It’s that time of year again! For the third year in a row, I bring you my top 120 singles of the year. Once again, instead of putting together a year-end list from memory, I went to the TC 10 stats. So what you get is a look at the singles I liked over the year, and not just how I’m looking back on it now.
There are a few changes this year. Unlike previous years, I made a few adjustments to the stats to make up for songs on the edge of each year. I also added some singles that I originally ignored on the TC 10, which you’ll see at the beginning of the list. After that, songs that were premiered on the TC 10 will appear in gray, songs that debuted on the countdown are in blue, and songs that retired are in red. Also coming up for the first time, I’ll list my top 10 albums of the year!
Before getting to my top 10 albums, let’s begin with my top 120 singles of 2005…
120. Ben Folds – Bitches Ain’t Shit
Hilarious cover with incredible music and a great vocal style.
119. Korn – Twisted Transistor
They return to the current music scene with a respectable and addictive track.
118. Avenged Sevenfold – Bat Country
It took me a while to like this song, but then I discovered how catchy it is.
117. Electric Six – Vibrator
Ridiculous lyrics paired with a very catchy and inventive song.
116. Moby – Beautiful
This song wasn’t nearly as successful as I would have hoped, but it’s still a good Moby track.
115. Fall Out Boy – Sugar We’re Goin’ Down
I passed over this one when it was first released but then I started liking it.
114. My Chemical Romance – Helena
A great song and band that I didn’t start appreciating until recently.
113. The Concretes – You Can’t Hurry Love
Not a cover of Diana Ross & The Supremes but on an album inspired by them. Wonderful song.
112. Social Distortion – Reach For The Sky
I was extremely late to the game with this one but it’s a nice song.
111. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.
For some reason I didn’t like this until just a few months ago, but it’s worthy of a spot on the list.
110. The Raveonettes – Love In A Trashcan
The first of many tracks I was introduced to by Subterranean and enjoyed much.
109. Fefe Dobson – Don’t Let It Go To Your Head
Her return attempt unfortunately went nowhere, but this is a very good song.
108. Garbage – Bleed Like Me
Second single from a great band who you’ll see more of later on.
107. TRUSTcompany – Stronger
Not too successful return attempt from a fairly respectable band.
106. LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations
Another great single that I didn’t start liking until recently, what a surprise.
105. Queens Of The Stone Age – Burn The Witch
I think there are better tracks on Lullabies To Paralyze but this one is still quite good.
104. Rev Run – Mind On The Road
The return of the Rev as he comes back with a strong single and addictive sample.
103. Morningwood – Jetsetter
The first single from Morningwood, their second and more addictive one yet to come.
102. Kings Of Leon – Four Kicks
Underwhelming return overall for Kings Of Leon but this first single was nice.
101. Saul Williams – List Of Demands
When Saul demands, you listen. Or at least check out this song, it’s good stuff.
100. The Donnas – I Don’t Want To Know (If You Don’t Want Me)
Where did this come from? Oh, crazy stats machine.
99. Blink 182 – Not Now
It’s the single that came out of nowhere even though the band is dead!
98. Kasabian – L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)
Pretty good song, but not as good as their first single.
97. Ambulance Ltd. – Stay Where You Are
Hey look, the same exact description applies to this one.
96. Social Distortion – Highway 101
I actually liked Reach For The Sky more than this, but this happened because I got to this one on time.
95. Supergrass – Kiss Of Life
The version of this song that I have is so freakin’ quiet, maybe it’d be higher if ever heard it better.
94. Bloodhound Gang – Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo
Truly amazing how these guys have matured so much since their last album 5 years ago.
93. Mudvayne – Happy?
Pretty good mainstream attempt from Mudvayne that ended up being quite catchy too.
92. Dave Matthews Band – American Baby
I was hoping for more from DMB’s return but this was good enough.
91. We Are Scientists – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt
Hopefully we’ll see a lot more from this great new band in the future.
