2018 Year in Review: Favorite Songs – The Top Five


If you haven’t read  Part 1 and Part 2 of this list, check them out for the full countdown before continuing.

And Now… The Top Five Songs of 2018!

5. “Nameless, Faceless” :: Courtney Barnett
4. “Make Me Feel” :: Janelle Monáe
3. “Tremelo” :: Young Fathers
2. “Black Willow” :: Loma
1. “No Going Back” :: Yuno

 

 

 

Favorite Songs by Year, 1973-2017

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2018 Year in Review: Favorite Songs – Part 2


Read Part 1 of this list for Songs 25 to 16.
15. “Mambo Rapidito” ::  Orquesta Akokán

14. “Gallipoli” :: Beirut

13. “Sisters” :: Natalie Prass
12. “The Queen of New York” :: Tancred
11. “Once in a Lifetime” :: Angélique Kidjo
10. “Colonizer” ::  tUnE-yArDs
9. “Everybody Wants To Be Famous” :: Superorganism
8. “Nobody” :: Mitski
7. “Sleep” :: Hatchie

6. “Mujeres” :: Y La Bamba

 

What will be my #1 favorite song of 2018?  You’ll have to wait with breathless anticipation for my final post with the top five songs of the year!

 

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2018 Year in Review: Favorite Songs – Part 1


It’s that time of the year for my list of favorite songs.  I’m doing things a little differently this year.  First, I have 25 songs to recognize this year (plus one honorable mention).  Second, I’m ranking them.  Third, I’ll be publishing the list over three posts today. I’ve limited the list to one song per artist, lest I just list the entirety of Dirty Computer.

Let’s get started!

Honorable Mention: “BAMM” :: Milo Manheim, Meg Donnelly, Kylee Russell (from Zombies)

25. “Hollywood (feat. Snoop Dogg & Jamie Principle)” :: Gorillaz

24. “Baby Luv” :: Nilüfer Yanya

23. “Tear Me to Pieces” :: Meg Myers

22. “Loneliest Girl” :: Princess Chelsea

21. “May Your Kindness Remain” :: Courtney Marie Andrews 

20. “Semicircle Song” :: The Go! Team 

19. “Future Me Hates Me” :: The Beths

18. “Under the Wheels” :: Calexico 

17. “In Your Beat” :: Django Django

16. “Before the Waters Get too High” :: Parquet Courts

Stay tuned for part two!

Favorite Songs by Year

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Brand New Music Pages


Have you ever wanted find all of my music posts in one place?  I’ve created a new music page which you can find in the menu at the top of this blogs homepage.   The music has three sub-pages.

Album Reviews

Reviews of recently released albums.

All-Time Favorites

Lists of my favorite songs and albums.

Music Discoveries.

My attempts to learn more about a band or artist by listening to all or most of their back catalog.

 

2017 Year in Review: Favorite Songs


Here are 20 of my favorite songs of 2017. For previous year-end lists of previous years check out my lists for 20162015,  201420132012,  2011,  2010  and  2009.

In no particular order

“Blue Mountain Road” by Florist

“Memories are Now” by Jesca Hoop

“You Would Have to Lose Your Mind” by Barr Brothers

“Cherry Blossom: by ALA.NI 

“Drinkee” by Sofi Tukker

“Every Day’s the Weekend” by Alex Lahey

“Witness” by  Benjamin Booker (feat. Mavis Staples)

“I Give You Power” by Arcade Fire (feat. Mavis Staples)

“Quiet” by Milck 

“Work” by  Charlotte Day Wilson

“Familiar” by Agnes Obel

“Cryin’ in the Streets” by Zeshan B

“Venus Fly” by Grimes (feat. Janelle Monae) – technically this song is from 2015, but the video of this most important collaboration came out this year bringing due attention to the song.

“Hot to Trot” by  Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

“Modafinil Blues” by Matthew Dear

“The Underside of Power” by Algiers 

“A Wall” by Downtown Boys

“Future Politics” by Austra

“Learning to Lose” by Margo Price (feat. Willie Nelson)

“Straight Boy” by Shamir

 

Favorite Songs of 2016 … so far


Wednesdays are now my music blogging day.  While I’ve enjoyed writing my Music Discoveries series, I’ve found it hard to find the time to give a fair listen to all of a bands album in just one week.  So, starting in July, I’m going to post music discoveries on the first and third Wednesdays (and on the fifth Wednesday if there are that many Wednesdays in a month).  On the second Wednesday, I’m going to extend my music criticism writing to reviewing a recently released album, called simply enough Album of the Month, similar to Song of the Week.  The fourth Wednesday will be a music wildcard, probably a list, much like I’m posting today!

