"You'll never be as good as the Rolling Stones" is an actual line from "Flash Delirium," the lead single from MGMT's new headscratcher, Congratulations (Sony). It's an odd moment of self-depreciation, but you'd be forgiven for having missed it, since it gets whispered atop the distorted bleats and aggressive zaps of the song — which proved to be as purposely inscrutable as the rest of the hotly anticipated follow-up to 2007's Oracular Spectacular. Perhaps most of the votes in this category come from fans of MGMT's earlier, peppier singles, like "Kids" and "Time To Pretend," which were hammered into our skulls by commercial radio and movie trailers for a good two years. But even when they try to be the opposite of what people want, MGMT's talent for a sharp hook and a jaunty mood unzigs every zag they try to pull. So they win the crown despite themselves.
2. The Decemberists
3. Vampire Weekend