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the Torch

The student voice of Wichita High School South

My Top 20 Favorite Songs

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When I was growing up the majority of the music that I heard was rock music. When I was little I would fall asleep to a rock song. And to this day my sister and I listen to rock music and we both went into different parts of the rock genre while my brother went into listening to rap. The majority of the bands that I listen to are Three Days Grace (Pre Lead Singer Change), Breaking Benjamin, Pink Floyd, Black Veil Brides, Avenged Sevenfold, Falling In Reverse, Shinedown, Three Doors Down, Green Day, Staind, Theory Of A Deadman, Thirty Seconds From Mars, and Queen. Here are some of my favorite songs.

1.  Staind – Everything Changes: This song was released March 7th 2006, It is four minutes long. This song is about love and losing someone that is dear to your heart.

2. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here: This song is about the detached feeling most people go through life with. It is a commentary on how people cope with the world by withdrawing physically, mentally or emotionally. The inspiration was Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett and his ordeal with schizophrenia. It was released in 1979. I like Pink Floyd because I grew up listening to it and I like the way it sounds.

3.Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb: This song was released in 1979. Roger Waters wrote the lyrics, the lyrics are about what he felt like as a child when he was sick with a fever. As an adult, he got that feeling again sometimes, entering a state of delirium, where he felt detached from reality.

4. Breaking Benjamin – Failure: This song was released in 2015. The lead singer Ben Burnley doesn’t want people to know its meaning.

5. Three Days Grace – Time Of Dying: This song was released in 2006. This song is about trying to get through tough times, in either mental or physical anguish and looking back on how he made horrible mistakes and how it almost pushed him over the edge but with the special person in his life, he can make it through everything and change his ways.
            6. Three Doors Down – Here Without You: This song was released in 2002. Lead singer Brad Arnold says he wrote this song with his (now-ex) wife as inspiration. He didn’t write it for her – there’s a difference. This is an important song to many military personnel who find themselves away from their loved ones with their lives in danger.

7. Avenged Sevenfold – Dear God: This song was released in 2007. Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1999.

8. Breaking Benjamin – Angels Fall: This song was released in 2015 after an extended break. The lead singer Ben Burnley said he didn’t want to shake things up too much with the new material.

9. Breaking Benjamin – Rain: This song was released in 2004. This symbolizes the depression of the person in the song with a dark rain cloud floating over his head. He is also unsure whether he actually loves his girlfriend/wife.

10. Avenged Sevenfold – So Far Away: This song was released in 2010.Guitarist Synyster Gates wrote this song after the band’s drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan was found dead on December 28, 2009. It is Syn’s way of saying goodbye to his friend and is the first Avenged Sevenfold song to be written both lyrically and instrumentally by him.

11. Hoobastank – The Reason: This song was released in 2003. Hoobastank is an American rock band, formed in 1994 in Agoura Hills, California by lead vocalist Doug Robb, guitarist Dan Estrin, drummer Chris Hesse, and original bassist Markku Lappalainen. They were signed to Island Records from 2001 to 2012 and have released five albums and one extended play to date.

12.Theory Of A Deadman – Not Meant To Be: This song was released in 2008. Frontman Tyler Connolly wrote this song concerning romance on the rocks with Kara DioGuardi at the American Idol judge’s house. This featured on the soundtrack of the 2009 movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

13. Daughtry – It’s Not Over: This song was released in 2006. Daughtry is an American rock band formed and fronted by namesake Chris Daughtry, who was a finalist on the fifth season of American Idol. Their self-titled debut album was released in November 2006 and reached number one on the Billboard 200.

14. Breaking Benjamin – The Diary Of Jane: This song was released in 2006. This song is about a guy who loved a girl, but he finds out that she never loved him back, hence: “I’ll still try and find my place in the diary of Jane.” The band did three versions of this song. The first version is pretty much the song as you probably know it. The second version is exactly the same, only the ending note is lower than the first version. And the third version is much softer, acoustic rendition of the song featuring Sebastian Davin on backing vocals.


15. Seether ft. Amy Lee – Broken: This song was released in 2004. Seether lead singer Shaun Morgan wrote this song, which deals with the pain of leaving someone behind. He explained in 2004: “I wrote it two-and-a-half years ago for my daughter, she was just born and I had to come to the States and I wrote the lyrics for her, it’s about leaving somebody behind, you know that is really painful to do, and ultimately you’re looking to the future saying ‘we’ll see each other again and everything will be fine.'”


16. Breaking Benjamin – Give Me A Sign: This song was released in 2009. This hard-hitting ballad was released as the second single from the rock band Breaking Benjamin’s fourth studio album, Dear Agony. The song’s hospital-set music video was directed by Nigel Dick and features artwork from Breaking Benjamin’s four albums. A picture of the cover art from Saturate is hanging up in the child’s room, the old man has the Breaking Benjamin tattoo on his finger from the cover of We Are Not Alone, a visitor whose face can’t be seen is the cover from Phobia and the woman’s room features the MRI scan of singer Ben Burnley’s head from the cover of Dear Agony.


17. Avenged Sevenfold – Afterlife: This song was written in 2007. Vocalist M. Shadows said “It’s about looking into a reflection of yourself. It uses the sort of metaphor of falling into the afterlife and arguing with the gods and realizing you kinda left too soon and didn’t do the things you needed to do. You didn’t get to make up with your father; you didn’t get to let the ones that you love know that you love them. It’s kinda saying live in the moment and be the person you want to be now before it’s too late.”


18. Shinedown – Simple Man: This song was released in 2003. Shinedown is an American rock band from Jacksonville, Florida formed by singer Brent Smith in 2001 after the dissolution of his previous band. Smith, still under contract with record label Atlantic Records, recruited the band’s original lineup of Jasin Todd as guitarist, Brad Stewart on bass, and Barry Kerch on drums.


19. Thirty Seconds From Mars – From Yesterday: This song was released in 2005. Singer Jared Leto said on the band’s website that the video was inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1987 film The Last Emperor as well as the work of the Japanese writer/director Akira Kurosawa. He explained: “That and the passion and the history of the Chinese culture. I thought it would be the perfect setting to tell the story of ‘From Yesterday,’ and it ended up one of those really unique things that the song and the visual images kind of collided and made something completely new.”



20. Thirty Seconds From Mars – The Kill(Bury Me): This song was released in 2005. Frontman Jared Leto said “‘The Kill’ is a song that a lot of people could hear and think was about a relationship with someone else, but it’s really about a relationship with yourself. It’s about confronting your fear and confronting the truth about who you are.”



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