Unfortunately, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson was ordered by his doctor to stop touring, at the risk of total hearing loss. Beyond each and every one of us at CoS feeling an itch to check out whether all the years of gigs have hurt our hearing, the idea of other vocalists fronting the “Back in Black” band became the topic of discussion. So, as you scroll through here, know we discussed it all: ANOHNI singing “T.N.T.”, Doomtree’s P.O.S. on “Thunderstruck”. Hey, you never know.
10. RY X – “Only”
It’s possible that RY X has played rooms full of more people than lived in his entire hometown — apparently, he was born in a tiny Australian surfing town with a population of about 200. On “Only”, he sings as if he’s sharing a secret, the kind he’s not even necessarily sure he wants you to hear. The intimate track breathes and sighs, the kind of thing that’s perfect for a dark night sitting alone in bed. Sam Smith covered RY’s “Berlin” for the BBC, but if things keep up like this, it’d be difficult to imagine anyone but RY singing these songs. His debut full-length, Dawn, drops May 6th via Loma Vista. –Adam Kivel