"There's an old voice in my head that's holding me back.
Well tell her that I miss our little talks.
Soon it will be over and buried with our past.
We used to play outside when we were young, and full of life, and full of love."
As with 2011's Number 1, Little Talks is one of the first "new" songs I heard in 2012, and it remained my favorite all year. Horns, interplay between male and female voices, and a bunch of folks yelling "Hey!" - what's not to like?
2. It's Time by Imagine Dragons.
"So this is what you meant.
When you said that you were spent.
And now it's time to build from the bottom of the pit
Right to the top.
Don't hold back."
The lyrics seemed especially fitting on New Years' Eve, facing an abyss and the promise of a new year at the same time.
3. Some Nights by fun..
"But I still wake up; I still see your ghost.
Oh Lord, I'm still not sure what I stand for most;
Oh, what do I stand for? What do I stand for?
Most nights, I don't know. Anymore."
Love the harmonies, but love the rat-a-tat-tat snare drum even more.
4. Trojans by Atlas Genius.
"Take it off; take it in.
Take off all the thoughts of what we've been.
Take a look; hesitate.
Take a picture you could never recreate."
A song about love lost, but not forgotten.
5. Ho Hey by The Lumineers.
"So show me family.
All the blood that I will bleed.
I don't know where I belong.
I don't know where I went wrong.
But I can write a song . . ."
Heard it a lot. Still not tired of it.
6. Money Saves by Delta Spirit.
"They all said what you had, you let it go.
Like managing a hurricane, let it blow.
With your money save, your money save.
Well I alone yes I alone with you."
Not very fond of the new album as a whole, but think this song is great. The video is just a teaser, not the whole song.
7. The Myth of Youth by Geographer.
"Everything was simpler then.
Nothing gained, no one losing.
We held the future in our hands.
Now we've got nothing but the present."
A lovely song, not of love lost, as much as love just slipping away. Not an authorized video, but it is on YouTube.
8. Gimme Twice by The Royal Concept.
"Oh one thing that's in mind is that The Strokes's in town;
You'd rather sip through all your fancy wine
Then come alive once more.
Oh but this time I decide."
They do sound a little like The Strokes, but more like another previous list-topping group. Can you guess who?
9. Shackled and Drawn by Bruce Springsteen.
"Gambling man rolls the dice, working man pays the bills.
Still fat and easy up on bankers' hill.
Up on bankers' hill the party's goin' strong.
Down here below we're shackled and drawn."
My favorite song from The Boss's excellent latest album. Another video from a concertgoer.
10. East Harlem by Beirut.
"Sound is the color I know, oh,
Sound is what keeps me looking (for your eyes).
And the sound of your breath in the door,
And, oh, the sound will bring me home (again)."
Is that a flugelhorn I hear?