6 and 10?
6 - For Charles Bronson - The Mountain Goats
You asked songs high up on the list so these are, of course, more Fjord songs. Re: this particular one, I remember when I was working on the playlist I found myself going “Oh come on, there has got to be a Mountain Goats song for Fjord” given… everything about his character, But while a lot felt close-ish to what I wanted, it took a while to land on the right one. Ultimately love this choice though, I still think the opening lines of the song set the tone for the start of the playlist pretty perfectly (“Catch a lucky break, try to make it last / Rig a blanket curtain up between the present and the past”)
10 - The Rising Tide - The Killers
I love The Killers. I love Battle Born (almost definitely my favorite album of theirs). I love this song. Even if it weren’t for my playlist-forging this year, it probably would have gotten a fair number of listens. HOWEVER – look. Look. It’s a Fjord song. Do I even have to explain the many, many ways it’s a Fjord song. Of course this happened.