We've come to the end of another great rock 'n' roll year, so it's time to look back at the songs that made 2012 so memorable. Both cutting-edge and old-school sounds made the cut. Let's dive in...
Dismiss Nickelback as cheesy and overblown all you like -- and heaven knows their latest album, Here and Now, isn't very good -- but the undeniable truth is that Chad Kroeger and his crew have a way with a power ballad, milking it for its maximum emotional wallop. Such is the case with "Lullaby," which really ought to come with a complementary lighter and 15,000 fans to sway alongside you.
Trent Reznor warned fans that How to Destroy Angels wouldn't necessarily sound the same as Nine Inch Nails. Their song "Ice Age" proves he wasn't bluffing. A hypnotic, low-key seven minutes, the track glides along on Mariqueen Maandig's sultry, despairing vocals. This isn't a head-crusher like "March of the Pigs" or a slinky, sexy number like "Closer." But, all the same, it's incredibly unnerving and beautiful.
It's such a familiar formula: Start with a subdued verse and then let fly with an explosive chorus. But who cares if it works, right? Chevelle rock plenty on the title track to their 2011 album, Hats Off to the Bull, pulling out the guitars for a salute to those who never give up, no matter the odds.
For Amaryllis, Shinedown swing for the fences, going for big, stirring anthems that occasionally pull out string sections for heightened effect. One of the album's highlights is "Unity," an unabashed call to connect with the band's fan base, but its us-against-the-world spirit is so purely expressed that it's impossible to resist.