Best Songs of 2009 (according to Kris)

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.

23. Florence and The Machine – You’ve Got The Love / You’ve Got The Love (The xx remix)

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.

10. La Roux – In For The Kill / In For The Kill (Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey remix)

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.

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1 Response to Best Songs of 2009 (according to Kris)

  1. Kristyn says:

    the xx remix of the you’ve the love don’t work. I got excited and then let down. I really like your choices for top 10, nice work.

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