Since everyone has their year end lists coming out, I've decided to put my own list together. But, since I don't have labels telling me what to do, and since the site's "indie cred" isn't riding on how high I rate certain songs or albums of the year, I've come up with my own list that has nothing to do with a release date. Some are from 2011 and some are from 30 years ago, but they all have the underlying factor of awesomeness that I've enjoyed thoroughly this year.
Air France_Collapsing At Your Door
"Sort of like a dream, isn't it? No, Better."
Animal Collective_Mr. Fingers
The opening song/scene from the film Oddsac. This song needs more credit than it gets as it's one of their best. Layered upon layered vocals that build, and the last three minutes are pure gold.
Sure Atlas Sound came out with a new album this year, but I find myself going back to this one fairly often.
The Beatles_I'm Only Sleeping
Black Lips_Mad Dog
Adding to the saxophone craze of 2011, Black Lips style.
Broadcast_Come On Let's Go
Cam'ron_Pass Da Dutchie
This YouTube comment says it all: "i listen to this song once a day and shake my big fat ass too cuz i got real kim kakes killa"
Not dancing to this song is impossible, plus that sample is undeniably almost too catchy. Pretty much made me appreciate dancey music as well (as you'll see in my next two choices).
David Lynch_Good Day Today
Always a sucker for a good outro.
Destroyer_Bay of Pigs
There's a 7 minute foreplay of a journey to get to the meat of this song, but if you just turn it loud and wait for it, it's well worth it. And only Dan Bejar can get away with admitting he "was 20 years old in 1992" and still be the shit.
Eddie Murphy_Party All The Time
The driving motivation behind wanting to DJ at bars is the slim possibility that I'll be able to play this jam at some point.
Can't not get into this song when it comes on. Amazing video as well.
Harry Nilsson_Jump Into The Fire
Woke up to this song every day for a good two months.
The Hollies_Bus Stop
John Maus_Do Your Best
Making the big city seem small and lonely.
Juelz Santana_Oh Yes
Didn't see this one coming, did you? Neither did I.
Memory Tapes_Stop Talking
Such a jam, but what made me really appreciate it was seeing it live. Believe it or not, it's very reminiscent of Modest Mouse when there's live drums and that guitar comes in.
So simple, so good.
File this one under "Stuff to listen to until Animal Collective release a new album." Great song though.
Paul McCartney_Check My Machine
Speaking of jams--holy crap. This will undoubtedly make my list every year. You crazy for this one, Paul.
The Psychadelic Furs_Love My Way
Talking Heads_Girlfriend Is Better
Although this whole list was alphabetical, this is actually my top song of the year as well. Whattyaknow.