2012 Song of the Year Poll Winner Announced

After over two weeks of furious voting that saw over 400,000 ballots cast, the results are in on our Song of the Year readers’ poll, and the winner is…prog-metal upstarts Periphery (pictured above) for their “Make Total Destroy.”

The top five vote-getters are:

1. Periphery “Make Total Destroy”
2. Black Veil Brides “In the End”
3. Avenged Sevenfold “Carry On”
4. The Pretty Reckless “Kill Me”
5. Papa Roach “Still Swingin'”

Check out Periphery’s “Make Total Destroy” below:


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  • sophia

    They suck why didnt avenged sevemfold win

    • Chris

      Avenged Sevenfold**************

    • winnah

      Because you are a stupid child with terrible musical taste and you can’t even spell the name of the band you voted for.

      • ShaeWillEatYouu

        ITS CALLED A FUCKING TYPO YOU PRICK! think you big dumbass! seriously stop looking for shit to say and shut up!!

    • jade

      Because Avenged Sevenfold* Is old as fuck and is only for people who think they’re tough-ass metal heads.

  • wiktoria

    Because Periphery win, ok?

  • http://twitter.com/AndyBiersack525 Andy’s Girl

    Black Veil Brides should have won.

    • lol

      But they didn’t, bad luck kid.

      • ShaeWillEatYouu

        that was unnecessary

    • http://twitter.com/Danica_BVB_TH Leon S. Kennedy


    • Karley

      I agree………………

    • Juular

      Shut up, cunt.

    • OP’s FAG

      Everyone with the less sense and logic on music knows that BVB sucks a dick.

      • ShaeWillEatYouu

        PISS OFF FAGGOT. stop fucking bashing them dammit!! tfake bitches acting like they know enough about bvb to say they are bad. hahaha. youre DEFINITELY one on them

    • E Do

      Kill the Black Veil Queers.

      • FuckTheBVBHaters

        really you are just low life scum to wish death on people you dont even know.

        • lol

          Go cry somewhere else cunt.

      • ShaeWillEatYouu

        ALRIGHT IM SO DONE WITH ALL YOU PPLS SHIT. SHUT THE FUCK UP. YOU DONT SAY TO KILL PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY LIKE SOMETHING THAT YOU DONT LIKE JUST BECAUSE THEY DRESS DIFFERENT THEN YOU. JESUS. listen to the god damn music’s meaning before you say shit. in fact..even then, dont say shit. idgaf what you say back. you need to stop being a low life asshole, trying to sink to the low-life level. Black Veil Brides has saved MILLIONS of lives. thats important. youre really fucked up. you just need to shut the fuck up.

        • icepop

          good for them. I’m glad people decided not to kill themselves by listening to them. Still doesnt mean theyre a talented band. Just another group based on image and hooky songs and bland,simple lyrics that are easy to digest by the average hot topic obsessed teenager

    • BraVndiB

      Your right BVB should have won

    • briiiii

      BVB is awesome.. They got a spot. So what if they didn’t win? They’re not gonna win everything

    • ShaeWillEatYouu


  • Chris40081

    Thank God. Carry On and In The End are fucking kick ass tracks, but this blows them out of water.

    • jade

      Thank you for somewhat supporting BVB instead of calling them faggots like the rest of the judgemental cunts on here.

      • ShaeWillEatYouu

        AGREED <3

    • ShaeWillEatYouu

      thank youu <3 finally someone who isnt bashing BVB.

  • http://www.facebook.com/djneibarger Derek Neibarger

    Periphery definitely deserved the top slot, but the other four should have been in the bottom five.


    They should’ve waited for Wretched and Divine to come out before they started the poll then it would’ve been a fair fight (because BVB would’ve won)

    • Your Argument Was Destroyed

      ‘Because Black veil kiss rip offs would have won’ ha ha, it wasn’t a fair fight to begin with, with all the funding and marketing behind them I’m surprised that ‘BVB’ didn’t win, but I guess talent and originality is starting to matter more to people than trends and stereotypes

      • ShaeWillEatYouu

        seriously? keep your comment to yourself next time. you dont even know what BVB is all about. Music means alot to alot of people. its obvious that she/he put that because she was wanting BVB to win. there is NO NEED for you to say that. its done, and you cant do anything about it…so just leave it alone

  • Kelly XXXX

    The pretty reckless ♥

  • Sam

    Awesome. Not the song I voted for but I also love this song. Didn’t expect at all for Periphery to win but I’m ok with it. They deserve it.

