It’s become something of an end-of-year tradition to look at what’s probably our generation’s most representative end-of-year list — Pitchfork best songs of the year — and ponder what it says about its readership. After all, the music we’ve found ourselves listening to over the course of a year is a pretty good indication of where our heads have been at. And so, with the publication of this year’s list, it’s time once more to over-analyze the top 10 and see what it has to say about the year gone by.
10. Autre Ne Veut — “Play by Play”
We deal with our burgeoning anxiety disorders (and our increasingly dysfunctional love lives) by immersing ourselves in… ultra-emotive R&B, it appears.
9. Deafheaven — “Dreamhouse”
We were pretty excited about My Bloody Valentine returning, but these days we prefer our shoegaze with a harder edge. We’re not so much into immersing ourselves in a sound that’s soft as snow but warm inside; these days, we seek our catharsis in screaming. These are angsty times, after all.
8. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell — ”Get Lucky”
We like staying up all night. To get lucky.
7. Disclosure — ”Latch”
But we’re not into the idea of staying up all night to get lucky forever. Sam Smith’s lyrics on this Disclosure track are an unlikely paean to monogamy and the joys of falling in love, even if the chorus is dominated by the curious imagery of locking and latches: “Now I got you in my space/ I won’t let go of you/ Got you shackled in my embrace/ I’m latching on to you.” Settle down, dude.