My favorite songs released this year, in no order:
Cut Copy - So Haunted.m4a
buy In Ghost Colours
Addictive and hypnotizing.
Coldplay - Lost!.m4a
buy Viva La Vida
An enthusiastic backbone with power pop lyrics.
Reynaldo - Brothers Forever.mp3
The only good thing to ever come out of American Idol.
Lykke Li - Little Bit.mp3
buy Youth Novels
Swedish with a light voice, a lovely sweet song.
Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.m4a
buy Vampire Weekend
Why be "A-Punk" when you can lean into this floaty Caribbean beat instead?
Besnyo - No!.m4a
Another great exclamation-point song, from a fab band out of Buffalo NY.
The Hood Internet - The Year This Club Broke (My Heart) [Usher (feat. Young Jeezy) vs Los Campesinos!].mp3
The year's best mash-up.
Flight of the Conchords - Bret, You've Got It Goin' On.mp3
buy Flight of the Conchords
This isn't from the album, but the best song from the show.
Islands - Vertigo (If It's a Crime).m4a
buy Arm's Way
11 minutes of sheer epic awesomeness.
the Mountain Goats & Kaki King - Black Pear Tree.mp3
The Black Pear Tree EP is SOLD OUT so instead buy Heretic Pride
A wistful, sadder song.
Weezer - Pork & Beans.mp3
buy Weezer (The Red Album)
Too obviously catchy and lovable to not theme your summer.