What's your favorite song of the year?
I always wondered who plays the guitar solo at the end of the song. Brian told me the other night that its John Mayer. That's cool.
Jealous Girl by BK !https://soundcloud.com/benk…
have you seen Ben’s clean shaven look? he cut all his hair off!
Yeah, couldn’t believe it.
With the disclaimer I have little taste, I liked Of Monsters and Men’s album a lot, Little Talks in particular:http://www.youtube.com/watc…
yeah, they are on gotham gal’s list of top records this year. we listened to them a lot in the first half of this year. i like the idea of including a youtube or soundcloud link in the comment. well done.
2 Chainz is the artist of the year for me. Crack is my favorite track off BOATShttps://soundcloud.com/muzi…
my son loves that song!
Hahah the lyrics are outrageous, but 2 Chainz is entertaining and the beats are catchy
Catherine Russell. Love her voice. Romance in the Dark.http://www.youtube.com/watc…
new to me. thankssss!
Just finished my year end list. A few battled it out for the top spot, but ultimately I had to give it to California by Delta Spirit: http://ex.fm/song/be1g0Very, very close second – A Simple Answer off Grizzly Bear’s amazing Shields album: http://ex.fm/song/sizqo
both are awesome songs.do you have a link to your entire list?
Here’s a google doc of my top music for 2012. Are you guys into any of these? https://docs.google.com/doc…
Nice list. But why Google docs and not a rdio or spotify playlist?
I wanted to, but about 7 of 8 of my top 20 are not on Rdio. Just subscribed to Rdio this year. Would like make the transition fully as music is the last frontier for me in terms of keeping files (everything else cloud). I know files are a thing of the past, but I can’t use it 100% exclusively yet. Over time I will. Here’s to feeling light in 2013!
great answer. same thing happened to kirk love. so he went with ex.fm
Just added you on Rdio, Fred. Here’s to a lighter, more social listening experience for 2013!
I keep a Google Docs list, too. It’s just easier to manage and slide things around. Then I make a playlist at the end of the year based on it.
Here’s my Rdio list.http://rd.io/x/QVwGATNEn8IIf you click the MORE link you’ll see all 20. Only 13 are playable because 7 of the tracks aren’t on Rdio (boo). I’ll be putting a post up of all 20 on my Tumblr with exfm links. Problem is you can’t make playlists on exfm (double boo)
This will be the soundtrack to my weekend
Nice list Kirk. Bat For Lashes is an amazing artist. My favorite song on that record was “Marilyn” – Laura is haunting as well. Just followed you on Rdio!
cool. i dig that too, but Laura just grabbed me.Top 10 or 20 or even 50 lists are so subjective and near impossible. I always forget a ton of tracks I love, but the cool things it’s no big deal we get to listen to everything we like it. We live in amazing musical times.
I just recently discovered Bat for Lashes — amazing. Love their cover of I’m on Fire — I had been looking for a way to sneak a Springsteen song into the Indie While You Work room.
yeh we want that list Kirk….please!
I’m a liar! A Simple Answer was third on my list. Doh!
California is an old one, but better than anything they’ve done since. Grizzly Bear’s “Yet Again” is my #2 this year.
Great pick Kirk. I love that song by Delta Spirit.
Tessellate by alt-J (∆)http://www.youtube.com/watc…
alt-J is trending in the comments!
Fantastic. Thanks for sharing.
Great fun friday topicbreezeblocks, alt-j is mine http://www.youtube.com/watc…
such a great band. we listened to that record more than any other (other than channel orange) this year. my daughter spent her summer in london and came back with them as her favorite band.
Maná, a Mexican rock band I discovered. I must have played this song “Iluvia al corazon” gazillion times from SoundCloud:https://soundcloud.com/erve…And the best part is I found out that @kirklove is also a fan.
cool. that’s a new one to me.
hehe, I grew up with maná back in the d.r.
That’s cool. That song grew on me although I vaguely understood the words.
