Hey, it’s time for my annual listing of the songs that moved me and/or stuck with me the most this year.  Enjoy.

Honorable Mention

“Buildings & Mountains” – The Republic Tigers.  A lovely song by a fine band from Kansas City.  This sounds like a warm, early summer afternoon.

“Northern Lights” – Science For Girls w/Boots Ottestad.  Mellow brilliance.

“Got It Bad” – The Broken West.  Not enough people use the Minneapolis drum sound from 1985 these days.

“Profanity Prayers” – Beck.  Beck takes Radiohead’s sound and does quite nicely with it.

“Cheap And Cheerful” – The Kills.  Perhaps the catchiest song of the year.

“Juno” – Tokyo Police Club.  You can’t go wrong with taking the early U2 sound and updating it.

“Molten” – Sky Larkin.  Recalling that era when there were a number of kick ass British bands fronted by women.

“I’m Not Gonna Teach your Boyfriend How To Dance With You” – Black Kids.  Try to listen to this and not smile.  I double-dog dare you.

“Right Hand On My Heart” – The Whigs.  Biggest rocker of the year.

“The Bones Of You” – Elbow.  A band that should get a lot more attention.

10 – “Time To Pretend” – MGMT.  A fine take on one of the staples of rock: singing about the excesses that come with stardom.

9 – “Shove It” – Santogold.  One of the most interesting artists of the year, this song brings together all kinds of influences into one undeniable sound.

8 – “Halfway Home” – TV On The radio.  Another band that takes pieces of different influeces and molds them into something fresh and unique.

7 – “Lord, I’m Discouraged” – The Hold Steady.  This song stuck with me because it varies from their traditional sound.  Bleak and heartbreaking.  Oh, and an epic guitar solo straight out of the 80s.

6 – “Bixby Canyon Bridge” – Death Cab For Cutie.  Who would have guessed that a “thoughtful” band would rock so well?

5 – “Plasticities” – Andrew Bird.  Thanks to my kids, and Noggin’s Jack’s Big Music Show, for introducing me to this amazing artist.

4 – “I’m Amazed” – My Morning Jacket.  This song was everywhere this summer.  With good reason.

3 – “Going On” – Gnarls Barkley.  Proving they’re neither one hit wonders nor a novelty act that can be easily dismissed.

2 – “Old Enough” – The Raconteurs.  Jack White and Brendan Benson lived up to all the hype on the Raconteurs’ second album.

1 – “The Modern Leper” – Frightened Rabbit.  I could have picked one of several songs from The Midnight Organ Fight, Frightened Rabbit’s phenomenal second album.  The disk as a whole is a perfect use of lyrics and music to share a point of view: a man destroyed by the end of a relationship.  We hear his anger, his disbelief, his loss of self-esteem, his willingness to sacrifice his pride to reclaim the relationship, and ultimately his need to reform his identity as Me after We disappears.  I selected this stunning disk-opener as my favorite song of the year.