Favorite Singles of the Year
Honorable Mentions I'm not really sure if "First Day of My Life" from Bright Eyes is from this year but I have to mention it. I'm completely embarassed about this next one. But I'm driving in a car with friends earlier in the year and we all ended up simultaneously belting along with Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" . My friend than throws up his hands in the devil style and screams [sarcastically] "Kelly Clarkson Rocks!" LMAO. But there you go. It got to us all. Two nostalgia-influenced pics now from two formerly sensational duos: "Breathe" from Erasure and "Move in My Direction" from Bananarama (see the video). Bananarama's Keren and Sarah are always delish. But it's still not the same w/out Siobhan though [sigh]. Speaking of videos. That's how I fell for "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt. I love simple concepts executed perfectly --particularly in video form.
10 "Triumph of a Heart" Björk
The Medulla CD ain't exactly mainstream accessible but it's top 40 compared to her latest: Drawing Restraint (a soundtrack to Matthew Barney's latest video art). This is possibly her best club ready dance track since "Big Time Sensuality".
09 "Combat Baby" Metric
The only featured Free Download of the week on iTunes that I ever became obsessed with. l-o-v-e.
08 "Cool" Gwen Stefani
I cherish endearing recurring motifs in any artists work --Gwen can't stop writing and singing about Tony Kanal, can she?
07 "Destroy Everything You Touch" Ladytron
To quote Rufus Wainwright 'Electroclash is karaoke too'. Not as great as their earlier hit "Seventeen". But few songs are.
06 "Hollaback Girl" Gwen Stefani
The most addictive novelty song of the year. I think at this point Gwen is the only rockstar capable of keeping a particular brand of 80s pop music alive; silly and girlie party songs (like Cyndi's "She Bop" or Madonna's "Material Girl", etc...) because she's got a sense of humor, playful fashion sense, great voice and...well she's the whole package; a perfect pop star.
05 "Mr Brightside" The Killers
I think I'll listen to it again right now. I can't stop.
04 "Lose Control" Missy Elliott
Missy wows every year. How she keeps up the pace is a great mystery but, you know, god bless. Can't wait to see what she comes up with in 2006, 2007, 2008, and on and on and on...
03 "Hope There's Someone" Antony & The Johnsons
The most exciting new voice in music, says me.
02 "Hung Up" Madonna
Every little thing that she says or does. I'm hung up. I'm hung up on her. Can't wait to see what the next video and single is off this disco-lovin' hit CD.
01 "Extraordinary Machine" Fiona Apple
It's not just her inimitable gift with the lyric (best of the year) or the excitement of her long-delayed comeback (yay!). It's her experimental musicianship (valuable assist --obviously--from brilliant rock and film composer Jon Brion) as well. über creative, totally unique, and plain old wonderful. 'She's good at being uncomfortable so she can't stop changing all the time'