My songs of the year

This is a random list of songs I listened to the most this year. Many are not actually from this year. They come from random places and people, lists on NPR, mix CDs given to me and mixes posted online by interesting people … I’ve been compiling this list for a while, and it’s so ridiculous ultimately, but I am just quite fond of all of these songs. Some because I like to run to them, some because they take me back to Broadway shows I saw this year, some because I sang along to them with friends very loudly in cars, some because they are pretty. I don’t know. Who knows why we love the songs we do? Lots of them are from SYTYCD thanks to the ability to make playlists in Spotify of the many, many songs I’ve discovered through that show over the years. I might add to this list as more come back to me. I feel like I’ve branched out a bit in terms of what I listen to these days thanks to the online resources available. Thanks, future.

The first song posted here is one I did not discover until the last month of the year, but I’ve listened to it so many times and love it so much that I’m putting it first. I love it from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. I don’t exactly know what it is about this song that made it become A Song That Belongs To Me Forever, but that’s what it is.

Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes

Wonderland by Natalia Kills

Life’s a Happy Song from The Muppets

Call Your Girlfriend by Robyn

I Believe from Book of Mormon

Game of Thrones theme … I am a nerd, but this is awesome. Winter is coming!

Someone Like You by Adele … I am not made of stone.

All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem

Blindsided by Bon Iver

I’m Alive from Next to Normal … this young man has been cast as Enjolras in the Les Mis film. I’m okay with it!

Carrying the Torch by Generationals

Cracks by Freestylers (Ft. Belle Humble) (Flux Pavilion Remix)

Darling I Do by Landon Pigg & Lucy Schwartz

Fake Empire by The National

I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked by Ida Maria

Grown Unknown by Lia Ices

Heartbreaker by MSTRKRFT featuring John Legend

Cosmic Love by Florence + The Machine

In for the Kill by La Roux

Infinite Arms by Band of Horses

Misty Blue by Dorothy Moore

Roll Away Your Stone by Mumford & Sons

XR2 by M.I.A.

Zak and Sara by Ben Folds

Ballroom Blitz by The Sweet

Ruby Blue by Roisin Murphy

The Garden by Mirah

Fuego by Pitbull

Are You the One by The Presets

Kingstonlogic by Terry Lynn (I think.)

Take It Easy by Surfer Blood

Who Knows, Who Cares by Local Natives

Sick Muse by Metric

Portions for Foxes by Rilo Kiley

Lost in My Mind by The Head and the Heart

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7 Responses to My songs of the year

  1. Jennifer says:

    In the Game of Songs, you win or you lose your chair.

    I’m a huge fan of the books and the series (btw, if you haven’t checked out, you’re missing a real treat), but every time I hear that opening theme, I just weep. I played viola for years, could have gone professional, and didn’t. It wasn’t “exciting” enough. I. Was. An. Idiot. That bombastic cello (played that too) just HURTS.

  2. Dickie says:

    So relieved to see Fake Empire on the list.

    • eliza says:

      OF COURSE! I did not put another certain road trip song because I had to draw the line at what songs I could admit loving in public.

  3. Megan says:

    I love the curatorial aspect of your blog. Listening to your selections was my soundtrack for the last two days at work, and now I have a happy list of new bands to explore. Thanks!

  4. Kymm Zuckert says:

    “I believe that in 1978, God changed his mind about black people!”

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