Top 15 out of 20 Songs of 2005 (Part 3)
If you've read Part 1 or Part 2, you know what the deal is. Enough jibber jabber. Let's get on with it.
- The Spinto Band "Oh Mandy" (mp3)
I can say with absolute zero sarcasm that I love Barry Manilow's "Mandy" (and not just because Can't Hardly Wait is one of my Top 10 movies of all time). However, if I were dating a girl named Mandy, I'd hesitate to put the song on any mix CD I'd burn for her since, oh I don't know, that would be cheesy and predictable.
I would have no such reservation about "Oh Mandy". This song makes me want to meet a girl named Mandy just so I can put the song on and dance with her. Rifuckingdiculously catchy.
- Spoon "I Turn My Camera On" (mp3)
There's a certain 70's feel to this track, what with the discoesque drumbeat, bassline that wouldn't be out of place on Songs in the Key of Life and falsetto vocal. Yet, the end result is a great pop song that is decidedly 21st Century.
- Stars "Ageless Beauty" (mp3)
You know how some songs, you know from hearing the first couple of notes that you love it? This is one of those songs for me. If I were making a movie about my life, I'd use this for my "happy moments" montage. Or my death scene. I want a happy death scene.
- Kanye West "Hey Mama"
I've already written in detail about this track so I'll keep it short. They lyrics are Hallmark cheesy, 2Pac already made the definitive mama song while Kanye has another decent mom tribute with "Roses". But this one stands out because it's the perfect marriage of the soul heavy Kanye and the Jon Brion tink-a-tink.
- The White Stripes "My Doorbell" (mp3)
There just isn't enough piano in today's music. In fun pop songs, anyway.
Now that I've throughly destroyed both my indie and hip hop creds, a few thoughts:
That said, I haven't listend to Blackalicious or Little Brother enough and I might put one or two of their tracks up at the end of the year. Dangerdoom's going to warrant some consideration too and I need to listen to more Ghostface.