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Every year we talk about doing a “Favorite Songs” list, but we never do because it always ends up being so huge and unwieldy (we like a lot of music, alright?!). But this year we decided to just break down and do it, only here’s the catch: these are our Favorite Songs that DIDN’T appear on any of our Favorite Albums. So no matter how amazing “Cold War” or “Ambling Alp” or “We Used To Wait” might be, they won’t be on this list. Instead this gives us a chance to highlight a bunch of other fantastic artists who rocked our cubicle this year!

They’re in alphabetical order, and without any blurbs, so all you have to do is listen! Enjoy!

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Laura Marling RESIZED

Whoops! I just fell in love with this song!

I know I might be a little behind getting on Laura Marling’s bandwagon, but I’m just discovering what a ridiculous talent she actually is. This song kind of sums it all up pretty perfectly – her amazing lyrics, her silvery voice, her fantastic accompaniment (provided by the blazing Mumford & Sons). It all sounds very familiar, almost cozy – but in a completely brilliant way. Just listen and you’ll see what I mean.

mp3: Laura Marling – Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)
from the album I Speak Because I Can (buy it here)

My absolute favorite part starts with these beautiful lines and ends in a swelling crescendo:

I wrote my name in your book, only God knows why,

and I bet you that he cracked a smile,

and I’m clearing all the crap out of my room,

trying desperately to figure out what it is that makes me blue,

and I wrote an epic letter to you,

and it’s 22-pages front and back but it’s too good to be used,

and I tried to be a girl who likes to be used,

I’m too good for that, there’s a mind under this hat,

and I called them all and told them I’ve got to move.

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