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Favorite Songs of This Year

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Oh God, the time of year for top 10 lists. I hate it. So, I decided to make my own, but over 10 because I couldn’t decide. πŸ™‚ I have a little OCD when it comes to music, so when I like a track…I like it, i.e. I play it on repeat for hours, back to back to back…

I thought I would share the songs I’ve played the most in my library for this year. Keep in mind it’s mostly indie stuff, with a leaning towards whiny British singers, as my brother likes to say. Would love to hear what you’ve played incessantly as well! πŸ™‚ I linked most of them from imeem.com which only lets you play whole songs logged in, and some were only available on amazon MP3. FYI You can hear whole songs on Songza.com for free and no logging in, but most choices are live and not the best quality. Hope you enjoy!

Felicia’s Favorite Tracks of 2007

Kaiser Chiefs: Ruby

Emma Burgess: Back Seat Queen

Apples In Stereo: Play Tough

Winterpills: Broken Arm

Albert Hammond Jr: In Transit

maps: To The Sky

The Aliens: Robot Man

Band of Horses: No One’s Gonna Love You

Andrew Bird: Fiery Crash

aeon spoke: Pablo at the Park

The Electric Soft Parade: If That’s The Case, Then I Don’t Know

The Primary 5: Reach For the Light

blonde redhead: Dr. Strangeluv (Or Silently, can’t decide. One of my fav albums in general)

The Bird and The Bee: Preparedness

Good Shoes: Photos On My Wall

  • Mia

    I wish I could use a player to share my top tunes with you πŸ™ instead I’ll have to just paste youtube URLs. I’ll limit it to just three songs because I don’t know how much you’ll like my style of music…

    1. Stolen Babies’ Push Button – a California band that I discovered this year when they went on an amazing north american tour with my favorite european bands! They sound like circus metal, Tim Burton-esque.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GcZHxXTW90

    2. Megadeth’s A Tout le Monde – featuring my twin Cristina Scabbia.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn01nSG4cvU

    3. Within Temptation’s What Have You Done
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEgXDhiayz4

    My band covers no 2 and 3, that’s how much I loved these songs πŸ˜‰ I hope you’ll like them too.

  • Courtney

    Blonde Redhead’s 23 definitely ranks amongst my favorite albums of the year. 23 and The Dress are also very haunting and lovely.

    Arcade Fire lived up to huge expectations made from their debut, avoiding the sophomore slump.

    Other bands which I got into in 2007 that I have on loop are The New Pornographers, Mates of State, The Stars, The Editors, Belle and Sebastian, Feist, KT Tunstall, LCD Soundsystem, Pigeon Detectives, and many others.

    In the kitschy dept, Werewolf Bar Mitzvah from 30 Rock is burned into my brain.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRqavy1W65I

    My favorite song of the year that I played non-stop is “Still Alive” from the Portal credits. Perfect way to end a very short, very sweet game. If you played the game or not, the song will get stuck in your head.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ljFaKRTrI

    Mia, if you do a metal cover of that, I’ll buy you a coke. Deal? πŸ˜‰

  • Soma

    i think i played the cardigans -erase and rewind- for
    what seemed like a month.. [the video actually] ..

  • Soma

    i think i played the cardigans -erase and rewind- for
    what seemed like a month.. [the video actually] ..

  • Bills205

    I have a few songs that I compulsively listened to over the year. I don’t know about 10 of them, but the ones that I have all have a time or place that I just can’t get enough of them.

    1) A song that always made me happier

    Show Me Everything You’ve Got
    By The Rocket Summer
    http://media.imeem.com/m/HyEirs7btz

    2) Sometimes you just have to be there

    When You Come Back Down
    By Nickel Creek
    http://media.imeem.com/m/zZ-5n7a1UC

    3) Damn it, I always do things the hard way

    The Hard Way
    By Fort Minor
    http://media.imeem.com/m/zH0RtareIl

    4) Sometimes you just have take your sad songs and make the best of them

    Hey Jude (Across The Universe Soundtrack – Joe Anderson)
    By Lennon/McCartney
    http://media.imeem.com/m/wcTRG1iTWI

    5) I love to travel, but I also love to find my way back home

    Winding Road
    By Bonnie Somerville
    http://media.imeem.com/m/wIHGk7elGw

    Hope you guys liked it. Some sad, some not, but all help me appreciate what I have.

