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The Rock Nation Expert Panel - The Songs of the Summer 2013

by Lunchbox

We've put together 15 Rock Radio experts from across the country to form our Rock Nation Expert Panel. These select few will be tasked with putting together their rankings for various polls and concepts, all for your entertainment. 

Today, it's the Songs of the Summer for 2013. Some of these videos WILL contain NSFW language, so viewer discretion advised. Here we go:

#10 - Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”


Release date:May 3, 2013

Rock Radio Airplay Chart peak: #10

Billboard Sales Chart peak: #1

Notes: The song found its way into a ton of movie and videogame trailers over the summer


#9 - Nine Inch Nails “Came Back Haunted”


Release date:June 6, 2013

Rock Radio Airplay Chart peak: #7

Billboard Sales Chart peak: #13

Notes: First NIN single since 2008.


#8 - Pearl Jam “Mind Your Manners”


Release date:July 11, 2013

Rock Radio Airplay Chart peak: #2

Billboard Sales Chart peak: #10

Notes: Lead single from Pearl Jam’s latest album Lightning Bolt. The song caught the public by surprise by moving away from the “traditional Pearl Jam sound” and taking on a more “punk” tempo.


#7 - Alice in Chains “Stone”


Release date: March 26, 2013

Rock Radio Airplay Chart peak: #1

Billboard Sales Chart peak: #1

Notes: The second single from The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, also their second #1 single from the album (“Hollow”).


#6 - Five Finger Death Punch ft. Rob Halford “Lift Me Up”


Release date: May 2, 2013

Rock Radio Airplay Chart peak: #1

Billboard Sales Chart peak: #1

Notes: 5FDP premiered the song with Rob Halford with a live performance at the 2013 Golden God Awards. It was the bands second #1 single ever, the first was “Coming Down”


#5 - Stone Sour “Do Me A Favor”


Release date: February 12, 2013

Rock Radio Airplay Chart peak: #4

Billboard Sales Chart peak: #4

Notes: The first single from The House of Gold & Bones Part 2, the band actually went back to The House of Gold & Bones Part 1 to release their next single “Tired”.  


#4 - Volbeat “The Hangman’s Body Count”


Release date: April 5, 2013

Rock Radio Airplay Chart peak: #1

Billboard Sales Chart peak: #1

Notes: The first single off Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, and the first Volbeat single to feature former Anthrax member Rob Caggiano.


#3 - Stone Temple Pilots & Chester Bennington “Out of Time”


Release date: May 19, 2013

Rock Radio Airplay Chart peak: #1

Billboard Sales Chart peak: #1

Notes: In February 2013, Stone Temple Pilots announced they had fired Scott Weiland as their vocalist. Then on May 19th at a music festival in Los Angeles, they surprised the world by bringing Linking Park lead singer Chester Bennington on stage to introduce him as their new vocalist. They then immediately performed “Out of Time” for the first time publicly and made it available as a free download on their website that night. The debate continues whether or not the band should use the name Stone Temple Pilots moving forward. The song was STP’s first #1 single since 1996’s “Lady Picture Show”.


#2 - Avenged Sevenfold “Hail To The King”


Release date: July 15, 2013

Rock Radio Airplay Chart peak: #1

Billboard Sales Chart peak: #1

Notes: The song was ALMOST left off the list because it was released so late in the summer. But the impact the song had over the last 2 months of the season is undeniable. “Hail To The King” cemented A7X as one of the top bands in the world in today’s rock community. Though other established musicians have written their latest album, Hail To The King,  as nothing more than a “covers” or “tribute” album, the album checked in at #1 in sales in at least 5 countries worldwide.


#1 - Pop Evil “Trenches”


Release date: February 28, 2013

Rock Radio Airplay Chart peak: #1

Billboard Sales Chart peak: #1

Notes: The first single off their third album Onyx, became a stadium, radio, and motivation anthem in the Summer of 2013. From ESPN to corporate presentations, the song “Trenches” resinated as a “rise up” anthem across the country. It became the band’s first #1 single, and helped push the band’s latest album to #3 on the Billboard Album Chart.  “Trenches” has topped multiple “Summer Song” lists, including our own).