2015: The Year of The Wolf


In the past few years, there has been an abundance of “bear” bands in rock music. But there’s a new alpha beast this year.

The bears have been overrun by a huge wolfpack. Whether it be band name or song title, we have noticed wolves coming out of the woods and into our ears all year long. We’re declaring 2015 to be the Year of the Wolf!

Here is Bangwave’s rating of 2015’s wolf songs from best to worst:

  1. Wolf Alice – “Bros”
  2. Awolnation – “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)”
  3. Dreamers – “Wolves (You Got Me)”
  4. Wolf Alice – “Moaning Lisa Smile”
  5. Mumford & Sons – “The Wolf”
  6. Of Monsters & Men – “Wolves Without Teeth”
  7. Aurora – “Running With The Wolves”
  8. Wolfmother – “City Lights”
  9. Wolf Gang – “Lay Your Love Down”
  10. Actual Wolf – “Thinking Of You”
  11. Finger Eleven – “Wolves And Doors”
  12. Peter Wolf Crier – “Don’t Leave”
  13. Angels & Airwaves – “The Wolfpack”
  14. In This Moment – “Big Bad Wolf” (WARNING: this song somehow became a hit on rock radio, but it is simply DREADFUL)

…and here’s a look back at some of the wolf-related music of the past:

  • a-ha – “Cry Wolf”
  • Black Keys – “Howling For You”
  • Duran Duran – “Hungry Like The Wolf”
  • E Nomine – “Wolfen (Animal In Me)”
  • Falling In Reverse – “Raised By Wolves” (not recommended)
  • Howlin Maggie – “Alcohol”
  • Howlin’ Wolf – “Smokestack Lightning”
  • Los Lobos – “Will The Wolf Survive?”
  • Patrick Wolf – “Accident & Emergency”
  • Peter Wolf – “Lights Out” & “Come As You Are”
  • Phantogram – “Howling At The Moon”
  • Ramones – “Howling At The Moon (Sha-La-La)”
  • R.E.M. – “Wolves, Lower”
  • Sea Wolf – “You’re A Wolf” & “Wicked Blood”
  • Steppenwolf – “Magic Carpet Ride” & “Born To Be Wild”
  • Style Council – “Boy Who Cried Wolf”
  • The Wombats – “Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)”
  • TV On The Radio – “Wolf Like Me”
  • Warren Zevon – “Werewolves Of London”
  • Wolfgang Press – “Goin’ South”, “Girl Like You”, “Mama Told Me Not To Come” & “Cut The Tree”
  • X – “Hungry Wolf”

– submitted by Tom Stark (Bangwave’s Music Director)

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