By no means is this list exhaustive. Nor is it a "best of '08." It's simply a collection of roughly 20 singles that kept popping up in my iTunes over the year.
So sit back, ignore some of the horrendous user-created videos (ie. ignore the medium) and enjoy.
In no particular order...
You Are the Best Thing
From: Gossip in the Grain (2008)
by: Ray Lamontagne
Your horn section is the best thing.
From: Love at the End of the World (2008)
by: Sam Roberts
You will be singing this tomorrow.
Wolves at the Door
From: Holding On To Whatever It Is (2008)
by: The Waking Eyes
A little freaky - a lot catchy.
I Wish That I Could See You Soon
From: I Wish That I Could See You Soon (2007)
by: Herman Düne
If Cake mated with Sesame Street, this is what you'd end up with.
Always a Friend
From: Real Animal (2008)
by: Alejandro Escovedo
Can you really go wrong when the boss joins you on this, one of the summer's most summery tunes?!
From: Fall EP (2008)
by: Jon Foreman
With a guitar line reminiscent of the 77's classic The Lust, The Flesh, The Eyes and the Pride of Life, Foreman takes it down a notch and cozies up to Autumn.
Not On Top
From: Not On Top (2006)
by: Herman Düne
I turned 30 this year, and this song nailed it cynically on the head with enough humour to erase said cynicism. (Warning: Coarse Language)
Bold As Love
From: Continuum (2006)
by: John Mayer
I've never really been a big Mayer fan, but I am a "Mayer-covers-Hendrix" fan anyday.
From: Viva La Vida (2008)
Big beat + big church organ = big hit.
You Really Got a Hold On Me (Live)
From: MTV Canada performance (2008)
by: She and Him
This song's really got a hold on me.
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
From: Weezer (Red Album)
The greatest conglomeration of musical styles/gentres in one pop song ever.
I Believe in You
From: Jukebox (2008)
by: Cat Power
Dylan never sounded so "knee-high-boots."
Fourth Time Around
From: I'm Not There Soundtrack
by: Yo La Tengo
Dylan never sounded so "1970's foreign film soundtrack"
From: 24 Hours (2008)
by: Tom Jones
Do I hear Rick Rubin knocking?
Bye Bye Bye
From: Parc Avenue (2008)
by: Plants and Animals
If Queen came from Montreal and had beards.
by: Justin Rutledge
From: Man Descending (2008)
Justin's music is the Bailey's to this winter's hot chocolate.
Stand and Deliver
From: Terminal Romance (2008)
by: Matt Mays and El Torpedo
Not even Tom Petty could stand and deliver beneath this sonic onslaught.
In Our Bedroom After the War
From: In Our Bedroom After the War (2007)
Hope. Love. Peace. Joy.
Meghan's Song & Echoes of Eden
From: Throwing Punches in the Dark (2006)
by: Matthew Perryman Jones
Jones' production is top-notch: thick as peanut butter, sweet as honey.
CBC Radio 2's Drive (Hosted by Richard Terfry) has got a lot of play on both my car and home stereo's since launching this fall. If you're into good songwriting, and a DJ who know how to intro a song, you're gonna want to tune in over 2009.