50 Favorite Songs of 2010


24. Dez. 2010, 17:48

One glance at the calendar should render this post rather customary. To make it seem slightly more impressive or reputable, this is my sixth foray into the whole “Songs of the Year” arena. It is pretty remarkable to see how markedly my music taste has changed since 2005, and how much more music I am exposed to in a given calendar year (thanks, high-speed internet and torrents!)

With that filler intro out of the way, here is another rundown of my favorite songs from 2010. Unlike year’s past, I have expanded the list to fifty and allowed multiple entries by the same band (a whopping ten occurrences.) Even still, I tried not to overstock a particular artist to allow for diversity. A song must have been released on a proper LP in 2010 to be considered, so “Very Busy People” finally gets some much-deserved praise. If a particular song was released in 2009 but its LP came out in 2010, it still counts. I typically bombard myself with 2010 music in December, so I am sure I will uncover some fantastic gems that I have snubbed here. Shit happens. Without further ado, here is my Top 50 in all of its uber-linked glory:

50. hahahaha jk? by Das Racist
49 .The Ghost Inside by Broken Bells
48. Into The Mirror by Minus the Bear
47. Sextape by Deftones
46. Do the Astral Plane by Flying Lotus
45. Die by the Drop by The Dead Weather
44. Airplanes by Local Natives
43. Apply by Glasser
42. Boyfriend by Best Coast
41. Mouthful of Diamonds by Phantogram

40. You Won’t Need Me Where I’m Goin’ by How to Dress Well
39. Stay Close by Delorean
38. Silva & Grimes by Holy Fuck
37. Swim by Surfer Blood
36. Glitter by No Age
35. Flash Delirium by MGMT
34. XXXO by M.I.A.
33. The Weekenders by The Hold Steady
32. Ready to Start by Arcade Fire
31. Tell ‘Em by Sleigh Bells

30. Stylo by Gorillaz
29. White Sky by Vampire Weekend
28. Triangle Circle Square by The Limousines
27. Stick to My Side by Pantha du Prince featuring Panda Bear
26. Ambling Alp by Yeasayer
25. Desire Lines by Deerhunter
24. Born Free by M.I.A.
23. Odessaby Caribou
22. Scarecrows On A Killer Slant by Liars
21. WTF? by OK Go

20. Post Acid by Wavves
19. Horchata by Vampire Weekend
18. Rill Rill by Sleigh Bells
17. Empire Ants by Gorillaz
16. Madder Red by Yeasayer
15. Norway by Beach House
14. Celestica by Crystal Castles
13. Fuck You by Cee-Lo Green
12. Round and Round by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
11. Spanish Sahara by Foals

10. Shutterbugg by Big Boi
09. Love Cry by Four Tet
08. Good Neighbor by The Dillinger Escape Plan
07. Monster by Kanye West featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver
06. I Can Change by LCD Soundsystem
05. Runaway by Kanye West featuring Pusha T
04. Helicopter by Deerhunter
03. Very Busy People by The Limousines
02. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) by Arcade Fire
01. All I Want by LCD Soundsystem

"All I Want" is no "All My Friends," but it is still an epic in its own right and deserving of the top spot, despite some very stiff competition (like the entire Kanye album.) Can’t say I’ve ever had three hip-hop songs in my Top 10 before, so there’s a first. I think this is just a testament to all of the great music I was exposed to in 2010, but some legitimately awesome songs are far too low. “Round and Round” was one of a few last-minute additions, but this one in particular has demanded repeated listens.
That’s it for now, expect my contentious albums list in about a week. Until then, enjoy this early Christmas present.


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