Best Of 2009: Songs Of The Year

2009 Best Songs of the Year
Photo/illustration by David Greenwald


All due apologies to Animal Collective, Mandy Moore really brought it in the singles department this year. My top 54 pretty young white people playing guitar and singing earnestly after the jump. (Note: Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” not included.)

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The list after the jump!

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1. Karen O and the Kids – “Worried Shoes” (Daniel Johnston cover): mp3
A beautifully written song finally gets the performance it deserves on the soundtrack of a phenomenal (yes) movie. And who knew Karen could out-sing Cat Power?

2. Bill Callahan – “Jim Cain”: mp3
In which Bill Callahan breaks up with Joanna Newsom and writes the saddest fucking song ever.

3. Wilco – “One Wing”: mp3
If only every song on Wilco (The Album) was this good. Great Tweedy lyrics, searing Nels guitars.

4. Phoenix – “1901”: mp3
The obvious choice for jam of the year in 2009, 1901, or pretty much any year that didn’t already have “This Charming Man.”

5. Neko Case – “This Tornado Loves You”: mp3
A+ Gothic alt-country from its premiere songstress.

6. Grizzly Bear – “Ready, Able”: mp3
Indie folk’s foremost innovators enter The Twilight Zone (but not the Twilight zone).

7. Charlie Wadhams – “Someone To Kiss”: mp3
I only regret Sinatra didn’t have the chance to have a go at this one.

8. Very Truly Yours – “1234”: mp3
Very truly the most adorable indie-pop gem of the year.

9. Dirty Projectors – “Stillness Is The Move”: mp3
See No. 7, only with Aaliyah.

10. Reverie Sound Revue – “An Anniversary Away”: mp3
Fans of the xx: This is what you should be listening to instead of the xx. Fans of Broken Social Scene: You should listen to this, too.

11. Richard Hawley – “Early Morning Rain” (Gordon Lightfoot cover): mp3
12. Greater California – “The Foolish Son”: mp3
13. Mandy Moore – “Love To Love Me Back”
14. Animal Collective – “Guys Eyes”: mp3
15. Pepper Rabbit – “Red Wine”: mp3
16. Jay-Z – “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)”
17. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “This Love Is Fucking Right”: mp3
18. St. Vincent – “Laughing with a Mouth of Blood”: mp3
19. Paramore – “Playing God”
20. Radiohead – “Harry Patch (In Memory Of)”: mp3
21. It Hugs Back – “Work Day”: mp3
21.5 Japandroids – “Young Hearts Spark Fire”: mp3 (update: totally forgot this one!)
22. Real Estate – “Beach Comber”: mp3
23. Sondre Lerche – “Like Lazenby”: mp3
24. God Help The Girl – “Come Monday Night”
25. Bowerbirds – “Northern Lights”: mp3
26. Diane Birch – “Fools”: mp3
27. Rose Melberg – “Things That We Do”: mp3
28. Cymbals Eat Guitars – “Tunguska”: mp3
29. Asobi Seksu – “Transparence”
30. Girls – “Hellhole Ratrace”: mp3
31. Air – “African Velvet”
32. John Vanderslice – “Tremble and Tear”: mp3
33. Thao with the Get Down Stay Down – “Know Better Learn Faster”: mp3
34. Iron & Wine – “Stolen Houses (Die)”
35. The xx – “Crystalised”: mp3
36. Telekinesis – “Coast of Carolina”: mp3
37. Burning Hearts – “Iris”: mp3
38. We/Or/Me – “Aimless Day”: mp3
39. Dog Day – “Saturday Night”: mp3
40. Taken By Trees – “Watch The Waves”: mp3
41. Strand Of Oaks – “New Paris”: mp3
42. Kurt Vile – “Hunchback”: mp3
43. Camera Obscura – “French Navy”
44. Adam & Darcie – “I Need To Let Go Of What I Won’t Miss”: mp3
45. Wild Light – “California On My Mind”
46. Division Day – “Chalk Lines”: mp3
47. Sally Shapiro – “Dying In Africa” (Nikolas Makelberge cover): mp3
48. The Clientele – “Bonfires On The Heath”: mp3
49. Coconut Records – “Microphone”: mp3
50. Yael Meyer – “Heartbeat”: mp3
51. Noah & The Whale – “Blue Skies”: mp3
52. Tesla Boy – “Fire”
53. Daniel, Fred & Julie – “The Gambler and His Bride”

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