Now that I’ve calmed down from the stress of compiling my favourite albums I’ve moved on to look at individual tracks that have impressed me over the last twelve months. It’s a very different list from the favourite albums one although the 80’s flair continues somewhat at times. In my opinion it was a truly wonderful year for pop. The songwriter finally rising in importance again after the shameful dominance of the pretty-looking record label puppets of the past decade. In fact, pop largely dominates this list. Santogold, Ladyhawke and The Ting Tings all producing quality pop singles that any self-respecting music lover could loudly and proudly play.
My number 1 is so placed for many reasons. Firstly I think it is a wonderful pop track with the perfect coupling of Estelle and Kanye West raising it far about other similar sounding tracks. I first heard it in March when I was in New York and it has followed me about ever since. I have requested it more than any other track in my life on nights out and danced to it more times than one would ever think possible. And it has a Wok Wobbler in it for heaven’s sake! Above all, and this is a very personal reason it has made me feel so incredibly happy, so often, that I couldn’t not award it with the number 1 spot. Plus I love it when Conorland and the real music world collide – popular enough for clubs to play and good enough for me to want to hear it.
Numbers 2 and 3 share a similar vision in their grand musical dramatic swell. Dying is fine is like a lost Smiths’ anthem while The Age of the Understatement leans more towards Scott Walker. I loved both from the very first time I heard them. Incredible songs.
One other notable point about 2008 and music for me is that I have had the incredible good fortune to have a great friend (My occasionally Dutch teaching friend) who, not only has a wonderful taste in music, but who regularly introduces me to new songs and artists. His recommendations are, without fail, top quality and pretty much always end up in my favourites folder. Almost half of the songs on this list I discovered through him. It would have been a much poorer year for me music-wise had it not been for him.
So here they are from 20 to 1. It’s time to swap that wok wobbler for a glass of something bubbly to celebrate.
20. That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings
19. Heartbeat – Late of the Pier
18. Get over it – Guillemots
17. In this City – Iglu & Hartly
16. Everyday I work on the road – Voicst
15. Time to Pretend – MGMT
14. Lights and Music – Cut Copy
13. Hallelujah – The Helio Sequence
12. The Great Beyond – Aimee Mann
11. Sabali – Amadou & Mariam
10. Oh No – Andrew Bird
9. One Day Like This – Elbow
8. Kriss Kross – Guillemots
7. Paper Planes – M.I.A.
6. Paris is Burning – Ladyhawke
5. Great DJ – The Ting Tings
4. L.E.S. Artistes – Santogold
3. Dying is Fine – Ra Ra Riot
2. The Age of the understatement – Last Shadow Puppets
1. American Boy – Estelle ft Kanye West
2007 – Andrew Bird – Imitosis
2006 – BellX1 – Rocky took a lover
2005 – Patty Griffin – Top of the World
2004 – The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
2003 – Autamata – Out of This