Bon Iver – Calgary
Bon Iver’s whole new album is fantastic. It’s hard to pick a favorite song, I enjoy them all.
Beyonce – 1+1
The soul of this song is so great. Beyonce’s voice is dynamite, and this is one of her best songs if not her best. It’s an epic, sexy ballad.
Destroyer – Blue Eyes
Some of my favorite lyrics of the year, “I sent a message, in a bottle to the press, it said ‘Don’t be ashamed or disgusted with yourselves, Don’t be ashamed or disgusted with yourselves”.
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
There is great angst in this song. Fleet Foxes have become a very great folk band.
Explosions In The Sky – Postcards From 1952
I wish Explosions In The Sky’s music could play in the background of so many moments in my life. At least it can within my memories and thoughts.
Typhoon – The Honest Truth
Great song from Portland, OR band Typhoon. Love the lyrics, “Be kind to all of your neighbors, because they’re just like you and you’re nothing special unless they are too”.
F—D Up – The Other Shoe
Damn this song rocks! As Pink Eye screams and Jennifer Castle sings the chorus, “We’re dying on the side!”, it makes me love this hardcore pop song.
TV On The Radio – Second Song
The first song (or second song) I truly loved this year. When the beat picks up it’s such a golden moment.
Okkervil River – We Need A Myth
The utter beauty of this song floored me and still does floor me. The yearning to believe and hope in something is expressed poetically in this song.
The Mountain Goats – Never Quite Free
A beautiful song about hope and peace.
Washed Out – Before
My summer chill song.
Radiohead – Give Up The Ghost
One of Radiohead’s most beautiful songs.
Raphael Saadiq – Over You
This guy is bringing back soul music and it’s very enjoyable.
Lykke Li – Love Out Of Lust
Lykke Li crafts some very unique, beautiful pop songs.
Wye Oak – Civilian
One of the most beautiful, haunting songs I’ve heard this year.
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – The Body
Sugary, sugary pop…
The Strokes – Machu Picchu
Great rock song with island vibes.
The Joy Formidable – The Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie
“Love is the everchanging spectrum of a lie, a lie to hide behind when nothing’s right… Can’t you see I’m good?” It’s a sad song that gets me each time I listen to it.
The Antlers – Corsicana
I love Peter Silberman’s vocals.
Big Krit – R4 Theme Song
Can’t forget hip hop! Doesn’t Justin Scott (aka Big Krit) look like a fun person to hang out with? His rhymes and style are slick!
Hooray For Earth – Bring Us Closer Together
If you want a pop song to sing along to check this out.
Grails – Future Primitive
Let this post rock band take you on an adventure.
SBTRKT – Hold On
An emerging talent from the UK. If you like dubstep or James Blake this is worth a listen.
PJ Harvey – The Last Living Rose
PJ Harvey has created one of the best albums about war ever. This a great song from the album Let England Shake.
Note: Songs are in no particular order, enjoyed them all!