Best song on the new album? But of course.
47. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Wind Phoenix
[E:] Electric guitars are not out. Proof.
"I thought that one quick moment that was noble or brave
Would be worth the most of my life
As if something that's written should be taken as true"
43. Los Campesinos - The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future
"It affords me a curious pleasure to stand upon this bridge and watch the violent forces which the churning waves, advancing or retreating, generate within the confined space of the rocky hole."
The Sea, The Sea (Iris Murdoch)
40. Animal Collective - Bluish
[S] From the album the blogosphere collectively fell in love with, listened to on repeat and used up last year's supply of superlatives on. My Girls was great, but for me, this was the real standout track.
39. Jay-Z ft Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind
I'm from where dreams are made of,
There's nothing you can't do,
Now you're in New York,
these streets will make you feel brand new,
the lights will inspire you,
lets here it for New York, New York, New York
37. Fever Ray - When I Grow Up
"When I grow up I want to be a forester
Run through the moss on high heels
That's what I'll do
Throwing out boomerang, waiting for it to come back to me.
When I grow up I want to live near the sea
Crab claws and bottles of rum
That's what I'll have
Staring at the seashell, waiting for it to embrace me."
[E:] I want to paint all my dreams over with this song. Mash them all together until they're one big gooey mess of whistles, rainforests and polka-dotted galoshes stomping around. 2,3,4. 1,2,3,4.
Without a doubt, their best song to date.
You've been humming and I think it's forever
Praying for pavement to get back together
Nobody knows where you are living
Nobody knows where you are
You're so far around the bend
23. School of Seven Bells - Iamundernodisguise
(in an interview with LHNA earlier this year:)
Can you tell?
22. La Roux - Quicksand
[E:] Some might say the singer's voice gets annoying after a while. Some might say it's not exactly "sophisticated". Some might use the words "trendy" or "commercial". Some might say it's nothing new. I say: it sure gets your body moving though, doesn't it?
21. Karen O and the Kids - Rumpus
[E:] I know now what this song is all about.
It's about moments.
Moments like these:
0:24 seconds into the song - "LET THE WILD RUMPUS START!" (aka "this is what childhood tastes like")
0:28 - the most exhilarating transition in a song this year. Max's roar ends. Screams of "Go! Go! Go" in the background. The gleeful, inebriating piano. The drumbeat pulsing with a sense of wonder and adventure. I feel I'm six again. I feel HAPPY. Not just happy - but genuinely, thrillingly delighted and HAPPY in capital letters.
1:40 - Ahahahhhah ahaaahahh aaaahhh aaaaaaahh aaaah
[S:] Letters have no Arms strongly discourages you actually setting fire to your c... oh, you get it
17. Mew - Silas the Magic Car
14. Au Revoir Simone - Take Me As I Am
12. Yacht - Psychic City (Voodoo City)
Believe in something! You're full of horseshit."
[E:] Best song from the new album, hands down. And with an album as unanimously praised as this one, that really is saying something.
6. Metric - Blindness
Tell the survivors help is on the way
I was a blindfold, never complained
All the survivors singing in the rain
I was the one with the world at my feet
Got us a battle, leave it up to me
What it is and where it stops nobody knows
You gave me a life I never chose
I wanna leave but the world won't let me go
5. Emmy the Great - City Song / MIA
Know how to let it go
From a mess to the masses!
-- Sorry, we had to remove the songs for legal reasons! --