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Top 10 Rock Songs of 2011

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The year 2011 has been a great one for rock music. For many bands, this was a big comeback year. For other acts, 2011 was a year to introduce themselves to the masses. From chart topping hits to fan favorites, Loudwire’s Top 10 Rock Songs of 2011 includes tracks from a wide range of rock acts. If you don't see one of your favorite acts on this list, don't despair. We've decided to split the songs into two categories — rock and metal. Here is Loudwire's list of the Top 10 Rock Songs of 2011:

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‘Falling Down’




The trio of Kyng have taken the rock world by storm with their flawless album ‘Trampled Sun.’ ‘Falling Down’ is the first single off the disc and it's complete with heavy riffs and frontman Eddie Veliz's soaring vocals. Kyng, who have been touring nonstop, are gearing up for a trek tour with Trivium and In Flames next year.


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‘Make It Stop (September’s Children)’

Rise Against



Rise Against send a powerful message through their song 'Make It Stop (September's Children)' off of their latest disc ‘Endgame.’ The track is a forceful anthem and just may have one of the catchiest choruses and thunderous drum patterns of any rock song released in 2011. The band is getting ready to hit the road with A Day to Remember for a tour that kicks off on Jan. 17, 2012.


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Theory of a Deadman



Theory of a Deadman, who just wrapped up a tour with 3 Doors Down, have been keeping busy this year promoting their latest album ‘The Truth Is…’ TOAD are known for their catchy songs, and ‘Lowlife’ is among one of the most appealing songs on the album. Whether or not you consider frontman Tyler Connolly a 'Lowlife' doesn't seem to bother him. He just seems to be enjoying life.


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‘Face to the Floor’




The hard rocking trio of Chevelle is set to release their latest album ‘Hats Off to the Bull’ on Dec. 6. Their track ‘Face to the Floor’ is a hard hitting one which is sure to set the tone for the record as a whole. One of the reasons we love this song is because frontman Pete Loeffler belts out the lyrics with undeniable venom. ‘Hats Off to the Bull’ is the band’s first full length release since 2009’s ‘Sci-Fi Crimes,’ and Chevelle fans are truly looking forward to it.


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Foo Fighters



Foo Fighters released the first single ‘Rope’ off of their seventh record ‘Wasting Light’ earlier this year. The album took the top spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, becoming the band’s first No. 1 disc in the United States. With powerful guitar riffs and Dave Grohl's passionate vocals, 'Rope' is classic Foos all the way. The band just wrapped up a North American tour in support of ‘Wasting Light.’




‘Buried Alive’

Avenged Sevenfold



Avenged Sevenfold have created a true masterpiece with their track ‘Buried Alive’ off of their disc ‘Nightmare.’ The almost seven-minute rock song starts out soft and unhurried and by the four minute mark a serious guitar solo devours the track and the tune amps up. Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows definitely shows off his vocal strength and the layers of his voice in this song. The band is headlining the ‘Buried Alive’ tour, which kicks off on Nov. 23.




‘What You Want’




Evanescence fans rejoiced when the first track ‘What You Want’ from their third studio album ‘Evanescence' surfaced. The song captures the true essence of the band and it's difficult not to be consumed by frontwoman Amy Lee’s vocals. Her soaring yet dreamy voice is one that fans cannot get enough of, and neither can we, which is why this song is one of the best tracks of 2011. Not to mention, the video for 'What You Want' is pretty bad-ass.


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‘Country Song’




Seether’s ‘Country Song’ was their lead single off of their fifth studio album ‘Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray.’ The sassy single is one of the most played songs on active rock radio this year. When that Southern slide guitar kicks in, we just can't help but stomp our feet. Shaun Morgan's hearty voice makes us want to line dance and mosh at the same time. Seether has no signs of slowing down as the band continues to tour; for a full list of dates go here.


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‘Trip the Darkness’

Lacuna Coil



Lacuna Coil’s latest single ‘Trip the Darkness’ off of their highly anticipated new album ‘Dark Adrenaline,’ which is due out Jan. 24. They start off the song with a mandolin showing off their Italian heritage. Vocalists Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro take listeners by storm with their sensual vocals accompanied by captivating melodies. The Italian stallions will be part of the massive lineup of next year’s Gigantour, which also features heavy hitters Volbeat, Motorhead and Megadeth.


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‘This Is Gonna Hurt’

Sixx: A.M.



Bassist, entrepreneur and writer Nikki Sixx and his band Sixx: A.M. released their second album, ‘This Is Gonna Hurt,’ in 2011, and the disc's title track is our No. 1 tune of the year. The song is fast paced, with a speedy hi-hat beat and some serious shredding by guitarist DJ Ashba. And its “devil in the church” chorus, as delivered by singer James Michael, is perhaps the catchiest one of the year, lyrically and musically.


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