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  • Top Ten Songs of 2009

       December 08, 2009

    Because I'm from Big Ten country, my top ten lists go to 11.

    11. Two Weeks, by Grizzly Bear: This song is the perfect combination of dreamy atmospherics and old fashioned piano-driven pop. It makes for its own perfectly modern genre.

    10. Chinese, by Lily Allen: This is just a sweet song about everyday happiness and I wouldn't put it on my top ten list but for the "Ah Ah Ah AHHH" that leads into the chorus. To me it sounds like she's singing from a cloud. I love it.

    9. Raindrops, by Basement Jaxx: This is just pure, joyous dance music. It's a "Groove Is In The Heart" for this century.

    8. Crystalised, by The xx: I get caught up in the interplay between the male & female singers. I also love when, for example, a singer says "go slow" and the music follows to a halt. That's just flat out cool.

    7. Tall Boy, by Har Mar Superstar: Britney Spears' management rejected this song. It's her loss. It sounds like a Britney song but knowing it's not her makes the whole thing fun and refreshingly tongue in cheek. I especially like the can opening noises, which make me want my very own tall boy.

    6. Whachadoin?, by N.A.S.A. feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santigold, and Nick Zinner: Lots of people, myself included, hate these songs featuring five different performers - but I'll make an exception and love this one anyway because it's an ass-kicking kaleidoscope of sound. I also love the way M.I.A. and Santigold drag out the "Wha" in the title as well as the great drama of the song's opening notes.

    5. Home, by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: A happy, country-tinged song with a fantastic spoken word interlude. There are not nearly enough spoken word interludes in music today.

    4. I And Love And You, by The Avett Brothers: This is another piano-driven tune, but there's something slightly southern about it too - it's a hymn and a plea and at the end just a beautiful song with a beautiful sentiment.

    3. It's Better To Spend Money Like There's No Tomorrow Than To Spend Tonight Like There's No Money, by Quiet Company: I saw this band play in Austin. I'm not saying that so I sound cooler than you, but rather to explain why you haven't heard of them. They're a slightly more raucous version of Ben Folds Five. They play fun, piano-driven pop and I have no idea why they haven't made it out of the Lone Star State yet - this is just one of the absolutely great songs on their latest record.

    2. Zero, by Yeah Yeah Yeahs: The worst thing about Yeah Yeah Yeahs is that they had too many great songs in 2009. It was hard to choose this one over Heads Will Roll or Soft Shock, but it won out mostly because I love the growly repetition of "What's your name?" at the end.

    1. This Tornado Loves You, by Neko Case: I think 2009 was filled with exceptional music, but this song still stands head and shoulders about the rest. It's got interesting lyrics, great hooks and the easily the best vocal performance of the year. This is one of those songs that I'll gladly listen to over and over and over again.

    So that's my top ten (11). What are yours?

    Posted by at December 8, 2009 04:01 PM

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