  • XXXEmmalieXXX

    Good song, But “KIll Me” By the Pretty Reckless should have been number one.

    • Captain roboplegic wrongcock

      Hahahahaha go fuck yourself dude

  • AvengedSevenfold

    Avenged Sevenfold should win.

  • håkon huus

    yes!! periphery FTW! BVB is worse than Nickelback.

    • MitchLucker<3

      Whoa, man. I don’t insult your band, so don’t hate on mine. Jesus…

      • hakon huus

        Sorry didn’t realise you were such a huge NIckelback fan.

        I’m just assuming you’re talking about Nickelback. No one could seriously like Black Veil Brides.

        • RxyBS112

          i love bvb but i dont go round taking the mick outa other bands…

        • ShaeWillEatYouu

          come on dude! stop it!! shut the fuck up alright? BVB has millions of fans…all over the world

        • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.manton.31 Iam Stephen

          I love you.

    • ShaeWillEatYouu

      woah dude. chill the fuck out. stop hating on BVB they are an amazing band, with AMAZING meanings in ALL of their songs that have CHANGED AND SAVED SO MANY LIVES. now tell me, how is that bad at all?? actually listen to BVB before you judge.

  • IwannagetbacktoEarth

    Periphery deserved it. These guys are talented, and gifted by some ancient metal Gods. the other four… Who the fuck are The Pretty Reckless? Come on… cunts.

  • Ryanvelardi

    Spencer’s butt hole has more talent than fucking black veil brides. shut up fan girls. you only like the band because you think they’re hot


      Your saying it like you personally hate them or something. They could all be ugly as hell, but have enough fans to support their music. Just because they don’t really appeal to your style or your taste in music doen’t mean you can fucking hate on them. They saved lives whether you like to believe it or not, and I’m sure your band has too, but I wouldn’t know because I don’t really listen to their music, so I’m not going to judge.

      • fire me IRL fggt

        What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am utrained in gorilla warfare and I’m the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You’re fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You’re fucking dead, kiddo.

        • fexes

          Dumbest thing I have read on the internet to date. Thanks for the laugh.

        • lol

          Worst fucking copypasta ever, you are fucking pathetic. Also, try use some paragraphs son or you’ll end up on welfare like the rest of your pathetic family.

          Also, I’m using TOR, cunt. Come at me hahaha.

          • fite me IRL fggt

            Bro, do you even Internet?

          • lol

            Get some rays you shit cunt.

      • Thijs

        he was actually right when he said that it’s mostly about the looks
        they are kind of the steel panther of the emo scene
        accept for the fact that steel panther does make pretty good talented music and intended to be a joke band where BVB is just a giant joke without them knowing it

        • LoveingDead

          No their not a joke band…..because i mean why would they be the best selling album on Itunes at one point?…..why would they have a movie coming out?….why would they have 3 albums?….Why would they be more successful then well anyone whos insulting them….so it appears to me that their only a joke band to you and the others who hate people who are different,,,,but i guess thats fine you guys are entitled to your opinions…..but just some future advice….do useful typing and consider doing some reserch before you decided to “Voice”your opinion….that also goes for everyone else.

    • ShaeWillEatYouu

      NO. YOU SHUT THE FUCK UP. they are a very talented young group. They have meanings in the songs they sing. listen to the shit before you judge it god dammit. they have SAVED LIVES. and ‘fan girls’ LOLOL. we don’t like them because they are hot. if youre looking to start shit,and wanna call a band stupid and talentless, and wanna say that we like them because we think they are hot…the go fucking screw around on a One Direction page. thats talentless. but im not here to judge, i just do not like them. my point is. you dont fucking know ANYTHING about them so just shut the fuck up and piss off.

