I Can’t Even Do a Year-End Best-Of Music Post Like a Normal Human: Day Three of Three


Oh, sorry. Sorry. George Bailey slipped in there.

Merry Christmas, minions and minionettes! I hope you are having a wonderful day! Presents to your liking? Turkey appropriately turkey-like? Family not asking you every five minutes when you’re going to get married or telling you “you know, it is ok if you’re a lesbian, that Ellen DeGeneres seems really nice!” Oh, that’s just my family? Great, great, then, glad things are going so well for you!

Here are my top ten songs of the year! I hope you love them. I obviously do. Otherwise, I would not have picked them, now would I? ENJOY ENJOY! Have some nog or something!

10.    Losers – The Belle Brigade

Album: The Belle Brigade (2011)

I’m removing myself from the queue

I love this song so very much. Although, if you look at the words, you might think, “AMY! You cannot like this song! It is about NOT WINNING. It is about REMOVING YOURSELF FROM WINNING.” Yep. I know. I still love it. It’s beautiful and sad and haunting and also a little fun. It makes me melancholy happy. It’s my kind of song. ALSO THE VIDEO IS ABOUT RESCUING DOGS AND PLAYING WITH THEM YO.

9.      Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons

Album: Sigh No More (2010)

I really fucked it up this time/Didn’t I, my dear?

I’m kind of predisposed to like pop songs with the word fuck in them. I’m not going to lie. But how can you not love this song? I like how it sounds like some sort of jolly Irish bar band and then you get this very plaintive “I really fucked it up this time, didn’t I, my dear?” in the chorus. I like to shout along with this song when I’m driving. Really loudly and obnoxiously. I’m really a hazard to myself and others, aren’t I?

8.      Raise Your Glass – Pink

Album: Greatest Hits…So Far!!! (2010)

We will never be never be anything but loud/and nitty gritty, dirty little freaks

Yes, yes, whatever, TEENY BOPPER MUSIC, and it was on GLEE, I KNOW THAT. It makes me happy. It makes me think of my friends and it makes me think of sad bullied children and I really like Pink because I think she’s kind of a badass but also someone I kind of totally would hang out with. And I’ll never be anything but loud. So this song was totally written for me. I shout AND car-dance when this song comes on. Total truth. I’m only a little embarrassed by that.

7.      Rolling in the Deep – Adele

Album: 21 (2011)

You’re gonna wish you never had met me

Oh, Adele. I know there’s this backlash that people are all “she’s not all that” and “she has a nice voice but her songs aren’t great” and I get it, I do. But I love Adele. With my whole heart. This was the first Adele song I heard, and the minute her voice kicked in I just sat back in my chair, floored. I have since purchased both of her albums and they are required road-trip music for me. I don’t care if the lyrics aren’t the best. That voice! That VOICE! My word! Also, have you seen her in interviews? She’s vulgar and adorable, you guys. I have a total girl-crush.

6.      Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes

Album: Helplessness Blues (2011)

Everything that I see/of the world outside is so inconceivable often I barely can speak

This song is gorgeous. Now, listen, I know I’ve said it over and over, but again, I know nothing about music? And I think Fleet Foxes might be another one of those hipster bands, I don’t know. But listen to this and tell me they don’t remind you of Simon and Garfunkel a little. Right? Or am I totally imagining things? I also like the “if I had an orchard I’d work til I’m sore” part. SO PRETTY.

5.      Polly – Amanda Palmer

Album: Newermind (2011)

It amazes me, the will of instinct

I don’t know if this is available anymore. It was a free download album of Nirvana covers from Spin magazine earlier in the year. This is one of Nirvana’s creepiest songs (it’s about the abduction, rape, and torture of a fourteen-year-old girl) and holy HELL does Amanda Palmer do it justice. This song will stay with you for days. It is HAUNTING. It is gorgeous and haunting and it’s like listening to a music box in hell. I’m serious. It will stay with you. I mean, listen to it, of course. But be prepared. (Also, that’s not a real video, because there isn’t a real video. Just close your eyes or something. It’ll be better.)

