Experimental Music Love

January 8, 2008

Top 10 Singles of 2005

Filed under: Features — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 6:18 pm

10. Forever Lost – Magic Numbers

It’s been a great year for this Mercury nominated band, and this is the song that kicked it all off. This is what all summer pop anthems should sound like. Joyous harmonies, jangly guitars and tambourines – this song had it all. No wonder Magic Numbers were the band to see at the summer festivals.

9. Fix You – Coldplay

Big things were expected for the return of the biggest rock band in the world, and this song more than matched anyone’s expectations. Not the great leap to OK Computer experimentalism like some predicted, Coldplay stuck to what they do best – gorgeous, epic rock numbers to sing along to. A sublime record.

8. Do You Want To – Franz Ferdinand

With a chorus as catchy as the clap, Franz got everyone going doo doing in September. This tale of a Glasgow art gallery party, full of innuendo and propositions, was a fantastic pop record that reminded everyone why Franz were the biggest band of 2004.

7. Forget Myself – Elbow

Probably the most undervalued British band since the millennium, Elbow have gone from strength to strength over the course of their three albums, and this is their finest work to date. A pounding wall of sound, this was an in your face, yet majestic song.

6. Bottle Rocket – The Go! Team

Another Mercury nominated act, and it’s easy to see why on the quality of this single. There is no other act there that sounds like The Go! Team, mixing various dance samples with ferocious guitars, horns and hip hop vocals, this uplifting track forced everyone within 50 feet to dance uncontrollably.

5. Abel – The National

“My mind is not right, my mind is not right!!” screams Matt Berninger in the chorus of a tale of everything going wrong. Combining the best bits of Joy Division, The Pixies and Echo and the Bunnymen, it’s pretty much impossible to see why this song didn’t turn The National into the huge stars they deserve to be. Go listen to it now anyway.

4. Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor- Arctic Monkeys

Sunday 23rd October – the first time I’d bothered listening to the charts in years. Why? The prospect of a genuine classic piece of pop at the top spot since the days of Britpop. Its witty lyrics and funk guitar sound made this irresistible for all indie kids out there.

3. First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes

The definition of loveliness. Conor Oberst’s unique voice sounds perfect singing his adoring lyrics. Those words, coupled with his soft acoustic guitar, made this song the perfect record to play when your girlfriend comes round.

2. Rebellion (Lies) – Arcade Fire

“Sleeping is giving in” howls Win Butler in this tale of staying awake for days and not caring. A completely unique sound, with violins and accordions accompanying the usual guitars, drums and bass, this was an orchestral masterpiece, and one of the most heart racing tunes of the year.

1. Portions For Foxes – Rilo Kiley

Thank the Lord for Conor Oberst. Not only does he already have one song himself in this list, but it’s down to his eye for talent that we have this piece of perfection. Signed to his Saddle Creek label, Rilo Kiley have made one of the great songs of all time with this upbeat tale of lust and craving. Blake Sennet’s opening guitar riff promises big things, and Jenny Lewis provides them with her heartfelt vocals and imaginative lyrics (“There’s blood in my mouth cos I’ve been biting my tongue all week.”). Pure joy.


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