It’s that time of year again, when we start preparing for the frenzy of year-end Listmania. For those of you new to the frenzy, our Listmania extravaganza comes in four parts. First, we re-print assorted lists of the year’s best albums, leeched from other big web sites and magazines. Second, we will collect our readers’ lists of the 2015 albums and shorter releases they enjoyed the most. Third, we post the year-end lists of our own staff and assorted guest writers. And fourth, I’ll roll out my list of the year’s Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs.
And that last list is the subject of this request for help (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 become an NCS reader since this time last year, here’s what this Most Infectious Song list is about:
This is about individual songs, not albums, EPs, demos, etc. It’s also not 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, this is a list of the most infectious extreme metal songs we’ve heard this year. The idea is to think of 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 should be something that’s stuck in your head, something you put on playlists, something you mentally replay at unexpected times — songs you go back to repeatedly for listening. “Most played” might be a good synonym.
I’ve already got my own working list of candidates — there are a ton of songs on there at the moment — and I’m going to collect suggestions from all of our regular writers. But no doubt we will overlook some gems, so here’s what I’m asking: 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 or three as we get closer to year-end. The first year we did this (2009), I limited the list to 10 songs. In 2010, I expanded it to 30. In 2011 it grew to 39. In 2012 it topped out at 56. In 2013 I worked really hard and got the list all the way down to.. gulp… 73. And last year, well, last year life got in the way and I never finished the complete rollout, though I announced 62 songs before I gave up.
As you can tell, I have a really fuckin’ hard time making lists. And of course 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 favorite songs in the comments, this post will also become a way for other metal fans to find good music from the year that’s rushing to an end.