2016 Year in Review: Favorite Songs


Once again, it’s time to look back on the music of 2016 with my favorite songs of the year.

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, or other time I wrote about that band.

For previous year-end lists of previous years check out my lists for 2015,  201420132012,  2011,  2010  and  2009.

In alphabetical order, here are my ten favorite songs of the year:

Atomic Number” by case/lang/veirs

Brother, What Happened” by Muddy Magnolias

Big Bad Good” by My Bubba

“Freedom” by Beyoncé

“Mighty (feat. JFTH)” by Caravan Palace

“Quiet” by Erik Blood

To Have You Back” by Tourist

Wave of History” by Downtown Boys

Your Best American Girl” by Mitski

You Want it Darker” by Leonard Cohen

 

And here are five honorable mentions:

Augustine” by Blood Orange

Frankie Sinatra” by The Avalanches

Stranger Things” by Kyle Dixon, Michael Stein

“This Girl” by Kungs vs. Cookin’ on 3 Burners

Yeah, I’m Okay With My Shit Life” by Bethlehem Steel

What were your favorite songs of 2016?

 

2014 Year in Review: Favorite Books


Here’s my annual list of my ten favorite books read in the year.  As always, this is merely the best books I read this year not books published in 2013.  For previous years see 2013201220112010200920082007 and 2006. You may also want to check out My Favorite Books of All Time or see Every Book I’ve Ever Read cataloged in Library Thing.

In no particular order:

And the complete list of books read in 2014 (books published in 2014 are in bold).

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2013 Year in Review: Favorite Books


Here’s my annual list of my ten favorite books read in the year.  As always, this is merely the best books I read this year not books published in 2013.  For previous years see 201220112010200920082007 and 2006. You may also want to check out My Favorite Books of All Time or see Every Book I’ve Ever Read cataloged in Library Thing.

In no particular order:

And the complete list of books read in 2013 (books published in 2013 are in bold). And yes, I do intend to catch up on my book reviews as soon as I can:

January

  • Band of Demonby Rob Blackwell – ***1/2
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt (A) – *1/2
  • Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku (A) – **

February

  • Walkable City by Jeff Speck – ****
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage (A) – ***
  • Take Five: Poems in 5/4 Time by Tad Richards – ***
  • The Price of Inequality by Joseph E. Stiglitz (A) – ***

March

April

  • Doctor Who: The Forgotten by Tony Lee – **
  • We3 by Grant Morrison – *
  • Free Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy (A) – ***
  • Transatlantic by Colum McCann – ****
  • Laika by Nick Abadzis – ****
  • Back to Our Future by David Sirotta – ***1.2
  • Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield (A) – ****

May

  • A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon (A) – **
  • Through Time by Andrew Cartmel – ***
  • The Discontinuity Guide by Paul Cornell, Martin Day and Keith Topping – **1/2

June

  • Cape Cod by Henry David Thoureau – ***1/2
  • Star Trek the next generation / Doctor Who. Assimilation² written by Scott & David Tipton with Tony Lee ; art by J.K. Woodward v1 – ***
  • Atlantic by Simon Winchester (A) – **
  • Who Could That Be At This Hour? by Lemony Snicket – ***
  • Doctor Who : the writer’s tale by Russell T. Davies and Benjamin Cook – **
July
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – ****1/2
  • My Song by Harry Belafonte (A) – ***1/2
  • Because I Said So by Ken Jennings – **1/2

August

September

October

November

December

What did you read in 2013, and what did you love?  Let me know in the comments.

2013 Year in Review: Favorite Songs


With the top ten or so songs listed for every year of my existence, it’s time for the year-end review of my favorite songs of 2013.

For previous year-end lists of previous years check out my lists for 2012,  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.

San Francisco – Foxygen

That’s ok, I was bored anyway

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GMF – John Grant

You could be laughing 65% more of the time

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.Number 9 – Moon Hooch

Please stand away from the platform edge

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A Tattered Line of String – The Postal Service

In the glow of the nights golden hue

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Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins) – Shad

Now when you’re Third World born, but First World formed/
Sometimes you feel pride, sometimes you feel torn

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White Foxes – Susanne Sundfør 

For the gravy of your soul

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Indians From All Directions – A Tribe Called Red feat. Das Racist

To the L to the L to the L to the Ella

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Delicate Cycle – The Uncluded

And my heart started with a quarter

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Step – Vampire Weekend

The truth is she doesn’t need me to protect her

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Slyd – !!!