  • edgar

    Haha Soma, I think you meant to do that twice…

  • Love you!! I love when people put up their songs! I always find new music that way!! Plus, more people post stuff in the comments, which is double the delish.
    Maybe I will do a list this holiday break. I’m already super stocked I found the Remember the Milk site (thanks for that), I need to get way more organized this year. It sounds like it helped you a lot.

  • Dustin

    Allow me to add

    Sia: Breath Me

  • Ahh Sia has the bestest voice ever! She has a new album coming out next year, can’t wait!

    Mia, I really liked that first song by Stolen Babies, definitely will look into getting that album.

    Bills, thanks for that great array of links! Love, love that nickel creek song. I’m a big Allison Krauss fan, but other than that, I dislike countryish stuff generally. Have you listened to the Jayhawks? They’re a little more folksy, but one of my favorite bands, kinda folk, rock country.
    Courtney, you may be my music doppelganger, all those albums are my fave for the year! Except for Pigeon Detectives and Mate and State, I hadn’t heard them, but I’m definitely downloading.
    Love the sharing! Keep it coming πŸ™‚

  • Oh ya soma, I think I could listen to love fool 15000 times in a row and never get tired of it. Creepy, isn’t it.

  • Soma

    i think i played the cardigans -erase and rewind- for
    what seemed like a month.. [the video actually] ..

    ok now for the real message..

    OMG felicia, youre alive.. thank goodness.. here i was worried πŸ˜›

    allow me to say again; we adore your work.. the past six or
    so months has been a wellspring of creativity and hilarity..

    i enjoy it much..

    ..

    ps.. [from my hellgate/flagship email]

    “With 0.7 subscribers can enjoy additional content in the form of the Transmogrifier — an item used for extra inventory and recipe crunching — and twelve new unique items.”

    [loot-whores rejoice!]

  • Mia

    Felicia! Doooo it! The Stolen Babies album is called “There Be Squabbles Ahead” and it’s amazing. It’s unlike anything else out there and it just *works* (I’ve gotten friends of mine addicted, too!)

    I envy you for being in California, for the past 6 months they were only playing in that region.

  • Soma

    [i]Transmogrifier[/i] translates into Horadric Cube..

    yeh.. the box is back, baby!

  • Ben

    This is the year I discovered BuckCherry. Their album “15” went gold or platinum recently. The whole album is great but two songs in particular are awesome:

    BuckCherry: Crazy Bitch
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8tWES3-_ok

    BuckCherry: Everything
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1SsXAOnyyY

    Then I found this clip from The Music Man, which I had not seen in over a decade. Loved it as a child and just love the scene.

    The Music Man: Marion the Librarian
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnFv29iPACc

    A few years ago I fell in love with Denyce Graves. She is a huge talent and here is a short clip of her struttin’ her stuff.

    Carmen: Habanera
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V9woZuVIO4

    I’d love to hear what you guys think.

    And by the way, on the Mutant Enemy picket day video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOZQCcUdGTs), I spied a slender red head chatting up Joss on the picket line. Man, I really hope you’ll be in The Dollhouse,Felicia, if the strike ever ends and new television starts again.

  • Courtney

    “Oh ya soma, I think I could listen to love fool 15000 times in a row and never get tired of it. Creepy, isn’t it.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8_mVpZHYPI

    It’s Mates of State, not Mate and State. I also had that problem when trying to buy their stuff after hearing it on the radio. Kept looking for State and Main…

    Also forgot Arctic Monkeys and Bloc Party, which are two of my favorite bands currently.

  • stm

    I used to think I knew music…then I got home from work and read this blog entry. I am definitely removed from the indie scene at this point…so it’s good to have some proper direction in my (music) life. :^)

    Very cool suggestions by all.
    I have selection difficulties, so here are my lengthy lists:

    Songs I’ve been listening to from 2007:
    “Whistle for the Choir” by The Fratellis
    “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” by Bruce Springsteen
    “Where Would We Be Now” by Good Charlotte
    “Upside Down Frown” by They Might Be Giants

    Best albums _bought_ in 2007 would be:
    “Plans” by Death Cab for Cutie
    “The Battle of Los Angeles” by Rage Against the Machine
    “Ro Sham Bo” by The Grays (because someone swiped my copy! Grrr.)
    “Oh Inverted World!” by The Shins

  • Kristin

    I love alot of those especially Blonde Redhead, 23 is one of my favorite songs.

