Searching for music, old and new, is one of my preferred hobbies whether it’s done in a little store or online.
So in an attempt to make a neat list in no particular order, these are some of my favourites from this year.
Although, some of them have actually been my favourite song for years now. But one does not simply stop loving their favourite song.👌
1. Sufjan Stevens – Fourth of July •
I know I’m late, but I only discovered this beautiful song via a meme this year (in July) and I’m so glad I did. If you haven’t heard it – you should check it out!
“Well you do enough talk
My little hawk, why do you cry?”
2. George Harrison – My Sweet Lord •
The Chiffons plagiarism aside, I love this one. Instantly thinking of a heavenly place I haven’t yet visited. The religious pluralism is also an interesting and uniting aspect.
“Really want to see you, Lord
But it takes so long, my Lord”
- Cage The Elephant – Cigarette Daydreams •
Ah, nostalgia. I adore this one. Makes me want to go and get out the old childhood videotapes. Notice ‘Home & Love’ in the video.
You were only seventeen
So sweet, with a mean streak
Nearly brought me to my knees”
- Jake Bugg – Slide •
This song has been an all time favourite of mine ever since it was released into the world. From my own interpretation, it’s about not accepting the fact that you’re heartbroken, which is something I’m not familiar with nor have ever experienced myself, however (for some reason) I think this is one of the most mesmerising tunes I’ve come across.
“I’ve been thinking about the way the world turns,
And my stomach churns.”
- Bored Nothing – Let Down •
I really wish I discovered this earlier so I could have told Fergus how beautiful and bittersweet it is. It’s still on repeat everyday.
“I can feel the time pass
And the feelings, they last”
- Angel Olsen – Windows •
I like how I can interpret this one in different ways, but it always reminds me to stay open minded and to keep on learning so as to not keep the blinders down. If you get me, you’ll know what I mean.
“Why can’t you see?
Are you blind?”
- Cigarettes After Sex -K •
I don’t have much to say on this one other than I adore it. It completely sets the atmosphere.
“And it’s just as good as I knew it would be”
- Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work •
Kate Bush, you legend. Also, I aspire to be as dramatic as this video is.
“I should be crying, but I just can’t let it show
I should be hoping, but I can’t stop thinking”
- Irma Thomas – Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand) •
Oh but anyone who’s seen Black Mirror will understand.
“You can blame me
Try to shame me
And still I’ll care for you”
- Joan Jett – Crimson & Clover •
I just love the grit. On repeat over and over.
“I’m not such a sweet thing
I wanna do everything
What a beautiful feelin’
Crimson and clover, over and over”
- SoKo – I Come In Peace •
It’s hard to pick which song of Soko’s is my favourite cause I love em all! However, this one is most relatable.
“You were part of a dream
And you made life more real”
- D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Really Love•
There’s just something about this song.. Good morning vibes.
“I’m not an easy man, to overstand, you feel me
But girl you’re patient with me”
- Years & Years/Dan Griffith – Desire (Gryffin Remix) •
I discovered this after watching the film ‘We Are Your Friends’, thankfully, because it’s a banger.
“Is it desire
Or is it love that I’m feeling for you”
- Alok/Bruno Martini/Zeeba – Hear Me Now•
“All the lights will guide the way
If you get to hear me now
All the fears will fade away
If you get to hear me now”
- Billie Eilish – Bored •
I may be bored, but it’s not because of this song. Billie.
“I’m not afraid anymore
What makes you sure you’re all I need?
Forget about it”
16. Mac Demarco – Another One •
I always send this to my friends to freak them out but this song will definitely be an all time favourite of mine.
“Feelin’ so confused
You don’t know what to do
Afraid she might not love you anymore”
17. Slowdive – When The Sun Hits •
Rely on Slowdive for musical content like this.
“As the sun hits, she’ll be waiting
With her coffins under heaven”
- Blood Orange – Best To You •
From Dev’s best album yet. Best To You, E.V.P and Hadron Collider are my favourites from Freetown Sound – I love it!
“Call it all for nothing
But I’d rather be nothing to you
Than be a part of something
Of something that I didn’t do”
- King Krule – Border Line •
I liked the stage name Zoo Kid, but King Krule is just as good. This is a complex ditty about carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, so heavy it feels like you’re drowning.
“And the soul chokes
To cause the tide
To enforce divide
This whole devotion has morphed in time
I’ll escort her mind to solve my crimes
Reach slow motion to con the mind”
- Lorde – Perfect Places •
Last one, from Lorde’s Melodrama.
“I hate the headlines and the weather
I’m nineteen and I’m on fire
But when we’re dancing I’m alright
It’s just another graceless night”