by Bill Forman
By now, you’ve already run out to grab your physical copy of this week’s Indy. But just in case you got an early start on tomorrow’s hangover, here for your convenience is the final installment in our 2009 favorite song countdown.
Or course, you can view the whole list, along with a companion essay, in the full online version of the article itself. But why put yourself one more mouse-click closer to carpal tunnel syndrome?
So here it is, the final countdown…
10. “Fantasy Man” by the Swell Season
9. “Sea Within a Sea” by the Horrors
8. “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out” by Mayer Hawthorne
7. “When I Grow Up” by Fever Ray
6. “Treat Me Like Your Mother” by the Dead Weather
5. “Alcoholics Unanimous” by Art Brut
4. “Her Eyes are Underneath the Ground” by Antony & the Johnsons
3. “Jetstream” by Doves
2. “Panic Switch” by Silversun Pickups
And last, but least least:
1. “Pursuit of Happiness” by Kid Cudi featuring MGMT & Ratatat (G.O.O.D./Dream On/Universal)
When Kid Cudi showed up at the studio to work on this track, it was MGMT that had to break the news that Michael Jackson had died. Not the makings of a cheery session, one imagines, but definitely a productive one.
This track stands as one of the Midwestern rapper’s most melodic, and is also easily the best thing MGMT has been involved with apart from its own “Kids.” The song stays in your head as much as any track I can think of this year (including several I’d rather not have stuck in my head), and I’m surprised it hasn’t become a huge hit. Although it may yet.
In addition to the above Letterman appearance, there's also an official video for the song. It's actually kind of dull, I think, but definitely captures New Year's Eve as some of us will experience it:
And so, in the spirit of Kid Cudi, happy holidays to you all, and best wishes for the year to come.