18 / December
18 / December
Best Songs of 2009

For the sixth year in a row, FlynnFiles recognizes the best musical offerings of the passing calendar. Click on the links and listen up! Here are top ten songs of 2009:

10. Pearl Jam--The Fixer
9. U2-Breathe
8. Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson--Relator
7. Third Eye Blind--Non Dairy Creamer
6. Wilco--One Wing
5. Bon Iver--Blood Bank
4. Neko Case--People Got a Lotta Nerve
3. Regina Spektor--Laughing With
2. BellX1--The Great Defector
1. The Bravery--Slow Poison

Any sins of omission? Commission? Do you have a top ten list? Top five? Top three? Let's see it in the comments section.

posted at 01:08 AM

Dan, this might seem like a silly question, but do you listen to rap?

Posted by: Herman on December 18, 2009 02:27 AM

Interesting list Dan. Here are my top three.

3. "I and Love and You" by The Avett Brothers
2. "Home" by Edwin Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
1. "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon

Posted by: The Mustard Tiger on December 18, 2009 10:12 AM

I hear rap, Herman, but I try not to listen.

Mustard Tiger: When I heard "I and Love and You" last night on the radio, I thought about slyly inserting it into my list and omitting something else. I really like their song "Into the Curve" from a few years back.

Posted by: Dan Flynn on December 18, 2009 10:38 AM

Not too in tune with these songs but - Scarlett Johansson? Yum! Not much of a singer but - Scarlett Johansson? Yum!

Posted by: asdf on December 18, 2009 10:42 AM

Rise Against - "Savior"

Posted by: Skeptic on December 18, 2009 10:45 AM

Not a single bluegrass song...

Posted by: Homer J. Fong on December 18, 2009 11:15 AM

I echo the mustard tigers picks

Posted by: Wayne Sash on December 18, 2009 11:56 AM

i find it hard to believe that you don;t have anything more "current" although those songs may have come out this year some of those artists are way past their prime. What no:

Five Finger Death Punch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir6nn9t7Fpc

or Slipknot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9IixYR_p-4

or Clutch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDoKyzHzP14

they would have to be on the list.

Posted by: Mike on December 18, 2009 03:05 PM

I would add: Passion Pit- Moths Wings
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Hysteric

Posted by: Wyane Sash on December 18, 2009 04:28 PM

Another one: Levon Helm: When I go Away

Posted by: Wayne Sash on December 18, 2009 06:43 PM

So how do you interpret the lyrics to "Laughing With"? All the instances where she says "No one's laughing at God" seem to prove God isn't personal and loving or simply isn't there. I don't understand the root of the piety.

Perhaps it isn't pious, the last line is "We're all laughing with God", which is stating it's all meaningless? I don't know, what do you think?

Posted by: PMA on December 19, 2009 10:48 AM

you might think this is funny:


Posted by: pjb on December 19, 2009 11:10 AM

PMA, my impression of the song was that it was not intending to say anything so specific about God Himself, but rather was about our attitude towards Him -- at at what times we can laugh off the idea and others where we are forced to take it more seriously. I don't think the song intended to reach any other conclusions. Saw her do this on Conan, and thought it was very interesting.

By the way, and with most of the list, these songs have almost universally well written LYRICS, but I'd never pop cue these up to listen to while I clean the garage.

Posted by: Homer J. Fong on December 19, 2009 11:18 AM

I suppose, that is not bad stuff about this post. Everyone should buy an essay or buy a research paper at the essay writers.

Posted by: Kerry33 on December 20, 2009 06:39 AM

Is that Pearl Jam at #10 or U2 doing some shit song & video of theirs from the past decade?

Posted by: Finbar on December 20, 2009 08:34 AM

I wonder what God ever did to PMA to deserve his ire?

Posted by: asdf on December 20, 2009 09:13 AM


God, if it exists, has been pretty damn good to me. Other people, not so much. 3.4 billion living on less than 2 dollars a day, people like the tree man with warts growing all over their body, every two seconds a human being starves to death, all because some dumb bitch ate an apple. Do you see how retarded that is?

If God is omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, and perfectly loving and just than it wouldn't allow injustice or suffering. The very existence of those states demonstrates that God, as defined by most dogmas and doctrines, is less than omnipotent or worse and that the God concept is internally inconsistent, if we are to believe that God takes a personal and loving interest in each human being.

Posted by: PMA on December 20, 2009 11:29 AM

Many music critics actually have a song called "Daniel" by Bat For Lashes in their 2009 top five.

Posted by: George Kyrikides on December 20, 2009 11:40 AM

You speak like an innocent child who thinks that there is some greater justice and one who expects that we are to be taken care by our belief in God like a Father would take care of his offspring.

Believe in a higher power or don't believe. Who really cares? But don't question others’ beliefs because you think that the great re-distributionist in the sky is not doing his or her job.

There always have been and there always will be social and economic injustices and, hate to clue you, but human beings will always rattle with imperfection causing it to be so.

No government, society or God will change that. All they can do is try to regulate it so we don't annihilate each other.

You question God's existence which you have the right to do yet you blame this same God for life's inequities on Planet Earth. So, which is it - No God or less than benevolent God?

I’d really love to see more people take a libertarian approach to religion starting with the understanding that it only works for those who believe and leave it alone for those who do.

My apologies to the music lovers. This will be my last troll of the Christmas season.

Posted by: asdf on December 20, 2009 08:49 PM

Slow Poison by the Bravery is a rip off of a VAN SHE song named "Kelly."

Posted by: Costas Tsafoulias on December 27, 2009 01:24 PM

Hate to bring up the evil P-word. But I'm a prog-fanatic. Some of the criticisms of prog are that it is stuck in the 70s. But it is my observation that if you think David Byrne and listen to #2 or think U2 (with a touch of Morrissey) and listen to #1, there's a little bit of sound-alike in all of us. (Maybe a touch of Squeeze in #2 as well.)

Which is not to say that I don't like pop or modern pop. Modest Mouse's Float On stuck with me for days upon first listen. I'm just not going to give the top spots to sound-alike pop when Birds and Buildings made Birds Flying into Buildings in this decade. Fripp-esque, to be true--but it's more like saying something new in the same spirit, IMO. And then there's The Mars Volta's Deloused in a Comatorium.

Posted by: Sea King on January 4, 2010 03:16 AM
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