When it comes to picking the best songs of the year, i find it much more of a chore than putting together a list of the best albums of the year (that list comes tomorrow). I’ve put forth a vain attempt to make this list reflective of songs that i’ve liked throughout the year instead of those songs that are my favourite right now. Click on the titles for youtube links to have a listen…
40. Paolo Nutini – No Other Way
Where the hell does this guy get that voice?!? I remember listening to Nutini a couple years ago and he certainly didn’t sound like an old gruff Irish gypsy then.
39. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Hysteric
Karen O. I’d write more, but that’s all that needs to be said.
38. Thao with The Get Down Stay Down – Cool Yourself
Just a little, happy, upbeat ditty. Wait, i’ve just watched the video, let’s move this one up a few spots. Zombie Brain Robots! Amish Squid!
37. Fun. – All The Pretty Girls
Not a big fan of the band, especially the singer, but it’s catchy and makes me happy.
36. Lily Allen – Not Fair
A groovy number with a country twang describing the boyfriend who doesn’t try to satisfy his woman. Don’t piss Lily Allen off!
35. Kent – Taxmannen
The biggest Swedish band that still sings in Swedish. Come on guys, the rest of your compatriots made the switch to English years ago! Actually, I think i’m cooler than the rest of you since I don’t even need to understand this music to understand it. what?
34. Handsome Furs – Evangeline
Dan Boeckner destroyed Spencer Krug in the battle for better songs and albums in 2009. It must be Dan and his wife’s love making that makes this music so good.
33. U2 – Magnificent
So No Line on the Horizon was better than their last two albums, but they’ll never be the way they used to be. The Edge brings back some Achtung Baby guitar for this track and Bono manages not to ruin it. Hey, they’re still in my favourite bands of all time.
32. The Dead Weather – I Cut Like a Buffalo
The Dead Weather are nothing special, but I like to sing along to this song loudly and boisterously. It helps that I only know the ‘Cut like a Buffalo’ part.
31. Big Boi – Shine Blockas (Feat. Gucci Mane)
Gucci’s in jail, so he can’t be in the music video. Pitchfork recommended so it must be good!
30. Dave Matthews Band – Squirm
Completing the ‘Middle Eastern’ triad of DMB songs. Haven’t liked their new stuff in years, but this track gives me hope.
29. The Gossip – Heavy Cross
Oh, to be 20 again and dancing to this in a club with all the hip kids. This is/was huge in England. Doesn’t it remind you of 2004?
28. Mos Def – Quiet Dog
Fela Kuti quote, drums, clapping and Mos Def in fine form.
27. Little Boots – Remedy
She chose to name herself after Caligula, this sounds like nothing like what music made by Caligula would sound like. Maybe if he was born 1950 years later. Just maybe.
26. Neko Case – Red Tide
The most rock-oriented song on Middle Cyclone, it was my favourite when it came out and likely still is.
25. The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
The sound of heartbreak condensed into a song. Though i’m pretty sure it’s not about that.
24. Nil Karaibrahimgil – Seviyorum Sevmiyorum
Well it sounds more like Goldfrapp than Nil until those guitars come in and the Turkish vocals of course.
Same song, completely different result. She’s got one hell of a voice.
22. Animal Collective – My Girls
Don’t, and i mean Don’t, watch live videos of this song. It’s catchy after about 10 listens. Damn you Animal Collective.
21. Röyksopp – The Girl and the Robot (Feat. Robin)
It’s a dance song about being in love with a robot.
20. Brendan Benson – Feel Like Taking You Home
Maybe he’s the reason I like the Raconteurs. Jack White trying to steal the spotlight, it’s all about Benson baby!
19. Camera Obscura – French Navy
So good at writing catchy hit singles. This almost rivals “Lloyd, I’m ready to be Heartbroken” as the quintessential Camera Obscura song.
18. Phoenix – 1901
It’s a hit single! It’s a car commercial! It’s a damn good song.
17. The Big Pink – Dominoes
Is this song about abuse? I think i’m getting sick about writing about these songs.
16. Bon Iver – Blood Bank
More cabin music. He seems so lonely.
15. Prince – Colonized Mind
Best Prince song in who knows how long. An aural feast of guitars swirling and swirling in a cacophony of sexuality.
14. Delorean – Seasun
Hypnotic rhythms with layer after layer of sonic haze. Sounds like ‘Star Guitar’ mating with ‘Halcyon and on and on’.
13. Miike Snow – Sylvia
The album is underwhelming, but this song captures what they sound like live as close as possible. In case you couldn’t tell, they are 100x better live.
12. JJ – Ecstasy
Blatant sampling of Lil’ Wayne’s ‘Lollipop turned into a song about drugs and hugging. It’s a slow burner.
11. Bat For Lashes – Daniel
When she cries in the video, i think that clinched it for me.
I only heard this song a month ago, but can’t stop listening to it. The vocals can be a bit harsh at first, but listen to it again.
9. Feist & Ben Gibbard – Train Song
Sure it’s a cover, but a damn good one. That’s some damn fine coffee you have here in Twin Peaks, damn good cherry pie too.
8. The xx – Crystaized
Strength in minimalism. This really shouldn’t be as good as it is. Has there ever been a band that looked and sounded like they just don’t care in the past 20 years?
7. Annie – Songs Remind Me of You
See, Swedish music with English vocals gets you a higher place in the countdown. Let’s Dance!
6. Jay-Z – Empire State of Mind (Feat. Alicia Keys)
5. The National – Ashamed of The Story I Told
Another cover in the Top 10. For shame, for shame. But I love the National and anything they put out is gold.
4. Phoenix – Rome
I was going to put 1901 here, but i’ve loved Rome from the first listen. If you haven’t been to Rome, i suggest you go, as does Phoenix.
3. Florence and The Machine – Dog Days Are Over
More Florence! First track, debut album, a new voice for 2009. I doubt i’ll ever like her as much as i did after those first couple listens.
2. Fever Ray – Seven
I could put any Fever Ray track here. Watch the video and explain it to me. Please.
1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero
After Show Your Bones I didn’t know if the old Yeah Yeah Yeahs would return. Holy Crap they certainly did. This is full of energy, full of light and just has everything that makes a song the best of the year.