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The 100 Best Tracks of 2009, 100 Best Songs of 2009, 100 Best Cuts of 2009, Whatever You Want to Call This

Some things you should know about this if you’re here for the first time:

1. This is not an attempt to list the bestselling or most popular stuff out there – it’s strictly for fun.

2. If you’re looking for Taylor Swift or Jason Mraz or anyone who’s ever been on American Idol, you are about as faraway from all that garbage as you can possibly be right now. Welcome to our world of incredibly good, fun songs that 99% of the world (ok, maybe not 99%) have never heard of!

3. Because our primary raison d’etre is our role as a New York live music blog, this is a very New York-centric list, with some welcome guests from around the world.

4. Because all of these songs are so good, there’s no real ranking here other than what’s sitting at the #1 position. Virtually all of these links will take you to each individual song. Enjoy!

If you’re interested, here’s our 50 Best Albums of 2009 list, our Best-of-2008 list and our Top 50 Albums of 2008. And we’re now working on the 100 Best Songs of 2010

1. Bobby Vacant & the Weary – Never Looking Back

Scary stuff, an anthem for anyone with a checkered past. From the new album out on Luxotone.

2. Bobby Vacant & the Weary – Tear Back the Night

The gleefully morbid title track.

3. The Brooklyn What - Planet’s So Lonely

A blues number, part Otis Rush, past Stooges, from the Brooklyn What for Borough President cd. Great guitar solo!

4. Dan Bryk – My Alleged Career

A funny, spot-on slap at major label stupidity from the killer new cd Pop Psychology.

5. Maynard & the Musties – Elvis Museum

Smartly metaphorical urban country. Ryan Adams (who produced) on piano. From their new cd So Many Funerals.

6. The Brooklyn What – Gentrification Rock

The Brooklyn band are possible the only group in town whose raison d’etre is to fight the waves of trendoids and tourists turning the city into a sterile, bland mall town, and the greedy developers destroying entire city blocks to make room for them. This is a furious, sarcastic punk rock dance number and the title track from their latest ep.

7. Dan Bryk – City Of

The most hilariously accurate view of the state of the music world, 2009. Also from Pop Psychology.

8. Jay Bennett - I’ll Decorate My Love

Haunting solo acoustic from the late Wilco virtuoso’s final album, Whatever Happened, I Apologize.

9. Jay Bennett - The Engines Are Idle

Even more haunting, also from Whatever Happened, I Apologize.

10. Daniel Bernstein – Joyless Now

The most gorgeously jangly depiction of madness ever written – once a staple of Bernstein’s old band the Larval Organs’ shows, he held the room riveted with this at Sidewalk last summer.

11. The Brooklyn What - The In-Crowd

“Is this the crowd, the crowd you wanna be in? Nah, nah nah nah, nah nah, nah nah!” From The Brooklyn What for Borough President.

12. The Brooklyn What – No Chords

A quiet, funny, brutally satirical number about gentrification and trendoids, also from the Brooklyn What for Borough President.

13. Curtis Eller’s American Circus – Sugar for the Horses

Aptly aphoristic, sardonically cynical oldtimey ragtime number from the excellent NYC banjoist/tunesmith. From his Wirewalkers & Assassins cd.

14. Botanica - How

Check their new live cd americanundone for this killer gypsy punk broadside. “How many idiots on the head of a pin?”

15. The Oxygen Ponies - Love Yr Way

Love in a time of choler – under the Bush regime. From their amazing new cd Harmony Handgrenade.

16. The Motion Sick - Some Lonely Day

With its snarling bass intro, funky bounce and haunting 60s psych-folk melody, it’s about the price you pay for being a nonconformist. From the winner of the Boston Phoenix’s 2009 Best Boston Band competition.

17. Jenifer Jackson – Maybe

Typically gorgeous, brooding art-pop song from this multistylistic rock goddess. Unreleased.

18. Elisa Flynn - Timber

Towering, majestic art-rock dirge from the NYC rocker’s excellent new cd Songs About Birds & Ghosts

19. Gillen and Turk - Dear Mr. President

Undoubtedly written during the Bush regime; doesn’t appear to have beeen released. The duo slayed with this at Beefstock upstate this past spring.