You can thank my wife for that one, otherwise I’d be totally clueless to Maná
They are huge worldwide. I discovered them via Jay Leno earlier this year when they were guests.”Maná is considered to be a pioneer in the Rock en Español movement and has earned four Grammy Awards, seven Latin Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards Latin America, six Premios Juventud awards, fourteen Billboard Latin Music Awards and fifteen Premios Lo Nuestro awards.”http://en.wikipedia.org/wik…
Muelle de San Blas — my ringtone. I heard this music coming from the kitchen when I was at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants.http://www.youtube.com/watc…
Awesome. Muchas gracias.
The song of the year in my local language is this … had a big hit on the Youtube. The same song is considered as a crap and shit by many … liked the most by youngsters.http://www.youtube.com/watc…It is a sort of english-song 🙂 English spoken in local accent and mix. Listen and see whether you enjoy it.
i wish there was a good way to find popular music in other cultures
YouTube is the answer.This one had more than 15million views.PSY – Gangnam Style – Guinness record for most likes.
yes, of coursebut i’d like a channel that curates the best
i’m sure there are playlists on youtube that serve that function
You might, once Turntable goes global :)Shazam has hit lists from some world regions but it covers the pop songs mostly. iTunes just opened local stores in about 65 new countries 2 weeks ago. You only see it if you’re local. I haven’t found a way to switch countries just to discover, like GoogleNews lets you change news editions.
Here’s one from Turkey that I listened to a lot early in the year. Or maybe it was last year.http://www.mercandede.com/E…The discovery story is a good one for AVC crowd: an artist/teacher whose blog I follow was traveling in Turkey. She met the musician in a cafe. He gave her a CD, she came back and wrote about it:http://dispatchfromla.typep…
I’m listening to the 800 album and feeling completely transported. Thanks for being my travel agent. Lovely sound.
I’ve got to thank Mary Ann Moss — teacher/artist/blogger/entrepreneur/world traveler — for this one! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it.
there is an app called saavn which is the spotify of indian music…..although spotify itself has some indian music too
upvote that. the founder/ceo is my buddy here and they have been working on this for a long time!
There is a music app for the Arab market called Anghami http://www.anghami.com/ – it is an iPhone only so far and they few months old cc @kidmercury:disqus
Thanks Abdallah, actually we launched an Android, Blackberry and even Nokia Symbian app. We are serving mainly the unserved Middle East and North Africa region, already having the 4 Majors and all the local labels. Shameless plug – I am the co-founder.
Cool. You guys are moving fast 🙂 last I checked it was only iPhone. I think you are doing the right strategy by focusing on young, vibrant and growing digital market in the Arabic speaking world. One question: is Anghami available for residents of Canada to use?
same. I want to know about how to find more crossover music…
Write a post titled Fun Friday: Song of the Year. Great representation here of various cultures.Edit: meaning the song choices
This is from an Indian friend of mine.. Good music. Don’t even think of overlooking these.. Seems these were composed by Oscar winner A.R.Rehmanhttp://www.youtube.com/watc…http://www.youtube.com/watc…
Love it. Thanks for sharing.Here’s a cool 2012 song from Portuguese singer Luisa Sobral: http://www.youtube.com/watc…
Message from Youtube: The uploader has not made this video available in your country:(
I hate those restrictions from the music industry. I guess you can more easily listen to this song on her website. Here’s a link: http://www.luisasobral.com/…. It’s song #2. Hope it helps.
You guys have talked about Mana, great band and awesome drums player. Now, let me introduce you some Argentinian Band called Soda Stereo..the lead singer (Gustavo Ceratti) has a CVA and he is still in hospital (about 2 years now)http://www.youtube.com/watc…http://www.youtube.com/watc… (mtv unplugged)hope you like them!
I like them. Thx
oh, you like Soda! here is Gustavo Cerati, enjoy, https://www.youtube.com/wat…
Great sound. Thanks.
i replied to your first comment. strange.
I saw, maybe it’s something to do with how Disqus processes youtube links
I can’t say that this is my favorite but it’s what came to mind even though it’s a cover… I get excited whenever I hear/see The Piano Guys’ reindition of Coldplay’s Paradise with vocals in Swahili. “Peponi”http://youtu.be/Cgovv8jWETM
I must admit to liking their version of O Come Emmanuel, too…
I really like that one too! Both are good.
I just found it. That’s magnificent. Though, I don’t think I’ll be playing that one in the “Indie While You Work” room on turntable.fm.
what a pretty video!
