I know, I know - this is always a subjective list. But just know this, dear reader....the only songs that ever make it on here are the songs that made me shake my head in wonder. Also know this (and I need to get this out of the way) -I do indeed have a bias towards songs with a sweet melody...so I'll let the other critic out there deal with experimental, electronica, rap, etc. I'm a pop/rock guy at the end of the day. So with that disclaimer out of the way, here we go:
1. My Eyes - Travis
2. Vi Kommer at D Samtidigt - Sakert (Swedish. Pop the way it used to be.)
3. The Re-Arranger - Mates of State (Complete genius)
4. Little Polveir - Monkey Swallows the Universe (gets me every time. Unbelievable).
5. Silver Lining - Rilo Kiley (Sorry hardcore Rilo Kiley fans...but it's amazing).
6. Let's Get Out of This Country - Camera Obscura
7. Time Is Running Out - Muse
8. One Moment More - Mindy Smith (Can you listen and not cry?)
9. Heartbeat - Annie
10. In My Head - The Ballet
11. Sing Me Spanish Techno - The New Pornographers
12. Chicago - Sufjan Stevens (Come On Feel the Illinoise! - best cd of the last decade.)
13. Casmir Pulaski Day - Sufjan Stevens
14. Dark Matter - Andrew Bird
15.Paranoia in Bb Major - The Avett Brothers
16. Soul Meets Body - Death Cab For Cutie
17. One Day I slowly Floated Away - Eisley (When they were MAGIC. Here's hoping for 2010).
18. Paper and Glue - Emma Pollock
19. Hide and Seek - Imogen Heap (Stops a room full of people cold every time).
20. Paper Planes - MIA
21. Call It Off - Tegan and Sara
22. Gideon - My Morning Jacket
23. Hold On, Hold On - Neko Case
24. On the Radio - Regina Spektor
25. 2 Dollar Shoes - Rosie Thomas
26. Two - Ryan Adams
27. The Underdog - Spoon
28. Warrior - Yeah Yeah Yeah's (Best group of the last decade. 2000-2009)
29. Way Out - Yeah Yeah Yeah's (And..."Show Your Bones" the 2nd best cd of the decade. Is there a better front-person than Karen O?)
30. On the Table - A.C. Newman
I'm leaving out a lot, obviously. But, if you are someone who thinks that there isn't any fantastic music out there anymore, let this be a start! Most of these songs have YouTube clips, so you can listen to it that way initially.