Song of the Month

Song of the Month is a list of my personal favorite songs, selected each month for being very repeatable, memorable, and possessing a wow factor.

These songs are chosen based on my own subjective taste. They do not follow national trends or big board charts. The songs can be several years old, but if they are new to me, they’re in the running for the month I discovered them in.

There are many songs that never made the list that totally should have, but I only have 12 months in a year and my rules are loosely strict. I hope to make a page of honorable mentions and top songs of each year and the decade.

I’ve kept this list since December 2006; now 15 years this coming December 2021.


2021 is the year of recovery from 2020. In March, businesses were allowed to reopen and a return to normal is on the horizon.

JanuaryEndless SummerAbsofacto
FebruaryMy TypeSaint Motel
AprilDance Monkey
(Saxophone Version)
Fernando Bussetti
MaySmall Talk 2.0Faded Paper Figures
AugustThe OverpassPanic! At the Disco


Only midway through the new year in the new decade and the most memorable song is Bangarang by Skrillex. I have heard this song before when it first released, but never had it on repeat in my personal music library. So while it is a rediscovery, it feels like a new discovery.

The xx also make a return appearance in my top picks as I discovered “I Dare You” while listening to Apple Radio. Joywave returns to my list for the second year in a row.

2020 proved to be the worst year for most of the world as COVID-19 restrictions rocked the economy, political tensions escalated, and uncertainty kept us jarred every moment. My music selection suffered low play counts and I almost forgot to track this year after May 2020.

JanuaryChurchJacques Lu Cont
FebruaryFade AwayVinyl Theatre
MarchI Dare YouThe xx
AprilBangarang (feat. Sirah)Skrillex
MayGolden StateJoywave
JuneI Just Wanna ShineFitz and The Tantrums
JulyComing Up ShortBloxx
AugustWicked GameEC Twins & Mina Tobias
SeptemberFeel It StillRevelries & Henri Purnell
OctoberWalk AwayThe Jacks
NovemberHeart-Shaped BoxTribe Society
DecemberPerfect PeopleCourtship


2019 is midway through and its too early to declare a top song, but so far its a solid year. Its the first time since 2013 that I am exploring several new bands that I’m really impressed by. Stay tuned for updates.

Switchfoot, OVERWERK and Echosmith reappear in 2019’s sections, along with new artists like Alice Merton and Joywave.

JanuaryCry for YouSeptember
FebruaryNative TongueSwitchfoot
MarchOver My HeadEchosmith
AprilReflect (Alt)OVERWERK
MayNo RootsAlice Merton
JuneLos AgelessSt. Vincent
JulyTongues (feat. Kopps)Joywave
SeptemberStars (Acoustic)Switchfoot
OctoberOnly Way Is DownJohn Lingard
DecemberHoly WaterHembree


2018 is year of old and new. Bands I had been following since the beginning appear in this year’s selections alongside new favorites. A solid year for music, the choice is hard yet again.

Top song for 2018 is “Bridges Burn” by NEEDTOBREATHE, bring back an old favorite band back to the top.

JanuaryPsychotic GirlThe Black Keys
MarchBelieverImagine Dragons
AprilSo GoodWarpaint
MayCool KidsEchosmith
JulyA GrooveKisses
SeptemberAnimalMiike Snow
OctoberTime MachineCoin
(Dark Sky Remix)
The xx
DecemberVoice in the SilenceMUTEMATH


2017 pulls me back out of the the music deficit. With fresh sounds and another candidate for the song of the decade.

Top song for 2017 is “Gold on the Ceiling” by The Black Keys, giving a challenge to my now old favorite, Faded Paper Figures (which managed to appear in my list for 6 years).

JanuaryDance to ItTut Tut Child
FebruaryBad Machine (feat. Insomnia)Nostalgia & Aami
MarchHalf AgeWeval
AprilEveryday is Saturdaypronobozo
MayAngels (feat. Kat Nestel) [Radio Edit]Vicetone
JuneLove is MysticalCold War Kids
JulyAdventure of a LifetimeColdplay
AugustDo It Again Röyksopp & Robyn
SeptemberCrossing Out Faded Paper Figures
OctoberGold On the Ceiling The Black Keys
DecemberCarol of the BellsLindsey Stirling


Again in 2016 there was a musical drought where I repeated artists and picked multiple songs from the same album. Not that these weren’t great, I just prefer to have something unique for every month. Pulling from a previous month’s album selection isn’t what I had in mind when I started this list. Still this has a great selection and I believe this was a better method to filling in months than in the past.

Top pick for 2016 is “Conquer” by OVERWERK, proving that the newer digital music could challenge my old favorite NEEDTOBREATHE.

