The Best Of The Best Of Everything, One Year On...

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On May 16, 2015, we launched a daily feature called The Best Of Everything. One year ago today. How time flies. Hasn’t it grown? And so on.

Like all the greatest ideas, The Best Of Everything was conceived after an evening spent in the local pub – that golden hour before closing and the reluctant purchase of a van kebab. Someone – full of boozy bravado and peanuts – piped up and challenged the rest of the table to name the 10 best Brian Johnson-era AC/DC songs that didn’t appear on Back In Black. Drinks were spilled. Voices were raised. Crisps remained untouched for a bit. People looked to the skies, asking for answers. We weren’t fucking about. This is a serious business.

So every day since then, more or less, our finest minds have targeted niche parts of the rock world and examined them until their eyes bled. Then we challenged rock stars to get involved. Most did, while a shameful few chickened out of naming their favourite albums or songs for fear of reprisals from angry fans.

So, in lieu of getting a birthday present or a hastily bought card from the local petrol station to celebrate, we crunched numbers like a mouthful of cornflakes to get some sweet stats, just for you.

So, in descending order, we present to you the 20 most popular posts of the last 12 months, beginning with some lessons in hardcore from Madball’s Freddy Cricien…

The Top 10 Best Post-Back In Black AC/DC Songs

The 10 best songs that have shaped Fish's career

The 10 best prog bands, by Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Paul O'Neill

The 11 best AC/DC riffs, by Airbourne's Joel O'Keeffe

The 10 best stand-up comedians, by Geddy Lee

The 10 Best Live Albums Of All Time

The 20 Best Hair Metal Anthems Of All Time Ever

The 10 best Aerosmith songs you may have overlooked

The 11 best songs that define Max Cavalera's career

The 10 best Rush songs according to the Trailer Park Boys

The 10 best Biffy Clyro songs picked by their tour manager Neil

The 10 best guitarists, as chosen by Rich Robinson

The 10 best Children Of Bodom songs, by Alexi Laiho

The 12 best Cradle Of Filth tracks selected by Dani Filth

The 10 best Dead Kennedys songs as chosen by East Bay Ray

The 10 best ska-punk bands of the '90s

Don't Stop Me: The 10 Best Queen Songs According To Justin Hawkins

The 10 best Slipknot songs with no bloody swearing

So, those were our top 19 Best Of posts of the last year. But the award for Most Popular Best Of Everything Post – by some considerable distance, it must be noted – goes to…

The 10 best Queen songs Freddie didn't sing