Here at Popdose we’re deep in the bowels (and I mean that literally) of Mellowmas. Thankfully, it only takes one gem to wipe away the nightmares induced by everything Jason and Jeff have forced on us (and, to be fair, themselves) this season. That’s where I come in.
For my final column of the year, I figured I should write about my favorite song of 2009. “Waving Flag” by K’Naan made a few serious challenges at the title, when I first heard it when NPR released his show at South By Southwest as a podcast and again last month when it came up on Shuffle Play. I defy anybody to listen to it and not feel uplifted by its message of hope and positivity amid destruction.
It fell just short, but it was recently named as the official anthem of the 2010 World Cup, so I don’t think K’Naan is too disappointed by finishing second on my list. It’s a far better choice than when UEFA had “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes blaring out of every stadium during Euro 2008, even if it doesn’t work as well as a terrace anthem.