3. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)
This song is one you might find on a typical “songs you should listen to” playlist. Jeff Mangum’s lyrics are nothing short of genius. With what I initially thought was absurd word choice, I was left in awe of the vivid circling imagery the song conveys. What I love about this is what it lacks in recording quality, it more than makes up for in arrangement and content, insisting that production isn’t the most important part of a simply decent song, particularly in this genre.