My taste in music is suspect, and you're about to witness that.
1. Push Thru -- Talib Kweli ft. Kendrick Lamar and Curren$y
Last year I was lucky enough to catch Talib in concert. It was seriously incredible. Then my friend told me that he saw Talib and Mos Def (Blackstar!) in Chicago. Oh, and apparently Common showed up as well. Admittedly, that took some of the luster off my experience.
2. Kids -- MGMT
This one's been around for a few years now, but it's still a great track. Also, it was the credit song for Come Dine With Me, which is a fantastic show in the UK, although that the primary audience is middle-aged people. In other words, middle-aged folks in Great Britain love them some MGMT.
3. Die Young -- Ke$ha
So I used to be a music snob, but even at my snobbiest, there was always a faint enjoyment of Ke$ha at the back of my mind. Then a few things happened: 1) I stopped caring about my taste in music--I mean I already read comic books and obsess over my pug, so it's not like I was an arbiter of taste anyway, and 2) I read Steve Hyden's great article about Ke$ha over at Grantland.
4. Dumpweed -- Blink-182
Recently, I've been going back and listening to a lot of the music that I liked when I was a teenager. Most of it isn't great to be honest, but I'm sentimental enough that I was amused listening to Blink-182. It also made me think of being a teenager, which is an experience I'm happy not to relive.
5. Fight the Power -- Public Enemy
As I was writing this, I came to the realization that the good about also having Ke$ha and Blink-182 on the list is that Public Enemy gets to serve as a kind of balance.
6. Main Offender -- The Hives
This was another of the teenage-replays. For those of you who forgot, the Hives were part of the rock-revival (along with the Strokes, the White Stripes, and the Hives, among others) that was supposedly to retake rock music, but instead fizzled out after about 9 months.
Every song from these Swedes has an amazing title (my personal favorite: The Hives are Law You Are Crime), and everyone knows that I'm a sucker for a great title.
7. Diamonds (Reggae Remix) -- Rihanna
I have no use for the original version of this song, but there's several remixes that I like, the reggae one being the best in my opinion. I'm also amused because if you go look up this song on YouTube, every video is just a compliation of photos of Rihanna smoking weed. Stereotypes, everyone!
8. Comfortable -- Lil Wayne
God, what happened to you Weezy? For about nine months, Lil Wayne shat gold, now he only shats shit, or something. On a sidenote, the chorus of this song--"If you don't love me/Someone else will/Don't you ever get too comfortable"--is something my wife tells me all the time.
9. In Between Days -- The Cure
If you held a gun to my head and asked me who my favorite band was, I would probably say the Police....but the Cure would be a close second. This isn't necessarily my favorite song by them, but it's one of the most fun. Also, if there's someone out there who's quite knowledgeable about the Cure, can you answer a question for me? When the notoriously depressed Robert Smith wrote songs like "In Between Days" and "Friday I'm in Love," was he being ironic or was actually happy?
10. Ain't Nothin' But a G Thang -- Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dog
I think they should play this song in the Forum every time Marc Gasol does something amazing, and his reaction is like "Whatever."