90. VHS Or Beta – Night On Fire
Crazy addictive song here. The beat is infectious after a few listens.
89. Daft Punk – Robot Rock
Rock. Robot rock. That’s all you need to know. Amazing. The moon, beautiful.
88. Billy Corgan – Walking Shade
Great stuff here, although his solo effort as a whole doesn’t seem to be working.
87. Death From Above 1979 – Blood On Our Hands
This one I think I got addicted to but there was a bunch of other stuff on the top ten at the time.
86. The Dead 60s – Riot Radio
They should sue Ashlee Simpson for stealing the opening of their song.
85. A Perfect Circle – Passive
Not as impressive as some of their old stuff but still a respectable song.
84. Kelly Clarkson – Behind These Hazel Eyes
I don’t care what anyone says, Kelly Clarkson is amazing and this song is quite possibly her best.
83. The Bravery – Unconditional
Like many of the songs in this section, this is a great song that grew on me a bit too late.
82. World Leader Pretend – Bang Theory
I love the opening of this song and the rest is good stuff as well.
81. Kings Of Leon – The Bucket
The first single was a fairly radical departure from their previous stuff but still nice.
80. Rilo Kiley – Portions For Foxes
Great follow-up single from these guys, and you’ll see the first later on.
79. The Mars Volta – The Widow
Undoubtedly the best live band in the world right here, especially at 3 AM.
78. Jackson United – Fell Into
This video was on Foo Fighters Family Tree during 24 Hours Of Foo. Quite random and quite good.
77. Mike Doughty – Looking At The World From The Bottom Of A Well
Extremely long title for this one that’s reminiscent of Dave Matthews.
76. Audioslave – Be Yourself
Would’ve worked better as a follow-up single. I started to appreciate it after its initial release.
75. System Of A Down – Hypnotize
The first track from SOAD’s second album… stuff from the first album is still to come.
74. Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Another great band to look forward to more stuff from in the future.
73. Hot Hot Heat – Goodnight Goodnight
Not quite as good as their second single, which is still to come.
72. LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
You’ve got to set them up, kid, set them up. Pure genius.
71. Sons and Daughters – Dance Me In
The beat on this one is crazy. Rach sauce out the wazoo.
70. The Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)
Lies, lies! This song got so much better after seeing their Inland Invasion performance.
69. System Of A Down – Cigaro
I promise I didn’t intentionally make this #69. Blame the stats machine.
68. Jimmy Eat World – Work
Great stuff for a while and then it unfortunately got old quickly.
67. System Of A Down – Question!
Yet another appearance from Serj and friends. The big one coming up later.
66. Hot Hot Heat – Middle Of Nowhere
Here’s the good stuff. Triple H hit the spot with this song.
65. Gorillaz – Dare
Who knows how this ended up on the TC 10 but Feel Good Inc. didn’t. Crazy me.
64. Death From Above 1979 – Romantic Rights
This one is worth it from the opening chords alone. Rock and a half.
63. Phoenix – Everything Is Everything
Listen closely for the chimes. Those + rest of the music + vocal style = amazing.
62. The Darkness – One Way Ticket
Never failing to impress, The Darkness return with this quality number.
61. Gwen Stefani – Cool
The best single she released but not the best song on the album.
60. Alkaline Trio – Time To Waste
The return of the Trio brought us this… but what happened to them since?
59. U2 – Original Of The Species
Absolutely stunning video for this song which just got started on the TC 10.
58. Razorlight – Golden Touch
Can’t get much catchier than this. Their performance at Live 8 was also very great.
57. The Killers – Mr. Brightside
Much like their first single, this was great before we heard it a million times.
56. Jem – Amazing Life
This gem from Jem appeared on the Six Feet Under: Everything Ends soundtrack.
55. Oasis – Lyla
The return of Oasis was more hype than anything else, but a great track here nonetheless.
54. Tegan and Sara – Speak Slow
Great follow-up single, but many tracks on So Jealous are even better than this one.
