UG Awards: Vote for Song of the Year

Our annual award polls are back with a bang. Today we want you to pick song of the year - what would you nominate?

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Hurrah! It's that time of the year when you get to vote for the best and greatest moments of 2013. We'll be posting nomination threads throughout the next couple of weeks, where you'll get the chance to vote for the great and the good and help propel them into the prestigious Ultimate Guitar Awards before everyone takes a break at Christmas. We're kicking off proceedings with a big one:

What is the best song of 2013?

It's a tough call, with so many strong tracks released in 2013, but we think you'll be able to separate the good from the bad. We've got some simple rules to follow. The song must have been released in 2013, and you can only nominate one track per post. You don't have to pick something that was released as a single, but to have a shot of seeing your nomination in the final post, it would probably help get you extra votes. As long as the song is truly awesome, it's eligible for the award. Post your nominations in the comments, and upvote others that you agree with. We'll collect the results and reveal the winning track before Christmas. Thanks for taking part!

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    TryTheKetchup
    I'll go with My God Is the Sun by Queens of the Stone Age.
    Directking
    Alice in Chains deserve recognition for their amazing new album. A perfect follow up to Black Gives Way to Blue and it rocks so much harder. Stone should get song of the year, but The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here should get album of the year.
    GloofiE
    Don't get me wrong, QOTSA is one of my favorite bands, and I'm really glad they're getting recognition for ...Like Clockwork because it really is an incredible album, but there is a serious lack of Alice in Chains support on this page.
    Directking
    Alice in Chains as a band polarized people with their decision to keep making music, there's a serious lack of support in general for that band.
    GloofiE
    I feel that the members of Alice in Chains have earned their right to keep going. They may have lost their lead singer, but he's been replaced by their more than capable backup singer/lead lyricist, Jerry Cantrell. I love the modern Alice in Chains, just as much as the old line-up. It's sad that Layne is gone, but I'm grateful that they were able to keep going, and create great new songs in the process.
    kratos379
    I know a lot of users on this site were very happy to hear that Mark Lanegan joined Qotsa on this album, but I didn't see any mention of his solo album, which was amazing. I'm going to nominate Mescalito by Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood:
    JonnyV3
    Avenged Sevenfold - This Means War is the best song of the year FACT!!
    iommi600
    OK, I'm a dimwit for not posting this one before, but oh well... Johnny Marr - Upstarts
    The_Dayman
    It has to be SOMETHING from ...Like Clockwork. Still can't get over how good that record was.
    Barricade_28
    what is with UG reader's love-affair with a very average band like QOTSA?
    buddy1991
    What do you listen to? Just because you don't like a band doesn't mean that they are average. The queen of the stone age rock.
    KonanBarbar
    Alice in Chains - Stone
    INstaNt-RocK
    I would argue The Vampyre of Time and Memory. Though I appreciate not everyone would share that view, its a damn good song.
    K!!LsWiTcH
    that whole album was really really good. my favorite off of it is probably i appear missing though. either that or smooth sailing
    BjarnedeGraaf
    I'll try this song: Eminem - Rap god. I didn't feel like there was any epic rock tune this year. sadly. there were good ones, but not epic ones.
    jmarg25
    If we're talking rap its gotta be Christmas F**king Miracle by Run the Jewels.
    iammclovin
    Perhaps you haven't heard Sweet Mountain River by Monster Truck
    #t=53
    rockerwannabe
    I saw these guys live and they were incredible. I had never heard of them before but I was blown away.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    definitely the best rap track of the year.
    Boomer904
    Seriously this is one of the best rap songs of all time, take the time to listen to it before you downvote it.
    theguitarerguy
    There have been SO many better rap songs this year, and even off that album. If your going to mention a rap song on UG, at least recommend something good.
    The_Dayman
    Trust me, I love Em, but Rap God did absolutely nothing for me. I'm not a big fan of his speed-rapping, to be honest. Not a bad song by any stretch, but definitely not one of my favorites.
    AndSteve
    Getting downvoted, of course UG readers can't appreciate other genre's outside of "rock." It's a shame, considering how great the album is, and Rap God is just insane.