MarchFigure 8Ellie Goulding
AprilLick the RainbowMord Fustang
MayIf You WantMord Fustang
JulyFace Value (Extended Mix)Armin Van Buuren
AugustFar AwayWashed Out
SeptemberColours of ArpsEagles and Butterflies
OctoberHealer of SoulsSwitchfoot
DecemberDark EnergyFaded Paper Figures


2015 is another musical drought year. I found it hard to pick a song some months, because the new tracks I was listening to weren’t that exciting. Still I have several favorites. I fill many months with songs that should have received recognition in previous years, but never made it. Think of it as the year of honorable mentions.

Top song of 2015 is “Lights (Bassnectar Remix)” by Ellie Goulding, because when I first heard the song on Pandora I thought it was the coolest sound I had ever heard.

JanuaryFive HoursDeorro
FebruaryFeeling So Blue (Extended Mix)Michael Mind Project
MarchLights (Bassnectar Remix)Ellie Goulding
AprilOutside (feat. Ellie Goulding)Calvin Harris
MaySooner or Later (Soren’s Song)Switchfoot
JuneThe Fatal WoundSwitchfoot
JulyBlast the NoiseS3RL
AugustFortune DaysThe Glitch Mob
SeptemberLeft Hand Freealt-J
OctoberPray to God (HAIM)Calvin Harris
NovemberInstigatorsGrace Potter
DecemberSome Chordsdeadmau5


2014 opens a little slow, I made some rushed picks and reran selections from older albums. But towards the end there are some real hits.

“Crystalized” by the xx should have been recognized in a previous year, but for some reason wasn’t, so here it is in 2014. This gives the new comers some competition as I believe Crystalize should be a top song. Also one of my own works appears in this list as I made a song for Kara, which reached a top 10 spot in my most played songs list.

The top song for 2014 is “Night Shift” by OVERWERK because when I think of 2014 I think of this song. Although, “Crystalized” by the xx will also be a candidate for top song of the decade.

JanuaryMammothDimitri Vegas, MOGUAI & Like Mike
FebruaryStrong (Original Mix)Kid Massive & Alex Sayz
AprilLouderKid Karate
MayTake Me OutFranz Ferdinand
JuneNight ShiftOVERWERK
JulyBlackout DaysPhantogram
AugustThe TheifRelient K
SeptemberNothing But TroublePhantogram
OctoberNeon (Instrumental)Aaron & Kara
NovemberCrystalizedThe xx


2013 gets me out of my music drought, with big hits that I still listen to on repeat to this day. Faded Paper Figures makes an appearance in this list too for the 4th consecutive year in a row.

Top song for 2013 is harder this year, but its definitely “If She Was Away” by Rebecca & Fiona. Even though May and June’s selections are really great songs. December wins!

JanuaryRobot High SchoolMy Robot Friend
FebruaryChange the WorldFinger Eleven
MarchMan on the MoonPhillip Phillips
AprilRoll the Dice – Original MixDimitri Vangelis & Wyman
MayCinema (feat. Gary Go)Benny Benassi
JuneCounting StarsOne Republic
JulyLittle NumbersBoy
AugustCross the Line (Instrumental Version)Camo & Krooked
SeptemberHoly SmokeFaded Paper Figures
OctoberBeam Me UpCazzette
NovemberFluteNew World Sound & Thomas Newson
DecemberIf She Was AwayRebecca & Fiona


2012 experiences the first musical drought after several progressively great musical years. Faded Paper Figures also appears in this year’s selections. Faded Paper Figures creates a dynasty in Song of the Month years, where each year since I first discovered them I pick a new favorite.

Top song for 2012 is “It Starts” by Alex Metric, surprisingly. While I love Faded Paper Figures, I picked another song from the same album I had been selecting from, so “It Starts” was fresh and a first choice song from Alex Metric as opposed to a third choice pick.

JanuaryLove You Like a Love SongSelena Gomez
FebruaryOn AutomaticAndy Hunter
MarchNow That I Have YouSalvador
AprilMillieBlue Mitchell
MayIt StartsAlex Metric
JuneToo CloseAlex Clare
JulyMoves Like JaggarMaroon 5
AugustExit CalypsanFalling Up
SeptemberYou Know What I MeanFaded Paper Figures
NovemberSnow (Hey Oh)Vitamin String Quartet
DecemberCrossfireBrandon Flowers


2011 was another solid Song of the Month year. No songs to regret. I would even say that my selections are getting even better.

My top pick for 2011 again goes to Faded Paper Figures, but I’m tied between “The Cold Wars” and “The Persuaded”.

