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My Favorite Songs of the Years: 1977-2010

I decided to cater to my OCD and make a list of all of my favorite songs, one for each year (and a runner-up) from 1977 to today. A few years – notably 1979, 1994, and 2006 – were very difficult for me as there were many songs I liked from those years. In some cases, I couldn’t help but having more than one runner-up. Other years – 1985, for instance – I couldn’t even find another song I loved besides the ones on my list. Enjoy.

1977

Bodies – The Sex Pistols

Runner-up: He’s a Whore – Cheap Trick

1978

Surrender – Cheap Trick

Runner-up: Kentucky Avenue – Tom Waits

1979

Leaving Home Ain’t Easy – Queen

Runners-up: Counting the Beat – The Swingers, Hateful – The Clash

1980

Pulling Mussls from the Shell – Squeeze

Runner-up: Crowds – Bauhaus

1981

11th Street Kidzz – Hanoi Rocks

Runner-up: The KKK Took My Baby Away – The Ramones

1982

Town Called Malice – The Jam

Runner-up: Oriental Beat – Hanoi Rocks

1983

Poor Girl – X

Runner-up: Add It Up – The Violent Femmes

1984

I Will Dare – The Replacements

Runner-up: A Spy In the House of Love – The dB’s

1985

Road to Nowhere – The Talking Heads

Runner-up: Swingin’ Party – The Replacements

1986

Erica’s Word – Game Theory

Runner-up: Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want – The Smiths

1987

Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

Runner-up: Innocent When You Dream (78) – Tom Waits

1988

Straight Outta Compton – N.W.A.

Runner-up: Carolyn’s Fingers – The Cocteau Twins

1989

Ana Ng – They Might Be Giants

Runner-up: Poison – Alice Cooper

1990

Late – Trip Shakespeare

Runner-up: Golden Blunders – The Posies

1991

Couldn’t Call It Unexpected #4 – Elvis Costello

Runner-up: Green Mind – Dinosaur Jr

1992

Summer Babe (Winter Version) – Pavement

Runner-up: That Summer Feeling – Jonathan Richman

1993

Dumbjaw – Barkmarket

Runner-up: Ghost at Number One – Jellyfish

1994

Couldn’t You Wait – Silkworm

Runner-up: You Tripped at Every Step – Elvis Costello, Goin’ Through Your Purse – Material Issue

1995

Big Brown Eyes – Old 97’s

Runner-up: She Digs Her – You Am I

1996

Why Bother? – Weezer

Runner-up: Can’t Make Your Life – Lilys

1997

Timebomb – Old 97’s

Runner-up: Brick – Ben Folds Five

1998

These Others – The Vandalias

Runner-up: Painted from Memory – Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach

1999

I Try – Macy Gray

Runner-up: Papa Was a Rodeo – The Magnetic Fields

2000

Calling All Destroyers – Tsar

Runner-up: Rollerskate Skinny – Old 97’s

2001

Down Like Me – Ken Stringfellow

Runner-up: With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept – Explosions in the Sky

2002

The Seed – Cody Chestnutt

Runner-up: Beauty Is the Beast – The Ark

2003

In the House – In a Heartbeat – John Murphy

Runner-up: Alright – The Lost Patrol

2004

Can’t Stand Me Now – The Libertines

Runner-up: Me and Mia – The Pharmacists and Ted Leo

2005

Reconsider Me – Moneybrother

Runner-up: Start Wearing Purple – Gorgol Bordello

2006

Teenagers – My Chemical Romance

Runners-up: Wild Is the Wind – The Second Band, Morning After Pill – Louis Logic & JJ Brown, Backstabber – The Dresden Dolls

2007

Tears Dry on Their Own – Amy Winehouse

Runner-up: Say It’s Possible – Terra Naomi

2008

No Song – The Second Band

Runner-up: The World Should Revolve Around Me – Little Jackie

2009

When We Swam – Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

Runner-up: That Look You Gave That Guy – The Eels

2010

When Universes Collide – Gogol Bordello

Runner-up: Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) – My Chemical Romance

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