1 Motion City Soundtrack
A band i feel no one can really hate. The first album was fast, catchy and contained classic tunes like The Future Freaks me out and Cambridge.
2 Fall Out Boy
They may be huge now, but i still do prefer 'Take this to your grave' I'm seeing them live at Brixton in May so lets just pray they play enough of the old stuff!
3 Coheed and Cambria
Prog is my birthright. Years of hearing Yes, Genesis and all the other classics helped define my basis and groundings in music. Coheed and Cambria much like Dragonforce are that indulgent and complex sounding power that makes you throw the horns and wail along to whenever you hear them. They are heavily known for 'A Favor House Atlantic' but in my opinion tracks like Devil in Jersy City are much more powerful and meaningful to me.
4 Bad Religion
Witty and wellcrafted lyrics to a punky beat, what more could you want. Live they were fucking awesome and much like like the majority of this chart i did go through a heavy listening period of them. With such a large back catalogue there is always a song for my mood there.
A band i hardly know other than their last album 'Disconnection Notice'. Catchy pop punk songs with some punch. Songs that you can bop your head to as you work away. They are going to be at Give it a Name and so i shall be seeing them very soon!
HIM were rather new to me until not too long ago. I love some of the songs, but more so the earlier albums. A band that i can only see going from strength to strength.
Like many of the bands on the list (well 3 of them) i was suggested to get some Yellowcard by my good friend Pam. I did, Ocean Avenue had me hooked for over two years and then they came back with some new stuff that blows my mind! Although they changed singers along the way i do still love the early EPs with killer tracks like Americant and Avondale.
7 My Chemical Romance
Adored by many, hated by many also MCR are a band so many people must like. I just hope they evolve with their next album. Black with Red ties isnt going to work forever methinks.
Say what you will about them, but Blinks last three albums are the most listenable and childish music i could find or was accessable to me all those years ago. With Greenday they helped me on my way to finding what was out there musically. Much like when i first heard Burnout off Dookie, whenever i hear Anthem Part 2 i can remember the first time i heard it off my CD.
A more recent interest for me. They have some very funky tunes like Lemon Water which make me chuckle far too easily.
11 Panic! at the Disco
Fast, danceable and cleverly written, Panic! make me glad that i can just smile some days. I love their first album, but i just hope they arent a one album wonder.
12 Billy Talent
One day last year i hopped around iTunes looking for bands to get, and i stumbled over 'This is how it goes' which was until a few weeks ago the most played track on my iTunes (it was reset 12 months ago). Their new album is out any moment and much like Panic! i just hope its good - otherwise i think i may just cry.
Pure class, amazing live and the most happy looking band ive seen live, they truely seemed to feed off the crowds enthusiam. Hopefully they'll produce a 3rd album soon!
14 Rise Against
Paper Wings started it for me, Burnout 3 you'd go 200 mph round a corner wailing along to it, fuckin' ace!
15 Johnny Cash
The man in black is a legend. I remember seeing a show of Jules Holland recorded just before Junes death which was played just after his death as a tribute. A few years on i was shocked that i never did look into him more - but the cover of Nine Inch Nails Hurt kickstarted my liking for Mr Cash again.
16 Bullet for My Valentine
The gods of Rock has their preachers and they are from Bridgend! Yes. Some of the best UK talent is coming out of South Wales at the moment. Whether you like it or not these Dickies shorts wearing Metallers are here to rock your socks off. Great to headbang to after a long day at work.
Quality, moody, dark and just a whole load of fun!
18 Noise Ratchet
Away to the heart is only one of a few songs that just manages to bring a tear to my eye. It truely is a shame that the band is no more.
19 Green Day
The band that kind started my love of rockin' out. Like Queen i think i near wore out the CDs of these boys. Although American Idiot for me will be the last album they make that'll be ok, as its no longer pop punk, just your rock you'll hear every five minutes on the radio or on pub jukeboxes with mindless drunks wailing to it.
20 Against Me!
Sony Sellouts? Who fucking cares, another recent band for me to find, i cant get enough of em!