So we had so much fun putting together our Top Albums list, we decided to go ahead and make a Top Songs list too! Hopefully this kind of makes up for not posting all year! This list basically collects the songs that really killed us this year, whether they were world-conquering disco anthems, churning electronic chamber pieces, Billboard Top-40 hits, covers of Billboard Top-40 hits, or slowed-down versions of Dolly Parton classics – these are all just amazing songs.
Our rules for inclusion were simple: only one song per artist (Sorry “Afterlife”!), songs could come from one of our Favorite Albums, but couldn’t have been included in our Favorite Album post (Sorry “Holy”!), and finally, every song had to be unequivocally awesome. I promise they all qualify.
They’re listed below in alphabetical order by artist, because we don’t hate ourselves and weren’t about to rank these in any kind of favorite order. That being said, my favorite song of the year was hands-down “Song For Zula” by Phosphorescent. That song is my 2013 jam. Here’s hoping you find your 2013 jam below.
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Tags: Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire, Autre Ne Veut, Best Coast, Boards of Canada, CHVRCHES, Cut Copy, Daft Punk, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Diarrhea Planet, Dolly Parton, Foals, Foxygen, Free Energy, Haim, Jack White, James Blake, Josh Ritter, Junip, Justin Timberlake, Kishi Bashi, Low, Mason Jennings, Mikal Cronin, Olafur Arnalds, Pheonix, Phosphorescent, Portugal. The Man, Rhye, Sigur Ros, Tegan and Sara, The Blow, The National, TV On The Radio, Vampire Weekend, Waxahatchee, WIntercoats, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Young Wonder
Sometimes my reading lists can be a bit on the heavy side. I’ve spent the last three months with my nose in books about nuclear missiles, submarines, shaky foreign relations, one-sided arms agreements, and things that could eventually result in the end of the world.
And what with the recent events in Korea and the “missile” sighting here in California, I figured a playlist is in order. Something to burn and place in your bomb shelter alongside canned goods and water.
mp3: Janelle Monae – Cold War
mp3: Andrew Bird – MX Missile
mp3: Morrissey – Everyday Is Like Sunday
mp3: Billy Joel – Leningrad
mp3: The Morning Benders – Cold War (Nice Clean Fight)
mp3: Andrew Bird – Scythian Empires
mp3: Bob Dylan – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
mp3: R.E.M. – Its the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
And finally one more that has nothing to do with the Cold War, but was nonetheless the soundtrack of a video shared in class showing the accuracy of a Minuteman III missile.
mp3: Talk Talk – Its My Life
Tags: Andrew Bird, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Janelle Monae, Morrissey, R.E.M., Talk Talk, The Morning Benders
Well it’s that time again. It’s been a good year in music for sure – so much so that we’ve bumped our list up to 25 albums this time around, and even then we were having to painfully cut out some clearly great records.
Remember, this list represents our favorite albums of the year, not necessarily the best albums of the year. If we had to pick what we thought were the very best albums critically, this would probably be a very different list. But we’re no critics, so that’s not what we’re going to do. These are simply our very favorite albums of the year – the ones that made us laugh, cry, dance, smile, press repeat, wet our pants, etc. This is what we’ll remember when we look back on 2009.
Here we go:
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Tags: A.A. Bondy, A.C. Newman, Andrew Bird, Animal Collective, Camera Obscura, Charles Spearin, Dark Was The Night, Fanfarlo, fun, Grizzly Bear, Harlem Shakes, Joshua James, Karen O, Laura Gibson, Le Loup, Loney Dear, M. Ward, Passion Pit, Portugal. The Man, The Antlers, The Decemberists, The Dodos, The Mountain Goats, The National, The xx, Winter Gloves