The Best Songs of 2021

I’m not very prompt with this entry, but I’m much better than the last one.

2021, like 2020, was blur due to COVID-19. New music continued to be a highlight, however.

So here are my favorite songs of 2021:

Jensen McRae – Adam’s Ribs

Lonely God – Built For This

Billie Eilish – Male Fantasy

Shura feat Rosie Lowe – Obsession

Civ Pierre – Black Tiger

Blessed – True To Me

Real Estate – Half a Human

Deb Never – Sorry

Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen – Like I Used To

Tess Henley – Same Girl 

The Best Songs of 2020

For forty years I’ve been tracking new music I like. For a while, I did mixed tapes of my favorite songs for each year. Since the iPod was introduced, I switched the playlists for each year. For two years now, those playlists are now on Amazon Prime. While my music tastes continue to change, I still seek out new music. Every year I think that the year prior was the best year yet. 2020 was a miserable year BUT some amazing music was produced during the year. Perhaps it’s because artists were forced to innovate like never before.

I’ve been meaning to post my favorite songs of 2020 since mid-January but as always I get distracted with something. Here are my top ten songs of 2020:

Young Buck by Braids

Control by Brooke Bentham

Let Me Down by Oliver Tree

Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus by The Strokes

The New Insane by Counterfeit

People, I’ve Been Sad by Christine and the Queens

Held Down by Laura Marling

Drop Dead by Hilly Humberstone

Nightmares by Alice Glass

Need Your Love by Tennis

In 2020, I revisited Springsteen’s music. While I don’t think I have ever have him on a list, he has continued to get better with age. I decided I wanted to have him on this list as an extra bonus.

Letter to you by Bruce Springsteen

The Best Songs of 2019


New music discovery is still a problem for me, particularly since I refuse to listen to any kind of radio. Regardless, the amount of new music I sampled throughout 2019 was a bit overwhelming. I hear a lot of great innovative music coming from most genres.

I’m starting to listen to more and more R&B lately as this seems to be the most exciting genre at the moment. Having said that I still lean towards rock and pop. I give you my top twelve songs of 2019, in no particular order.

Bury a Friend – Billie Eilish

As of writing this, Billie just won 5 Grammys including the “big four” for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist. It’s not every year that something I really like also shows up on the Grammys.


Living Proof – Des Rocs

I love the muddy sound of this song which goes well with the lyrics. The guitar is also on point. It’s modern blues for the uninitiated.


Sad Day – FKA twigs

When I travel for business, I sleep with music on. The first time I heard this was in the middle of the night. I had to wake up and see who it was.


Lo/Hi – The Black Keys

Sometimes listening to The Black Keys is like taking a time machine to sometime in the 70s. I think this is one of those times.


Tokyo – White Lies

Speaking of time travel, White Lies is channeling the 80s. It reminds me a bit of Wang Chung.


Ready To Let Go – Cage The Elephant

Matt Shultz is this generation’s American Mick Jagger. This is such a great record.


Don’t Believe The Things They Tell You (They Lie) – Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara consistently put out excellent music. The guitar in this song is fantastic.


Descending – Tool

The long-awaited new album from Tool is better than imagined. It’s the marriage of prog rock, metal, and whatever else people call Tool. It’s hard to pull a single song out, the album should be listened altogether.


She Plays Bass – beabadoobee

Anyone that knows me well, knows I’m a sucker for female rockers. This is a banger.


Error 404 – Suzi Wu

This song came out early in the year, which gave me an opportunity to play it a ton throughout the year. It’s an ear worm.


We’ve Got To Try – The Chemical Brothers

The Chemical Brothers never disappoint and they certainly delivered in 2019.


Arrow- Half Alive

From the band that made my favorite video and song of 2018, it’s another ear worm. Also, it looks like they like Wes Anderson.

Given how frequent I post blogs, see you in 2021 for the 2020 list.

A very late top ten list for 2012

It’s nearly June and I realized that I never posted my favorite songs of 2012.  So here are my top 10 most favorite songs of last year in order, because I wasn’t raised in a barn:

1. Port of Morrow – The Shins


2. California – Delta Spirit


3. Heartbreaker – Alabama Shakes


4. Wait Up – Eight And A Half


5. Bird in the Hand – Amy Ray


6. Numb – Alanis Morissette


7. Never Gonna Let You Go – Esthero


8. Weep Themselves to Sleep – Jack White


9. Lay Low – Katie Costello


10. Stars – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals


What do you think?



I make lists.  The lists I make are not useful in any way.  They are not “to do” lists or other proper lists.  Growing up I used to keep track of the songs I liked, a personal top 10 chart of sorts.  I would keep the lists in a book, and at the end of the year I’d have my favorite songs of the year.  One day I decided that I would make a mix tape of the previous year’s songs.  That morphed into burning CDs, and now I make playlists on iTunes.

I’ve just completed my 2011list.  Instead of sharing my top 100, which would be pretty ridiculous, here is my top 5.

Half Of Something Else  – The Airborne Toxic Event

Underneath the Sycamore – Death Cab for Cutie

Stay – Diego Garcia

Cassette Tape – Katie Costello

Eyes – Peter Bjorn and John

The older I get, the mellower I get, I think.