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Friday, April 11, 2008

The Top 5 Songs of 2008 (Well...So Far)

At the end of every year, Audio Overflow always has the big Top 31 Albums of the year countdown. It's kind of a big deal. I literally keep a spreadsheet throughout the year and add and remove albums from it as time passes. But for songs, I tend to be a lot less set in stone. What I'm into changes drastically throughout any given year, so what may be a great song in January may have totally worn on me by June. So if you were to ask me right now what my favorite songs of 2008 were, I would respond with these picks.

#5: "Backfire at the Disco" by The Wombats, from The Wombats EP - It wasn't too long ago that I was against anything that sounded remotely "punk." Can you blame me? My only exposure to said genre, aside from Iggy Pop or The Ramones, was what MTV presented to me. That means, Blink 182, Simple Plan, Sum 41, and a whole lot of other bands that are too crappy too recall. But The Wombats are an indie punk band that I actually like. Their music is a little more complicated than their MTV counterparts and the melodies and lyrics are totally more enjoyable. This song is just a humorous little song that I can't get enough. I totally sing along to it in my a British accent of course.

#4: "Market Girl" by Headlights, from the album, Some Racing, Some Stopping - This is one of those songs that may or may not make it through the year. As it currently stands, I find the guitars in this song to be absolutely infecting. It's definitely one of the catchier songs that Headlights has ever made, which is saying a lot actually. I listen to this CD when I'm in the shower and this song always comes on right about the time I'm getting out. That means I always have to resist the urge to dance to it, because I'd be completely naked...and who knows what that could possibly mean about me. TMI?

#3: "Dark Leaves From a Thread" by Destroyer, from the album, Trouble in Dreams - I never got around to reviewing this album, mostly because I find Den Bejar's work to be difficult to explain or critique. If you're at all familiar with his work, though, you'll know that this is one of his more enjoyable tunes, complete with a convincing vocal performance and (believe it or not) a melody that begs to be sung along to. When Dan sing, "Perfectly at home with this dread/ dark leaves from a thread!" I can't help but syncopate head bangs with his lyrics. It's just a really great song that proves that you don't need actual lyrics to make a great chorus.

#2: "Mansard Roof" by Vampire Weekend, from their self-titled album - I can't help it. Every time I hear the first three notes of this song, I must shout out, "I see a mansard roof through the trees!" with the biggest smile on my face. This song is one of the most enjoyable songs I've heard in quite a long time. It's so charming, so energetic, yet lethargic; who couldn't like every second of it? That's pretty much all I have on this one. Listen to it and you'll know what I mean.

#1: "Sea Green, See Blue" by Jaymay, from the album, Autumn Fallin' - If you're noticing a theme in the songs that I've listed so far, it's that I totally dig a song that you can sing along to. If you can't sing along to it, it loses a lot of points in my book. This song from Jaymay is no different. The odd thing is that I find myself whistling or humming the chorus (which itself is just hums) to this song at random times throughout the day, even if I haven't heard it in a week. It's just one of the best, most touching songs that has come out this year. I have a pretty good feeling that this one will end up in my top 5 by year's end, and I wouldn't be surprised if it stayed in the #1 spot. It's simply that good. Listen for yourself in the playlist I've provided below.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hate your list its boring!!