Nine songs that made 2008

It would have been 10, but for Universal Music disabling YouTube embedding on its videos. Idiots. So, in no particular order…

Those Dancing Days – Run Run


– frighteningly young Swedes whose music was good enough to make me forget how old I am compared to them.

Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance


– from probably my favourite album of the year. Great fun live, and taken from their appearance on Later… With Jools Holland.

Shortwave Set – Glitches ‘n’ Bugs


– wasn’t actually released as a single, so here’s someone’s own version from YouTube. Aaaah.

Long Blondes – Guilt


– sad to see the Long Blondes split this year, following guitarist Dorian Cox’s stroke, but their album Couples was a fine way to go out.

Tilly and the Wall – Pot Kettle Black


– took me years to really listen to this band, downloading their album for my flight to New York finally got this into my head.

Ladyhawke – My Delirium


– the other act I discovered while away. A stunning debut album to boot.

Ladytron – Ghosts


– their album Velocifero was a bit of damp squib, but lead single Ghosts was a stormer, and Helen Marnie’s voice still has a strange hold on me…

Mystery Jets featuring Laura Marling – Young Love


– bands playing fun pop music? What is this, the 1980s?

MGMT – Time To Pretend


– the album was overrated and they were lousy live at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, but this seemed to sum up the year for me.