Panic Switch is a song that is so good that you could convince people who think they hate Silversun Pickups to like them. I should know, before that song I really could have cared less about them and now I can't get enough.
i definitely agree about panic switch, haven't really listened to the others much. i don't think i could pick a top 5, but lady gaga - bad romance, wale - shades, dirty projectors - stillness is the move, pete yorn & scarlett johansson - relator, and fun. - be calm would definitely be contenders, among plenty of other great ones.
I haven't narrowed it down to five yet, but here are a few that will definitely contend for it: Little Secrets - Passion Pit, Where You Are - Nathan Phillips, I Felt Stupid - The Drums, Tarmac - Chris Merritt, Backfire - MUTEMATH, Don't Give Up - LAKE, Naive - Sleeping At Last, Katos - The Mercury Program, among others.
Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
The Dear Hunter - He Said He Had A Story
Bon Iver - Woods
Bedouin Soundclash - On My Block
Miike Snow - Plastic Jungle
Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
Jenny Owen Youngs - Last Person
P.O.S. - Drumroll (We're All Thirsty)
Passion Pit - Moth's Wings
Manchester Orchestra - I Can Feel A Hot One
Wow, I am so happy to see "Service Bell" mentioned. It has to be my favorite song of the year, a really gorgeous rendition of that song. There has been more than one instance when I just put that on repeat over and over again.
Aside from that song, I'd say...
Bon Iver-"Blood Bank"
Animal Collective-"My Girls"
Rural Alberta Advantage-"Don't Haunt This Place"
Thom Yorke-"Hearing Damage"