11. Beggar in the Morning by The Barr Brothers.
"I take my medicine on my knee.
Twice a day, but lately three.
Keeps the devil from my door.
And it makes me rich and it makes me poor."
This is kind of a creepy video. You will either love it or hate it.
12. Get Burned by Sleeper Agent.
"I'm not cold, I'm just a shakin',
And a little of your love keeps me a bakin'.
I'ma get burned (get burned)
I'ma get burned, burned, burned, oh."
A silly but highly infectious song.
13. I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons.
"So break my step.
Well, you forgave,
And I won't forget."
This video so makes me regret not seeing more of them at Bonnaroo.
14. State Hospital by Frightened Rabbit.
"And in the limp three years of board schooling,
she's accustomed to hearing that she could never run far.
A slipped disc in the spine of community;
A bloody curse word made pedestrian verse."
A bit of a departure for FR as they look at things from the woman's point of view in this song. Their new album out in February is called "Pedestrian Verse."
15. Lost in My Mind by The Head and The Heart.
"How's that bricklayin' comin'?
How's your engine runnin'?
Is that bridge getting built?
Are your hands getting filled?"
Another great song from their self-titled album (two others were on last year's list).
16. Went Away by The Maccabees.
"So hold me close, don't let me go.
I need you so.
Tell me something I don't know.
That I need to know."
Great guitar work in this song.
17. On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons.
"I've tried to cut these corners.
Tried to take the easy way out.
I kept on falling short of something.
I coulda gave up then,
but then again I couldn't have 'cause
I've traveled all this way for something."
The only artist with two songs on this year's list, this song has a bouncy island beat. The next one does not.
18. Carried Away by Passion Pit.
"Listen. I don't really know you.
And I don't think I want to.
But I think I can fake it if you can."
My favorite song on their new album.
19. Deconstruction by Fanfarlo.
"So come on, let's dissect it.
Let's cut it up 'til it's gone.
Let's break it up into pieces,
and throw away what we don't understand."
Sometimes Fanfarlo's lyrics are hard to understand, but figuring them out is half the fun.
20. Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
"No law is gonna change us;
We have to change us.
Whatever god we believe in,
We come from the same one.
Strip away the fear,
Underneath it's all the same love.
About time that we raised up."
The first appearance of rap in the countdown, this is definitely not your standard rap song, with its theme of inclusiveness (and pro-same-sex marriage).