Let me run it into the ground - this has been a great year for music, but in a decade where digital singles and iPod playlists have taken over the traditional album - to an extent - there are some songs that top all others. This year, no exception. So here are my five favorite songs of the year, regardless of their album's worth.
1) Silversun Pickups - "Panic Switch" --- Talk about a power-house song. The guitars drive on fuzzed tracks while the vocals of Brian Aubert are quiet but blunt. When the vocal harmonies come in at the end...it's just a blistering single and one of the finest of the year.
2) Portugal. The Man - "Mornings" --- I remember the first time I got through The Satanic Satanist, I was feeling indifferent about it as a whole, but must have listened to the closer well around 20 times within the following 12 hours - obsessive much? The guitar twangs matched to John Gourley's amazing vocals aren't the topping that is the chorus line of this true gem.
3) Thrice - "Beggars" --- Like my following choice, upon the first listen of Beggars I was a bit indifferent, and it took a few listens. I was returned to the title track, and brilliant closer. The song itself may just be some of the best lyrics Dustin Kensrue has ever penned, and instrumentally the band has crafted one of their best works and the true definition of progression by an artist.
4) St. Vincent - "Actor Out of Work" --- What a majestic album Actor is! It's elegant, and brings more depth than 2007's Marry Me. The first single off the album is shining and heavy at the same time. Annie Clark is just as beautiful as her music.
5) Grizzly Bear + Feist - "Service Bell" --- Sure, it didn't sound as full as this on Grizzly Bear's debut Horn of Plenty, but add a new orchestration and Leslie Feist's voice matched to Ed Droste and the this short collaboration engulffed these ears for many a repeat listen.