My nine favorite 2009 releases:
Just Dance by Lady Gaga
I love this record, baby, but I can’t see straight anymore.
Dance Anthem of the 80s by Regina Spektor
They want to be touched, to touch each other, / They want to sleep, they want to be slept, / They want to watch, to watch each other . . .
Knocks You Down by Keri Hilson, Kanye West & Ne-Yo
Every mornin’ I look at you and smile, / ‘Cause boy you came around and you knocked me down, / Knocked me down.
Young and Restless by Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Between the stacks in the library / Not like anyone stopped to see / We came they went our bodies spent / Among the dust and the microfiche.
Don’t Upset the Rhythm by Noisettes
So let me show you / Something super beautiful.
Under the Milky Way by Sia
And it’s something quite peculiar, / Something shimmering and white, / Leads you here despite your destination
This Tornado Loves You by Neko Case
Your rails have always outrun mine, / So I pick them up and crash them down / In a moment close to now.
Evacuate the Dancefloor by Cascada
I’m infected by the sound.
Kings and Queens by 30 Seconds to Mars
We stole our new lives, / Through blood and pain, / In defense of our dreams.
My nine most-played of the year:
Black or White by Michael Jackson
Now I believe in miracles, / And a miracle has happened tonight.
Desire by Ryan Adams
This time I’m speeding with no direction. / Without a reason. What is this fire? / Burning slowly. My one and only.
I’m Burning for You by Blue Oyster Cult
Burn out the day, / Burn out the night, / I can’t see no reason to put up a fight. / I’m living for giving the devil his due
Any Day Now by Missy Higgins
Say you’ve kept some fire away / To set light to me some surprising day.
Battlefield by Jordin Sparks
I guess you better go and get your armor.
I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
Listen to the music of the moment, maybe sing with me / A la peaceful melodies / It’s your God-forsaken right to be love, love, loved.
Gardener by Rebecca Riots
I have got to be more conscious / Of the things I do and don’t do . . . / It’s about perceiving what’s happening / In this very moment / And deliberately choosing to extend love.
Friends and Family by Trik Turner
‘Cause alls I need / Is the air that I breathe / And my friends and family / To believe in me.
Divorce Song by Liz Phair
I would have stayed in your bed / For the rest of my life / Just to prove I was right.