Tuesday, January 03, 2006

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I avoided compiling a list of my favorite music of 2005 because there's so damn much I didn't hear. Then Girish dropped a request in the comment section and I opted to compile a list of my favorite tracks of the year. (I guess that one could say it's a singles list, but, uh, many of them weren't proper singles and I heard very few of them on the radio.) Eschewing the sacred album format would have been unthinkable to me in college; thankfully the interweb/iTunes has loosened me up a little.

Here, in alphabetical order by artist, are fifty of my favorite tracks of the year. (I'm sure I'm missing dozens; these were the first fifty or so that popped into my head and were high on my iPod play count.)

  1. !!! "Take Ecstasy With Me"
  2. Tori Alamaze "Don't Cha"
  3. Fiona Apple "Not About Love (Jon Brion Version)"
  4. Fiona Apple "Tymps (Sick in the Head Song)"
  5. Basement Jaxx "U Don't Know Me (JaxxHouz Klubmix)"
  6. Beck "Ghettochip Malfunction (Hell Yes)"
  7. Beck "Broken Drum"
  8. Black Dice "Smiling Off (DFA Remix)" / "Smiling Off (Luomo Remix)"
  9. Mary J. Blige and U2 "One"
  10. Bloc Party "The Pioneers (M83 Remix)"
  11. Boards of Canada "Chromakey Dreamcoat"
  12. Kelly Clarkson "Since U Been Gone"
  13. Common f/ John Mayer "Go"
  14. Bob Dylan "Don't Think Twice It's Alright (Demo Version)" [No Direction Home]
  15. Missy Elliott f/ Vybez Cartel and M.I.A. "Bad Man"
  16. The Go!Team "Feelgood By Numbers"
  17. Goldfrapp "Number 1"
  18. Goldfrapp "Ooh La La"
  19. Gorillaz "DARE" / "DARE (DFA Remix)"
  20. Kronos Quartet & Asha Bhosle "Take Another Toke (Dum Maro Dum)"
  21. Lady Sovereign "Random"
  22. Bettye LaVette "How Am I Different?"
  23. LCD Soundsystem "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House"
  24. LCD Soundsystem "Great Release"
  25. Aimee Mann "I Was Wishing I Could Clean Up for Christmas"
  26. Miranda Lambert "Kerosene"
  27. Jamie Lidell "Multiply"
  28. Paul McCartney "Fine Line"
  29. Brad Mehldau "Knives Out"
  30. M.I.A. "Bucky Done Gone"
  31. M.I.A. "10 Dollar"
  32. Moby "Blue Paper"
  33. New Order "Krafty"
  34. New Pornographers "Sing Me Spanish Techno"
  35. Nine Inch Nails "Only" / "Only (Richard X Remix)"
  36. Sinead O'Connor f/ Sly & Robbie "War"
  37. Michael Penn "Walter Reed"
  38. Sia "Breathe Me (Four Tet Remix)"
  39. Sigur Rós "Glósóli"
  40. Nina Simone "Lilac Wine (The Album Leaf Remix)"
  41. Gwen Stefani "Cool (Richard X Remix)"
  42. Gwen Stefani "Hollaback Girl"
  43. Sufjan Stevens "Chicago"
  44. Sun Kil Moon "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes"
  45. Kanye West "Hey Mama"
  46. Kanye West f/ Consequence and Cam'ron "Gone"
  47. The White Stripes "My Doorbell"
  48. The White Stripes "Walking with a Ghost"
  49. Lee Ann Womack "I May Hate Myself In the Morning"
  50. Ying Yang Twins "Wait (The Whisper Song)"


At 5:25 PM, Blogger girish said...

Thank you, Ben mon ami.
I'll be dropping some bucks at iTunes tonight.

At 9:29 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Are you kidding me? You asked me to make a list (basically). The pleasure's all mine.
And let me take this space to start filling in songs I neglected to mention:
-Annie "Me Plus One (James Iha Remix)"
-Jenny Lewis "Handle With Care"
-Stephen Malkmus "Malediction"

At 5:35 AM, Blogger girish said...

And let me add:
--Lady Sovereign, "Ch-Ching": this song has commandeered my head for the past week.
--And I (most belatedly) picked up AC Newman's "The Slow Wonder"; what a fine record that is.

At 5:40 AM, Blogger girish said...

And here's proof that Ben is months ahead of everybody else.

At 8:50 AM, Blogger B.A. Slattery said...

Good stuff ... but Gwen Stefani? C'mon Ben.

At 9:36 AM, Blogger Ben said...

Oh Brennon, learn to love the B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Joshua said...

Woo-hoo for SM's "Malediction." But can I just say that that fucking White Stripes doorbell song makes me wish that the hanger slipped when my mama tried to abort me and instead of killing me, merely punctured my eardrums? I live the WS in general, but Jesus do I hate that song.

At 10:58 AM, Blogger girish said...

They're not from 2005 but "Cool" and "Luxurious" are atop my iTunes most-played list.
I even got the Pharrell single so I could hear her say (reassuringly) "You got it like that."

At 11:04 AM, Blogger girish said...

Oh I meant the Gwen album versions.
And here's another singles list: at Poplicks.

At 4:57 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Yeah, I kinda took liberties by including "Hollaback Girl," but I figure it came out as a single in '05, so I'd claim it.

How the hell did I forget to mention My Morning Jacket's "Wordless Chorus"? I played that shit constantly for a couple weeks. It was also a song that really grew on me-- I initially thought it sounded like Maroon 5 doing Kid A.

Oh man-- that Poplicks list reminded me of Ben Lee's "Catch My Disease"! And "Galvanize"! And "Ruby Blue"! And...

At 12:34 AM, Blogger Tommy said...

I've added my own two cents on my blog.


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