Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The 11 Best Bright Eyes Songs


I've been waiting to see what list will sitr the most angst from my readers. So far Bob Dylan has sparked the most ire...while at the same time, gathering many supporters. But that was an easy one to predict since the guy has over 500 songs. If I had to guess, I think I would have to predict that my next list will at least have the most passionate criticism about how little I know about music. Yes, I am talking about Mr. Bob-Dylan-in-training himself....Conor Oberst. When he's not dating klepyomaniac starlets, he's penning some of the most insightful songs of our generation...or so I'm told. Today sees the release of a demos and outtakes CD called Noise Floor by Conor's nom de plume, Bright Eyes. To celebrate...

Here are the 11 Best Bright Eyes Songs:

1. Lua (I'm Wide Awake and It's Morning)
2. Let's Not Shit Ourselves (LIFTED or the Story is in the Soil)
3. Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh (Fevers and Mirrors)
4. You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will. (LIFTED or the Story is in the Soil)
5. First Day of My Life (I'm Wide Awake and It's Morning)
6. Something Vague (Fevers and Mirrors)
7. Light Pollution (Digital Ash in a Digital Urn)
8. Lover I Don't Have To Love (LIFTED or the Story is in the Soil)
9. A Line Allows Progress (Every Day And Every Night)
10. One Foot In Front of the Other (Saddle Creek 50) MP3
11. Don't Know When But A Day Is Gonna Come (LIFTED or the Story is in the Soil)

14 comments:

Wayne said...

like the list but i would include waste of paint anc center of the world

Anonymous said...

The list is fine. But I never would have been won over without Perfect Sonnet.

Anonymous said...

Lua don't belong there, to boring, Land-Locked Blues should be up there instead if one was to use a I'm Wide Awake song.

Jacquelyn said...

lua is the best bright eyes song ever...great spot right there at number one.

i saw him play it live in nyc last week and i literally got teary eyed...its such a beautiful song.

Mitchell said...

Road To Joy, Soul Singer In A Session Band, and sunrise sunset are musts on my list

Jer&Kar said...

You have a better list than most, but the most obvious misstep is Lua - it should not even be in the top 10. Easy replacements would be Perfect Sonnet, A Song to Pass the Time, If Winter Ends, At the Center of the World or I'll never be happy again. You are right one with Something Vague and Haligh...They are definitely among his best.

ayoung13 said...

"land locked blues" is the name on the new cd for "one foot of in front of the other."

so technically, "land locked blues" is on the list.

Ashley said...

i agree i love perfect sonnet!! one of the best with lyrics. i would also add bowl of oranges. and easy/lucky/free.

Grant said...

You could randomly select any 11 Bright Eyes songs and call it a pseudo-correct list, but this is pretty good. Let's Not Shit Ourselves changed my life, literally, and I hate when people say things like that.

That said,I would add 1 song to make this list perfect.

We Are Nowhere, and It's Now

Xtine. said...

you forgot a perfect sonnet

Mychael Alexander said...

good stuff, but no Cassadega? Some of his best songcrafting... Four Winds, If the Brakeman Turns My Way, Soul Singer, Hot Knives... all up there.

Unknown said...

No way (It's cool we can still be friends)is the best Bright Eyes song of all time.

Unknown said...

(It;s ok, We can still be friends) is the best Bright Eyes song ever.

l f said...

Kathy with a k's and posion oak are 2 of my favorites