8) Sufjan Stevens - "Chicago"
Olenelson put Sufjan Stevens at #2 on his list, and while I agree that he belongs in the year-end countdown, I'm not willing to give him quite that high of ranking. The use of a brass section and children's choir does make "Chicago" pretty timeless, though.
7) The King of France - Mexico
A great new band that I discovered on 3hive, then the lead singer of Nada Surf stole my thunder by recommending them in a Spin interview. You can download "Mexico" for free - also, Mexico.
6) The Decemberists - 16 Military Wives
A great anti-war ditty by a wimpy band of pirates or something. 32 softly-focused, but brightly-colored eyes.