I just watched again today and got chills. My guess is that much of the impact of the song came through first seeing the video version — even when I listen in audio the effect (and affect) of having seen the video carries over.
Very, very cool…struck an emotional cord with me!Thanks
Same here. Great rendition. Great post.
My all time favorite on Rock is … ” Rock you like hurricane.”Something about the drum beat in the middle and the way it ends on the very high note … gives the feeling as though like free-fall in the air.Well people may call it a oldie … but old-is-gold :-).
Sparked by stumbling onto the Bristol sessions at Songza, I’ve been exploring Appalachian country music. So I’ve been more onto old music this year.The Loom plays new music that harks back (sort of via X). I love Helen, the 3rd track on Teeth. I can’t figure out how to link to the song, but the album streams at their website.http://theloommusic.com/music/(They're Brooklyn-based — disclosure, a band member is a friend.)
really like their sound Anne. Thanks for the recommendation
You’re welcome. They’ll appreciate that you guys checked in to listen!
If you like Appalachian music, check out Count This Penny who describe their music as “Appalachian pop”. Here’s one of my favorite tracks from their recent album, Pitchman. http://markzohar.tumblr.com…
Lovely. Thanks for the intro. I’m a bluegrass fan from way back.As a change of pace, have you listened to Gangstagrass? An NYC-based band. One of their albums is called Rappalachia. You might recognize them from the TV show “Justified.” http://www.youtube.com/watc… http://www.youtube.com/watc…
Thanks for the suggestion! I’m hoping to go through this thread after Christmas, and listen to this and other suggested tracks…have a great day.
An oldie buy still a beauty:The Pogues – A Rainy Night In Sohohttp://ex.fm/song/248h
i love the pogues!
I’ve been falling for the resurgence of 60’s/70’s inspired psychedelic rock (I still love me some 2 CHAINZ, @ntomaino:disqus !)But for me, this year, Tame Impala, Lucidity. (track is a couple years old I think)https://soundcloud.com/tame…
They’re incredible live.
Ah, I bet they are. “Lucidity” is the song that hooked me – they have an incredible catalog of tunes to play live.I’ll have to see when they’re passing through town.
Same artist, different song. I love “Bad Religion,” especially the live version from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.http://www.youtube.com/watc…
That whole record is incredible
Mayer is a virtuoso on guitar. Great song.
I really respect well constructed pop songs – they scale! If you enjoyed the Tom Hanks movie That Thing You Do, you will get my PoV.I also respect enjoy mainstream pop stars with ridiculous natural writing ( Alannis Morisette say ) or musical gifts ( say, Adele ). Typically that lasts only for an album or two. Very few have much to say or can manage a career long term (list too long to start one, on this topic).I can’t get YouTube to co-operate – but I really like Neon Trees ‘Everybody Talks’. It fits in the first category – good hook, great lyrics, sticks in your head all day….
I loved that movie.(And now, because I also love my job, I have to tear myself away from this thread and get to a meeting. I could stay here all day, yikes!)
i know the feeling 🙂
my hipster friends always make fun of me for liking a lot of pop music, but i love that crap for its usability. requires almost no effort to like it and have instantly implanted in your memory. i like the neon trees song too.
A close friend from high school used to find good music before other people, he was a total maven type. We lived pretty far from the epicenters of new music in 1980, to say the least – http://en.wikipedia.org/wik… – so it took a lot of work to do what he did.Even though he claimed that People magazine had some of the best movie reviews, when it came to music, if stuff he had found, liked and spread around our group got popular, he stopped liking it.Led to some Diner style debates.He’s now a surf guide on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, after a global career as a tree planter, where he was involved in a controversial world record dispute (seriously, http://www.tree-planter.com… & http://www.tree-planter.com… & planted something like 2.5M trees.Not your average duck.
Gotta piggyback on the high school thing. I went to school with Joey Burns of Calexico, known mainly for their brooding desert night vibe. But they’ve shown amazing range over the years. I get lost in their music. Just saw they have a free download of their latest “Para” at: http://www.casadecalexico.com/. Really enjoying the comments. Lots of new background music for today’s hideous chores like accounting :(.
