The next to last of my annual favorites lists is my favorite songs of 2009. It’s weird to be catching up on a list of favorite songs from last year, since I’ve already started accumulating favorites for this year! But it’s been really busy at work, so better late than never.

1. My favorite song of 2009 was Bishop Allen’s “Dimmer.”

Unfortunately, this is just about the only song I love off of Bishop Allen’s 2009 album, Grrr. But I do love this song’s quirkiness and lyrics. It’s all about feeling like you’re invisible, less worthy than others. It’s a great song, and I started singing along at the top of my lungs whenever it comes on my iPod in my car. I love it!

2. A very close second is Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” another song I sing along loudly whenever I hear it.

Not only is it very singable, but “Bad Romance” reminds me of the contradictory impulses that go along with being human. We want opposite things at the same time. We want things that we shouldn’t because we know they’re bad for us.

3. Tied for number 3 on my list is M. Ward’s “Rave On” and “Never Had Nobody Like You.”

Every year I cheat and count two songs as one. This year’s cheat are these two great songs from my favorite album from 2009. They’re both great, slightly odd love songs.

4. Number 4 is Matt Alber’s “End of of the World,” one of the all-time best gay love songs ever.

This song (and the video) is total romance at its best. And I love the extended metaphor!

5. Boxer Rebellion’s “Evacuate” is the next song on my list.

I love the guitars on this track. It’s a great combination of mellow and driving electricity.

6. My second favorite dance hit from 2009 is David Guetta’s “When Love Takes Over” featuring Kelly Rowland.

I’m glad that Beyonce isn’t the only member of Destiny’s Child to have a few hits!

7. My favorite Adam Lambert single from 2009 is “Whataya Want from Me.”

This is a great song, and Lambert does a great job keeping his voice focused and passionate at the same time. I loved his album and many of the songs he sang on American Idol, but this one is the best.

8. I’m not sure why I love “Mykonos” by Fleet Foxes so much, but I can’t help it. Something about it resonates with me.

Actually, I almost decided to go to Mykonos for my birthday this year because of this song!

9. Jay Brannan appears on another of my end of the year lists — he had my favorite video of 2008 and one of my top 10 songs of 2008. He’s becoming one of my favorite artists on a consistent basis — this time for “Say It’s Possible,” a great song off his covers album.

10. “Monday Morning” by Melanie Fiona rounds out my top ten. It’s a groovy, up tempo track that I love singing along with.

This is the kind of song that makes me feel like (or want to be) a Motown back-up singer from the ’60s!

11. Adam Lambert returns to my list for his version of “One” from American Idol.

He really captures the song’s meaning in his simple, passionate vocals.

12. 2009 was the year that I discovered Cheyenne Jackson, my new gay god! His version of “Old Devil Moon” got me in touch with the old queen inside me!

13. “Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga is another great track by Gaga.

14. “Coming Up Easy” by Paolo Nutini is my favorite track off his 2009 album, Sunny Side Up.

15. Gossip’s “Heavy Cross” is a great song almost solely because of the lead vocals, which are spot on, even though I can’t understand all of the lyrics.

16. “I See You” is my favorite song on Mika’s new album, The Boy Who Knew Too Much.

It’s a beautiful song about being afraid to say you love and want someone.

17. I love the video for Peaches’s “Lose You,” and it’s my favorite song from I Feel Cream.

18. “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked” is a fun song and my number 18. PJ heard it on the radio and immediately knew that I would love it. He was right!

19. Madonna’s “Celebration” makes the list too. It’s her best song in years. And Jesus is looking hot in the video!

20. The last song on my list is Melanie Fiona’s “Give It to Me Right.”

Very sexy song. And totally right: you can’t waste your time on a man who can’t give it to you right!

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