MarchThe Cold WarsFaded Paper Figures
AprilFeel it in Your HeartAbandon
JuneIf OnlyKT Tunstall
JulyRadiateAndy Hunter
AugustThe PersuadedFaded Paper Figures
SeptemberCome OnAndy Hunter
OctoberDark HorsesSwitchfoot
NovemberOne MoreMUTEMATH
DecemberRise Above ItSwitchfoot


2010 was one of my best musical years. All of these are great. The competition is closer, especially with Faded Paper Figures, MUTEMATH and OneRepublic. Even TobyMac’s “Tonight” is incredibly memorable.

My top song for 2010 would have to be “New Medium” by Faded Paper Figures, even though “Small Talk” by Faded Paper Figures was the first song I ever heard from them. The entire New Medium album is great and I have several favorites that make it hard to pick one. This album made Faded Paper Figures my favorite band. Alongside NEEDTOBREATHE, Switchfoot, and MUTEMATH; Faded Paper Figures is in good company.

JanuaryMade for YouOneRepublic
(feat. John Cooper)
JuneSitting, Waiting, WishingJack Johnson
JulyProphets of UncertaintySalient
AugustThe AnchorThe Museum
SeptemberBorn AgainNewsboys
OctoberRadiateAndy Hunter
NovemberSmall TalkFaded Paper Figures
DecemberNew MediumFaded Paper Figures


2009 was the first year without any lazy selections I regret. For what was available to me at the time, I made good choices.

My top song for 2009 is “Prisoner” by NEEDTOBREATHE and its by a mile! This song is also a candidate for my top song of the decade.

JanuaryPeace of MindDecembeRadio
FebruaryTurn on the LightsSanctus Real
MarchThere Was Another Time in my LifeRelient K
MaySystem ErrorAndy Hunter
JuneO Praise Him (All This For A King) (Oceanic Mix)David Crowder Band
JulyI Wonder If It’s MeAbandon Kansas
OctoberLifelightAndy Hunter
NovemberBullet SoulSwitchfoot


Like the year before, 2008 is equally solid. I still approve of my selections, but I did choose the same song twice in April and October; one was the original version and the other was a remix.

The top song of 2008 is “Quit” by NEEDTOBREATHE, which held the #1 most played song in my iTunes library for years. Although, I have many other favorites from this year, including: “The Coldest Heart” by The Classic Crime and “We Could Run Away” by NEEDTOBREATHE.

JanuaryShadowplayThe Killers
FebruaryJenny was a Friend of MineThe Killers
MarchBroken Heart (Ghosts of Seaside)Falling Up
AprilCan You Feel It?David Crowder Band
JuneBeautiful DaySanctus Real
AugustYou Have What I NeedHawk Nelson
OctoberCan You Feel It? (Live)David Crowder Band
NovemberThe Coldest HeartThe Classic Crime
DecemberWe Could Run AwayNEEDTOBREATHE


2007 is the first canon year of Song of the Month. While “Made a Mistake” by Sugarcult was technically the first song, 2007 was the first full year. Since my music playlist is order from oldest to newest. These songs have received the most plays in my iTunes library.

Over 10 years later, these songs still stand up to the high standard I set for Song of the Month, except one. October’s pick was a rushed, because I was still playing the previous month’s songs on repeat and failed to find anything new worth honoring in October. I decided I couldn’t skip a month so I picked the only new song I had been listening to in that month. For years, I held a policy of only picking favorite songs that were actually favorites in that month. This policy was later nullified when I needed to fill musical recessions.

My top song for 2007 would have to be “New Season” by Building 429, because at the time and for many years afterwards I liked it more than any of the others. Although, “Which to Bury, Us Or the Hatchet” by Relient K has stood the test of time with me.

JanuaryRead My MindThe Killers
MarchSomewhere I BelongLinkin Park
AprilThe (After) Life Of The PartyFall Out Boy
MayRemember the NameFort Minor
JuneDead Man (Carry Me)Jars Of Clay
JulyWhich to Bury, Us Or The HatchetRelient K
AugustNew SeasonBuilding 429
SeptemberForgivenRelient K
OctoberJohn WooNewsboys
NovemberTop Of The WorldThe All-American Rejcts
DecemberIn PiecesLinkin Park


2006 is the year that I started my Song of the Month list. I played “Made a Mistake” by Sugarcult so much that I decided to keep a list of my favorite songs. This song became the standard to measure feature picks (very repeatable, memorable, and wow factor).

Originally, this song began the list with every song written afterwards chronologically. This tradition ended in August of 2019 when I decided to flip the list, putting the current year on top to prevent scrolling to bottom.

DecemberMade a MistakeSugarcult