Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Favorite Songs of '06.

Let's stretch out the monstrosity of 'end of the year' lists even further, shall we? Humor me, I'm bored - lucky you! So I just came up with a list of 10 songs that I really, really like that came out this year. I think that it's safe to say that you'll probably like them all. I think it's also safe to say that you can get them on iTunes. We all know how that works by now, don't we?

one: "The Funeral" by Band of Horses – I don’t think it’s the vocals, I think it’s the power in the music that makes this song appeal to so many different people. The melody isn’t anything otherworldly, and the instrumental uses aren’t revolutionary, but they somehow feel that way. (from Everything All the Time)

two: "Skeleton Key" by Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s – The use of every instrument that will fit on one stage and the partially drunk-sounding vocals make this song a force to be reckoned with. There’s so much feeling behind it that it’s transferred to the listener. (from Dust of Retreat)

three: "Lived in Bars" by Cat Power – I think I love this song because there’s a lyric that goes, "lived in bars/danced on tables" and I find it right along the lines of how I live my life. I know, that’s super classy, right? (from The Greatest)

four: "Miss Murder" by A.F.I. – Maybe you’ll question my street cred on that one, but the way the song changes tempo toward the middle is genius! As someone who isn’t nearly as technical about music, I can only say that this song makes my ears happy, and so it goes on this list. (from Decemberunderground)

five: "Behavior" by Jil Station – It’s not a secret that I’m a fan of this band, and being from Atlanta makes it even better! They released their first full-length album this year, and from the moment I heard this song, I had to put it on repeat. I still get excited when it shuffles to the iPod. (from Still Love)

six: "Don’t Feel Like Dancing" by the Scissor Sisters – This song is all over the damn place! It’s loco, and I like it! Your booty will make you get up and shake after hearing the first few lines, so just let it. You can’t win this time. (from Ta Dah)

seven: "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley – uh, yeah, as much as I’m not a fan of the whole hip-hop movement, this song is bad ass. It does kind of like what Outkast managed to do, and that was to take stiff radio execs and moms and dads and turn them into lovers of the uni-genre sound "Crazy" emits. Word. (from St. Elsewhere)

eight: "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" by The Arctic Monkeys – I happened to hear this because one day I forgot to bring the iPod to work and had to radio it up to keep some sanity. And lo and behold, this song came on and I just couldn’t get it out of my head. No wonder they broke the seal of the music scene in such an intense way. (from Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not)

nine: "I Think I’m in Love" by Beck – Yeeeah, I’m gonna need you to go listen to this song, yeeeeah. Really. Funky beats, cute, sweet love story in Beck fashion…what more can you possibly ask for? Nada! (from The Information)

ten: "When You Were Young" by the Killers – The new album is no Hot Fuss, but I’ll be damned if this song isn’t worth having in the collection. Another one I’ve had on repeat since I acquired it months ago. Just can’t get enough of it. (from Sam’s Town)
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