53. Depeche Mode – Precious
Truly the best new song from Depeche Mode in quite some time. The album is great too.
52. The White Stripes – My Doorbell
An extremely classic sound for the Stripes, and the result is good stuff.
51. The Cloud Room – Hey Now Now
The chorus in this song is easily one of the most fun to sing along to.
50. Audioslave – Your Time Has Come
Non-stop rock all the way through in this one, and includes one of the best solos.
49. Stellastarr* – Sweet Troubled Soul
Led by strong and addictive vocals, this is quite nice to sing along to as well.
48. Bloc Party – Helicopter
Respectable follow-up single from Bloc Party. Their first is still coming up.
47. U2 – City Of Blinding Lights
The second appearance from U2 here, and there are still two more yet to come.
46. The Offspring – Can’t Repeat
A surprisingly good song for one that’s the new track on a greatest hits compilation.
45. Morningwood – Nth Degree
Somebody was on the drugs when coming up with this. Very catchy and addictive.
44. The Black Keys – 10 A.M. Automatic
If you’ve never heard this song, imagine Bad Company with more energy. The result is stellar.
43. The Bravery – Honest Mistake
One of the more creative videos of the year, and of course a great song as well.
42. The Zutons – Pressure Point
Just barely making it into 2005 but deserving of a spot on the list anyway.
41. Rilo Kiley – It’s A Hit
Any song with lyrics about a chimp running for office on election day is a winner to me.
40. Foo Fighters – Resolve
There could have been some better choices for singles but this is still very nice.
39. Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict A Riot
Served as a great introduction to Kasier Chiefs, but they had even better stuff in store.
38. Metric – Monster Hospital
Wasn’t expecting this rach sauce from Metric but it’s incredible, and so is the whole album.
37. Beck – Girl
Who else can pull off Nintendo sound effects in a song and still have it seriously rule?
36. System Of A Down – B.Y.O.B.
Easily the highest RAHHHH song on this entire list. Hells yeah to this, it’s awesome.
35. Interpol – Evil
Such a creative video, and the song itself still hasn’t gotten old at all to me.
34. Le Tigre – TKO
Last year, I said this song "might be huge on the 2005 list" and look at that, it sure is.
33. Bloc Party – Banquet
The percussion and vocals stand out to make it especially addictive and a great first impression.
32. The White Stripes – The Denial Twist
Great music, great style, and they even have Conan O’Brien in the video. How can you go wrong?
31. The Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Certainly the best song on Funeral by far, and shows their potential. They need to make more like this.
30. M.I.A. – Galang
This worked well as her first single. It’s very catchy and packs in strong social commentary.
29. Weezer – Perfect Situation
I don’t know what’s up with all of their songs being edited, but the original version of this is great.
28. 311 – Don’t Tread On Me
Such great potential was shown from this comeback single, then the album was a disappointment.
27. Garbage – Why Do You Love Me
Instantly became one of my favorite Garbage songs and got me interested in the band again.
26. U2 – All Because Of You
Another great track off of U2’s latest, with one more track by them still to come.
25. Audioslave – Doesn’t Remind Me
Chris Cornell called this his favorite Audioslave song, and I agree. It’s just genius.
24. Kasabian – Club Foot
This unexpected and outstanding single came out of nowhere to be one of the best songs of the year.
23. The Decemberists – 16 Military Wives
Incredibly catchy, creative, and an accurate commentary on America’s foreign policy.
22. Jem – 24
Hands down the best song Jem has recorded. The combination of guitar and strings here works so well.
21. Coldplay – Fix You
This song is high up on the list and it’s only the first of 3 appearances from Coldplay.
20. M.I.A. – Bucky Done Gun
Quite possibly one of the most addictive songs I’ve ever heard. The horns, chorus, all of it, genius.
19. Kaiser Chiefs – Oh My God
My favorite track off of Employment. The chorus especially is so fun to sing along to.