4.      I’ll Still Be a Geek After Nobody Thinks it’s Chic (The Nerd Anthem) –

Marian Call

Album: Got to Fly (2008)

The world is much too interesting to entertain ennui

OK, I fell in love with Marian Call this year. The same person who brought me Molly Lewis also brought me Marian Call. I know, right? Good taste in music, this guy. Anyway, this song makes me so happy, I can’t even describe. I blogged about my Marian Call love earlier in the year, but just listen to this and tell me it doesn’t make your heart sing. As a proud geek girl, it makes me happy and cheery and boppy. I adore her. I’m so glad she’s on my radar now.

3.      Someone Like You – Adele

Album: 21 (2011)

I remember you said, sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead

Yep, Adele’s one of my “two songs in the top ten” people. This song crushes me. I heard this song the same day I saw a photo on Facebook of someone I used to love with his newborn son. In my head, it’s a song about him. Adele is singing this song for me, and that makes me cry. Every damn time I hear it. I love this so much. Again – I get it. I get that it’s a song about a woman who wants to find someone like the guy who hurt her and broke up with her and that’s stupid. Sure. You can see it that way. But I see it as a song about the guy who used to make me mac and cheese and read to me who got married to someone who isn’t me and is very happy now, with someone who isn’t me. So I love it beyond reason.

2.      It’s Good to Have Jayne on Your Side – Marian Call

Album: Got to Fly (2008)

He’s too proud to live/And too dumb to die/Lord knows how his momma she tried

And Marian Call is the other “gets two songs” person! Listen, if you thought I was leaving off the Jayne song, you are out of your mind. This song makes me happier than just about anything. I love this so much. I didn’t know it was on the album – I didn’t know the album existed! – and when I saw the title I said, “No, this won’t be about…” AND IT WAS. For a Browncoat like me, this makes me happy every time I listen. Which is constantly and constantly and constantly.

1.      Won’t Go Quietly – Company of Thieves

Album: Running from a Gamble (2011)

I will not go quiet! I will not stay silent!

And finally! After three days of getting music advice from someone who knows nothing about music, we get to number one! Are you so happy and/or so exhausted? Me too, little friends, me too. OK, listen. Company of Thieves is one of my favorite bands ever. My ex-roommate said, “Hey! Amy! Want to go to a concert?” and I was all “Meh.” But I went. AND THEY WERE SO GOOD. So I’ve gone to see them twice now. And will go (hopefully) again. They’re fun and full of energy and they love their fans and their music is beautiful. And they end their sets with this song. And this song will kill you. It’s strong and it’s sad and it’s brave and Genevieve gets tears in her eyes and her voice when she sings it. This has been my anthem for 2011, this song. I listen to it when I need a boost. Because, as you know, I will not go quiet, and I will not stay silent.

There you go! My top thirty you-should-listen-you-will-love songs for 2011! I hope you found something you love! Or were reintroduced to someone you used to love, because my list also has old songs on it because I’m doing it wrong! MERRY CHRISTMAS, you guys! Love you to pieces! Thank you for making my year so merry! You are all my present! I’d say all I want for Christmas is you, but that’s a lie, I also want a laptop and a man who’s capable of commitment! *SMOOCHES!*

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8 responses to “I Can’t Even Do a Year-End Best-Of Music Post Like a Normal Human: Day Three of Three

  • lahikmajoe

    Would it surprise you to hear we like some of the same sorts of music?

    The thing is: even though I’m a musician, I often learn about the newest acts only years after they’ve arrived. Your posts is helping me get a jump on some of them.

    I particularly like Mumford and Sons – ‘Little Lion Man’. What a joyous sound.

    And ‘Helplessness Blues’ by Fleet Foxes is delicious. You like harmony singing, I see. Good taste there young lady. These guys have good, clear voices and sing well together. Beautiful.

    The Nirvana cover is interesting aurally. Is that the same Amanda Palmer that Neil Gaiman’s always going on about. Wasn’t she in the Dresden Dolls? My memory is sketchy.

    Marian Call’s ‘I’ll Still Be a Geek After Nobody Thinks it’s Chic (The Nerd Anthem)’ wouldn’t be the same without the old-timey typewriter. Curious stuff. Name-checking favourite authors? Tell me what’s wrong with that? Nothing, I tell you. I like the other tune, as well. Found Marian Call on google+ and went through her website with a fine-toothed comb, but not in a stalker way.

