Top 102 New Rock Songs by 102.1 The Edge (2012 Edition)

Top 102 Albums of 1993102.1 The Edge, a.k.a. CFNY, has unveiled the top 102 "new rock songs" of all time, according to 102.1 The Edge listeners.

This is the list they played Saturday, May 19, 2012.

  1. Sublime - Santeria
  2. Nirvana - Come As You Are
  3. Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
  4. The Smashing Pumpkins - Today
  5. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
  6. Weezer - Buddy Holly
  7. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
  8. The Tragically Hip - New Orleans Is Sinking
  9. Blur - Song 2
  10. The Killers - Somebody Told Me
  11. Pearl Jam - Even Flow
  12. Our Lady Peace - Naveed
  13. Green Day - When I Come Around
  14. Alice In Chains - Man In The Box
  15. The Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century
  16. The Offspring - Self Esteem
  17. Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
  18. Arcade Fire - Wake Up
  19. Nine Inch Nails - Closer
  20. Finger Eleven - One Thing
  21. Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
  22. Oasis - Wonderwall
  23. Billy Talent - Try Honesty
  24. The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
  25. City And Colour/Dallas Green - Save Your Sissors
  26. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California
  27. Metric - Gimme Sympathy
  28. Bush - Glycerine
  29. Stone Temple Pilots - Plush
  30. Our Lady Peace - Superman's Dead
  31. Jane's Addiction - Jane Says
  32. Sum 41 - Fat Lip
  33. Sublime - What I Got
  34. The Tragically Hip - Little Bones
  35. Muse - Uprising
  36. Three Days Grace - I Hate Everything About You
  37. Mumford And Sons - Little Lion Man
  38. K-OS - Crabbuckit
  39. Radiohead - Creep
  40. Sam Roberts - Brother Down
  41. Green Day - Brain Stew
  42. The Tragically Hip - Fifty-Mission cap
  43. Weezer - Say It Ain't So
  44. Foo Fighters - Everlong
  45. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
  46. The Black Keys - Tighten Up
  47. Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
  48. Tool - Sober
  49. Pearl Jam - Jeremy
  50. Coldplay - Yellow
  51. The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl
  52. The Killers - Mr. Brightside
  53. Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire
  54. Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
  55. Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box
  56. Beck - Loser
  57. Our Lady Peace - Starseed
  58. Linkin Park - In The End
  59. Oasis - Champagne Supernova
  60. Soundgarden - Fell On Black Days
  61. The Tragically Hip - Blow At High Dough
  62. Stone Temple Pilots - Big Empty
  63. Three Days Grace - Animal I Have Become
  64. Green Day - American Idiot
  65. Billy Talent - The River Below
  66. Incubus - Drive
  67. Arcade Fire - Ready To Start
  68. MGMT - Kids
  69. Our Lady Peace - Innocent
  70. Queens Of The Stone Age - No One Knows
  71. Metric - Help, I'm Alive
  72. Foo Fighters - Best Of You
  73. The Tragically Hip - At The Hundredth Meridian
  74. Blind Melon - No Rain
  75. Sum 41 - In Too Deep
  76. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
  77. Finger Eleven - Paralyzer
  78. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge
  79. Death From Above 1979 - Romantic Rights
  80. Bob Marley/The Wailers - Jammin'
  81. Our Lady Peace - One Man Army
  82. The Offspring - Come Out And Play
  83. Alexisonfire - This Could Be Anywhere
  84. Muse - Starlight
  85. The Tragically Hip - Courage
  86. Beastie Boys - Sabotage
  87. Billy Talent - Devil In A Midnight Mass
  88. Nirvana - Lithium
  89. Three Days Grace - Just Like You
  90. Radiohead - Karma Police
  91. K-OS - Man I Used To Be
  92. Coldplay - Viva La Vida
  93. City And Colour/Gord Downie - Sleeping Sickness
  94. Beastie Boys - Figth For Your Right
  95. The Matthew Good Band - Load Me Up
  96. Pearl Jam - Daughter
  97. Our Lady Peace - Clumsy
  98. Alice In Chains - No Excuses
  99. The Tragically Hip - Poets
  100. Blink-182 - All The Small Things
  101. Bedouin Soundclash - When The Night Feels My Song
  102. Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way

102.1 The Edge likes to do this with great frequency. In fact, they did it just last Labour Day. Here's how the list looked then.