Grew up in the Erie area…so I especially enjoyed that movie 😉
They are an intriguing band with a rich and unique sound, The video to the song is a delight, also.However, truth be known, Tracey Thorn is currently ripping my heart apart with her absolutely gorgeous Christmas album, just released. Here is one beautiful song/video from the album.http://vimeo.com/55344050Even the biggest Christmas curmudgeon would melt at this.OK, I have to admit I have also had a massive crush on Tracey Thorn since her Everything But The Girl days – my wife has John Taylor for her long-standing pop-crush, so it’s permitted :-)PS, love that Pyramids track by the way – will need to check them out.
Two Door Cinema Club’s Beacon is my album of the year — it’s stellar.Here’s one of the many bangin’ tracks, Sun:http://www.youtube.com/watc…
Digging it. Thanks!
This is a great find Cam. Thank you!
For the beat heads. https://soundcloud.com/beac…
If you are going by only songs released in 2012, then my iTunes says Thrift Shop was the one I played the most (with an astrick that my oldest son often plays a song he’s into throughout the night on repeat while he is sleeping – but I do like this one a lot too) -> http://www.youtube.com/watc…If we are going with favorite song of the year (regardless of when it was released) then I’m going to put out Bottom of the Well as one that I kept going back to and loving throughout the year -> http://www.youtube.com/watc…As always though – so many great songs…
Thrift Shop made #1 here. Still not sick of it.
Yeah I’m not sick of it yet either…I also really like his ‘Same Love’ song ( http://www.youtube.com/watc… )…and as a special bonus, if you haven’t heard about them yet, check out Three Loco…Neato is prob. the most well known hit so far ( http://www.youtube.com/watc… ) but they have a couple other fun gems on their new release 😉
Hell yeah! Didn’t expect to find Macklemore in these comments. Artist of the year. Can’t Hold us feat. Ray Dalton is 3rd behind the 2 you mentioned.
That Macklemore record is awesome. Easily top 10
great to see a Seattle guy blow up!
Can’t Hold Us is my favorite from them – it was on my list. http://www.youtube.com/v/QK…
Asaf Avidan & the Mojos – Reckoning Song – http://open.spotify.com/tra…
Cannot do just one.RUSH http://youtu.be/ZcFGrWjOX0ERihanna http://youtu.be/lWA2pjMjpBsGrace Potter and the Nocturnals “The Lion The Beast The Beat “Great, fun thread.P.S. Nice tip Donna: Peponi by The Piano Guys
Everything Rudimental put out this year could qualify as anthem of the year:https://soundcloud.com/musi…https://soundcloud.com/rudi…But…Disclosure’s Latch is song of year for me:https://soundcloud.com/disc…I also fell in love with Mahler’s 5th this year:https://soundcloud.com/nyoc…I think Mahler was the Skrillex of his day. Challenge anyone to throw this on loud and not be blown away.
Dirty Projectors – Gun Has No Triggerhttp://www.youtube.com/watc…Fiona Apple – Every Single Nighthttp://www.youtube.com/watc…Spiritualized – Hey Janehttp://www.youtube.com/watc…Frank Ocean – Thinking About Youhttp://www.youtube.com/watc…First of the year defThe Shins – Simple Songhttp://www.youtube.com/watc…
I love all of those songs
Fiona’s whole album is great. I was fortunate enough to see her perform at Bowery Ballroom and Terminal 5 this year, and the concerts were epic. She gives such a raw, emotional performance.Gotye also deserves a song of the year nod. He too I got to check out at Bowery Ballroom and he put on an excellent show.Fred – we may need a Fun Friday about best concert venues. Bowery Ballrom is so small and intimate that it’d get my vote.
My favorite in NYC
Damn Tyrone! I missed Gun Has No Trigger. And it also reminded me I completely forgot Para by Calexico http://ex.fm/song/ic4qk damn!
