[UPDATE: scroll to the bottom voor the 3VOOR12 best song of the year results]

It was hard enough picking my top albums of 2008, but list making does not stop there: it’s time for the songs! The relief is that you can rave about a single song without having to consider if the rest of the album is any good. Although, come to think of it, pretty much all the albums these songs come from are very decent.

I’ve narrowed it down to 30 songs. They range from the psychedelic (MGMT, Late Of The Pier) to the delicate (Chad VanGaalen, Bon Iver), from the clubalicious (Estelle, De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig) to the harmonious (Fleet Foxes, Yeasayer), from the raunchy (Kings Of Leon) to the raucous (N*E*R*D), from the Red Bull fuelled (Vampire Weekend, Does It Offend You, Yeah?) to the pensive (Adele), from the hilarious (Weezer) to the desperate (The Hold Steady), from cheeky flirtation (Black Kids) to stalker anthem (Death Cab For Cutie)  and anything in between.

I give you:

  1. A-Punk – Vampire Weekend
  2. American Boy – Estelle feat. Kanye West
  3. Black and Gold – Sam Sparro
  4. One Pure Thought – Hot Chip
  5. White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
  6. Hometown Glory – Adele
  7. Say Something, Say Anything – Blood Red Shoes
  8. Time to Pretend – MGMT
  9. Let’s Make Out – Does It Offend You, Yeah?
  10. Red Socks Pugie – Foals
  11. Skinny Love – Bon Iver
  12. Hollereer – De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig
  13. Dying Is Fine – Ra Ra Riot
  14. Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
  15. Breaking It Up – Lykke Li
  16. Creator – Santogold
  17. Grounds For Divorce – Elbow
  18. Pork And Beans – Weezer
  19. I Will Possess Your Heart – Death Cab For Cutie
  20. Everyone Nose – N.E.R.D.
  21. The Architect – dEUS
  22. Paper Planes – M.I.A.
  23. My Year In Lists – Los Campesinos!
  24. I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You – Black Kids
  25. Sequestered In Memphis – The Hold Steady
  26. The Age Of The Understatement – The Last Shadow Puppets
  27. Paris – Friendly Fires
  28. Keep Your Eyes Ahead – The Helio Sequence
  29. The Bears Are Coming – Late Of The Pier
  30. Bruises – Chairlift

As I did last year, here for comparison are the picks of the Dutch public as published by 3voor12 (click here for all 100 songs):

1. Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire
2. Coldplay – Viva La Vida
3. Milow – Ayo Technology
4. Voicst – Everyday I Work On The Road
5. De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig – Hollereer
6. Killers – Human
7. Amy Winehouse/Mark Ronson – Valerie
8. MGMT – Kids
9. Last Shadow Puppets – Age Of Understatement
10. Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

I have to say, it’s even more disappointing than last year. Sure Kings of Leon are number 1, I suppose that’s not surprising considering it was such a big hit here. But what in the name of.. is Coldplay doing in the number 2 slot?? And sure that Milow song is a funny cover of 50 Cent, but number 3 worthy?

I severly doubt Valerie is even a 2008 release, but worst of all, what’s that in the numer 10 position? Surely it’s not that sugarcoated drivel song by Mraz? Mraz who once had some credibility with his off-kilter harmless jazzy popsongs and has now completely homogenised his work for the masses?

How frustrating with all the great releases out there this year. But I guess this is the democtratic choice of the FDutch audience, so I’ll just have to accept it.