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|DaveyBoy's Top 40 Songs Of 2009|
Ok, here goes nothing... & I'm going to be more informal than on my other 2 year-end lists. I found ordering the top songs of the year much more difficult than the top albums. On any given day, pretty much anything I have rated from 1 through 12 could have been my #1. I originally had this list as a top 25, but 40 seems more appropriate & traditional for songs. The rules here are that only songs (not necessarily singles) which first appeared on 2009 released albums are eligible. This rules out tracks such as Emery's 'The Smile, The Face' & Passion Pit's 'Sleepyhead' (both of which appeared on prior EPs) & Rise Against's 'Savior' (my 2008 song of the year that was released as a single this year, but appeared on the band's 2008 album). After much umming & ahhing, I have also gone with the "one song from each artist" rule, which probably ruled out only 2 tracks: 'Down River' by The Temper Trap & 'Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)' by Florence & The Machine.
|1||Florence and the Machine|
An absolutely mesmerizing song that was amazingly only released as the album's 4th single. Fantastic rhythms, an impressive double chorus and of course that captivating voice of Florence Welch. What I may like the most about the cut is how well-structured it is. I love the way it builds up to its satisfying climax.
Stone Cold Sober
A rousing, character-filled, theatrical, rollicking roller-coaster ride of a debut single, with quite possibly the most infectiously catchy chorus of the year.
Haters be gone. I absolutely love the volume & tempo changes in this addictive song, while the danceable chorus includes the most infectious riff of the year. Dang, dang, dang, dang, dang. Dang, dang, dang, dang.
That Golden Rule
This song is the prototype to what Muse's new album should have sounded like: Energetic rapid-fire verses, frantic riffs, pleading howls, a solid chorus & an orgasmic symphonic metal finale.
A Sin To Hold On To
Soaring melodies & guitar lines, an uplifting chorus, a sing-along breakdown. It's just so darn catchy. I could go on and on, but I've written enough about the greatness of Emery over the past month or so.
A fantastically theatrical & motivational cut that seamlessly uses every musical technique in the book.
(featuring Daniel Merriweather) A personal memorial to a deceased friend that includes a sweeping orchestral arrangement, this is a heartfelt & emotional hip-hop ballad with a simple, but fittingly spot on, chorus provided by the soulful Daniel Merriweather.
Bless Those (Little Annie's Prayer)
Right here is what happens when you put 4 maestros in a room together. Truly astounding, this seamlessly transitions from a bluesy twang to a metallic riff, and then finally to a mind-blowing solo that will have you on your knees either playing air-guitar or proclaiming "we are not worthy". The most amazing fact however, is how Vernon Reid's virtuoso guitar performance does not overshadow the remainder of the band. The vibrant and well-defined bass-lines of Doug Wimbish, the punchy drums of Will Calhoun, and the character-adding vocals of Corey Glover all make this a real musician's piece.
Save Our Selves (The Warning)
The best cover of the year (hi Adam). Seriously, this is the check-your-head-at-the-door sing-along of '09. A body-mover of epic proportions, there are so many hooks tightly packed into its modest running time that it is practically impossible to ignore.
One reviewer called Passion Pit "dance music for those who don't like dance music". Another said "this makes me happy". Those 2 comments sum up this euphoric song very well.
|11||Closure In Moscow|
It's rocky, it's dancey. It's dancey, it's rocky. Finkle, Einhorn. Einhorn, Finkle. OMG Einhorn is Finkle. And Sweet#hart is both rocky & dancey. "Too much head, too little heart, oh honey". Should have been the most hyped Oz song of the year, but instead that was probably the track 2 spots down...
Excellently arranged from the tribal rhythms, glitchy synth, layered handclaps & background "la la la la's" all the way through to Bertie's beguiling vocals.
|13||The Temper Trap|
Sweet melodies, soaring vocals & atmospherically layered guitars make this likeable song sound like a hybrid of U2 and TV on the Radio.
Maybe not the most complete song on an excellent & consistent LP, but the orchestral arrangement is strong throughout & the final minute or so is quite simply the musical moment of 2009 (excluding Kanye's interruption of Taylor Swift of course).
You Were The Cancer
This song didn't hit me as immediately as it did most people, but when it did, it definitely packed a wallop. It builds up terrifically over its 6 minutes & Geoff Rickley's emotional vocals provide a fantastic payoff.
|16||Mumford and Sons|
Little Lion Man
The best banjo work since Deliverance. Speaking of catchy choruses, this could be the one that tops them all. I'll get around to listening to the entire album some time soon!
"Wooooo". Album is over-rated & 'Little Secrets' is better, but this is still strong in the way it builds up to its memorable chorus. Plus, I now know what "adobe slats" are now.
Help I'm Alive
Part of a fantastic opening duo to a great album, this is a hooky & alluring cut that is top-notch both musically & vocally.
|19||Taking Back Sunday|
An often forgotten song which sees TBS finding their sweet spot & even adding some effectively biting lyrics.
When Love Takes Over
(featuring Kelly Rowland) A memorable and euphoric melody perfectly combining the piano hook from Coldplay's 'Clocks', swirling synths, an insistent beat and Kelly Rowland's splendid vocals. I had to have one worldwide smash hit on here & it seems this is it.
