MTV's resident contrarian (and most prominent blogger) James Montgomery has posted his list of the best songs of 2009. Along with a healthy selection of pop songs, the list includes Mastodon, Franz Ferdinand, The Flaming Lips, Brand New, Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Lily Allen, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Matt and Kim, Animal Collective and Paramore. Regarding Paramore, he says this:
You can practically hear the heads exploding in the room. It's the best vocal moment of 2009, signifying not only Hayley Williams' transformation from a kid with Kool-Aid-colored hair to a full-grown woman, but her arrival in the pantheon of truly great rock vocalists.
Check out the list here.