Post by ListenToItTwice on Apr 10, 2012 8:16:22 GMT -5
okay so every year I take about a month listening through my library to create a list of my all-time favorite songs. In 2010 it was a top 100 list, in 2011 it was 200, and this year there are 300.
Here we go:
300. Next to Me: Emeli Sandé
Is she singing about God? A lover? A friend? Either way, she’s the latest and one of the greatest to come out of the BritPop Invasion of 2011-2012.
299. Get Out of this Town: Carrie Underwood
She has one of the most powerful voices in mainstream music, and sometimes she sings as if she actually gives a s**t. And when she does, it’s magical.
298. Underwear: KaraMel
Since this list has already lost all credibility, I might as well include the greatest guilty pleasure of all time. Degrassi’s Cassie Steele and some other Canadian chick chant “1 2 3 4 Get your panties on the floor” in this certified club banger.
297. “What’s Up?”: 4 Non-Blondes
It may have one of the most mocked choruses and vocals of all time, but if you can get past the quasi-yodeling “Hey-ey-ey-ey…,” then there’s plenty of room to appreciate the perfection of Linda Perry.
This album is/was/will always be the soundtrack of my adolescence. Dubbed the “anti-Britney” of the time, then-16-year-old Avril Lavigne tried to convince us that she’s unique in this gem. “Somebody rip my heart out, and leave me hear to bleed,” she pleads. Okay, Avril.
After being re-written to capitalize on Lovato’s publicity as a hero for young people living with bipolar disorder and bulimia, the ballad was released as Lovato’s comeback single. It had mixed success, but for one beautiful moment in time, we were rising from the ground. Like a skyscraper. Like a skyyyscraperrr. Like a skyscraper.
294. Power of Love: Hollie Cavanagh
Screw Celine Dion. Screw Air Supply. Screw that other woman who actually recorded it first and who isn’t sufficiently culturally relevant for me to remember her name. This is the best version of this pop standard ever recorded, and you will deal.
Post by ListenToItTwice on Apr 11, 2012 14:23:13 GMT -5
290. Optimistic Thought: Blues Traveler
Just some silly, light-hearted feel-goodery from the songwriting genius of John Popper.
289. Where is the Love?: The Black Eyed Peas
It’s kinda like social commentary, but in a world where “bacteria” rhymes with “cinema.” The only thing they’ve ever recorded that doesn’t make me want to have my temporal lobe removed.
288. I Don’t Want to Know: Fleetwood Mac
One of many standouts on one of the most solid albums ever recorded.
287. Stupid Hoe: Nicki Minaj
Flawless single artwork aside, Nicki Minaj delivers the true tea on this ruthless shadefest. Marking her territory in the rap world both literally and euphemistically: “I piss on bitches… I am the female Weezy,” Minaj delivers delightfully absurdist poetry against an electro-hop backing track.
286. Torn: Natalie Imbruglia
The best song about lying naked on the floor ever (narrowly beating Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me” in that category). Billboard rules at the time robbed this classic of an excellent Hot 100 run.
285. Howlin’ for You: The Black Keys
This is what cool would sound like if it could be harnessed and turned into a three-minute song.
284. Grace Kelly: MIKA
MIKA isn’t going to be told who to be, and he’s going to make sure you know that with fabulous falsetto and a melody lifted from The Barber of Seville.
283. Follow: Brandi Carlile
“Don’t let the world outside there break you,” Carlile warns on the first track of her first studio album. And she’s just gotten better since.
282. Heavy Cross: Gossip
Also known as “that song in that commercial with Charlize Theron.” This is badass dancepop.
281. Ready to Run: Dixie Chicks
“What’s all this talk about love?” Good question, Dixie Chicks. Good question.
Post by ListenToItTwice on Apr 12, 2012 12:21:13 GMT -5
270. The Fear: Lily Allen
UK diva Allen has something to say about our fame-obsessed reality-television: she loves it, and wants every part of it.
269. Send Me on My Way: Rusted Root
A fantastic song, whether or not you take the time to figure out what they’re saying. (I had always just assumed it was something about Matilda).
