It’s getting to be that time of year, the time when we dive head first into the polluted sea of year-end listmania. Our listmania extravaganza comes in four parts. First, we re-print assorted lists of the year’s best albums, leeched from other web sites and magazines. Second, we collect our readers’ lists of the songs they enjoyed the most from the year that’s rapidly drawing to a close. Third, we post the year-end lists of our own staff and assorted guest writers. And fourth, we roll out our list of the year’s Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs.
And that last list is the subject of this post (we’ll be inviting you to give us your lists of the year’s best albums as we get closer to the actual end of the year — so start thinking about that).
In case you’ve forgotten, or you’ve become an NCS reader since this time last year, here’s what this is about:
To repeat, this isn’t a list of the best metal albums of the year. It’s not even our list of the best individual extreme metal songs of the year — though some of the songs might actually be among the best of the year. Instead, ours is a list of the most infectious extreme metal songs we’ve heard this year. We’re talking about songs that might produce involuntary physical movement, songs that have got catchy rhythms, memorable melodies, sweet grooves, or anything else that sticks the song in your head and makes you want to keep listening to it.
To be one of the most infectious songs of the year, it’s got to be something that worms its way into your brain to such an extent you can’t get it out (and wouldn’t want to) — you mentally replay it at unexpected times and you go back to the song repeatedly for listening.
Maybe it’s the kind of song that has become one of your favorites for some kind of activity — whether it be drinking or smoking, working out, humping, rolling down the road in some kind of wheeled vehicle with the volume turned up, trying to drown out your kids, doing your laundry, doing school work, doing actual paying work, pleasuring yourself while gazing at a photo of me, getting into the right kind of mood or out of the wrong one, or even just day-dreaming.
I’ve already got my own working list of candidates and I’m going to collect suggestions from our regular writers, but no doubt we will overlook some gems. So, here’s what I want: Please leave comments to this post with your suggestions — or e-mail them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll then pick what I think are the most infectious tracks of the year and start playing those songs for you in groups of two as we get closer to year-end. The first year we did this, I limited the list to 10 songs. In 2010, I expanded it to 30. In 2011 it grew to 39. Last year it topped out at 56! As you can see, I have a really fuckin’ hard time making decisions. I have no idea how many songs we’ll feature this year.
So, reflect on the music you’ve really been enjoying this year and please let us hear from you. By leaving your favorites in the comments, this post will also become a way for other metal fans to find new music.