "top 20", but its
attraction faded away very quickly and in the end it's only good for a
||Blood for Poppies||Garbage|
|On one hand I really like the intro, the verses
and the finale, but on the other end I really, really don't like the
choruses! So here's the final result: one of my favorites of the year,
but definitely not enough for the top 50.
||Gold on the Ceiling||The Black Keys|
|In a nutshell, I love the intro and the guitars
at the end of each verse, but I don't like the rest! Nonetheless, after
hearing so often on the radio all year long, it ended up getting in my
head a little bit!
||Take a Walk||Passion Pit|
|My favorite tacky song of the year! Clearly
better than the average "all audiance" alternative, and accompanied by
lyrics that are positive without being annoying.
||I Will Wait||Mumford & Sons|
|I find Mumford & Sons increasingly redundant,
but their energetic play on many instruments always somewhat ends up
getting me moving!
||Jump into the Fog||The Wombats
|A song that I quickly liked, but that I already
didn't really like at the end of the year. I make an average of all
that, and it results into this position!
||Whore||In This Moment|
|Less powerful than Blood, that's for sure, but still a
very nice sound and another implacable proof of Maria Brink's
efficiency as a power female singer, as sreamingful as she can be in
this song. "Let me tell you something
baby: You love
me for everything you hate me for!"
||Days go By||The Offspring|
|Definitely disappointing first single, very pop
and very few content. Drums and bass boring to death! But after getting
over that, at least Noodles' main guitar riff had ended up sticking in
||The Celestials||The Smashing Pumpkins|
|Clearly not the song that we will remember from the pumpkins' highly successful career, but a good developing song that's nice to hear. Another song that lacked of promotion; not even a video for a first single?!|
|A bit too long for the few contents, but
regardless catchy and cool.
||Call me Maybe||Carly Rae Jepsen|
|Yes, I know that it's not grandiose music despite
the little symphony orchestra, which actually just repeats the same
6-second sequence during the whole song!! But, it's so rare we see pop
(furthermore, teenage pop) that makes the effort to incorporate many
instruments to get a richer sound, let's just appreciate it! And we
can't say that the melody isn't catchy neither, and I also appreciate
that the guitar is not completely "choked" (not really at the
front, but we clearly hear it). And above it all, it's a song that
reminds me my trip made last September! And I loved the video! Very
||Gentleman||Theory of a Deadman|
want a gentleman, they want a loser like me!". True or false?
You're free to make your own mind on this, but one thing's for sure,
here a rock song a bit traditional, but authentic and rousing.
|Clearly inferior to my favorite song of the year,
but that's still some good material! A bit disappointed of singer Corey
Taylor's performance though, less convincing than in Gone Sovereign / Absolute
Zero and I'm Not Jesus.
track that also suffers from its late release in the year, and that
will continue to progress in my esteem in 2013.
||Rocky Mountain Way||Godsmack|
|A cover, and it shows; much less intense and deep
than the usual Godsmack! Hopefully,
Godsmack puts its own touch with a loud guitar sometimes and a singer
that's always offering a good presence.
|Nice little acoustic song, simple and
||Oh Love||Green Day|
|Obviously disappointing for a 1st single by Green
Day. The so-called punk band falls into the easiness of a little pop
song conceived specifically for the commercial pop radio. And it
worked; in an extremely spectacular way, the track entered the
Billboard's rock chart directly at #1, an extremely rare phenomenon.
But after a few weeks, it started to fall quickly, as almost any
instant success... Despite the deception, they managed to make their
chorus enter my head, not to mention the guitar solo that I like.
|Very nice acoustic song from Rome
(new Sublime singer) in solo.
||You Waste Your Time||Tremonti|
|Very good rock track from Creed's legendary
guitarist, Mark Tremonti, into its new solo project. Although it seems
to have been released in May, I only discovered it on December 31st,
which explains its low ranking. I think it deserved better, but I can't
say that a loved a lot a song in 2012 if I new it for just one day. I
think that this #73 is the best I can do under these circumstances. A
question of timing!