  1. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge
  2. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
  3. Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
  4. Nirvana - Come As You Are
  5. Metallica - The Unforgiven
  6. Foo Fighters - My Hero
  7. Linkin Park - In The End
  8. U2 - With Or Without You
  9. The Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century
  10. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California
  11. Pearl Jam - Even Flow
  12. House Of Pain - Jump Around
  13. Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
  14. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside
  15. Nirvana - All Apologies
  16. The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon
  17. The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
  18. Foo Fighters - Best Of You
  19. Beck - Loser
  20. U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
  21. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue
  22. Beastie Boys - Figth For Your Right
  23. Metallica - Enter Sandman
  24. The Tragically Hip - Courage
  25. Blind Melon - No Rain
  26. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
  27. Our Lady Peace - Is Anybody Home?
  28. Blur - Song 2
  29. Billy Talent - Try Honesty
  30. MGMT - Kids
  31. The Tragically Hip - Poets
  32. R.E.M - Losing My Religion
  33. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away
  34. Lenny Kravitz - American Woman
  35. Foo Fighters - Everlong
  36. Oasis - Wonderwall
  37. Green Day - Brain Stew
  38. The Tragically Hip - Blow At High Dough
  39. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop
  40. Coldplay - Clocks
  41. Linkin Park - Numb
  42. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
  43. Nirvana - Rape Me
  44. Incubus - Drive
  45. Pearl Jam - Alive
  46. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Soul To Squeeze
  47. Nirvana - About A Girl
  48. Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
  49. Oasis - Champagne Supernova
  50. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
  51. Rage Against The Machine - Testify
  52. Three Days Grace - I Hate Everything About You
  53. The Offspring - Self Esteem
  54. Our Lady Peace - Somewhere Out There
  55. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Around The World
  56. The Tragically Hip - At The Hundredth Meridian
  57. Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  58. K-OS - Crabbuckit
  59. Foo Fighters - All My Life
  60. Billy Talent - Fallen Leaves
  61. Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name Of
  62. Finger Eleven - One Thing
  63. Stone Temple Pilots - Creep
  64. Our Lady Peace - Innocent
  65. Green Day - Time Of Your Life
  66. Arcade Fire - Neighbourhood #3
  67. Radiohead - Karma Police
  68. Sum 41 - In Too Deep
  69. Nine Inch Nails - Closer
  70. The Tragically Hip - Fifty-Mission cap
  71. Sublime - Smoke Two Joints
  72. Our Lady Peace - Superman's Dead
  73. Foo Fighters - Times Like These
  74. Billy Talent - Devil In A Midnight Mass
  75. Pearl Jam - Jeremy
  76. Three Days Grace - Just Like You
  77. Coldplay - Viva La Vida
  78. Bedouin Soundclash - When The Night Feels My Song
  79. The Killers - Mr. Brightside
  80. Sum 41 - Fat Lip
  81. Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
  82. Our Lady Peace - Life
  83. Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
  84. Metric - Gimme Sympathy
  85. Everlast - What It's Like
  86. Nickelback - How You Remind Me
  87. Nirvana - The Mand Who Sold The World
  88. The Tragically Hip - Little Bones
  89. Green Day - When I Come Around
  90. Sam Roberts - Brother Down
  91. Pearl Jam - Daughter
  92. Finger Eleven - First Time
  93. Stone Temple Pilots - Plush
  94. Sloan - Money City Maniacs
  95. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tell Me Baby
  96. Our Lady Peace - Naveed
  97. Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire
  98. Big Wreck - The Oaf
  99. Blink-182 - All The Small Things
  100. Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker - Laces Out
  101. The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
  102. Three Days Grace - Never Too Late

It's pretty amazing to see the #1 song from Labour Day 2011 finish 78th this weekend. That was a Red Hot Chili Peppers tune, a band that placed 10 songs in the top 102 last time, but only 3 this time. Are Edge listeners finally tiring of all RHCP all the time?

