This list is inspired by KEXP’s morning radio host. He did two days’ worth of closing tracks from albums, and a lot of them were awesome. Unfortunately, I have already blown through a few last tracks on a few of my other lists. Both “Hurt” and “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” are final tracks.
1. “23” by Jimmy Eat World
Appearing on Futures, “23” continues their fantastic closing track record, as both previous albums have solid final tracks. I almost included “Goodbye Sky Harbor” off of Clarity but I thought making someone listen to almost 17 minutes on one track might be a tad much. The themes of Futures seem to come together in “23.”
2. “Two-Headed Boy Part 2” by Neutral Milk Hotel
A perfect ending to a perfect record. The haunting ethereal feel takes you to a different time and place. The fact they kept in the part of Jeff getting up and leaving his seat punctuates the emotional ending to the story of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.
3. “Bamboo Bones” by Against Me!
Closing out White Crosses, “Bamboo Bones” seems to be Laura Jane Grace accepting who she is and preparing herself for the future. White Crosses was the last album before Laura came out. The lyrics speak to grappling with being authentic and going out and being who your authentic self is. The song also appears on one of the mix CD lists at the back of Lumberjanes.
4. “Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace” by The Mountain Goats
Haunting. That one word describes “Ezekiel 7.” John has played this song all three times I have seen him. Every time, it has rocked me. I was at the show this video was from.
5. “Jet Black New Year” by Thursday
The first of two songs off of 5-song EPs on this list. It is my third favorite Thursday song. Bonus points for Gerard Way screaming back up on it.
6.”Someone like You” by Adele
I love Adele, and this song is not played out. I featured the Tiny Desk Concerts on NPR because they are the best. Believe it or not this was pre-21 being the juggernaut it was. She was just promoting the album in America for the first time.
7. “Begin Again” by Taylor Swift
Yup, I put a Taylor Swift song on here. I am leaving it at that.
8. “Upside Down” by Tori Amos
One of the best Tori B-sides, it finishes out the Winter ep. I was pestered by my wife to make sure this was on here, and in reality, I absolutely love this song.
9. “A Wolf at the Door” by Radiohead
Underrated song from an underrated album.
10. “A Day in the Life” by the Beatles
The perfect ending to a perfect play list: my absolute favorite Beatles song. One of the last few collaborative songs by Lennon and McCartney, you get the whimsy of Paul and the haunting depression of John on one song. Closing out the song with the sonic cacophony punctuates the emotional outpouring of the Beatles.