First, let me say that I hardly ever *get* popular music. I've tried listening to albums such as Coldplay's Viva La Vida, which many called one of the best of 2008, and apart from one or two decent tracks , was befuddled by the general mishmash of sound. I tried the Black Keys' album Brothers, and the songs, while quite listenable, were virtually indistinguishable. The AV Club gave British Sea Power's latest a B+, so I gave that a spin, but heard very little beyond ultra-loud screeching.
Because I don't much watch TV or listen to the radio, I was vaguely aware of OneRepublic's "Apologize", but didn't think much on it. Then, a while back, I heard their "All the Right Moves" in a Safeway (I know, I know, I'm super-uncool, music-wise), and thought it was pretty good, so I gave the album a try. And while it's full of the same sort of musical wanderings as Viva La Vida, and thus took me a couple spins to really get into... well, I did get into it.