18. Queens Of The Stone Age – Little Sister
Will Ferrell playing cowbell for this song on SNL was a truly classic moment. This song is one of their best ever.
17. Sum 41 – Pieces
Although they have done serious themed songs before, this one really proved Sum 41 are not just a bunch of punks.
16. Coldplay – Speed Of Sound
Very nice pick for a first single by Coldplay off of X & Y. This song is extremely captivating and uplifting as well.
15. The Strokes – Juicebox
What a change of pace for The Strokes. I was blown away the first time I heard this, and it could quite possibly become my favorite song by them.
14. U2 – Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own
One of my favorite tracks off of last year’s How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, plus it featured a wonderful and classy video to go along with it.
13. Green Day – Holiday
Perhaps the most subtly politically charged song of the year, along with being one of the best straight up rock songs.
12. Weezer – Beverly Hills
All the hype leading up to the release of this song was out of control, but the result was amazing. It’s easily one of the catchiest songs of the year.
11. Foo Fighters – DOA
Excellent choice (just like the muffins in the video). I love Dave Grohl’s lyrical and vocal style as he sings many of the lines in this excellent song.
10. The White Stripes – Blue Orchid
Everything about this song is great, from the opening sequence to the addictive choruses to the freaky as all hell video. It was a simply incredible return for The White Stripes and a great way to kick off their new album.
9. Weezer – We Are All On Drugs
Certainly the best single that Weezer has released from Make Believe thus far — referring to the original version, of course. From the first time I listened, it stood out as one of my favorites on the album so I’m glad they picked it as a single.
8. Beck – Hell Yes
This was just released as a single recently, so it hasn’t retired on the TC 10 yet, but I’ve been rocking out to it all year long. It is hands down one of the best and most memorable songs of the year. It stands out as one of the best tracks on Guero, and the video is one of the best I’ve seen in a while: the robots rule.
7. Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds
As I said in the With Teeth album description, Nine Inch Nails couldn’t have picked a better song to return with than this one right here. The Hand That Feeds brought an amazing amount of raw energy and power, and it is easily one of my favorite songs of the year.
6. Coldplay – Talk
Originally leaked earlier this year as an unfinished version, Talk instantly became one of my favorite Coldplay songs. The final version made it even better, and it’s clear that Coldplay are at their best with this amazing single. The video made it even better — finally something different!
5. Nine Inch Nails – Only (88 points)
This surprisingly good follow-up single from Nine Inch Nails takes the #5 spot on my list. Starting off calm and with a catchy loop, Trent sings and talks his way through a few verses in amazing style and with wonderfully dark lyrics, leading up to the final choruses which are some of the most powerful I’ve heard. If this song is any indication, Nine Inch Nails are far from over — this is some of their best work.
4. Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To (90 points)
After hearing their incredible first album, I wondered if it would even be possible for Franz Ferdinand to come up with anything better. The thought was nearly inconceivable, but they pulled it off. This first single from their newest album, You Could Have It So Much Better, was a great way to kick off the album and get everyone ready for the rest of their new material which is even better.
3. Beck – E-Pro (91 points)
Earlier we saw Guero take the title of my favorite album of 2005, and now Beck also has the #3 single according to the stats machine. I don’t really know how to describe E-Pro except to say that I knew it would easily be one of the best songs of the year since I first heard it way back in January. In addition to being simply a great song, it also served as a signal to all of us that Beck is at his best, most creative and innovative point ever.
1. Fiona Apple – O’ Sailor (97 points)
From the very first leaked copies of Fiona Apple’s newest album, it was clear right away that her Extraordinary Machine is indeed extraordinary. The album came as a wonderful surprise, and the final release of the album also came with a surprise of its own — this amazing version of O’ Sailor. It exhibits more true emotion and power than many other songs combined, all while staying within the realm of calmness and simplicity in which Fiona Apple presents all of her work. As such, it did extremely well during its run on my personal countdown. O’ Sailor is tied for my #1 single of 2005.
