I'm the first to admit that this list is absolutely ridiculous. This list is more impossible than any of the previous Top Ten's I've attempted in the past. I have a feeling that by the end of writing this, I'll immediately think of 20 more songs that should be on the list, but since there are only 10 spots, this is the best I can do. Also, I made a rule that I can only use an artist once, so I can't have, for example, three Radiohead songs on the list, or anything like that. If nothing else, check out the songs that you've never heard, comment on the songs you know that are on the list, and give me recommendations of other songs that should've made the list. It will help the quality of this post.
10. "Halfway Home" by TV on the Radio - This is the first song from Rolling Stone Magazine's album of the year last year. The harmonies, and driving beat absolutely sucked me in the first time I listened to it. I've listened to the entire album many, many times and this song still stands out as my favorite.
9. "Feel Good, Inc." by the Gorillaz - This song masterfully combines Hip Hop with Alternative Pop/Rock. For example, when Limp Bizkit was touted as "Rock/Rap" no one knew that it could be a good combination. The Gorillaz are proof that when done correctly, Rock and Hip Hop can live together in sweet harmony. I know this song was grossly overplayed, but it is still really good.
8. "I Must Belong Somewhere" by Bright Eyes - I picked this song out of the Bright Eyes catalog because it has a fantastic message behind it. The whole song is saying that things within the world all belong in specific places, meanwhile it also subtly brings in the fact that we need to open our minds and realize that just because we think everything belongs somewhere, we don't necessarily need to pigeon-hole things into specific places, or people to specific roles. It has a country twang to it, but really, if Country music actually was written like this, it would be better and more respectable.
7. "Girl" by Beck - A catchy Pop tune! There is some 8-bit video game sampling, a catchy hook, and lyrics that are unintelligable. Seriously, does anyone know what kind of girl Beck is talking about? Summer Girl? Sonar Girl? Sun Up Girl? Take your pick- or feel free to suggest what you think it is. Great song though!
6. "Save Your Scissors" by City and Colour - Dallas Greene (get it?! City=Dallas and Greene=Colour) is a fantastic songwriter. This has to be my favorite song by him. I find his work to be so fantastic because it uses almost exclusively acoustic guitars and his vocal, yet the music still sounds so full. It is very hard to pull that off. This song is about letting someone know that they can stop trying to hurt the other person because that other person doesn't have any feeling left. Excellent lead riff, and slightly layered vocals. Subtle and brillant.
I'll work on getting samples of these songs up as well. The rest is coming tomorrow...