Wednesday, December 30, 2009

All Good Things

I have done this in some form or another for the last 2-3 years, I think. Pick the top best songs of the year, that is. Possibly I've done it longer, but I'm just too lazy to go back and take a gander. I could have limited it five, I suppose, but I don't think I can make it to 10 without diluting the list.

Not surprising, most you will not find on the radio or even on the iTunes top 100 downloaded of the year. Ok, maybe two of them ...and I'm a little all over the place. Again, not surprising. Except for #1, none of the rest are in any particular order.

Haunting Me - Raul Malo
Hands down, the best song of the year.

We Let Her Down - Chris Isaak
One of the better things he's ever done, and just slightly different than his usual stuff. But just slightly.

Motherless Children - Rosanne Cash
Of all the songs on her great disk, this is the one I keep coming back to. Not up, but good.

Gimme Sympathy - Metric
Pure Pop - but with slight edge.

Shining Light - Annie Lennox
Doesn't quite make up for her last disappointing record, but it's a good one-off.

Black Cloud - Morrissey
A tough call. His disk is full of really really good songs. But I'm going for this. However, his "That's How People Grow Up" has some lyrics that just put a smile on my face.

The Day We Fell Apart - Kelly Clarkson
Possibly one of the best songs to spin to. A bonus track that probably should have been the first single.

Uprising - Muse
I call it 'anthem rock', but something about the guitar draws me to it.

Just Say Yes - Snow Patrol
No radio splash from it. Chorus better than overall song. And it kind of makes up for that over-played "Chasing Cars".

It's My Life/Confessions, Pt II and Halo/Walking on Sunshine - the Glee Cast
Two for one. Or four for one. In theory these should not work on multiple levels. Bon Jovi? Katrina and the Waves? Beyonce? Mediocre singing? But g-d help me, the combined three and a half minutes proves to be very infectious.

Song by: Jackson Browne


A Lewis said...

I wish I were as musically smart as you -- but I'm not. I know what songs I like but I rarely know the artist, the lyrics, or when they were made.

Birdie said...

Ooh, I found the video for "Haunting Me." You're right, it's awesome. I really need to see this guy in concert.

rebecca said...

I haven't heard one of these! Not one! (my word verify is "whoot"!)

Morty said...

Love Metric and Muse. I'd add:

The Big Pink - Dominos (my #1 of the year)

Passion Pit - The Reeling (my almost #1 of the year)

Owl City - Fireflies (sugary pop goodness)

Empire of the Sun - Walking on a Dream (retro pop)

Company of Thieves - Oscare Wilde(I love her almost-lisp)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll (disco-y fun)

I also thought Kings of Leon came into their own this year, and Franz Ferdinand had some winners.

Blobby said...

Mort - I'll have to check out the others, but I didn't put Kings of Leon in there, b/c I just assumed that came out in 2008.

Dith said...

You guys make me feel older than DIRT. I haven't heard any of these songs!