268. Dance Dance Dance: Lykke Li
Adorable and seductive all at once, Lykke Li’s narrator expresses herself with some interpretive physical movement.
267. One-Way Ticket (Because I Can): LeAnn Rimes
The ultimate “I’m over you and now I can do whatever the f**k I want” song. But not quite in those words. I mean, she was 13.
266. You Don’t Have to Go: Rachel Platten
In a jazzy tribute to a one-night stand, Platten reminds us that men aren’t the only ones with healthy sexual appetites.
265. Everything: Alanis Morissette
Morissette’s penchant for honest lyricism is in full display in this heartfelt thank-you to her fans.
264. Don’t Forget: Demi Lovato
It’s about as minimalist as Disney-girl pop songs can get, and it’s just lovely in every way.
263. Diet Mtn Dew: Lana Del Rey
Baroque pop’s mysterious bad girl Lana Del Rey sings about what could be endless love for the “Coney Island Queen.”
262. Call Them Brothers: Only Son ft. regina spektor
The husband and wife team of Jack Dishel and regina spektor use the Berlin Wall as a metaphor for a friendship hopelessly destroyed.
261. Landslide: Dixie Chicks
It may not have the power and sincerity of the original (don’t worry; that one comes later on the list), but nobody does three-part harmony like the Dixie Chicks, and this faithful cover is too beautiful to ignore.
Post by ListenToItTwice on Apr 13, 2012 12:20:29 GMT -5
260. Raise Your Glass: P!nk
It’s not fancy, it’s just dancey. Her words, not mine. A charming ode to being yourself.
259. Feel the Tide: Mumford & Sons
The chorus is Facebook-status appropriate optimism, but the verses are gloomy subtext-rich storytelling.
258. Heart Skips a Beat: Lenka
There’s a special brand of unbridled happiness that Lenka has a monopoly on in the pop world. This song about “trying hard not to resist the joy” may be her giggly magnum opus.
257. Sunrise: Norah Jones
Norah Jones’ provides a smooth, sultry ode to new beginnings.
256. The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
Originally offered to Cher, the song was first recorded by Vicki Lawrence, who made it a number-one hit before it became an enduring country hit for Reba McEntire. Synopsis: A man is falsely executed for a murder committed by his sister, the song’s narrator. The south is a mess.
255. Baobabs: regina spektor
Regina gets literary in this lovely lyrical nod to Le Petit Prince.
254. Since U Been Gone: Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson takes her break-up really, really, well in her 2005 signature hit. It’s belt-y, girl-power-y, and, yes, iconic. -y.
253. Ghost: Ingrid Michaelson
Ingrid’s just a bit more broken up about it. She’s in pieces. Maybe that’s why there’s a cat on her album over.
252. All Alright: fun.
With an anthemic chorus and rollicking verses, Nate Ruess sings about rejection and abandonment.
251. There’s Your Trouble: Dixie Chicks
Maniacal laughing on the single cover aside, this debut single by the greatest country group of all-time is just fantastic. Enough said.
Post by ListenToItTwice on Apr 15, 2012 9:08:46 GMT -5
240. If There Was No You: Brandi Carlile
Brandi Carlile extols the virtues of friendship while showing off the upper levels of her spectacular range.
239. Blinding: Florence + The Machine
Florence Welch delivers a bombastic, explosive tune about coming to life and seeing the world for what it is.
238. Hope in the Air: Laura Marling
With backing vocals from fellow British folk sensation Marcus Mumford, Marling gently, yet bitterly, coos about the hope she is denied.
237. Don’t Dream it’s Over: Sixpence None the Richer
It’s a cover of the Crowded House smash, but my partiality toward 90s ladies causes me to favor this version.
236. Whip It: Nicki Minaj
In this no-holds-barred dance song about inviting a stranger into one’s vagina (“it’s real nice and slippery inside”), Minaj declares that her “SAT scores was high, too.” It doesn’t get better than this.
235. Love, You’re a Whore: regina spektor
Love may be all you need, but it’s also a dirty prostitute and should be ashamed of itself. Regina’s gonna tell you why.