(featuring Wale) While most preferred Merriweather's 'Red, I lean more towards the lead single from the promising debut LP. A hooky piano loop and Mark Ronson's trademark horns ably assist the vocal contribution from rapper Wale, whose alternate verses surprisingly work a treat in combination with Merriweather's distinctively soulful voice.
Dunno what some Aussies see in this band, but I'm strong enough to admit this song is the funnest, catchiest piece of 80's pop we've heard for a while. The video is pretty cool too.
"Owwwww" A great first 40 seconds or so & a catchy-as-hell chorus highlight the best cut of AFI's move into more traditional rock music.
Talk about a one-song album. I guess one attempt had to work in the scattershot approach of infusing synths into their indie-rock sound. This did & when Tom Smith recites the key words of "it kicks like a sleep twitch", there is not only a palpable anticipation leading up to it, but he makes it somehow sound vitally important.
I Dread The Night
Gallows do hooky melodies & an anthemic sing-along looking for their Rise Against moment. Wonders will never cease, but it was a pleasant surprise for yours truly.
Hold That Sound
In trying to fashion a newer more mainstream-sound, a disappointing album resulted... But this lead single catchily hit the mark & actually deserved more success that it ultimately achieved.
Born and Raised
I?m still deciding where this new album stands in amongst Alexisonfire's discography, but every time I hear this song I can feel what they're aiming for. Still needs more Dallas & less George though.
|28||Kate Miller Heidke|
Last Day On Earth
One of the biggest hits down under this year, this song is just as easy to hate as it is to love. Seemingly coming from nowhere, it will win you over if you allow it to.
"Well I'm bored, I'm bored"... "I found a new way". Synthesizers combine near-perfectly with the band's trademark dance-rock guitars to make for yet another thoroughly satisfying lead single from Franz.
All those new "pop-comedy" bands going around need to study the religion known as Bemisism. In amongst an even batch of songs, it is Crush'd that makes me smile the most. "My hair cannot commit to one popular genre of music".
It's difficult to dislike a song that basically combines the 3 singles from their previous album & throws in a nifty Kasabian riff to top it off.
From a slightly disappointing album, the lead single was a radio-ready highlight that included a winning piano line, jangly guitars & super infectious sing-along chorus.
With Twilight's 'Decode' stealing some headlines, many overlooked what a strong cut 'Ignorance' was. Sure, it's no 'Misery Business', but it's still catchy in a beefier way.
|34||Dance Gavin Dance|
Technically proficient guitar-work successfully balances a jazzy progressive nature with a melodic dance-rock vibe. It's pretty darn accessible for DGD too.
I've Got Friends
I could have picked a few songs from my #6 album of the year, but I ended up going for the catchiest, most memorable one that has me coming back frequently.
"That's what makes my life so f**kin' fantastic". The lead single from my biggest surprise album of the year contains a whole bunch of cheeky lyrics amongst a catchy backdrop.
Set Fire to The Hive
Bzzz, bzzzz. Hey, this clocks in at under 10 minutes. This is good... Maybe even so good that it could have snuck on to a Birds of Tokyo LP. Haha.
Empire State of Mind
(featuring Alicia Keys) standard Jay Z rapping, but a nice tribute to NYC overall & Keys' chorus is fantastic.
I really liked the dancey vibe of this song the moment I heard it. Why I haven't followed up & listened to the album so many months later will remain one of 2009's greatest mysteries.
I Want You To
Catchy & charming as anything you're likely to hear this year... But I'm still scared to listen to the remainder of the album.
|This took me way too long to rank & write up. It may have to be a top 10 next year... Or the best of the best (which would have been a top 12 this year).|
|need a blow-dry?|
|chambered just wants some Japadroids haha|
Good to see Little Lion Man here, just like it's good to see Hauritz take another 5 for
|"Album is over-rated & 'Little Secrets' is better"|
my god no.
|Great choice for #1. That song still gives me little chillies when i listen to it.|
5, 8, 9(lol@the description), **11**, 14, 23, 27, 37 are all top contenders in my book too.
|Thanks for the explanation Dougie. I now have the Mumford album so will listen to it soon.|
You know it's true tombits... You're just trying to be Sputnik-Cool.
Thanks Jeff. I'm certain I heard about one-tenth of the songs you heard this year.
Thanks Brah. It was a tough choice, but those chillies you are talking about is exactly why I have it at #1.
|Lol Davey, enough bitching about Karnivool's song lengths. Although i would have picked you liking All I Know better than Set Fire to the Hive|
|I'm not getting to you am I Billy? Just stretching the joke and/or exaggerating my opinion.|
I do like 'All I Know' a lot, but I do actually prefer 'Set Fire to the Hive'.
