It's Day Four of the Tip of Your Tongue, Top of My Lungs year-end extravaganza! 100 Songs for 2011 will be available December 5. Until then, we're taking a daily look at five good songs that didn't make the cut. Today's theme: Sweden!
Ah, Sweden ... birthplace of all that is good in pop music. You will be well-represented on 100 Songs for 2011. But, in the interest of fairness to other, musically-inferior lands, you could not claim every spot on the list.
Also, no Robyn album in 2011, so you have to see it as kind of a down year for Sweden, though these five songs did an admirable job of filling the void:
Veronica Maggio - "Satan I Gatan"
Apparently translates to "Satan in the Street," which is just a great name for a song.
I'm From Barcelona - "Get In Line"
Twenty-nine people in this band, which means it's a virtual certainty that pretty much no one makes any money off of these songs - how do you split album sales twenty-nine ways? A kind of purity in that.
Jens Lekman - "An Argument With Myself"
Might just be me, but does anyone else think that the talking parts of this song sound just like Demetri Martin?
Lykke Li - "I Follow Rivers"
If you're wondering, Wikipedia says her name is pronounced [ˈlʏ.ˈkɛ ˈliː]. Should clear things up.
Peter Bjorn and John - "Second Chance"
Continuing the surprising tradition of good music in Bud Light Lime commercials.