December is nearly upon us, a month in which all of us take a fond look back at the year that was while also plotting on how we can make the following year even more awesome. That said, today is Thanksgiving, a day which is predicated on giving thanks for all of the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. So it’s only natural that we spent some time over the last week carving our way through the archives here at the VH1 Music, being careful to toss the bones to the left and saving all the good, juicy stuff for you today. So, without further ado, here is our list of What We’re Most Thankful For From The World Of Music In 2013.
There are too many memorable riffs in the Van Halen catalog to list out here, but if we were to make a shortlist of Eddie Van Halen‘s best guitar solos, “Eruption” would definitely be at or near the top of the list. This instrumental track features Eddie’s patented two-hand tapping method, and is widely considered to be one of his most difficult solos to replicate. (Even Eddie himself would agree!) However, a 14 year-old girl named Tina posted this electrifying cover of “Eruption” to her YouTube page back in May, and we have to admit — it’s prettayyyy, prettayyyy, prittay good!
It was pretty clear when we saw Natalie Maines perform at SXSW earlier this year that there’s still a part of her that’s reeling from the immense fire she came under for criticizing George Bush and the Iraq War in the mid-00s. Sporting a close-cropped brown pompadour (a change from her traditional blonde style), Maines’ iconic voice was in peak form when we saw her at the Central Presbyterian Church. Regardless of how you feel about country music as a genre, there’s no denying that her voice is among the most expressive of her generation. It’s always exciting to see someone come back from personal and professional adversity to triumph once again, but more than anything else, we’re glad to be living in a world where Natalie Maines is out writing, recording and performing again.