    McDonaldsISdeth
    What if that type of music, for one reason or another, makes your stomach twist and gargle like a 3 day old Big Mac? How am I supposed to fairly judge such an album? I don't know what is "good" or "awesome" in the rap genre...just like my mom can't appreciate Slayer or Carcass. That shouldn't be "a shame"...it is what it is.
    AndSteve
    It's a shame that people downvote something they know nothing about. It's ignorant =/
    fromzero
    vayne92
    This album ****ing sucked cock. This was the only DECENT song. Just decent. This band has been going the opposite direction for me. Their first album from 2006 is ****ing excellent, and since Suicide Season they've been going down a road of shitty lazy 14 year old emo girl music.
    theoriginalhe
    "...and since Suicide Season they've been going down a road of shitty lazy 14 year old emo girl music." i'm sorry but are you trying to say they weren't always that
    fromzero
    Now did you jerks actually hear the song or just read the name of the band? I didn't like bmth before but this new album get's very experimental, it's like deftones with more aggression.
    Richardbs
    I thought this band sucked until this album came out. It wasn't easy getting my friends to give this album a chance. Same situation with Asking Alexandria. The past 2 albums were great, but again, took awhile to get people to give the albums a chance
    N3WW4V3N1NJ4
    David Bowie - the next day. Best single song this year
    Rimfrost
    Love that song!
    Rimfrost
    It appears that Bowie is quite unpopular around here, while not the best on the new album (Stars are out and Love is lost) i still think it's a damn good song. Reminds me a lot of Beauty and the Beast, just a bit more energetic and manic. Defineately the song i've heard most this year.
    AndreSwizRock
    What does the fox say..
    ItMightGetQuiet
    The fox does not say anything, it is an animal, animals don't say things they simply make noises, and based on what I've heard for foxes it's creepy sex noises at 3 in the morning.
    UniformRecon
    I personally think I Appear Missing is a much more incredible song than My God is the Sun
    codyjt5150
    The Enemy Inside by Dream Theater. Holy Sh!#, it's the greatest thing to be released in years.
    Skin_n_bones
    i have to respect someone who picks a song off of the new QOTSA and doesnt choose I appear Missing. although that whole album is still great
    RaKooN13
    Kalopsia - QOTSA One of my favorites off the album, which is already pretty hard because I love every track on ...Like Clockwork. I figured it at least needs a mention.
    Dan905
    The Dying by The Winery Dogs, but just about every song on that album's great
    trickassfoo
    taking the upvotes into consideration it looks like Queens of the Stone Age are clear winners.
    a20drs
    PD: i'm glad and happy to see that everybody loved "...like clockwork" just like i do.
    ledzep426
    Obviously the top 10 should be all QOTSA, but other songs to consider: Arctic Monkeys - Arabella Paul McCartney - Alligator Cage the Elephant - Come a Little Closer Alice in Chains - Hollow
    a20drs
    i find this song pretty good, and there's a whole bunch of good songs in this record, even if they're not a band i just love it
    Keyworks Kid
    Ok this is a little out there, but I really like "The Three of Us" by Streetlight Manifesto. Best song I've heard this year.
    Krauser
    There's a lot on my list like Dillinger's One of us is the Killer, Protest the Hero's Drumhead Trial, and a bunch of other excellent songs, but I still cannot get over this album and specifically this track. Altered State would most likely be my pick for best album of 2013, metal or otherwise, and the only thing that makes me question making this my pick over other tracks/songs is that, to me at least, the whole album is a singular piece, and picking out any one of it's movements does an audible disservice to the album as a whole. That said, this is one of my favorite tracks of the year. If I could vote for the album as a whole as one track, which I feel it sort of is, I would do that, but in lieu of that, I'm going to go with Resist.
    oakn
    I appear missing - QOTSA There has been alot, ALOT of great songs this year, but this song's just perfect.
    symmetryerased
    So many good songs/albums on 2013 but my vote goes to Steven Wilson - The Raven Refused to Sing.
    DaFort85
    I Appear Missing is clearly the song of the year, and IMO and I'm sure I'm not alone, ...Like Clockwork is the album of the year. But two songs off of NIN's Hesitation Marks, that deserve to crack the top 10 are "Find My Way" and "Various Methods Of Escape".
    drewbert41
    I say Sabbath - End of the beginning OR Almost every song off of KSE- Disarm the Descent
    Ookarus
    Yeah, I know I will get a lot of down votes for this but... Fall Out Boy - The Phoenix