A lot of familiar bands reappeared on the rock charts in 2013 and some less familiar ones became household names. These are the 10 best rock songs of 2013 according to the U.S. active rock radio airplay charts.

Our opinions? Nope. These are just the facts based on the stats provided by Mediabase.

  • 10

    'Lift Me Up'

    Five Finger Death Punch ft/ Rob Halford

    Five Finger Death Punch all but guaranteed their spot in the top 10 by enlisting metal legend Rob Halford (Judas Priest) for the lead single from the first volume of their double album 'The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side of Hell.'


  • 9

    'The High Road'

    Three Days Grace

    The Canadian active rock faves may have parted ways with frontman Adam Gontier shortly after the release of their fourth album, 'Transit of Venus,' but it certainly didn't hurt their stock from rising on the rock charts.

  • 8

    'Heaven Nor Hell'


    Even though they had a major hit from their album released in 2013, Volbeat was still gathering a lot of spins in the first half of the year with this single from their 2010 release 'Beyond Hell/Above Heaven.'

  • 7

    'Absolute Zero'

    Stone Sour

    Another band that split a double album into two separate releases, Stone Sour brought it with this hard-hitting single from 'The House of Gold and Bones Pt. 1.' Perhaps we'll see Corey Taylor on next year's version of this list with Slipknot? (Fingers crossed!)

  • 6

    'Misery Loves My Company'

    Three Days Grace

    Two songs in the top 10 isn't bad for a band who (sort of) broke up. 3DG toured in 2013 with My Darkest Days frontman Matt Walst in place of estranged singer Adam Gontier, who is currently working on a solo project.

  • 5

    'I'll Follow You'


    The rock (and sometimes other formats of) radio hit machine that is Shinedown continued producing hits via their 2012 album 'Amaryllis' with the fourth single 'I'll Follow You.'

  • 4


    Young Guns

    Despite the song being released as a single in the states early to mid-2012, the British rockers scored a ton of spins in 2013 with their infectious breakout hit 'Bones.'

  • 3

    'Hail to the King'

    Avenged Sevenfold

    A few years off was just enough time to ramp A7x fans' anticipation of new music into full-on fever pitch, which culminated with their AC/DC-esque lead single, 'Hail to the King.'

  • 2


    Pop Evil

    Grand Rapids rockers Pop Evil finally hit national pay dirt -- after years of grinding it out on the Midwest rock circuit -- with the first single from their third album 'Onyx.' This was the band's first #1 single on the active rock charts, they hit #1 again with the second single 'Deal with the Devil.'

  • 1

    'The Hangman's Body Count'


    3 years ago, probably a handful of American rock enthusiasts could tell you about an awesome band they saw open for Metallica once... but that's about it. Volbeat quickly became a rock radio staple after their 2010 single 'Fallen' hit the airwaves and drafting Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano for their latest album helped solidify their sound. Get used to hearing Volbeat on the radio. The Danish imports are here to stay.

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