My Favorite Songs by My Favorite Artists

  1. Fiona Apple - Not About Love (Jon Brion version)
    One of her best performances and some of Jon's most inspired orchestration.
  2. Blur - Beetlebum
    Coxon gets lost in his own world of fuzz and noise as the song progresses - it's perfect. (By this rationale, 'Trimm Trabb' is also perfect.)
  3. Paul Simon - Obvious Child
    Paul Simon is one groovy dude.
  4. The Beatles - Here Comes the Sun
    I've come to learn accept that Harrison is my favorite Beatle.
  5. Jon Brion - Please Stay Away From Me
    Not sure a recorded version exists so you'll have to go to Largo to hear it. Love those chord changes.
  6. Elliott Smith - Happiness/The Gondola Man
    There's something rather beautiful about Elliott singing about Happiness. You can hear his reluctant grin throughout the song.
  7. Björk - I Miss You
    Admittedly the instrumentation is more the focus than Björk, but when those horns come towards the end of the song over her sustained note I get so excited!
  8. The Dirty Projectors - Impregnable Question
    Dave Longstreth, man... I'd love to hang out in this guy's head for a bit.
  9. Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling Into Place
    How do you even choose? When Thom lets loose halfway through the song... Excellent.
  10. Spoon - Black Like Me
    "I humanized the vacuum"
  11. Wilco - Pot Kettle Black
    I think the entirety of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot should count as 1 song, but I'll pull this as a personal favorite.
  12. Daft Punk - Digital Love
    In 200 years, all electronic music will be forgotten; only Daft Punk will be remembered and this will be the song that shines brightest.
  13. The Kinks - Shangri-La
    It just gets better and better as the song progresses.
  14. Steve Wonder - For Once in My Life
    I submit this as the most romantic song ever written.
  15. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Don't Do Me Like That
    Benmont Tench's organ is perfect.
  16. David Bowie - Oh! You Pretty Things
    What a performance - Bowie is the most amazing actor in song.
  17. John Lennon - Oh Yoko!
    A simple song. A simple concept. Yet so powerful: you feel how much John loved Yoko — you can almost relate.
  18. Gorillaz - Dirty Harry
    Who knew Damon Albarn was so funky?
  19. Kate Bush - Suspended in Gaffa
    The first Kate Bush song I ever fell in love with, as performed by Fiona Apple and Jon Brion
  20. St. Vincent - Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood
    Annie Clark is so groovy. Love those backing vocals.
  21. The Flaming Lips - Haven't Got a Clue
    I'm choosing to ignore the last few years of Wayne Coyne's life...
  22. Kanye West - We Don't Care
    There are so many Kanye's and they're all so good. WDC is funny, clever, a little cocky, and dance-able — what more do you want in a Kanye track?