December 8, 2014
In the distant days of 2009, on a cold, Christmas-time day off, I posted up in the office at my mother-in-law’s house with a laptop and a cup of coffee to compile my list of the best songs of 2009.
As 2010 approached its end, I had planned to do something similar. I compiled some rather extensive notes about the year’s great music, but the article never came to be. Through the magic of Evernote, I recently rediscovered those notes and, along with them, some truly kick-ass tunes. These jams hold up.
I encourage maximum volume for this first one in particular. I’ll try to use this line only once throughout today’s list: If you can’t appreciate this jam, get out. Go home. Now.
Am I about to start this long list of songs with 9- and 7-minute-long songs? Yep.
Slug and Ant might have been the only artists our own Andrew Miller listened to for the better part of the year.
This is just good-ol’ American rock and roll. Bruce Springsteen wishes he wrote this song.
One part LCD Soundsystem, one part Rusted Root. Shake vigorously.
Jeremy Messersmith sports just about the prettiest voice you’ll ever hear, and his songwriting chops are prominently on display with this poppy gem.
I want you back. I want you back. I don’t care if this is about someone’s dead grandpa. I want it back.
Did I already say something about good-ol’ American rock and roll? Because there’s this, too.
Acoustic guitar riff #win.
All hail Jack White. Forever and always.
If country music had more respect for itself, it’d sound more like this.
“Bang Pop.” Not to be confused with Boom Clap.
See also: this whole album.
I couldn’t very well leave this off the list! Hide yo kids! Hide yo wife!