Year in Review: Top 5 rock bands to thank for memories

Tahra Hunter

In the year of 2014, band groups and music has popped up all over the globe but some stand out more than others. Here are the top five bands of the year.

5 Seconds of Summer is seen performing at The Forum in Inglewood California on Nov. 15th, 2014. Photo from
5 Seconds of Summer is seen performing at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Nov. 15th, 2014. Photo from

The Australian “boyband” called 5 Seconds of Summer sets the list as number five. Besides their looks, Luke Hemmings (guitar), Calum Hood (bass), Michael Clifford (guitar) and Ashton Irwin (drums) earned over 93 million hits on their YouTube video for “She Looks So Perfect.” All four of them originate from West Australia and formed in 2011. They started off singing covers like “The A-team” by Ed Sheeran and the collab “Next to You” by Chris Brown and Justin Bieber.

When One Direction member Niall Horan discovered them, they started growing exponentially as they started to tour with the British boyband in 2013.

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British alt-rock band The 1975 has started a storm at number four. With their new sound and genre they received over 10 million views on their music video “Girls” on YouTube. The Manchester born band came together in 2002 and grew with popularity throughout England, then Europe and finally the U.S.

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Number 3, the famed Maroon 5. This band is nothing new to listeners since they debuted back in 1994 as the band Kara’s Flowers. But in 2000 the band reunited, with the addition of a new member under the name of Maroon 5. This year they made the album “V” which set them in this countdown. They placed number 23 on the Billboard 200 and on top of that earned over 52 million views on their music video “Animals” on YouTube.

Band members Adam Levine (lead vocal), James Valentine (rhythm guitar), Jesse Carmichael (keyboard), PJ Morton (keyboard), Mickey Madden (bass guitar), Matt Flynn (drums) and Ryan Dusick (drums) all originated from Los Angeles and started their music career early in life. As a high school band called Kara’s Flowers, they were signed onto Respire Records. But after the failure of an album in 1998, they disbanded. But that wasn’t the last of them as they joined together two years later.

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Number 2, The Neighbourhood. With the song that launched their career, “Sweater Weather,” received them over 49 million views on YouTube. They started anonymous, only giving their band name and their EP’s “I’m Sorry…” and “Thank you.” Listeners had no idea what they looked like or even their names. Though pieces of the puzzle eventually fell together.

This talented quintet formed in California in August of 2011. Soon after, in April of 2013, The Neighbourhood released their first album “I Love You” which contained the songs “Female Robbery,” “Sweater Weather,” “Let It Go” and “Afraid.” Band members Jesse Rutherford (lead singer), Zachary Abels (guitar), Michael Margott (bass), Jeremy Freedman (guitar/background singer) and Brandon Fried (drums) have rose to stardom earning 168K followers on Twitter.

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And finally number one, the esteemed Fall Out Boy. Veterans of the genre pop-rock and pop-punk, they have laid a very impressive trail of success. From Illinois, the band came together in 2001. Two years later they debuted with album “Take This to Your Grave.” It proved to be successful. Band members Patrick Stump (lead vocals, guitar and piano), Joe Trohman (guitar and backing vocals), Pete Wentz (bass and backing vocals) and Andy Hurley (drums) were setting their path at a great success.

But Fall Out Boy’s popularity exploded when they released their album “From Under the Cork Tree” which included “Sugar, We’re Going Down” and “Dance, Dance.” Each earned over 20 million views and over 90 thousands likes, respectively, on Youtube. With the album they went double platinum and were nominated Best New Artist at the 2006 Grammy’s. Later they released their album “Infinity on High” which included the songs “This Ain’t a Scene, Its an Arms Race” and “Thnks fr th Mmrs.” The band dismembered in the year of 2009 but that was not the end of them.

They came back harder and stronger than ever with their newest album “Save Rock And Roll.” The song “My Songs Know What You Did in The Dark (Light em Up)” which earned over 47 million YouTube views and reached to 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself climbed to number one on the Billboard 200 chart. In September they released a single called “Centuries” which gained almost 10 million YouTube views and placed 30 on the Billboard Hot 100.

So there you have it, the top five bands of the year. Some are new to the music scene, some successful veterans. Either way they have proven themselves talented and have left their mark in the history of 2014’s music.