Thursday, 24 December 2009

Best songs of 2009

Here's my pick of the 20 best songs of the year, with a limit of one song per artist (otherwise half the list would be Animal Collective…).

1. Animal Collective, “My Girls” (Just as “The Times They Are A-Changin’” was the theme song of the 60s, and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was the theme song of the 90s, so “My Girls” could serve as the theme of the noughties: "I just want four walls and adobe slabs for my girls...")
2. jj, “Things Will Never Be the Same Again”
3. The Mountain Goats, “Psalm 40:2”
4. Grizzly Bear, “Two Weeks”
5. Girls, “Lust for Life”
6. The Decemberists, “The Rake’s Song”
7. Iron & Wine, “Kingdom of the Animals”
8. Lisa Mitchell, “Valium”
9. Florence and the Machine, “Dog Days Are Over”
10. Fever Ray, “If I Had a Heart”
11. My Chemical Romance, “Desolation Row”
12. Bob Dylan, “Must Be Santa”
13. Dan Deacon, “Snookered”
14. M. Ward, “Shangri-La”
15. The Antlers, “Kettering”
16. Sweet Billy Pilgrim, “Kalypso”
17. The Flaming Lips, “Silver Trembling Hands”
18. The Avett Brothers, “I and Love and You”
19. Mewithoutyou, “Allah, Allah, Allah”
20. YACHT, “Psychic City”

3 Comments:

Dave Mesing said...

Great lists, Ben, although you are missing some of my favorites (St. Vincent, Andrew Bird, Wilco). I was originally replying to chastise you for not including Dan Deacon's "Snookered," which is my second favorite song of the year, but now I see that I overlooked it before. "My Girls" is definitely the song of the year, and has to be among the best of the decade as well.

Christopher said...

Glad to see some Grizzly Bear on their. They have rapidly risen to the height of my playlists.

I think a series of posts on the interrelationship between theology and art via as expressions of the Aesthetic could be a pretty interesting read.

Taylor Marshall said...

I completely agree on Animal Collective's “My Girls.” Super awesome song.

I just came across this site.

Great blog. Looks like we have a lot of commonalities...'cept I'm a Papist.

Godspeed,
Taylor Marshall

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