This is tough, because at any given point there are a handful of songs that we listen to the most, but that doesn't necessarily make them our ALL TIME favorites. The way I listen to music, I do find myself going back to some songs repeatedly and never growing tired of them. The rhythm or a lyric will stay with me and I'll want to comb through it trying to figure out how it was made and why it has such an affect on me. I'll do my best to list the songs that are LIKE THAT for me right now.
Sia- Free The Animal
This has all of my best attributes of a good pop song, most notably it's darkly violent lyrics set to a catchy beat and hook. Sia is my current favorite artist based on a group of songs from her last album "1,000 forms of fear" such as "Chandelier", "Elastic Heart", and "Burn The Pages."
Aimee Mann- Save Me
Glad you brought up this soundtrack, JB. What's so infectious about this song to me is the bassline, I can't get enough of it. What instrument is that? I love the lyrics, too. You can't listen to this without having a very specific person in mind who you'd like to "Save you."
Kendrick Lamar- King Kunta
I resisted this dude for so long, but I've fallen in love with a few tracks from his new album like "Alright" and "Blacker the Berry." He has such stellar production behind him, but above all his lyricism and ear for a tune is making rap interesting again.
Beck- Paper Tiger
Sea Change is one of those albums I wish I'd never heard just to have that first listen again. The scope of what they're doing with the instruments felt like they were trying to make something that was "beyond music." Can't think of another album that so effectively transports me to a different place.
I love the sincerity of this band. They're nerdy guys, totally dedicated to rockin', and their lyrics often come from a place of true vulnerability. I've always liked their songs, but didn't realize until recently that they've had SO MANY hits, like "Double Vision", "Cold as Ice", "Waiting for a Girl." This one has the most resonance to me, for the way it's written, but in large part due that crunchy guitar riff.