John’s Top 25 Songs Of 2009

Later today, I will begin my alphabetical countdown of my 100 favorite songs of the last ten years (2000-2009), one each weekday, until I get through all of them. But, before that starts, I took some time to sit down and compile my 25 favorite songs of 2009. This was one of the best years for music in recent memory. What was different for me this year, compared to most, is that normally I have a lot of favorite albums… CD’s that I listen to all year, all the way through. This year, I have only a few albums that I enjoyed from beginning to end. So few that I may not even be able to rank them properly, but this was an amazing year for individual songs.

Here are my top 25 songs from the past year.

1. Brendan Benson – Garbage Day

You might know Brendan Benson from his stint as a member of The Raconteurs, but before that he had a successful solo career. After two CD’s with The Raconteurs he released My Old Familiar Friend, his fourth studio album, this year. “Garbage Day” is not only my favorite song on it, but my #1 song of 2009.

2. Neon Indian – Deadbeat Summer

For more info, check out our previous article Music Video Of The Week – December 11th, 2009.

3. Phoenix – 1901

A song that you just couldn’t escape in 2009. This was featured in at least one commercial, and the trailer for the film New York, I Love You.

4. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks

One of the best songs, and creepiest videos I saw this year.

5. Tune-Yards – Sunlight

Tune-Yards is the name used by New England musician Merrill Garbus. The CD was self-produced, partly recorded on a digital voice recorder and mixed using a shareware audio program.

Listen and download over at

6. Death Cab For Cutie – Little Bribes

7. Eels – That Look You Give That Guy

I was a fan of Eels back in the 90’s, but hadn’t heard anything from them recently until this year’s CD Hombre Lobo, and this heartbreaking track.  Check out the video featuring Top Chef‘s Padma Lakshmi.

8. Noisettes – Never Forget You

9. Dead Man’s Bones – Pa Pa Power

I usually cringe when I think of bands that are led by actors, but this one is the exception. The lead singer is actor Ryan Gosling, who recorded this album with the Silverlake Conservatory Of Music Children’s Choir.

10. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – 40 Day Dream

11. Fol Chen – Cable TV

12. The Dodos – Fables

13. The Fiery Furnaces – Cut The Cake

14. Miike Snow – Song For No One

That’s no typo… Miike Snow is actually a swedish band formed in 2007.

15. YACHT – The Afterlife

16. Camera Obscura – French Navy

17. Dirty Projectors – Stillness Is The Move

This song would have been higher if I’d made this list earlier in the year. I still enjoy it, but not as much as when it first came out. For more info, check out our previous article Got It Covered – Stillness Is The Move from November 15th, 2009.

18. The Decemberists – The Rake’s Song

I’ve been a fan of The Decemberists for several years now. This year they released their most ambitious CD, a rock opera called The Hazards Of Love which includes my #18 song of 2009. What’s not to like about a song that features a man whose wife dies while giving birth to their fourth child, and after that he murders his remaining children in various ways?

19. Simian Mobile Disco – Audacity Of Huge

Featuring vocals by Chris Keating, lead singer of the band Yeasayer. For more info, check out our previous article Music Video Of The Week – December 4th, 2009.

20. The Clientele – Harvest Time

21. Florence and the Machine – Kiss With A Fist

22. Air – Sing Sang Sung

For more information, check out our previous article Music Video Of The Week – November 20th, 2009.

23. Jamie Cullum – Music Is Through

24. Karen O And The Kids – All Is Love

Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs did most of the music for the film Where The Wild Things Are, including this song.

25. Das Racist – Combination Pizza Hut And Taco Bell (Wallpaper Remix)

Yes, this is REALLY a song!  Two guys, sounding like they’ve come straight out of an old Cheech and Chong routine, try to meet up at a Pizza Hut/Taco Bell. But they can’t find each other… and hilarity ensues!



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