Of all the musical styles represented at Bonnaroo this year, rock is king. The event started as a "jam band" festival but has continued to expand every year. And while jam bands are still represented, they are but a fraction of the music you will hear at Bonnaroo.
Metal and folk rock are also represented, but by a very small subset. So small in fact, some would argue that these genres are but tokens, included only to highlight Bonnaroo's "open mind".
When it comes to rock, and in fact when it comes to any genre, there is no denying that alternative and indie rock rule Bonnaroo. The first five names listed on the official Bonnaroo billing are Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, The Beach Boys and Bon Iver. These are all very large draws in their own right, but this is just the tip of the iceberg, other household names you can see at the festival include Alice Cooper, The Shins, Ben Folds Five, Bad Brains, Feist, St. Vincent and many more.
For this playlist I've included a single song for 58 artists playing at Bonnaroo this year that can be classified as alt rock, indie rock, folk rock, heavy metal, or just plain old rock.
Bonnaroo Rock 2012 (Alt/Indie/Folk/Jam/Metal)
1. Reckoner - Radiohead
2. Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. Bouncing Around The Room - Phish
4. Wouldn't It Be Nice - The Beach Boys
5. Holocene - Bon Iver
6. Simple Song - The Shins
7. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People
8. 1234 - Feist
9. Brick - Ben Folds Five
10. Green Valley - Puscifer
11. Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
12. Gangsta - Tune-Yards
13. Booth Love - Umphrey's McGee
14. The General - Dispatch
15. Half Moon - Blind Pilot
16. Cruel - St. Vincent
17. The Girl - City and Colour
18. Barton Hollow - The Civil Wars
19. Cough Syrup - Young the Giant
20. What You Know - Two Door Cinema Club
21. We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe) - Fun.
22. Naive - The Kooks
23. MoneyGrabber - Fitz & The Tantrums
24. Overkill - Colin Hay
25. Sailin' On - Bad Brains
26. Time Spent in Los Angeles - Dawes
27. Sundome (EYE Remix) - Battles
28. Family Tree - Black Lips
29. Whirring - The Joy Formidable
30. I Don't Want Love - The Antlers
31. Psychedelic Stereo - Mimosa
32. Baby's Arms - Kurt Vile
33. The Creeper - Pelican
34. Auto Rock - Mogwai
35. Best Night - The War On Drugs
36. Street Joy - White Denim
37. Over The Ocean - Here We Go Magic
38. The Wind That Blew My Heart Away - Fruit Bats
39. Beach House - The Cave Singers
40. Simple Girl - Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
41. Southern Trance - Moon Taxi
42. Cosmic - Cosmic Suckerpunch
43. Westside Street - The Deep Dark Woods
44. Up from the Ground - Fort Atlantic
45. 2nd Hour of the Night - Fly Golden Eagle
46. Under A Barking Moon - Glossary
47. Yer Spring - Hey Rosetta!
48. Somebody - Jukebox the Ghost
49. Lost And Found - Katie Herzig
50. New York in the Fall - Matt Sucich With the Vanderettes
51. Friends Like Those - Robert Ellis
52. Junebug - Robert Francis
53. Mexico - The Staves
54. The Engine - Trixie Whitley
55. 1000 Winters In A Row - Valient Thorr
56. Chapel Song - We Are Augustines
57. Live Your Life - Yuna
58. School's Out - Alice Cooper
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