1. Foo Fighters – Best Of You (97 points)
After the Foo Fighters’ previous album, One By One, I thought they were on their way down and that they may never create anything as good as their previous work ever again. Their excellent album released this year, In Your Honor, proved me wrong, and the song that started at all was this one. The energy, genuine quality, and emotion expressed in Best Of You is stunning. The excitement surrounding a true return of the Foos, and the excellence of the song itself, led it to a great run on my personal countdown, which equaled that of O’ Sailor exactly. Best Of You is tied for my #1 single of 2005.
Let’s take a look at my top 10 albums of 2005! I picked these as my personal favorite albums of the year, which means there’s no stats machine involved.
I’m not even going to try to give a great review for any of these albums, because you can get that elsewhere. I’m just going to talk about why I picked them.
10. M.I.A. – Arular
Why I chose Arular
From the very first time I heard M.I.A., I knew she was one of a kind. As such, her debut album is not just any rap or dance music. It’s a stellar combination of hard-hitting lyrics, fast-moving rhymes, and incredibly addictive beats.
My top 3 tracks from Arular
3. Galang – This worked well as the first real single. It’s very catchy and packs in strong social commentary.
2. Bucky Done Gun – Quite possibly one of the most addictive songs I’ve ever heard. The horns, chorus, all of it, genius.
1. 10 Dollar – I was instantly hooked as soon as I heard this. Whoever made this beat deserves a medal.
9. The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan
Why I chose Get Behind Me Satan
I didn’t know what to think of this album when I first heard it, but as I listened to it more, it grew on me more. It’s definitely a departure from their previous stuff, and a departure from typical rock music, but that doesn’t make it bad. It’s amazing.
My top 3 tracks from Get Behind Me Satan
3. Take, Take, Take – Jack’s vocals in this song are awesome. I could listen to this one all day.
2. The Denial Twist – Not just a creative video but also a very catchy song to go along with it.
1. Blue Orchid – The most RAHHHH on the album, so, not surprising that it’s my favorite.
8. The Decemberists – Picaresque
Why I chose Picaresque
I downloaded this album about a day before seeing them live, so I could have more than one song to sing along to at the concert. What I discovered, both on the album and on stage, was an incredible band with more talent and creativity than many other bands combined.
My top 3 tracks from Picaresque
3. We Both Go Down Together – It might seem silly, but the accordion used in this song is fantastic.
2. 16 Military Wives – Not just an accurate commentary on America’s foreign policy, but also a catchy tune.
1. The Engine Driver – Probably the most emotional track on the album, and the music is stunning.
7. Audioslave – Out Of Exile
Why I chose Out Of Exile
Unlike Audioslave’s first album, which fell apart in the second half, this one keeps going strong the entire time. Not only is Chris Cornell top notch, but Tom Morello is at his best by far. The solos on this album are the best I’ve heard among all new music.
My top 3 tracks from Out Of Exile
3. Yesterday To Tomorrow – The bass intro and hook in this song is simply unbeatable.
2. Your Time Has Come – Non-stop rock all the way through in this one, and includes one of the best solos.
1. Doesn’t Remind Me – Chris Cornell called this his favorite Audioslave song, and I agree. It’s just genius.
6. Franz Ferdinand – You Could Have It So Much Better
Why I chose You Could Have It So Much Better
I thought their first album was great, but wow, this blows it out of the water. Every single track on this album has a strong tune and doesn’t sound dull at all. Franz brings it from beginning to end. As a result, it’s the hardest from which to pick my favorite tracks.
My top 3 tracks from You Could Have It So Much Better
3. The Fallen – Couldn’t start off the album any better way. Makes everything strong from the start.
2. Walk Away – Probably the most catchy song on the album and would make a great single.
1. Evil And A Heathen – Builds up to an amazing chorus which I think is the album’s best moment.
5. Coldplay – X & Y
Why I chose X & Y
Lots of people hated on this album, but they need to get their ears checked. Coldplay only refined and improved on their style with this album. All of the songs on the album sound great and still seem as genuine as ever to me. I was very impressed with how it turned out.
