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Rock Rips Top 50 of 2018

Pos Song Artist Peak Notes
1 Canadian BandLove is Blindness The Damn Truth 1 6 wks at #1
2 Swiss BandAvalanche Cellar Darling 1 6 wks at #1
3 US BandWizards in Winter Trans-Siberian Orchestra 1 4 wks at #1
4 US BandImperfection Evanescence 1 2 wks at #1
5 US BandHi_lo Evanescence & Lindsey Stirling 1 2 wks at #1
6 US BandSuffer the Last Bridge Oceans of Slumber 1 4 wk at #1
7 US BandDear Daughter Halestorm 1 2 wks at #1
8 Dutch bandBlackout Autumn 1 2 wks at #1
9 US BandFeel Invincible Skillet 1 4 wks at #1
10 Russian BandThe Key Dark Princess 2 4 weeks at #2
11 US bandWarriors Imagine Dragons 1 2 wks at #1
12 Greek BandRace of Destiny Bare Infinity 2 2 wks at #2
13 Bulgarian BandOne Time Thing Sevi 1 1 wks at #1
14 US BandAnnabelle Eva Under Fire 1 2 wks at #1
15 Bulgarian BandThe Call Sevi 1 1 wks at #1
16 Bulgarian BandDestiny Sevi 3 4 wks at #3
17 Austrian bandShiantara Edenbridge 2 2 wks at #2
18 Romanian BandPower Adastia 1 2 wks at #1
19 US BandAfrica Weezer 2 2 wks at #2
20 German BandForget My Name Beyond the Black 3 2 wks at #3
21 Canadian BandWait Megan Nash & Bears in Hazenmore 1 2 wks at #1
22 Multinational BandTotal Eclipse of the Heart Exit Eden 1 1 wks at #1
23 Dutch BandDance in the Fire Nemesea 1 1 wk at #1
24 US BandUntil Forever Eva Under Fire 1 1 wk at #1
25 Finnish BandMy Sweet Mystery The Dark Element 1 1 wk at #1
26 US BandDuel of the Fates Galactic Empire 2 2 wks at #2
27 US bandsStars Skillet 3 2 wks at #3
28 Swedish BandMaximize Amaranthe 3 2 wks at #3
29 US BandFailures Eva Under Fire 5
30 UK BandDig Down Muse 2 2 wks at #2
31 UK BandPhantom Divine (Shadow Empire) Kamelot & Lauren Hart 3 2 wks at #3
32 US bandCome Together Gary Clark, Jr. 3 2 wks at #3
33 Australian BandStick to Your Guns Sick Puppies 3 2 wks at #3
34 US BandInvocation Anaria 4
35 Norwegian ArtistBelgian ArtistNever Enough Minniva & Quentin Cornet 3 2 wks at #3
36 Norwegian ArtistBelgian ArtistGhost/Delain Mashup Minniva & Quentin Cornet 4
37 Finnish BandDead to Me The Dark Element 5
38 Multinational BandPaparazzi Exit Eden 5
39 US BandOh Lord In This Moment 6
40 US BandRoots In This Moment 6
41 Swedish BandBoomerang Amaranthe 6
42 Swiss BandBlack Moon Cellar Darling 5
43 Australian BandHeroes Gang of Youths 7
44 French BandYour Way Eilera 5
45 US BandHero's Theme Danny Elfman 4
46 Austrian BandReturn to Lemuria Visions of Atlantis 7
47 US bandRequiem Anaria 7
48 Finnish BandJapanese BandSin Injustice Apocalyptica/Vamps 8
49 US BandMasquerade AfterTime 7
50 Serbian BandLight in the Darkness Symphonic Destiny 8

2018 in Review

In 2018, US bands made quite a comeback! A new band - The Damn Truth, made it to #1 for the year with their impassioned cover of U2's "Love is Blindness. It's only the second time in Rock Rips history that a remake has been #1 for the year. The last time was in 2010, when Elis did it with "I Come Undone." This year's songs break down like so: US 20; Netherlands 3; Bulgaria 3; Finland 3; Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Multi-National, Sweden, Australia, Belgium and Norway 2; and 1 each for Russia, Romania, Germany, UK, Japan, Serbia, and Greece.

Sevi (#13, #15, #16) placed 3 songs on our year-end chart again, and so did Eva Under Fire (#14, #24, #29). Several acts scored two hits each on the top 50: Cellar Darling, Evanescence, Skillet, Exit Eden, The Dark Element, Amaranthe, Anaria, In This Moment, and Minniva with Quentin Cornet.

The Damn TruthCellar DarlingTrans-Siberian Orchestra
EvanescenceLindsey StirlingOceans of Slumber

Chart facts: 9 artists from last year's top 50 are back this year: Sevi, Eva Under Fire, Amaranthe, Anaria, Nemesea, Bare Infinity, Halestorm, Cellar Darling, and Adastia.

Other minutiae:
  • 40 songs feature one or more women.
  • There were 19 #1s and 6 #2s.
  • There are 5-multi-act entries: Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling, Megan Nash with Bears in Hazenmore, Kamelot and Lauren Hart, Minniva and Quentin Cornet (x2!), and Apocalyptica with Vamps.
  • The lowest peaking song is "Light in the Darkness" at #50 which peaked at #8.
  • 14 artists are here with their first charted hit. 2 are in our top 10.
  • 8 songs are remakes.
  • 2 songs are instrumentals.
  • 1 is a holiday song.
  • 2 are from Christian artists.
  • 2 are from soundtracks
  • Debuts in the top 10 include: "Love is Blindness" (9), Wizards in Winter (1). and "Imperfection" (7).
  • 19 countries are represented