First off: mass apologies to our multitudes of fans for the lack of continuation in the top 50 albums list thus far; our lives have gotten exceptionally busy over the past little while. That will be finished off very soon.
As a sort of apology, here's our top 50 songs of the year.
50. Crystal Castles - "Air War"
49. Wolf Parade - "Bang Your Drum"
48. Department Of Eagles - "No One Does It Like You"
47. The Watson Twins - "Just Like Heaven"
46. Stars - "A Thread Cut With A Carving Knife"
45. The Dears - "Meltdown In A Major"
44. Xiu Xiu - "I Do What I Want, When I Want"
- Women As Lovers was a hit or miss affair, but no one does an asphyxiating pop song just like Xiu Xiu. "I Do What I Want, When I Want" is as claustrophobic as Xiu Xiu's best work, and Jamie Stewart gives a stellar, haunting vocal performance.
43. The Hold Steady - "Constructive Summer"
42. The Kills - "Goodnight Bad Morning"
41. Cadence Weapon - "Getting Dumb"
40. Son Lux - "Break"
39. Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin - "Think I Wanna Die"
38. The Teenagers - "Homecoming"
37. First Aid Kit - "Our Own Pretty Ways"
36. The-Dream Feat. Lil Jon - "Let Me See The Booty"
- Lil Jon isn't exactly a hit maker anymore, but my god did he pull out all the stops for the first single of The-Dream's forthcoming album. This shit is like listening to rap in a house mirrors.
35. Ida - "Surely Gone"
34. She & Him - "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?"
33. Jason Collett - "Somehow"
32. Kleerup Feat. Lykke Li - "Until We Bleed"
31. Usher Feat. Young Jeezy - "Love In This Club"
30. We Are Scientists - "After Hours"
29. Hot Chip - "Ready For The Floor"
28. Beyonce - "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"
27. Vampire Weekend - "A-Punk"
26. Mates Of State - "My Only Offer"
25. Be Your Own Pet - "Becky"
24. Times New Viking - "Drop-Out"
23. Tokyo Police Club - "Your English Is Good"
22. The Pussycat Dolls - "When I Grow Up"
- I'm a sucker for statement singles, so my mind went to sensory overload when I first heard this song. There's absolutely no reason the Pussycat Dolls should still be relevant, and yet this, the first single of their second album, pretty much solidified their spot as pop stars with it's bombastic beat and confident lyrics. If "Dont Cha" hadn't come first, this would be the song everyone associated with the Pussycat Dolls.
21. Born Ruffians - Barnacle Goose
20. The Magnetic Fields - California Girls
19. Lykke Li - "Dance Dance Dance"
- There's something about this song that makes everything feel alright in my world. Both the instrumentation and Lykke Li sound timid, and yet there's an overwhelming sense that it's all going to work out fine. Just dance dance dance.
18. Santogold - "Creator"
17. Girlicious - "Stupid Shit"
- I know what you're thinking, but hear me out on this one. If pop music is about escapism, then "Stupid Shit" is the best mainstream pop song of the year. This is the best song Britney Spears never made, a combination of hilarity and fun that could only be created by a group called "Girlicious". I want to make some sort of commentary on how this song acts as a statement about what is wrong with the pop stars today by beating them at their own game (just watch the video for fuck's sakes), but Girlicious just wants me to do some stupid shit. And I'm fine with that.
16. TV On The Radio - "Family Tree"
15. The Mountain Goats - "Autoclave"
14. Vampire Weekend - "Oxford Comma"
13. No Age - "Teen Creeps"
12. Girl Talk - "Play Your Part (Pt. 1)"
11. Frightened Rabbit - "Last Tango In Brooklyn"
10. Fuck Buttons - "Sweet Love For Mother Earth"
9. Cut Copy - "Lights And Music"
8. Los Campesinos! - "Miserabilia"
7. Headlights - "On April 2"
6. Why? - "Good Friday"
5. Chad VanGaalen - "Willow Tree"
4. Bound Stems - "Happens To Us All Otherwise"
3. Dan Friel - "Ghost Town (Pt. 1)"
2. Lil Wayne - "A Milli"
1. Frightened Rabbit - "The Modern Leper"
- No song was more anthemic, more heartbreaking, or more jaw-dropping than "The Modern Leper". On an album filled with incredibly written songs, this was the showstopper, a behemoth of a rock song that dares you to pump your fists while begging you to cover your face and cry. Lyrically and musically, this is a truly classic tune.