I like music. Well, I like the music that I like, not all genres. OK, honestly, I'm fairly picky about the songs I listen to. I only listen to alternative, alternative rock, punk rock, punk pop, and rap (mostly Eminem) music (I'm not even sure if the genres are correct). Music keeps me sane on commutes of more than an hour long to and from work, and shuts out noise at work whenever necessary (not that it happens often). As a result, I probably have a rather unhealthy dependence on my iPod mini - I can't go anywhere without it.

Argh, I realize that recently, my thoughts don't flow in a coherent manner when blogging. I think it has to do with a combination of factors: World of Warcraft addiction (anyone interested in a Firefox guild?), book writing, and not getting enough sleep. Anyway, let's get back on track shall we?

Now, since almost everyone is doing it (posting their top 10 albums of 2004 and the like), I thought I'd share a little on what I have been listening to over the past year. These are not songs that were released in 2004 though, just the songs I've listened to the most often in 2004.

  1. Slow Motion (Dirty Version) by Third Eye Blind
    I love Third Eye Blind. I probably played this song more than a thousand times over the year. This has such a catchy instrumental background - at first I wasn't aware of the "dirty version" (drug themes) and only heard the clean instrumental version that had minimal lyrics. I liked that a lot and after I was made aware of the version with lyrics, I liked it even more for its quirky lyrics.
  2. Hands Down by Dashboard Confessional
    With lyrics like this: "My hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me. So won't you kill me, so I die happy", what's not to like? I had this song set to repeat over and over again on my iPod quite a few times.
  3. Rough Draft by Yellowcard
    This is actually a sappy love song if you follow the lyrics, but I kinda like the way it flows off your tongue. Same for this, I had this set to single repeat as well for a period of time.
  4. Friends O' Mine by Bowling For Soup
    Damn catchy and nice to sing along to. Well, I sing along (very, very quietly and discreetly) to almost every song here in this list.
  5. Vindicated by Dashboard Confessional
    This was popular because it was in the Spiderman 2 OST. I didn't catch it on radio (I don't listen to radio anymore actually) and didn't know that it was that popular until I heard it on the radio.
  6. Inside Out by Yellowcard
    "Here. A little sympathy. For you to waste on me." Yellowcard seems to like writing songs that are self-pitying. And I seem to like those songs. Self-pitying bastard.
  7. World at Large by Modest Mouse
    I didn't actually like Modest Mouse at first when introduced to them by a good friend. They're one of my favorites now.
  8. Map Of Your Head by Muse
    This song is just good. I mean, listen to it. The guitars sound great, the Muse lead singer is at his best.
  9. El Scorcho by Weezer
    "I'm a lot like you, so please, hello, I'm here, I'm waiting."
  10. Undone - The Sweater Song by Weezer
    This is a weird semi-song. "If you want to destroy my sweater, hold this thread as I walk away."
  11. Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind
    This makes number 11. I can't leave out this one - this introduced me to look away from mainstream pop songs that I was somewhat into at the time. Granted, Semi-Charmed Life is almost a pop song, but it did spur me to check out Third Eye Blind and that led to other similar artistes.

So, what have you guys been listening to this past year? Anyone have similar tastes? More importantly, do you have any songs or artistes to recommend?