The Best Of 2009 (Musically Speaking)

Started with 563 additions to my music library over the last 12 months (and that’s just the ones that I kept). Ended with 18 songs that were my favorites over the course of the year. Some were found early, and some where found with just a day or two to spare in the alloted time frame. There probably could have been around 25 songs on this list, but I try to keep to my tape/CD-playing roots and limit the time to something that would fit on an extended tape or normal CD.

Some of these tunes earned a spot just because they have a great beat. Some are there because they have some deeper meaning that I connect with. Some have great lyrics, some are just okay. All are there just because I couldn’t stop listening to them. These span a lot of genres and across the music universe, but that’s what makes the list mine and fun to listen to.

1. Mumford and Sons: “The Cave”

2. Alexi Murdoch: “Blue Mind”

3. Angelique Kidjo: “Little Boxes”

4. Brett Dennen: “San Francisco”

5. The Be Good Tanyas: “The Littlest Birds”

6. Joe Pug: “Hymn #101”

7. Horse Feathers: “This Is What”

8. Passion Pit: “Moth’s Wings”

9. Bermuda Bonnie: “Sly Devil”

10. Class Actress: “Careful What You Say”

11. Animal Collective: “Summertime Clothes”

12. Michael Franti and Spearhead: “Say Hey (I Love You)”

13. Mos Def: “Quiet Dog Bite Hard”

14. The Walls: “To The Bright And Shiny Sun”

15. Hockey: “Song Away”

16. Harlem Shakes: “Sunlight”

17. James Yuill: “This Sweet Love”

18. The xx: “Basic Space”

**special thanks to I Am Fuel, You Are Friends for introducing a majority of this music.

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