The Tragically Hip placed 8 songs in the top 102 this time around, making them champs. But this list looks surprisingly different than the last one. Santeria, a surprise #1 this time around, didn't crack the top 102 last time.

Does anyone else want to chime in with observations?

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Jason from Sudbury

Was surprised with Santeria, if anything I would've expected What I got. Also, how the hell did the Killers get in the top 10? They suck!

May 21, 2012 @ 12:51 PM

Mike in Guelph

Radio stations always play more songs by bands that recently put out albums. I always know when a band is about to have a new album come out, because all the stations start OVERplaying their previous hits. The RHCP had just put out their latest album when the Labour Day list was created.

May 21, 2012 @ 1:12 PM


Outside of number 1, what's utterly laughable about this list is how predictable it is. It's the same old tired burned out schlock from the 90's and sub par music from today.

Funny how there is no mention of anything from the 80's. Bands like The Smiths, Depeche & New Order ruled the roost at 102.1. Hell, Bizarre Love Triangle or How Soon is Now got almost daily airplay for years. Funny, you can hear both on the Peak and not on the Edge.

I should correct myself, there are 2 songs from the 80s. Beastie Boys - Fight For your Right (expected) and Bob Marley - Jammin.

I find it really annoying that Bob Marley would be in there. It annoys me as much as One Love being used in a commercial (normally I'm all for bands doing that). It's just that in this case you know Marley is in that countdown solely because he's cool ONLY because he smokes weed. The entire glorification of Marley because he smoked weed openly ignores the HUGE contribution he gave to music AND to this world. It reminds me of those anti establishment types who wear Che Guevera shirts. Che was a terrorist/freedom fight who overthrew a puppet government. The dudes that wear his shirt are the anti establishment types who think swearing on a public bus makes them "rebels". #fuckyou.

Countdowns like this remind me of how much 102.1 must suck. It comparable to Def Jam records. Once a label that signed the venom spitting Public Enemy they later ended up signing "Boy Krazy" (see video)

But you know what I find MOST laughable? Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker - Laces Out charted higher than Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm.

May 21, 2012 @ 1:27 PM


The most laughable thing about this is both Irvine and Toronto Mike still care about this garbage. Wake up men. It's over.

May 21, 2012 @ 4:05 PM


All this proves is that lists are stupid and the Edge is worse.

Still Edge free since August 2010!

May 21, 2012 @ 5:08 PM


It's essentially a list of the top selling big label singles of the last couple of decades. I didn't really get anything out of this list. I'm going to have to go "Edge free" as well, though I very rarely listen to it anymore anyway.

May 21, 2012 @ 6:00 PM



You lost me there dude. Almost 100% of the music I listen to is new. 100.5 The Peak, CBC R2/R3, Strombo, CKUA Alberta and a Dance/Electronica station called Energy 98.1 (online only).

I HATE RHCP, Pearl Jam & almost all 90s' alt rock. I stopped listening to CFNY when Dani Elwell quit.

Trust me. If I was God I'd smite anyone and everyone that listened to RHCP or the Foo Fighters. Even Satan would cower in my presence. And I'd force Dean Blundell to live on a diet of lentils

May 21, 2012 @ 6:08 PM


@ elvis


May 21, 2012 @ 7:22 PM

Ryan G

No point in old-timey cfny listeners gettin' their Toronto T's in a knot over these lists.

It's all a matter of when the lists come out, and what music is relatively relevant to the station's demo.

I do think it's a little sad the station ignores it's history completely nowadays, but as I've mentioned before, we who listened 20 years ago simply don't matter from a business perspective anymore.

In 2022 when cfny lists it's top songs of all time, 32 year old former listeners will scoff at it, talking about the times when their was "good music" on the station.

May 22, 2012 @ 8:17 AM


There are many good new rock/alternative stations to stream, so I can, and pretty much do, ignore CFNY now, unless I am in the car and don't have any good CDs to listen to. All of the above comments are valid. For the record, I intensely dislike, even hate, Sublime, and am glad that I missed nearly all of the list over the long weekend.

