Todd’s Top 10 Songs of 2008

It’s time for my annual “top 10” lists. I already have written an entry concerning my favorite books of the year, and now I turn to my favorite 10 songs of the year. I plead guilty again to being limited to Top 40 music, something which my friend Mike criticizes every year. And yes, I admit to too many divas, but that’s just how it is. As life became more stressful this year, I turned to music that made me feel good. My criteria for good music this year was what made me want to dance, what worked well for my gym work out, and what lifted my spirits. I know there are more profound artists and lyrics, most not Top 40, but this year I could not be bothered.

What changed this year in my music tastes? I rediscovered country music again. I loved it as a child in Tennessee, and I guess I can still sing the lyrics of most any major country song written or recorded from 1929 (Bristol Recordings of the Carter Family) to 1990. Songwriters and performers such as Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash were anything but shallow or false. But I felt country music entered into a wilderness in the 1990s that limited it to the lowest common denominator of writing that appealed to the lowest common denominator of intelligence and emotional maturity (e.g., “Do You Like My Tractor?”, “Achy Brakey Heart”). Artists and writers such as Taylor Swift and Keith Urban restored my faith in country music this year.

Here are my my Top 10 songs of the year, in no particular order:

1. “White Horse” by Taylor Swift

2. “Breathe” by Taylor Swift

3. “Time of My Life” by David Cook

4. “Give It to Me” by Madonna

5. “Right Here” (Departed) by Brandy

6. “Touch My Body” by Mariah Carey (sorry, but it’s sexy and fun)

7. “Single Ladies” (Put a Ring on It) by Beyonce

8. “Human” by The Killers

9. “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay

10. “Disturbia” by Rihanna

Honorable Mention: “Take a Bow” by Rihanna, “Hot n Cold” by Katy Perry, “Halo” by Beyonce, “Feels Like Tonight” by Daughtry, “Light On” by David Cook, “Womanizer” by Britney Spears, “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis, and “Forever” by Chris Brown.

Most Played on My IPOD: “Disturbia”, “Viva la Vida”, and “Time of My Life”.

My Album of the Year: “Fearless” by Taylor Swift. Way exceeds expectations.


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