|listening to music since 2005!|
As with every caveat, disregard the dilemma and stay for the nub of the post: these twelve tracks, all available on Spotify, are surely worth listening to.
The caveat: no list is complete without Springsteen, Madonna, Beck, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Deerhunter, Burial, Joe Jackson, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, George Michael, Stormzy, Vampire Weekend, Pixies, Perry Farrell, Michael Stipe, The National, Lana Del Rey, Karen O, The Killers, Will Young, Richard Dawson, Weyes Blood, Ariana Grande, Wire, Stereophonics, slowthai, Tame Impala, Sharon Van Etten, - to absurdly mention just 30 of the acts and artists who released notable new tracks this year, sometimes posthumously - yet the list below leaves all these talents out, and hundreds more you might arguably add.
So, what makes an 'Eyewear song of the year'? A variety of factors, recklessly applied in no order, but basically: catchiness, replayability, cultural impact, genre-mastery, and wit. If you ranked every song you heard from 1-20 on these five points, you'd quickly see why certain songs by Patti Smith, The Doors, Prince, Bob Dylan, Public Enemy, and Robyn, for instance, could score easily in the high 90s.
Anyway, in alphabetic order of title, my songs of the year...
1. 'About Work The Dancefloor' - Georgia
There's something genuinely melancholy and yearning, poignant, embedded in this pop gem - it's clearly inspired by Robyn, a synth-sheened paen to dancing - but I love the lyrics, especially the 'I don't have material gifts for you' - in this post-thing age, that resonates.