Once again I've rounded up my 40 favorite songs of the year. This time I ranked them because let's face it, that's more fun.

Let's go over some ground rules: These are not necessarily the "best" songs of the year, just the ones that I liked the best. They didn't have to be released as singles, although many of them were. I limited myself to one song per artist, or else several of these acts would have made multiple appearances; you can probably figure out which ones by perusing my albums list coming at the end of the week.

In the meantime, I'll be posting 10 songs a day until revealing the top 10 on Thursday. Then I'll unveil my favorite albums list on Friday. Regular content-Lunch Break Links and What To Do Tonight-will resume in January.

The list's second installment and some comments are after the jump. I included as many videos or MP3s as I could find, so listen up! And enjoy.

Once again I've rounded up my 40 favorite songs of the year. This time I ranked them because let's face it, that's more fun.

Let's go over some ground rules: These are not necessarily the "best" songs of the year, just the ones that I liked the best. They didn't have to be released as singles, although many of them were. I limited myself to one song per artist, or else several of these acts would have made multiple appearances; you can probably figure out which ones by perusing my albums list coming at the end of the week.

In the meantime, I'll be posting 10 songs a day until revealing the top 10 on Thursday. Then I'll unveil my favorite albums list on Friday. Regular content—Lunch Break Links and What To Do Tonight—will resume in January.

The list's second installment and some comments are after the jump. I included as many videos or MP3s as I could find, so listen up! And enjoy.

30 Liars – “Plaster Casts of Everything” Not feeling the self-titled album as much as many, but I can't deny this bulldozer of a single or its mind-melting video. It's funny, I heard "Mr. Your On Fire Mr." at the bar over the weekend and the ground this band has covered since then—musically and geographically—is astounding.

29 Andrew Bird – “Plasticities” By now, fans know what to expect from Andrew Bird: Chamber pop that intricately blends his talents for violin, guitar, whistling and songwriting into one dramatic swell. I'm just shocked that he keeps coming through with so many knockouts.

28 Loney, Dear – “I Am John” When it comes to beautifully effeminate indie pop, you just can't beat the Swedes.

27 Low – “Murderer” Warm and chilling, like a campfire in a warehouse in a snowstorm in a war zone in a tornado. (Hear the studio track at MySpace.)

26 Feist – “1 2 3 4” Even after months of saturation, I love this song as much as I did at the start. Let's watch that delightful video one more time.

25 Justice – “D.A.N.C.E.” Well, what are you waiting for? Do it.

24 Rihanna f. Jay-Z – “Umbrella” Jay-Z obviously mailed this song in. The folks who made the video mailed it in. Hell, even Rihanna might have mailed it in. But The-Dream and his co-producers certainly didn't, crafting one of the most likeable entries in the history of the unavoidable summer smash. Sing it with me now: "Ella, ella, ella, ey, ey, ey."

23 Spoon – “You Got Yr Cherry Bomb” Spoon keeps finding new ways to sound like a new-and-improved version of Spoon. This is the latest edition.

22 Okkervil River – “Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe” Will Sheff oversings everything, and his band fits a little too well into the Paste Magazine demographic for my liking—blur the lines a bit, boys!—and yet their exultant songwriting and unwavering devotion to these pretentious album concepts makes all that quite bearable. Here we find them singing about how boring it is to be in a band and making the tale quite exciting indeed.

21 Machine Go Boom - "Gentleman's Reply" A 78-second summary of this frantic Cleveland band's strengths, with none of its weaknesses. (Listen at MySpace.)

Come back tomorrow for Nos. 20-11.