Animal Collective My Girls
Released in January, the trio's blissful experimental trip remains a good shout for song of the year.
Grizzly Bear Two Weeks
Brilliantly artful choral pop and the standout track from the acclaimed Veckatimest LP that wooed many this year, including Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career
Jangly guitars, a wall of sound and Scottish melancholy combined perfectly in one of the year's best songs.
Tom Waits Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis
Waits' beautifully sad boozy piano ballad is essential for anyone's Christmas playlist; a nice counterweight to all that good cheer.
Bing Crosby & David Bowie Little Drummer Boy
Watching the video of this unlikely 1977 TV duet on YouTube is a must at Christmas.
The Beatles Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
Forget John and Yoko's ubiquitous Christmas song and go back to the Fab Four's light-hearted 1967 oddity.