Sunday, March 05, 2006

Best of 2005: Music

Something about making lists appeals to my retrospective nature. As much as I enjoy looking forward to events to come, I love to look back on the past and more over, I love ranking things in order. I spent along time putting together my list of my 50 favorite songs of all time, and as 2005 wore on I began to make a list of the new music I was listening to that I enjoyed. Some of these songs were released in 2004, but due to not being on radio, a major label, or an American label I didn't hear them till '05. As was the case with the top 50 of all time, these are my favorite, and I am in no way saying they were the best, just the ones I liked best.

#50 D.H.T. - Listen To Your Heart. (It's a long list and there is room for a well sung cover or two.) #49 Anna Nalick - Consider This. #48 The Killers - Jenny Was a friend of Mine. #47 Kasey Chambers - Pony. (Quirky voiced Aussie country singer, I think she is interesting) #46 Sara Bareilles - Gravity (she'll be back on the list in '06.) #45 Gwen Stefani - Cool. #44 Keane - Everybody's Changing. #43 Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams. #42 Tristan Prettyman - Love Love Love. (I think she is going to be huge.) #41Kelly Clarkson - Addicted.

#40 Ani DiFranco - Knuckle Down (First of 3 from her new throwback album.) #39 Missy Higgins - The Cactus That Found the Beat. (Love Her.) #38 The Cat Empire - Two Shoes. #37 Foo Fighters - In Your Honor. #36 Weezer - Perfect Situation. #35 Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot. (They are pretty damn good.) #34 Scissor Sisters - Tits On the Radio. (it is a trip to actually hear this on the radio... in Australia) #33 The Postal Service - We Will Become Silhouettes. (Death Cab + Rilo = Great) #32 Sheryl Crow - Letter To God. #31 3 Doors Down - Let Me Go.

#30 Liz Phair - Everything Between Us. #29 Rilo Kiley - Portions For Foxes. (Just like the last two this is a great record, more to come) #28 Ani DiFranco - Studying Stones. #27 Natasha Bedingfield - These Words. #26 Coldplay - Fix You. (I really liked this whole record.) #25 Kanye West - Heard 'Em say. #24 Faithless - Mass Destruction. #23 The Killers - Mr. Brightside. #22 The Like - June Gloom (they have more potential then the first record show.) #21 The Streets - Fit But You Know It.

#20 Greenskeeper - Lotion (an homage to Silence of the Lambs, seriously.) #19 Son Volt - Bandages & Scars (Good to see Jay back making more great music.) #18 The Cat Empire - Miserere (another great import from down under.) #17 Death Cab for Cutie - What Sarah Said (great song that hasn't gotten air play...) #16 Green Day - Holiday (... because this amazing record was getting all the air play in '05.) #15 Cold Play - Speed of Sound (The signature single from X&Y.) #14 Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine (She's Back! And she brought a new twist on her old sound) #13 The Killers - Somebody Told Me. (Just try to not like this album.) #12 Killing Heidi - Undertow (Another clutch find by my Wife in Oz, they rock.) #11 Missy Higgins - Scar (My absolute favorite new artist of the year, more on the way)

#10 Ani DiFranco - Lag Time. Year after year Ani just keeps making it happen. Her writing is second to none, and her playing and singing just keep getting better with each passing year.

#9 Foo Fighters - DOA. You would be hard pressed to find a more complete rock outfit around today. Dave and the boys hit a homerun with In Your Honor

#8 Betchadupa - At Night. Bet you haven't heard of them. These Kiwi boys have a great sound, and amazing musical roots. See Split Enz, Crowded House etc.

#7 Ray LaMontagne - Trouble. Think about Jack Johnson, then add a ton more talent and better song writing skills.

#6 Tristan Prettyman - Songs for the Rich. West coast girl, with a silky voice and impressive lyrics. I won't even hold her close association with Jason Mraz against her.

#5 Weezer - Beverly Hills. These guys have been doing their own thing for almost 15 years now, and they excel at it. This song couldn't have been more radio friendly if it came with a canned Casey Kasem intro.

#4 Fallout Boy - Sugar We're Going Down. Love the Simpsons reference in the band name, and after putting up an initial fight I loved the song. More catchy than Pam Anderson's hep.

#3 Liz Phair - Why I Lie. All you 30 something hipsters who want to say Liz has lost something need to listen to this song. It is classic Liz and the guitar parts rock hard. Welcome back LP, and keep on makin' 'em, I keep on buyin' 'em.

#2 Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends. This was one of the best records put out in the last few years, and I thought this was the best song on it. I love that they can make radio friendly music that has a little something to say.

#1 Missy Higgins - The Special Two. I put it in my top 50 of all time, so it had to be number 1. I heard this song somewhere over the Pacific on a Quantas plane on my way to Australia. While we were there we kept hearing it because it is a great record. Missy is a top shelf song writer, and she is still so young. As she gets older she will become even better, I only hope she achieves all the success she desires, both at home and here in the US.

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