Is it too early for lists? Never, we say. So here they are,
all the songs that have set the bar so high for music in '08.
10 - Foals - 'Balloons'
These Oxford boys "fly
balloons on this fuel called love". So they own my favourite
lyric so far this year. They also sport snaky, crystal
guitar lines and a gurgling brass section - what else can you do but
sit back and lap it up? Encore.
9 - Tokyo Police Club - 'In A Cave'
Ontarions, do it straight up. The drum beat makes my neck snap,
the guitars make me want to jump and the whole thing, in all its raw,
snotty glory makes me feel like I did when I discovered punk for the
8 - Cut Copy - 'Lights & Music'
Even when they're cruising, Cut Copy churn out fabulously energetic pop gems. Tops.
7 - M83 - 'Graveyard Girl'
Would getting to second base in a cemetary be awkward/blasphemous? This makes it sound so right. And hot.
6 - Snoop Dogg - 'Sensual Seduction'
can do anything he likes, basically. He could ditch the blunts and
8-Balls for a harmonica and some overalls and get all country and
western on us and he'd still drop a hot record.
5 - Santogold - 'L.E.S. Artistes'
Perfect pop. Without borders, without barriers. The best song from
hands down the best indie-reggae rock-hop album, ever.
4 - The Presets - 'This Boy's In Love'
Like some forgotten gem from Depeche Mode's bombed out basement, This Boy's In Love
thunders into the list. It's equal parts new romantic fey-pop and pure
dancefloor dynamite. Brilliant.
3 - Vampire Weekend - 'A Punk'
Every time lead
vocalist Ezra Koenig sings that hook: "Look outside, the raincoats
gone" he dangles just one, excruciatingly good 'Say Oh!' off the end of
it. I wish he would have given me a more traditional 'Say Oh, oh,
oh', but the fact he didn't is probably the reason I keep coming back
2 - The Teenagers - 'Love No (Delorean Remix)'
old pepperoni pizza, Showgirls, broken English and blatant hipster
narcissism. Yes, the Teenagers have it all. And this Delorean
remix somehow manages to make them even better. Superb.
1 - MGMT - 'Kids'
Oh man. The little
rising synth, warbling like a bird to the sound of children
playing. Is there are more uplifting intro to a song anywhere in
the world right now? MGMT make you pump fists in the air, sing at
the top of your voice, dance like a fool and smile until you
hurt. Thank you MGMT.
By Nick Christie and Dave Ruby Howe