And today’s list simply shares some of my favorite songs released so far in 2016.  I usually wait until the end of the year, but it’s been a great six months of music already.

 

“Atomic Number” by case/lang/veirs

“Changes” by Charles Bradley

“Freedom” by Beyoncé

“Hold Up” by Beyoncé

Can’t find anything to embed for these two tracks, but seriously, if you don’t have Lemonade already, get it now!

“The Hood Ain’t the Same” by Draze

“The Ism” by Digitalism

“Kinsumba” by Konono N°1

“Mighty (feat. JFTH)” by Caravan Palace

“Papa Loko (Se Van)” by Ram

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“Quiet” by Erik Blood

“Sangria” by Céu

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“Transe Animal” by Prana Vibes

“Wave of History” by Downtown Boys

“The Werewolf” by Paul Simon

What are your favorite songs of the year so far?

2014 Year in Review: Favorite Songs


I found it difficult to select just 10 songs I love from 2014.  So, I didn’t and instead I’ve compiled a list of 20 fantastic tracks of the past year.  And I could add more.  The songs are listed below, alphabetically by title.

For previous year-end lists of previous years check out my lists for 20132012,  2011,  2010  and  2009.

I’ve featured many of this songs in my Song of the Week posts this year.  If you see a link from a song title it will take you back to the Song of the Week post for that song.

Archie, Marry Me” – Alvvays

Beneath the Brine” – The Family Crest

“Chaghaybou” – Tinariwen


“Coffee” – Sylvan Esso


Discourse My New Romance” – Shinedoe


“Disco // very” – Warpaint


“Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)” – Ages and Ages


Don’t Wait” – Mapei


“Don’t Wanna Lose” – Ex Hex


Elon Matana” – Clap! Clap!


FUNKNROLL” – Prince


“Go Away” – Weezer


“Good Mistake” – Mr. Little Jeans


“Grotto Beat” – Don Flemons


The Liar” – Fennesz


Low” – Young Fathers


“92nd Street” – Kris Delmhorst


“Ohun Aiye” – Seun Kuti & Egypt 80


“Quartz” – TV on the Radio


“True Trans Soul Rebel” – Against Me!

Favorite Songs of 1979


The project continues with my favorite songs of 1979.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

I think this may be the most unlikely collection of songs I’ve brought together yet.  My eclecticism is showing, but all of these are special to me in some way.

Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus

Hammond Song – The Roches

Heart of Glass – Blondie

Logical Song – Supertramp

Lost in the Supermarket – The Clash

A Message to You, Rudy – The Specials

Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Redemption Song  – Bob Marley

Theme From New York, New York – Frank Sinatra

We Are Family – Sister Sledge

And my song of shame for 1979 is You Don’t Bring Me Flowers – Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand 

(I went through a Neil Diamond phase as a child.  I was a strange youth.)

Favorite Songs of 1978


The project continues with my favorite songs of 1978.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty

Bongo Man – Jimmy Cliff

Ever Fallen in Love – The Buzzcocks

(I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones

Mirage – Siouxsie & The Banshees

Take Me I’m Yours –  Squeeze

Take Me To The River – Talking Heads

Rock Lobster – The B-52’s

The Robots –  Kraftwerk

And my song of shame for 1978 is Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

What are your favorite songs from 1978?  Let me know in the comments!

Favorite Songs Of 1977


The project continues with my favorite songs of 1977.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

I’m now getting to the point where I’m having to make tough choices about what makes the top ten instead of trying to find songs to pad out the list.  1977-82 is a period of great music making, in my opinion.

Action Time Vision – ATV

Another Girl, Another Planet – The Only Ones

Chinese Rocks – Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers

Don’t Worry About The Government – Talking Heads

(Get A) Grip (On Yourself) – Stranglers

Lust For Life – Iggy Pop

One Love/People Get Ready – Bob Marley

Sheena Is A Punk Rocker – The Ramones

Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel

Turn the World Around – Harry Belafonte

And my song of shame for 1977 is Jet Airliner by Steve Miller Band

What are your favorite songs from 1977?  Let me know in the comments!