Rocking The Countdown

For New Zealanders that love hard rock music, today was a very special day. It was the final day of The Rock 1000 Countdown 2012. That’s right, the top ONE THOUSAND rock songs were counted down, and at 5 today, the winner of this years countdown, as voted by NEw Zealanders, was voted!

As a bit of a rock fan myself, I spent the day at home and in the park with my radio blaring, singing along to some of the lyrics I recognised. I was really lucky in that today was my mid-term break (basically, I got today off to *ahem* study. Allegedly, this is the purpose of a mid-term break. I don’t think anybody did. Apart from some of my friends, who aren’t as hopeless procrastinators as I am), so I got to stay off from school and laze around in bed all day! And listen to The Rock. Like a lot of other people, including fully grown men and women who were skipping work for the day and getting drunk with their mates. I wasn’t, by the way, doing that. This year, the line up’s really changed, although the top rock song didn’t for three years running , Metallica’s One has been on top, as of today!

So that was number 1.

The other top ten were, in order:

  1. One, by Metallica
  2. Free Bird, by Lynard Skynard
  3. Enter Sandman, by Metallica
  4. Smells Like Teen Spirit, by Nirvana
  5. Ace Of Spades, by Motorhead
  6. Black, by Pearl Jam
  7. Killing In The Name, by Rage Against The Machine (which was played in full and contained all the expletives, by permission of Prime Minister John Key)
  8. Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen (woo hoo! Freddy Mercury)
  9. The General Electric, by Shihad (a NZ band)
  10. Master Of Puppets, by Metallica


Also, a favourite of mine, Hotel California by The Eagles, came in 12th, the highest they’ve gotten.

If you want to check out the other 990 songs on the countdown, just go to The Rock website linked here.


In other news, John Lennon’s murderer, Mark Chapman, was denied parole for the 7th time. He’s already been in jail for 31 years, and is now 57 years old. However, his wife has been granted conjugal visiting rights without security cameras in the room. You can read more about it here.


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