No, that’s weird

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Honorable Mentions:

Song Most Often Played at the Request of My 5 y.o. Son:

Feel this Moment – Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera

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Funniest Viral Song that You Can Dance To:

The Fox – Ylvis

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Best Boston History Lesson Set to Music:

The Great Boston Molasses Flood – The Dead Milkmen

[Listen on The Dead Milkmen website]

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Best Drunken Barroom Sing-a-Long of a Traditional American Folk Song:

Shenandoah – Tom Waits w/ Keith Richards

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Scariest Song You Can Dance To:

The Terror – Flaming Lips

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Best Song That I Was A Part Of Creating With a Video That’s Not Safe For Work:

The Wolf is on the Hill – Beck (arranged by Krissy Skare, performed by a 50 voice chorus, choreography by Sugar Dish)

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Let me know what you think of these songs in the comments, and of course, let me know you’re favorites for 2013

Ten Favorite Songs of 2012


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2012.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

I originally covered 2012 with a Year in Review post.

Bright Whites – Kishi Bashi

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Caliban’s Dream –  Underworld

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Cartao Postal – Souljazz Orchestra

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Default – Django Django

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Dirty Money –  Antibalas

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Goatman – Goat

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Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It – Stars

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Look at This – A Tribe Called Red

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Oblivion – Grimes

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Same Love – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert

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And here are five songs from 2012 worthy of an honorable mention:

Akale Wube –  Debo Band

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Dog Physics – Plaid Dragon

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Gun Has No Trigger – Dirty Projectors

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Here Again – Quantic and Alice Russell

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Please Forgive My Heart – Bobby Womack

And there you have 40 years music and over 400 songs that helped define my life!

Stay tuned for the best songs of 2013.

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Ten Favorite Songs of 2011


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2011.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

I originally covered 2011 with a Year in Review post.

Bite of My Soul – The Fleshtones

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Cruel – St. Vincent

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Eleven –  Thao & Mirah

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Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes

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No Banker Left Behind –  Ry Cooder

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Romance – Wild Flag

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Santa Fe – Beirut 

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Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine 

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Up Up Up – The Givers

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We Are Young – fun. feat. Janelle Monáe

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And three songs from 2011 worth an honorable mention:

Bizness –  tUnE-yArDs

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Midnight City–  M83

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Turn It On – Waines 

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Ten Favorite Songs of 2010


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2010.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

2010 was the second time I published a year-end list of favorite songs, offering a chance to see what’s changed in the intervening years.

Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National 

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The Cave – Mumford & Sons 

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Down By The Water – The Decembrists

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Horchata – Vampire Weekend 

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Howlin’ For You – Black Keys

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MC’s Can Kiss – Uffie 

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Money Grabber – Fitz and the Tantrums 

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Rill Rill – Sleigh Bells 

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Rolling in the Deep – Adele

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The Sweetest Thing – JJ Gray and Mofro 

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And three songs from 2010 worth of an honorable mention:

Fuck You  – Cee Lo Green

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Good Day Today – David Lynch 

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Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) – Arcade Fire

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Ten Favorite Songs of 2009


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2009.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

2009 is the first time I made a list of favorite songs at the end of the year, so we can look back and see what songs stood the test of time, and what songs I’ve learned of in the intervening years.

The End is Near – The Fiery Furnaces

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Home – Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

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Inspiration Information – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

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People Got a Lot of Nerve – Neko Case

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The Rake’s Song – The Decemberists

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Sabali  – Amadou & Mariam

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Stillness is the Move – The Dirty Projectors

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The Strangers – St. Vincent

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Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear

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Wavin’ Flag  – K’naan

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And here are four additional songs from 2009 that I thought worthy of an honorable mention:

Bonkers – Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden

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I and Love and You – Avett Brothers

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My Girls – Animal Collective

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1901 – Phoenix

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What were your favorite songs of the last year of the last decade?

