Rock Song of the Year – 2012 Loudwire Music Awards
It's been a great year for rock music, and the 10 nominees in the 2012 Loudwire Music Awards category for Rock Song of the Year reflect certainly reflect that.
We've got several perennial chart rulers, a veteran rocker making his self-proclaimed comeback and pair of female-led rock bands who enjoyed major success this past year. Who will take the title? That's up to you! Check out the nominated songs and be sure to vote in the poll below:
Baroness, 'March to the Sea'
Baroness had one of the year's standout albums in 'Yellow and Green,' and the single 'March to the Sea,' the band's ode to a friend lost to drugs, is a powerful statement set against an equally chugging and forceful beat.
Dead Sara, 'Weatherman'
Dead Sara frontwoman Emily Armstrong's powerful vocals caught the attention of many in 2012, and the song 'Weatherman,' with a monster riff from guitarist Souixsie Medley, is about as an infectious piece of ear candy as you could find in rock in 2012.
Deftones carried over the success from the 'Diamond Eyes' album in a big way, and 'Leathers' is the 'Koi No Yokan' track that shows the group was truly clicking on all cylinders, with equal parts moody atmospherics and intense chugging rock.
Halestorm, 'Love Bites (So Do I)'
It is punk! It is rock! It is thrash! Whatever you want to call it, Halestorm's 'Love Bites (So Do I)' is an aggressive, fist-pumping anthem that grabbed everyone's attention in 2012!
Marilyn Manson, 'No Reflection'
From the opening notes of 'No Reflection,' it is clear that the Marilyn Manson we'd all come to know from his '90s heyday is back with full force. The track stands right alongside some of Manson's best.
Papa Roach, 'Still Swingin''
Does anyone know their way around a rock anthem like Papa Roach? The band kicked off support of their latest album 'The Connection' with the standout rocker 'Still Swingin'' and have kept fans rocking throughout most of 2012.
Serj Tankian, 'Harakiri'
While Serj Tankian has been exploring his musical boundaries over the last few years, the title track to his latest album 'Harakiri' brought him full circle to the rock spotlight with one of the year's most melodically beautiful choruses and a powerful statement about today's growing environmental concerns.
Shinedown was on message with their first single of 2012, 'Bully,' offering up an anti-bullying sentiment with a rocking twist that motivated the listener to stand up for themselves. It's inspirational and it rocks.
Stone Sour, 'Gone Sovereign'
Stone Sour unleashed the fury on 2012's 'Gone Sovereign' with some blistering guitars, thunderous drumming and a driving track where Corey Taylor sings about being at an emotional low point and trying to stay alive.
Three Days Grace, 'Chalk Outline'
Three Days Grace found themselves with another major hit, deservedly so, with the jarring single 'Chalk Outline.' With its gritty guitar and one of Adam Gontier's best choruses yet, it deserves the accolades it's received.
Voting for the 2012 Loudwire Music Awards closes on Jan. 15 at 11:59 PM EST. Fans can vote once per hour, so keep coming back to make sure your favorite song wins!