Taylor Swift made weapons-grade teen pop; Kanye West put his brain on cruise-control, dubstep kingpins and stadium rockers invited us all to their parties. The last thing we expected from — a universal pop song that everybody loved. It has it all: disco guitar, Chic bass, Philly soul-synth strings and brilliant testifying to the power of overheated hormones.
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The British electronic music band Depeche Mode released "Personal Jesus" as the lead single from their album Violator. Prior to its release, they had a string of six consecutive top 10 albums at home in the UK but had never reached higher than 35 on the US chart. Violator became a huge breakthrough release ultimately reaching 2 in the UK and 7 in the US. The song has a bluesy swing that distinguishes the sound from most other electronic pop. The song hit 3 on the US alternative chart, landed at 28 on the pop chart and was a top 10 pop smash in multiple countries around the world. Watch Video. Seattle-based grunge-rock band Nirvana were surrounded by huge music media buzz when they released "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as the lead single from their Nevermind album. Lead vocalist Kurt Cobain said the song was an attempt to write a song in the style of fellow alternative band the Pixies. The song's aggressive guitar riff is instantly recognizable.
Alternative Songs is a record chart published by the music industry magazine Billboard that ranks the most-played songs on American modern rock radio stations. Introduced by Billboard in September ,  the chart is based on electronically-monitored airplay data compiled by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems from approximately 80 national rock radio stations. The Man broke this record by topping the chart for 20 weeks. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Village Voice. Retrieved June 15, Sun Herald. August 25, Archived from the original on July 24, Retrieved June 19,
All week we'll be counting down our favorite songs and albums of the year, and we'll have some more year-end features coming in the two weeks following. We'll return with reviews on January 2. Now, on to our favorite tracks of You can list to most of them in our Spotify playlist. Sprung from the ashes of the unsung Alabama rockers P.