So I’m making a list counting down to Christmas of my favorite Japanese songs of the year (inspired by appears 30 but with less work because I’m lazy) And I’m a day late but as soon as I figure out this last song I’ll post the first two to catch up. Whoop-whoop.
Can’t wait to check these out, I always look forward to hearing Jaylee talk about anything J-pop (and catching things I might have missed).
Fitz and the Tantrums, More Than Just a Dream (2013)
I often feel like I just can’t be bothered to write year-end lists, even though I’m addicted to reading them. The best lists to me aren’t necessarily persuasive; if anything, the best ones are informative, earnest, and proudly subjective. Because lists are absolutely a reflection of tastes and habits, most can’t be anything more than a kind of self-congratulations (these are the kinds you’ll see from the likes of Pitchfork, or any list that required more than two people to put together, or is used to define an entire collective). But sometimes, they’re just a celebration of the thing itself, a way to make sense of memories or personal narratives, to share a discovery or revelation with someone else.
I’ve already put together the majority of my Best Of lists for the year, only because I know the months of December through about March are pretty barren territory for new releases. There is, however, the possibility that I will miss something great that came out this month, or will hear something that came out four months ago next year that will render this list useless. But for right now, I thought I would at least share 30 of my favorite songs of this year, with a few brief thoughts. I follow these guidelines:
At best, you might find your new favorite song. At worst, you will feel secure in how much better your own tastes are. And I am totally cool with that.
This better be good.