1. White Denim, “Drug.” It could’ve been any song from their new release, “D.” But the video for this one seals it. Papier mache forever!
2. Adele, “Rolling in the Deep.” It doesn’t matter that you’ve already heard this song a million of times already (182 million views on YouTube!). It’s still one of the great songs of the year, and we’ll be singing along with it 20, 30, 40 years from now.
3. Macklemore, “Can’t Hold Us.” Go on, listen to this song without moving, without dancing. Without smiling. Go on. I defy you.
4. Aloe Blacc, “I Need a Dollar.” The normal song is great; the a capella version from the Blogotheque “Take Away Concert” is sublime… see below (skip to 3:15 of the video):
5. Vetiver, “Wonder Why.” The best guitar arpeggios this side of Peter Buck.
Honorable mention: Black Keys, “Lonely Boy.” If I’m all alone, and no one is watching, I am the guy in this video. Please believe me.