 

 

Ten Favorite Songs of 2008


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2008.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

Bag of Hammers – Thao Nguyen

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Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa – Vampire Weekend

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Furr – Blitzen Trapper

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Growl – Tanya Tagaq

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In the Night – Basia Bulat

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White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes

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You Don’t Know Me – Ben Folds Five w/ Regina Spektor

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Sleepyhead – Passion Pit

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S.E.X.Y.R.O.B.O.T – The Pinker Tones

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Why Do You Let Me Stay Here – She & Him

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And my song of shame for 2008: Rime of the Hip Hop Mariners – Captain Dan & The Scurvy Crew

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What did you rock out to in 2008?  Let me know in the comments!

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Ten Favorite Songs of 2007


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2007.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

Challengers – The New Pornographers

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LDN – Lily Allen

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Missed the Boat – Modest Mouse

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My Moon My Man – Feist

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Paper Planes – M.I.A.

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Seven Days of the Week – They Might Be Giants

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Tears Dry on Their Own – Amy Winehouse

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Tell Me ‘Bout It – Joss Stone

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Time to Pretend – MGMT

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To the Dogs or Whoever – Josh Ritter

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And my song of shame for 2007: American Wedding – Gogol Bordello

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 And what are YOUR favorite songs from the year of 2007?

Ten Favorite Songs of 2006


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2006.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken – Camera Obscura

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Wind and Rain – Crooked Still

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Rainbows in the Dark – Tilly & The Wall

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Sleep Don’t Weep – Damien Rice

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On the Radio – Regina Spektor

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Wolf Like Me – TV on the Radio

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Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

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Dirty Knife – Neko Case

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Black Flowers – Yo La Tengo

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Emily – Joanna Newsom

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And my song video of shame for 2006 The song’s kind of bland, but I like this Red Hot Chili Peppers video for Dani California.

Ten Favorite Songs of 2005


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2005.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

The Charging Sky – Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins

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Jogando Capoeira – Beatfanatic

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Marty & Lou – Peter Mulvey

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Psyclone! –  Super Furry Animals

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Qué Onda Guero – Beck

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Sing Me Spanish Techno – The New Pornographers

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The Sporting Life – The Decemberists

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Sundress – Nolan McKelvey and 33

[you may hear a clip]

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Tribulations – LCD Soundsystem

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And my song of shame for 2005: Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson

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Ten Favorite Songs of 2004


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2004.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

bike thief – Freezepop

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Mad Tom of Bedlam –  Jolie Holland

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Max Ernst’s Dream – Mission of Burma

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Narc – Interpol

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One Voice – The Wailin’ Jennys 

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Sad, Sad, Sad, Sad (And Faraway From Home) – Peter Mulvey

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Sweet Susan – Mamadou

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And my song of shame for 2004: They – Jem

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What songs did you love in 2005?  Let me know in the comments!

Ten Favorite Songs of 2003


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2003.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

Ten more years to go!

Cheers to the First Snow –  The Benders

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Coin-Operated Boy – The Dresden Dolls

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Hey Ya! – OutKast

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Juice & June – Kris Delmhorst

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Mix Tape –  Jim’s Big Ego

[This song could be between any two others]

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Plea From a Cat Named Virtute – The Weakerthans

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Quelqu’un m’a dit – Carla Bruni

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Saint Simon – The Shins

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There, There (The Boney King of Nowhere) – Radiohead

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Twisted Niche – Hum Machine

[a clip at Amazon ]

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And my song of shame for 2003: Milkshake –  Kelis

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What are your favorite songs of 2003?  Let me know in the comments!

Ten Favorite Songs of 2002


And now the top ten songs of 2002.

Learn more about this project in the first post.