      • Luckasaconstant

        You’re so retarded that my future kids just got cancer.
        >Saved lives. So since a song saying “we got bullied too, don’t worry” saves lives, that automatically makes them good or legendary?
        >They have meanings in their songs. Last I checked most songs are written about something, thus meaning it has a certain meaning.
        IT IS all about looks. BVB wouldn’t even exist if they didn’t have an image. Don’t fucking say idk what I’m talking about because I know how the music industry works. In The End isn’t the worst song out there but it in no way compares to the level of talent and musicianship that Periphery show. It takes like 5 minutes to write a song like that. Also, nearly every band has used that chorus chord progression before. Then you go off to say how you hate One Direction and it’s ok to hate on them but BVB is literally the One Direction of the metalcore scene. Get off the internet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dickey.david David Aidan

    Jesus. Glad to see the people who actually understand what good music is beat out the shit. But seriously, scene girls. Take a few music classes, pay attention, and you might actually learn why Periphery deserves this. Also, thumbs up for A7X, and I had no idea Papa Roach was still a thing!

  • Djackson 5

    Periphery is the best metal band to arrive on the scene in about 5 years. By a long shot. They’re completely reshaping the genre, some of the most talented people around and PII was a masterpiece. Every single song on it. A7X hasnt done anything good since their self titled. Papa Roach has one good song and is basically a joke now. BVB is a cancer and group of untalented pretty boys with horrid music. and who is The Pretty Reckless? … Good job Periphery, you earned this award, and all the others you’ve won this year and I hope to see more to come.

    • http://twitter.com/eveisnotahouse Eve la casa

      You have an opinion, yeah, fine. But there was no need for your negative comments about the other bands, okay? Got nothing nice to say keep it to yourself.
      Have a nice day.

      • actionman37

        Why are you so butthurt? Make something of your life instead of being a whiny tool.

      • Amy.

        I agree with you.

    • ShaeWillEatYouu


      • icepop

        >.> self destructive emo teen alert!

  • Loading…

    It’s good to see some musicians in the top spot, not sure that the corporately funded products should be anywhere the top 5 though, but I guess 14 year old girls will eat up anything that is marketed to them.

  • kellis kerril

    yes! peripheruf definitly deserves first for this. I am really hoping that this is a somewhat growing movement for realising that music like this should neither be labeled taboo nor pyriah. I just feel slightly bad for other amazing bands in cohesion to periphery as in Erra Between the buried and me Animals as leaders Forever orion an so many more.


    The Pretty Reckless should have won. Black Veil Brides are fake ass rip-offs. uggggggh and never heard of the fisrt band….. but none of them are that great. except TPR!

    • LMFAO

      Let me get this straight. You’re calling BVB “fake ass rip offs” and you are a fan of TAYLOR MOMSEN’S FAKE ASS ROCK BAND? The girl who was a preppy rich teen actress who was manufactured into a FAKE “rocker”. The girl who notoriously copies Cherie Currie and Courtney Love because she hasn’t got an authentic bone in her body so she just copies everyone else. The girl who 5 months before her record deal, listed Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne ,Paramore, and The Black Eyed Peas as her FAVORITE MUSIC….only to lie several MONTHS later after her record deal changed her, and claimed her favorite music is “Acdc, the who, zeppelin” and all the other “hardcore real rockers”. She is a poser, she is as FAKE as you can get, her band was hired FOR HER- they didn’t form organically. She was signed as a solo singer and then her label found a band of musicians to put together a fake “band” look. Yeah so your comment is hilarious.

      • abrur

        Totally agree with this guy….but black veil brides are still shit.

        • ShaeWillEatYouu

          LOL .wooow. real mature. you think your so bad ass because you posted that huh? LOL fake ppl like you, make me laugh, because you look at them call them “emo” and shit and then walk away and don’t even realize that the songs meaning are powerful and have saved SO MANY lives. Learn the shit and actually listen to them before you go off judging dammit.

      • http://twitter.com/eveisnotahouse Eve la casa

        Shhh child. Just…shush.

        • lol@eve

          LOL look at you go kid, resorting to the standard retard response when they have nothing worthwhile to say. Saying ‘shhh’ when you have no valid argument is fucking pathetic. Back in your hole you go.

      • ShaeWillEatYouu

        LOL agreeed

  • neutral.

    Congrats to Periphery, a fantastic song that definitely deserved it. But people should stop getting so damn butthurt over BVB… I’m sure most of the people who hate them have never heard any of their music anyway…

    • jade

      Thank you! Jesus Christ, all of the other close-minded fucks on here make me want to kill them.