20. Jang Sa-ik - Wild Rose

Big Orbison-esque hit for the Korean crooner, soon to be a big world music crossover hit here in the US.He brought down the house with this at his show at NY City Center in April.

21. Vera Beren’s Gothic Chamber Blues Ensemble – The Nod

Arguably the most charismatic frontwoman in rock, the ferocious, dramatic contralto chanteuse attacks this with gale force. It’s on her myspace.

22. McGinty and White – Knees

One of the great lyrics of the decade. “You can keep my heart, you bitch, just give me back my knees.” From their new cd McGinty & White Sing Selections from the McGinty &White Songbook.

23. Jenifer Jackson – Groundward

Dark, murky, minimalist fingerpicked dirge. Unreleased.

24. The Asylum Street Spankers – My Baby in the CIA

Hilarious, spot-on Bush-era commentary from the Texas oldtimey crew.

25. Livia Hoffman – All My Imaginary Children

Intense, casually sardonic ballad by one of the most under-the-radar songwriters out there.

26. Marty Willson-Piper - The Sniper

The ethics of assassination in about six understated riveting minutes from the great songwriter and twelve-string guitarist of the Church.

27. The Jazz Funeral - Goodnight (Is How I Say Goodbye)

Bitter, propulsive janglerock anthem from maybe the best band ever from Staten Island, NY. Free download.

28. Kelli Rae Powell - The Craggy Shuffle

The sultry oldtimey siren gets dark and apocalyptic here. “There’s nothing bad that can’t get worse.”

29. Marty Willson-Piper - Feed Your Mind

Margaritaville transposed to an unnamed tourist bar somewhere in western Europe – absolutely hilarious.

30. The Asylum Street Spankers – TV Party

Black Flag cover updated for the end of the zeros. Also hilarious.

31. System Noise – Untitled

This is a real departure for the NYC-based art/noise-rockers, a Jorma Kaukonen-style acoustic ballad with one of frontwoman Sarah Mucho’s most intense lyrics. Unreleased.

32. LJ Murphy - This Is Nothing Like Bliss

The NYC noir rock legend goes deep into vintage soul/R&B territory for this one. Unreleased.

33. Juliana Nash – Love Song for New York

“It’s 3 AM and I’m drunk again!” A fond evocation of a time before the trust fund set discovered New York. Unknown if this was ever released or not.

34. Carol Lipnik & Spookarama- Cuckoo Bird

Typical phantasmagorical noir cabaret from the 4-octave siren.

35. Paul Wallfisch – Swimming in the Ocean at Night

A solo version of his band Botanica’s menacing classic Botanica vs. the Truth Fish – it was pretty evil when he played it at Small Beast at the Delancey back in March.

36. Curtis Eller’s American Circus – John Wilkes Booth

A more sardonic, tongue-in-cheek version of #26. From the Taking Up Serpents cd.

37. Curtis Eller’s American Circus – Sweatshop Fire

Scorching, characteristically historically imbued banjo punk from the charismatic NY songwriter. Also from Wirewalkers & Assassins.

38. Steve Wynn – 405

An old Dream Syndicate song (a LA freeway reference) resurrected on Wynn’s sensational new live cd.

39. Steve Kilbey – Forever Lasts for Nothing

Sort of an update – melodically at least – on the Church classic Bel Air, with a more timely lyric. From his Painkiller cd.

40. Kerry Kennedy - One from the Mountain

Absolutely haunting southwestern gothic dirge from the James Jackson Toth catalog, resurrected by the NYC noir siren. It’s on her myspace.

41. Kerry Kennedy - Dive

This is a Kennedy original, a characteristically menacing anthem. Unreleased; look for a 2010 album.

42. Ivo Popasov – Dance of the Falcon

Adrenaline-fueled title track from the legendary Bulgarian gypsy clarinetist’s latest album Dance of the Falcon.

43. Ivo Papasov - Prayer from the Mountains

A more ornate, orchestral composition but still amazingly intense. Also from Dance of the Falcon.

44. Ten Pound Heads – All Hands on Deck

Dark brooding art-rock anthem from the Brooklyn band’s superb debut album.

45. Mostly Other People Do the Killing – Allentown

We won’t spoil the joke other than to describe this as a Billy Joel cover by the world’s funniest free jazz band, from This Is Our Moosic.

