Top 10 Songs of 2005

1. Gorillaz: “Feel Good Inc.”

2. The Cribs: “Hey Scenesters!”

3. Bloc Party: “Banquet”

4. Doves: “Snowden”

5. Longwave: “There’s a Fire”

6. Sufjan Stevens”: “Chicago”

7. Foo Fighters: “Best of You”

8. Echo and the Bunnymen: “Stormy Weather”

9. Bob Mould: “Circles”

10. Hockey Night: “For Guys Eyes Only”

| Shandy Casteel

1. The Libertines: “What Became of the Likely Lads”

2. Patrick Wolf: “Tristan”

3. The Arcade Fire: “Rebellion (Lies)”

4. Bloc Party: “Helicopter”

5. Bright Eyes: “First Day of My Life:

6. Franz Ferdinand: “Do You Want to?”

7. Iron & Wine: “Jezebel”

8. Art Brut: “Emily Kane”

9. Interpol: “C’mere”

10. Kelly Clarkson: “Since U Been Gone” (This song inadvertently became the theme song of indie this year. Interpol and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Maps) guitar work lured us in, and then once enough people admitted they liked it, everyone in the scene picked it as their favorite pop song, to prove how diverse their tastes were in a sad attempt to shut up our friends who say that we’re elitist.)

Honorable Mentions: White Stripes: “My Doorbell,” The Arcade Fire: “Wake Up,” Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley: “Welcome to Jamrock,” The Go! Team: “Ladyflash,” Maximo Park: “Apply Some Pressure”

| Cindy Gao


1. Hard-Fi: “Hard to Beat”

2. Kaiser Chiefs: “Na Na Na Na Naa”

3. The Cribs: “Hey Scenesters!”

4. Nada Surf: “Blankest Year”

5. Art Brut: “Good Weekend”

6. Rob Dickinson: “Bathe Away”

7. She Wants Revenge: “Tear You Apart”

8. a-ha: “Analogue”

9. OK Go: “Maybe This Time”

10. Sleater-Kinney: “Jumpers”

| Laura Hamlett


Top 15 Songs of 2005

1. John Vanderslice: “Dear Sarah Shu” (Barsuk)

2. Okkervil River: “For Real” (Jagjaguwar)

3. Regina Spektor: “Us” (Sire)

4. Bright Eyes: “When the President Talks to God” (Saddle Creek)

5. Kanye West: “Gold Digger” (Roc-a-Fella)

6. Fiona Apple: “Extraordinary Machine” (Epic)

7. Spoon: “I Summon You” (Merge)

8. Sufjan Stevens: “John Wayne Gacy Jr.” (Asthmatic Kitty)

9. Shout Out Louds: “The Comeback” (Capitol)

10. OK Go: “Lately It’s So Quiet” (Capitol)

11. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin: “House Fire” (self-released)

12. Harvey Danger: “Wine, Women and Song” (Phonographic)

13. Jim Yoshii Pile-Up: “A Toast to the Happy Couple” (Absolutely Kosher)

14. Smog: “The Well” (Drag City)

15. Natasha Bedingfield: “These Words” (Sony)

| Sean Moeller


1. Juan Maclean: “Give Me Every Little Thing” (DFA/Astralwerks)

2. Spank Rock: “Put That Pussy On Me” (Money Studies)

3. Ying Yang Twins: “Wait (The Whisper Song)” (TVT)

4. Angels of Light: “The Provider” (Young God)

5. Art Brut: “Good Weekend” (Fierce Panda)

6. Bright Eyes: “Road to Joy” (Saddle Creek)

7. TV on the Radio: “Dry Drunk Emperor” (Touch & Go)

8. Mahjongg: “THE RABBITT” (Cold Crush)

9. Spoon: “I Summon You” (Merge)

10. Kelly Clarkson: “Since U Been Gone” (RCA)

| Aaron Richter


Top-Grossing Singles in 2005 That Made Baby Jesus Cry

Jet: “Lok What You’ve Done”

Carrie Underwood/Bo Bice: “Inside Your Heaven”

Gwen Stefani: “Hollaback Girl”

U2: “Vertigo”

Toby Keith: “As Good as I Once Was”

Pussycat Dolls: “Don’t Cha”

Sheryl Crow: “Good Is Good”

Jack Johnson: “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing”

Maroon 5: “This Love”

Black Eyed Peas: “My Humps”

| Sarah Lenzini 


Top Ten Cover Tunes by Original Local Bands

1. One Lone Car: “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode (inspired by the Mathew Good Band version)

2. The Trip Daddys: “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats

3. Tobi Kai and the Strays: “Ace of Spades” by Motorhead

4. Lord Baltimore: “Fascination Street” by the Cure

5. Missle Silo Suite (recently disbanded): “Dream On” by Aerosmith

6. Shame Club: “Titanium Expose” by Sonic Youth

7. Lung Dust: “Instant Gravitation” by Nebula

8. Black Dahlia: “The Fly” by U2

9. Somnia (recently disbanded): “Vacation” by the Go Gos

10. Nothing Still: “White Wedding” by Billy Idol

| John Kujawski


The Top Ten Free (and Legal!) MP3 Downloads of 2005

1.   The Plastic Constellations: “Sancho Panza”

2.   Spoon – “I Turn My Camera on”

3.   Ungdomskulen: “I’m on Top”

4.   Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: “In This Home on Ice”

5.   Okkervil River: “Black”

6.   Of Montreal: “So Begins Our Alabee”

7.   Serena Maneesh: “Un-Deux”

8.   Cat Power: “The Greatest”

9.   The Oranges Band: “Ride the Nuclear Wave”

10. Field Music: “You Can Decide”

| Jeremy Goldmeier



About Laura Hamlett 467 Articles
Laura Hamlett is the Managing Editor of PLAYBACK:stl. In a past life, she was also a music publicist and band manager. Besides music, books, and other forms of popular culture, she's a fan of the psychology behind true crime and violent criminals. Ask her about mass murder...if you dare.

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