Unsure if you know, but those 2 songs landed #2 & #3 in the Rage Top 50 this year. 'Broken Leg' was #1.
|"You know it's true tombits..."|
To be honest, Passion Pit annoy me to no end. Them and Animal Collective is a weird comparison to make either way though.
|Yeah, it is a weird comparison. One band take themselves way too seriously & the other one has fun. LOL.|
Seriously, people around here are always telling me I make weird comparisons. I'm pretty broad like that. I understand the vocals & lyrics differ, but the bottom line is that I think 'MPP' & 'Manners' are both indie-influenced dancey pop.
|emery, passion pit... you and i will never get along! haha.|
|Its cool, provides humor around the place. Personally, I'm more of a fan of All I Know, it's one of my favourites on the album. Huge fan of that kind of retarded alt rock. You should youtube the acoustic version they did for nova in Sydney. A-MAZ-ING.|
And yeah, I did know that. :)
|It does indeed seem like we're coming from opposite directions tombits. Oh well, we can still be friendly about it.|
I'm a bit surprised it's one of your faves Billy. And it does indeed seem like a song that would go down well acoustic.
Serious question mate; Are they likely to jam a long song at BDO? Would they over-restrict themselves over such a short set?
|From what i think, the set will be something like this:|
Set Fire To The Hive
All I Know
I know for a fact if Themata and Roquefort don't get played riots will happen. Then, with that. The could take out maybe simple boy and Shutterspeed and stick in Change or Deadman. New Day is somewhat long, but it causes huge sing a longs so it should be fine.
|Hell of a lot of good stuff here man!|
absolutely love seeing Kasabian, Franz and Paramore and Muse.
|This is a nice list Davey - I love 14.|
|Ta for that Billy. I must say that set looks pretty darn good on paper. Alright, I won't bring my BoT>Karnivool sign. ;-)|
Thanks Croc. Knew you'd like a few of them. No room for Green Day or Vultures though.
|haha It's okay, and Living End haven't released an album this year so your alright :P|
|great list davey, 1, 3, 4, 17, 24, 25, 29 and 35 are all excellent|
|Thanks Ali. You didn't like 'Stone Cold Sober'?|
Oh my... I just realised that my top 4 songs of the year were all British!
You missed my crappy first attempt at a 2009 list. I didn't really think about it and left out like 5 albums so I deleted it.
|Very nice list Davey, serious props for 15|
|nice list davey, and the rest of raditude doesn't even come close to 40, so you may want to skip listening to it. |
|LOL Ross. You are a very organised person, aren't you. I hope you're still going to put together a list.|
Ta Mike... I'll probably eventually give the Weezer album a listen, but I'm not really looking forward to it.
|I'm going to give it a much more organised approach tomorrow and might even do deions. I was going to today but my Mono one ended up being about 500 words =/. One sentence summaries is what I'm gonna aim for.|
|"You didn't like 'Stone Cold Sober'|
cant say ive heard it. i ll look into it though
|just listened 6, it was pretty gay tbh|
|Where gay = awesome right?|
|Ross, one sentence summaries was also what I was aiming for above. At least with the albums, I planned ahead & was doing sound-offs throughout the latter half of the year.|
Quite unbelievable Ali. I thought it was top 10 in the UK for a while.
No Ross. Gay = happy. That's what the song is about. You're stressed, then you be calm & then you're happy.
|nah I meant that the song was bad.|
|You'd be in the minority on this website then as the album made the staff top 30 & will likely be higher in the upcoming users list... & that song was seen as one of the highlights.|
|some of these are really awesome!|
|it could have been for all i know. that song was pretty good though and i can see her getting big in the future|
|By the way... That "The Blackout" song is soooo goood :)|
|Lots of good stuff. Nice to see 34, my second favorite off Happiness.|
|Whattaya mean "some" musicaddiction? ;-) |
... & don't let Knott-Strikey hear you say that about 'Save Our Selves'.
Glad to hear you like it Ali. Ity got my attention immediately & only grew from there. Check out my review of her album if you're interested.
Thanks SHAKEandBAKE. That album really surprised me tbh. What was your fave?
|how did i miss this?!?! again, great list (except "fire" arghagha gagaga)|
but seriously, how have you not listened to phoenix. i am invalidating the staff top 50 as evidently no one has listened to it
|What's this about Lady Gaga singing 'Fire'? LOL. Haters be gone.|
I apologize for my Phoenix indiscretion. I doubt it would have made my top 25 anyway, but only time will tell. I think it got a low vote or 2 in the staff rankings. I'm sure a few of the staff did listen to it.
|1 and 4 and 29 make my top 10 too. |
Is it weird Death of Autotune makes my top 10 too
I actually don't mind D.O.A Titan. I think it got harshly criticized by many. But I still prefer ESOMind a little more.
|4, 5, 15, and 27 ftw|
|Good to see I'm getting a few positive comments on Alexisonfire's 'Born and Raised'. I wasn't certain if that would be seen as the best somg on that album tbh.|
And yeah, 'That Golden Rule' rules.
|I'd say its one of the top four along with Young Cardinals Emerald Street and The Northern.|
The Northern being the best :)
|I definitely like 'Young Cardinals'. I really need to listen to that album more.|
|I need to too, just barely missed my best of 09.|
|I haven't totally decided on a rating for it since I haven't given it a detailed listen, but it's likely to be one of many solid 3.5's. |