46. And the Wiremen – Sleep

Southwestern gothic in the tradition of Friends of Dean Martinez or Giant Sand, by this excellent, atmospheric Brooklyn crew.

47. Edison Woods – Dear Heaven

Typically wrenching, poignant lyrics and understated, amospheric beauty from frontwoman Julia Frodahl

48. Bobby Vacant & the Weary - Some Walk

Sardonic Bukowskiesque ballad: “Don’t look to tomorrow, just get through the day.” Also from Tear Back the Night.

49. Ian Hunter - Man Overboard

Big anguished 6/8 anthem, title track from Hunter’s superb new cd.

50. System Noise – Now We Know

Magnificent, Pink Floyd/Procol Harum style epic. The band has gone on hiatus, but expect a recording out sometime in 2010.

51. The Whiskey Daredevils - Stories About Texas

Spot-on, hilarious portrait of a guy who’s not exactly what he says he is, by the killer Cleveland roots rockers.

52. Jang Sa-ik - This Is Not It

The art-rock crooner is a superstar in South Korea, not yet known here outside the Korean community: this big carpe diem anthem could help change that.

53. Mark Steiner - Cigarettes

One of the great noir rocker’s signature songs, a towering, 6/8 tremolo-guitar anthem released on his Fallen Birds cd in 2007, he absolutely slayed at Cake Shop with this in August.

54. Amy Allison – The Needle Skips

A battered 45 as metaphor for life itself, bittersweet and poignant and funny too. From her new career-best cd Sheffield Streets.

55. Livia Hoffman - Infinite Jest

Big rocking anthem with a characteristically anguished lyric from the underground chanteuse.

56. The New Collisions - Caged Us Kids

A blast of furious fun by the Boston new wave revivalists. On their killer new ep.

57. Abby Travis – Now Was

The highly sought-after bassist is also a first-rate noir cabaret songwriter, and this is one of her best. She killed with this at the Delancey last winter.

58. Warsaw Village Band – Circle No. 1

Dark gypsy instrumental stuff from the Polish group’s excellent new cd out on Barbes Records.

59. The Snow - Undertow

Clever, sardonic art-rock from Melomane frontman Pierre de Gaillande’s latest project.

60. Ingrid Olava – It’s All Right, Ma, I’m Only Bleeding

Absolutely riveting, perfect cover of the Dylan classic. Unreleased – this was the high point of her show at the Delancey in NYC last winter.

61. Myles Turney – Nobody’s Prize

Scathing, dismissive anti-trendoid number by the excellent Americana/blues guitarist. It’s on his myspace.

62. Kelli Rae Powell – Some Bridges Are Good to Burn

Centerpiece to the oldtimey siren’s stupendously good, frequently bitter new cd New Words for Old Lullabies

63. Balthrop, Alabama - Bride of Frankenstein

Self-explanatory track from the Brooklyn rock behemoths’ viscerally menacing new ep.

64. Balthrop, Alabama - Prom Story

60s teen pulp redone with savage black humor. Also on the new ep.

65. Balthrop, Alabama – Red Hook Pool

This is the most New York-centric of the songs and has characteristically bite.

66. The Church – Anchorage

Savage, magnificent Steve Kilbey anthem – whether this is a mea culpa or a distribe about someone else, it packs a wallop. From their new one Untitled #23.

67. Chris Eminizer – Ashes to the Sun

Spot-on, artsy post-9/11 anthem from the New York-based songwriter.

68. Fishtank Ensemble – Spirit Prison

Careening, rocking gypsy stuff by the crazy Bay Area crew.

69. Fishtank Ensemble - Samurai Over Serbia

This blends the band’s gypsy feel with Asian influences.

70. Alpha Blondy – Wish You Were Here

Pink Floyd cover, maybe better than the iconic original, by the African reggae legend. High point of his show at Central Park Summerstage this past summer.

71. The Motion Sick - God Hates Kansas

Briskly incisive, insightful rocker from this excellent, lyrical Boston band.

72. Ward White – Getting Along Is Easy

Sardonic, bitter and wickedly lyrical stuff from the great underground NYC songwriter (and half of McGinty and White). From his new one Pulling Out.

