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.