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Music, Best Of // 2010

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Happy 2011, darlings! One of my resolutions for this year is to start posting here with more regularity. But before we move things forward, let’s spend a little time looking back. Yes, yes: My nominations for Best Songs of 2010. You didn’t think I was going to go without some sort of year-end music post, did you?

As I combed through my iTunes library for inclusions on this list, I was surprised by just how many albums I had purchased or inherited this year, and by how many big-name indie bands put out albums this year, as well. Maybe it seems that way every year—there are a lot of bands in the world—but it made narrowing down my favorite songs of 2010 difficult. And so what we are left with is 41 songs—41 songs I feel are essential musical must-hears of 2010. In no particular order …

The 41:

1. The Ballad of the RAA – The Rural Alberta Advantage
2. Blood Dries Darker – Woods
3. Whiplash – Sunglasses (also, my favorite video of the year)
4. Rill Rill – Sleigh Bells (after approximately 9 billion listens, this song still makes me feel all dance-y).
5. Baby Say Goodbye – Wavves
6. The Arrangement – Beach House
7. Twenty Miles – Deer Tick
8. Motor Away – Alex Bleeker & Evan Brody
9. Go, Folks, Go – Bonnie “Prince” Billy & The Cairo Gang
10. Congratulations – MGMT (contains what I think is my favorite lyric from a song this year: “I’ll keep your dreams / If you pay attention for me”)

Wakey! Wakey! - Bloody Tambourine - Photo by Goddamn Cobras

Photo by Goddamn Cobras

11. Feral Love – Wakey! Wakey! (recorded live in the Goddamn Cobras’ den)
12. Ragged Schools –Goodnight Lenin
13. Snake Seer – Blood Warrior
14. Learning – Perfume Genius
15. A Crime – Sharon Von Etten
16. Girls in Love – Painted Face
17. (You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am – The Living Sisters
18. Soft Skin – Mountain Man
19. Coast to Coast – Dirty Beaches
20. Hospital – Florence & the Machine
21. I’m Not Yours – Angus & Julia Stone
22. Fool’s Gold – Lhasa
23. Hey Kid – Chase King (Chase is a friend of mine, and he wrote & recorded this absolutely gorgeous song for Goddamn Cobras’ upcoming western)
24. Sleepwalking After Midnight – Wooden Wand (Second favorite lyrics of the year: “Don’t hold me accountable dear / tonight if the bottle is clear/ should I find my way to your room / we’ll pin all the blame on the moon”)

Painted Face @ Glasslands

Painted Face @ Glasslands

25. Swimming – Breathe Owl Breathe
26. We’re All Gonna Die – Bubbles
27. We End Up Together – The New Pornographers
28. Destroyer of the Void – Blitzen Trapper
29. Ambling Alp – Yeasayer
30. Across the Black Prairie – Black Prairie
31. Brooklyn Bridge – Karaocake
32. Let’s Get On With the Illusion – Barton Carroll
33. All Delighted People – Sufjan Stevens
34. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
35. Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Soundsystem
36. Love the Way You Lie – Eminem feat. Rihanna
(yep. I kind of love this song)
37. Times Are So Hard for the Dreamers – Ben Talmi
38. Tyrant Destroyed – Twin Shadow
39. Getting By – Alex Bleeker (I thought about not including two songs by any one artist, but Alex Bleeker was just that awesome in 2010…)
40. Drunk Girls – LCD Soundsytem (..and so was James Murphy)
41. Our Most Brilliant Friends – Slow Club

Download Podcast: 41 from 2010

Favorite Albums Taken as a Whole
For best albums overall, I concur with the myriad critics on Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” and LCD Soundsystem’s “This Is Happening,” and add Deer Tick’s “Black Dirt Sessions” and Woods’ “At Echo Lake.”

Most Disappointing Albums
Some of my favorite bands put out albums in 2010 that I just couldn’t get into: The Hold Steady, Heaven is Whenever; Magnetic Fields, Realism; Peter and the Wolf, Traffique’s Endless Weekend Mixtape; Stars, The Five Ghosts & The Seance; Wolf Parade, Expo 86. What happened, y’all?


Written by ENB

January 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm

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  1. Wasn’t aware of your website. I’m impressed. Now I can blow my iTunes giftcards and hopefully find a new band.

    J speed

    January 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm

  2. Dl’ed & listening…


    January 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm

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