Los Angeles Times' 2005 #1 Song: Neil Young's "When God Made Me"
The Los Angeles Times music critic Robert Hilburn lists his Top 10 songs of 2005:
10. Bright Eyes' "When the President Talks to God" (Team Love).
9. 50 Cent's "Just a Lil Bit" (Interscope/Aftermath/Shady).
8. Fiona Apple's "Waltz (Better Than Fine)" (Epic/Clean Slate).
7. Gretchen Wilson's "I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today" (Epic).
6. Franz Ferdinand's "Do You Want To?" (Domino/Epic).
5. Mary Gauthier's "Mercy Now" (Lost Highway).
4. Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust" (Columbia).
3. The White Stripes' "I'm Lonely (But I Ain't That Lonely Yet)" (Third Man/V2).
2. Kanye West's "Gold Digger" (Roc-A-Fella).
1. Neil Young's "When God Made Me" (Reprise). The tune, from Young's recent "Prairie Wind" album, has such a warm, traditional feeling that it seemed like something from a family hymnal when Young introduced it at a Live 8 benefit last summer. Yet it was equally tender and touching when Young repeated it during a telethon for Hurricane Katrina victims in September. It should be no less haunting tonight.
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