Welcome to the Top 20 Rock Songs of 2019. These songs are my favorite songs of the year and were not necessarily played on the radio or even shot up the charts. They just moved me in some way good or bad!
#20 -“Chase the Feeling (feat. Chris Cester)” by Wolfmother – Single:
No album, just a single and anything they put out will probably end up on my list. It is full of the distorted guitar sound that is reminiscent of Wolfmother and don’t forget that voice os Andrew Stockdale. The drum fills are great and that groove keeps the song driving forward. I hope this is a sign of things to come.
#19 – “All Animal” by Through Fire off the album ‘All Animal’:
I like it loud and I like it heavy at times and this does both. Pounding drums, blistering guitars and vocals that can scream it out or sing with such great melodies. A modern rock sound that rips it from the opening notes until the very end. Perfect for driving down the road at 100mph as it wakes up the beast in you!!
2019 was another year with some great releases and way too many to get through them all so I am sure I missed a number of great albums and if you look around the web, there will be tons of Top Album lists you can get a pretty good idea of what you should check out in case you missed any of these.
This list will be my favorite “Rock” albums of the year. All other types of music will be for a later post. I am going to leave this one to my favorite genre. It is a broad genre, but these are the albums that I consider to be ROCK!!
Also note, these are MY FAVORITES!! These are not the most popular or trendy albums. You won’t find the new Tool album here because I don’t like them and I never had any desire to hear it. So, they won’t even be rates as worst album because I didn’t listen to it. These are the albums that I connected with during the year and I kept coming back to again and again. And without further adieu, here are the Top Rock Albums of 2019:
#10 – Michael Sweet – Ten
Michael Sweet’s 10th solo studio album brings us a very Stryper sounding album, but one that takes us back to the early days of Yellow & Back Attack and To Hell With the Devil which in my opinion is a very good thing. He brings a special guest on each song which you would think would make the album a little disjointed, but it works on so many levels. The album rocks out from beginning to end!
This one completely caught me off guard. Soren Andersen, famous for being the guitarist for the great Glenn Hughes as well as Electric Guitars and Mike Tramp, released a new solo album without me even knowing. How does that happen. It doesn’t matter as I found it and I am a better person for it. After the brilliance of his 2011 release ‘Constant Replay’, this time around he goes full on instrumental.
From the opening track, “City of Angels”, you know you are in for something special. At times there is a whole Satriani vibe to the songs because they are songs. They are full of melodies and typical song structure you can almost sing along with the guitars which is what I want in an instrumental. There is no showboating for the sake of showboating. He isn’t going, “hey, look what I can do!!”. He is giving you his heart and emotions in his songs.
At times he goes all metal with songs such as “The Kid” that come at you like a fist to the face. He is a rocker at heart with songs like “Agent Wells” that even throw in some funky bass lines. There are even a couple songs I would consider ballads with the song “Satori” and “Bird Feeder” which are both a little reminiscent of Satriani from his early 90’s work. “Skybar” opens with a little electronica elements and some wicked ass bass guitar. The album is full of interesting elements and Soren isn’t a one-trick pony. He gives you a little of everything. The album ends with one of the most interesting tracks, “Bipolar”, which gives you two elements of his style and sound and blends them together.
At the age of 65, most people think of retirement. Thank God Glenn Hughes is not most people. At 65, this man is busier and better than ever. Since 2010, Glenn Hughes has been one of the hardest working singers in the business. He has put out 3 albums with Black Country Communion, 1 album with California Breed, 1 album with Voodoo Hill, extensive touring, he even had time to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Deep Purple…oh yeah and heart surgery in 2013.
After 8 long years since his last solo album, Glenn Hughes now brings us his heaviest rock album ever with ‘Resonate’ on Frontiers Record SRL.
There are 2 things that make this album incredible.
1. His voice. The “Voice of Rock” does not disappoint. His voice sounds just as great now as when he was younger. Not many people can still sing with such quality (cough, cough Meatloaf) and he sounds better than most of the young artists out there right now.
Glenn Hughes, the self-proclaimed ‘Voice of Rock’ is back with a new solo album coming out November 4th called ‘Resonate’ on Frontiers Music Sri. This is his first in 8 years which is way too long. Glenn’s first single is out now and called “Heavy”.
All I can say is that this 65 year old still kicks some major ass. His vocals just keep getting better which can’t be said for everyone that has been performing as long as he has. I love the new song and now I can’t wait for the album.
“Heavy” is a straight up Rock song with some great guitars by the amazing Soren Andersen (I am a fan) and some drum work that is absolutely incredible…of course it is as it’s Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers (I only think appears on this song not the whole album).
I like the fact that Glenn doesn’t sit still. He just keeps putting out music. His most recent work with the band California Breed was a smashing success and this album could be the same.
Give “Heavy” a listen and let me know what you think.
To continue my Throwback Thursday of the last two weeks, here are my Favorite albums of 2011 (in no particular order):
Soren Andersen – Constant Replay: This is an incredible debut album. The album name is accurate as it was on constant replay back when I got it. There are so many great songs and no fillers. I just love “Song About You”, “Black Lady”, “Lavender in My Calendar” and “Cold Shock”. Soren has toured as the lead guitarist in the Glenn Hughes Band and played on numerous albums including Mike Tramp. Put it on and enjoy the ride.