Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Top 10 favorite last tracks on an album

I thought I'd list my favorite ten ending songs on albums I own. These tracks are chosen for musicianship, how well they fit with the overall album, and overall awesomeness. On some of these albums there are hidden tracks or short little outros after the closing song, but you get the idea...last real song. Enjoy the list:

10. "Always" - Newsboys (Step Up to the Microphone)
Yeah I know, Newsboys. It's an old song of theirs and it holds a lot of meaning in my heart.

9. "The Sun and Moon" - Mae (Everglow)
This concept album is like a storybook start to finish. The closing song on Everglow fits well with the story and leaves the listener a sense of finality to the album.

8. "Twenty-Four" - Switchfoot (the Beautiful Letdown)
I was so happy when I turned 24 yrs old and could sing this song. I like the honesty of the song and it wraps up my favorite Switchfoot album well.

7. "World Without An End" - Five Iron Frenzy (All the Hype Money Can Buy)
The acapella ending of this song wraps up one of may favorite Five Iron ablums. The song is very worshipful and wonderful.

6. "The Lark Ascending" - David Crowder Band (A Collision)
Ok...this isn't a legitimate "whole" song, but it is amazing none the less. As David says "it swells." In the B-Collision CD, you can hear an extended version of Lark Ascending - beautiful violin work.

5. "Deathbed" - Relient K (Five Score and Seven Years Ago)
This is my favorite 11 minute song ever (it's my only favorite 11 minute song too)! This song tells a remarkable (fictitious) story of a man and his up and down life. The lyrics are cleverly written and there are horns in the end part (my personal fave).

4. "Daylight" - Brave Saint Saturn (The Light Of Things Hoped For)
I pretty much scream the ending of this song every time I sing it. The song wraps up an album that tells the story of lost astronauts trying to make it back home. The album (and the one before it) is full of metaphor and great spiritual parallels. Jesus is our daylight.

3. "Constellation" - Juliana Theory (Understand This is a Dream)
There was a time in college when I played this song every morning before I went off to school. This song has such a great musical build and is a great ending to a solid album.

2. "Worlds Apart" - Jars of Clay (Self Titled)
This song makes me want to cry every time I sing it. It's simple, it's honest, and it's brilliant.

1. "Every New Day" - Five Iron Frenzy (Our Newest Album Ever)
this is my number one for many reasons, mostly because of what the song means to me. I can include the last song on The End is Near: "On Distant Shores" with this one since it shares the same incredible ending. Another song I love to scream at the top of my lungs in :)

1 comment:

  1. Good lord, Erik...I can second you on most of your selections. I'm sure the other ones are great too, but I'm not familiar. Anything by FIF is in my top ten, and Worlds Apart is one of my most favorite songs EVER. You're so cool...

    Will we see you soon?