2010 was another banner year for music. Soundgarden reunited, Kanye twittered, The Beatles joined iTunes, Weezy was freed, and the world fought a bout of Bieber Fever. The year in music was entertaining to say the least. So with 2010 slowly coming to a close and with 2011 on the horizon, I thought it would only be appropriate to give you my favorite songs of 2010. Notice that I wrote “my favorite songs” rather than “the best songs” of 2010. I mean, let’s face it. Music is partially personal and mostly subjective. Plus, it’s virtually impossible to hear every song or album that was released in the past year. That is, unless you work for a music magazine and get truck loads of albums for free. Unfortunately I don’t. Nevertheless, armed with a vast array of musical knowledge and a limited CD collection, I give to you my favorite 20 songs of 2010.
Did Kanye just admit that he’s a douchebag? Or just that he commits douchebaggery? I can’t tell. Either way this song, along with Cee Lo’s “F*ck Off” seem to be this year’s critical darlings. Confession: I think both songs are pretty average. I only included them because I want to be taken seriously by music snobs and know-it-all hipsters. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, onto the songs I actually like .
19. Vampire Weekend, “Giving up the Gun”
Not only does Vampire Weekend have a great album cover and a star studded music video that features Jake Gyllenhaal and a Jonas Brother, they also have one of the best singles this year in “Giving up the Gun”.
Since I’ve already destoryed my musical credibilty, I’m just going to go ahead and say it. I like Justin Bieber. I could blame the radio, the record companies or even the Biebs himself, but mostly I just blame myself. So what if I’m a 28 year old dude and I like Justin Bieber? It’s not a big deal guys. Really, it’s not.
17. The National, “Bloodbuzz Ohio”
A beautifully written song about realizing you no longer have a place to call home. Or at least that’s how I interpret it. By the way, I’m not sure there’s another band on the planet that makes better sad bastard music.
I may or may not have hummed this little diddy on the way into work this morning. The Dixie rockers serve up another Southern rock anthem that is both personal and infectious.
15. The Soft Pack, “Answer to Yourself”
The Strokes with a So Cal swagger, I think that’s the best way to describe The Soft Pack. They have a garage-rock sound that is both catchy and fun.
A serious look back on a relationship that went horribly wrong with Rihanna’s haunting vocals providing the backdrop.
Robert Smith from the 80s band The Cure provides the vocals for new-ish band Crystal Castles who covers the 80s song “Not in Love” by Platinum Blonde. Did you follow that?
Broken Bells is like a weird science experiment gone so right! And Danger Mouse proves once again why he’s the best collaborator in the biz.
11. The XX, “Crystalized”
The best make-out song of 2010. It’s both stark and mysterious. By the way, how did this song not make any of the Twilight movies?
10. Katy Perry, “Teenage Dream”
People respond to repetition. Unfortnately, I’m one of those people. I blame the radio for getting me hooked on this sub-par pop song. However, it did inspire one of the funniest youtube videos of the year.
Ashley’s favorite song of 2010. An overlooked dance-tastic song with an 80s edge.
I arrived a little late to the Drive By Truckers’ party. But I’m sure glad I showed up. “Birthday Boy” sounds like a Tom Petty song with a little more bite. It’s just one of those unforgettable rock ‘n’ roll songs.
Folk rock at it’s best.
06. The Black Keys, “Next Girl”
“Oh my next girl, will be nothing like, my ex girl. I made mistakes back then, I’ll never do it again.” A catchy blues song about moving on. Warning: you will not be able to get this song out of your head.
A strange melting pot of musical influences that somehow sounds cohesive and interstesting. Two big thumbs up!
04. The Gaslight Anthem, “The Diamond Church Street Choir”
The garage band from New Brunskwick, NJ does it again. Only this time with less edge and more harmony and just enough soul to make Springsteen proud. Trust me, you’ll be taping your foot in no time.
Easily the most fun I have had listening to music this year. If I could only recommend one album to buy this year, Free Energy’s “Stuck on Nothing” would be it. It’s a free-wheeling fun ride of pop joy and the song “Bang Pop” is only the beginning.
02. Ryan Bingham, “The Weary Kind”
An Oscar-winning, Bob Dylan-esque country song about looking into the mirror and realizing it’s time to put the bottle down. I guess I might like country music afterall.
An unforgettable gritty blues album. Its been months since I purchased their CD and I still can’t take this song off repeat. Even if every time I hear it with my headphones on I turn into a walking bobble head.