Alright, and now for my favorite five tracks of the year, more or less...
5. For Science Fiction – Maritime
It’s nice and punchy pop (love those drums and vox), with just a touch of spiritualality...or a questioning thereof.
4. Umbrella – Scott Simons
I’ll take Simons’ mellower, electronic rendition of the precipitation shelter over Rhianna’s version. It’s easier to appreciate the beauty of the song’s lyrics and melody, and I also like how he reduces that certain vocal tic into more of an echo-echo-echo…
3. Joni – Julian Velard
I’ve been digging Julian Velard’s smoky baritone and keyboard stylings a bunch this year, and “Joni” is no exception - it’s a wonderful piece of pop, complete with quirky arrangements and lyrics that keep you listening.
2. Love Song – Sara Bareilles
It’s piano pop perfection with Sara Bareilles' amazing vocals. One listen, and you’ll be singing it in your head all day.
1. Stronger – Kanye West
Kanye brings us hip-hop from the future by way of a Daft Punk sample from the past. And a pretty tacky pair of white shades. It’s slammin’. My top single of the year.