Alternative Songs

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ALTERNATIVE SONGS

This year's most popular alternative/modern rock songs, ranked by airplay detections as measured by Nielsen Music.

2012

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6

GOLD ON THE CEILING

The Black Keys

8

SOME NIGHTS

fun.

10

BURN IT DOWN

Linkin Park

11

MIDNIGHT CITY

M83.

18

NOT YOUR FAULT

AWOLNATION

20

EVERYBODY TALKS

Neon Trees

24

KILL YOUR HEROES

AWOLNATION

27

THE SOUND OF WINTER

Bush

28

FACE TO THE FLOOR

Chevelle

37

AFTER MIDNIGHT

Blink-182

38

SIMPLE SONG

The Shins

42

HEADLIGHTS

Morning Parade

43

WAIT FOR ME

Rise Against

44

YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH

Metric

45

DARK HORSES

Switchfoot

47

ITCHIN' ON A PHOTOGRAPH

Grouplove

49

CHARLIE BROWN

Coldplay

50

LIVE TO RISE

Soundgarden