Plenty of old folks like to toss around the question, “Who listens to the radio anymore,” as if it was something sacred to their specific generations and reclusive to others, like the youth of today wouldn’t appreciate it. They have fond memories of the glorious Top 40 days, when rock topped the charts. I’ll admit, it’d be great to see rock bands at the top these days, but I’m a realist, and know that’s a stretch. Pop kills rock. It’s been done. Still, I’m a radio listener, and I listen to many different stations from all over the US. I have to hand it to mainstream radio for making a bold statement by playing some new(er) indie rock tracks lately. The FM airwaves have taken brutal stabs over the past few years by audiences leaving them for the more convenient company of satellites. I guess contemporary rock stations in major cities had to take a risk, and aim to reach a new audience. I think by playing some of these great singles from some of the top alternative rock bands in the world today is a step in the right direction, especially if they want to play hardball with other mediums. Us young folks are digging it. Here are my Top 7 alternative rock tracks that mainstream FM stations in US cities are now playing:
7. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Heart In Your Heartbreak”
6. Interpol – “Barricade”
5. The Strokes – “Taken For A Fool”
4. Arctic Monkeys – “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair”
3. Foo Fighters – “Back & Forth”
2. Arcade Fire – “We Used To Wait”
1. My Morning Jacket – “Holdin’ On To Black Metal”
From Los Angeles to New York, Seattle to Atlanta, and all over the US, program directors are taking a page out of college rock’s historical rise to fame, and giving young people a reason to tune into the right of the dial again.
“Heart In Your Heartbreak (Official Video)”
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