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MMR’s Top 25 of 2023: a look back at at the best new music of the year

As we bid farewell to 2023, it’s time for our annual countdown of the music YOU wanted to hear the most these past 12 months. Who doesn’t love a good Best of 2023 list?

It was a great year in rock music: some of the world’s greatest rock and metal bands are still holding court with new albums, MMRBQ alumni kicked ass on the stage and on our airwaves, up-and-coming musicians from across the world made waves here in the States, and we even got material from deep in the vaults of some of our favorite artists.

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The Top 25 is not only a reflection of what you heard on your radio this year, but of the events where we got to hang with you, the MMR family. Most of the songs below are ones we heard live in concert, too (Shinedown, Greta Van Fleet, and Ghost, to name a few). One did an incredible MMaRchive session in our new performance studio (The Revivalists). A few of these artists took the time to catch up with the DJs, and you can watch and listen to all those interviews here on our site (Metallica, Billy Idol, Jelly Roll, Ozzy Osbourne, The Struts and more…)

Blake Dannen unveiled the list on New Year’s Eve, and Radio Sara presented an encore at 3pm on New Year’s Day. We are grateful to you, Philly, for being here all year round. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve got in store for 2024. Happy New Year!

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  • 25. The Hooters - Why Won't You Call Me Back

    Philadelphia hometown heroes The Hooters released a new album called Rocking & Swing. It’s got this song, “Why Won’t You Call Me Back,” and notably, a special bonus track: “Man In The Street” recorded at the Keswick Theater, Glenside, PA, 11/05/2022.

  • 24. Green Day - The American Dream Is Killing Me

    Green Day’s new song “The American Dream Is Killing Me” will be on the new album Saviors which is due out this month. Maybe we’ll hear it live when they come to Citizens Bank Park in August!

  • 23. U2 - Atomic City

    U2’s ode to the city of Las Vegas is “Atomic City,” and the video has plenty of stunning footage of the new Sphere there, which the band opened with a critically acclaimed residency.

  • 22. Blink 182 - One More Time

    Reunited and it feels so good! Mark, Tom and Travis are back together. “One More Time” is from the album of the same name.

  • 21. Shinedown - A Symptom of Being Human

    Shinedown’s live rendition of “A Symptom of Being Human” was a highlight for many when they performed at MMRBQ 2023.

  • 20. Greta Van Fleet - Meeting the Master

    Greta Van Fleet released their third studio album Starcatcher over the summer. They showcased their new material live when they played the Wells Fargo Center this past year, including this song, “Meeting the Master.”

  • 19. Metallica - 72 Seasons

    Metallica had a huge year between their new album 72 Seasons, the M72 World Tour, and sending their music into space. The title track of the LP hears the veteran band in fine form.

  • 18. Dirty Honey - Won't Take Me Alive

    We were stoked to welcome Dirty Honey back to the MMRBQ stage in 2023. “Won’t Take Me Alive” is from their new album Can’t Find The Brakes.

  • 17. The Revivalists - Kid

    The Revivalists helped MMR christen the brand new performance studio this past summer with a fantastic MMaRchive Session. They played this song, “Kid,” in front of an in-studio audience of our loyal listeners.

  • 16. Billy Idol - Cage

    Billy Idol blew us all away with his performance at MMRBQ 2023. He was cooler than cool! He also sat down with Pierre Robert backstage for a great conversation, which you can watch here.


  • 15. Foo Fighters - Under You

    It was a big comeback year for the Foo Fighters. They welcomed drummer Josh Freese into the fold, who is up to the task of filling the shoes of the late Taylor Hawkins. They also released the album But Here We Are, containing the track “Under You.”

  • 14. Godsmack - Surrender

    Godsmack have declared that their latest album Lighting Up The Sky will be there last. “Surrender” is track #3 of their final LP.

  • 13. Nickelback - San Quentin

    In a classic Nickelback move, the band delivered a raucous party anthem that was one of our favorite songs to blast this past summer. It’s from the album Get Rollin’.

  • 12. Foo Fighters - Rescued

    The Foos make their second appearance on our Top 25 list with another song off of But Here We Are, called “Rescued”.

  • 11. Mammoth WVH - Another Celebration at the End of the World

    Mammoth WVH rounded out 2023 with a late fall show at the Keswick Theater, and shortly after announced that we’ll see them again soon in Wilmington, DE. This song is from their sophomore effort Mammoth II, which was met with great reviews when Wolfgang & co. unleashed it this past summer.

  • 10. The Rolling Stones - Angry

    When the Rolling Stones premiered this song in the middle of MMR’s Back To School A to Z, we actually halted the alphabetical list so we could play it, out of order! Talk about a left turn. “Angry” is from the Stones’ new album Hackney Diamonds. 

  • 9. Ghost feat. Joe Elliott - Spillways

    Ghost are big Def Leppard fans. Def Leppard are big Ghost fans. Cue the dream collab: the Nameless Ghouls and Joe Elliott singing together on “Spillways.”

  • 8. Godsmack - Soul On Fire

    Another track from Godsmack’s eighth and final album is “Soul On Fire.”

  • 7. Linkin Park - Lost

    This song is from the vaults of Linkin Park, who reissued Meteora in honor of its 20th anniversary last year. “Lost” is a previously unheard track from those recording sessions circa 2002-2003.

  • 6. The Struts - Fallin' With Me

    The Struts come to the Fillmore this past summer, and they know how to party. Just ask Pierre Robert… 

  • 5. Jelly Roll - Need A Favor

    Jelly Roll not only appears on our Top 25 list to ring in the New Year; he also performed live on New Years Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, doing a live medley of his biggest hits.

  • 4. Shinedown - Dead Don't Die

    Shinedown appear twice on our 2023 list. “Dead Don’t Die” is another track from the Planet Zero album.

  • 3. Ozzy Osbourne - One of Those Days

    The Prince of Darkness had a rough year. His health has been up and down, causing the cancellation of his anticipated appearance at the Power Trip festival in California. He ended 2023 on a high note, though, celebrating a milestone: his 75th birthday. Sharooooon!

  • 2. Smashing Pumpkins - Beguiled

    Smashing Pumpkins will be at Citizens Bank Park this August with Green Day, and hopefully they’ll play this track off of their recent triple album Atum. “Beguiled” lands at #2 on our list of the Top 25.

  • 1. Metallica - Lux Aeterna

    “Lux Aeterna” translates to “eternal light,” and Metallica burned as bright as ever in 2023. A top-selling world tour and their new album, 72 Seasons, made for a great year for one of rock’s most enduring bands.

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