These are my 10 favorite songs of the year. I linked to samples, so hopefully you can enjoy them as much as I did. (Not every one of the songs was available online.) Hit me up with feedback about any of my year-end lists -- that's what they're for.

These are my 10 favorite songs of the year. I linked to samples, so hopefully you can enjoy them as much as I did. (Not every one of the songs was available online.) Hit me up with feedback about any of my year-end lists -- that's what they're for.

10. Yeasayer "Wait for the Summer" All Hour Cymbals [Listen] Americans are usually fascinated by world music when they want to raise money for a third-world charity. These gospel-, Genesis-, worldbeat-loving Brooklyn dudes leave politics out and plunder some very interesting sounds from across the globe.

9. Devendra Banhart “Tonada Yanomaminista” Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon [Listen] Banhart is among the weirder dudes making music these days, but his record should sound good to anyone who mourns the loss of Nick Drake, Jefferson Airplane and Tito Puente. His albums could use stricter editing and less soft acoustic ballads sung in a foreign language. This song -- a nice psychedelic rocker -- remedies both those problems.

8. Dr. Dog "My Old Ways" We All Belong [Listen] Dr. Dog's performance of this song at Little Brother's earlier this year convinced me to play their latest record almost non-stop for a month and regularly for a year. It's recommended for anyone who loves the back side of The Beatles' Abbey Road.

7. Pharoahe Monch "Push" Desire [Listen] Monch doesn't start rhyming on this track until the very end, and he condenses an entire song's worth of strife, power and lyrical skill into about a minute. The sampling and the subversive content are groundbreaking.

6. Amy Winehouse "Rehab" Back to Black [Listen] Winehouse fans have been incensed that people blasted this song and overlooked the rest of her album. That's just ridiculous: Her break-out hit is a triumph, the best thing she has released. You know what? I don't wanto to go to rehab either. She might have intentioned this song as a cautionary tale against excess, but I saw it as a party anthem and played it during many long nights.

5. Justice "Genesis" + [Listen] The French electronic duo's "D.A.N.C.E." single has received more attention, but the opening track sets the tone for an album that would eventually find new audiences not normally down with dark, dense dance music from Europe. It writhes and vibrates, like a beast scratching its way from the basement of club into the haze of smoke and strobe lights.

4. The Hold Steady "Girls Like Status" Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Listen] The Adult Swim brain trust is fascinated by metal and hard rock, and this is the best song to emerge behind one of the late-night program's wacky animated offerings. Chris DeVille has described The Hold Steady as some of the most intelligent bar rock around, and this track exemplifies the band's ability to make catchy anthemic music with clever, ofetn hilarious lyrics specifically about being ordinary dudes.The energy of this song trumps even the metal of Unearth and Mastodon heard elsewhere on the soundtrack.

3. M.I.A. "Paper Planes" Kala [Listen] M.I.A.’s best song is about a woman who gets high, walks around, commits burglary and shoots people who don’t hand over their money. When “Paper Planes” plays at my house, I dance around in my bedroom with the shades drawn, shooting off rounds with my hands formed into guns. I’m a simple-minded Midwestern kid, and as a whole, we enjoy this kind of thing. Drugs, guns, riding trains high as a kite, robbing people—these are fascinating, unfamiliar things. We love them discussed over a good beat.

Then I heard this song last month at an after party for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, a glamorous affair on the fifth floor of the Kodak Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. I was on there for the paper, drinking champagne and double-vodka on rocks, eating filet mignon, ogling a pair of giant fake breasts and trying to find Slash, who sat in front of me at the show. This song perfectly choreographed the culmination of my wildest and most gaudy assignment: Watch the world’s most famous people watch the world’s most beautiful women walk around in their underwear.

2. Yung Joc “Play Your Cards” Hustlenomics [Listen] This song sounds almost exactly like T.I.'s "What You Know" -- except it's so much better. There will be some backlash from those who like the original first, but that's like saying The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" is better than "Drive My Car" just because it came first. Yung Joc is excellent -- deep, dark, introspective -- over a beat with the same synthsizers and more intricate counterhythms.

1. Hugs & Kisses “The Casualties of Happiness” The Casualties of Happiness [Listen] Hugs & Kisses describe theirs as "X-rated children's music for adults," and some peg them as a novelty act. Taken the wrong way, the trio's onstage antics -- skits, superhero costumes, political parody -- only deepen the stoner/slacker void into which they seem so nicely to fit. This song, the closest thing the group comes to explaining their brand of misfit cultural commentary, complicates all that.

We all suffer the casualties of happiness -- the crushing downsides to our need for excess, experience and escape. But the genius of these four or so minutes is that they waver between lament and celebration. This song is about the first cigarette of a pack and the last, the way that we learn to live between a party's peak and the hangover that follows. Armed with an amazing acoustic guitar riff, cascading synthesizers and the gruff, two-pack-a-day vocals of Donnie Monaco, this song is artistically, musically and philosophically the best track produced this year.