The Absolute Best Songs of 2009 (.25 of the way through)

Need more awesome? Listen to our FAVORITE SONGS OF 2014. Make sure you don't miss any tunes: FOLLOW US ON TWITTER.

Today is the 91st day of 2009, or (almost) exactly one quarter of the way through 2009. Is it too soon to start thinking of “Best Songs” honors? I don’t think so!

Before I get into the list, I want to set up some ground rules: The only songs eligible are songs that were released as singles in 2009 (Jan 1st – March 31st, in this case). This will really limit this initial list, as some of my favorite songs of the year have been non-single album tracks, like “Summertime Clothes” by Animal Collective, or “Dull Life” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Well, actually, I think that’s the only rule.

Let’s get on to the list, shall we?

Here is a nifty player containing the 10 songs on our list (plus 5 honorable mentions), thanks to IMEEM. I suggest you click here and take a couple of seconds to sign up to IMEEM, so you can get beyond that 30 second-per-song stream limit they put on unregistered users.

PrettyMuchAmazing.com’s Absolute Best Songs of 2009

Honorable Mentions: The Decemberists – The Rake’s Song, Bon Iver – Blood Bank, Neko Case – People Got A Lotta Nerve, Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone, Rye Rye – Bang (ft. M.I.A.)

10. St. Vincent – The Strangers

Clearly a Polyphonic Spree graduate, Clark uses the orchestra and choir to her advantage, but rather than utilizing the joyous anthems of the Spree, “The Strangers” contains dark, creepy melodies that have the same ultimate effect. It’s a rewarding song, and one that grows with repeated listens. – Adam Offitzer

09. Phoenix – Lisztomania

“Lisztomania,” with its hypnotic drum beat, smooth vocals, and dance-rock awesomeness, grabs you from the opening beat; exactly what an album-opener needs to accomplish. It becomes truly great once the drums kick out, leaving only the keyboard and the voice of Thomas Mars, who beautifully tells us that we’ve “got to let it go.” – Adam Offitzer

08. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero

“Zero” marked the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ long-awaited return and debuted their new sound, served with an extra order of synth. The lead single is driven by blunt, animalistic energy piled over Karen O’s commands: “Shake it like a ladder to the sun… So get your leather, leather, leather on.” Embrace the L.A. gloss and glitz. It’s Blitz!

07. Royksopp – The Girl and The Robot (ft. Robyn)

A standout in one of 2009’s first great albums, “The Girl and The Robot” gives a tasteful, albeit not very subtle, nod to Justice’s more ominous records (think “Let There Be Light,” “Genesis”), as well as Robyn’s own “With Every Heartbeat.” Even though the song has a definite dark tone, it doesn’t take away from its dance-floor appeal. This song will easily remain one of 2009’s best dance songs.

06. Peter Bjorn and John – Nothing To Worry About

I think Kanye West may have put it best when he leaked the song: SHIT IS DOPE!! DRUMS ARE CRAZY AND I LIKE THE KIDS ON THE HOOK.” But allow me to share my thoughts without all-caps and in clearer language. With Nothing To Worry About, PB+J have yet again crafted one of the best singles of the year. The chorus is mind-blowingly catchy, the hip-hop drum beat is hypnotically head-bopping, and the instrumental flourishes before the chorus hits are phenomenal. Even the lyrics are addictive- “trou-ble seems, trouble seems to follow you, it’s always round you like something you subscribed to!” One of the most memorable, replayable, sensational songs of the year. – Adam Offitzer

What did you think?
 1  0  4  4
lee-bannon_jpg_630x426_q85
Music

Hear the latest from the experimental producer

Screen-Shot-2014-10-31-at-8.33.32-AM-575x415
Videos

A freaky and nostalgic work-out video in time for the spookiest day of the year

krit10
Music

The latest from Cadillactica

Capture
Videos

Check out a ballin new video from Birdman and crew

arcade fire festi
Videos

Featuring the band alongside Peter Gabriel, Fleet Foxes, Andrew Garfield, the National, and more.

willow smith three
Music

Plus a new single called “Cares.”

avey tare
Videos

Director Abby Portner pays homage to classic horror movies.

Nas-The-Season-608x608
Music

Premiered yesterday at Run the Jewels RTJ2 release party.

flying lotus ready err not
Videos

Be warned – it’s pretty graphic and definitely NSFW.