Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2010: The 30 Best Songs I Heard

I hate doing these lists before the end of the year because I haven't fully absorbed everything I've listened to nor heard everything I want to hear - most notably, the new Ryan Adams LP is sitting in the post office waiting for my return to LA.  But 'tis the season of lists, and I felt like one putting one together despite my convictions.  These are the thirty best songs I heard that were released in 2010, most of which I blogged about already - just click the link to read the original post.

30.  CocoRosie - Lemonade

29.  Broken Social Scene - Texico Bitches

Probably the worst song title on this list, I'll be damned if the chorus of "I wanna be fair" doesn't have me singing along every time.

28.  Best Coast - Boyfriend

27.  Suckers - King of Snakes

26.  Tame Impala - Desire Be Desire Go

25.  of Montreal - Coquet Coquette

I found False Priest to be a bit of a disappointment, but this first single from the LP was perfect.

24.  Hot Chip - Hand Me Down Your Love

Hot Chip is incapable of releasing an album without a few great singles - this was my favorite from One Life Stand.

23.  Chief - Your Direction

22.  Joanna Newsom - Easy

Have One on Me had me from this opening track, showcasing Newsom's voice evolving, with a little less squeak and a lot more Joni Mitchell.

21. The Acorn - Restoration

Another excellent track from a vastly underrated band, fans of Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear should dig this.

The top 20 after the jump...

20.  Surfer Blood - Harmonix

19. Cee-Lo - Fuck You

If you didn't hear this song in 2010 (at least in its "Forget You" edit), you probably weren't paying attention.

18. Erykah Badu - Window Seat

If you didn't see this video in 2010...well, you must have a good firewall at your office. The video hype overshadowed how good this song is - can anyone say "hey" like Erykah Badu?

17.  Belle & Sebastian - I Want the World to Stop

16.  Kanye West - Gorgeous

15.  Cults - Go Outside

14.  The Corin Tucker Band - 1,000 Years

13.  Warpaint - Undertow

12.  MGMT - Siberian Breaks

11.  Aloe Blacc - I Need a Dollar

10.   Highlife - F Kenya Rip

9.  Deerhunter - Desire Lines

8.  Jenny and Johnny - Switchblade

7.  The Love Language - Brittany's Back

6.  The Morning Benders - Excuses

5.  Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round and Round

I originally posted a different song from Before Today, but this one is clearly the best from that LP.  Probably the catchiest chorus of any song in 2010 that wasn't played on mainstream radio.

4.  Beach House - Zebra

3.  Judson Claiborne - Twilight Spirit

2.  Local Natives - Sun Hands

1.  Janelle Monae - Tightrope

Considering all my posts about it (like this and this), could it be anything else?

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