40 Favorite Songs of 2009


31 Dic 2009, 22:21

This list is exactly that: My favorite songs of the year. Also, this means they are not necessarily singles, although a good chunk of them are. I tried to limit songs per artist to just one, because honestly, the top 10 would be polluted with Animal Collective otherwise. Four bands broke this, only because their second entry was somewhat different than their first. This rule actually snubbed some very solid songs alone (Bluish and Brother Sport by the aforementioned Collective, Ready, Able by Grizzly Bear, Lust For Life by Girls, any additional song from the Fever Ray album, and the list continues.) Also, as if this needed clarification, the song needed to be released in 2009 or be on an album released in 2009. Of note, Very Busy People by The Limousines has been circulating through the internet since 2008 and even got some airplay this year, but I figured I would wait until some form of official release was made to place this fantastic song.

Before I unceremoniously count them down, I thought I would namedrop some songs that I unfortunately just discovered in the last two weeks or so of December, and a result do not find a home on this list: Dominos by The Big Pink, Deadbeat Summer by Neon Indian, Crown on the Ground by Sleigh Bells, Orange Shirt by Discovery, and Warm Heart Of Africa by The Very Best featuring Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. All pretty awesome in their own right, and will certainly get some attention in 2010.

Alright, without further ado, here is My Top 40 Songs of 2009:

40. Day 'n' Nite by Kid Cudi
39. Idiot Heart by Sunset Rubdown
38. Isis Unveiled by …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead
37. Crying Lightning by Arctic Monkeys
36. Roll Right Over by Eye Alaska
35. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) by Florence + the Machine
34. Scumbag Blues by Them Crooked Vultures
33. No Hope Kids by Wavves
32. Feel It All Around by Washed Out
31. Saviour by dredg
30. You Never Know by Wilco
29. The Birds by Telefon Tel Aviv
28. Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
27. (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To by Weezer
26. 1901 by Phoenix
25. Ulysses by Franz Ferdinand
24. Wilco (The Song) by Wilco
23. Zero by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
22. The Afterlife by Yacht
21. Walkabout (w/ Noah Lennox) by Atlas Sound & Noah Lennox
20. Hellhole Ratrace by Girls
19. No Dice by Beirut
18. The Reeling by Passion Pit
17. I’m On A Boat by The Lonely Island featuring T-Pain
16. Crystalised by The xx
15. Triangle Walks by Fever Ray
14. Stay Alive by The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
13. I’ve Got Friends by Manchester Orchestra
12. Treat Me Like Your Mother by The Dead Weather
11. You Need Satan More Than He Needs You by Future of the Left
10. Snookered by Dan Deacon
09. Watching The Planets (featuring Karen O) by The Flaming Lips featuring Karen O
08. Surf Solar by Fuck Buttons
07. Two Weeks by Grizzly Bear
06. What Would I Want? Sky by Animal Collective
05. Stillness Is the Move by Dirty Projectors
04. Quick Canal (w/ Laetitia Sadier) by Atlas Sound & Lætitia Sadier
03. Daniel by Bat for Lashes
02. While You Wait for the Others by Grizzly Bear
01. My Girls by Animal Collective

Call it predictable, call it unoriginal, call it what you will, those top songs are utterly brilliant and deserve to be where they are. To try and diversify the list further or make some unnecessary surprises would not truly make this My Top 40, after all. Say what you will about the ridiculous amount of hype Animal Collective received, “My Girls” is the shit, and is in part why they received so much attention this year.

Alright, that's all for now. My Top 20 Albums of 2009 will be posted soon, complete with succulent summaries. Happy New Year, get fucked up.


  • Bruno1898

    Nice list, man !

    1 Ene 2010, 9:30
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