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The Top 100 Reading Anthems 2012 (49-36)


49: It was easy to cast Metronomony off as another in the slew of bands that were part of the short lived and abysmally titled “Nu-Rave” scene. But this track really began to set Joseph Mounts newly formed troupe aside from the fad. A funk driven bassline is hidden somewhere underneath scattered electro bleeps, erratic synths, and strangely aloof vocals. It’s experimental, but inherently danceable, which is very much the case for most of their tracks, which will prove perfect for their slot as headliner for the Dance Arena. Adam Grylls

 48. Feeder – “Buck Rodgers”

If you want a classic sing a long at a festival you don’t have to look much further than Feeder. Throughout the late 90′s and early 00′s they churned out a whole host of catchy, popular, soft rock tunes that pretty much defined the generation. Out of all their hits, ‘Buck Rodgers’ is their stand out track. It’s just so bloody fun to sing along to. The lyrics aren’t brilliant, in fact they are pretty much the opposite, but that’s what works so well. It’s perfect for drunk university students to grab their mates, sing horrendously and bounce around with arms locked. Expect a lively showing and plenty of bromance when Feeder take to headlining the Festival Republic stage on Saturday. Lewis Lowe

47. The Subways- Rock and Roll Queen

If there is a defining Reading band, for me, it has to be The Subways. They have the  charisma, the energy, the all round live performance, they are easy to relate to and of course they come equipped with a full arsenal of cracking tunes. Included in this arsenal is the modern classic, ‘Rock and Roll Queen’. It’s not just a Reading Festival anthem for me, it is the Reading Festival anthem. A constant pleaser, with it’s drawn out crowd participation sections and catchy lyrics it always absorbs the grimy Reading faithful. The only time I have ever caught this incredible song live at the festival was in 2008 when the band drew a behemoth crowd to the main stage. This year they will be causing chaos in the Festival Republic stage when they headline it on Friday night. Be sure to hear ‘Rock and Roll Queen’ and be sure that I will be there belting out every word. Lewis Lowe

46. Foster the People – Call It What You Want

This summery trance-pop dancefloor jingle from the LA trio is the right type of track for a late summer’s evening. The atmospheric surroundings of the NME tent will make for a party mood, as Foster The People prove there’s more to the band than “Pumped up Kicks.” Siobhan Gallagher

45: ‘First Love’ the song that made teenager girls swoon and fall in love with the charm of The Maccabees, while the boys simply wanted to be a Maccabee. ‘First Love’ is one of the bands signature live tracks, the crowd really get their vocals expanding to scream over each other, a pool of heads couching up and down, to the ultimate indie guitar melodies from the band’s debut album. Simone F 

44: “Alice Practice” was both a literally introduction (“hi”) and a perfect encapsulation of Crystal Castles early 8bit Glitch Punk sound. The track thuds into action, hitting hard as hell with it’s bludgeoning bass drum before a deafening array of squeals and sawing electro-noise assaults the listener. Alice Glass is on top form, sounding both despairing and defiant as she wades through an electronic sandstorm. David Hayter 

43. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle

‘Shuffle’ is a new comer from Bombay Bicycle Club setlist coming from their current 2011 album A Different Kind Of Fix, and like many indie darling bands Bombay have created the perfect addictive sing-along with charming lyrics and guitars filled with passion. ‘Shuffle’ will have the crowds of Reading and Leeds with their underwear down by their knees. Simone F 

42: Brand New Eyes may have been a middling hodge podge that saw Paramore pulled in a variety of directions without ever committing to one solitary direction, but it was still carried by Hayley Williams shrewd mind for a melody. “Brick By Boring Brick” mixed a soothing pre-chorus with a punchy guitar arrangement, making for one of Paramore’s more understated singles to date. David Hayter 

41. The Cure – A Forrest 

One of The Cure’s defining tracks, its minimalism creates the aura that is most akin to the idea of who The Cure actually are. The plodding bassline is iconic, and the simple drum beat gives a slightly more frantic sound. The synths and Robert’s hushed wailing top it off to give an haunting, yet entirely catchy track. Never going further than it needs to go, this track is the perfect example of a little going a long way. It’s precise and clear cut. Smith and Gallup had really found the definition of what the Cure could and would go on to be. Adam Grylls.

40: Everyone knows what’s coming when they hear the delicate lingering notes of “The Pretender’s” opening. It’s about to get loud, and thousands of people are going to collectively lose their shit. As far as sheer adrenaline rushes and roaring escapist releases go, they don’t come any bigger than this. I know it’s going to be awesome, you know it’s going to be awesome, what more need be said? David Hayter

 39.  Less Than Jake - ‘All My Best Friends Are Metalheads’

Stemming from the breakthrough parent album Hello Rockview, Less Than Jake’s ‘All My Best Friends Are Metalheads’ is one of the Floridian ska bands biggest and most well known songs. It has all of the classic LTJ components; a jumpy ska beat, infectious sugar coated lyrics and enough bite to even interest the most hardened metalhead. No one at Reading will be able to stand still, cross-armed and scowling at Reading this year as this song will inevitably get the whole Lock-Up singing about ‘a strength of conviction’. Adam McCartney

38. Foo Fighters – Best of You

Expect the festival’s biggest crowd sing-along to be to this monster anthem from the Foos. Fist pumping choruses, stomping basslines and stadium-ready guitars make this a perfect festival anthem, for nowhere better than the Seattle quintet’s spiritual home of Reading & Leeds. Siobhan Gallagher

37. Social Distortion - ‘Story of My Life’

‘Story of my Life’ is just that, the story of Social D’s Mike Ness’s life, growing up, not fitting in and just wanting to rock n’ roll out. It works so well as an anthem because so many of the band’s fans can relate to this and a tent full of punk lovin’ outsiders could blow the roof off at Reading this year.

The song is also one of the first ballads the band recorded when Mike decided to embrace his love of country AND punk and the softer story telling of the country influence makes this song just so sing able for a big audience. Adam McCartney

36. The Black Keys – Gold On The Ceiling

Possessing a wonderfully sticky swagger, “Gold On The Celling” marches jauntily as the retro-soul vocal imbeds itself in every listener’s cranium. The screaming fuzzed out solo and stomping main riff only add to a crunching retro-rock vibe that helps to make this track irresistible. The Keys exploded in popularity and climbed to the top of the Reading line up at a rapid pace, and with track’s this catchy, it’s easy to tell why. David Hayter



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