As the new year draws closer, we’ve decided to take a look the music that’s gotten us to where we are today. So in an effort to broaden our musical horizons and our understanding of contemporary artists, we’re counting down 2012 by counting up from 1952, taking a look at a handful of songs from a different year every day until January 1st. You can find the full list here. Today we’re heading back to 2009!
Animal Collective – “My Girls”
Animal Collective’s eighth studio album Merriweather Post Pavillion is easily their most accessible, and a great entry point for listeners who might otherwise be scared off by their insanity. The record’s crown jewel is “My Girls,” an unforgettable pop tune that perfectly balances catchy and crazy,
The xx – “Islands”
Nobody has married post-punk and R&B as successfully as this UK trio. Their debut record, xx, was incredibly successful, especially in the UK where it charted for eighty-seven weeks, and eventually earned the band a Mercury Prize. “Islands,” the band’s only song to crack the UK Top 40, is a testament to the group’s restraint. It’s infectious, yet elusive.
Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys – “New York State of Mind”
The third installment in Jay’s The Blueprint trilogy was overall pretty underwhelming, but this chart-topping NYC love song dominated airwaves. Backed by a sample of “Love On a Two-Way Street” by The Moments, Jay-Z shouts out to his favourite neighbourhoods, sports teams, and drugs.
Girls – “Lust For Life”
It might be premature to call Christopher Owens one of the best new songwriters of the century, but it’s certainly not to call him the most exciting. Back when he was still part of the duo Girls, “Lust For Life” made us smile at moments where we should have despaired, when we played Motown and jumped on our beds when prostrate sobbing would have been more appropriate. Many of Owens’ contemporaries sang about malaise, but only he sounded as though he’d die if he didn’t change.
Insane Clown Posse – “Miracles”
This music video could never have not been a meme.