9. Black Mountain, “Florian Saucer Attack”
Sometimes you need a great big, gigantic, dystopian rock ‘n’ roll song about flying saucers. Huge guitars, wicked singing by an unusually boisterous Amber Webber, a GREAT synthesizer solo lifted right out of Rush circa 1981, and crazily vivid lines like, “Cold bodies with the cement eyes / Over Berlin ‘neath the winter sun”. It’s so insanely catchy, and Stephen McBean’s robotic “zero one data one two one two” is one of the year’s coolest hooks. From an album that proved to have so much longevity over the course of the year, this was the most immediate track, the most fun. Heck, it even had Dave Grohl drooling.