Calexico are great live.Saw them live in october here in Vancouver at the RICKSHAW
I saw them do an encore once because I was late to their concert. Some punk and I were busy overeating.
that is a top ten fail of the year in my book
Ty Segall ‘The Hill’ from Twins albumhttp://youtu.be/oQwLneB9qkk
http://www.philangotti.com/… Psychedelic Sunday, Phil Angotti
If you’re trying to relive the 80s as you sat in the corner with pale skin and died blue-black hair (not that I’m projecting), nothing beats this for 2012… http://open.spotify.com/tra…
It’s a tie between “Somewhere” by the Scissor Sisters (http://www.mixcloud.com/imm… ) and “Emmylou” by First Aid Kit (http://www.youtube.com/watc… )
Emmylou is so good
Sea Wolf, “Old Friend” – http://www.youtube.com/watc…
Would be great if sound cloud added a volume control button on their widget!
two “dance around the living room with your kids” fun songs:Gangnam style: http://www.youtube.com/watc…Big bad wolf (perfect for halloween): http://www.youtube.com/watc…
Gangnam styleIts silly but it has to bring a smile to yoru face 😉
I discovered Ottmar Liebert via exfm by way of @wmoug:disqus Here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watc… – it is not a song but it has become one of my favourite compositions
Released a few weeks ago: M83 Steve McQueen (BeatauCue Remix) https://soundcloud.com/beat…
yeah, that is great
Our first family anthem (which enabled lots of dance parties before bedtime) was Call Me Maybe–but it started with the US swim team’s parody. Definitely one of the most fun songs!
Well, I like to buy fresh, buy local, so here’s the Slackwater News with Ghostshttp://www.youtube.com/watc…
Excellent taste, Fred! I listed my top 5 songs of ’12 yesterday and Pyramids was my #1 too. If you like experimental R&B, check out this guy, How To Dress Well -http://www.youtube.com/watc…He’s a quiet, geeky white kid from Chicago, but he can sing with the best of them.
I’m going to have to go with Macklemore’s Same Love, because it’s a great song/video and also represents one of the greatest things to happen this year: the legalization of same-sex marriages in Washington State.http://www.youtube.com/watc…Honorable mention to: The Lumineers’ Ho Heyhttp://www.youtube.com/watc…
both are awesome
“Forever” by Haim. Sister band out of LA. http://www.youtube.com/watc… Also, check out Don’t Save Me. They have this 80’s pop thing going on.
Anything by the 1975. New brit band. Both their EPs are amazing. “Undo” is my favorite. https://soundcloud.com/the1…
oooh. i think i will like this.
Something a little more organic…https://www.youtube.com/wat…Growing up beside youhttps://www.youtube.com/wat…
This song “love lays low” which I think is going to be released in Januaryhttp://www.youtube.com/watc…That being said, I’ve heard it played in concert 🙂
My played to death song of 2012.Not a song from this year but a song I only discovered this year.Apparently he is fairly well known, just not to me. I only discovered his music as a surprise live at the Mission folk festival in BC.Grateful – David Franceyhttp://www.youtube.com/watc…Runner UP- Ashtabula (Lake Erie, Ohio) – David Franceyhttp://www.youtube.com/watc…Now I’m just taking advantage- Fourth Of July – David Franceyhttp://www.youtube.com/watc…
Arghh. Hate picking a favorite song. “Hold On” by Alabama Shakes has to be a top contender. “Laura” by Bat for Lashes can’t be ignored. “Kill for Love” by Chromatics is a killer track, as is their new single “Cherry”. “Clean Slate” from M. Ward’s “Wasteland Companion” album was on constant repeat.Ultimately, though my album of the year also includes my song of the year.Album of the Year: Tramp by Sharon van EttenSong of the Year: Serpents by Sharon van Etten (http://soundcloud.com/filte…
Lettuce – Bowler – http://lettuce.bandcamp.com…NY Knicks House Band about to break through as a festival headliner
I kept going back to “Play On,” by Larkin Poe, who are apparently sisters. http://youtu.be/F0kHPjZfaWcI found this by torrenting the South By Southwest ‘featured artists’ collection, then just letting Google Play ferret through it finding songs I might like. I’ve done that with each SXSW collection since 2005 (now 7500 songs — getting a bit much!), it’s by far my best strategy for finding new music.
@fredwilson:disqus – That song is sick. Thanks for sharing.
