These songs are not necessarily the best songs that were released this year, but they are some of my favorites. The first three are extra special, but the rest are just some good ones. Following the songs are a few awards that needed to be shared but defied the usual categories.

Best Songs of the Year

"Hey Ya" Outkast
The best song of the year. Hands down. Period. Exclamation point.

"Hey Julie" Fountains of Wayne
This wasn't the big radio single, nor is it the best song on their new album but it is my favorite. It is now way up there with "Stickshifts and Safetybelts" as one of the best love songs of all time.

"I Believe in a Thing Called Love" The Darkness
The Darkness reminded me that kitsch can be amazing. Yes, this song sounds like it could have been made 15 years ago, but it is still amazing.

"Crazy in Love" Beyonce
"Babe I'm On Fire" Nick Cave
"Talking to a Brick Wall" The Cooper Temple Clause
"Eskimo Lament" The Coral
"Billy Liar" The Decemberists
"Snooks (Progress Report)" Elbow
"Move Your Feet" Junior Senior
"Blizzard of '77" Nada Surf
"Like Glue" Sean Paul
"Golden Retriever" Super Furry Animals
"My Phone's On Vibrate For You" Rufus Wainwright

CDs I Didn't Realize/Think Came Out This Year/Forgot About But Still Rule
Any one of these could have been in my top thirty, but I screwed up. Forgive me.

Nada Surf - Let Go
Clem Snide - Soft Spot
The Libertines - Up the Bracket
Elbow - Cast of Thousands

Best Compilation
Wig in a Box

Best DJ Name
DJ Tanner (Created By My Sister)