73. Dan Bryk - Apologia

The Canadian-American rocker offers this hilariously tongue-in-cheek mea culpa from an imaginary record executive. From Bryk’s excellent new cd Pop Psychology.

74. The New Collisions – The Beautiful and Numb

Lush sweeping new wave-inflected apocalypse anthem, a perfect soundtrack piece for NYC’s Lower East Side. Figures it would take a Boston band to write it.

75. Dan Bryk – Street Team

Graham Parker’s Mercury Poisoning updated for the end of the zeros with much more deliciously funny detail. Also from the new cd Pop Psychology.

76. Amy Allison – Mardi Gras Moon

A typically witty, sardonic number, this one about drinking and popping pills: “I hear the distant music of the band/I’m losing all the feeling in my hands.”

77. The Asylum Street Spankers - Stick Magnetic Ribbons on Your SUV

The smartly political oldtimey band’s big late-Bush-era hit.

78. Joe Pug – One Thousand Men

Antiwar anthem that recasts a Jefferson quote as something that Stalin might have said. Confrontational, to say the least. From his new ep In the Meantime.

79. Kelli Rae Powell - Don’t Slow Down, Zachary

A road trip to hell – or away from hell? Wrenchingly poignant. Also from New Words for Old Lullabies.

80. The American String Quartet - Robert Sirota: Tryptich

A haunting and evocative 9/11 composition; forthcoming on cd in 2010.

81. Spanking Charlene – Requiem

That’s obviously not the title – but that’s what it is. Unreleased; the version the fiery NYC punk/Americana rockers did at Lakeside this past July was majestic and heartwrenching.

82. The Ulrich/Ziegler Duo - Since Cincinnati

Written by Big Lazy frontman Steve Ulrich, this is a cinematic blue-sky theme featuring all kinds of gorgeous guitar. Unreleased – yet another great live moment from Small Beast at the Delancey.

83. Love Camp 7 – (Beware of) The Angry Driver (Yeah)

A tasty, jangly, brutally sarcastic number about sadistic city bus drivers in Brooklyn. From their equally catchy, jangly new cd Union Garage.

84. The Asylum Street Spankers - My Favorite Records

A hilarious theme for vinyl lovers (and fans of contrapuntal vocals) everywhere. From their killer live cd What? And Give Up Show Business?

85. The Oxygen Ponies – The War Is Over

Fiery, murderous Bush-era broadside from the excellent art-rockers’ new cd Harmony Handgrenade.

86. Jeff Zentner - Burning Season

Brilliantly metaphorical Nashville gothic, from the North Carolina songwriter’s new cd The Dying Days of Summer.

87. Little Annie - In the Sand

The noir cabaret chanteuse’s cute, catchy seaside resort ditty is actually a devastatingly funny anti-trendoid rant. Unreleased and due out in 2010; she killed with it at Galapagos in December.

88. The Motion Sick – Grace Kelly

Viciously metaphorical sendup of a drama queen by the Boston rockers, from the Her Brilliant Fifteen cd.

89. The Oxygen Ponies - Finger Trigger

More late Bush-era fury from Harmony Handgrenade.

90. The Oxygen Ponies – Villains

This one doesn’t name names, but it doesn’t need to. Raw power. Another one from Harmony Handgrenade.

91. Matthew Grimm & the Red Smear – Ayn Rand Sucks

This song needed to be wrtten and it’s a good thing this guy did it. And it’s hysterically funny. From his new, career-best cd The Ghost of Rock N Roll.

92. The Church - Deadman’s Hand

Murky, sweeping, angry Iraq war parable from the Australian art-rock legends’ latest Untitled #23.

93. McGinty and White – Rewrite

One of Ward White’s greatest lyrics – and he has dozens – this breaks every wall, fourth wall, convention, whatever you can think of. Surreal and also very funny in a mean way. From the duo’s brilliant new debut cd McGinty & White Sing Selections from the McGinty &White Songbook.

94. Dan Bryk – Treat of the Week

Savage blast of fury against record label blandness and corporate culture. Also from Pop Psychology.

95. Lenny Molotov – Devil’s Empire

Fiery and ultimately triumphant Woody Guthrie-style antifascist tirade. From the new cd Illuminated Blues.

96. Matthew Grimm & the Red Smear - White

Can the great Americana rocker do hip-hop too? You bet. As funny as anything else he’s ever done. Also from The Ghost of Rock & Roll.

