A lot of (loud) internet voices have been putting out “best of the decade” lists. It’s definitely fun to read, but my favorites change every week, and there’s no way I can keep track of what year featured what albums. I could do research and put together a list (and I might, [at the end of the fucking year!]), but I might not.

I don’t know, I’m one of the less professional bloggers out there. I have random bursts of creative energy that I want to funnel into P&P, but I never spend weeks putting together some master, definitive list that I’d be comfortable with spreading around the World Wide Internets. But I’ll tell you what I can do… I can give you random songs that were released in the past 10 years! Random to you, maybe, but these are all songs that meant something to me. Not saying they are the “best” or “my favorites”, but these are all songs that take me back to a particular time in my life during the past 10 years, and maybe they’ll do the same for you. Even if they don’t, it’s all good music.

Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life

How this song didn’t end up on more best of the decade lists, I don’t know. It was definitely one of my hightlights. Just one of those songs that immediately means something to everyone.

Bon Iver – Skinny Love

2008. This was my shit. Still listen to this song frequently.

Atmosphere – Sunshine

Who can’t relate to this? Shiiit. Wake up with a hangover hugging the toilet? Just put this on.

Band Of Horses – The Funeral

Listen to this song twice, all the way through. Then try not to want to hear it again. So good.

Wilco – Hummingbird

“His goal in life was to be an echo.” About a dozen Wilco songs I could have included, but this is one of my favorite lines of the decade. I love songs with steady build ups like this.

Burial – Archangel

I heard about this album and randomly got it. No expectations. Never gave a fuck about dubstep, never gave a fuck about mystery man Burial. Drove from VA to NC by myself in one of the worst rain storms I’ve ever driven in. Windshield wipers back and forth to the beat, I played this album from start to finish. I don’t listen to it often, but it made a big impact that dark day.

Cannibal Ox – The F Word (RJD2 Remix)

This song hit me really hard in high school. This shit meant a lot to me, no matter how high I was. Any fan of underground hip hop knows that The Cold Vein was a fucking classic.

“And ‘together forever’ just sounds fly. That’s how it sounded to me when I heard it.”

Citizen Cope – Bullet and a Target

Another album that I could have picked 4 or 5 different songs from, but this one was one of my instant favorites that stuck with me.

Alright, that’s it for now. Keep in mind these are random songs from the decade. Not my favorites. Just some songs that stuck with me this decade. Some songs that came to mind when I put 20 minutes of thought on the line. Notice most of them start with A to C. Yeah, I was looking through my iTunes in alphabetical order.