234. She’s Every Woman: Garth Brooks
Garth’s special lady is a delightful bundle of contradiction in this heartfelt ballad.
233. Rabiosa: Shakira ft. El Cata
Shakira’s at her sexiest in this one, in which she has some fairly specific instructions about what the listener is to do with her. Ignore the English version.
232. Die Alone: Ingrid Michaelson
Things suddenly feel different for Ingrid’s narrator, who combines the singer-songwriter’s sweetness with her introspective honesty for an album highlight that’s tastier than her “whole-grain bread.”
231. Breakaway: Kelly Clarkson
Kelly’s performance in this song is youth personified. “Make a wish, take a chance, make a change, and breakaway.” Go for it, Kelly. I’m rooting for you.
Post by ListenToItTwice on Apr 19, 2012 12:41:22 GMT -5
230. A Broken Wing: Martina McBride
One of Martina’s most memorable “girl power” hits, this number-one hit tells the tale of a woman who escapes an abusive husband.
229. The Long Way Around: Dixie Chicks
Following one of the most famed controversies and falls-from-grace in country music history, the Dixie Chicks staged an emotional comeback that culminated with their very last official single, a highly autobiographical and unapologetic anthem about refusing to “kiss all the asses.”
228. 3 AM: Matchbox Twenty
Arguably the most-memorable hit of the post-grunge movement in the late 90s, “3 am” is Rob Thomas’ four-minute memoir of his mother’s experience with cancer.
227. All We Are: Matt Nathanson
The absolute definition of a bittersweet ballad. “Every day’s the start of something beautiful.”
226. Warm Whispers: Missy Higgins
Sweet and seductive. The way she sings the words “warm honey and milk” is so smooth, it’s practically onomatopoeia.
225. Honestly: Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson wants the truth. She can handle it.
224. Is There Life Out There: Reba McEntire
Reba gets a tad political in this moving mid-tempo about a woman seeking to improve her life. The music video, which for some reason stars Huey Lewis as McEntire’s husband, is worth checking out. The CBS tv movie of the same, however, is not.
223. Superstar: Tegan and Sara
Don’t tell anyone, but I’m pretty sure that Tegan is my favorite songwriter out of the two.
222. Callin’ Baton Rouge: Garth Brooks
Garth spends all his spare change calling his Louisiana gal in this cover of New Grass Revival’s surprisingly progressive trucker song.
221. Jesus, Take the Wheel: Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood started her post-Idol career with a Country/Adult Contemporary/Christian crossover success and double-Grammy winner. Not bad.
Post by ListenToItTwice on Apr 24, 2012 16:13:19 GMT -5
220. Better - regina spektor
Regina questions the true value of friendly comfort.
219. Head Over Feet - Alanis Morissette
Can we just talk about how well this album still stands up? Despite changing time signatures about as many times as you can in a three-minute song, this is the sweetest track on Morisette’s multi-multi-multi-platinum US debut.
218. All Love - Ingrid Michaelson
This self-deprecating examination of a woman’s willingness to love stands out in Michaelson’s discography for all the right reasons.
217. Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
Remember when Katy Perry was obsessed with fruit imagery? I have no explanation.
216. She’s in Love with the Boy - Trisha Yearwood
Oh the nostalgia. Yearwood’s ode to young love on the farm embodies everything that was good about country music in the 90s: charming storytelling, timeless sentiment, and universal appeal.
215. I Will Remember You - Sara McLachlan
“Don’t let your life pass you by; weep not for the memories.” Stunning.
214. Reflection - Christina Aguilera
I know I’m in the minority here, but this is my favorite Disney song ever. I mean, come on: “Why is my reflection someone I don’t know?” Who can’t relate to that? WHO.
213. 1988 - Lauren O’Connell
A soft folksy ballad about the innocence we lose simply by being born. Flawless.
212. Quelqu’un M’a Dit - Carla Bruni
Umm she’s hot and she sings in French hotly. That’s all.
211. Back to December - Taylor Swift
Taylor’s first and, to date, only “apology song.” It’s really quite lovely.
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