    Been listening to alot of Within Temptation (The Cross, Ice Queen being my favorites) and Nightwish (Their greatest hits with Tarja as the lead singer but liking their new CD also)

    A Fine Frenzy is a great new artist, rangers and almost lover are great songs

    Thanks for sharing your favorites can’t wait to check out them πŸ™‚

  • dparr

    Songs at the top of my iTunes most-played list this year:

    1. “Yellow Cake” by Rasputina. Oh Perilous World, the album this track comes from, is an amazing soundtrack to a Broadway musical from a parallel world, where electric cellos are the instrument of choice.

    2. “Ghost Riders in the Sky” by Concrete Blonde. Their cover of this song is wonderfully world-weary.

    3. Tie between “Deep Red Bells” and “Hold on, hold on” by Neko Case. Case has one of the most remarkable voices in music today: powerful, unstrained and clear as a bell. On quieter songs, it has a Patsy Cline-ish quality.

    4. Another tie between “Still Waters” and “Borrowed Wings” by Jim White. I’ve never been a fan of country music, but I like country when its kinda spooky (as in the above Neko Case and Concrete Blonde selections). Jim White’s music often achieves that eerie, haunting quality. And speaking of spooky country:

    5. “Arlene” by The Handsome Family. Hearing this murder ballad played live made me seek out and purchase everything The Handsome Family has done. For a great song with more of a rock vibe, check out “All the Time in Airports” on their latest album.

    6. “The Moon” by Cat Power. I played this haunting song (do you detect a pattern here?) so many times that my girlfriend finally forbade my playing it for at least a month. The month is up and it’s back at the top of the playlist.

    7. “When I was Down” by The Muffs. Their songs are so catchy. They stay in my head for days and days.

    8. “The Darker Days of Me and Him” (iTunes Originals Version) by PJ Harvey. This recording is only available at the iTunes Store. It has a quality that’s missing on the studio version and I can’t quite put my finger on what that is.

    9. “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays” by The Buzzcocks. I loved the Singles Going Steady album in my youth, and hearing this song on the Sean of the Dead soundtrack reminded me of how much I missed it.

    10. “Spider-Man” by The Ramones. The Ramones absolutely rock the balls off this classic theme song. “She Talks to Rainbows” gets equal play on my iTunes list.

    And because this list goes to eleven:

    11. “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes. RAWK!

  • dparr

    Actually, that should be “In Old Yellowcake” by Rasputina, and Shaun of the Dead. Don’t type sleepy.

  • J.K.

    “Make You Cry” by Jonathan Coulton. I’m entertained by most of his songs, but there’s something diabolically entertaining about a song that plays like a folksy love ballad with lyrics that are so vindictive and cruel.

    “Cells” by The Servant. Touches on the monotony of being a cog in the machine – had me with the line telling his girl to go to bed while he stays up clearing another level on of whatever game he’s playing.

    “Dear Prudence” by The Beatles. Grew up listening to the Beatles, but only recently started venturing into tunes my parents didn’t expose me to. I blame the film “Across the Universe” for exposing me to this one.

    “Battle Without Honor or Humanity” by Tomoyasu Hotei. If it sounds incredibly familiar, it’s because it’s been sampled and used in everything from video games to last year’s “Transformers” movie.

    “Chaiyya Chaiyya” the Punjabi MC remix. I don’t know what they’re saying or why, but I likes it. I likes it lots.

    “Theme from Amelie” by Yann Tiersen. Forgot about this one until a buddy from Paris got me the soundtrack – and admonished me that Paris isn’t really like that. Doesn’t matter, Seattle isn’t really like it’s portrayed in that Hanks/Ryan picture, but it’s still fun.

  • Virginia

    I’m one of those people who will listen to whatever someone else is listening to, because I’m too lazy to search for stuff I like. Mostly I just listen to my girlfriend’s music when her headphones are too loud. Currently we listen to a lot of Pennywise, Horrorpops, and Mindless Self Indulgence, J. Coulton (the guy who did the Portal song), plus any kind of death metal you can think of.

    We try to support the local punk/rockabilly scene by going to shows (Nekromantix, Tiger Army, Midnight Howlers), but in all honesty I’m a musical square. Give me any music, from any time, and I can pretty much jam out to it. Even Celine Dion.

  • Of your list there’s only one I recognise by sight, and that’s Ruby, although to be honest it’s one of my less favourite Kaiser Chiefs tracks. I knew there was something I’d forgotten to do in 2007 – listen to music! Well, I have been to a couple of live shows, I just haven’t listened to (or bought) many CDs. I’m liking The Hoosiers when I hear them, though.

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