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The Top 100 Reading Anthems 2012 – Part III

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80. The View – Same Jeans

Back in 2006 The View seemed set to takeover the world as they followed one melodious hit with another. Sure they pinched from British pop past (“Same Jeans” being no exception) but they were following in Arctic Monkeys footsteps. This tune was pumping out at indie bars and cheesey club nights. The View never quite could maintain their early momentum, but to this day “Same Jeans” remains an incendiary live anthem. David Hayter 

79: Da…Dtt……Douw…Dtt…Da…Dttt….Okay that was a terrible attempt to recreate “It Hurts” famous opening, but to this day it still makes for one hell of an intro. The slow build to a surprisingly tender track that signaled that Angels & Airwaves would not be all knob jokes and pop parodies. Its impact may have dulled with time, but expect a serene moment come Reading 2012. David Hayter

78: Florence Welch knows how to write an anthem, and she damn sure knows how to show off those pipes (even if the occasional show of restraint would be welcome). Friday night at Reading will be electric, as a jam packet festival crowd will be pummelled into submission by this tub-thumping beat and those gorgeous pitch changes. David Hayter. 

77: It takes a brave band to take on Kate Bush, but thankfully The Futureheads had the gumption to tackle Kate’s immortal anthem. The result was a spritely crowd interaction sing-along that kick started the Wearside band’s career. Except a deafening echo when The ‘heads inevitably split the FR tent in two and incite a chant war. David Hayter

76: It’s become a struggle at Reading for metal bands. The festival has changed, the audience has changed, and quite frankly pop culture has moved on. Of course this means nothing to Mastodon, who conquer Reading not with catchy choruses, but through their own brilliance. Their sound demands both respect and headbanging, and the preposterously epic “Oblivion” will hold NME Tent crowd in the palm of its hand. David Hayter

75: It’s pretty tricky to get your music played at the Olympic Games if your not either a pop culture phenomenon (Arctic Monkeys, Adele) or a brain dead chart sensation (LMFAO, Cher Loyd). So it’s a just tribute to the timeless sweep of Santigold’s “L.E.S. Artistes” that it has been making time stand still in front of 70,000 people all week long. The song imbues a sense of pride and despair in its audience, and it remains a incredibly moving listen four years on from its original release. David Hayter 

74: ‘Still Life’ was the first taster The Horrors allowed us to hear from their most successful album to date, Skying. The Horrors found the perfect balance between the band’s thumping synth-pop and frontman Faris Badwan’s vocal ease. ‘Still Life’ is not as big an anthem as those of some other Reading bands. There is no massive mosh pit sing-along or shouty chorus, ‘Still Life’ is a song that channels itself through your body until you’re overcome by the brilliance of the sound around you. Simone F

73: Hail Destroyer is the definitive blend of metal, hardcore punk and southern rock that Cancer Bats do so well. It thunders along nicely, guaranteed to get the crowd moving (towards the pit no doubt) and shouting along to its chorus. And given the chance to play just one song it’s the tune the band themselves would play as seen at Download this year when Cancer Bats got a one song set during Billy Talent’s performance on the main stage. Adam McCartney

72: Canadian rockers Billy Talent returned with their second album, Billy Talent II (and third overall, they released one when they were called Pezz) in 2006, with “Fallen Leaves” being one of the singles released. It’s catchy, it’s fun and designed for fist-pumping crowds, meaning it will certainly go down as a live favourite at this year’s festival. Siobhan Gallagher

71. Grimes – Skin

It’s been an incredible 24 months for Claire Boucher, aka Grimes. Ever since the release of “Vanessa” the daffy Canadian songstress has done nothing but deliver brilliant track after brilliant track. “Skin” may just be the best of all; a whispish ethereal ballad that is so slight and beautiful it proves almost impossible to grasp. It’s not designed to be pinned down, this beautiful lament glides over listeners like a celestial mist, and if everybody  is in the right frame of mind, it might just have the Dance tent grooving as one. David Hayter.

70: If there’s one we love at Reading it’s a bit of a mosh: a chance to bounce around like nutters as we give our selves over to music. If there was one criticism of The Subways in the past, it was that, among all there blistering sing alongs, they never really had a track or a riff that would allow the entire crowd to let there hair down. Then came “Girls & Boys”, and the sweat went flying. David Hayter 

69: Have you ever been assualted by an army of demented cheerleaders jacked up on MDMA, Skittles and Mountain Dew? No neither have I, but if it ever happened, I imagine it would feel roughly how “Tell ‘em” sounds – which is surprisingly awesome by the way. The track’s sawing garish guitars and pitter patter chants should make for a hell of atmosphere come Reading: half the crowd will lose their shit, as the others simple raise an eyebrow and scratch their heads. David Hayter


68. Friends – I’m His Girl

I’d like to think, in some alternate universe, “I’m His Girl” by Friends is a run away success while “I’m Sexy And I Know It” lingers in obscurity. The message is essentially the same, except where LMFAO use their sexuality to mac on disinterested chicks, the sauntering Samantha Urbani finds security and level head composure in her fearsome sexuality. She’s secure in her relationship and her own skin, there is no need to overcompensate, no need to fly off the handle, she need only breeze along to the slow walking funk. David Hayter

67: Spector are making textbook classic big indie-pop belters, and ‘Celestine’ is all of the above above and so much more. Live ‘Celestine’ is a crowd pleaser. Frontman Fred’s thrusts his hips as he backcombs his hair, and it is almost impossible to resist the band’s guitar 80′s romance charms. The chorus is a shouty, singalong, air punching affair. the actual definition of an anthem. Simone F

66: In the early 2000s, it was all about the garage rock revival scene and one of those bands in the midst, was Swedish quintet The Hives. In “Main Offender”, they have a two-minute garage rock anthem bursting with attitude, shoutalong choruses and punching riffs, that wouldn’t have looked out of place in the 60s. Siobhan Gallagher



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