As part of the 2022 SKPop Grammys roundup, here’s a look at the Best Rock Song category.
Songwriters have used the medium of rock music to incite rebellion, counterculture, psychedelia and more. Rock songs range from deeply personal to universally anthemic, and the best of them have won the coveted Grammy for their melody and lyrics.
The nominees for this year’s Rock Song Grammy are all rock royalty, showing the recording academy’s affinity for big names.
A look at this year’s Grammy nominees for Best Rock Song
Rivers Cuomo, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson and Ilsey Juber for all my favorite songs (Weezer)
Weezer are one of the most controversial rock bands of all time. They hit critical highs and lackluster lows more than once during their rollercoaster career.
All my favorite songs opens their last effort okay human. It’s Weezer’s trademark cheese, and River Cuomo’s voice shines brighter than it has in a while. The track harkens back to the very roots of classic ’60s rock, which makes for a good time.
Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill and Nathan Followill for The Bandit (Kings of Leon)
Bluesy garage rockers Kings Of Leon have returned after a long hiatus to release their eighth studio album, When you see yourself. It was the very first album to be sold as NFT.
the bandit already seems to be a renowned Kings Of Leon track. He has a nostalgic aura that the band clearly wanted him to possess. It’s a quintessentially well-made rock track, with a driving bass, a gorgeous riff and Caleb’s serious voice.
Wolfgang Van Halen for Distance (Mammoth WVH)
If his last name isn’t already a dead giveaway, Wolfgang is the son of late rock legend Eddie Van Halen, whose legacy as a guitar god extends beyond the Grammys.
Distance is from WVH’s first project. And like the rest of the album, it’s deeply personal and steeped in Van Halen influence. But Wolfgang’s musical chops are undeniable, and it’ll be fun to see where he goes from here.
Paul McCartney for Find My Way (Paul McCartney)
Arguably the greatest songwriter in the history of recorded music is still going strong despite being nearly an octogenarian. In 2020, McCartney used lockdown (or, as he calls it, “rockdown”) to complete the third solo house album of his career.
find my way finds McCartney at his best boy, showing how the ex-Beatle can still spin contemporary melodies after nearly sixty years in the business. It’s an upbeat, groovy earworm that oozes charm.
Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear for Waiting On A War (Foo Fighters)
Lyrically, wait for a war has been described as a modern take on song themes like Give peace a chance.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl wrote the track after a conversation with his daughter. He said:
“Last fall, as I was driving my daughter to school, she turned to me and said, ‘Dad, is there going to be a war?’ My heart sank. It was tight when I realized she was now living under the same dark cloud I had felt 40 years ago. I wrote ‘Waiting on a War’ that day.”
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