97. Alice Texas - Oh, My Beautiful

NYC noir rock doesn’t get any more sweeping or beautiful than this towering anthem. Unreleased; the version she did at Small Beast at the Delancey in June was transcendent.

98. Lenny Molotov – Freedom Tower

A metaphor for life in a surveillance state, from the NYC Americana songwriter. This was supposed to be what the replacement for the World Trade Center was supposed to be called. But this one has helicopter gunships on the roof, and spycams everywhere…from Molotov’s new cd Illuminated Blues.

99. Liza & the WonderWheels – Cold Wind

Uncharacteristically chilly anthem by the usually psychedelic, catchy new wave rockers. Unreleased – the acoustic version they did at the Parkside Lounge this fall was amazing.

100. Post No Bills – GDDUMOA

One of the funnest things about youtube and myspace is the amateur stuff you find there. We stumbled across this hilarious acoustic song while looking for another band with the same name. The title is an acronym for God Damn Donut Under Mike Owens’s Ass. Apparently poor Mike Owens, whoever he is, needed an operation, and the recovery process included sitting on a glorified inner tube. “I’m the only cure for the hemorrhoid you got from a strap-on,” sings the inflatable ring in a lazy southern drawl. Until Mike Owens finds out about this and fires off an irate message to myspace to take the song down, here it is.

And just for fun (and to give some added perspective to this list), here are the #1 songs of the year for 2008 from this site and our predecessor e-zine going all the way back to its inception in 2000:

2008: Steve Wynn – I Don’t Deserve This

2007: Amy Allison - Turn Out the Lights

2006: System Noise – Daydreaming

2005: LJ Murphy – Pretty for the Parlor

2004: Botanica – Good

2003: The Wirebirds – This Green Hell

2002: Bob Dylan – Mississippi

2001: Mary Lee’s Corvette – Idiot Wind

2000: Ninth House - Put a Stake Right Through It

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67 Comments »

  1. You must be a Miley Cyrus fan…

    Comment by delarue | May 21, 2009 | Reply

  2. wow i don’t know a single song on that list.. lol

    Comment by ross barnett | May 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. THAT’S THE POINT!!! This is all about discovering new stuff that the corporate media or the conformist blogs would find way too edgy or frightening!

    Comment by lc | May 24, 2009 | Reply

  4. u guys suck so much!!!just coz u make a shitty list from which about 10 artists appear about 5 times each, duzn mean ur edgy an non conformist, ever think ders just as many “non conformists” as conformists!?LOSERS HA HA U HAV A NICE LIFE NOW!!!!

    Comment by grrrr!!! | May 24, 2009 | Reply

  5. if you knew how to read you’d be aware, as is clearly stated in plain english here, that A) this list is far from complete, this being only May and B) many of the songs, though good, are placeholders which will eventually fall off the list by year’s end when we finalize it. and what’s wrong with having multiple songs by a bunch of good bands? never ceases to amaze how seriously some people take themselves….

    Comment by lc | May 24, 2009 | Reply

  6. All these songs suck! :(

    Comment by Chrissy | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  7. what’s the matter, not enough Fall Out Girl?

    Comment by lc | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  8. I have never even heard about these songs!!!

    Comment by urvi | June 13, 2009 | Reply

  9. hi

    Comment by lc | June 13, 2009 | Reply

  10. Are these tracks from other planets??? I aint got a clue of any of them!!!!!

    Comment by kola | June 14, 2009 | Reply

  11. that’s the whole purpose of this thing. check them out and then you’ll have a clue

    Comment by lc | June 14, 2009 | Reply

  12. I didn’t know any of these songs either,
    but I listened to some of them,
    and they’re pretty good!

    And maybe they put the same artists because the artist makes more then one good song.
    I’m sure you people like more than one song from your favorite artist, correct?

    Anyway, I found this helpful, Thanks. (:

    Comment by Cheyenne C. | June 16, 2009 | Reply

  13. im sure that these are all really good songs, but i think that its wrong to call any of them the top songs of 2009, whether they make ur final list or not. u wouldnt get so many bad comments if it wasnt such false advertising.