    • Captain roboplegic wrongcock

      I have heard their entire album and came to a conclusion long ago that they are the most generic pieces of shit to ever walk this earth. Top 5? Fuck that shit.

  • Hunter J.

    Periphery sounds JUST like every other cookie cutter “metal” band out today. Papa Roach has changed their style multiple times and still makes good music, which is why I give them props. A7x should have won this in all honesty. They’ve changed it up on almost every album times and still remain one of my and many other’s favorite bands. As for BvB, they can fall in a hole and I’ve never even heard of the other guys.

    • A7xYAAWWNN

      A7X is generic, the stuff they write was executed far better back in the 80s.

    • how is babby formed?

      First off, you’re full of shit and obviously don’t listen to metal if you think Periphery is a “cookie cutter” band. Secondly, even if they did sound exactly like every metal band out today, at least they don’t sound like every metal band 20 years ago. Plus, A7X doesn’t do the 80s thing nearly as well a Steel Panther, so piss off.

  • Alexi Chau

    DJENT FTW m/

    • Djent is not a genre.


      • fexes

        Yes, sorry, it is.

      • Alexi Chau

        The fan base often characterize the genre as Djent but if you have to be a killjoy about it then it’s progressive metal.

  • Anirban Deuri

    Stupidest list ever….wasted my time

  • stupid kids

    The fact that 2nd-5th place are so terrible shows why under 18s aren’t allowed to vote. They’re brains aren’t properly wired yet so they vote for junk like BVB and that gossip slut’s band.

  • ffffffff

    It’s obvious that they won because of Sponce’s beard. Seriously.

  • Apollo

    Bad list, I think. Given, 2012 wasn’t the best year for metal, there was a lot better shit than this. The only song that deserves to be here is Make Total Destroy. A7X made a good song, but it certainly wasn’t one of the Top 5. Here’s MY list of popular metal songs that should have been more recognized.

    1. Periphery – Make Total Destroy
    2. Lamb of God – Ghost Walking
    3. Trivium – Black
    4. Stone Sour – Gone Sovereign/Absolute Zero
    5. Machine Head – Darkness Within

    Mind you, there are better songs overall this year, but this is based off of hit rock/metal songs of the year, and I think that made a far better list than Revolvers. What about you?

  • Parallel

    Love periphery, glad they won, but absolutely fucking hate their fanbase. Find you all so much more annoying than mindless scene girls. At least fangirls for BVB are just passive idiots, you are all aggressive internet warrior twats who think that because the bands you like play in a few different time signatures that makes every other band worthless. Periphery is music written for musicians or those really keen on technicality, NOT ALL PEOPLE HAVE MUSIC TASTES THAT ARE THAT DEVELOPED, SOME JUST WANT SIMPLICITY. What is wrong with allowing others to have a different fucking opinion, jesus harold fucking christ!!

    • ShaeWillEatYouu

      shut up . just shut up. i cant stand you god damn fake ass people who judge when you havent even actually LISTENED TO THEIR MUSIC. all you bitches do is look at BVB and be like ‘OMG emo! eww!’ STOP UR GOD DAMN STEROTYPING DAMMIT. you people are so judgemental

  • Cross

    The more comments I read the more sick and disgusted I feel with people. I would say generations, but it seems every generation of music fans are charging at each other, and to make it worse, using the same fucking comment every time:
    “you’re music is generic” “no you’re music is generic” “no you” “cunt” “feggit”

    This makes me sad beyond belief, I don’t think metal or music died, I think the fan base is rotting at an alarming speed. Learn to enjoy music and above all, learn to to respect.

  • cody

    they definitely deserve this but they have some other songs on that album that in my opinion are better than make total destroy. but still fuckin awesome purr-riffery

  • http://www.facebook.com/isaiah.booker.1 Isaiah Booker

    What the fuck is wrong with all you people? Periphery is my favourite band ever and have been such a musical inspiration to me, and I am more than glad that they won, but I also like Black Veil Brides and Avenged Sevenfold… not that it matters. Music is subjective so stop being arrogant idiots and thinking that your opinion is worth more than anybody else’s. Think about your life, sitting on your computer writing abusive comments towards bands that are more successful than you will probably ever be in your lifetime, especially with such a negative attitude like that. Peace out girl scouts.

