21. Band of Horses – “Compliments”
Previously discussed here.
22. Japandroids – “Younger Us”
I think Pitchfork nailed it with this one:
There's a particular kind of nostalgia that hits you when you know you're too young to feel nostalgic about anything. That's Brian King, bleating with all his heart on "Younger Us": "Remember that night you were already in bed, said fuck it, got up to drink with me instead!" Then, later: "Gimmie younger us." And by the time the song's three and half minutes of straight bash wind to a close, he's just screaming wordless anguish. Now, King's not an old dude, and he still attacks a stage like a guy who still gets out of bed to say fuck it and go drinking on a regular basis. But that sense of youthful abandon just out of reach is what pushes "Younger Us" straight into your gut.
23. Gaslight Anthem – “The Queen of Lower Chelsea”
Whew. It had been too long between Gaslight Anthem songs.
24. Scissor Sisters – “Skin Tight”
Kass has referred to this as "the new gay national anthem." That sounds about right. (Follow-up question, though ... what was the previous gay national anthem? I always assumed "It's Raining Men." Hallelujah!)
25. Sleigh Bells – “Rill Rill”
Previously discussed here. This one has a little of the Black Kids disease, where the shiny, professionally-produced album version just isn't as good as the raw demo. Also, it's called "Rill Rill" now, not "Ring Ring," despite the fact that it's still the same song. I think it's a mandate for all artists on MIA's label that you have to be weird for completely inexplicable reasons.