All my friends are deaf
Because clearly these were the best songs of twenty-oh-nine. Idiots.
(All Spotify links. If you don’t have an account, you’re too uncool.)
1. Suicide – The Raveonettes all twinkly and starry, a bit less interesting than “Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)” but a prettier tune. And if there was a better line in a pop song than “Lick your lips and fuck suicide”, then I didn’t hear it.
1. Ulysses – Franz Ferdinand I’ve never been able to stand FF, or indeed that entire type of angular, jerky Gang Of Four-style cold-hearted art-school pop, but the strutting, cocky bounce in the chorus of this is irresistible.
1. Are You Hurting The One You Love? – Florence And The Machine eerie and slightly menacing and hidden away on the b-side of the terrible Rabbit Heart. Just edged out Dog Days Are Over because that one goes on for about 30 seconds after it needed to finish.
1. Hellhole Ratrace – Girls swoony and fuzzy and disarming. This year’s “Ice Cream Van”.
1. Fire Stairs – Darren Hayman And The Secondary Modern because it’s not easy to make trombones sound sad.
1. Little Shadow – Yeah Yeah Yeahs the album of the year by a mile offered numerous other possibilities – Skeletons (especially the acoustic version on the Special Edition release), Soft Shock, Hysteric and Zero – but the guileless, heartbreaking vulnerability of Little Shadow, channelling Death Cab For Cutie’s immortal tearjerker I Will Follow You Into The Dark, just nicked it.
1. Quiet Little Voices – We Were Promised Jetpacks unpromising for the first minute-and-a-bit, then turns excitingly histrionic and shouty, and reminded me of The Skids in a really good way that made me go and listen to The Skids a lot.
1. Homewrecker! – Jarvis Cocker why didn’t anyone talk about Jarvis this year? It’s like he became invisible or, in this case, turned into Ian Dury and got forgotten about.
1. Don’t Give A Damn – Chairlift arrived at via that song that was on an iTunes advert or something (Bruises), but I’m not a snob. Gorgeous fireside country duet.
1. Paper Planes – Niels Nielsen it’s fairly impressive to take a song built around a sample, completely remove that sample, and still come up with something this lovely.
1. I’m On A Boat – The Lonely Island feat. T-Pain you probably have to have seen the video at least once for it to work, but assuming you have then this is summer in sonic form. Big cuddly T-Pain is like a less mopey version of the monsters from Where The Wild Things Are, which is one more reason not to bother going to see the movie.
1. So Lonely – Nouvelle Vague pretty much the only reason I’ve allowed Sting to continue living this year.
12 is enough for anyone.