    I’m not against Adele, but I don’t know her music very well. She clearly has a set of pipes. What people call a throwback of a voice. I know she’s had to cancel some obligations because of vocal injury. That’s always sad and frustrating for the artist. Hope everything turns out well for her.

    And the very conspicuous voice of the chick in Company of Thieves? Whatever it is…it’s intoxicating. I found an acoustic version of the ‘Won’t Go Quietly’ tune where they’re playing in a forest. Good stuff.

    Again, I’ve hogged your blog comments long enough. Something tells me you’re having a wonderful time with The Nephew and the rest of your family. Sorry the good times have to end, eh?


    • lucysfootball

      You listened to them all! You’re the best. I’m at home now, and I just told my dad you commented. His response? “Oh, your brother in Germany?” See? He knows.

      Yep, Amanda Palmer is Neil Gaiman’s wife and used to be in the Dresden Dolls (and I think they still get together and tour once and a while – I remember reading something about that recently.) I need to seek out some of her other work. I like her sound.

      I’m so glad you like Company of Thieves! Check out “Oscar Wilde” as well, if you get a chance – love it. It’s based on one of his quotes, and it’s fantastic. Genevieve is wonderful! I love that acoustic version of “Won’t Go Quietly,” too!

      You can hog my comments anytime you want. I was so excited to see this when I logged in tonight, I can’t even tell you! It’s like being back in civilization again for a minute! Yahoo!

      I did have a great time, getting ready for bed soon so I can take off bright and early to get back home tomorrow! Seeing The Nephew was soul-restoring, but sleeping in my own bed will be as well!


  • Em

    I just started following your blog a little while ago and you rock. Just sayin’. Also, that Ellen DeGeneres sure is nice.

    And we have somewhat similar taste in music, although I suspect you’re much cooler than I am, but that actually works because I’m older than you and the time when I was supposed to be really cool I sort of missed the boat on too. Okay, fine, I’ve never been all that cool. But I’ve usually had pretty good taste in music, though admittedly a bit mainstream.

    These music posts are awesome.


    • lucysfootball

      I’m so glad you’re here and I’m so glad you liked them!

      And I’m sure, no matter how uncool you are, I’m just a *little* less cool. I come across much cooler than I really am. Promise. :)


  • Mer

    Yay! Taste in anything should be whatever strikes your fancy – who cares about anything else. Though I am often more than a little behind, I fell in love with Blonde Redhead this year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdbSElKfJYI
    They also have songs called “Bipolar” and Equus.”
    And my favorite song when the semester starts? “Heads Will Roll” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrLJeAL4Ywo
    Oh, and I am all ready to discuss Firefly/Serenity with you.


  • lynnettedobberpuhl

    Okay. So here’s what happened. I missed the first of the three posts and picked up the second one first and right away fell in love with Molly Lewis and decided I needed to wait until I had time to listen to all three posts because I couldn’t just skim, not after you had introduced me to Marian Call, too. So I JUST finished going through all three and was so relieved to find that I actually am familiar with a few of your fave artists, cuz for a while there it didn’t look likely. I am very happy about meeting The Black Keys, and THANK YOU for connecting me with “Lost In My Mind” which I have liked on the radio for a long time, but could never remember it when I needed it. Love Adele and Mumford & Sons (knew them.) I can’t tell you how long I enjoyed Nirvana’s version of Polly before I figured out what it was about and now I just can’t. CAN’T. I have Call’s Something Fierce cd’s in my car and listen to them ALL the time. Reminds me of a story I should blog sometime *note to self*

    Have you seen the movie musical Once? If not, you should. Immediately. Thanks!


    • lucysfootball

      I’m so glad I was able to introduce you to some music you love! That made my whole night! I listened to Marian Call on my trip home & back, too. Couldn’t love her more!

      I *adore* Once. Did you see it’s been adapted into a Broadway musical? I got to see Glenn & Marketa in concert a few years ago. One of the concert highlights of my life!


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