    Comment by me | June 17, 2009 | Reply

  14. huh? false advertising? what’s your standard for “true advertising?” any list you see anywhere is just gonna be someone’s opinion, you can agree or disagree

    Comment by lc | June 17, 2009 | Reply

  15. wtf i dont know any of these songs hey but whatever!☻♥☺♦

    Comment by GG | June 24, 2009 | Reply

  16. that is the worst list! taylor swift is the best! you guys have no taste in music…hahahaha losers!!!

    Comment by Jess | July 4, 2009 | Reply

    • Taylor Swift is a fag who only got a record deal cuz she had sex with the manager, shes a terrible writer, her songs suck, its all about finding true love and being happy, thats music for 9 year olds.

      Comment by :P | December 29, 2009 | Reply

  17. here’s a suggestion, Jess – rather than being closeminded about unfamiliar things, why don’t you try something new? Suggestion – if you like Taylor Swift, why not check out Tift Merritt or Neko Case? They both have great voices and catchy songs. And they’re way smarter.

    Comment by lc | July 5, 2009 | Reply

  18. A rule for a list as short as 100 should be that a band can only have one or two songs on the list. You only list like eight bands for 100 songs, that’s kind of ridiculous.

    Comment by yo | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  19. dude, did you read the top of the page? the list is anything but final and won’t be til December. Check back and see how vastly more diverse it will be at that time

    Comment by lc | July 18, 2009 | Reply

  20. I agree with the people above it is WRONG to FALSE advertize!
    And… are these songs from the 50′s or something cuz i have never heard ANY of them.
    try telling the TRUTH and stop lying.
    I was looking for the best song to put on my friends ipod not songs that nobody even know!
    THANK YOU so MUCH for wasting my time.
    p.s. try reading the Bible!(it says not to LIE!)
    Its great! (:
    (the smiley face is for the bible)
    :((((((( <- that is for you.

    Jeremiah 29:11 – For i know the plans i have for you; declares the lord, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.

    Comment by Kaylee | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  21. ?!? advertising? this isn’t an ad, sister,
    What’s stopping you from downloading any of this? Or were you looking for Taylor Swift? Maybe you might think about having an open mind – oops, the bible says that’s wrong, can’t do that!

    By the way what’s wrong with songs from the 50′s? Pretty good decade for music if you ask me! Why don’t you check out some of Jimmy Martin’s country gospel records from that decade, if you’re into the bible thing?

    Comment by lc | July 20, 2009 | Reply

    • The Bible doesn’t say anything about not being allowed to have an open mind. It says to love everyone…that seems pretty open minded to me.

      On another note, I really like that you have gone out in search of “non-celebrity” music. I love finding bands that nobody has heard of. Sometimes the best music is hiding until you find a website like this.

      And to everyone else, if you don’t like what “lc” is doing, just kindly close the tab on your browser, and open up your iTunes and listen to your own music. Chill out!! Some people like the “not so well known” music. More power to them.

      Comment by JAD | October 1, 2009 | Reply

  22. You know Ic this is excatly what I was looking for. Music that no one else knows of! I can tell you this sure Taylor Swift is okay but I honestly only like ONE of her songs and i can say the rest is horrible xD but u like her good for you.
    And Kaylee…JESUS! Who said to use the bible on the internet as a means of “lying.” I mean it’s just one’s opinion and I think the music is pretty cool! n.n
    can’t wait till the list is final Ic!!

    Comment by Norie-Chan | July 25, 2009 | Reply

  23. hmmm I think people are being too harsh

    haha its amazing, I dont know any of this songs…but I listened to some of them and I actually liked them
    Thanks for this list, its always good to see some variety on the playlist…not just the same stuff as miley cirus and jason mraz
    =dont get me wrong, I love jason mraz too x3=

    just curious, how did you get to know this strange bands……????

    Comment by Anne Marie | July 25, 2009 | Reply

  24. honestly u guys suck….what freaking songs are these????i’ve never heard even 1 of these

    Comment by Alefiya | August 9, 2009 | Reply

  25. that’s the point, moron! you’re not supposed to know about this stuff…unlesss you’re really sussed to the best obscure songs out there. Stay tuned!