    • Captain roboplegic wrongcock

      lol no belittling others’ opinions is fun as fuck

      • http://www.facebook.com/isaiah.booker.1 Isaiah Booker

        The sad thing is that most of these people aren’t even doing it for fun – rather people just thinking that their musical opinion is better than someone else’s. Bit of a joke really 😮

        • Captain roboplegic wrongcock

          Yea anyone who takes this shit seriously should be shot into space, music is a personal subjective thing, in MY opinion BVB can go suck copious amounts of dick, but if you like em it doesn’t alter my opinion of you.

          • ShaeWillEatYouu

            wooooww. that last part was un needed. bvb has saved so many lives through their music. they deserve what they got. but whatever. not everyone is gonna like everything i understand, but that doesnt mean you should say things about them when im sure the only song, if any, that you listened to by them was “In The End”

  • http://www.facebook.com/simona.damn Simona Damn

    The Pretty Reckless is totaly amazing 😉

  • Headbanger

    I voted for Machine Head’s “Darkness Within”, and I never did actually hear Periphery until now. Now that I hear it, I’m fucking addicted, go Periphery m/_

  • itssssbriii

    Seriously? Shut up. If your favorite didn’t win SUCK IT UP. These 5 bands deserved the spots no matter what!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/blake.sparxhohmuth Blake Hohmuth

    I am so happy that The Pretty Reckless made it favorite band !!

  • LoveingDead

    Bishes be haten because there fave band dident win or they dident get in the top 5….sorry guys but suck it up…calling each other cunts,bitches etc etc and pretty low life…how can you call a band a bunch of cunts if you dont know them?Or how could you call one person a cunt or bitch when you dont know them eather….most people i thought were raised better then this…..but i guess we forgot the *If you have nothing nice to say then dont say nothing at all*rule some where in the whole growing up stage….but im just gonna say this and call me what you like because i honestly dont care….but who ever will start a frekin internet war….is pretty low life and a petty job and must really have nothing better to do even if you graduated and threatening someone that your a navy seal and that you could be anywhere and then you could or will kill them….abuse of power much?Well thats all i have to stay….i think ive used enough time.

  • LoveingDead

    Oh btw congrats to the winning band and the 5 winner ups and all the other bands that were nominated…..better luck next time c:

  • C.A.Anna

    Congrats to the top 5. I am an A7X fan but I am not sad that they did not get 1st spot. I think their song is brilliant but so is all the winners and I don’t know why everyone is hating. In my opinion all the bands are winners, because all their fans got behind them to get them there. I think that is the main thing that we need to think about…but in all honesty we should move past this and go back to loving the thing that brought us here…our music.

  • eiraRinmaya

    …seeing all the hate directed at pretty much every band on the top five stuns me. you can’t hate bands for making music in different ranges and for people having different tastes. don’t put bands down just because they don’t appeal to you. i’m personally glad to see my favorites at the top of the list, but no hatin’. if it’s not your thing you don’t have to deride it, you’d be no better than hitler prosecuting people who weren’t like him. music is what it is, it’s an art form, it’s emotions and talent and passion bottled and sold to us so we feel alive, you hurt more than bands’ reputations but fans’ hearts with your talk.

  • http://www.facebook.com/IsDaBaman Evan Baman Brown

    mounds and mounds of butthurt. just deal with the fact that people are going to have a different opinion than you. whatever happened to if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all?

  • http://twitter.com/KimmyHowell1 Kimmy Howell

    like last year buried alive, carry on should have won this time

  • ANDY


  • jordan

    Yeah you girls are fucking dumb cuz u guys only like bvb for looks i like black veil brides cuz they are really tellinted at guitar and drums like jinxx and jake they won revolver golden gods for best guitar players of the year and ther songs are so awesome like the intier song is like a guitar solo its so awesome and they won golden gods for 2012 best new band and alice cooper even said that black veil brides is every thing a rockband needs try hearing them befor jugeing them and you grils are so fucking dumb they are like the most uglyest people in the world you guys should really try hearing them too fucking dumb bitches you all are jugemental idiots

  • jon

    wasnt it pantera on this list?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Babydoll.lover Rogelio Cabrera

    BULL! Kill ME shoulda won.

  • Liam Patch Reynolds

    IMO In This Moment should have one. They’re far fucking heavier than BVB and The Pretty Reckless (I like them but eh)