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Friday, December 04, 2009

Best of 2009: Top 10 Party Jams

Let's say you're at this party, right? Dude who's rocking the music has to jet to pick up another case and he takes his iPod with him. This is your moment, your chance to impress every fine lady at that get-together. You take your iPod over to the stereo pick the flyest jam you have and then watch in anticipation as everyone at the party reacts to your choice of….Tone Loc?!?! Don't worry folks. If you ever get invited to another party, I've got you covered with the hottest party jams of '09! Throw some of these on, and I pretty much guarantee that it'll go over well. At the very least, they'll do better than "Funky Cold Medina."


#10. "Get Yo Shit" by Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, from the album, Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! - A little bit of humor goes a long way, and this song has quite a bit of it. That's the good news. The bad news is that there's a lot of talking that people will have to hush up to understand. Still, if you're at a party in Austin where everybody pretty much already knows the song, you'll be fine.

#9. "Swing Tree" by Discovery, from the album, LP - "Swing Tree" has the uncanny ability to appeal to a variety of music fans; hip hop, pop, r&b, heck…maybe even reggae. I threw this on one night much to the admiration of one young lady in particular. Hey, that's one better than I was doing up until that point.


#8. "Get it Right Now" by Del the Funky Homosapien, from the album, Funk Man - Ahh the ultimate party conundrum! People are demanding that someone put on some rap songs - because, well, they've been drinking and are therefore more easily susceptible to bad things - but you don't want to insult your own intelligence by playing a selection from the 99% of rap music that blows. What to do? Throw on some D.E.L. It always goes down smooth.


#7. "A.T.C." by Lesbian Fist, from the Lesbian Fist EP - Remember that bit about humor going a long way? Well, let's hope your party has an open sense of humor because Lesbian Fist is going to bring the goods, wrapped up in a nice little pop package. Keep an eye on peoples' faces as they ask themselves, "Did I really just hear that?" while simultaneously bouncing to one of the catchiest songs of 2009.


#6. "Little Secrets" by Passion Pit, from the album, Manners - Nobody had heard this song the first time I had played it for my friends at a social gathering. Since then, at least a few of them have picked up the CD because of this one. "Little Secrets" may not not pack the universal appeal of other songs on this list, but I'll be damned if it ain't a whole lot of fun singing to when you're a tiny bit inebriated.


#5. "1901" by Phoenix, from the album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - Okay, the car commercial pretty much ruined it for me too, but I'll be damned if this still isn't one of the best songs of 2009. That applies to whether you're listening at a party or at a party of one :(. Honestly, who doesn't love this song?


#4. "Daylight" by Matt & Kim, from the album, Grand - You would think that this song would be more off-putting to some than it actually is. Come to think of it, I don't recall ever having to change the song due to someone disliking it. It's a fun, poppy, piano-driven song that I have yet to tire of despite having listened to it several dozen times over the course of 2009.


#3. "ddd" by Wallpaper., from the album, Doodoo Face - Humor, again, does wonders, and "ddd" certainly packs in its share of one-liners. Sure, there may be one cowardly anonymous commenter on this blog who referred to Wallpaper. as "drivel" (most likely without ever listening to it seriously), but I have yet to introduce this song to anyone who has disliked it. Considering I tend to chill with a bunch of Ryan Adams and Regina Spektor fans, I'd say that's quite the achievement.


#2. "I'm On a Boat" by The Lonely Island (featuring T-Pain), from the album, Incredibad - Experience, just once, a whole room of people simultaneously singing "I Fucked a Mermaid" and you'll know why this one is awesome. 'Nuff said.


#1. "I Got Soul, I'm So Wasted" by Wallpaper., from the album, Doodoo Face - There are few songs in the world that have complete universal appeal. Wallpaper's first single from Doodoo Face has to come pretty close. Besides the fact that everybody (EVERYBODY) I know personally loves it, I still have yet to read a review of the album or the song that dismisses it as less than it is. Wallpaper's music is all about letting loose and having a good time and it goes about it in a satirical manner. So even those of us who hate most mainstream pop music can enjoy it. Nobody seriously sings about "throwing up in the bathroom stall" as an achievement, but Ricky Reed does. And if you've ever been in that sort of situation (guilty), then you'll be singing right along (also guilty). For me, this the unquestionable party jam of '09.

What's yours?

13 comments:

Rebecca said...

Why would hearing a song in a commercial ruin it for you?

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