Banjo in the Rain – The Benders

[clip from CD Baby]

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Bob Hope & Charity – The Mekons

[clip from Amazon]

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Do You Realize? – The Flaming Lips

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Losing My Edge–  LCD Soundsystem

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Misery is the River of the World –  Tom Waits

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Nuclear War (Version 2) – Yo La Tengo

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NYC – Interpol

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The Old Man Doesn’t Like It – The Operators

[listen here]

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Oliver’s Army – Peter Mulvey

[clip on Amazon]

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Stop Foolin’ Around –  Quicksound feat. Isabelle Rajotte

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And my song of shame for 2002: Whenever, Wherever – Shakira

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Ten Favorite Songs of 2001


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2001.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

Drag Queens in Limousines – Mary Gauthier

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Gentle Arms of Eden – Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer

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Honeyed Out –  Kris Delmhorst

[just a clip on Amazon]

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I Wish – The Kevin Hanson Trio

[just a clip on Italian Amazon]

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Last Nite – The Strokes

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lazy –  Freezepop

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Man It’s So Loud in Here – They Might Be Giants

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1982 – Miss Kittin & Hacker

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(Where Do I Begin) Love Story (Away Team Remix) – Shirley Bassey

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Willow Tree –  The Resophonics

[sad face]

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And my song of shame for 2001: Can’t Get You Out of My Head – Kylie Minogue

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Ten Favorite Songs of 2000


New decade. New century.  New top ten list for the year 2000.

I seem to still be in the middle of my my folk music and electronica phase.

Learn more about this project in the first post.

Blackbirds – Erin McKeown

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Frontier Psychiatrist – The Avalanches

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Last Days of Disco – Yo La Tengo

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The Littlest Birds – The Be Good Tanyas

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Me & Mr Sutton (Plug 97 Rmx) –  DJ Maus

[A link to a link where you can hear this track]

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No Place Like the Right Time – Donna The Buffalo

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Prince Charming – Jim’s Big Ego

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Still The Night – Paperboys

[listen to a clip on Amazon]

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Tanglewood Tree – Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer

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Wings of the Ragman –  Peter Mulvey

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And my song of shame for 2000:  Who Let the Mets Out by Baja Men

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What were your top songs for Y2K?

Ten Favorite Songs of 1999


The decade ends.  The century ends.  The lists go on.

The project continues with my favorite songs of 1999.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

C’Est Un Rital – Michèle Bernard

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Fast As I Can – Erin McKeown

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K-Mart Shopping (Hi-Fi Mix) – Nerio’s Dubwork Meets Kathy Lee – Josh Wink

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Praise You – Fatboy Slim

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Starálfur – Sigur Rós

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Steal My Sunshine – Len

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Tuva Groove – Onda-R

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Unworthy – Cheryl Wheeler

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Woman Of Faith –  Eddie From Ohio

[Have faith that it’s good, even if you can’t stream it]

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You Are Invited – Dismemberment Plan

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And my song of shame for 1999: Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer

So, what did you party to in 1999?  Let me know in the comments.

Ten Favorite Songs of 1998


The project continues with my favorite songs of 1998.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

Can you believe that 1998 was 15 years ago already?  This is the year I reached the quarter-century mark, shortly after moving to Massachusetts.

By Way Of Sorrow – Cry Cry Cry

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Ghost Of Stephen Foster – Squirrel Nut Zippers

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The Ghost Of Tom Joad –  Rage Against The Machine

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History Repeating – Propellerheads & Miss Shirley Bassey

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Intergalactic – the Beastie Boys

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Jumblies – Jim’s Big Ego

[Can’t find the whole song online, but you can hear a clip here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jimsbigego4 ]

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The Rockafeller Skank – Fatboy Slim

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Tiger Woods – Dan Bern

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Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key – Billy Bragg & Wilco

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When I Go – Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer

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And as an added bonus, here’s Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer performing Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key:

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And my song of shame for 1998: We Like to Party – Vengaboys

What song from 1998 is stuck in your head!

Ten Favorite Songs of 1997


The project continues with my favorite songs of 1997.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

Best Black Dress – The Nields

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Brimful Of Asha – Cornershop

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The Drunken Piper – Natalie MacMaster

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Moby Octopad – Yo La Tengo

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No Surprises – Radiohead

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Peace in the Valley –  Alabama 3

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Reunion Hill –  Richard Shindell

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Tubthumping –  Chumbawamba

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Waste Some Time – Paperboys

[The Internet does not have time to waste on this song. :( ]

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You Will Go to the Moon –  Moxy Fruvous

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And my song of shame for 1997: Doctor Jones – Aqua

You’re probably not talking to me after that one, but if you are let me know of a song you love from 1997.