||It's Time||Imagine Dragons|
|I mostly like the mandolin. Light but efficient
||Here and Now||Seether|
|Reminds me Rise
This a lot, or the "soft
side" of Seether... in even softer than Rise Above This, except for the
harder part that starts at 2:33, and that is by far my favorite of the
||Way too Far||Korn|
|Third single from their album Path of Totality, fruit of their
collaboration with famous DJ Skrillex. This track in particular is
officially a collaboration with 12th Planet and not Skrillex, but we
still hear very well the strong influence of Skrillex. Not my favorite
era in Korn's long career, but I continue to find this form of rock
different, refreshing and modern.
||Forget You||Digital Summer|
||Standing in the Sun||Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The
||Let Yourself Go||Green Day|
|Juvenile punk, but we can't accuse them to be old
||Yeah Yeah||Willy Moon|
|Another pleasant surprise from Aerosmith this
||Télé||Les Cowboys Fringants|
||Mein Herz Brennt||Rammstein|
|What a funny idea to re-release in 2012 Mein Herz Brennt,
song from album Mutter of
2001... And they released not only one, but 2 videos : one colourful as
usual for the original version of the song, and a very sober one for
the piano version of the song. For this chart, I chose to consider only
the piano version, which I like a lot less than the original version,
but it is what's new in 2012.
||Arrange-toi avec ça||Bernard Adamus|
||So You're Afraid||Tremonti|
|Another track by Mark Tremonti that I only
discovered on December 31st and which automaticaly can't be ranked very
high in this chart of the songs that I liked the most throughout the
whole year. I liked So You're Afraid
right on the first time, but clearly less than You Waste Your Time.
||Omnipresent Perception||Beyond Creation|
|Just like the two tracks from Tremonti,
another one that I discovered too late, only on December 31st, and
which is strongly penalized here! A song that I will continue to tame
and appreciate more and more in 2013. Not really a fan of those voices,
but what a music performance from the Montréal-based band! Very
||Babel||Mumford & Sons|
|Less punch than I
Wait, or at least for the vocal part, but the strings
melody is almost as good.
Note: no video available for this one. Even the live recordings were bad. I had to put an amateur video to represent this song in the YouTube playlist, but note that it's not an official video.
||Somebody That I Used to Know||Mayday Parade feat. Vic Fuentes
|Already a cover! It took less than 10 months
before a band releases a cover of
Gotye's hit! So... it is obviously MUCH inferior and MUCH less credible
than the original, but it's really not bad enough to scrap such a good
song! Even this relatively bad cover easily deserves a place in my top
||Something to Remind You||Staind
|I find that Aaron Lewis did not make an effort to
find a vocal melody, as if he was just reading his text while trying to
improvize notes randomly. Not their best ballad, but I nonetheless
really liked the simplicity of
arrangements and the overall softness.
||Shooters||Les Cowboys Fringants
|Emotive and dark song in honor to the 1,300
workers of the city of L'Assomption, Québec (population: 20,000)
who find themselves unemployed following the shutdown of the Electrolux
shop to move those operations to Memphis, Tennessee in the U.S.A.,
where the government's grants were more generous...
|At first, I hated it and it was really playing on
my nerves, but after several long weeks, I ended up ceding like the 1.3
billion other people who made his video the most popular of all time on
YouTube! We agree that it's not a great song! I see this as a wannabe
LMFAO (rather bad duo), themselves wannabes of The Black Eyed Peas
(possivly the best pop band of the past 20 years) wannabes and a few
uninteresting artists of the '80s. PSY does not take himself seriously
neither, and it's just fine like that. Also special for us North
Americans that this is in Korean, a language that's totally unknown to
us. Song to absolutely watch with the video! The
dance is a major reason in this success, as well as the overall video
that has hit the imaginary of people of all ages worldwide, for reasons
that we probably don't fully understand.
|Did you know that Heart was still making music?!
I was very surprised to find that out, and honestly, it's not bad! I
find that it lacks a bit of punch, but it's still a unique song.
|By far the worst of their 3 radio singles this
year, and it's still sufficient to make my top 100! They are old, but
they are still able!
||Confessor||Black Country Communion
||Heaven nor Hell||Volbeat
|I really don't like the harmonica in this song,
just remove this harmonica and that song could have gained a few spots!
It nevertheless good to close my top 100!
||Bury my Bones||Pure Love