Top 10 Songs for the Year

Much like the reads, these didn’t all come out this year.  Just the ten songs I found myself listening to the most this year…

1. “Underneath the Waves” by The Twilight Singers.  A song that just builds and builds until it explodes.  Made for a perfect closer to the Singers show I went to.  Maybe (that’s a maybe) the best rock song Greg Dulli’s ever written. Only in this way can I become alive…

2. “Throw Down” by Motion City Soundtrack.  Found on the split EP they released with Austin’s own Schatzi, this is four minutes on rock that’s hard to live down.  Poppy and high-octane,this is a tough one to beat. That’s what you get when you throw down with me.

3. “Welcome to the Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance.  Yeah, it has apparently saturated every radio station outside of Austin.  I don’t care.  It’s so incredibly over the top.  Incredible!  Do or die, you’ll never make me because the world will never take my heart.

4. “Every Thug Needs a Lady” by Alkaline Trio.  A fun little punk love song, a little broody, but sweet in its strange way.   From here I can hardly see a thing but I will follow anyone who brings me to you.

5. “Troublesome” by The Jealous Sound.  This is a band I found online.  Their 2003 record Kill Them with Kindness is full of great rock and pop.  This is a highlight.  Kool-Aid and candles, standing in line.  A bottle of something, five forty-nine.

6. “So Dawn On” by Rival Schools.  This one’s from 2001, from a one-record band fronted by Quicksand’s Walter Schreifels.  Great rock with the slightest punk edge.  This one’s a full-bore rocker from start to finish.  Are we better off as friends?  Either way, it burns.

7. “For Days” by Veruca Salt.  With the return of Veruca comes the return of their brand of hit-or-miss rock.  Luckily, there’s been more hit than miss.  This one, off the Lords of Sound and Lesser Things, is a sad song that slowly becomes somewhat triumphant.  Take a seat and pass the plate.  This is how we stay awake for days.

8. “Go” by Blink 182.  Off their final, self-titled release.  This one clocks in at under two minutes and moves faster than any other song on this list.  A great little punk song.  Turn your back on hope and go back inside, stoop my bleeding heart and let the engine die.

9. “In the Mouth a Desert” by Pavement.  This one goes waaaay back to 1992 (I know it’s only 14 years).  Lo-fi and with a little bit of a pop feel to it, this has long been a masterpiece.  Download or buy this today.  You won’t regret it.  Can you treat it like an oil well when it’s underground, out of sight?

10. “Red Elephant” by Sunny Day Real Estate.  With its driving drums and and sad guitars, this makes for a few minutes of incredible entertainment.  Another must-buy.  And no one ever knew the reason why.