Friday, August 11, 2006

The 2006 Sleepless in the Seattle Metro Area Music Awards: 25 best tracks

I've narrowed all of the new music I've gotten over the past year to twenty-five favorite tracks, and let me tell you, it was extremely hard. There were some incredible songs that fell to the floor cutting down from my initial 77 picks to the best 25. One of the hardest cuts was the last of the Brazilian Girls CD—I loved that CD, but there were just 25 songs that I liked better. I also had to cut all of Enya's latest CD, and I still think that Enya is probably my favorite artist of all time. Her latest CD just wasn't good enough to make the list.

The next step is to integrate the new tracks with my existing lists of my 100 favorite songs and the even more elite top 25. And now, the most exceptional 25 songs that I heard over the past year:

Conjure One—I Believe
Fiona Apple—Extraordinary Machine
Fort Minor—Believe Me (featuring Bobo and Styles of Beyond)
Fort Minor—High Road (featuring John Legend)
Goldfrapp—Lovely 2 C U
Good Charlotte—In This World (Murder)
Gotan Project—Mi Confesión
Hooverphonic—Wake Up
Hooverphonic—You Love Me to Death
Imogen Heap—Goodnight and Go
Imogen Heap—Hide and Seek
Imogen Heap—The Walk
Jason Mraz—Plane
Jeremy Soule—Guild Wars Factions theme
Jurassic 5—Back 4 U
Kanye West—Gone (featuring Consequence and Cam'Ron)
Nelly Furtado—All Good Things (Come to an End)
Scissor Sisters—Laura
Scissor Sisters—Take Your Mama
Shakira—La Tortura (Shaketon remix featuring Alejandro Sanz)
Snow Patrol—Make This Go On Forever
Snow Patrol—Set the Fire to the Third Bar (featuring Martha Wainwright)
Zero 7—This Fine Social Scene

Notable: There's only one instrumental track on the list, Jeremy Soule's Guild Wars Factions theme. There are a lot of peppy, dance-friendly tracks on here, but also a lot of sadder and soulful songs. I think it's a pretty good mix.


Luke said...

From the Lunatico album, my favorite tracks are Diferente, La Viguela, and Criminal. Mi Confesion doesn't do too much for me. I don't like the "hip hop male vocals".

Travis said...

Those are my next top three from the album. Mi Confesión I like mainly because it's so unusual and interesting, I think. I don't know if that fascination will last yet.