My top 3 tracks from X & Y
3. White Shadow – One of the catchiest songs on the album and builds up to an impressive final chorus.
2. How You See The World – This is the bonus track, but I think it’s one of the best. Quite powerful.
1. Talk – From the original unreleased version to the final album version, this song is fantastic and one of their best.
4. Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth
Why I chose With Teeth
After many years went by with no new material from NIN, I thought Trent Reznor was done. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This surprising release does not just mark the return of NIN, but in my opinion, ranks up there as some of their best work ever.
My top 3 tracks from With Teeth
3. The Hand That Feeds – Couldn’t have picked a better song to return with. This brought an amazing amount of raw energy and power.
2. Every Day Is Exactly The Same – It’s really stunning how Reznor can turn what seems like an emo rant into one of the best album tracks of the year.
1. Getting Smaller – Sounds better than any other song on the album and has an amazing ending.
3. Foo Fighters – In Your Honor
Why I chose In Your Honor
After their respectable but mediocre previous album, Foo Fighters to set out to make this one a lot better, and they most certainly succeeded. The idea to separate the album into a rock disc and an acoustic disc was genius, as we got to see a great side of the Foos that was never fully expressed before.
My top 3 tracks from the In Your Honor rock disc
3. Best Of You – One of the best singles of the year by any band and also easily one of the best songs on the rock half of the album.
2. Hell – Short and sweet. What seems like a filler track on the surface actually stands out as one of the best to me.
1. In Your Honor – The start of it all, this song starts out with a quiet call of "can you hear me" and builds up to an incredible rock fest.
My top 3 tracks from the In Your Honor acoustic disc
3. Cold Day In The Sun – This really should’ve been a single, no doubt about it. It could do so well and would be catchy to many people.
2. Over And Out – From the addictive and repeating acoustic guitar loop to Grohl’s unforgettable vocals, this one is a winner.
1. Still – It’s such a simple song, yet it ends up demonstrating the most of Foo Fighters’ true ability, talent, and creativity.
2. Fiona Apple – Extraordinary Machine
Why I chose Extraordinary Machine
I thought this album would never get released, but thankfully it did. The result is an absolutely wonderful culmination of 6 years of suppressed creative energy, and is better than anything Fiona has done before. This incredible album is the surprise of the year or perhaps even the decade.
My top 3 tracks from Extraordinary Machine
3. Tymps (The Sick In The Head Song) – Jon Brion’s work becomes evident on this track which features a beat that’s incredibly catchy.
2. O’ Sailor – Certainly one of the most improved tracks on the final release. It has a nearly unbeatable combination of emotion and staying power.
1. Better Version Of Me – I got addicted to the original leaked version of this and it remains my favorite song on the album.
1. Beck – Guero
Why I chose Guero
Beck has been everywhere and has done it all, and on Guero, he does it all again, better than ever this time. Incorporating all of his past styles while also exploring new territory, Beck shows us that he is the master of creativity in both fun and serious music. Guero is Beck at his best and is my pick for the best album of 2005.
My top 3 tracks from Guero
3. Hell Yes – Instantly one of my favorites from the very first time I heard it. The robot sounds alone make this a classic. What can I say? Beck is a genius.
2. Chain Reaction – Only available on the deluxe edition of Guero but definitely one of my favorite tracks. From the video game sound effects to the shouting chorus, it doesn’t get much better than this.
1. Que Onda Guero – The ridiculously insane beat that starts this song sets the tone for the rest of it. It’s the epitome of everything fucking bonkers about Beck, and I couldn’t love it more. Que Onda Guero is my favorite album track of 2005.
That’s it! Thanks to everyone who supported my list of top 120 singles and top 10 albums of 2005.