If I had to pick one song: Japandroids – Younger Us. It has my favorite lyric of the year: “Remember that night you were already in bed, said ‘fuck it’ got up to drink with me instead”. That is the perfect encapsulation of youth right there.Other favorites include: The xx – Angels, Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You and Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (yes, really).
Finally listened to the song you shared. Feels like I’ve been on an adventure.
it is three songs in one
Lord Huron’s album was the best surprise of the year and Macklemore + Ryan Lewis’ album was the best story. Having a top selling album in iTunes without being signed to a major label takes some serious entrepreneurial hussel.https://soundcloud.com/mack… – #1 – powerful song.https://soundcloud.com/lord… – #2Great article about Macklemore on Rolling Stone-http://www.rollingstone.com…
i love both
This is so bad that it is Genius! this is not a joke.http://www.youtube.com/watc…
Gotye, Somebody I used to know (original and dubstep)
Great choice Fred! Frank Ocean is going to clean up at the Grammys. Though I think the best song on that album is Super Rich Kids: https://soundcloud.com/john…
every song on that record is awesome
http://www.youtube.com/watc…franky O , good taste
Gotta go with Missing Pieces from Jack White III’s album Blunderbusshttp://www.youtube.com/watc…Hypocritical Kiss is also a great tune.http://www.youtube.com/watc…
Just when I thought I was finally becoming cool I don’t recognize half the songs in the thread. Well the education received via AVC takes a new turn. We can now add the AVC playlist to the growing list of products that could be developed out of the interactions of this community.
It also shows just how diverse everyone’s taste in music is. This community is really great indeed, and now it’s great for discovering new things. I wonder what someone could make out of this community.
GREAT list so far. Most of my favourites are gone, but I haven’t seen one of my top 5:The Heavy – Can’t Play Deadhttps://soundcloud.com/theh…
It’s a toss up…Dreams of Reality by Fame or Juliethttp://youtu.be/n4SwQmPL17MWhere Is My Goat by Taryn Southern (story below, somewhat inspirational and funny)http://youtu.be/BMnsR3ufLzchttp://youtu.be/IMtB0hUJkfE
This is my favorite song this year and every year. 1991 AC/DC Thunderstruck Live at Donnington. Angus starts the concert with 150,000 folks outside. Unbelievable energy. see massive crowd jumping in unison at 2:23 – 2:30 – almost like the army in Lord of the Ringsa except w/o computer generated graphics. http://www.youtube.com/watc…
Robert Glasper, “Always Shine” featuring Lupe Fiasco and Bilal, from the Black Radio album.
Lots of good music here, my fav is by Todd Terje : https://soundcloud.com/todd…Runners-up: Rhye ( https://soundcloud.com/rhye… ), Godspeed You! Black Emperor ( https://soundcloud.com/cons… ), Ondatropica ( https://soundcloud.com/soun… ) and Gorillaz + Andre 3000 + James Murphy ( https://soundcloud.com/doya… )
“FIST FULL OF FUCK YOU” – FADERHEADhttp://youtu.be/ajlCLQqhiOgIT THEMESONG FOR MOST FG DAYS.
You sent me off to find Rammstein: “Du Hast …”
THAT GOOD TOO.
Coldplay in Paris, nailed it for me…http://www.youtube.com/watc…
Yo @fredwilson:disqus. You are the man. I was just listening to this song earlier today. It’s on my favs list. Before getting into tech, I’d never think a top VC would be this bad ass and bump this. You probably listen to this after listening to Weezy with your wife or something. lol I love it.
Cloud Nothings’ “Stay Useless” http://www.youtube.com/watc…and Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” stuck with me. I found I kept coming back to it over the course of the year.
nice ones Rich
Yay Frank Ocean! I must say though, my song of the year has to come off of Beach House’s Bloom…maybe Myth? Or Wild? Or Lazuli? Oh hell, the whole album is just 100% perfect! http://www.youtube.com/watc… http://www.youtube.com/watc… http://www.youtube.com/watc…
hrm…that would be a fun distraction…but not one I am able to put any time into at the moment (sorry)…maybe over the Christmas break when I’m home with the kids and have a bit more free time 😉
I was just thinking something similar. There are a number of AVC branded products that could be developed out of the interactions at AVC. The playlist created from today’s post would be fun, and then adding links would take it over the top.