I’ve wondered how to approach the top songs of the year post. I don’t really do singles, they tend to be the traipsing ground of crap commercial bands without much in the way of back-up.
I thought of the most popular songs across the board for the year, choosing best-selling albums, tracking tags across Last.FM and iLike, charting popularity ratings on social networking sites like MySpace. But to be perfectly honest that’s loads of hard slog and not only am I on my holliers but I have a raging cold and don’t bloody feel like it because I’m supposed to be in Derry *sob*
Instead I’ll write and tell you what I liked most this year and why. They don’t fall into any one genre and are not all new releases…some are simply MySpace demos. I’m not a music critic, I’m biased, know diddly-squat and find it very difficult to describe what I hear so just know this: in MY opinion, these’re all plain deadliness. These are the songs I got no work done to, the songs I worked to, those I danced to and felt my gay little heart burst to….
50. 24 Stella – Moutpiece:
Oh, if MySpace could scrobble…I refuse to give these deadly fuckers another cm of text until they organise a thousand new pressings of their album.
49. Public Lovers – Lambda:
Just heavy-jerky enough to make me want to hear more, more, more songs from this Dublin quartet.
48. Tied Up In Knots – Moth Complex:
Vocal gridwork from Aoife Barry over grinding electrock. Makes me want to flee to Japan and start a new life as a Manga ninja coquette.
47. Steve McQueen – This Is How It Ends:
Compelling slow-build high-dive wanderings. Zone in.
46. You Feel The Fire! – Le Galaxie:
Dimension-skipping discobeats to make discobots of us all.
45. She Burns A Thirst – Cascade Sounds:
Songs to take you far beyond the atmosphere, infused with GIAA-trippiness and retro indie vocals.
44. Genetics – Ladydoll:
Surprising, stomping perks from Cork. Wasn’t impressed earlier in the year but this latest offering completely re-upped my perceptions of the Cork fivesome.
43. Gone To Sea – New Amusement:
Irresistible foot-tap wave-swell spell-stuff.
42. Odd Socks – Grand Pocket Orchestra:
No going mad with the serious for GPO. Thank fuck.
41. The Let’s Get Drunk! Song – Not Squares:
Not the actual song name – both times I’ve heard them play in the last few weeks I’ve been too drunk to do anything but agree with the most rousin’ lyric of the year.
40. Car Park – Butterfly Explosion:
Always steadfast on my playlists, this is my fave BX song. 2009′s debut album is eagerly awaited.
39. Codebreakers – Groom:
Singable like Band of Horses minus the suicidal tendencies. Only recently heard these guys and promptly fell to worship at the Temple of Groom.