Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Top 2(00)8 Songs of 2008 (Part 5)

Everyone who has a blog and their mother have excellent countdowns of their favorite songs/albums of 2008, so I figured I’d follow the trend and give in to the peer pressure. However, the task itself was incredibly formidable. I couldn’t really decide my favorite songs, to be honest, so I turned to my best friend/stalker, Last.FM, to tell me what my favorite songs are. Although I don’t entirely agree with the order, these are the top 28 songs I’ve listened to in the past 12 months in terms of overall plays. As always with when I talk about songs, if you’d like one of these songs to sample for yourself, just comment and let me know.

12. Jesse McCartney “Leavin’”
Despite the repetitiveness of that beep in the background (my friend insists it sounds like a phone being dialed), I really really dug this track. As I’ve stated before, I’m not supposed to like Jesse McCartney. But the ‘Departure’ album was just that, a departure from his old sound and his old persona, into a new Justin Timberlake-esque, Chris Brown type music feel. This sound reminds me of lying on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean. It has that type of refreshing feel. And it still sounds good…
Best Part: “We’ll be flying on the G5, G5…”

11. Metro Station “Shake It”
Not unlike with Jesse, I really didn’t want to like this at first. It’s emo-esque power pop coming from the older brothers of cast members of “Hannah Montana”. Yeah, that equals pop rock gods to me (says the girl who is 21 years old and digs Jonas Brothers music…you can say it, I know you were thinking it). I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s the repetitiveness of the lead singer (Is it Cyrus? Or Musso?) in his faux British accent asking you to “shake shake, shake shake shake it” or the emo-ness being a lite version of Fall Out Boy if they had a baby with Panic(!)At the Disco and their baby danced in a “High School Musical” training camp. I don’t know. But I know I can’t get it out of my head.
Best Part: The fake British accent by Southern boys.

10. Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love”
Leona officially cracks the Top 10. I don’t know what could be said about this song that hasn’t already been said, and I hate being redundant. I’m just glad Leona Lewis is getting her due, because this song is just epic in its delivery, its lyrics and his sound, and whudda thunk it was written by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder and (gapes) Jesse McCartney. It sounds like something Whitney Houston would have recorded if she was still her teenage self in 2008. And finally, the UK pop goodness makes an impact on America! Rejoice! That said, I hope she delves more into herself with future releases – and expands beyond the big ballads (not that “Run” isn’t good too…is very good, to be honest).
Best Part: The entire sweeping bridge, and the handclap-esque beat.

9. Sugababes “Girls”
I get that I was probably in the minority in terms of 'Babes fans who actually liked this, both as a single and as the first single from “Catfights & Spotlights”. But, and I guess I’m again in the minority, I wasn’t very keen on the entire album except for this and a few others. With that said, there is no doubt that “Girls” is a red herring on the album to be sure, and its flashy use of horns make it feel retro without trying too hard. The lyrics may be cliché beyond words, and the chorus may be ridiculously repetitive, but I liked it, and that’s all that matters on this blog, right?
Best Part: “Step aside, I got a starring role/Camera, action, here we go”, and the omnipresent use of 60’s horns.

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