    Comment by lc | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  26. man i was just thinkin where dese songs exist…

    nj ya from where i can hav d list of sum gud songs pls i m in a hurry

    Comment by crusher | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  27. i am kind of dissapointed with this list, because it wasn’t what i was looking for, BUT i am going to check all of the songs out, nothing wrong with expanding your music.

    i think alot of people on this were very mean.. you to lc..
    but i still appreaciate the time it took to make this list, and i will deff be listening to these songs!

    Comment by ash | August 22, 2009 | Reply

  28. if lc was the one who posted this, forgive me if he/she wasn’t, then lc needs to stop running his/her mouth because they were the ones who wanted people to read this. i understand if he/she were mad because other people like different styles of music, and if Taylor Swift is what they came here for, lc doesn’t need to put down those singers. For example, the comment, ‘Not enough Fall Out Girl?’ is simply not being OPEN to OTHER types of music. that was what lc wanted all along right? for people to come to his/her post and find different sorts of styles. and again, if lc didn’t post this im sorry, it just appeared like he/she did.

    Comment by kr | August 24, 2009 | Reply

  29. i just realized lc didn’t post this i don’t think. sorry!

    Comment by kr | August 24, 2009 | Reply

  30. I wouldnt say these songs are the best tracks of 2009 and I even checked them all out. Maybe you should stop biting everyones head off when they give thier opinions, not everyone likes that sort of music up there.

    Comment by demii | September 1, 2009 | Reply

  31. i really loved these! thanks for posting them :) oh and i feel that in the time it took kaylee to complain about you wasting her time AND look up a bible verse she could of just went on with something that wouldn’t annoy the shit out of me… each to there own i guess

    Comment by katie | September 9, 2009 | Reply

  32. Yes, your right you pretensious scenster douche. You either know the New York indi scene or one’s music tastes is lame, passe, and embarrassing.

    Comment by scott | September 10, 2009 | Reply

  33. the brooklyn what, outside of some lyrical sophistication, sound like a garage band.

    Comment by scott | September 10, 2009 | Reply

  34. ?!? who are you complaining to? I hate scenester douchebags as much as you do. BTW the Brooklyn What are great live, they play every 3rd Saturday of the month at Mehanata

    Comment by lc | September 10, 2009 | Reply

  35. Hey. I was just cruising the internet for some good songs and I stumbled on your site. I can’t wait to see what the final list looks like in December.

    Didn’t know a damn one of those bands or songs either. But listened to them and some of them are pretty great! Jay Bennet was my favorite from the list.

    You think you can escape the bible beaters on the internet. But they still manage to follow you.

    You also manage to meets some crazy SOB’s all the time to. It baffles the mind why some people even bother to leave shitty comments that don’t have anything to do with the main topic. And some people complain about being in a rush.

    Comment by Dub | September 16, 2009 | Reply

  36. yea that list was a little rediculous

    Comment by nunya | September 22, 2009 | Reply

  37. Taylor Swift would destroy any of these singers!

    Comment by JDOG | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  38. lmfao

    Comment by lc | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  39. wow could u actually use bands or songs people have heard of???

    Comment by CJ | October 7, 2009 | Reply

  40. seriosly, not a single band i new was on that list and i now my far share of bands, plus i listened to like 20 and they were all SUPER GAY!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by gay | October 19, 2009 | Reply

  41. hi…i just opened this site accidentaly……and i found this site interesting because when we heard some of this songs listed me and my friends realy liked it…..and for gay…..actualy it is ovious that you name posted was gay then why are you sayng super gay at the end if you are telling it to this site and not your self…..so beat it your just jelous cuz you cannot make this owsome site……

    Comment by joanne | October 20, 2009 | Reply

  42. all of u r shit heads! here u r wasting u’r time on this stupid fucking site while you could be on some porn or sumthin. What is with u people!! Godd dammit

    Comment by Lookesta | October 26, 2009 | Reply

  43. oh and fuck u lc

    Comment by Lookesta | October 26, 2009 | Reply

  44. this is freaking hilarious how mad everyone is about this. hahahahha

    Comment by BHAHAHA | November 2, 2009 | Reply

  45. Get over yourself. This list is full of artists that deserve Taylor Swifts level of fame much more then she does. If you don’t like it don’t post. Try something new. ;)

    Comment by Lauren | November 2, 2009 | Reply

  46. I have never heard of any of these tracks nor have they been on the charts (or long enough). Maybe they’re the best for you.

