Tuesday, December 20, 2005
top 12 singles of 2005 (sorry, 10 just can't hold me...)
So, I thought I might try my hand at the top 10 albums of the year, but that proved too daunting. Then I thought I'd do my top 10 favorite songs, but that proved difficult too. So, here's a list of my top 12 favorite songs of 2005. No one else does a top 12 list, so that just makes me that much more original. So, if you care, here's a list of what I was obsessed with throughout the year...

#12 - "Not About Love"- Fiona Apple
I wanted to love this album for sentimental reasons, but I have to admit that the first time I listened to the Internet leak I wanted to just throw it away. Fortunately, I didn't, and the more I listened the more I liked it. This is one of the strongest moments on the album.
Notable lyric: "And last night's phrases, sick with lack of basis are still writhing on my floor."

#11 - "My Doorbell" - The White Stripes
I admit that when I heard this album for the first time I was a bit disappointed, but the more I listed to it, the more of a fan I became. This is one of the songs that sold me. I know Meg is an easy target, but the juxtaposition of her childish beats with the obvious sexual innuendos of the lyrics are something that I find very amusing.
Notable lyric: "Take back what you said little girl, and while you're at it take yourself back too."
#10 -
"Baby C'Mon" - Stephen Malkmus

Infectious, pop-y goodness. Is there ever a time when I'm not in the mood for this song?
Notable lyric: "If you give it to me Timmy, I'm out here on a limb-y"

#9 - "My Humps" - Black Eyed Peas
he he heeee, I just couldn't resist. I don't approve of their obvious deal with the devil (Fergie?), but daaaaaaamn, this song is catchy. Besides, I can't resist a song that touts my gifts. It reminds me of every club experience I've ever had....oh, the memories.
Notable lyric: "What you gonna do with all that junk? All that junk inside that trunk?"

#8 - "Land Locked Blues" - Bright Eyes
This is arguably the saddest song of the year. And sue me, I'm sucker for that shit.
Notable lyric: "We made love on the living room floor with the noise in the background from a televised war, and in the deafening pleasure I thought I heard someone say, 'if we walk away,they'll walk away.'"

#7 - "Le Pastie de la Bourgeoisie" - Belle and Sebastian
Belle and Sebastian have always been a bit touch and go with me, I loooooove this ablum, and this particular song never failes to make me smile.
Notable lyric: "Wouldn't you like to get away? Kerouac's beckoning with open arms, and open fields of eucalyptus - westward bound."

#6 - "You're the Reason I'm Leaving" - Franz Ferdinand
Although this album can't hold a candle to their debut, but there are some truly notable songs, and this is one of them. There's something about Franz that is so endearing and lovable, that I can't deny them a spot in my top 12.
Notable lyric: "As we ride along under an optimistic sun, the radio sings that Everybody song by rem."

#5 - "The Jessica Numbers" - The New Pornographers
Although my feelings about this album are mixed, this particular song is genious.
Notable lyrics: "Slip through, ever the thief is posed to hero, but we'll see."

#4 - "Ladies and Gentlemen" - Hot Hot Heat
Boy do these guys make catchy songs. And I like catchy songs. Nuff said.
Notable lyric: He's a gentleman who plays a caricature of a character he wishes he was.

#3 - "I'll Follow You into the Dark" - Death Cab for Cutie
It was a toss up between this song and "Soul Meets Body," which I also love, but this is the song that I just can't stop pressing the "back" button on my i-pod. The lyrics are just too damn poetic, and I can't help it if there's a romantic lurking in the back of my cynical heart.
Notable lyric: "If heaven and hell decide that they both are satisfied, illuminate the no's on their vacancy signs, if there's no one beside you when your soul embarks, then I'll follow you into the dark."

#2 - "My Mathematical Mind" - Spoon
It was such a close call between this song and "I Turn my Camera On." Both songs are among my favorite of the year, but this is a song that I can't relate to at all (seeing as I don't understand anything that's not in story form, and have the furthest thing possible from a 'mathematical mind') but I just can't stop listening to.
Notable lyric: "And planning for the apocalypse is not considered, considered cool."

#1 - "The Engine Driver" - The Decemberists
This is one of those songs that I can listen to on repeat for an hour and not get sick of it. There's something so sweet and earnest about it...call me a romantic, but what girl wouldn't want a man who calls his heart her home?? awwww.....
Notable lyric: "And I am a writer, writer of fictions,I am the heart that you call home. And I've written pages upon pages trying to rid you from my bones."


Blogger Mean Mr Mustard said...

Nice Top 12!!! I'll prepare my top list in the next few days. I like your top list, except for B.E.P.
Anyway I like it!!! I hope 2006 brings us some more good songs!!!


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