Best Songs of 2010


In a word, music was awesome this year.  Below are my favorite (and least favorite) songs and/or singles of the year.  Download them all (or stop by my desk and I can give you the playlist) and listen to them at home, at work or walking the streets of the city. This is your playlist for 2011.

1)  Chinatown- Wild Nothing

The song I listened to most in 2010.  Won’t ever get sick of it.

2)  Runaway- Kanye West

Nobody has a bigger set of balls than Kanye and still he puts his money where his money is.

3)  Teenage Dream- Katy Perry

Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good pop song.  This is the one for 2010.  Please keep this between yourselves.

4)  On Melancholy Hill- Gorillaz

There’s just something about Damon Albern’s voice that I love.

5)  Celestica- Crystal Castles

The song that gets me pumped up more than any other.  I feel I could kick ass all night long listening to this.

6)  Dancing On My Own- Robyn

The best dance pop song that all other dance pop songstresses could aspire to.

7)  Ambling Alp- Yeasayer

Released in late 2009 it was on repeat for a while until the album came out.

8)  OMG- Usher (feat. Will.I.Am)

I picture listening to this as loud as I can at a Knicks game.  Anthem-esque.

9)  Power- Kanye West

Again, I could say the same as any other person has about Kanye.  He’s in a class all to himself.

10) She Just Likes To Fight- Four Tet

It’s amazing to hear so much heart and emotion in a song without words.

11)  Tighten Up- The Black Keys

I could have picked a bunch of singles from this album.  They all work.

12)  Tell ‘Em- Sleigh Bells

I want to air slap the world while listening to this on my headphones.

13)  Home- Glasser

Dulcid tones reminiscent of Bat For Lashes.

14)  Ready to Start- Arcade Fire

The first single from the band’s third album.  Every song on this record could be a single.

15)  One Life Stand- Hot Chip

Just a great dance song.  Never that big a fan of Hot Chip before this album.  I’m sold.

16)  Only Girl (In The World)- Rihanna

Love her “hard” stuff, can’t stand the slow.

17)  Zebra- Beach House

The most beautiful song on the most beautiful album of the year.

18)  American Slang- The Gaslight Anthem

Good ol’ fashioned Jersey rock song.

19)  Boyfriend- Best Coast

Lo-fi indie rock at its dearest.

20)  Revival- Deerhunter

My favorite song of the new Deerhunter.  I could have picked a handful of songs.

21)  Odessa- Caribou

You would think from this list of 50 songs that I engaged in dancing and clubbing.  This is me living through the body of an NYU student.

22)  Living In Colour- Frightened Rabbit

Just a great rock song from a great band.

23)  Soak It Up- Houses

Ethereal dream electro-pop.  A band I really like.

24)  Not In Love (featuring Robert Smith)- Crystal Castles

What’s not to like about Robert Smith featured on a song?

25)  Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)- Arcade Fire

Another great song by one of the better bands around.

26)  Dance Yrself Clean- LCD Soundsystem

Listen to the song on high and wait til James Murphy and company kick your ass.

27)  Warning Sign- Local Natives

My favorite song off of an underrated album.  Even if it is a cover of the great Talking Heads.

28)  Flash Delirium- MGMT

The first single off of another underrated album of this year.  Just because it’s not as catchy as their other songs does not make it bad people!!

29)  Bloodbuzz Ohio- The National

Mature rock that just doesn’t quit.

30)  Zola Jesus- I Can’t Stand

One of the best voices in music in 2010.

And the rest:

31) Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk- The New Pornographers

32) My Gap Feels Weird- Superchunk

33) Floating Vibes- Surfer Blood

34) Rill Rill- Sleigh Bells

35) Can’t Stick Em- Bear Hands

36) Giving Up The Gun- Vampire Weekend

37) Shutterbug- Big Boi

38) Soldier of Love- Sade

39) Angela Surf City- The Walkmen

40) Tightrope- Janelle Monae

41) Breakneck Speed- Tokyo Police Club

42) Greenwich Mean Time- Charlotte Gainsbourg

43) Glitter- No Age

44) Heaven’s On Fire- The Radio Dept.

45) Solitude Is Bliss- Tame Impala

46) Slow Motion- Panda Bear

47) Get Some-Lykke Li

48) Come With Me- CEO

49) Wolfboy- Blair

50) Idioteque- Amanda Palmer

51)Baby- Justin Bieber (shhhh!!! This one’s for Maddie girl)

Least favorite songs (in alphabetical order, not by suckiest):

Animal- Neon Trees: please don’t start singing this song to me

Airplanes- B.O.B (feat. Hayley Williams): don’t get this guy at all

Billionaire- Travie McCoy: you go right on Travie.  Do they really call him Travie?

Born Free- M.I.A.: loud and obnoxious (and not in a good way)

California Gurls- Katy Perry: she’s a decent pop artist but this one was just awful

Hey Soul Sister- Train: ummm, I don’t know what to say

Not Afraid- Eminem: just annoying

Tik Tok- Ke$ha: do you really need me to explain why this sucks?

Whip My Hair- Willow Smith: seriously?  Their daughter too?  Please Smith family, leave us alone.

Anything by the Black Eyed Peas: THE. WORST. BAND. EVER.


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