Back to streaming Halifax's Live105 this morning.

May 22, 2012 @ 9:21 AM

Dave Williams

@Irvine, your rant at Elvis, just solidified that fact that you are a wannabe relevant person. The fact is that you are just another blowhard that has an opinion on everything, but really knows nothing.
The fact is that most people on this blog really think you are a living, breathing joke. I am sure that this does not come as a surprise to you as you have had to deal with this situation long before you started posting your irrelevant thoughts here.

May 22, 2012 @ 12:59 PM


Which weekend's LIST was sadder, Chum or Edge's?
I recapped Chumfm's Top 200 of 35 years' CanCon at my site (link given above). No Tom Cochrane, no Metric, no Drake, no Parachute Club, no Saga, no Deborah Cox, no Glass Tiger, no Spoons, no Dragonette...

May 22, 2012 @ 1:41 PM


Not sure why there is such a hate on for these lists. The Edges may seen quite arbitrary, but, they are always fun for a laugh. Like anything else, they aren't going to please everyone, but as a soundtrack to a long weekend...sure, why not listen? Besides, every once in a while they'll throw an unexpected song in, maybe something you haven't heard in a while.

May 23, 2012 @ 11:14 AM

Jason Patterson

That station is irrelevant!!!

Who the fuck cares!!!

Wow you have a lot of free time Mike!!!

May 26, 2012 @ 8:40 AM

Buffalo Boy Mike

no Cure, no Smiths, no New Order, no any band that put this station on the map....i know this si probably pointless because it aint happening again on that station, Id like to come up with a more realistic list if this station were to take its full past into consideration

May 26, 2012 @ 10:11 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

of all the songs they could have put on there from back then Bob Marley, not saying its not worthy but one song from the 1970's before the station even existed really made the list but nothing from the 70's or 80s really other than that and the Beastie Boys were the lone 80's tune, again a worthy song but those are the two lone representatives from those eras? Bowie? Cure? Clash? Sex Pistols? Smiths? Morrisey solo?
I know you cant include it all, but maybe, just maybe there needs to be two lists CFNY current and a CFNY classic list they do

May 26, 2012 @ 10:16 PM


Does anyone remember when 102.1 did a Top 1002 songs of all time in Xmas break as 1999 turned to 2000?

I loved that. Was a great list.

This seems totally arbitrary and pointless.

I like Santeria and Come as You Are ... but the top 2 new rock songs of all time? Based on what?

May 27, 2012 @ 3:11 AM


Here's the top 1002 list from 1999:

I don't agree with a lot here either, but it feels much more thought out and reasoned. Plus a much better representation of 80s alternative rock.

May 27, 2012 @ 3:14 AM


Who was high?

May 27, 2012 @ 9:19 PM


Irvine is brilliant and all you haters oughta zip up.

These lists are almost completely arbitrary. The music director just puts any given day's playlist on shuffle and presents it as a "countdown". He can't grasp the concept of actually letting people vote.

There is virtually no input from actual voters. The Fearless Five @ Five is just five current songs in random order. Thursday 30 is based on KROQ's playlist, with Cancon.

Anyway, I wouldn't worry too much about this order. Come Civic Holiday and there will be a whole new list.

June 2, 2012 @ 12:33 PM


Hey JP, thanks for including that top 1002 songs from '99. That was a list. The Edge is brutal. Its so sad. I agree with all you guys. Someone needs to start a radio station that plays/supports new music.

July 1, 2012 @ 11:33 PM


Can't even stand the edge anymore because most of the time all I hear are commercials anyway.

December 10, 2013 @ 10:21 PM


While I am not sure what they mean by New Rock and what that category contains, most of the songs on this list are all chart toppers and were very popular in their time so I don't really get the fuss over it. There should be another 1002 song list made up to get a better idea of what the 'best' songs the station has had over the years. And for gods sake The Smiths - How Soon Is Now has to be in the top 10 lol

December 16, 2013 @ 2:53 AM


CIUT 89.5

June 26, 2016 @ 1:32 AM

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