5 Best Songs You Didn't Hear in 2008

Esquire picks this year's best under-the-radar songs
By Paul Stinson,  Newser User
Posted Dec 11, 2008 12:34 PM CST

(Newser) – Test your indie chops, courtesy of Esquire, which rounds up the five best tunes you probably didn’t hear this year:

  • “Jingle Bells,” Julian Koster: There's not a single bell in this holiday classic, just a harrowing singing saw.
  • “One Last Round,” Ron Sexsmith: Sharp commentary on American consumption never sounded so melodic. Now go buy it.

  • “Grounds for Divorce,” Elbow: Zeppelin’s tour never got off the ground, but your foot won’t have the same problem with this hoof-stomping toast to a departed friend.
  • “She Left Me for Jesus,” Hayes Carll: Threats to the savior’s corporal well-being didn’t amuse station programmers.
  •  “Auctioneer,” The Broken West: Charming yarn about intimidating chanteuse, complete with piano and tambourines.
(Read more Ron Sexsmith stories.)