Favorite Songs of the Decade

December 31, 2009 at 4:35 am (Uncategorized)

I will finish my films list, I swear. But for now, a brief, musical digression. I’m limiting this to one song per artist or it would be 20 Josh Ritter songs and 10 from other people – however, projects from different bands count individually even if they share an artist, as do collaborations and solo tracks. Please excuse my rather limited taste and knowledge, and enjoy!

30. “People As Places As People” – Modest Mouse, from We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

29. “Wait” – The Kills, from Keep on Your Mean Side

28. “Bad Romance” – Lady GaGa, from The Fame Monster

27. “Black Hearted Love” – Pj Harvey & John Parrish, from A Woman a Man Walked By

26. “Hard Times” – Patrick Wolf, from The Bachelor

25. “Four Winds” – Bright Eyes, from Cassadaga

24. “Red Blooms” – Calexico, from Carried to Dust

23. “The Raven” – Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, from Sunday at Devil Dirt

22. “The Rain” – The Swell Season, from Strict Joy

21. “M79” – Vampire Weekend, from Vampire Weekend

20. “Bad Things” – Jace Everett, from True Blood

19. “An End Has a Start” – Editors, from An End Has a Start

18. “Skinny Love” – Bon Iver, from For Emma, Forever Ago

17. “Hearing Damage” – Thom Yorke, from New Moon

16. “Beyond Here Lies Nothing” – Bob Dylan, from Together Through Life

15. “Shame” – Pj Harvey, from Uh Huh Her

14. “Hero” – Regina Spektor, from (500) Days of Summer

13. “Cosmia” – Joanna Newsom, from Ys

12. “All We Ask” – Grizzly Bear, from Veckatimest

11. “Curs in the Weeds” – Horse Feathers, from House With No Home

10. “Anonanimal” – Andrew Bird, from Noble Beast

9. “Siren Song” – Bat For Lashes, from Two Suns

8. “All I Need” – Radiohead, from In Rainbows

7. “Finally” – The Frames, from Burn the Maps (sorry, no good vids on youtube)

6. “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)” – The Arcade Fire, from Funeral

5. “Midnight Man” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, from Dig Lazarus Dig!!!

4. “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” – Iron & Wine, from The Shepherd’s Dog

3. “The Sheep Song” – The Dresden Dolls, from No, Virginia

2. “Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down” – Interpol, from Turn on the Bright Lights

1. “Thin Blue Flame” – Josh Ritter, from The Animal Years

Please please please listen to the studio version here. It’s one of the most powerful songs ever written and while the live versions on youtube are great, nothing compares to the ending of the original.



  1. leeraloo said,

    Aw, yes! Horsefeathers! That’s a great song, it’d definitely be in my top 5 favorites of theirs. “Skinny Love” is also a good choice; it’s kind of pretty and gentle, but still so angry. It’s probably my favorite Bon Iver song. Good list. I could never decide just a handful of songs I like from an entire decade. That takes too much self-control.

  2. ledfloyd said,

    i love alot of these, but i’m particularly addicted to anonanimal.

  3. DJ Rkod said,

    I love that Radiohead song, very powerful, great emotional realization of a melody (it was based on “Roygbiv” by Boards Of Canada which I don’t like nearly as much). I find much of In Rainbows really distant and unsatisfying but I love the directness of that tortured little number. Always good to see some Interpol, though I was sure you’d grab something from their third album instead. 😛

    I actually just picked up the Iron & Wine and Swell Season albums mentioned above a couple hours before you posted this.

  4. spengo said,

    The Raven! ❤

    I like that Editors video a lot.

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