10. Smashing Pumpkins -- "1979" -- This song reminds me of driving around with my friends in Fargo, N.D., during my high school years. The "1979" of the title is a stand-in for anytime, I assume, since Billy Corgan's teenage years were actually the 1980s.
9. Camera Obscura -- "Before You Cry" -- Even though it starts off with a dude singing it, this is actually an early Camera Obscura entry. Tracyanne enters the picture after a long piano solo with "You're feeling a little sad tonight, but you'll be alright," at which point the song reaches another level.
8. Colin Hay -- "I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You" -- More "Garden State"-y goodness in the form of the saddest damn song about lost love you'll ever hear. Colin's tune actually makes me feel better about being hopelessly in love, though, because I realize at least one other guy shares my pain.
7. Jewel -- "You Were Meant for Me" -- Jewel's got maple syrup, but not the guy she loves. This song is such a beautifully melancholy snapshot about how you have to go through the everyday things like making breakfast even when your heart isn't in it.
6. Journey -- "Don't Stop Believin'" -- It was on "The Sopranos," it was on "Glee," it's played regularly by cover bands. I heard it at a baseball game earlier this year -- twice in a row. Like the rest of the world, I'm still not tired of it.
5. Arcade Fire -- "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" -- With a decipherable phrase here and there ("Then we think of our parents/ Whatever happened to them?"), the pride of Montreal takes listeners back to their respective childhoods and all the emotions connected with it.
4. Traveling Wilburys -- "The Devil's Been Busy" -- In a broadly political piece that's as relevant as ever, the Wilburys -- one vocalist at a time -- take on polluting corporations and corrupt governments. "Sometimes you're better off not knowing how much you've been had." True, but when the message is this relentlessly catchy, I'll listen.
3. Bruce Springsteen -- "Downbound Train" -- "She just said Joe/ I gotta go/ We had it once/ We ain't got it anymore." Joe can't catch a break in this song, which gets sadder verse by verse to the point where you're on your knees crying at the point where Joe is doing the same thing. And that, of course, is why I love it.
2. Belle and Sebastian -- "Another Sunny Day" -- For a while I thought this was the best pop song I'd ever heard, so I showed it off to a friend. He wasn't as enamored as I was, but he said, "Yeah, that song fits your personality." I took it as a compliment.
1. Camera Obscura -- "Honey in the Sun" -- How long have we had pop music? For the sake of argument, let's say 50 years, since the Beatles delivered songs like "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" in the early '60s. So for a half-century, bands all over the world in garages, on stages and in studios have tried to make the perfect pop song. Many came close, including 299 entries on this list, but it wasn't until April 2009 that a band finally achieved it, and it was Camera Obscura on the last track of its last album of its first decade of recording. The secret ingredient: Trumpets (Who knew?). The song makes me think of honeys, a sunny day at the beach, the pangs of newly discovered love and how you shouldn't be ashamed of being sentimental. The lyric is "saxophones and honey in the sun for you," not -- as some have suggested -- "sex on the phone and honey" of "sacks of frozen honey" (although that last one is giggle-worthy). But like all great pop songs, it doesn't matter if you understand every word, it just matters that you get swept away by the mood. I do, for five minutes and 42 seconds that I wish would go on forever.
OK, I'm done. That was fun. Share your own top 300 (or top 10, for the sake of simplicity) in the comment threads below if you like. Or list the songs I snubbed from my top 300.