As always I want to know what were your favorites this year? Is my list ass backwards? Was your favorite jam never even mentioned on TBE? Do you agree with me 100 percent and are wondering if I enjoy long walks on the beach? Let me know!
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25 – â™« Ratatat – Neckbrace / If the other songs on LP4 were as bonafide as this jam then we’d have ourselves a best album contender!
24 -â™«Â Georgia Fair – Picture Frames / The word ‘catchy’ just doesn’t do this toe tapper justice. What may seem like aÂ straightforwardÂ folk-rock jam has been steadily climbing up my play-count list since it wasÂ recommendedÂ 3 months ago.
23 – â™« I Blame Coco – Caesar feat. Robyn / Yes! This song gets me hyped every time! Tear shit up! Rawk n Roll! Grrrl Pwwrr! Whutehver!
22 – â™«Â Javelin – Oh! Centra / The best rapping squirrel spitting rhymes about abusing zoo animals over a nintendo beat and you’ve got one of the weirdly freshest jams all year.
21 – â™«Â Moneybrother – Born Under A Bad Sign / A perfectÂ introductionÂ to Moneybrother and his bag of talented tricks. I keep reaching for this jam when in need of a big stomping sing-along. I recommend you do too.
20 – â™«Â Is Tropical – The Greeks / Gritty, fuzzy, bleepy, and massively huge, this jam is for pumping loud and getting weird.
19 – â™« Germany Germany – Radiowave ft. Jessica Morgan / I put this song on for my brother the other day and when it drops in at 0:24 all I heard him say from the other room was “Oh, shit!” That’s just about the same reaction I had the first time. And really every time since.
18 – â™«Â Hot Chip – Alley Cats / Hot Chip can do great dance but this is a reminder that they can do even greater chill. Emotional, delicate, infectious, and even groovy, this jam is undeniable.
17 – â™« Robyn – Dancing On My Own / Robyn brings her A-game with this “comeback single” of sorts. Big enough to rock out too while tender enough to hit the heart. Pop music at it’s finest.
16 – â™« Museum of Bellas Artes – Who Do You Love? / I have no idea what’s going on with that percussion but it’s pretty damn awesome. Part crunchy, part slappy, part floppy, but all funky, and perfect underneath that great voice. And that synth soloing!? Epic!
15 – â™« Biffy Clyro – Bubbles / A mountain of an epic album is capped with this rock nugget that had me on a mandatory listening schedule for weeks. Singing along to that chorus at top volume is a total blast! There’s a girl, there’s a girl,… And that guitar build up at 3:26? Whaaaaaaa! Spine tingling!
14 – â™«Â Minus The Bear – My Time / This is just a jam. Plain and simple.
13 – â™« Steel Train – You and I Undercover / This song lifts me off the ground every time I hear it. It’s an audio adventure! Which reminds me, I really should listen to the rest of the album, I’ve had it for weeks. It’s just hard to move past this jam.
12 – â™« Tokyo Police Club – Breakneck Speed / Sure, so maybe I love this jam for it’s dizzying rock-ness as much as I do for it initiallyÂ signalingÂ TPC’s return. That’s hardly a bad combo!
11 – â™« Kensington – Safe / Bam! And we’re off! “Safe” is a tightly would steel-ball of a reminder that an overdone sound can still be rocked with fresh style and energy. Don’t mind me if I remind myself again!
10 – â™« Caribou – Odessa / Arriving in the dead of winter, “Odessa” brought a sideways hope for sparkling summer nights. I only wish the rest of the album was this flawlessly danceable and infectious.
9 – â™«Â Nas and Damian Marley – As We Enter / If you had any doubts of the quality of this collaboration, they areÂ annihilatedÂ within the fist seconds of this opening track. The Mulato Astatke sample provides the perfect backdrop for both of these vocalists to let us know they mean serious business.
8 – â™«Â Miike Snow – Billie Holiday / Oooooo hooooo hooooo! That intro get’s my blood pumping! New Miike Snow is killing it! I only wish they had played this jam one of the times I saw them last year.
7 – â™« Local Natives – Who Knows Who Cares / This non-single mellow jam from Gorilla Manor snuck up as the standout deep-breath, eyes closed, sing along track that I have been using to introduce the band to everyone who will listen. Though, it could be that I’m the only one so in love with this jam.
6 – â™« Erik Hassle – Hurtful (2010 Single) | Erik Hassle – Hurtful (2009 album) / Ok, so we’ve got two very different versions of the same excellent song. Take your pick which one you like (They are almost tied in my iTunes) and enjoy accordingly. Last year’s album version is more spacey and sparse but somehow so much bigger. This year’s single version is much more produced and full, giving it more instant dance/radio appeal. Erik is working with more sugar than spice on both but it’s so soulful and well crafted that I just love it.
5 – â™« Civil Civic – Less Unless / And now we get the spice, hold the sugar! It’s Civil Civic beach partyÂ apocalypseÂ time! Surf your way to the nextÂ dimensionÂ on this distorted-to-hell dance party that I can’t get enough of!
4 – â™« Theophilus London – Humdrum Town / Oh man, so many nights I played this before bed. Theo may be singing about my former home instead of my current, but it still strikes a timeless chord. “Humdrum Town” feels like more of an emotional state than an actual place, anyway. Perfect for dancing alone in the dark and reflecting on the day/week/month/year.
3 – â™« Safe – Twenty Years On / I didn’t get into this one right off the bat but once I did it was game over for any other track trying to take top mellow-song status. It’s appropriate that he is singing about dreaming here because that’s exactly what this song feels like: a perfect dream.
2 – â™« Das Racist – Rainbow in the Dark / Das Racist snuck onto last years Part 1 list almost as a joke but this year’s jam is all business. Ok, so it’s actually pretty funny too but you get the point. I am not a big rap guy but I can’t get enough of this track and still crack a smile every time.
1 – â™« The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio / 6 months ago I would never have guessed that a National song would be topping this list but looking at it now it completely makes sense. Their albums are such smooth affairs that they never jump to mind but more than a few of their individual tracks have vice-gripped my ears. “Bloodbuzz Ohio” is a jolt of soul to the heart and moves me every time I hear it (in both senses of the phrase).
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