This is the first of a three part countdown of the best songs of the year.
(Note: Not every song is for every person, there may be some songs that you consider innapropriate; I do not recommend everything that I like for everyone. Proceed with your own discretion.)
75. Lupe Fiasco “Deliver”
Lupe’s track about the pizza man not being willing to deliver to the ghetto is a great track for our current climate, it does lose points for all the mentioning it does of various pizza places.
74. Lost in the Trees “Rites”
73. Sohn “Artifice”
72. Norma Jean Martine “No Gold”
A great indie pop song, a singer that likely deserves more attention.
71. Mac DeMarco “Salad Days”
70. Jenny Lewis “Slippery Slopes”
69. Schoolboy Q “Collard Greens”
The best track from Q’s album, which I liked not loved, it’s got Kendrick who elevates just about anything he is on.
68. The Notwist “Kong”
67. Cloud Nothings “Psychic Trauma”
66. Sharon Van Etten “Taking Chances”
65. A Sunny Day in Glasgow “In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing”
Heard this band described as a bunch of school band nerds coming together to make music with a punk-tinge. That fits this sorta catchy sort of chaotic orchestral track.
64. Howler “Don’t Wanna”
Howler makes great beach rock/punk for slackers everywhere. This song assures the listener that they have the autonomy to do whatever they want, the greatest line being a battle between “you don’t have to listen to The Smith’s if you don’t want to” and “you don’t even have to date girls if you don’t want to”.
63. Sia “Chandelier”
62. Manchester Orchestra “The Ocean” (from “Hope”)
From the acoustic version of their album “Cope” which was released a few months later, the song is changed completely into a piano led ballad relying on Hull’s voice entirely–which is really the best part of the band.
61. The War on Drugs “Burning”
60. White Lung “Drown With the Monster”
59. Cymbals Eat Guitars “Child Bride”
58. Sharon Van Etten “I Love You But I’m Lost”
Van Etten’s album is filled with love long lost songs and this one expresses her feelings completely as she mourns her own failures in love.
57. Lykke Li “Sleeping Alone”
56. The War on Drugs “Eyes to the Wind”
55. Iceage “Forever”
54. Manchester Orchestra “Girl Harbor”
53. Cloud Nothings “Now Hear In”
52. Joyce Manor “Christmas Card”
51. Parkay Quartz “Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth”
The side project of Parquet Courts (who you will see on plenty of upcoming lists) that features most of the original band. This song could actually fit perfectly on a Courts record, as a slow stripped down song that slowly builds.