1. Lady GaGa ~ The Fame Monster
- Just an EP, but if NPR can have a 4-song album in their top 5, why can't I? Everything on it is 3-star or better (other than that remix I deleted). She is crazy...crazy awesome. That opening to Bad Romance is sick.
- Check out: Speechless, Bad Romance
- Yes, I love the show, and the music is the main reason why so it's no surprise that it's on my list. The mix of pop tunes and show tunes is perfect; it keeps you from getting to tired of either. And, although Rachel Berry is amazing, the whole mix of voices is super too. Can't wait for the dvd to come out and next season to start!
- Check out: Alone, Don't Stop Believin', Defying Gravity
- I will admit that even though I loved Fireflies when I first heard it, I was pretty surprised at the overall quality of the whole CD. Yes, it is cliche-packed and pretty cheesy in parts, but it's such a fun, happy ride that I don't mind a bit. Still sad that caboose & I missed over half of their concert.
- Check out: The Saltwater Room, Vanilla Twilight, Fireflies
- Man, she just keeps getting better. I loved her last album. I love watching live concert videos on YouTube and seeing her cover fun songs and I love how cool she seems.
- Check out: Love Story, You Belong With Me, The Way I Loved You
- Yep, more from the show choir kids of McKinley High.
- Check out: Endless Love, Crush, True Colors
- caboose was plugging these guys everytime we were in the car together, usually driving to the Sands for volleyball. And despite not being a huge fan in the beginning, I eventually wised up and got the whole album and enjoyed it. Also, got the chance to see them at Lolla and they blew socks off. Fun sidenote: Leslie clued me in on this awesome blog of a elementary choir in NYC and they are the kids that sing on the Passion Pit album! Check out PS22 Chorus.
- Check out: Little Secrets, The Reeling, Sleepyhead
- I don't even have the whole album, but I am comfortable putting it on here due to the strength of its singles. will.i.am & crew have putting together a party track down to a science.
- Check out: Boom Boom Pow, I Gotta Feeling, Meet Me Halfway
- I think I saw this girl on an Irish music blog I read. Checked her out on a whim and loved what I heard.
- Check out: Bulletproof, In For the Kill
- I'd appreciated his voice in a few different songs, but this was the first time I'd sat down and listened to a whole CD. I was really happy with the song choices for this. Nicole thoughtfully passed this one on to me, rightly suspecting that I would like it.
- Check out: Haven't Met You Yet, All of Me, Some Kind of Wonderful
- Right or wrong, I compare all mash-ups to Girl Talk. I don't expect them to be better than him, but I want them to be in the same league. Hood Internet usually is. Plus, if I play this in my classroom before or after school (selectively), I earn a little credibility with my students.
- Check out: The whole thing. It's a free download. The Outro is beast though.
- Another artists I was forunate enought to see at Lolla. Pakistani-born, Britain-raised, her music is not really like anything else in my library...in a good way.
- Check out: Daniel, Glass, Pearl's Dream
Wicked ~ Original Broadway Recording
Adele ~ 19
Lady GaGa ~ The Fame
Ra Ra Riot ~ The Rhumb Line
Kings of Leon ~ Only By the Night
The Killers ~ Day & Age
Colbie Caillat - Coco
Top Singles not mentioned above, every one of these is worth $1.29 on iTunes:
- Drop It Low - Ester Dean - "Make the booty go, boom ba ba boom ba boom ba boom boom." This song is perfect, so many different great pieces to it. Turn it up, shred your speakers, and drop it low.
- Charlie Darwin - The Low Anthem - "The water's all around us." I don't really worry what the listen are on about, I just let the sound wash over me.
- One Day - Matisyahu - "Sometimes I lay under the moon and thank God I'm breathing. Then I pray, 'Don't take me soon, cuz I am hear for a reason."" So positive, so uplifting. Makes me feel anything is possible, and I can start by doing more than I'm doing right now. Glad they're using it for marketing the Winter Olympics.
- Party in the USA - Miley - "Noddin' my head like yeah"...and believe me, I was.
- Chillin' - Wale featuring Lady GaGa - "I got Phil Knight talkin' 'bout "how you got them?"" GaGa's hook is purrfect and Wale's rhymes make me laugh.
I Told You So - Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis
Down - Jay Sean
She Wolf - Shakira
Single Ladies (Put a ring on it) - Beyonce
Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z & Alicia Keyes
Run This Town - Jay-Z & Rihianna & Kanye
Coin Operated Boy - Dresden Dolls
Young Folks - Peter Bjorn & John
In Color - Jamey Johnson
Family Reunion - Kid Sister
Starry Eyed (jakwod remix) - Ellie Goulding
Oh, What a World - Rufus Wainwright
Past lists: 2008, 2007, 2005