    Comment by JAH | November 14, 2009 | Reply

  47. good job dude I enjoyed them keep this list updated !!!

    Comment by WS | November 15, 2009 | Reply

  48. Hahaha….wtf? Which bootleg artists are this? R u geussing tracks or wich planet did u fetch them from ?do they even sell more than 50 copies of their albums? I think the
    List should instead read “100 most unpopular tracks” .YES!! Thats tha right title!!

    Comment by Erizo | November 17, 2009 | Reply

  49. This is just shit. What planet r u living in??? Were on earth…()()()()

    Comment by pretty | November 22, 2009 | Reply

  50. yess, i was waiting to for this, thank you, appreciate your taste, bad comments are shit
    this is the “real” and creative music

    Comment by Mario | November 23, 2009 | Reply

  51. I appreciate a list like this :) thank you. New discoveries are awesome! thanks to this list iv’e had a very good “music surfing” time on the web ahhah… SWEET!! I will be coming back to this site to check some really cool artists now… THANKS AGAIN!! keep posting artists so unique as these please :))))

    Comment by JessIKA | November 24, 2009 | Reply

  52. you guys suck.
    are u freaks !!!!!!
    wat freaking hell kind of list is this.
    fucking songs

    Comment by sam | November 27, 2009 | Reply

  53. fuckers

    Comment by sam | November 27, 2009 | Reply

  54. sam? hahaha, go away?

    Comment by JessIKA | November 27, 2009 | Reply

  55. i love these tracks arent they jst awesome and i so wish to meet taylor swift which is actually impossible bcoz im staying in south africa in cape town

    Comment by genay | December 3, 2009 | Reply

  56. who ever LOOKESTA is i just wane say that you r damn rude and y r u on this site if its borin

    Comment by genay | December 3, 2009 | Reply

  57. It’s good to see that not every “best songs of 2009″ list has name-dropping indie bands like Phoenix, Animal Collective, The Big Pink et al. Even better to see this list doesn’t have any mainstream schlock that permeates every major outlet [Miley Cyrus is in the Rolling Stone top 25. Miley Cyrus FFS!!!]

    Didn’t know The Church had released a new album???

    And although I haven’t checked out any of the songs on this list as of yet, can I recommend Fourplay String Quartet’s “Fourthcoming”, great album as far as I remember, and their cover of “Killing in the Name Of” is superb.

    Keep keeping.

    Comment by j fox | December 18, 2009 | Reply

  58. has anyone ever even herd of these songs

    Comment by joeysoos | December 21, 2009 | Reply

  59. this is sad, i think you guys were really drunk, this doesn’t count as a top 100 for normal people,sorry but i don’t even want o hear this songs just because of this pathetic chart.

    Comment by hola | December 31, 2009 | Reply

  60. you’re right about no one at this website being normal. while this particular post was not assembled while under the influence of alcohol, many others here were. can you guess which ones?

    Comment by lc | January 2, 2010 | Reply

  61. DiS iS nOt WaT iM lOoKiN 4

    Comment by NaTaLiE | January 2, 2010 | Reply

  62. I dont know any of the above songs but thts the point of this i guess , hope the songs are good
    The sites ask to buy the CD
    This songs are not famous , so i cant find any place to download , Can anyone pls help?

    Comment by Krish | January 9, 2010 | Reply

  63. I checked out a fair few of those songs and artists, and their pretty good. Its nice to find new music (:
    But i think it would have been cooler if you didnt just have 10 artists and 5 songs from each one.
    Just have your favorite songs from that particular artist. That way you can fit more artists on.
    We get that you like them, no need to put them in there millions of times.
    x

    Comment by sundance | January 10, 2010 | Reply

  64. I’m not sure which is more entertaining, the list or the reactions or your responses to the reactions. At any rate, thanks for knowing about Spanking Charlene, listening to jazz, and a dozen huzzahs for writing about music like you can actually play an instrument. This is the most interesting music site I’ve seen in a long time.

    Comment by GK | January 14, 2010 | Reply

  65. I think maybe all the songs are perfect.jusy leave all the artists alone.imagin you were an artist and people are talking about you bad things how would you react?oh sundance you are right it is nice to hear new song.

    Comment by rosie | April 11, 2010 | Reply


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