I found it extremely difficult to pick my favourite albums of 2009, so just imagine how difficult it was to pick my top songs. Thanks to the wonders of iTunes, I can tell you that I have about 1,200 songs that were released in 2009, which is a lot of music to sort through.
This year has produced some of my favourite songs of all time, not just of this year, so without further ado, here’s the list.
50. Andrew Bird – Effigy
49. Howling Bells – Cities Burning Down
48. Salem Al Fakir – It’s Only You (Part II)
47. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll
46. Dirty Projectors – Temecular Sunrise
45. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
44. Paul Dempsey – Ramona Was A Waitress
43. Muse – Resistance
Easily the best song on ‘The Resistance’. Complete with an almost Starlight-esque piano riff.
42. JJ – Things Will Never Be The Same Again
41. The XX – Crystalised
40. The Boxer Rebellion – Soviets
39. Passion Pit – Moth’s Wings
Perfectly captures Passion Pit’s unmistakable sound.
38. Cloud Control – Gold Canary
37. Sunset Rubdown – You Go On Ahead (Trumpet Trumpet II)
36. The Chairs – Horse With Hoof Guns
35. Harlem Shakes – Sunlight
34. The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing
A song that reveals a lot of promise from one of the buzz bands of the moment.
33. Fanfarlo – Ghosts
32. Boy And Bear – Mexican Mavis
If you like Fleet Foxes, you will like Boy And Bear.
31. Phoenix – Lisztomania
30. The Antlers – Kettering
Very intricate, layered, and complex, like most of Hospice.
29. Franz Ferdinand – Ulysses
Cool as hell.
28. The John Steel Singers – Masochist
27. The Chairs – I Wish
One of the most intelligent songs of the year.
26. Metric – Gimme Sympathy
25. Your Twenties – Billionaires
24. Lisa Mitchell – Neopolitan Dreams
23. Jonathan Boulet – A Community Service Announcement
22. Pearl Jam – Just Breathe
A beautiful acoustic ballad from the grunge rockers.
21. Miike Snow – Animal
I don’t care if it was on ‘Gossip Girl’, it’s dam good.
20. Freelance Whales – Generator ^ First Floor
19. Yves Klein Blue – Polka
I do not encourage the use of drugs.
18. Kasabian – Fire
17. Animal Collective – My Girls
16. Mumford And Sons – Sigh No More
15. Fool’s Gold – Surprise Hotel
14. Dent May – Oh Paris!
Quirky, clever, and heartfelt.
13. Dirty Projectors – Stillness Is The Move
12. The National – So Far Around The Bend
These guys can’t do a thing wrong, even if it’s a standalone song as part of the compilation ‘Dark Was The Night’, which band members helped to produce.
11. Phoenix – 1901
Cross-promotion material that manages to still be cool.
10. Harlem Shakes – Niagara Falls
9. Dirty Projectors (With David Byrne) – Knotty Pine
Another ‘Dark Was The Night’ song, this my favourite off the compilation album.
8. Girls – Lust For Life
Lo-fi summer pop with lyrics that bite.
7. The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
Was a single last year, but only released as part of an album this year. Shut up, it still counts.
6. Mumford And Sons – Little Lion Man
It’s everywhere, but there’s a good reason for that.
5. Harlem Shakes – Strictly Game
How can they make music this good sound so effortless? So very very catchy and happy. My favourite video of the year, it’s very clever.
4. Red Riders – Ordinary
I like this song.
3. Yves Klein Blue – Getting Wise
Music as it should be. Clever lyrics that don’t repeat too much, plenty of hooks, and an overwhelming sense of cool.
2. White Rabbits – Percussion Gun
A brutal, tribal drum beat, very cool piano interludes, and impassioned vocals make this song special. And demand that it be listened to at full volume. Awesome video clip.
1. The Middle East – Blood
The most gorgeous, heartfelt, and mesmerising song imaginable. Hypnotising vocal harmonies, an Arcade Fire style majestic climax, and a finger-picked acoustic guitar, what more could you want?